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Terry Kell >>

Art and the Automobile is the vision of one man, Terry Kell.

Terry brings three special talents to every one of his events – a flair for creative thinking, a vision that fuses different disciplines and an obsession with quality and attention to detail.

As president of a technology company, Terry assembled a group of strategic advisors to help him grow his company. Most people would take the executives into a boardroom and talk them through PowerPoint presentations in hushed tones. Terry, however, was thinking about something a little different; something that would give his company real value. So he took the advisors to a field in rural Ontario, one warm summer’s evening, where they sipped wine and hand-carved polystyrene sculptures. Then they sand-packed their sculptures in to moulding trays and filled them with molten aluminium. As the moulds cooled, the senior executives enjoyed a five-course meal in the smelter’s workshop including a crème brûlée finished off with a blow torch, while a chandelier suspended off a crane cast shadows across the table. It was a transcendent experience and one that set the scene for a series of creative workshops the next day, with the executives freed from the shackles of corporate “me-too” thinking. Each of the executives left with an aluminium cast of a hand-made sculpture as a reminder of their innate creativity.

Terry is president of a respected Ottawa-based technology company, Kanatek Technologies, (www.kanatek.com) where he has worked since 1985 and has built the company into a successful Enterprise Storage Solutions company. Over the years, Terry’s primary focus has been on sales and marketing and he has led the company to do business in 15 different countries worldwide.

Terry always had a penchant for developing different marketing events for Kanatek. The Kanatek Silicon Valley Challenge events started as an idea for a customer appreciation hockey game. They expanded to become hockey games on NHL ice with hockey greats such as Gordie Howe, Paul Henderson, Lanny McDonald, Mike Gartner and Laurie Boschman. Customers were divided into two teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators, were given full team uniforms and were coached through a high-energy hockey game complete with announcers, video screen presentations, TV cameras and a large crowd. The events included charity fundraising which raised  $50,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society, a full-day technology conference for over 150 business clients and prospects, top seats to a real NHL game and a puppet show with a Don Cherry puppet that brought the house down.

In 2005, Terry took the company even higher and sponsored an expedition to Everest. He had no desire to be just another name-badge on a climber’s jacket and instead, gave Kanatek the lead sponsorship position and then started training! His goal was to lead a party on the climb to Everest Base Camp. The trials and tribulations of his hike with the yaks were recorded in a blog which was syndicated to over 100,000 Canadians (www.kanatek.com/everest). The expedition included testing partners’ technology at high altitudes, the highest hockey game in the world (on a frozen glacier pool at Base Camp), live broadcasts to schools across Canada and raising money for Child Haven International.

When not spending time with his family and his various business interests, Terry focuses his attention on raising money for charity. He sits on the board of directors for the Ad Astra Memorial Fund (www.adastra-aimhigh.com) and the Teen Ranch Foundation (www.teenranch.on.ca).

The idea for “Art & the Automobile” stems from Terry’s passion for the arts, cars and the location of his home in the Eastern Townships, on the old Boston-Montreal stagecoach run. What better way to enjoy the Quebec countryside on a sunny fall afternoon than behind the lens of a high-end digital SLR camera or behind the wheel of a Jaguar XKE Coupe as it purrs through the Eastern Townships countryside? (www.artandtheautomobile.com)

No one person can do everything and Terry is proud of the teams he has built around him to help deliver events. He seeks out the best and most creative people to help deliver his vision. That’s why “Art and the Automobile” is going to be a huge success.

Call Terry now to find out more and to talk about how you can be a part of it as a sponsor, participant or observer.
You can reach Terry at 613 301 1000 or terry.kell@kanatek.com.

 

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