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David's Story

Founder of Next Step Advisors, David C. Bentall, is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Commerce and Harvard’s Business School. An experienced executive coach and exceptional speaker, he is also a gifted moderator and trained facilitator.

Having experienced the three options available to family successors – success, failure, and a sale – David’s candor and honesty is always welcome as he shares his personal and professional triumphs, challenges and disappointments. Communicating in a way that is both motivating and inspirational, David draws on his depth of experience to entertain and challenge audiences to dream bigger and achieve more.

Other members of the Next Step Advisors team reflect David’s style of candor and vulnerability, drawing on experiences from their own lives to communicate insights and expertise that both inspire and educate.

David & Next Step Advisors

Next Step Advisors is a pre-eminent professional advising firm for business-owned families. Team members support families by providing advice, education, mentoring and facilitation services. David founded the company to help family enterprises navigate the uncertainty that often accompanies intergenerational transitions. His expertise is rooted in deep empathy and understanding of family dynamics which he gained by spending more than three decades as part of one of Canada’s most prominent real estate and construction companies.

David & Dominion Construction

A graduate of UBC’s Commerce Faculty and Harvard’s Business School, David worked for 20 years in his family’s real estate and construction businesses. During his time as President and CEO of Dominion Construction, the business doubled in size to just under $300 million in sales.

Mr. Bentall also played a leading role in several landmark projects across Canada, including the widely acclaimed GM Place (now Rogers Arena) in Vancouver and Winnipeg’s TD Centre Office Complex (the tallest office building in the city). He also played a key role in the successful Vancouver/Whistler 201O Olympic bid.

 

Abbreviated History of Dominion Construction & Bentall Family in Vancouver

1908

  • Engineer Charles Bentall arrives in Vancouver from England
  • In the great depression, General Motors can’t afford to build their own building, so Dominion finances them thus launching the Bentall family into the real estate business

1911

  • Tallest building in the British Empire – steel structure designed by Charles

1915

  • Charles Bentall acquires Dominion Construction and becomes President

1931

  • Dominion builds 26 stores for Safeway – opening one each month for 26 months

1938

  • Clark joins after graduating from UBC in engineering

1949

  • Clark develops strategic partnership with G.W.L. to finance Bentall Centre

1950s

  • Dominion pioneers Tilt – up Construction in Western Canada BC Tel head office in Burnaby
  • Dominion Construction builds virtually every BC Tel project for 50 years including their Burnaby head office

1978

  • 2 million sq. feet, landmark project, completed in heart of downtown

1979

  • David graduates from UBC and immediately joins company

1988

  • David appointed President of Dominion Construction

1990

  • T.D. Center Winnipeg is tallest building in Winnipeg

1995

  • $102 million G.M. Place is completed, the largest project in company history

 

Education

Educational Highlights

  • University of British Columbia – Bachelor of Commerce (Urban Land Economics)
  • Harvard Business School – OPM Graduate
  • Family Firm Institute – Fellow
  • International Coaching Federation – Certified Professional

 

Professional Development

  • Young Presidents’ Organization – Moderator Training
  • Business Families Foundation – Facilitators Training
  • Family Firm Institute – “The Essentials” Course
  • Café – Leading Family Councils
  • Coaches Training Institute – Co-Active Coaching
  • Family Firm Institute – Family Business Advising Certificate

 

Professional Involvement

Board Member

  • Jervis Investments

 

Investment Committee

  • Hungerford Properties

 

Non-Profit & Charitable Boards (Past)

  • Saint George’s School (Chair)
  • Keats Camps (Chair)
  • Arrow Leadership (Chair)
  • B.C. Business Council (Vice Chair)
  • Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific
  • Hope International
  • Young Life of Canada
  • Langham Trust

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View books written by David including “Leaving A Legacy” and “The Company You Keep” for more great insights.

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