2iC - Second-in-Command

The Wallace McCain Institute’s mission is to “help entrepreneurs have a better chance of success”. After years of working with founders, presidents and CEOs, it is clear that the most important thing they need to succeed is not access to capital but rather access to great people to help translate their dream into reality. In order to address this need, WMI established a peer group for 2iCs (Second-in-Command) that began in the fall of 2010. WMI has graduated five 2iC cohorts so far and as some of our 2iC Alumni testify:  

  • “An incredible personal and professional journey that inspires development of yourself, your team and your organization.”   Janice McNeill, Phoenix Petroleum Ltd. (2iC4)
  • "This program will give you the skills and tools to mentor others to live and learn and in turn your team will enable you to be a great leader.”   Greg Dickie, Atlantic All-Weather Windows Ltd. (2iC4)
  • "It's 2 days each month that provides clarity on where I need to take the business for the next 20 years."   Christine Comeau, Wicked Ideas. (2iC5)

Listen to this video on the 2iC program featuring the 2iC moderator Kim Burkholder, program participants and CEOs of participants. Click here to see a document showing what our 2iC6 members (graduated in June 2017) had to say about the program.

Target Audience

Your 2iC does so much for the company. Give back to them with this unique peer group experience. A 2iC that would be suitable for this program juggles many priorities (including putting out fires and keeping the CEO sane). They likely are the COO, GM, CFO, or VP Bus Dev and they need to grow for the company and for themselves.

Program Design

The Second-in-Command program launched its seventh cohort on October 17th, 2017.  The cohort will meet once each month for nine months.  Each session will be one and a half days in length and will be focused on a central topic. Guest speakers will be invited to speak to the cohort and deliver their experience, stories and best practices. The program will take place in a residential retreat environment. Please see the 2iC Program brochure for further information on the future program, the guiding topics and schedule.

Application Process

Before applying, review the website, especially the 2iC video, and talk to alumni members. Applications are due by July 25th each year for the cohort starting in October on the same year. To apply, complete the form in the brochure or send an expression of interest by email to: Nancy.Mathis@WallaceMcCainInstitute.com. Include the name and contact information for both CEO and 2iC.