Auxiliary Member, North Bay Branch

Gunars is an expert in showing people how to motivate and draw out the best in others. Pulling from his successful military experiences and his years running an international company that operated in eight countries around the world, he shows people how to create very effective and highly productive teams that are engaging and creative.

Through their firm, Communication, Learning and yoU (CLU), Gunars conducts presentations and workshops that apply the practical synergies between Personality Traits and Learning Styles. With this efficient and proven approach, managers come away with the ability to understand the personalities of their people and how to bring out their strengths, creating groups of people who work more effectively together.

Gunars is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS). He is a Neurolinguistic Practitioner (NLP) and is also a certified instructor of the renowned DISC program. He was the founding partner of Music for Young Children (MYC) which grew from a small home-based business into an international cooperation with 24,000 students across Canada, the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Originally a farm boy from rural Ontario, Gunars joined the RCAF in 1964. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College (RMC) and in 2013 became a member of the Old Brigade. He is a Lt. Colonel (Ret.) and he holds a Masters Degree in Physics from Dalhousie University. In the military, Gunars’ career included tracking Russian submarines, conducting airborne operations over the Atlantic and the Arctic, commanding a military intelligence unit for Maritime Command (ADAC) and a posting at Air Command HQ in Winnipeg. This is a man who understands teamwork and how to pull together a group of individual personalities into an enthusiastic productive team.

In the private sector, Gunars spent five years in the corporate sector with a leading edge high tech firm and was involved in the launching of the very successful Music for Young Children (MYC). He owes his success at MYC to the combination of his years of military training in the RCAF combined with his ability to understand and communicate in the very different teacher-student-parent world. This unique combination enabled him to bring to that business a different approach to team building and management- a skill that Gunars developed and has applied successfully for over 30 years.

Gunars lives in Ullswater, ON. He is a Mason, a member of the Scottish Rites and a Shriner. He plays hand bells in a hand bell choir called Bell-A-Pealing. Gunars is an adult piano student. Gunars is a member of the Probus Club of Bracebridge. He is an Auxiliary Member of North Bay ORMTA and Ottawa ORMTA.

Gunars Balodis B.Eng., M.Sc., P. Eng.