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Lisa W. Haydon is a business leader and entrepreneur with over 30 years of operational experience leading teams in banking, capital markets, technology and professional services.

Lisa’s instincts for sorting through business complexities, understanding distinctive leader personalities, and realizing results compelled her to leave a corporate career and become an entrepreneur. She has a vision for how to connect people, process and results. She enables leadership as a driver of growth with her distinctive leadership development methodology.

Lisa is an early adopter of leadership trends through her use of strategic cohort programs, data, and technology. Her extensive work with high growth corporations saw her develop and launch a proprietary leadership diagnostic tool. Using technology, Pivotal Growth Diagnostics accelerate leadership development with data, insights and action plans.


Companies optimistic and ambitious about growth seek out Lisa and her team’s help.

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CEO & Founder


Buddy Walzak is our Chief of Staff. He’s focused on ensuring Pivotal Growth is an industry leader, and sustaining the exceptional client experience our clients have come to expect. Buddy leads the strategy development and plan to capitalize on the accelerated growth and commercialization of our proprietary leadership diagnostic. He supports the founder in executing strategic decisions, plus measuring and evaluating projects and results. 

Buddy brings 35 years of senior leadership experience from his career in government. In his previous role, he was responsible for the overall administration and operations of a central government department. He led the coordination and advancement of the province’s strategic interests, including the development of Nova Scotia’s international engagement strategies, which resulted in increased trade and economic benefits for Nova Scotians. His success was achieved by his ability to maintain productive relationships with regional, national and international partners. Through these relationships, he helped advance the province’s economic, government and international objectives. 

Buddy completed his bachelor and post-graduate studies at Dalhousie University, and holds a certificate in negotiations from Harvard University.


He looks forward to bringing rigour and strategic enablement to the Pivotal Growth team. 

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