Books by Todd Millar

Boardroom to Base Camp

Boardroom to Base Camp is the bestselling story of Todd Millar — climbing to the top, both in business and in life. Millar was instrumentally involved with Bain Capital’s acquisition of Canadian SuperPages for $1.9 Billion Dollars and in less than one year, selling off the assets for $2.6 Billion Dollars. In other words, he made his company $700 Million within a period of several months. Millar suddenly found himself on top of the world.

Months later, Todd Millar bid on a trip that would again change his life forever. He and his son, T.J., were given the opportunity to climb to Base Camp Mount Everest. The life and leadership lessons Millar learned on their journey together paralleled his boardroom experiences, and when he returned home, he crafted the Everest Model, which has shown his executive clients and readers a new way of looking at life and work.

What people are saying about Boardroom to Base Camp

  • Todd Millar has generated a compelling story that links the Principles of Leadership to succeed in business, with the use of personal principles on an epic tour. His positive approach is critical to success in every venture. He challenges the reader with a number of exercises that many will want to give a cursory review. That would be a mistake! Learning Todd’s Leadership triangle will be a benefit to developing managers and to those examining their current career. Enjoy the Story! Learn the lessons.

    Jason O'Rourke, Entrepreneur and Mentor
  • Todd’s Everest book Boardroom to Basecamp – Life and Leadership lessons from the top is an informative clear and concise model allowing for flawless execution of skills that everyone can use to reach success in both your personal and professional goals." — Byron Smith, President, Byron Smith Ford "Within 24 hours of reading Boardroom to Base Camp, I found my self reciting his wisdom.

    Liam Christie, Chair
  • Boardroom to Base Camp provides compelling insights born from an unmistakable parallel between a tale of exceptional success in the business world with an exciting account of a trek up the world’s tallest mountain; a parallel solidified by a powerful element of spirituality.

    Joel Irwin, Partner
    KPMG Enterprises
  • Boardroom to Base Camp is not just another business book. Todd Millar’s Everest Model is a primer for life and leadership…whether leading a company, a family or finding your own quality of life. It is part spiritual awakening and part swift kick in the butt, a reality check on who you are and more importantly, how you inspire others.

    Mikki Williams, Professional Speaker and Vistage Chair
  • Todd’s account of his ascent to Base Camp and the process he went through to prepare and then complete the journey and the parallel to the business world is remarkable. His establishment of a strong Foundation and the development of a Vision when it can be difficult to see what the ultimate goal is resonated with me and has helped me focus my approach to my work with my clients and the people that work with me.

    Janifer SmithIan Gunn, Partner
  • Millar deftly navigates the subtleties of “leadership”. In stark contrast to the dizzying change that challenges all leaders today, Millar shows us that practices central to great leadership don’t change. Deeply insightful and startlingly clear, he names the habits and choices that produce great leaders, daily. Brilliant!

    Catherine Osler, President
    TEC Canada

MORON: The Behind the Scenes Story of Minor Hockey

MORON: The Behind the Scenes Story of Minor Hockey is the bestselling book that (in part) led to the ban of body checking in peewee hockey in Canada. (See here for more information: The book tackles issues such as conduct unbecoming of adults, body checking, bullying, elite hockey programs, the decline in enrolment and perhaps most importantly, how there’s still hope to turn the game around for kids.

Here is a brief excerpt, where Millar experiences moronic behavior first hand: "... As I began to walk more quickly, I could see that this father was violently angry. His face was bright red as he screamed, and the veins on his neck were popping. At this point, he put his leg up on the boards - he was a tall man - and he reached up, clinging to the glass. As a superhero (or super-villain) might have done, this irate father had Spider-Manned himself up the side of the glass at the side of the hockey rink, and was now peering over the top edge of the glass, yelling at the top of his lungs at the teenaged officials. He was screaming every name you could possibly imagine at these poor young referees on the ice."

After seven years volunteering within the ranks of Hockey Calgary, Todd Millar stepped down as volunteer president in September 2012. He had published a post to his private blog entitled, "Neutrons, Neurons, Protons and Morons" which vented his frustrations after an especially difficult meeting. This book grew out of the uproar that followed, and eventually led to a national conversation about body checking and concussions in minor hockey, and a vote by Hockey Canada to ban bodychecking in peewee hockey.

In Millar's opinion, there will always be morons: people who scream at their teenaged kids, guys who climb up the glass like Spider-Man to yell at a rookie referee, women who brawl in the stands. MORON is a wake-up call not only to those unapologetically misbehaved adults, but to the rest of us as well. Here is a list of key points from Millar's book:

  • We need to root out elitist volunteers who are endangering the heart and soul of hockey.
  • We need to outlaw body checking in Peewee, which has been proven to hurt our kids.
  • We need to improve our effectiveness in combatting concussions and head injuries.
  • We need to read the rules and regulations from Hockey Canada and understand best practices to enforce them for the safety and benefit of our children.
  • We need to discover and expose the abuse within the system.
  • We need to stamp out bullying across the system.
  • If we do nothing, minor hockey is in serious danger. It is time we stop letting morons dictate what minor hockey looks like for our kids.