Well respected professional leads governmental, business, non-profit organizations and communities through eras of rapid change to new levels of growth and stability. A career-long record of working effectively through and with others to create and implement consultation and negotiation programs. Diligently reviews risks associated with prospective initiatives prior to decision-making.
Respected for compelling engagement processes that enable strategic recommendations be made together with their implementation. Leads and manages strategic issues in a proactive and transparent manner.
Ability to work with a range of different people: experience in a range of environments, government (research and regulatory), industry and business (strategic planning and program review) and community engagement processes.
Community engagement: working with community groups, entire communities (Canmore and others in Alberta and including Aboriginal communities) to develop community future social, economic and environmental development strategies. Mining the Future and Southern Alberta Landscapes Design are two examples.
Collaborative problem solving in complex situations: includes working both inside and between organizations. Examples include: for the RCMP to develop a dispute resolution system; with five federal departments and First Nations to help build a framework for dialogue on the fishery on the west coast of Canada; and with Fisheries and Oceans Canada to develop a business case for the mitigation of loss of Chinook salmon catches on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Good analytical skills in research: Most recent study is to investigate the war to peace transition in Afghanistan including the security and economic development implications. Academic supervision of 25 Masters theses including evaluation of the ERCB and the NEB consultation processes.
Developing business plans and strategies: by working with groups, Boards of non-profit organizations, Town Councils, to develop future actions and strategies.
Educator: Associate Faculty at Royal Roads University (13 years to 2013); workshop leader in conflict resolution, consultation and negotiation in North America and Europe (for the EU).
Partner, The CSE Group – 1996 – present
Clients include: business – Talisman Energy, ConocoPhillips Canada, the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, Federal government agencies such as the Parks Canada, RCMP,
Department of National Defence, Environment Canada, Indian and Northern Affairs, Marine Security Directorate as well as provincial agencies such as Alberta Environment, the ERCB, and municipalities such as Fort St. John and including the one she lives in.
In addition she has worked with several not for profit organizations to help them build their business planning capacity and leadership.
Her work has become focused on the development of consensus building frameworks to resolve disputes and make decisions both inside organizations and amongst organizations, through negotiations
Director, Resource and Environment Program, The Banff Centre – 1986-1995
Responsible for developing, marketing and delivering professional development programs for executives concerned about a wide range of resource and environment issues such as Valuing Natural Resources, Waste Management, Geographic Information Systems, Aboriginal governance systems, Environmental and Community Conflict Resolution, Ecotourism.
Charged with ensuring success in the profitability of the programs, while moving them out to the international stage. Programs were conducted in the Caribbean, Europe, Brazil, and Thailand.
The range of participants came from resource industries, governments (provincial, federal and municipal) as well as environmental non-governmental organizations.
Program Manager, Public Participation and Social Impact Assessment Alberta Environment – 1981-1984
Provided advice on and implemented public participation on projects such as siting waste management facilities, water management projects and the environmental assessment process.
Researcher, Oil Sands Environmental Research Program – 1978-1980
Research officer on the jointly funded Federal/Provincial program. Research into the social impacts of oil sands development on communities (including Aboriginal) in the oil sands area.
Field Researcher on Development Assistance Program – Nigeria 1977
1984 MA degree in Systems in Management (MBA)
University of Lancaster, UK
1976 M.Sc. in Human Ecology
University of Calgary, Canada
1974 B.Sc. (Hon.) in Human Ecology
New University of Ulster, Ireland
2013, Engaging People in Meaningful Problem Solving Editorial for Journal of Conservation Biology
2014, (to be published), How do we have a say in our futures?: Case Study – Mining the Future.
Other activities include:
- Chair, Friends of Banff National Park (2006-2009) Chair, the Chinook Institute for Community Stewardship (2009 – 2013)
- Chair, National Board, Canadian Parks Partnership (1998-2002)
- Pro – bono business planning work with the Bow Valley SPCA to develop first No cage No kill facility in Western Canada (until 2007)
- Member of the President’s Council on Stakeholder Engagement for ConocoPhillips Canada (2005 until 2009)