PROJECTS

Projects

 


 

North Star Academy Private School
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Cree School Board
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Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) – Governance/Organizational Review
May 2016 to present
The organizational review has been undertaken in order to provide recommendations to the Board of Directors in regards to business excellence opportunities. As the project manager and primary consultant, I am responsible for all planning, execution and control activities, as well as writing and presenting the final report.

 

Ministry of Education, Quebec—Consultation on Provincial Strategic Plan
November 2014-October 2015
Selected to represent the provincial Anglophone public sector community of Director Generals to advise a strategic team established by the Ministry of Education of Quebec on its upcoming Strategic Plan. Collaborating with the Francophone sector Director Generals to create a provincial vision for education.

 

Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board—Strategic Plan redesign and Implementation
January 2013 – January 2016
Hired as the Director General to re-design the School Board Strategic Plan and Partnership agreement with Ministry of Education and in collaboration with the Council of Commissioners. Resulting in visioning, onboarding, training and evaluation of 26 schools and centers resulting in an increased graduation rate.

 

Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Organizational Review and Restructuring
The Family Services of Greater Vancouver was seeking services for a Third Party Assessment of the Current Status of the Organization’s Finances, Human Resources, Capital Assets, Information Technology Systems, Management Structure and Governance Structure. The project also included the creation of an Action Plan with Key Recommendations and Implementation Plans around professional development, training, and organizational culture shifts.

 

Windmill Developments – Strategic Planning
September 2015 to December 2015
The objective of this project was to develop a strategic plan for the organization’s marketing activities, which would allow to achieve increased efficiency and profitability. I was responsible for all planning, project management and execution of activities, including process mapping and writing the strategic plan.

 

Victoriaville Municipality – Market Study: Interest for Environmental Products
February 2016 to May 2016
In partnership with BuildGreen Solutions, Inc., a market study for the municipality was undertaken in order to determine the appetite of its residents for environmental products, and provide recommendations for business opportunities. During the project, I was responsible for the planning, project management and execution of all activities, including writing the findings report.

 

Feasibility Study
October 2015 to December 2015
The objective of this mandate was to complete a feasibility study for a significant local organization on the possibility of transforming a historic building into a performance venue. My role revolved particularly around best practice research, revenue modeling and financial feasibility.

 


 

 

Mentoring: Communities of Practice
Province-wide mentoring community designed, developed and supported through a virtual community of 22 teachers and consultants in the Career Development field of Education.

Fairtrade Canada – Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Evaluation, Coaching and Development
February 2016 to present
Fairtrade Canada’s Board Members had requested a 360 Evaluation of their CEO, where I was responsible for the preparation of documents, analysis of results, and writing of the findings report. As a result, a second mandate for the coaching and development of the CEO has been initiated, where I play a role in the coaching sessions and the development of supporting documentation (i.e. performance agreements, tools, etc.).

 

 

North Star Academy Private School
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Ministry of Education Career Development
Program Innovation/Implementation/Evaluation
Personal Orientation Project
Innovation

 

Exploration of Vocational Training
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Entrepreneurship
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Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board—Strategic Plan redesign and Implementation
January 2013 – January 2016
Hired as the Director General to re-design the School Board Strategic Plan and Partnership agreement with Ministry of Education and in collaboration with the Council of Commissioners. Resulting in visioning, onboarding, training and evaluation of 26 schools and centers resulting in an increased graduation rate.

 

Strategic plan development and Innovation support to the Minority Anglophone Community of Quebec

 

Organizational transition and strategic planning and innovative operationalization at LEARN.
July 2002– January 2008
The objective was to develop a first strategic plan for the organization. Processes and templates were produced to ensure stakeholder buy in at various levels. Review of the plan occurred on a yearly basis. Innovative operationalization through project work, system development, customized Anglophone community resource development, stakeholder involvement, etc.

 

North Star Academy Private School
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Cosmodome
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Strategic plan development and Innovation support to the Minority Anglophone Community of Quebec

 

Organizational transition and strategic planning and innovative operationalization at LEARN.
July 2002– January 2008
The objective was to develop a first strategic plan for the organization. Processes and templates were produced to ensure stakeholder buy in at various levels. Review of the plan occurred on a yearly basis. Innovative operationalization through project work, system development, customized Anglophone community resource development, stakeholder involvement, etc.

 

Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board—Strategic Plan redesign and Implementation
January 2013 – January 2016
Hired as the Director General to re-design the School Board Strategic Plan and Partnership agreement with Ministry of Education and in collaboration with the Council of Commissioners. Resulting in visioning, onboarding, training and evaluation of 26 schools and centers resulting in an increased graduation rate.

 

UNESCO, Inclusion Canada—Mali, Africa
Fall 2001
Selected as one of two Canadian representatives by UNESCO to work on a mission in Mali, Africa to develop a strategic vision for inclusion of students with special needs in remote communities, resulting in collaborative work with key Ministry and community stakeholders that lead to local training in the villages and a paper training document in French.

 

Texas Instruments Corporation
2000
Flown in to Austin, Texas to advise on strategic, innovative direction for hand held device used in Language Arts curriculum during a strategic planning session.

 


 

Fraserside Community Services Society
Organizational Review
The project consisted of a comprehensive review of the organizational effectiveness of a multi-jurisdictional service agency. The project included a Third Party Analysis of the organization’s current financial status, the creation of an Action Plan, the mitigation of Current/ Near-Future Entity Challenges, and comment on the organization’s ability to implement the Action Plan.

As a starting point, a Financial and Operational Assessment was conducted. This task included a detailed financial and operational assessment, the development of detailed, realistic cash flow projections, and the evaluation of assets and financial capacity. As a result, a detailed review of programs, program sustainability and related operational issues were created, along with a risk assessment and mitigation plan.

The core of the Fraserside Community Services Society project consisted of an organizational and Management Assessment. The objective of this assessment was to facilitate an understanding Fraserside’s financial status, to provide guidance around multiple business and HR decisions to protect the entity, and to continuously update the CEO and Fraserside Board on the process.

Subsequently, Realize Strategies Coop assisted the CEO in assessing and mitigating organizational risk and securing provision of external advisors (i.e. Legal counsel) as required, and provided guidance to the CEO and Board on the implementation of the action plan once accepted and approved. Once the Action Plan was drafted, our team was responsible for ensuring that the CEO /Board were aware of their responsibility for implementing the plan.

As a final output was the development of a Report and Recommendations for Action. This report included the assessment of the financial, operational and managerial capacity of the organization and a detailed action plan to address current challenges and risks.

 

Association of Director Generals English School Boards Quebec
Strategic Plan Committee
October 2014-October 2015
Initiated and was a member of the Strategic Plan Committee to develop a consolidated vision for the minority Anglophone public education system in Quebec. Aligned resources to support development of this plan.

 

 

 

 

 

Division scolaire franco-manitobaine (DSFM)
Governance/Organizational Review (2014)
The objective of this engagement was to align the core business processes, organizational structure/chart, accountability framework and practices with the DSFM’s Governance and Administrative Policies, as well as the obligations as per the several Acts of the Consolidated Statutes of Manitoba.

The following activities were completed during the mandate:

  • • Assess and align the governance structure, whereas accountability is clearly delegated and assigned to all-levels of the board (Trustees, Director General, Superintendents, Principals, Teachers, and Professional and Support staff).
  • • Assess and align the financial and human resources with the Boards’ mandates to eliminate duplication and reduce error rates in compensation.
  • • Assess and align the performance targets set by the federal and the Ministry of Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning.
  • • Assess and improve the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the use of resources, budget and level of effort in key services, such as Transportation, Information Technology and Custodian Services.

The approach to change management takes into account that there is a high risk that organizational change management efforts will not be sufficient to sustain and enhance productivity and overall effectiveness. Therefore, our role, as in the case of all optimization projects, was to support the client in implementing the following methodologies, including Kaizen events:

  • • Create opportunities for dialogue and engagement with internal and external stakeholders around change management. For example:
  • • Ensure that managers were properly equipped to lead change management efforts and to assume increased responsibilities resulting from the various organizational changes already introduced (e.g. conflict management tools).
  • • Develop and implement a number of frameworks, tools and processes were also implemented (e.g. kaizen events) to empower employees to be creative, and to build on best practices to create efficiencies and support productivity.

Every optimization project performed included the identification of barriers and options to address these barriers so as to create a more efficient and effective organizational structure and job positions within that structure.

 

Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board—Strategic Plan redesign and Implementation
January 2013 – January 2016
Hired as the Director General to re-design the School Board Strategic Plan and Partnership agreement with Ministry of Education and in collaboration with the Council of Commissioners. Resulting in visioning, onboarding, training and evaluation of 26 schools and centers resulting in an increased graduation rate.

 

Strategic plan development and Innovation support to the Minority Anglophone Community of Quebec
Organizational transition and strategic planning and innovative operationalization at LEARN.
July 2002– January 2008
The objective was to develop a first strategic plan for the organization. Processes and templates were produced to ensure stakeholder buy in at various levels. Review of the plan occurred on a yearly basis. Innovative operationalization through project work, system development, customized Anglophone community resource development, stakeholder involvement, etc.

 

Projects developed:
Differentiating Writing Across the Curriculum

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Differentiating Writing Across the Curriculum (DWAC) was created as a student and teacher-friendly writing toolkit. DWAC’s tactile materials in student accessible language are a hit with teachers.

 

Focus—Competency Based Resources Elementary and High School

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Elementary Teacher Manual Binder
Grades 5-6

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Grades 3-4

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Grades 1-2

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High School Teacher Binder Manuals

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High School Teacher Subject Guides

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High School Student project process booklets

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Focus is the culmination of six years of development by teams of teachers, their students and instructional designers between 2000 and 2006, who shared the same vision of making sense of the Quebec Education Program for Secondary Cycle 1.

 

Problem Solving Cards and Guide
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Problem-solving is without a doubt an important 21st century skill. The best problem-solvers will tell you that different problems require different approaches and the only way to become a skilled problem-solver is to practice, practice, practice! This section provides suggestions for using the Problem Solving Cards, a LEARN Original Print Publication, in your classroom. Using the cards will help your students think creatively, try out various approaches and work through different scenarios. Each activity has instructions, links to the QEP (Broad Areas of Learning and Cross Curricular Competencies), and teacher tools. The links to the QEP are broken down to show how a student is developing in a competency and how a teacher can support this learning through outlining the teacher’s role.

 

Reader Response Cards and Guide
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The Response Cards Teacher’s Guide provides helpful suggestions for using the Response Cards in your classroom. Each activity has been designed with direct links made to the main components of the Québec Education Program: Broad Areas of Learning, the Cross-Curricular Competencies and the Subject Specific Competencies concerned with English Language Arts. Given the integrated nature of the English Language Arts program, each activity supports the development of all four competencies with a particular emphasis on the response process.

As a teacher guiding students through the response process, your role will consist mainly of creating opportunities for students to participate in dynamic, purposeful discussions. With this, learners can construct and share meaningful responses to narrative, literary and visual texts, as well as media. As students use the Response Cards as suggested in the activities direct them to:

  • • Engage in small group or whole class discussions to construct responses
  • • Brainstorm their responses through quiet reflection and/or with others
  • • Question their responses and those of others
  • • Respect and listen to other peers’ points of view
  • • Document the responses (e.g. written, role-playing, producing a visual text)
  • • Adjust/revise responses

 

Making Media Manageable
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One of the challenges of learning about information and research is communicating the results. Many questions arise. How to communicate? To whom? For what purpose? Mounting a real multi-modal public awareness campaign in your school is one real-life way to introduce students to a variety of ways of communicating information for a specific audience and with an intended purpose. Using multiple communication modes allows students to experience how information can be transformed into a message, and how that message can be disseminated in different ways. The main goal of this project is to take students through the process of making media to communicate a specific message about an issue that is deemed important to the community by mounting an awareness campaign.