BMG is pleased to partner with other experienced professionals who have exemplified integrity and expertise in their fields and who will be called upon to provide targeted solutions for your project.
Strategic Partner in Whole System Engagement:
Community Engagement, Employee Engagement and Stakeholder Engagement.
Maureen (Mo) McKenna, CMC
Maureen McKenna is a dynamic and innovative facilitator, mentor, thinking partner and executive coach. She began her consulting practice in 1998 in response to the growing need for organizations to engage their employees, build commitment, and inspire performance. She has more than 20 years of experience in organizational development, change leadership, consulting, coaching, training design and delivery.
In this complex, interconnected, ever changing world, Maureen’s purpose is to serve, educate and energize organizations. She helps her clients tap into positive human energy to fuel their actions, creating healthy working climates where everyone can flourish and grow.
Her focus is helping clients change their mindsets in response to the paradigm shifts they are experiencing. She does this by bringing different perspectives to the discussion, broadening the understanding as well as continuously challenging people with what is most difficult to do: shift their mental framework and align behaviours with their new perspective.
Taking a strengths-based approach, she helps her clients in their efforts to cultivate a healthy, relational and productive work climate. Using her infectious positive energy, story telling and curiosity to identify, co-develop and implement a unique set of behaviours, competences and skills.
Maureen has extensive expertise in strengths-based approaches to strategic planning, large-scale engagement, community consultations, customer loyalty, and employee engagement. She has held management roles in manufacturing, distribution, marketing, quality, and human resources at Xerox Canada, and brings a wealth of practical experience to client engagements. Maureen is well respected by her clients for her ability to challenge their mental models, helping them to successfully reframe from traditional problem solving to focusing on their strengths to create innovative and sustainable solutions. As a “thinking partner” to clients, and fellow consultants, Maureen mentors and coaches them to achieve extraordinary results.
Maureen is a leader in Canada in the field of Appreciative Inquiry (AI). She has applied and taught Appreciative Inquiry since 2000. She is a Certified Management Consultant and is in the process of getting her Aboriginal Circle Meeting Facilitator certification.
Collaboration between Innovation Works and Barnes Management Group
I am an energizing and curious learning partner, facilitator, and business coach. My passion is to help clients and colleagues design practical ways to increase levels of engagement at work and in the community. I am a partner at Innovation Works and I am proud to be a strategic partner with Barnes Management Group providing expertise in whole system and large-scale engagement projects.
David Barnes and I share the belief that in this world with too many demands, accelerating rate of change and too few resources, it is critical that we find the best approach to meet the needs and challenges of our clients. We believe that forming strategic partnerships with like-hearted organizations strengthens our ability to serve our clients. We also share the belief that our job is to develop the competencies and skills of our clients. All our engagements (small and large) have a deliberate focus on client skill development.
In my career as a consultant, I have designed and facilitated large-scale engagements in healthcare, education, communities, corporations and government sectors. These include strategic planning, research programs, organizational change, community, employee, student and stakeholder engagements. The general approach has been to work with clients to conduct large-scale one-on-one interviews, focus groups and whole system Appreciative Inquiry Summits.
Examples of Engagements:
Community Living British Columbia
Designed and facilitated Community Living British Columbia (CLBC) Community Action Employment Plan for adults with Developmental Disabilities. Almost 800 people, from 30 communities, engaged in focus groups, one-on-one interviews conducted by the CLBC stakeholder engagement group prior to the two-day summit held in Vancouver with over 200 stakeholders.
Craigwood Youth Services
Provided facilitation, thought partnership, mentoring, team building, coaching and training across the organization to support their ED’s five-year journey to create a Strength-Based Organization. This research was the foundation of his PhD dissertation on Creating a Strength-Based Organization.
Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR)
Employee and Stakeholder Research Engagement
Designed and facilitated a qualitative and quantitative project. The project was called Voices of the People on Leadership, Quality and Safety. The RQHR core team conducted almost 1,000 interviews, prior to the three-day summit with 250 participants. Some of the research was conducted on-line and the following article describes that part of the process.
Toronto District School Board
Imagine Student Success initiative was intended to: identify student success from a student perspective; broaden our understanding of what constitutes student success; support the Student Success Advisory Committee in its overall development of a TDSB vision and strategy.
The project had 3 phases lasting three years. In the first year 720 students from 120 schools conducted about 2,000 interviews, 60% with students and 40% with adults. At the end of the first year, after interviews had been completed, we had a one-day summit with all 720 students, their teachers plus 200 adults, including the Minister of Education.
Recent Authored Articles:
My passion for engagement has now expanded into Harnessing Human Energy to Renew Positive Organizational Climate.
The foundation of all my work is the change initiative philosophy and methodology of Appreciative Inquiry. I also incorporate Positive Psychology and research and techniques from the Positive Organizational Scholarship.
G52 brings an extraordinary set of skills and disciplines to assist the Barnes Management Group in its efforts to assist clients in meeting their social and community needs. The fit between the two companies is a natural as G52 is a unique Canadian company created to build better communities with focused, expert services that:
- Find and access funding needed for infrastructure and social programs that keep communities healthy and growing;
- Provide the communication and stakeholder outreach services that enhance municipal/ community projects and programs;
- Offer the legal advice that best protects community interests;
- Develop partnerships that work to generate long term returns to communities.
G52 is an extraordinary team of dedicated professionals who have highly respected skills that enhance — not replace — community resources. By sharing expertise we are helping make community human resources more effective.
Our Directors include:
- Kelly Mitchell — a consummate professional in public/ government affairs. Advising a broad spectrum of Who’s Who clients, Kelly has a long and high regarded record of successful outcomes with the Federal and Provincial governments. His efforts have helped develop key public policy, which have earned Kelly deep respect among government and business leaders.
- Mark Holmes — brings multifaceted expertise as a communicator, advocacy expert and business professional. After an award winning journalism career with TorStar Corp., Mark turned his formidable communications skills to the advocacy sector representing sustainable resource use communities. His government relations skills were further honed as a senior policy advisor to the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines and, most recently, Mark served as President of one of Ontario’s largest renewable energy (waterpower) development companies.
- Ralph Palumbo, a superb government relations expert, has advised the Law Society of Ontario, the Chartered General Accountants and, most recently, served the Insurance Bureau of Canada as Vice President, Ontario. Ralph has successfully dealt with complex public policies issues, built lasting partnerships between government and private sector interests and has strong ties with government and business leaders across Ontario and Canada.
- David Wires, a certified specialist in civil litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada, has appeared as senior counsel in complex corporate, commercial, securities and administrative matters before the Superior Court of Ontario, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada and domestic and international arbitrations. His clients have included individuals, banks, trust companies, insurance companies, professional associations, and public and private companies. From the individual business owner to large corporate clients, and, from simple out of court settlements to the complexities of Supreme Court of Canada, David brings a wealth of legal experience and expertise to G52.
Using a unique web portal, G52 offers affordable and flexible solutions to municipal governments by first helping communities find eligible grants and funding programs. In the past, communities would have to spend hours or even days scouring dozens of government websites, downloading forms and regulations and then submitting applications that may or may not be successful. The G52 portal streamlines the process, reducing the required effort from days to minutes and greatly improves the odds of a successful outcome.
The portal is only the first step in what G52 can offer to communities. With Grant writers who have very specialized skills in project management and communications, G52 can give municipalities the competitive edge to win more grants.
G52 works with an extraordinary Advisory Board that includes eight of Canada’s leading experts on municipal government, policy, procurement and, environmental practices, green procurement, renewable energy, strategy and communications. The Advisory Board provides the intellectual horsepower, experience, guidance and support for municipal governments fighting their way through complex process and challenging circumstance.
The people at G52 believe that municipal governments matter the most in providing services that people care about and need. Our sole purpose is to provide the expertise and experience to deliver on ever more complex projects, allowing community organizations to provide the services expected of them today and for the future.