"Thank you so much. What I have seen so far looks absolutely amazing!!" - City Community Services director regarding strategic sustainability plan. "Again, many thanks for a job well done giving us a report that provided more complete picture of the overall circumstances of operations. And I was truly impressed and thankful you were able to complete the project a couple of weeks ahead of schedule which allowed me to action the matter on a more timely basis." - Town Chief Administrative Officer "I want to thank you and your group for the succinct and well laid out (municipal inspection) report for the people of Fort Macleod." - local citizen "Our Council commented on Monday night about how they enjoyed the week-end (planning session)" - Town Chief Administrative Officer "You helped us more than you can possibly imagine" - College Dean "Thanks for your wonderful insight; getting us see the bigger picture when we tend to focus on a small portrait." - Fire Chief "It has been a pleasure working with you" - Town Chief Administrative Officer "I would like to thank you on behalf of the Town and Committee. It was great to work with you. We appreciated the knowledge and contacts that you brought to the process. " - Town Director of Corporate Services "You have a valuable perspective on most topics I contemplate on a daily basis." - Town Chief Administrative Officer "Thank you, Ian. It (Municipal Sustainability Plan) was a great process. We all greatly appreciate the work you did with us." - Town Councillor "Thank you very much for responding to my urgent request in such a timely manner" - business CEO
Strategic Steps Client Work
December - Feb: Create a three-part article on community well-being for Municipal World magazine.
December: Conduct a Municipal Inspection on a Village on behalf of Alberta's Minister of Municipal Affairs
December: Conduct a planning workshop for an Alberta town
December: Conduct a planning workshop for a brand new Alberta city council
November: Provide a governance workshop for an Alberta town
November: Provide strategic planning retreat for an Alberta town
November: Consult with town council on how to conduct effective strategic planning
October: Host a business planning webinar for seniors housing facilities on behalf of their provincial association.
October: Conduct orientations to new council members in two Alberta towns and two cities.
October: Provide an orientation to an economic development board for an Alberta town
September: Conduct a review of compensation for an Alberta town
June: Conduct a Municipal Inspection on a Village on behalf of Alberta's Minister of Municipal Affairs
June: Host a municipal election candidate orientation session for an Alberta county
May: Work with an Alberta museum to upgrade their governance structure and documentation
May: Work with an Alberta college to prepare for growth in programs and students
May: Conduct a governance review for a central Alberta city
April: Provide a governance overview for a Saskatchewan town
April: Coordinate RFP development for a new tri-municipal solid waste management service in three southern Alberta communities.
April: Provide half-day election preparation workshop to Alberta Municipal Clerks
February: Conduct a Municipal Inspection on a Village on behalf of Alberta's Minister of Municipal Affairs.
January: Conduct a fire service review for a central Alberta town.
January: Provide a Northern Alberta town's recreation department with a team-building workshop.
January: Conduct a Municipal Inspection on a County on behalf of Alberta's Minister of Municipal Affairs.
December: Work with an Alberta provincial municipal association to design a half-day workshop on readiness for 2017 municipal elections.
December: Conduct a Municipal Inspection on a Town on behalf of Alberta's Minister of Municipal Affairs.
December: Guide an aviation client through an RFP process.
December: Provide a team-building workshop for senior administration in a Saskatchewan city.
December: Provide a governance session to a new Council in a Central Saskatchewan city.
November: Introduce a Community Well-Being asset management system to a Central Alberta town.
October: Conduct a team-building session for a new senior administration team in a Northern Alberta town.
September: Conduct a Municipal Inspection on a Summer Village on behalf of Albetrta's Minister of Municipal Affairs.
August: provide local government role information to a city Citizens' Assembly
August: create a proposal for a northern Alberta airline
June: Work with a northern Alberta town council and Administration to update a Community Sustainability Plan, including related public consultation.
May: Lead a community housing implementation committee for a central Alberta housing foundation.
May: Develop a housing response for Wood Buffalo evacuees on behalf of a housing foundation.
April: Determine how to implement community housing initiatives for a bi-municipal housing foundation.
April: Conduct a half-day strategic sustainability planning session for approximately 500 provincial municipal association delegates.
February: Conduct a member survey and planning session for a Central Alberta Economic Development Alliance.
February: Conduct a municipal inspection in a Central Alberta town on behalf of Alberta Municipal Affairs.
January: Benchmark staffing and budgets for a Central Alberta city.
January: Work with a non-profit community organization to complete its first strategic plan.
January: Compose a graphical annual report for a Northern Alberta airline.
January: Provide a new Sustainability Plan Implementation process for a Central Alberta City.
December: Respond to an airport's proposal to build hangar space of a client airline.
October: Research and update a Northern Alberta Town's position descriptions.
October-March: Conduct a municipal inspection on an Alberta Town for Alberta Municipal Affairs.
October: Conduct a team building workshop for a central Alberta Town's senior administration.
October: Provide an overview of business planning with a group non-profit organizations for a Volunteer Centre.
October: Work with Council and Administration to update a strategic plan for a southern Alberta Town.
October: Work with Council and Administration to create a new Municipal Sustainability Plan for a northern Alberta Town.
September: Work with Council and Administration to create a new Municipal Sustainability Plan for a southern Alberta Town.
September: Conduct a workshop on the municipal-library relationship for an Alberta Regional Library System
July-November: Conduct a municipal inspection on a Summer Village for Alberta Municipal Affairs
June-September: Align an industry association's strategy with that of the Government of Alberta
June: Prepare a multimillion dollar financing proposal for a private business's expansion
May: Engage stakeholders in a comprehensive review of an Alberta college program
April: Co-present Understanding Municipal Governments in Alberta at the Alberta Library Conference with a municipal councillor. (presentation here)
April-December: Coordinate a Mayor's Task Force on Community Housing.
March: Participate in municipal recruitment panel at Local Government Administrators' Association annual conference.
March-April: Provide coaching to a newly appointed Chief Administrative Officer.
February-June: Develop and manage a partnership between and Alberta City, University of Victoria, Master of Public Administration student and Strategic Steps to develop a repeatable municipal business planning process.
February-September: Research and develop six new post-secondary courses for an Edmonton college.
February: Conduct a strategy planning overview workshop for a series of voluntary sector executive directors.
January-February: Work with a Capital-Region Town Council and Senior Administration to renew their Strategic Plan as an update to the Municipal Sustainability Plan.
January-April: Research and conduct a feasibility study for a potential new program for an Alberta college.
December-February 2015, design and deliver a Northern Alberta town's compensation review, including identifying 'unique' benefits in the market.
December-February 2015, conduct a review of a metro-Edmonton recreation centre's custodial services.
November-June 2015, host focus groups, develop learning outcomes and construct six new courses for an Alberta college.
November-March 2015, conduct a service level review for a Federal government agency.
November-February 2015, develop a salary survey with a review of 'unique' benefits for a large Alberta town.
October- October 2015, Conduct an emergency medical services accreditation review in partnership with an Alberta Town.
August-November, conduct an evaluation of a new program for an Alberta Health Services zone.
August-November, recruit a CAO for an Alberta Town
August, Lead retreat for Alberta Town Council and Senior Administration to work on Strategy and Priority identification.
August, Design and deliver a survey of potential practicum placements for an Alberta college.
July-August, Conduct workshops for an Alberta Village that led to a new Municipal Sustainability Plan.
June-July, Provide professional recruitment advice to an Alberta Town
June-September, Recruit an Executive Director for an regionally based Alberta tourism organization.
June, conduct a team building workshop for a Northern Alberta Family and Children's Services organization.
June, Conduct program review focus group and develop draft learning outcomes for an Alberta college program.
April-June, Review Town management position descriptions and conduct a management salary survey for an Alberta Town.
April-July, Recruit a Town Manager for an Alberta Town
April, Conduct program viability focus groups for an Alberta college
March, Lead new program design for an Alberta college
March, Conduct workshops on team building and conflict management for a Parent Link Network
February, Conduct new program focus group for an Alberta college
January, Facilitate Strategy and Planning session for an Alberta town
October-November, Convert Strategic Plan into a Sustainability Plan for a Saskatchewan city
September-January 2014, Create Strategic Priorities for an Alberta town
September-January, 2014, Update Municipal Sustainability Plan for an Alberta county
August-December, Recruit Chief Administrative Officer for an Alberta town
August, Original market research for an Alberta college
July-September, Update Community Sustainability Plan updating for an Alberta city
July-August, Management and CAO salary and benefit review for a Territorial town
June, Proposal writing for a medical service provider