Facilitators

philip cox

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Philip Cox specializes in performance management as it relates to international and Canadian social development.  He applies participatory approaches to monitoring and evaluation, and to training on the methods of results based planning, management and reporting. 

Since 1990, Cox has evaluated more than twenty-five separate projects in health, income generation, vocational training, water and sanitation, institutional strengthening and community development. As much as is feasible in any given contract, Cox tries to engage project stakeholders as co-evaluators, rather than subjects.  The most successful evaluations, in his view, allow people from many walks of life to exchange views in an environment of trust and in the knowledge that good reflection can lead to better results.

Over the past fifteen years, Cox and his colleagues at PLAN:NET Limited ( www.plannet.ca ) have pioneered a training/coaching approach to help managers deal with the new global focus on results achievement. The approach centres on the image of a person dropping a rock into a pond, creating a splash and ripple.  The image is used to demystify the vocabulary of performance management and to help people visualize and document their activities and intended results. 

Clients for these performance management services include: UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNCHS, International Trade Centre, the Commonwealth Secretariat, DANIDA, several Canadian Government ministries (mostly CIDA and the Department of Canadian Heritage), several Canadian universities and community foundations like the United Way.  Clients also include numerous non-governmental/not of profit organizations. He has worked in many different cultural settings in Canada, as well as in Russia, Central and South Asia, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa.  

Contact: pcox@plannet.ca


Colin funk

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Colin Funk is a renowned facilitator and program designer in the area of creativity and leadership
development.

He has spent the last 25 years working as a facilitator, director and theatre producer throughout
western Canada. He is a graduate of the BC Institute of Technology – Broadcast Communications
(1981), and a graduate of the Vancouver Playhouse –Theatre Arts and Dramaturgy (1985).
Colin is the current Artistic Director of ReWild Theatre (Cortes Island, BC). Since 1989, he has
led the creation of unique leadership and community development initiatives that bring together
the arts, ecology and business through the medium of Theatre.

Colin has also held a number of positions at The Banff Centre (Banff, AB) as Arts Administrator,
Program Coordinator and Creative Program Director of The Banff Centre’s Leadership Learning
Lab. Colin is currently faculty with Leadership Development at the Banff Centre.
Colin is also the founder of Corporate Funk, a leadership and organizational development
consultancy, and works as a Facilitator with the Kalein Centre in Nelson, Pacific Centre for
Leadership in Canmore, AB & PlanNet Consultants in Calgary, AB.

Contact: colin@corporatefunk.com


Geoff Powter

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Geoff has 35+ years of experience as an organizational transformation and change consultant. His is a founding partner with the Watershed Organizational Development Group, and is a faculty member at the Banff Centre, the University of Alberta and Pacific Center for Leadership. Trained as a psychologist, Geoff blends his clinical experience of the processes and challenges of change with years of experience of leaders, teams and organizations. Geoff has worked across North America and internationally, with clients and teams from all sectors, at all levels of organizations, facing the broadest range of social and organizational challenges, with particular attention on change management and creative approaches to structure 

Contact: gpowter@shaw.ca

 


Dr. Brian Woodward

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Dr. Woodward is currently a principle with The Interplay Institute and Associate Director with Foresight Canada.

His professional expertise lies in the facilitation of groups for a wide range of purposes and his consulting expertise in the mapping of complex systems where he has designed a variety of techniques to assist large, multi-stakeholder groups to describe, analyze and develop a deeper understanding of creating change in complex issues. These methods are often used in concert with various scenario development processes in a variety of projects. The scenario work looks at the future and the complex systems mapping focuses on the present. The two provide a means of articulating the strategy dynamics needed for change. He has also extensive experience in the design and use of artistic processes to develop leaders and in the development of programs for developing leaders. He has developed a range of innovative learning methods using the arts and new program designs for accelerated learning.

Dr. Woodward’s experience ranges from government to energy, to manufacturing, to agriculture and the financial sector.  

His doctorate is in Educational Psychology. He has worked internationally in Iran, India, the USA, the UK and Hong Kong in the areas of systems thinking/education and leadership development.

A principle with The Interplay Institute and Associate Director with Foresight Canada, Dr. Woodward’s experience as a facilitator and a consultant ranges from government to energy, to manufacturing, to agriculture and the financial sector.  His expertise includes large group facilitation, mapping complex systems with large multi-stakeholder groups, and innovative leadership development. His doctorate is in Educational Psychology. He has worked internationally in Iran, India, the USA, the UK and Hong Kong in the areas of systems thinking/education and leadership development.

Contact: brian.woodward@shaw.ca