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Kathryn York

Senior Consultant

In 1994 Kathryn launched her consulting career focused primarily on the Health Care sector in Western Canada, and secondarily on the Education and Business sectors. After 10 years of annual growth and a rewarding career, Kathryn relocated to Hong Kong in 2003 to focus on raising a family, and began focusing on the IT sector as Regional Director of Operations, Asia Pacific where primary responsibilities included project management via the Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok and Manila offices as well as direct engagement of Fortune 500 regional clients (i.e. Citibank NA, Coke-Cola, Bank of America, PwC, Agoda, etc). In 2013, Kathryn returned to Canada resuming her consulting career while residing in Edmonton, Alberta.

FACILITATION / ENGAGEMENT

Kathryn is an accomplished speaker and trained facilitator, having extensive experience leading workshops and focus groups. She works hand-in-hand with managing directors and senior managers in both the public and private sectors to design and facilitate their organization’s consultation process. She is a facilitator who brings a fresh perspective to the discussion and who believes that consultation and engagement is done best by asking probing questions and using engaging activities to bring the participant’s best ideas to the surface. While utilizing the latest technological tools and analysis she brings together straightforward and comprehensive results. By the end of her time together, everyone will have contributed to and asserted meaningful input into the consultative process.

POLICY GOVERNANCE / BOARD DEVELOPMENT

Kathryn is a 20 year veteran of policy governance and board development. Kathryn takes a conversational, relationship-building approach to guide the organization through what can be thorny and contentious governance issues. Grounded in proven methods she has supported organizations of all types and sizes as they’ve dealt with issues such as developing governance policies, addressing board/management conflict, addressing lack of direction/focus, CEO evaluation, and setting organizational and regional priorities.

ORGANIZATIONAL PLANNING / TEAM BUILDING

Kathryn believes that organizational planning is about making a company function effectively by building a cohesive leadership team, establishing written clarity among those leaders, communicating that clarity to everyone within the organization and putting in place just enough structure to reinforce that clarity going forward. The advantage of organizational planning whether strategic or operational is undeniable and massive. Companies get more done in less time. They avoid losing their best people. They identify problems earlier and solve them faster. They beat rivals who waste time, money and energy fighting among themselves, which ultimately drives away good employees and customers. And they create harmony throughout the organization as employees connect as team.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and Master of Business from the University of Saskatchewan. She is a member of both the American College and Canadian College of Health Leaders, Past Chairman-Elect and past Secretary of the Canadian International School of Hong Kong, and Founding Member / Past Vice-President of the Northern Lights Optimist Club. She holds certifications in both facilitation and team building.