Founder & Chief Learning Officer
During my career I have had many great opportunities to grow and develop as a leader. I have worked for and with other great leaders who have taught me how to be effective in leading a team and organization, how to bring your whole self to your work and how to create opportunities for others. I have enjoyed working in both the private and public sectors as I pursued my own goals and dreams. I have traveled the world speaking about change, transformation and what it means to have fulfillment and freedom in your work. I have had the opportunity to work with many talented people over my career. People whom I have had the privilege to coach and mentor, to help them become the new and best version of themselves.
I have decided it is time to turn my passion into my mission and dedicate myself to investing in others, helping them become the best version of themselves.
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Throughout his career, Chris has assumed a key role in advancing Canada’s information technology industry and engaging with other world technology leaders both in the private and public sectors. In 2010, he was recognized by Venture Magazine as one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people.
Chris is a sought after International public speaker in the areas of Innovation, Transformation and the People side of change. He has extensive experience in both the Private and Public sector working with small, medium and large organizations. Chris has managed teams and projects of high complexity and scope. Through his effective management style, he always ensures his client’s expectations are met and continually looks for opportunities to exceed expectations. He has also been responsible for new product development, corporate strategic planning, resource planning and management, supply chain and logistics as well as outsourcing management.
Chris has held a number of former Chief Information Officer at The City of Edmonton, in this role, he had responsibility for setting the vision and actions for the City’s information and technology direction and engaging with the community to develop the best technologies suited to the needs of residents. During his time with The City of Edmonton, Chris achieved a number of major milestones that positioned Edmonton as a leader in improving access to services for residents and the user experience for community and staff.
From all these efforts, The City of Edmonton has been recognized at the provincial, national and international level as a leader in the use of technology to transform government organizations.
Some of the major achievements during Chris’ time with The City of Edmonton included:
- Transformation to a cloud-based enterprise system aligned with the City’s 2040 corporate strategy — the first major city in Canada to take on such an initiative. This 3-year project, Workspace Edmonton, promoted the concept of Anyplace. Any time., reduced costs and improved efficiencies.
- Identified the need and then initiated a corporate IT strategy, governance and investment framework aligned and driven by the requirements of the City’s business.
- Organized the first Apps Competition for Local Government in Canada based on the city’s Open Data catalogue and engaged Edmonton’s development community to build applications focused on enhancing services for residents.