Transitional Solutions Inc. is a team of seasoned, trustworthy, multi-disciplinary specialists. We are professional, pro-active and refreshingly straightforward. We embrace a comprehensive approach to transition, through a rigorous yet easy-to-understand and completely transparent process with one objective: to assist your organization in its time of transformation.
Our professionals have demonstrated competency in an enormous variety of disciplines. TSI has over 350 years of combined public and private sector experience. Yes, you read correctly. Our team members collectively possess decades of extensive knowledge and experience in municipal governance, regional collaboration, organizational development, emergency management, and so much more. We are adept in domains that span across all sectors, including private, public and not-for-profit.
A passionate professional who has a wealth of both public and private engagement, leadership and social sustainability planning experience. Coupled with an BComm in Communications and Marketing, an MBA in Global Energy Management and Sustainable Development and an Economic Developers Certificate, Erica’s ability to take a project through to an innovative and successful completion makes her a great asset to the TSI Team.
Cory is a key resource to many of the TSI project teams. With a background in risk management and statistical analysis, Cory brings an in-depth and detailed look at the projects, supporting the subject matter experts in their overall review and project strategies. Cory’s background coupled with his education in Finance and his Bachelor of Education allows him to see a project, understand it’s complexities and take it through to a successful completion taking into consideration the client’s best interest.
Kevin is a senior Executive who has translated leadership into corporate values culminating into Employers of Choice. From years of Emergency Management Experience on the Front lines through to the leadership in corporate offices, the concepts of fluid planning and operational sustainability are the forefront of success.
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Doug has over thirty years of experience in municipal government as a highly respected senior leader. His high level of service to various municipal associations earned Doug:
Doug has been consulting with TSI for almost two years. In that time, Doug has both led and participated in numerous municipal and municipal service projects. These include:
|2013 – 2015||
Chief Executive Officer
Capital Region Board
|2005 – 2013||
Chief Administrative Officer
City of Spruce Grove, AB
|1998 – 2005||
Chief Administrative Officer
District of Salmon Arm, Salmon Arm, BC
|1987 – 1998||
City f Yellowknife, Yellowknife, NWT
|1985 – 1987||
Town Manager and Economic Development Director
Town of Edson, Edson, AB
|1981 – 1984||
Town of Lacombe, Lacombe, AB
|1977 – 1981||
Town of Pine Point, Pine Point NWT
Ron has over thirty-six years of experience in Alberta and municipal government as a highly respected senior leader. His high level of service to various associations and local volunteerism has earned Ron:
Ron has practiced valuations skills and gained local government experience in the counties of Sturgeon, Thorhild, Minburn and Westlock, and in towns and villages north of Edmonton, where he assisted or held appointments through a number assessment years. These experiences provided the background he needed to deal with the massive change in legislation that occurred in Alberta from 1994 to 2000. These changes included the movement from a regulated assessment regime to a market-based environment.
Ron was appointed Alberta Representative for the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) in fall 2002, appointed Executive Administrator of the Inter-provincial Professional Assessors' of Canada 2001, and served as President of the Alberta Assessors' Association in 2000-2001. Ron received his Project Management Certificate from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in 2002.
From 1996 to 2006 he was Manager of Assessment and Tax Legislation instead of experiencing the wrath of ratepayers while he was assessing residential, farm, commercial and industrial properties from 1978 to 1994.
From 2006 -2011 he was the Director of Legislative Projects for the same department, Alberta Municipal Affairs
In 2006 in set out in pursuit of how the municipalities use the Municipal Government Act in their daily business. He was blessed to be given time by Municipal Affairs to serve one-year secondment as Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Morinville. He returned to Municipal Affairs to serve as Director of Legislative Projects for Municipal Affairs.
Ron has worked for Municipal Affairs in the area of policy development and legislation for over 24 years. He served as director of Legislative Projects and then Research for seven years prior to joining the Office of the Fire Commissioner in 2012. He retired April 2015 from his position as Assistant Fire Commissioner and Director of Critical Projects. This request to serve was as a result of the fact Ron had been involved in Firefighting since 1976 serving in various positions with the Morinville Fire Department, recently retiring after 12 years as Part Time Fire Chief dealing with the budgets, CAO’s and politicians. As a Safety Codes Officer in the Fire Discipline he brings working knowledge of what it takes to maintain the Safety Code Designation. This is still a passion as he continues to serve the Morinville Fire Department as their Fire Investigation Officer.
Forty years of combined public and private sector experience complemented with senior executive positions have moulded and matured a leadership style characterized by integrity and success. Larry is both comfortable and prepared to deal with the complex issues and decisions in today’s culture and business climate.
Larry’s awareness and appreciation for having a public and private orientation is indoctrinated in his philosophy “know who your constituents are”. He subscribes to the theory that if your constituents are not satisfied, you will not be satisfied, nor will those to whom you report. Larry is keenly aware of the scrutiny of our actions and activities and relies upon his intuition and business acumen in his decision-making processes.
Bill is a senior Leader who has provided a commitment to excellence through ensuring all team members reach their hidden potential.
Jen is known for her positivity, enthusiasm and commitment to getting the job done. Jen is client-centered and people focused. As a visionary, she focuses on the end goal and has an ability to create buy-in around the table. Jen is particularly skilled in communications and often uses her strong verbal and written communication skills in her project work.
Communications and Engagement
A dedicated professional with a wealth of experience in the areas of engagement, leadership and strategic planning. Extensive training through the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), including training for Engagement in Emotion and Outrage situations allows Sarah to help develop the working relationships needed for all parties to start a project off on the right foot, and to support ongoing project success. With an MBA from the University of Alberta, and 17 years of municipal experience, Sarah’s varied work history brings new perspective to the TSI team.
Trent has over 25 years of Emergency Management and Public Safety experience and expertise in the Province of Alberta. Provincially as the Executive Director, Fire Commissioner and Acting Managing Director of the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) and Municipally as Director of Emergency Management and Fire Chief of urban and rural municipalities throughout the province. This experience, supplemented with 12 years of emergency planning, safety operations and training in municipal risk planning for industry makes Trent an asset and resource on any project.
Spence has over 37 years of experience in the public sector and in Emergency Management and Public Safety. As the Alberta Fire Commissioner and Advisor to the Public Safety Division, Spence lead the provincial team responsible for reducing fire losses, injuries and deaths in Alberta. Furthermore, Spence oversaw the provision of support services directed at enabling and improving the fire and emergency services of all Alberta communities.
A passionate professional who has a wealth of both social media engagement and information technology experience. Ross vast experience in the private sector brings a unique and fresh perspective to public service. In cooperation with the Transitional Solutions Team Ross can bring a tailor made solutions to our problem.
Rick Samotej has over 35 years of Municipal, Provincial and Federal policing experience. Rick retired following a successful career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with his final position being the District Commander of Eastern Alberta District in “K” Division. In this position he oversaw the operations/administration of 30 offices and in excess of 400 employees.
Pat has over 35 years of experience from the municipal to international orders of government and with numerous Non-Governmental Organizations. He joined the Government of Alberta (GoA) in January of 2001 and held the positions of Director and Deputy Fire Commissioner, Director in the Alberta Emergency Management Agency and Project Manager for two projects. Prior to joining the GoA, Pat had a successful military career in senior management and operational leadership roles, including large-scale training development and implementation assignments and emergency management responsibilities in the most extreme circumstances. His combined education, training and experience make Pat a talented, multi-disciplinary asset to any project.
As Director and Deputy Fire Commissioner ensured that Alberta’s fire training accreditation standing was maintained and that the Fire Commissioner’s Office supported municipalities:
As Director and Senior Operations Officer for emergency response and recovery:
As Project Manager:
With over 14 years of highly relevant experience in such areas as employee engagement, recruitment, performance management, organizational restructuring, employee engagement, compensation and benefits, workforce and succession Planning, human resource investigations and talent management, Kelly brings an expert service to all her clients. Kelly has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta with a major in Human Resources. In addition, Kelly has also obtained the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation.
Eduardo is a professional focused on details and an executer, a great idea developer key for the TSI team. His background in both design and marketing brings a great addition to project development, internal and external communication and creation of new designs and marketing strategies. Eduardo´s experience in both education and the private sector with an international view brings a new, fresh aspect to TSI.
A stakeholder relations and public relations expert with a passion for building community partnerships. Cynthia’s experience and Masters level education brings a new level to TSI’s stakeholder management plans, public relations programs and communications. Whether it is organizing and facilitating a resident open house or working with First Nations, Cynthia’s ability to build relationships while communicating the key messages of the client make her the perfect fit for the TSI team.
Communications & Program Director/Founder - Sheep Creek Yoga
Board of Directors - Ghost River Rediscovery Society
Dave is a well-known figure in the Edmonton Metro region, having led consultation, planning and development initiatives at four communities in the area. Dave’s strengths are most evident in demanding situations through his ability to bring parties to the table for constructive dialogue. He believes in the power of interest-based negotiation to create win-win situations built on consensus. Dave’s expertise and demonstrated skills in alternate dispute resolution and facilitation are invaluable when dealing with situations of high public concern.
When it comes to public engagement in Alberta, Dave literally wrote the book, having contributed to the award-winning Municipal Public Engagement Toolbox for Alberta’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs.
Provided executive leadership to communities in areas of land-use planning, development, infrastructure, operations, parks, recreation, economic development, policing and FCSS in the context of community vision, strategic direction, corporate priorities, financial, human resources and governing legislation. Provided leadership in the preparation of numerous planning documents including the Municipal Development Plan, Area Structure Plans, Infrastructure Plans, Financial Impact Assessments, Building and Recreation Master Plans, Annexation Processes and Implementation Plans based on projected extreme population growth.
Larry's diverse and accomplished career transitioned from Outdoor Recreation and Community Development (21 years) to Economic Development (19 years) setting the stage for a unique perspective on sustainable development through first had experiences. The span of his professional and volunteer career has grounded him in the many key competencies necessary for success. Having successfully operated Alberta's Industrial Heartland Association and the River Valley Alliance demonstrates competencies in the governance and management of collaborative municipal initiatives. Project management, fundraising, stakeholder engagement, marketing and communications are all areas in which not only excellence has been achieved, but it has been acknowledged through multiple awards of recognition and accomplishment.
An experienced and enthusiastic Community Relations Advisor with 14 years of success building relationships with stakeholders in the public and private sector. June’s diverse work history began in the public sector with the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services as a political advisor and in government relations then continued into the private sector in the Oil and Gas industry, specializing in regulatory and stakeholder affairs, particularly with First Nations. June’s ability to facilitate meaningful consultation as well as advancing relationships and partnership opportunities through well-developed political awareness and cultural sensitivity brings a new dynamic to the TSI team.
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A personable communications professional with extensive experience in emergency management planning, crisis communications, leadership and community engagement. Shawna brings more than 25 years of military experience as a Public Affairs Officer in the Canadian Forces and eight years in the energy sector where she managed national communications and public outreach for a global company.
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