WWLA Consulting Associates

Our consultants bring a passion for building strong, resilient organizations that create well-being in their communities. They offer individualized consulting as well as training. Visit our training page for upcoming workshops!

  • Andrea Brown
    Andrea Brown
    Website: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/andrea-brown-b2327ba2

    For the past 15 years, Andrea has been conducting applied research and program evaluations with community non-profits, government, and academia to help them understand their social environments and to enhance their decision making. Both her graduate training in applied social psychology at the University of Guelph and experience conducting applied research have provided her with considerable knowledge and experience using qualitative and quantitative research techniques, concepts and methods, including program evaluation; survey design; critically evaluating, analyzing, synthesizing, and interpreting research findings; managing time effectively; and excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to synthesize and summarize diverse sources of information into plain language reports.
  • Brenda Doner
    Brenda Doner
    Website: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/brenda-doner/23/b/234

    Brenda Doner has 40 years experience in the community benefit sector, working for arts groups, and many international development, social and environmental causes across Canada and in Africa and Asia. Past employers include CUSO, the Mennonite Central Committee, IMPACS, Canada Volunteerism Initiative, Food Secure Canada, Tamarack, and the Guelph Wellington Food Round Table. As a consultant, she has facilitated projects and workshops for the past fifteen years, including several cross-sectoral initiatives to create citizen engagement and develop participatory public policy. She is currently helping nonprofits get ready for the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) with Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO).
  • Darrell Kane
    Darrell Kane
    Website: http://www.six2one.ca

    Darrell's expertise is in member/client/customer service, revenue generation, strategic direction, leadership, policy, and board development. He brings a wealth of experience and skills from his 20+ years in the for profit sector and 10+ years in the non profit sector. He was named one of the Top 20 Leaders under 40 in North America in the college and university bookstore industry. He managed business operations for ICI Paints and the University of Waterloo. His non profit leadership experience include National Association of College Stores, University of Waterloo Baseball Club, Waterloo Junior Tigers Baseball Club, Kitchener Panthers Baseball Club where he served as General Manager and President, Intercounty Baseball League, and most recently as Managing Director of Campus Stores Canada. He is a solutions oriented professional who brings a unique point of view in your organization to enable you to get to where you want to be.
  • Don McDermott
    Don McDermott
    Website: http://www.mcdermotts.net

    Don McDermott has over 40 years of leadership experience in the Ontario health and social services sectors. He is the former CEO of a number of health care organizations with responsibility for acute and long term care services, addictions and mental health, community rehab and social work programs. Don has supported or served on more than twenty not-for-profit and charity boards. As a consultant, using many examples from his experience, he works with organizations’ boards and their leaders to clarify their missions, identify their values and vision, and achieve their goals through board education, facilitated strategic planning retreats and various board and CEO mentoring processes. Don is also an Executive-in-Residence with Capacity Canada where he provides board and director education, as well as assisting executives who wish to become directors on organizational boards in the not-for-profit sector.
  • Eden Grodzinski
    Eden Grodzinski
    Website: http://www.jpmc.ca

    Eden Grodzinski is a skilled strategist, researcher and writer, with 20 years of planning and facilitation experience working and volunteering in the community benefit sector. As the principal consultant of JPMC Services Inc., Eden has successfully completed dozens of consulting assignments for non-profit organizations and government. She promotes a participatory planning approach to all of her consulting assignments. All projects are tailored to meet the specific situations of individual clients, and where appropriate, community stakeholders are actively engaged in the process. Prior to becoming a consultant, Eden worked as the Community Services Director at the United Way of Guelph & Wellington and as the Community Integration Director at William Osler Health Centre. Academically, Eden holds an MHSc (Health Administration) from the University of Toronto. Her areas of expertise include developing and using community indicators, the social determinants of health, and affordable housing and homelessness. She presently teaches an award-winning community “Service Learning in Housing” course at the University of Guelph, and is an active volunteer in her hometown of Guelph.
  • Jo-Anne Gibson
    Jo-Anne Gibson
    Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/coachjoannegibson

    With over 20 years’ international experience in the non-profit, corporate and government sectors, Jo-Anne understands the challenges leaders face in developing strategic plans, high performing teams and collaborations and leading successful projects and organizations. She is an experienced community, business and leadership consultant and coach who supports individuals and groups to identify needs, develop processes, goals and actions to be successful leaders in their work. She also facilitates team planning and team building for organizations and community. She is passionate about personal and organizational development, personal and team accountability, supporting individuals and teams develop plans to help them move forward, and helping to hold individuals and teams accountable to their plans to achieve the goals they desire. Her experience includes leading social care, health promotion and safety initiatives, coaching staff and partners, and developing high performing multidisciplinary teams, as well as living, working and contributing to communities in Australia, England and Canada.
  • Michael Strickland
    Michael Strickland
    Website: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/michael-strickland/15/982/819

    Michael Strickland is a strategic storyteller – part communications strategist, part wordsmith. He spent the first half of his 30-year career as a journalist, helping to craft stories on a range of topics for newspapers and television. He later led the media relations programs at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo. Today, Michael dedicates a part of his time to freelance writing, generating feature articles for lifestyle publications and opinion pieces on current affairs. He also enjoys helping individuals and organizations, in business and the not-for-profit sector, better meet their communication needs. He most often assists clients in three main areas: (1) developing broad strategies and key messages that support strategic objectives; (2) using words, pictures and video to effectively reach target publics; and (3) training spokespeople who can effectively deal with the media.
  • Rebecca Sutherns
    Rebecca Sutherns
    Website: http://www.sage-solutions.org

    Rebecca Sutherns, PhD is the principal and founder of Sage Solutions, a Guelph-based consulting firm offering customized facilitation, strategic planning, leadership coaching, and community-based research services. Rebecca is a strong strategic analyst and a Certified Professional Facilitator with the International Association of Facilitators, with over 20 years of experience in the community benefit sector. She has conducted community consultations, strategic planning processes, research and evaluation exercises for a range of clients in Canada and internationally. Rebecca is a quick learner and gifted communicator, whose practical and passionate style is appreciated during in-person consultations and in written documents. Rebecca designs engaging learning processes and knows how to communicate the final products creatively and clearly. Rebecca brings particular expertise in planning related to the social determinants of health among marginalized populations. She has an outstanding record of providing high quality processes and products, not only on time and within budget, but memorably and with lasting impact.
  • Rodrigo Goller
    Rodrigo Goller
    Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rodrigogoller/%20

    Rodrigo is an experienced facilitator who specializes in planning and executing stakeholder engagement plans. He is certified by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) and has worked with government, non-profit and the private sector. Over the last decade, Rodrigo has designed and implement dozens of engagement plans, ranging from municipal bylaw reviews to non-profit strategy planning sessions. He has also worked in the private sector, helping business owners prioritize their work, identify their best most valuable customers and create strategies to meet their business goals. Rodrigo is a great listener, equipped with a broad range of facilitation and project management tools and techniques. A committed volunteer, he has sat on the board of various non-profit organizations and is a highly effective chairperson. He excels at creating tailored experiences where participants feel a part of the process and the project leads get the results they need. Rodrigo co-owns The Boardroom: Guelph’s Game Cafe, where he enjoys creating a community space for people to connect. He is available to discuss your projects and explore how you can work together to meet your organization’s goals.
  • Tanya Darisi
    Tanya Darisi
    Website: http://www.theohallorangroup.ca/

    Tanya is a highly experienced applied researcher and evaluator, with over 15 years’ experience in the social and health sectors. Tanya has worked closely with vulnerable and marginalized populations, including youth, aboriginal and immigrant communities, individuals who live with limited means, and those who live with mental health and addictions challenges. Her core areas of contribution include research and evaluation, program and organizational capacity building, and systems-level design and strategy development. She is Executive-in-Residence at Capacity Canada, where she leads efforts to build the capacity of non-profit organizations and community collaboratives. For 10 years she was the Research Lead at Decision Partners, an internationally-recognized leader in strategic risk management. Currently she is a lead partner on the Women’s Economic Advancement Project and co-designer of The Ignite Award, a funding and mentoring mechanism to support women in transition on their journey to greater economic and social empowerment. Tanya is known for her passion and sensitivity, her analytic insights, and ability to navigate the complexities of social change.
  • Taylor Newberry Consulting
    Taylor Newberry Consulting
    Website: http://www.taylornewberry.ca

    TNC specializes in community-based research and evaluation, program and system design, organizational capacity building, and facilitation and training. Our team has expertise in a wide range of content areas, including: mental health and addictions, disability rights and supports, youth development, anti-poverty strategies, Northern community development, collective impact, and community wellbeing and engagement. We view our clients as partners, sharing responsibility for moving their work forward. We aim to spark new connections and insights, and to produce truly useful results to take our clients to a new place in their understanding and to arm them with the evidence, tools, and supports needed to take action and make positive change.