The following consultants have experience working with the developmental disability and community rehabilitation communities within Alberta on a variety of special projects. Some specialize in activities such as plain language, meeting facilitation, training, research or evaluation. Others provide a wide range of organizational supports. This is by no means an exhaustive list.
K. K. Biersdorff Consulting
Contact: Kathleen Biersdorff, Ph.D.
Kathleen provides a broad range of services to promote organizational excellence and innovation in the business, non-profit and public sectors. These services include research, writing and editing, public relations, staff development seminars, course development and trainer mentoring, strategic planning and meeting facilitation, policy development and human resource support. Kathleen has over 30 years of experience in research and communication with a variety of stakeholders from people with intellectual disabilities to policy-makers.
Center Point Facilitation
Contact: Tammy Ouellette, HSA Associate
PO Box 21404
Centerpoint Facilitation Inc. specializes in training, facilitation and consultation. We work with businesses and individuals using person centered approaches to increase productivity and quality of life in the workplace and at home.
Professional Development & Workshops
Direct Planning in Person-Centered Approaches for:
For Person Centered Workshops or other facilitating services, please contact Tammy Ouellette.
CLR Consultants Inc.
Since 1998, CLR Consultants has been providing website and learning solutions to organizations that serve people with disabilities. The Company maintains relationships with a diverse group of external consultants, from both academia and industry. This ensures a uniformly high level of competence is available when providing the following learning solutions and other services.
Focused Leadership Group Ltd.
Contact: Brad Kotowich, Principal
Office: (780) 417-3037
Cell: (780) 983-4965
Brad continues to enjoy a strong connection to the field of Disability Services (since 1997) providing senior leadership, training and consultation services to more than 45 organizations across Alberta and Saskatchewan. Based in Sherwood Park, Focused Leadership Group Ltd. was established in 2004 and works with organizations across all sectors. With a wide array of tools, knowledge and exemplary practices from numerous clientele, Agencies in the Disability Services Sector can benefit from the following services (but not limited to):
Brad has been a featured presenter at the ACDS Spring Conference for several years as well as SARC’s Annual Conference.
Contact: Louise Meier, CTDP, CD
Office: (780) 569-4303
Louise joined Focused Leadership Group in 2016 as the Sr. Associate Trainer. She has a long connection and history in the disability field, having over 15 years of involvement in the Grande Prairie area. As a certified training professional, she has used her expertise to assist with board development, as well as industry, the military, and multiple other not for profit organizations and sectors to close gaps in their training and development requirements.
Her specialties include, although go beyond:
Gateway Association is an organization that works with individuals who have developmental disabilities as well as their families. Gateway envisions a community where all children grow within a family; all children learn together in neighborhood schools; all adults work at real jobs in the community; all adults will have a real home and real friends; and all people are valued, contributing members of their communities.
Mission: Gateway is a family resource centre that provides education, family support and mentorship. It is our mission to assist the community to understand intellectual disabilities. Vision: Having an intellectual disability doesn’t define or limit who you are. All individuals can live, work, love and play as valued and respected members of a community
Education and Awareness
Chris MacFarlane, Ph.D.
Contact: Chris MacFarlane
Naslund Consulting Group
Contact: Karin Naslund
Web sites: NCG www.naslundconsultinggroup.ca
Karin worked 15 years as an executive director of an organization serving people with developmental disabilities. NCG provides a variety of services including facilitation of meetings and planning retreats, organizational support and development (organization reviews, surveys, human resources, conflict resolution, etc), and training. Our training courses are offered across Alberta and Saskatchewan, and we also tailor them to meet specific organizational needs. Our signature courses are The Great Supervision training series (developed by Paula MacLean) and leadership development.
The VECOVA Research Department works in partnership with the community on projects that enhance the lives of people with disabilities and the services that support them. Their work includes exploring cutting-edge practices in order to implement new service directions, program evaluation and plain language translation, to name but a few. VECOVA is affiliated with the University of Calgary.