About Our Team
Gerry Call is a speaker, consultant, facilitator and author, with strong capabilities to motivate and entertain audiences. He is noted for his “down to earth” style as well as for his positive and humorous attitude towards his topics. Gerry creates powerful learning environments to help people move from the “okay” to the “extraordinary”.
Gerry uses his various skills to problem solve “people” issues, and help people devise creative and practical solutions. His personal aim is to make a difference in peoples’ performance by helping them better understand themselves and others. Through application of simple yet practical concepts and ideas, Gerry motivates people to make changes in the way they do things. His motto is, “People Matter Most.”
Gerry possesses extensive academic and practical business experience. His academic credentials include both Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Business Administration degrees. During his career he has worked in a wide range of Human Resources and Organizational Development capacities, in both large industrial and office settings.
He is President and Senior Training Consultant for GCA Productive Consulting and Training, providing learning events and consulting services to help individuals and organizations improve their productivity and their performance. Gerry has worked with government and private sector organizations, as well as with small and large business, the unemployed and First Nations. He specializes in leadership, motivation, organizational development and team building.
Gerry is married, with three children, and lives in Port Elgin, Ontario.
Lorne began his career in the automotive industry, where as a young man, he worked on the assembly line at the St. Thomas Assembly Plant, building Mavericks and Pintos. He quickly moved up in the company management positions, including several years as a Production Supervisor, Quality Control Manager, Senior Industrial Engineer and finally, Senior Labour Relations Consultant. After thirteen years in the private sector, he moved to Ontario Hydro to further develop his career in the Human Resources field.
Starting with the public utility as a consultant with Human Resources at a four-unit nuclear generating station, he was appointed Manager within a few years and remained in that capacity until he transferred to the greater Toronto area in 1998. In this new assignment, Lorne provided hands-on HR Consultant services to Managers and Directors in the field, and in the head offices, with Hydro One. He was transferred to Cap Gemini Ernst & Young as a Human Resources Consultant in 2002, and a year later, took a position with Vertex Customer Management, an outsourcing company founded in the United Kingdom. As Manager of Human Resources with Vertex, a new company in Canada, he was responsible for the development and implementation of all HR policies and procedures, including pension, compensation and benefits, human rights and labour relations in a unionized environment. The implementation of an innocent absenteeism program at Vertex, which was successfully tested at arbitration, reduced short term sick leave by 50%.
Lorne has an abundance of experience in training and consulting at a senior level on Human Resources issues, with particular expertise in labour relations and attendance management.
Valerie Beyer is a performance-oriented professional equipped with 18+ years of successful relationship marketing and communications, advertising, promotions and public relations experience, including 12 years at the senior level. She is an action-oriented, people-focused specialist who can deliver on multiple levels, owning each of the elements.
With extensive background in development and implementation of marketing strategies, public relations campaigns, business plans, policy, proposals and procedures both for ongoing and new initiatives, Valerie has assisted public, private and not-for-profit organizations. Valerie excels at identifying themes, trends and emerging perspectives and knowing how to use the information strategically to build a shared vision and create lasting change. She is skilled in both traditional and online/digital marketing.
Active in the community, Valerie is on the Board of Directors of the Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo, Past President of the Board of the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society, as well as the Board of the Guelph Creative Arts Association. She has also served on the Board of Directors of IABC, Grand Valley Chapter, iCON Sales & Marketing Club and the Public Relations Program Development Advisory Committee (PDAC) for Conestoga College. She is a member of the Communitech Tactical Sales and Strategic Marketing Peer2Peer Groups and is Co-Champion of the PR & Communications P2P Group.
Valerie holds degrees in Business, Sociology and Fine Arts and resides in Waterloo.
Specialties: Strategic planning; social media marketing; inbound marketing; public relations; brand development; relationship marketing; corporate communications – both internal and external.
Craig Ryan has been an organizational effectiveness consultant, educator and facilitator for over 20 years helping individuals and organizations learn to work together better and to survive and thrive in an ever changing world. His clients include private and public organizations in Canada and the United States in industrial, energy, health care and social services and government sectors.
He helps clients enhance strategic, leadership and operational capability and performance and has extensive experience:
- helping clients design and implement high performance – high integrity work structures, systems and processes
- facilitating and teaching collaborative group processes to resolve problems, take advantage of improvement opportunities and adapt to changes in internal and external environments
- designing and leading training and development workshops for leaders and teams to enhance their capability and performance
- commissioning, facilitating and coaching work groups and teams (self-managed, cross-functional, joint union-management, leadership, business focused)
- conducting organization capability assessment and needs analyses
Craig brings a background in technical, managerial & human resources roles with DuPont Canada Inc. to his work and holds a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering and Management from McMaster University.
Peter Boyle,Project Management Professional, (PMP) regularly teaches a wide range of programs in all aspects of project management, communication and motivation, conflict resolution, leadership, business analysis, and ITIL. As a consultant, he assists companies with their project needs by facilitating workshops and assisting with methodology development and crisis management for troubled projects.
Peter is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) who has spent more than 15 years in project driven environments. He brings his hands-on experience and practical approach as well as his adult learning expertise and a good sense of humor to each session to ensure an effective and fun learning experience.
Peter focuses on dealing with difficult personalities in the workplace, conflict resolution, troubleshooting, stakeholder management; implementing and fine tuning project management methodology and conducting kickoff and post mortem sessions for projects. He specializes in tailoring content and focusing on the unique challenges of each organization to ensure effective knowledge transfer after the session or workshop, and really understanding the clients business.
In addition to his instructional abilities, Peter is skilled in course design, having created and tailored numerous workshops and seminars. In order to keep current with evolving trends and topics in business, Peter has taken many adult education courses with Durham College and Langevin Learning.
Glen Tichbourne, is a lean systems, human capital and leadership facilitator, whose adept teaching, mentoring, problem solving & team-building abilities have benefited many globally competitive clients throughout North America.
Glen has over 35 years of business experience, acquired through a combination of front line and senior management positions. His work in world-class organizational environments, delivering adult skills development, training, and facilitation and consulting, has given him a unique perspective in the application of lean tools and techniques that result in effective business improvement & transformation for all sectors. Glen is proud of his ability to relate to all levels of the workforce in organizations. He is equally as comfortable juggling the process and behavioural challenges of a successful Kaizen event on the shop floor as he is in the political climates of board rooms with the most senior organizational levels.
A firm belief in the value of people is one of the foundation stones upon which Glen builds his relationships with his clients. Glen believes that development of the clients’people to function independently is the key to success in skills implementation and the development of sound business relationships.
Glens exposure to various and diverse industries, including manufacturing, service, retail and non-for-profits, has given him one of the broadest improvement perspectives in the business.
His belief that the job is not done until sustainable results have been achieved is one of the reasons he is in such demand.
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