John, how can we thank you enough?!
With great admiration and gratitude tng is bidding farewell to our colleague John Magill. For nearly a decade John has been helping clients navigate the challenging governance landscape and supporting organizational leaders to tackle transformational system change. John has been an instrumental tng team member, helping us to reimagine and reengineer our body of governance and leadership wisdom and tools. Effective July 1st, John will be stepping out of his role with tng to tackle his next adventure, namely, Chairing Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada. Everyone will miss you John. Thanks again for being our friend and colleague!
Brad holds an honours bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Brock University. He is a proven consultant and advisor to executives with hands-on experience in leadership, strategy and corporate governance. Prior to founding tng in 1994 he held senior positions in a national consultancy and financial institutions and was on the Faculty of Continuing Education – Business Programs at Mohawk, Sheridan, Fanshawe and Niagara Colleges. Over the past 25 years, Brad has helped tng's 200+ clients plan and implement large-scale transformation initiatives and has become recognized for innovation in not-for-profit governance. Over the past two decades Brad has developed proven models, frameworks and tools that are broadly used by NFP Boards across Canada. Brad is an expert group facilitator, articulate speaker and engaging executive coach. As founder and CEO Brad takes pride in assuring that every client receives the practical solutions they require and the personal attention needed to build trust and confidence in the work and their relationship with tng.
Linda holds a bachelor’s degree in Arts (business administration) from Wilfred Laurier University. She is a lead-by-example professional and has held executive positions with for profit and not for profit organizations. Linda was one of the first women executives for the Hudson's Bay Company and was CEO of TranSKILLS, one of Ontario's leading skills training and advisory organizations.
Linda has served on numerous boards and was an advisor on Vision 2020, a sustainable development process to guide the decisions of the then Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth. She has authored two books, "Getting Past the Rapids" and "Reinventing Our Common Future", both dealing with the issues of leadership and sustainable development within organizations and communities. Linda is a recognized pioneer of system transformation and sustainable development. Linda has also been an Executive Coach for over 20 years and continues to support and advise executives internationally.
Holding Bachelor and Masters degrees from Wilfrid Laurier University Gary has an extensive background in association management. He has been the CEO of one Canada's largest national associations, participated as a Chair and Director on national boards, and run a locally based not for profit.
Having hands on experience he brings a thoughtful, practical and insightful approach to Board leadership, governance, planning, and issue management. He has facilitated and led many strategic planning sessions, Board orientations and governance reviews.
At a volunteer level, he has been actively engaged in numerous community, civic and charity based organizations. It reflects his strong belief that, whether at work or at home, we all have a responsibility to contribute to making our communities better places.
Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in Arts (pre-medical science) from the University of Ottawa and a Master degree in Social Work from the Wilfred Laurier University. After many years in senior leadership positions with the Ontario Public Service – in Community and Social Services, Municipal Affairs and Economic Development and Trade, Joe has continued his passion for innovative community development and capacity building.
Joe has been active in his community – sitting on several community Boards and offering himself as a candidate for local government. Since leaving government he has led the Ontario Community Support Association as CEO, been Chair of the Halton Peel District Health Council, and most recently Joe was the founding Chair of the Central West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) from 2005 to 2011. Joe is a recognized community service leader and an advocate for strong governance and system leadership.
Sandra holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration and is an accredited Project Management Professional (PMP). Sandra has a unique blend of private, public, for-profit and not-for-profit perspectives. She has played pivotal, leadership roles in the development and implementation of project management tools and methodologies in many large and complex scenarios and has consulted or contributed to numerous large-scale projects that required strong project management discipline and leadership. For the past 15 years Sandra has applied her skills and certification in the education and health sectors working with or for organizations including Pearson, Ontario Local Health Integration Networks, Cancer Care Ontario, and a number of hospitals throughout Ontario. Prior to this Sandra worked for Canada's top safety certification provider, Canadian Standards Association and one of Canada's top private corporations, Canadian Tire Corporation. With over 20 years of project management experience in diverse industries, she has found a passion in serving organizations that possess a clear and purposeful mission.
Bill has a Bachelor’s degree (major in English) from Carleton University and graduated cum laude with a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa. He has 40 years of legal experience, both as a litigator and as an in-house counsel. Most recently, he was the General Counsel of The Canadian Real Estate Association, the largest single-industry not-for-profit trade association in Canada. In that role, he was responsible for the effective operation of the legal department, and provided advice, opinion and support on a wide range of legal issues to the CEO, the executive, the Board of Directors and various committees and task forces.
He has extensive experience in corporate and governance issues, and organizational ethics, and as well as in the drafting of bylaws, rules and policies.
Bill approaches issues from the perspective of a litigator, a negotiator, a critic, an advocate, a mediator and a manager. He brings purpose, commitment and passion to everything he does and provides a sensible, forthright approach to problem-solving.
Bill was, for many years, a columnist on legal issues and is a popular and sought-after speaker for events all across the country. With his philosophy that you shouldn’t take anything too seriously, Bill’s presentations are engaging, entertaining and easy to grasp.
With over 20 years' corporate experience working alongside leaders in a variety of industries across North America, Cynthia believes the success and sustainability of any business or endeavor is directly related to the effectiveness of those leading it. Her interest and expertise lie in supporting formal and informal leaders with the “doing” and “being” of leadership by balancing their achievement and relationship competencies.
An ICF certified coach, consultant and published author (Activate Your Life: 2018 / 2019 / 2021), Cynthia is credentialed through the Co-Active Training Institute, whose prestigious CPCC designation is the most rigorous and respected in the industry. She is a member of Forbes™ Coaches Council lending her perspective to the Forbes platform alongside other industry influencers. She is a longstanding member of the International Coaching Federation, serving on its Chapter Board of Directors as President and as Director at Large. Prior to her consultancy work, Cynthia served as Senior Director, Corporate Affairs & Communications focusing on people and organizational development initiatives.
A highly intuitive strategic thinker and centered communicator, her ability to deeply connect and create powerful partnerships has her recognized as a natural leader in service to others.
Suanne Miedema has an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA from York University Schulich School of Business. She is a member of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors, BoardSource and the Ontario Nonprofit Network and is trained as an Imagine Canada certification standards coach. Prior to establishing a specialty in governance and Board Policy Manuals, Suanne worked in business for over 20 years, most recently as General Manager of DeBoer’s Furniture, a multi-million dollar, multi-site retail organization.
Suanne currently serves as a volunteer director on four nonprofit boards including World Vision Canada, Canada’s largest private relief and development charity with revenues of $445M, and World Vision International with revenues of $3B. Suanne enjoys applying her experience in business and governance to the customized projects she works on with her clients.
Diane cut her communications chops at one of Canada's most respected brands - Tim Hortons. Over 19 years, she managed all aspects of communications - from internal to external - as the chain grew from 1,000 stores owned by Wendy's International, through the IPO and to the final purchase by private equity. Diane is known for her calm and strategic mindset, her cross-functional leadership abilities, creativity, and ability to adapt and lead through change and growth. She excels in understanding the audience's needs - whether employees, members, franchisees, customers or media - and customizing the message to best meet those needs. As an independent practitioner today, Diane brings a wide range of experience and a passion for creative and effective communication to every client and project, large or small.
Steve has worked and is recognized internationally for his abilities to develop compelling visual communications that deliver on increased brand awareness and growth for Fortune 500 corporate entities. Steve also takes pride in assisting smaller, niche companies find their voice within what can often be a crowded and competitive marketplace. His services have helped many clients see continued success for more than 25 years.
Steve is highly skilled in using multiple digital and traditional platforms to produce his award-winning work including: design, photography, video, illustration, web design and custom display builds. Using one or multiple mediums, a robust visual story is crafted.
Steve has been an associate of tng of more than 15 years.
Founded in November 1994, tng is proud to celebrate 25 years in business. “We are very grateful to the hundreds of clients that have placed their trust in our firm over the years. Without their confidence we could not possibly be where we are today. As a boutique firm we pride ourselves on the ‘co-active’ relationships we develop with our clients. Together, we make each other better and together we build the most practical and innovative ways to solve real-life governance issues” says Brad Quinn, Founder and CEO. Statistically speaking, tng is a Canadian success story having survived and thrived through nearly 3 decades of market changes, shifting technologies and economic ups and downs. Studies suggest that fewer than 50% of small businesses make it past 5 years and only 25% make it beyond the 15 year mark. Please join us in celebrating this important mile-stone along our amazing journey!
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