Mark Brownlie, Senior Associate
Mark has more than 27 years of broad international experience in the corporate, non-profit, government, and consulting sectors. Having been involved in almost every facet of corporate sustainability reporting, from developing international standards, to coordinating and writing award-winning reports, to facilitating multi-stakeholder reviews, Mark provides comprehensive insights into the subject.
He collaborates with clients from the initial activities of identifying material aspects and indicators through to developing targets, measurement systems, policies and programs, and to preparing and assuring reports. Mark also works with international multilateral groups, industry associations and universities to develop communications, create strategies, provide training, prepare curricula, and conduct research.
Mark holds a Master’s of Natural Resources Management from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University. He has written numerous sustainability reports, guides, and 25 articles for specialist and popular magazines.
Bill Brandon, Senior Associate
Bill Brandon has more than 25 years of experience as a consultant on organizational culture and change. He has worked with his clients through every step of the process, from vision to implementation with various communications strategies along the way. He has worked with companies in several industries including: telecommunications, information technology, government, agriculture, financial services, education, petroleum and not-for-profit sectors.
Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calgary and a Graduate Certificate in Knowledge Management from Royal Roads University. He is a qualified Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) practitioner and has training in Transition Management Series from William Bridges.
Susan Ferner, Senior Associate
Susan is a specialist in stakeholder engagement socio-economic assessment, First Nations consultation and community development. She has over 25 years of experience working on Canadian and international projects. These include projects in the energy, mining, and oil & gas sectors as well as community development efforts. Susan’s work has taken her to diverse regions of the globe, ranging from the Andean regions in Peru to the coastal region of Bangladesh, the oil sands in Fort McMurray and the rural towns of Alberta and BC. Her clients include private sector companies, non-governmental organizations, government agencies and First Nations.
Susan has a Master of Arts Degree from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carlton University, Ontario and a teaching degree from McGill University, Montreal. She speaks French and Spanish fluently.
Rick Jeffrey, Senior Associate
Rick Jeffrey is an entrepreneur and corporate communications and community relations leader with more than 30 years of experience in Calgary’s business environment.
A former journalist and photographer, for 20 years Rick assumed increasingly senior roles in the oil and gas sector providing advice and counsel to management on communications issues including media relations and media training, corporate reorganizations and organizational effectiveness and knowledge management. As an award-winning writer he has produced both internal and external corporate communications programs as well as annual reports, speeches and video productions. As a community relations professional, he developed ground-breaking programs for one of Canada’s largest resource companies in areas of corporate responsibility and philanthropy.
In 1999, Rick earned an MBA from the University of Calgary, after which he purchased the assets of a failing food services company and helped to turn the company into a thriving retail and manufacturing entity. He sold his interest in the company in 2012 and has returned to his roots in communications.
Angie Leonard, Senior Associate
Angie is an accomplished senior advisor and stakeholder management expert in the natural gas industry, with a specialty in shale gas and hydraulic fracturing. With 20 years of professional experience, Angie has helped organizations to align mutual interests, reduce risk, and advance economic, social and environmental performance for all stakeholders. Other areas of experience include government relations, media relations, economic development, business analysis, finance, Crown corporations together with both national and international experience.
Angie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of New Brunswick and is a Chartered Accountant with membership to the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the New Brunswick Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Linnea Turnquist, Senior Associate
Linnea is a senior management professional with more than 19 years of experience in the corporate, not-for-profit and municipal government sectors.
After beginning her career with reputable organizations such as Hockey Canada, Spruce Meadows and AGT, Linnea started down the path of entrepreneurship by creating the first full-service golf program for women in Canada. Linnea’s dedication to growing the game and changing the Alberta golf demographic was recognized through a nomination for Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year.
Linnea continued along the path of business and sport by serving as the Executive Director of the Canadian Golf Foundation at Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville, Ontario. She then worked with The City of Calgary for close to eleven years in a variety of capacities, including citizen recognition and protocol and strategic marketing and communications. Her last five years were dedicated to building an enterprise risk management practice for The City, which was recognized as a leader amongst Canadian municipalities. Linnea now works with clients in her strength areas of: strategic planning, risk, issues and reputation management as well as strategic communications and personal communications coaching.
Linnea is an alumna of the University of Victoria (B.Sc.), UBC’s Residential Program for Executive Development, the Banff Centre and the Schulich School of Business in Toronto (Operational Risk Management). When not working with her clients, Linnea contributes her spare time and energy to her family and a number of quality organizations as an eager and engaged volunteer.