Since 2006 when she established CMR Consulting Inc., Carolyn has continued to demonstrate strong strategic, analytical and professional competency. She is a team leader who is energized by collaboration, a creative and innovative problem solver, and is dedicated to providing clients with value through tangible results. Carolyn has successfully counselled clients across various sectors in the areas of strategic planning, corporate governance, communications, issues management, stakeholder engagement, and Indigenous community planning, consultation and inclusion.
Drawing on more than 35 years of national and international experience in extractive industries including oil, gas and mining, her client base continues to grow to include a broad range of industries, governments, private sector and not-for-profit organizations. Carolyn is passionate about everything she does and is motivated and driven in all areas of her life.
When she is not working, Carolyn is “living her best life” through volunteering, spending time with family, having fun in the outdoors, and enjoying good food and wine.
Carolyn holds a Public Relations and Communications Management Graduate Certificate from Royal Roads University, Geology Certificate from SAIT and has extensive training in Stakeholder Engagement, Crisis Communication, Corporate Social Responsibility, Media, Leadership and Facilitation. She is an active member of the Canadian Public Relations Society, International Association for Public Participation, and Circle For Aboriginal Relations. Carolyn also serves on the Board of CanWhite Sands.
Sarah is a sustainability and community development specialist with fifteen years of experience in research and project design, socioeconomic assessment and reporting, and community consultation and engagement in more than 15 developed and developing countries. She is driven by her passion to collaborate with organizations, local leaders and their communities to build meaningful and lasting partnerships that allow her to better understand and address their needs, and to build strategies that foster mutually beneficial projects, capacity building, and sustainable growth. Sarah has experience working with vulnerable, at-risk, and culturally diverse groups, Indigenous and rural communities, the private sector, governments, NGOs, academia, and international financial institutions in multi-stakeholder projects, some carried out in multiple countries.
She has expertise in delivering innovative solutions at the local, regional, and national level that foster mutually beneficial relationships and encompass a participative approach. Sarah also is proficient at facilitating, directing and evaluating projects that build and strengthen partnerships, improve efficiency, and strive for sustainable and healthy communities. Sarah received her Ph.D. in Geography at the University of Calgary in 2014. She joined the University of Calgary's Sustainability Studies program as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in 2016 and became the first Assistant Professor in the program until she joined CMR full-time in 2021. When not working, Sarah loves exploring the world and all its cultures, cooking, time with family and friends, Super Jocks, and NFL Sundays. She is Chair of the Board of Directors of The Fig Tree Foundation, a Calgary-based non-profit dedicated to building capacity for communities around the world to catalyze sustainable development and strong communities.
Carey has developed her career supporting all levels of leadership in delivering their messaging and bridging the gap between clients and leaders.
With a background in communications, Carey has worked in a range of different industries and roles, helping her to hone her skills in communications. An engaging and thoughtful professional, Carey delivers value and authenticity and loves a good challenge.
Born and raised in Calgary, she is driven by her passion for people and making a difference in the communities in which she lives and works. She brings enthusiasm, zest and a bit of eccentricity to any team she is a part of, and her approachable and adaptive style support her ability to build trust and develop long standing relationships.
When Carey isn’t working, you can find her at home or enjoying the great outdoors with her twin 6-year-olds and her partner of 13 years. A life-long student, she has a wide range of creative projects on the go at all times, striving to be constantly learning something new.
Dione is a stakeholder and Indigenous engagement professional who is passionate about creating connections between clients and their stakeholders to develop relationships and advance projects. For almost 20 years she has supported organizations in aligning interests and navigating complex challenges in communities, and brought stakeholder and Indigenous community voices to the table. She draws on her background in communications, stakeholder relations, Indigenous engagement, social risk mitigation and project management to develop strategies that will bring lasting value for all parties.
While much of her career has been spent in oil and gas, Dione has also led engagement teams for the Alberta Energy Regulator, and has supported projects and teams in various other sectors, including renewable and non-renewable energy, pipelines, service companies and engineering and environment. In the past few years, she has had a particular focus on Indigenous Participation Planning and Implementation.
Dione is a native Calgarian who has worked throughout Western Canada and the North. She has served on various industry committees as a communications and engagement advisor, and has designed and delivered engagement and Indigenous awareness training for teams. She is also sought after as a conference speaker and moderator.
Dione has a BA in Communications Studies.
With over 20 years’ experience in strategic planning and project management Shelley has worked across a number of sectors and industries, ranging from the construction to telecommunications and humanitarian. Through her extensive international work she has a depth of experience across many different cultures and organizational structures, as well as at all levels, from C-Suite to those employees working in the field, on the front lines. Her career started in the not for profit sector, working at the community level managing social and economic development projects before moving to the private sector. Most recently working in the humanitarian sector with the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) supporting global companies plan, develop and execute their international strategies.
Shelley has worked with large multi-national corporations on their strategic planning and sustainability focused work, this has included strategy development, governance, impact and value assessments, stakeholder engagement, partnership building and management, as well reporting, including ESG and communications. Shelley is also an experienced trainer and facilitator, that seeks to always employ an inclusive and adaptable approach to her practice, bringing various learning and management techniques, including training, coaching, and mentoring.
Shelley holds an MSc in International Relations from the University of Bristol and a BA Hons in Business from Sheffield Hallam University, both in the UK, as well as various qualifications in the sustainability, CSR and impact assessment.
When Shelley isn’t working, she enjoys having quality time with her husband and beloved dog Cleo, as well as her friends and family. Shelley loves being outdoors and in nature, regardless of the temperature, as long as there is no rain! Her weekends are spent exploring the parks of Calgary and heading to the Rockies for needed mountain time.
Deborah brings extensive experience in corporate communications, public affairs, strategic planning, content creation, media relations, issues management and crisis communications.
Her career started in broadcast news and is grounded in agency settings, where she developed and delivered effective communications and marketing strategies for a range of public and private sector clients. She has worked across a broad range of sectors and industries including financial services, education, government, tourism and retail.
Recognized for building collaborative relationships and providing exceptional client service, Deborah thrives on working with individuals and organizations to produce compelling internal and external strategies, initiatives, events and content that support the achievement of business outcomes.
Deborah holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Radio and Television from Ryerson University and has augmented her experience with training in communications best practices, issues management, crisis communications, public participation and Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP). She is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators.
Away from the office, Deborah enjoys getting out for long walks with her husband and two rescue dogs, connecting with family and friends over a glass of Pinot Grigio, reading, and watching NHL hockey and tennis (especially Wimbledon and the U.S. Open).
Shaheen has over twenty-five years of experience in corporate, not-for-profit and community settings working effectively with individuals at all professional levels and with varied project scope and budgets ranging from $100K to $5B.
She demonstrates strength in strategic/tactical planning, stakeholder engagement, issue management, facilitation, critical thinking and verbal/written communication. Her ability for critical thinking and analysis combined with her collaborative approach has assisted organizations in the development and implementation of creative strategies, tangible tactical plans, innovative problem-solving techniques and process enhancements, resulting in the successful achievement of their goals and programs.
As a stakeholder engagement professional, she tailors and implements engagement/consultation strategies to effectively manage community issues/needs while ensuring alignment with client objectives and regulatory requirements. Her collaborative approach translates into forging and strengthening meaningful relationships with internal and external facing stakeholders, influencers and decision makers, leading to mutually beneficial “win-win” solutions
Shaheen holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary and a Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA, CMA) designation. She has completed the Leadership Calgary program (Human Venture Institute), taken Managing Projects (Royal Roads University) and has received training in media, protestor management and Aboriginal awareness.
With 12 years of global experience working with public and private organizations to develop ESG strategies and reports, integrate sustainability into their brand identities and effectively engage stakeholders through high-quality communications activities, Áine uniquely pairs her technical background and understanding of ESG with advanced marketing and communications experience to meet her clients’ needs and goals. Her passion and experience focus to date has centred on supporting organizations, leaders and their teams in understanding and effectively leveraging the connection between sustainability, reputation, and financial/non-financial risks to advance organizational strategies and achieve measurable results.
Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Áine has called Calgary home since 2013. She holds a BA in Environmental Science from Trinity College Dublin, and MSc in Sustainable Development from the Dublin Institute of Technology as well as an MBA from the University of Calgary, where she currently serves as Director, Sustainability Reporting and Engagement. Prior to working at the university, Áine held roles at Cenovus Energy and Dublin based consulting firm, Codema. In her free time, Áine loves to enjoy the outdoors with her young family be it in the mountains or around town, and she is famous among her friends for planning the perfect picnic for any occasion. She also enjoys to swim, hike and read fiction.
Adam brings over a decade of senior corporate level experience working with Indigenous businesses. He has a keen understanding of client/contractor relationships and managing annual budgets in excess of $150 M. A compelling communicator, skilled in building trust and establishing long term relationships. He is a respected and influential leader with a unique blend of professional and educational experience in extractive industries.
He brings an expertise to CMR that supports organizations as they steer operations and generate initiatives that drives performance, reduce costs, and streamline processes. Adam has a solid understanding of procurement and associated agreements, including how to build capacity to support mutual interests and gain for both clients and Indigenous communities.
When Adam isn't working he enjoys spending time in the mountains with his wife and their senior Jack Russell Terrier (Berger). Adam graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Kinetics from St Francis Xavier University and holds several diplomas/certificates from Keyano College where he studied Project Management, Contract Management and Supply Chain Management.
Bill is a professional with more than twenty-five years of experience as an organizational change and development consultant. During his career he has been a leader in the non-profit sector, ran a start-up software company, been an executive with a national consulting firm and a senior manager in government.
Since the 1980s he has served on the Boards of several non-profit organizations and consulted to more than 75 organizations in the sector. Bill works alongside organizations to clarify purpose and direction, develop governance to operate within, and plan and implement the transition. In addition, he has worked in various sectors including; technology, financial services, energy, agriculture, and telecommunications.
He brings to CMR specific deliverables in:
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 MBTI certified (the Myers Briggs Type Indicator) and has taken the Transition Management Series from William Bridges.
Alex Wilkinson brings years of experience as a consultant and researcher working on projects related to environmental liability management and remediation, technical feasibility and socio-economics of energy efficiency technologies, sustainable development, community resilience, climate change, and developing effective responses to social ecological change. Alex has expertise in project research, design and execution, collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative datasets, and report preparation. Alex has worked with the private sector, government, regulatory agencies, and academia.
While working in the private sector as an environmental consultant Alex developed expertise in assessing, monitoring and remediating environmental contamination. Alex’s work with industry required constant consideration of the triple bottom line: technical feasibility, economic viability, and socially acceptable solutions. These projects often involved multiple stakeholders including First Nations, private industry, government and regulatory agencies at provincial and federal levels.
Alex is a competent research analyst that informs and supports the understanding our complex social ecological systems to support effective decision making related to sustainable and resilient food, water, and energy systems, and develop responses to social ecological change.
Alex is currently pursuing a Ph.D. In Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, where he also holds a Research Analyst position in Sustainability Studies. He received his Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Development and his Bachelor of Science in Applied and Environmental Geology from the University of Calgary.
When Alex is not busy working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and new son, running, and watching Premier League soccer.
Since shifting to contracting in 2015, Spencer has established his reputation for providing an vast array of high quality technology-related products. His achievements include developing custom websites for dozens of companies, designing a wide variety of branding material and documents, constructing a mobile-accessible intranet for a large multi-site company, facilitating successful email marketing campaigns, producing videos for both education and promotional purposes and providing technical support for established businesses.
Spencer maintains a strong focus on collaborating with clients on each project to produce results that best fit the purpose, flow of information and project deadlines. He is constantly learning about new innovative products and software to ensure our clients are provided with the best support available and opportunities for adapting new technology.
Barry’s diverse projects range from developing the Indigenous Awareness E-learning platform for Conoco Philips to Travel Alberta's Online Travel Agent Portal to E-zone Networks, North America’s first large-scale interactive television systems. Barry has worked Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, BBDO, Ogilvy & Mather, and Walt Disney Studios, where he produced films, commercials, documentaries, photo shoots, and interactive projects. He has received several awards for his talents, and accolades over the years and works with non-profits, finding ways on utilizing social enterprise to help sustain various organizations.
He is engaged in developing Indigenous Digital Sovereignty Platforms (IDSP) with a goal to provide new solution for internet and STEM learning in remote First Nation Communities, with a goal in growing the opportunities for Indigenous youth and knowledge-based technologies. Through the Elders Legacy Project, Barry’s goal achieved show youth how to use their cellphones to document and preserve the teaching and knowledge of Elders, by allowing the youth to collect and preserve the 7 generations knowledge.
Recently Barry produced a short film called “Coming Home” with the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona where he brought together an Indigenous youth Film Crew to direct and produce the short film. “Coming Home” team has received many awards and are proud of the story that was developed and told.
Barry was in pre-development of “Two Wolves” a film that is to be filmed on the Westbank First Nations, staring Gene Braverock, Common, and Tom Jackson. The Film Production was to train and hire local youth for various film career roles. Unfortunately, the project is currently on hold due to Covid-19 and expected to go back in production in April of 2022.
Barry believes what he does is about passion, and not about the work. He sees value in giving back and helping others grow. If we can help our fellow being just once, its is enough to create positive change for those around us and the world. He is always thinking and reflecting, guided by nature, and the passion to capture stories and moments, always embracing new experiences
Aleia Robin is a summer student for CMR Consulting. She is finishing her degree at Mount Royal University December 2021 in Health and Physical Education with a major in Physical Literacy. Aleia plans to go into her master’s shortly after her degree in Sports Psychology where she can continue to help share her passion for athletes and the sport industry. As project coordinator this summer she is assisting with internal organization and research. She is excited and ready to learn about the industry alongside a dynamic team.
The CMR creative team manages a number of high profile, complex projects concurrently, organizing and executing workflow from team planning sessions through to implementation in a variety of media, capitalizing on strengths and competencies of team members and internal and external stakeholders to deliver exceptional products.
Our team lead is a highly motivated versatile research, marketing, communications and design professional with more than 20 years of experience. She is a winner of the coveted International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Gold Quill Award, which recognizes innovation in design and communications and excellence on a global scale.
Our creative team also includes a web designer who has built websites for businesses both large and small, including a corporate intranet with over one thousand users. With a keen visual eye and skills in graphic design our web designer has guided many business owners through the process of transforming intangible ideas into polished websites.
The CMR Creative Team has designed and produced products such as:
In every project our creative team undertakes, they are dedicated and committed to the highest level of excellence