Recent Clients and Projects

Coaching Supports for Apprentices and Sponsors in BC

The Industry Training Authority of BC undertook an extensive consultation on the merits of introducing new supports for both apprentices and their sponsors. The Deliberation Network led the design and delivery of this engagement that included multi-stakeholder dialogues in six communities, webinars, online surveys, apprentice dialogues, and submissions from interested parties. Nearly 1,000 individuals and organizations were involved in this outreach.

Canadian Apprenticeship Forum — Making It Work Dialogue

After an extensive literature search carried out by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum on mentoring practices, the organization hosted a forum with trainers, employers, industry, labour and government representatives. The Deliberation Network designed and facilitated the 2013 Making It Work Dialogue, which allowed participants to consider the research findings and identify priorities for improving mentorship for Canadian trade apprentices.

2012 Leader's Summit on Immigrant Employment

The Immigrant Employment Council of British Columbia retained The Deliberation Network to design and manage a dialogue focusing on successful initiatives by business to integrate skilled immigrant talent into the province's workforce. This event attracted senior industry, business and government leaders from across British Columbia.

Transport Canada, Pacific Region

Transport Canada's Pacific Region Programs Branch commissioned the Deliberation Network to lead the transformation of the Branch's six business units and develop a shared administrative services model. Working intensely with management and operational staff, we developed and led a collaborative process for change over a seven-month timeline. After building trust with the organization through this complex process, we were asked to design and lead a strategic planning process designed to build management team collaboration; elicit a detailed exploration of work processes and explore potential areas of work convergence.

Canadian Space Agency — Canadian Institutes of Health Research

The 2012 National SHARE Workshop was a groundbreaking event, bringing together thought leaders from across the space life sciences and aging domain. The Canadian Space Agency and CIHR wanted to harvest wisdom from across the research, clinician technology development and end user communities. The two-day workshop was designed to allow a deep exploration of shared health-related opportunities and challenges common to long duration space travel and aging. The Deliberation Network collaborated with partners in Ottawa and Montreal to design, deliver and report on this highly successful event.

Fore-CAN: Foresight for Canadian Animal Health

The Fore-CAN project was a partnership among leading organizations concerned with Canada's Animal Health Emergency Management system. Fore-CAN focused on exploring and strengthening the link between leading edge Foresight methods and on-going improvements to the Animal Health Emergency Management system. The Deliberation Network worked with a multi-disciplinary project team to conduct Thought Leader Interviews, shape stakeholder consultations and design a final Summit to share the results of the multi-year consultation project.

North American Veterinary Medical Education Constortium (NAVMEC)

Veterinary medical colleges across North America and the Caribbean joined forces in 2010 to build on the 2006 Foresight Report commissioned by the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges. NAVMEC was designed to move along the continuum from foresight, through to action — focusing on the development of potential new models for veterinary medical education. The Deliberation Network collaborated with the project team to deliver facilitation and reporting services for their Las Vegas and Kansas City conferences.

Natural Gas Technology Futures

In March 2010, the Canadian Gas Association, in partnership with Natural Resources Canada undertook a foresight exercise aimed at helping the natural gas delivery industry with their commercialization agenda. The project also focused on improving alignment and information exchange between industry partners across Canada and along all elements of the supply chain.

Meaningful Citizen Engagement

Tim Woods addressed the challenge of meaningful citizen engagement in his presentation to a conference sponsored by the Columbia Institute for Civic Governance. Held in 2009, the conference brought together city councilors, mayors and school trustees from across British Columbia.

Talent Matters

Sponsored by the Toronto Financial Services Alliance, the Talent Matters project investigated the human resource challenges facing the City of Toronto's leading employer — the financial services industry. Our deliberative dialogue event helped industry executives explore new approaches with representatives from all levels of government, educators and community leaders.

Our Client List Includes


  • Industry Training Authority of British Columbia
  • BC Ministry of Transportation
  • Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • Canadian Space Agency
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Canada School of Public Service
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada — BC and Yukon Region
  • Defence R&D Canada Health Canada
  • Industry Canada
  • Library and Archives Canada
  • National Research Council of Canada
  • Prime Minister's Advisory Council on Science and Technology
  • Privy Council Office of Canada
  • Parks Canada
  • Public Security and Emergency Preparedness Canada
  • Public Service Commission of Canada
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • Transport Canada, Pacific Region
  • Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada

Private Sector/Non-Governmental Organizations

  • Immigrant Employment Council of British Columbia
  • South Island Partnership — Camosun College
  • Columbia Institute
  • Barkerville Heritage Trust
  • Victoria Hospice Foundation
  • Forest Products Association of Canada
  • Nutrients for Life Foundation
  • Canadian Fertilizer Institute
  • American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges
  • The Vanier Institute for the Family
  • Toronto Financial Services Alliance
  • Canadian Medical Association
  • Canadian Gas Association
  • Canadian Fertilizer Institute
  • Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance