Our Team

Tim Woods, Partner


Tim WoodsTim Woods has worked in political and public process communications for over twenty five years. Tim has taken senior communications positions with trade associations and an Ottawa-based research institute. He formed his own communication consultancy in the 1990's, working for trade associations, unions, companies, not-for-profit organizations and government agencies.

More recently, Tim played a leadership role in dialogue and deliberation initiatives sponsored by the Industry Training Authority and Immigrant Employment Council of British Columbia. In 2006, Tim became a founding Director in the Canadian Community for Dialogue and Deliberation. He has a Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement certificate from the Fielding Graduate University of California, and a Bachelor of Arts degree, majors in Economics and History, from Carleton University.


Lynelle Spring, Partner


Lynelle SpringIn her 15 years as a public sector executive Lynelle Spring gained valuable experience in strategic communications and change management. She was a direct report to five Deputy Ministers, and led significant change management projects at the national, provincial and organizational levels. Her strategic abilities were honed through leadership positions with high profile initiatives such as BC's 2010 Olympic Bid and the pan-Canadian Service Canada pilot project.

Since opening her consulting practice in 2001, Lynelle has served clients in government, trade associations and research institutes in both Canada and the United States, offering services in strategic communications, management and organizational change. She has also developed expertise and strong relationships in the practice of science and technology Foresight through her work with more than a dozen innovative, multi-disciplinary projects. She has authored papers and conducted research on Foresight methods and practices for the Prime Minister's Advisory Council on Science and Technology and the Office of the National Science Advisor.

Lynelle's interest in working to engage groups and organizations in meaningful dialogue and creative problem solving has been strengthened by training in the Challenge Dialogue method as well as studies with the Fielding Institute in Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement. She has a Sociology degree from Carleton University.


Rhonda Hunter, CMA, Senior Associate


Rhonda HunterRhonda Hunter brings a financial, human resource and business perspective to the Deliberation Network. She is an experienced change-management leader, specializing in leading management teams in public and non-profit sectors through positive organizational transitions. Transition projects include organizational leadership in the downsizing of the Ministry of Small Business, Tourism and Culture by 30%; designing and implementing the transfer of 30 provincial heritage sites to the community for third-party management; design and delivery of Retirement Transition and focus group workshops for the Ministry of Community Development; and organizational design and financial analysis for organizational changes to Barkerville.ca, British Columbia's premiere heritage tourism site.

Rhonda is also a specialist in building strategic partnerships — between Ministries for cost-effective shared service delivery, between unions and management where adversarial positions are set aside in favor of solutions with common benefit, and between governments and third-party delivery agents. In 2010, she developed and delivered a "Managing Strategic Partnerships" workshop for Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Ms. Hunter holds a professional Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Diploma in Public Administration from the University of Victoria. She served as the Treasurer, Vice-Chair and Chair of the Certified Management Accountants of British Columbia, and as a national board member of the Certified Management Accountants of Canada. In November 2010, Rhonda was recognized as a Fellow of the Management Accountants of Canada in recognition of service to the Society, the profession and the community.


Don Presant, Learning Innovation

Don PresantDon Presant is President of Learning Agents, a multimedia production company with a strategic focus on e-learning, community of practice and "learning as a conversation" for the workplace. Don's expertise in adult learning is the result of 10 years experience in educational television and over 18 years in computer and Internet technologies. He has developed several successful tools and methods for peer-to-peer knowledge transfer based on storytelling and collaboration by practitioners and learners.


Gery Lemon, Communications Specialist

Gery LemonA member of the 2010 Olympic Bid team, Gery Lemon led external engagement and communications to 90 community committees. Writer, editor and communicator, Gery has launched initiatives with provincial and national profile. Her writing has heart and connects with people where they live. Gery has written and edited hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, dozens of editorials and columns.

Gery has worked on tripartite First Nation treaty initiatives and led a marketing team that built awareness of the pending skills shortage in B.C. trades. During a 20-year journalism career Gery was the editor of several British Columbia magazines and community newspapers and worked as a reporter on both daily and weekly newspapers. She managed several newsrooms and mentored many new reporters.


David Matthews, Web & Graphic Designer

David MatthewsAfter earning a journalism degree from Northwestern University, David Matthews began his career as a print designer for a magazine publisher in Chicago where he also wrote a monthly column (which he still authors today) and helped develop the company's first website. Three years later he started his own company, Ink Stain Design, in Barrie, Ontario, which has been creating brand identities, print campaigns and web presences for businesses throughout North America since 2002. With his unique background and skill set, David offers a complete design and marketing resource for all Deliberation Network projects.


Jennifer Foy, Marketing and Social Media Specialist

Jennifer FoyJennifer is a believer in many things, most especially the ability of empowerment to transform communities. In her professional life, she has worked with communities in the public, private and non-profit sectors. From personal experience Jennifer knows that to feel empowered people need great information, served up in a great way. Communications is Jennifer's passion. Dry as burnt toast facts or bland as pablum information will never have the power to change the world. Thoughtful, committed people will take care of that, therefore, Jennifer's specialty is using her unabashedly earnest quest for knowledge to inspire others.

Inspiration is what Jennifer delivers daily through her use of a variety of social media channels. She has developed her new media acumen partly through her studies but mostly through passion for sharing her daily quest to try something new with tweets, pics and updates — even and especially when that means looking 'silly from time to time.' In her opinion, "the best part of the day is when you stare down at your crayon and will your hand to shove it way outside of the lines."

With a BA in International Relations and an Associate Certificate in Marketing Management and Public Relations, Jennifer's traditional education has a strong lean towards understanding the structure of societies, organizations and publics. Jennifer helps clients find the best way to reach their intended audience.


Tammy Simonds, Logistics

Tammy SimondTammy handles logistics for the Deliberation Network. With an eye for detail, Tammy takes care of bookings for meeting space, audio visual equipment, travel, contact databases and registration management.