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Futures RPI


Kathryn York

In 1994 Kathryn launched her consulting career focused primarily on the Health Care sector in Western Canada, and secondarily on the Education and Business sectors. After 10 years of annual growth and a rewarding career, Kathryn relocated to Hong Kong in 2003 to focus on raising a family, and began focusing on the IT sector as Regional Director of Operations, Asia Pacific where primary responsibilities included project management via the Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok and Manila offices as well as direct engagement of Fortune 500 regional clients (i.e. Citibank NA, Coke-Cola, Bank of America, PwC, Agoda, etc). In 2013, Kathryn returned to Canada resuming her consulting career while residing in Edmonton, Alberta.


Kathryn is an accomplished speaker and trained facilitator, having extensive experience leading workshops and focus groups. She works hand-in-hand with managing directors and senior managers in both the public and private sectors to design and facilitate their organization’s consultation process. She is a facilitator who brings a fresh perspective to the discussion and who believes that consultation and engagement is done best by asking probing questions and using engaging activities to bring the participant’s best ideas to the surface. While utilizing the latest technological tools and analysis she brings together straightforward and comprehensive results. By the end of her time together, everyone will have contributed to and asserted meaningful input into the consultative process.


Kathryn is a 20 year veteran of policy governance and board development. Kathryn takes a conversational, relationship-building approach to guide the organization through what can be thorny and contentious governance issues. Grounded in proven methods she has supported organizations of all types and sizes as they’ve dealt with issues such as developing governance policies, addressing board/management conflict, addressing lack of direction/focus, CEO evaluation, and setting organizational and regional priorities.


Kathryn believes that organizational planning is about making a company function effectively by building a cohesive leadership team, establishing written clarity among those leaders, communicating that clarity to everyone within the organization and putting in place just enough structure to reinforce that clarity going forward. The advantage of organizational planning whether strategic or operational is undeniable and massive. Companies get more done in less time. They avoid losing their best people. They identify problems earlier and solve them faster. They beat rivals who waste time, money and energy fighting among themselves, which ultimately drives away good employees and customers. And they create harmony throughout the organization as employees connect as team.


Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and Master of Business from the University of Saskatchewan. She is a member of both the American College and Canadian College of Health Leaders, Past Chairman-Elect and past Secretary of the Canadian International School of Hong Kong, and Founding Member / Past Vice-President of the Northern Lights Optimist Club. She holds certifications in both facilitation and team building.

Drew Bird

Drew is an experienced leadership and organization development practitioner with a background spanning a broad range of industries including Government, Healthcare, Technology, Coaching and Consulting, Oil and Gas, and Not-for-Profit associations.

He holds an MA in Leadership from Royal Roads University in Victoria, Canada, and an MSc in Organizational Psychology (Distinction) from the University of London, England, where he also received the Centennial Award for the highest GPA in the graduating class. He is a member of the Canadian Psychology Association, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (a division of the American Psychological Association).

Drew is currently a faculty member with the Executive Education Division at the University of Alberta, instructing on topics including Leadership, Strategic Human Resource Management, Team Leadership and Effectiveness, Organizational Change, and Organizational Development. Clients for these courses and workshops include the Government of Alberta, the Government of the Northwest Territories, the Alberta Energy Regulator, Canadian National Energy Board, Norquest College, the Alberta Union of Municipalities, as well as a broad range of private clients. Drew is also an invited speaker at the Conference Board of Canada’s Directors College on the topic of Leadership and Emotional Intelligence.

Drew has led numerous organizational consulting projects including the design and implementation of small and large-scale leadership development, talent management, and succession planning initiatives. Drew was one of the co-founders of the British Columbia Healthcare Leadership Development Collaborative, a joint effort by the seven BC health authorities (comprising more than 60,000 employees) to develop a cohesive approach to the identification, development, and engagement of leaders within the healthcare system. This project, one of few ever to receive independent funding from the BC Ministry of Health, continues to grow in scale after almost five years and includes the only known cross-organizational leadership mentoring program in Canada.

Drew has extensive experience in the use of psychometric assessments and is a Premier Partner and approved certifying trainer for a number of tools including the Emotional Intelligence EQ-i and EQ360 instruments, the Risk Type Compass assessment, and the Pearman Type Indicator. He is also a qualified MBTI practitioner, as well as holding certifications for the Hogan HDS, HPI, and MVPI instruments. He also has extensive experience with a broad range of other self and multi-rater assessments.

In his private practice, Drew works directly with select clients from both the private and public sectors to develop effective leadership talent management practices, programs and processes. He also supports leaders from a range of organizations, and at all organizational levels, coaching and mentoring on day-to-day business issues and longterm strategic challenges. His engaging style and depth of subject matter knowledge makes him a sought after presenter and facilitator on a wide range of topics.