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Providing guidance, advice, experise, and independence to organizations in local government, post-secondary, and social service sectors.

Ian has a unique passion for good governance and lives in the professional space between elected officials and organizations’ senior management. His interest in local government, libraries, housing, post-secondary education, health, non-profit organizations and community safety comes together in a broad range of experience and insight as President of Strategic Steps Inc. and author of Who's Driving The Grader. Ian is nationally accredited as a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and a certified change management practitioner.

 
Who's Driving the Grader?
and other governance questions

At a time when in Canada, and indeed around the world, national and provincial governments are being elected on populist platforms that are remarkably unencumbered by any vision that extends beyond next Tuesday, local governments in Canada still provide those essential services that people need and want.

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Speaking Experience
Professor Lecturing on Stage

ETHICS IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association | 2020

Alberta Libraries Conference | 2020

Alberta Urban Municipalities Association | 2019

 

BUILDING SUCCESSFUL COUNCIL MANAGEMENT RELATIONS

ICMA North Carolina 2018 | Idaho 2020 | Virginia 2020

 

ALBERTA SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE | 2018

 

INFRASTRUCTURE ASSET MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE | 2018

 

ALBERTA MUNICIPAL CLERKS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE | 2017

 

UNDERSTANDING MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT

Alberta Library Conference

 

FOSTERING POSITIVE LIBRARY-MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Alberta Library Conference

 

TECHNOLOGY ENABLED GOVERNANCE

Institute of Public Administrators of Canada (IPAC) Conference

 

“I wanted to extend my appreciation and to thank all of you for helping make the Spark Ideas, Ignite Passion 2021 Virtual Conference such a success! Our team had a blast hosting you, and hopefully, you were able to make some great connections.”

Northern Lights Library System

“Thank you so much for the wonderful session yesterday.  I have heard only great things about your session.  Everyone who attended really enjoyed it and couldn’t believe how the time flew by.

Kneehill Regional Partnership

“Ian is great!!”, “Very comprehensive.  I liked his style and found him engaging. Practical and well-paced, Ian led some much needed insight into running for municipal council.  Ian was knowledgeable, passionate and authentic.”

Town of Pincher Creek

 
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