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About

Tom is a public engagement specialist with more than 10 years of experience. By guiding tough conversations between governments, businesses and citizens, he helps groups build relationships and make decisions. He has worked on city-shaping public infrastructure projects, local community plans and far-reaching provincial policies by involving people in important decisions that affect their lives.  


Tom builds engagement strategies that include training facilitators and facilitating sessions, with audiences ranging from small groups to populations of thousands. He understands that decisions must incorporate the interests of the client’s public(s) and helps clients to facilitate meaningful engagement where participants feel valued and decisions move forward. 


A Graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, Tom holds several credentials and memberships in the field, including training in International Association for Public Participation: Planning, Facilitation Techniques, and Opposition and Outrage in P2. He is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Institute in Alberta with training in Communications and Mediation in ADR. His experience working in government has equipped him to analyse economic, population and public opinion data to integrate information from multiple sources and develop recommendations. 


Tom wholeheartedly believes that tension, well-managed using curiosity and kindness, leads to better decisions - no challenge is impossible. That’s probably why he started his career by moving to a country he had never been to before, to be a leader in a non-profit external relations team. Ten years on, Tom continues to bring those same traits and additional skills, which have shaped him into a leader who connects people and ideas through creative and flexible engagement. 


Tom is a proud member of IABC Saskatoon, IAP2 Wild Rose, and the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce.