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Program overview

Is fast and effective strategy implementation a priority for your organization?

Are you a general manager at vice-president, president, executive vice-president, CEO, or a senior staff member or consultant supporting c-level executives?

If yes, then this workshop is for you.

Join us to learn how executives at four Western Canadian and two global companies used requisite organization principles to design for agile strategy execution.

This interactive workshop will feature presentations by each executive team during which they will share their experiences implementing requisite organization principles to accomplish strategic initiatives. Following the presentations, you set the agenda and have your questions answered during our round table sessions.

Capital Power Corporation: "Demerger" - The creation of a new company. EPCOR made a strategic decision to create a separate company, Capital Power Corporation, for its power generation business. This included a comprehensive organization design and implementation process. This presentation provides a fascinating look at the creation of a separate company.

Canadian Pacific Railway (CP): Large Scale Organization Design. CP initiated an organization design assessment of its entire company (about 16,000 employees). This was followed by an implementation of agreed improvements. This presentation provides a valuable perspective on a comprehensive, large scale change completed in a timely manner.

Graham Group Ltd.: Using Levels Strategically Graham executive will discuss their design of project management structures to handle complexity in public-private-partnerships, infrastructure, industrial, heavy civil, and commercial construction projects. Additionally they will share how their Talent Management system aligns managerial capability with managerial challenge.

Suncor Energy: Two Case Studies Suncor executives will discuss:
1. How they successfully merged two stratum IV oil extraction organizations and redesigned the general manager (SVP) role at stratum V. A new highly effective management team was put in place at strata V, IV, and III within one year of an after an acquisition.
2. How they improved the organization effectiveness of a huge, complex stratum IV open pit mine with large employment working at different locations - at the same time improving safety, productivity, quality, environmental sensitivity, and managerial leadership competence.

Summary Themes
While these organizations faced diverse issues, the presentations and discussions will articulate how the common use of well-researched and aligned concepts helped them to innovate, compete, and grow. All illustrate themes of full management accountability, designing the right levels of work complexity, putting the right people in the right place, clear role definition, and connecting people contribution among key business processes.

Extra features

The workshop fee includes individual year-long access to the GO Society’s Learning Management System that includes e-learning modules, books, articles, videos, and an on-line forum--all supporting learning and application of requisite organization concepts. You may purchase additional subscriptions to the Society’s LMS for your company employees.

For a more complete face-to-face learning experience you may choose to attend, or to send your staff to attend the professional development program November 13th and 14th for an additional fee. (See below) This in-depth training would be of most interest to general managers with operational accountabilities, their key staff, and senior HR managers. The program would also be useful to senior management consultants and those specializing in HR systems and organization development. Click here for associated professional development program.

Who should attend

  • CEOs who want an effective short course in designing and managing their growing organizations. These methods have been highly valued by VISTAGE, TEC groups and other CEO learning groups.
  • General managers with accountability for implementing strategy.
  • VPsHR who need to build strategic capability in their HR function and then to build capability throughout the organization. This workshop will help them improve the design and staffing of their own function and to manage the careers of high mode HR professionals.
  • Directors who have accountability for implementing important strategy implementation projects or who support general managers in their organization design work.
  • Hi - potential individuals will gain in-depth understanding of complex organization dynamics and how to succeed in special project assignments and to better manage their rapidly developing careers.
  • Senior management consultants who want a powerful short course in organization design and management and to align themselves with a global network of senior organization design practitioners to collaborate on major projects.
  • Academics in organizational studies who wish to include these concepts in their teaching, research and consulting.

Others who will also attend the executive workshop because of their registration for other conference events includes:

  • Senior managers, consultants and academics from around the world who have registered for the Global Organization Design Professional Development this executive workshop is a required part of the professional development program.
  • The GO Society Board, Fellows, and Senior Fellows of the Society who registered for the Invitational Best Practices workshop.

The Learner’s Experience

Preparation for the event

  • Register for the executive workshop and make your accommodation arrangements if required.
  • Depending on the depth of your interest in using these concepts in your organizaiton, you may take advantage of additional on-line resources included in your registration by:
    • completing the e-learning modules,
    • studying recommended articles and videos.
    • participating in on-line Forum for sharing questions / insights and discussion.
    • completing an on-line survey about your work context, issues, questions, and personal learning objectives.

Calgary events - Executive Workshop November 15th.

  • Attend the GO Executive Workshop November 15th to hear senior executives and Senior Fellows of the Society describe their use of Global Organization Design concepts and discussion of implementation issues and benefits.
  • Should you wish to go deeper in your understanding of these concepts yourself, you might consider the option of also attending the professional development workshop days on November 13th and 14th at a special bundled price. Or consider registering one or more of your staff who will have key roles in strategy implementation. Click here for the associated professional development program

Post-Calgary Events

  • Additional opportunities should you choose to study these concepts at greater depth and their possible application in your organization.
    • guided reading and viewing of GO Society web site materials related the your learning goals.
    • participating in the on-line professional development forum moderated by Senior Fellows.
    • If you are a general manager, complete five hours of teleconference “distance tutoring” with Senior Fellow practitioners without further cost.
    • Complete additional hours of distance tutoring as desired at Society rates.
    • Engage a Society shadow consultant on a project that will apply RO concepts in your organization or client organization. (if appropriate to your needs)

Conference Co-Chairs

Ken Shepard, Ph.D.

Ken is conference co-chair and Senior Fellow, and Founding President of the Global Organization Design Society, a world-wide professional association of academics, business users, and consultants practicing the application of Requisite Organization concepts. He is also Chair of the Queens IRC Advisory Committee.

He was chief editor and contributing author of the book, Organization Design, Levels of Work and Human Capability: Executive Guide.

Ken held management positions in business, government, and not-for-profit sectors.

Dr. Shepard founded the management of change program at the Niagara Institute in 1981 and directed it for a decade during which he benchmarked best practices at major Canadian corporations and designed a wide-range of senior management development programs at the VP level.

As a consultant and Principal of the Canadian Centre for Leadership and Strategy for 24 years, Dr. Shepard worked with CEO's, Deputy Ministers, and seconds-in-command responsible for major change projects in Canada and abroad. Ken's practice was largely based on Requisite Organization concepts developed by Elliott Jaques complemented by state-of-the-art organization development processes.

Ken met Dr. Jaques in l978, brought him to Toronto in l992 and produced 3500 participant days of public workshops in Requisite Organization with Dr. Jaques introducing these concepts to senior consultants and line managers.

Paul Juniper, Director of the Queen's Industrial Relations Centre (IRC)

Paul Juniper is conference co-chair and has been Director of the Queen's Industrial Relations Centre (IRC) since 2006.

Paul is a leading and respected figure in Canada's HR community, with over 30 years of experience in human resources and association leadership.

Paul is particularly sought for his views on the future of the human resources profession. He speaks regularly at national and international conferences on trends in human resources, and the ways in which individuals and their organizations can continue to raise the bar on HR. Paul leads the IRC's Advanced HR programming. He developed and designed the IRC's HR programming to meet the increasingly complex professional development needs of HR practitioners. His research focuses on the state of the HR profession both in Canada and around the globe. In 2011, 
Paul is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the Banff Centre for Leadership. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Global Organization Design Society. Throughout his distinguished career, Paul has served as Vice-President of Human Resources for national and international companies, and also managed a Toronto-based consultancy, focusing on strategic planning and recruitment. Paul was an interim CEO of the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario (now known as HRPA), President of its Board, and was instrumental in the adoption of a degree requirement for certification in human resources. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council of HR Associations, and sat on its Independent Board of Examiners for many years. In addition, he has taught in both college and university environments, including the Strategic HR Planning course for York University in Toronto.

Paul holds MA, Geography from York University; is a CHRP and SPHR and is an Honourary Life Member of HRPA

Resource Guests

Peter Edwards

Peter Edwards, Vice-President Human Resources and Industrial Relations, Canadian Pacific

Peter Edwards was appointed Vice-President Human Resources and Industrial Relations in August 2010, responsible for the integrated function across North America.

Prior to joining Canadian Pacific in 2009 as Vice-President Human Resources, Peter held senior positions at Labatt Breweries / Interbew and Canadian National Railway. He has also co-authored two books on managing a changing railway (How We Work and Why and Change, Leadership, Mud and Why) to establishing individual employee performance scorecards. Peter also co-authored Switchpoints: Culture Change on the Fastrack.

He currently serves on the Boards of the School of Industrial Relations and the Centre for Industrial Relations at Queen’s University.

Peter holds an undergraduate and Master of Industrial Relations degrees from Queen’s University in Ontario.

Grant Beck, President & CEO, Graham Group Ltd.

Dedicated leader is perhaps the best way to describe Grant Beck. During his 35-plus-year career, he has worked tirelessly to promote initiatives that he believes are important in the advancement of the construction industry.

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Grant embodies the ‘prairie culture’ of hard work, perseverance and deep-rooted values – evident in his ascension to the top in every position he has held in the construction field. From labourer, to project manager, to President & CEO, Grant has consistently maintained a high level of integrity in every position, at every step of his career.

After completing a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 1977, Grant went on to earn his professional engineering status in 1979. With several years in the industry and a successful seven-year tenure as founding partner of a local construction company under his belt, Grant set his sights on Graham. He first joined the company in 1990 and advanced steadily by taking on a number of different roles and increasing responsibilities ranging from Senior Project Manager, Commercial; Construction Manager, Commercial; District Manager, Commercial; General Manager, Commercial and Civil; Project Manager; Branch Manager; to Divisional Vice-President; Major Commercial Projects. Grant was appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Graham Group Ltd. effective May 2012.

Grant has a demonstrated track record – most recently successfully leading the delivery of public-private partnership projects KVH and ASAP I and II – and impressive management skills to continue the company’s ongoing progression and success. With broad operational experience in civil industrial, multi-unit, institutional and social infrastructure, Grant has successfully completed projects across Canada. His expertise spans all contract methods including fixed price, construction management, design-build, and DBFM (P3s). An effective communicator, strategic thinker, and a visionary, Grant’s leadership will ensure the company continues to hold a competitive advantage in the industry.

Patrick Schmidtz, Senior Vice President Corporate Resources, Graham Group Ltd.

Patrick has been with Graham 16 years, joining the company in 1996 as an Asset Manager based in our Saskatoon operation, leading to overall corporate responsibility for Graham assets in 1999 and a move to corporate head office in 2001.

In 2003, Patrick was appointed Vice President Corporate Resources, including oversight the Asset Management, Purchasing, Quality and Engineering expertise groups.

An active and committed member of the executive team, Patrick has been instrumental in the initiation and growth of Graham’s matrix structure as well as a broad range of corporate initiatives ranging from support for ERP implementations to involvement in M & A work as part of the growth strategy.

Recently he was appointed Vice President Human Resources and is energized not only by the opportunity for more cross functional exposure, but the critical role this function must play in the future of the company.

His construction roots go deep, beginning in 1980 and including experience with both Finning in Alberta and Ledcor’s Ontario operations.

Just prior to joining Graham, Patrick taught high school and worked with Alberta Education on curriculum and evaluation initiatives.

Patrick holds a B.Ed from the University of Alberta and executive education from Queens.

Peter Arnold, Senior Vice President Human Resources and Health, Safety and Environment, Capital Power

Peter Arnold has overall accountability for leadership of Capital Power’s Human Resources and Health, Safety and Environment functions. These groups are focused on delivering North American-wide initiatives that support the achievement of Capital Power’s strategic plan.

Mr. Arnold joined EPCOR in 2004 and served as its Vice President, Human Resources and Health & Safety, from September 2005. He has extensive domestic, U.S. and international HR experience and has held several senior HR positions with leading energy organizations, including Duke Energy and Nexen. Mr. Arnold has led corporate compensation, organizational effectiveness, staffing, labour relations, corporate services and safety functions. He also has extensive acquisition and divestiture experience in growing organizations.

A leader in his profession, Mr. Arnold is a member of the Conference Board of Canada’s Council of HR Executives. He is also a member of the Human Resources Institute of Alberta, and holds a Certified Human Resources Professional designation (CHRP).

Mr. Arnold is a graduate of Trent University and the University of Toronto.

Michael MacSween, MBA, Executive Vice President, Major Projects Suncor Energy Inc.

Appointed to this role in January 2012, Mike is responsible for leading the engineering, procurement and construction activities for all Suncor-operated growth projects.

Mike joined Suncor in 1996 and has held a variety of leadership roles including senior vice president, In Situ; vice president, Upgrading; and vice president, Strategy and Development.

Prior to joining Suncor, Mike held positions at Betz Process Chemicals Inc. and Shell Canada Inc.

Mike serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Welding Bureau, and previously served on the Board of Directors of GreatPoint Energy and on the Board of Trustees for Leben REIT, a Calgary-based trust focused on commercial real estate investment.

Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick, and an MBA from Queen’s University.

Anne Marie Toutant - VP Oil Sands Optimization and Integration, formerly VP Mining Operations for Suncor Energy Inc.

Ms. Toutant earned a BSc. in Mining Engineering from the University of Alberta and has worked in the energy industry (metallurgical and thermal coal and oil sands) for 25 years.

Her career traversed numerous assignments in operations, engineering, and senior management roles with increasing responsibility in western Canadian surface mines.

Joining Suncor in 2004, Anne Marie was accountable for the safe and productive mining and reclamation activities involving 2200 employees and up to 1200 contractors. Her teams have been recognized twice for overall performance excellence, receiving the Overall President’s Operational Excellence Awards in 2007 for Best Business Area and in 2010 for Pond 1 Reclamation. The Millennium Mine was awarded the John T. Ryan western regional award for select mines for 2011 safety performance.

As a director of the Mining Association of Canada, Anne Marie serves on the executive committee, Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) governance team and Community of Interest Panel. She is an industry representative for the University of Alberta Mining Industry Advisory Committee (MIAC). In 2008, Anne Marie was awarded a CIM Fellowship and the Past Presidents’ Memorial Medal, bestowed by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum for her outstanding example to young men and women contemplating careers in the minerals industry. She volunteers to support the annual CIM Mining for Society Show at which thousands of school children experience first hand aspects of our minerals industry.

Adrienne Nickerson, P. Eng., Director Operations, Canadian Oil Sands

Through over 2 decades at Suncor Energy, Adrienne contributed to success in all aspects of the Oil Sands value chain from the mining face to pipeline logistics and sales.

As Director Technical Services, Adrienne developed a technical team to create improvements and innovation in the Mining Operation. As the Director of Sustaining Capital Projects, Adrienne and her teams met the challenge of extreme growth in project activity and created the capital portfolio management processes which guided critical investment decisions.

Currently, as Director of Operations for Canadian Oil Sands; Adrienne utilizes her experience to shape the future of COS’s investment in Syncrude creating strategies to optimize results in the base business and develop growth opportunities for the future.

Adrienne is a graduate of Queens Engineering Mining Program.

Conference Facilitators

Don Fowke, P Eng., FCMC

Don is a founding member and Senior Fellow of the Global Organization Design Society and is Chairman of the Society Board.

He is an experienced consultant in strategy, organization and people development using the concepts of Global Organization Design.

He has assisted in defining business strategy and business plans for companies in a variety of industries, designed organization structures ensure implementation and follow through on the strategy, assessed executives and managers against the needs of the new roles, implemented Talent Pool systems to ensure development of talent and succession planning for the future.

He has designed and implemented compensation plans to assure alignment of incentives and "felt fair" rewards throughout the organization.

In his consulting career, Don has been Chairman and CEO of Hickling-Johnston Limited, Managing Director of William M. Mercer and is currently with the New Management Network.

Mr. Fowke holds a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering and a diploma in Business Administration from the University of Saskatchewan and an S.M. from M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management. He was visiting scholar at the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants.

Paul Tremlett, MSc. in organization behaviour

Paul is a founding member and Senior Fellow of the Global Organization Design Society participating fully in all aspects of its programming.

He is a co-founder of COREinternational inc, a management consulting business dedicated to helping executives plan, design, and manage their organizations for outstanding performance. He has an extensive background in complex organization change management, strategic planning, organization restructuring and management education and training. Prior to consulting he held various management roles with Imperial Oil Limited and Xerox in sales, marketing, operations, training, and organization development.

Paul focuses particularly on organization design and redesign. He has helped more than two dozen public and private sector organizations align their work system to more effectively achieve strategic and operational goals, and has provided services in management, organization, and human resources development and effectiveness.

Paul has also designed and facilitated numerous management education, team development, consulting skills, and change management programs.

Ron Capelle, Ph.D., CMC, CPsych, CHRP

Dr. Capelle is a founding member and Senior Fellow of the Global Organization Design Society. He is President & CEO of Capelle Associates Inc.

Ron is an international expert in the assessment and implementation of organization design. With more than 30 years of experience, he brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to his executive clients.

Ron has consulted with a wide variety of national and international organizations including advanced technology, financial services, communications, health care, manufacturing, oil and gas, retail, transportation, and all levels of government. His global consulting experience includes work with organizations in the private, nonprofit and public sectors. This extensive experience provides Ron with a comprehensive knowledge base from which to understand the complex issues of organization assessment and change.

As well as consulting, Ron has completed extensive research into organization design and uses the data to offer clients a customized, proven approach to strategic organization design.

He has written Changing Human Systems. This best seller has been used in over 50 college and university courses. His views on organization design were profiled on "World Business Review", a television series hosted by Alexander Haig, and previously on "The Executive Forum", a television show hosted by (former Apollo 13 Commander) Jim Lovell. He has been a radio phone-in show guest, is a frequent conference presenter, and has written articles for professional journals.


Executive Workshop

  • Individual registration: $1195
  • Three or four participants from your company - $1075 each
  • Five or more participants from your company. - $956 each

Price includes:

  • One-year subscription to the GO Society Learning Management System - including e-learning.
  • Workshop fees and materials
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Breaks
  • Wine and cheese

Executive Workshop plus the Professional Development Program Click here for the associated professional development program

  • Individual registration: - $2095
  • Three or four participants from your company - $1795 each
  • Five or more participants from your company - $1596 each

Optional post conference side trip to Banff and Lake Louise - $545.00 all taxes and fees included
Download Brochure: pdf Post conference tour November 15 – 16, 2012

  • Bus leaves the Calgary Downtown Marriott (conference hotel) Thursday, November 15th at 6:15 pm arriving at the Rimrock Resort Hotel, Banff for an 8:15 pm dinner
  • Friday, November 16th, a leisurely breakfast, tour bus leaves at 10:30 to Banff Gondola ride, Bow Valley Parkway, scenic lunch at the Fairmount Lake Louise; also visits to Hole-in-the-Wall, Johnston Canyon and magnificent Castle Mountain.
  • On the return, tour Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks, before heading back to Calgary arriving at the Marriot Friday, November 16th at about 7:30 pm for dinner on your own
  • If you chose this option you will not need a Marriott reservation for Thursday. You will need to make a separate Marriott reservation for Friday, Nov. 16th to get their special holiday rate for that night of $109.00 plus tax.


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Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel

Our event hotel special group rate of approximately $209 plus taxes has expired. They promise to reopen it if they have cancelations. Their standard rate for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night is about $389 or more.

We recommend the Sandman Hotel about 8 blocks away which has a top rate of $269. We are looking for less expensive hotels. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for help in finding a hotel in your price range.

For those who want to stay at the Marriott call their reservations at +1 (800) 896-6878 and refer to Global Organization Design Society Meetingsorclick here to make your own arrangements on line. You will need to remove the group code which they no longer honour.



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