Katrina Elliot 

As the owner and founder of Four Corners, Katrina has developed and nurtured a team of professionals with diverse skills to catalyze integrated social, economic and environment outcomes for their clients.

Katrina has over 25 years of experience in a wide range of North American and international projects including Indigenous, community and stakeholder engagement, developing negotiating frameworks, strategic and operational plans, socio-economic research, governance models and their implementation, logic framework development, program delivery and policy development, economic livelihood development and implementation, and gender analysis.

Katrina is passionate about sustainability and works with expertise, energy and commitment to develop industry, government and indigenous relationships. Katrina's work experience with Indigenous communities in Canada, Africa, Australia and Central America assists steering her team to design, integrate and deliver results for clients.

 

Katrina holds an undergraduate degree from University of Toronto and a graduate degree from the University of Sussex in England. Her educational specialties are International Development, Resource Management, Political Science and Economics. Some of Katrina's interests include: travelling, cooking, yoga and meditation, foreign films, farming and gardening, and hanging out with her family’s dogs.

 

Mark Ferrari

 

Mark is a financial professional and proven leader with significant experience in managing large and dynamic organizations. Mark has demonstrated results in senior executive positions where he is responsible for managing the financial planning and corporate resources for organizations with yearly budgets of $400 million or greater.  

 

Mark has proven results in current year and multi-year financial planning and reporting, revenue and expenditure accounting, contract management and internal control development. He also has significant experience developing and implementing governance models. Mark enjoys working with clients to help them create and implement policies and structures which will support their operational goals and ensure long term sustainability.

 

Mark also has rich and varied experience working with First Nations and local communities in supporting their economic development.  Mark has worked on several dozen projects, and with a variety of stakeholders, to support business and management success. Mark is a graduate of Simon Fraser University and a Chartered Professional Accountant.

 

In his work with Four Corner Management Consulting, Mark focuses on:

  • Helping organizations develop sustainable financial models

  • Strategic financial planning

  • Executive and management coaching

  • Policy development

  • Governance training, development and evaluation

  • Financial process development

  • Internal control assessments

  • Business development and business assessment

  • Land acquisition

  • Financial training

 

Dalyce Brandt

As sub-contractor to Four Corners and the principal of Sharp Image Consulting, Dalyce works with clients including local government, First Nations, non-profit organizations, post-secondary institutes, and small business. Graphic facilitation, studio graphics and professional coaching are valuable and distinct services that Dalyce provides.

 

Dalyce brings to her consulting business 30 years of recreation management experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Her focus has been community and leadership development, which has brought both short, and long-term contracts in management services, strategic planning, scenario planning, and change management. She has assisted in completing multiple recreation, park, facilities and cultural masterplans, feasibility studies, and recreation leadership training.

                            

Dalyce contracted her services for 9 years to administer the operation of the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition where in addition to administrative tasks, she oversaw over 100 community projects in small rural communities and First Nations across B.C.’s southern interior. She is recognized for her strong support and advocacy for rural communities and First Nations’ sustainability. Currently, Dalyce teaches leadership programs at Grandesco College, delivers skills training workshops, commissioned to prepare visual illustrations, and provides leadership, executive and career coaching.

                            

She has a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University, Local Government Administrative Certificate, International Coaching Federation Certification, and High Performance Leadership Certificate from Grandesco College. Additionally, Dalyce is certified as an IAP2 Practitioner, Implicit Career Search Practitioner, Graphic Practitioner, and Plan Genie Coach and Trainer.

 

Xiao He

Xiao is currently working for Four Corners as our Social Specialist and she is working closely together with the founder of Four Corners to expand our services to clients in Asia. Xiao has 17 years of working experiences in Asia covering government service, management consulting, non-profit organization and international organizations. Her fields include social performance standards, policies and framework of major international development agencies including International Finance Corporation, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, social assessment, public participation, vulnerable community development, gender equality, labor and working conditions, project management and partner coordination.

Xiao holds a Master of Sciences degree from London School of Economics and Political Sciences. In her spare time, Xiao enjoys running, hiking, yoga and road trips. She also volunteered at a homeless shelter when living in Langley, B.C and she is now volunteering at a charity organization supporting marginalized groups in Bangkok where she is currently residing with her family.  

 

John Cawker

 

John has over 30 years of experience in project development, funding and administration and working with a variety of diverse stakeholders. Through this experience, John has developed strong analytical, risk assessment and negotiating skills that he brings to Four Corners.

 

John worked at the Business Development Bank of Canada from 1980 to 2005 as a Senior Manager of Loans and was the Sector Specialist in aircraft (helicopter) financing. He joined Morris Management Consulting in Vancouver, B.C. where he provided financial consulting services to a variety of small and medium-sized enterprises, providing a variety of services - preparing business plans, management buyout proposals, business valuations, and negotiating financing. After management consulting he worked in the public sector as a Senior Business Officer at Western Economic Diversification, working with non-profit, First Nations, and public organizations. John also has worked with Indigenous Services Canada. The range of experience over the course of his career has provided him with strong insight into the operations of public and private sector organizations and allows him to understand the needs and goals of a wide range of clients.

 

John holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of British Columbia, and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. John has experience providing long and short-term financing to large and small businesses, strategic planning, leadership and project management, financial management, and customer relationship building.

 

Allan Bell

Allan Bell has over 20 years experience in both corporate and government sectors performing mergers and acquisitions, integration, business development and legal advisory on a range of issues including corporate governance, compliance and anti-corruption. Allan has a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Arts A in International Development Studies and has consulted with Four Corners since 2012.

Allan is a co-founder and director of the Hong Kong Centre for Pro Bono Services Ltd. and is also an Organizing Committee member of both the Asian Rowing Coastal Championships (Hong Kong 2018 and the World Rowing Coastal Championships Hong Kong 2019

 

Derrick Bartel

 

Derrick Bartel is an MBA graduate from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario and has worked in the healthcare industry for more than a decade. He has held positions of increasing responsibility with several multinational, market-leading organizations in the pharmaceutical and medical sector, notably Merck and Company This includes roles as a strategic marketing analyst and several senior customer-facing positions interacting and managing stakeholder relationships at multiple levels across the complex and rapidly changing healthcare system. His areas of expertise are centered on sales, business and partner development, strategic marketing, business analytics, and corporate communications. Derrick also worked for several years at a leading global marketing communications and public relations firm across several emerging markets.

 

Derrick brings diverse competencies and a unique international perspective to Four Corners Management Consulting, with a core skill set that covers the following areas:

  • Consultative sales & sales management

  • Key institution & account management

  • Customer segmentation & value-creation

  • Business development design & execution

  • Strategic business planning

  • Business strategy & performance analysis

  • Market analysis & mapping

  • Business plan development

  • New product launch & execution

  • Market research

  • Marketing analytics

  • Corporate communications & public relations

 

Adam Wade

 

Adam Wade specializes in improving business operations through the use of new technologies and improved business processes. His services include SQL database development; web development (html, php, javascript, AJAX); report, spreadsheet and form design; business process design; graphic design; and guiding new technology implementation.

 

Adam worked as a Business Officer with Western Economic Diversification where he managed a portfolio of projects for municipalities, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations with costs of approximately 13 million. He was responsible for reporting and contract management for a period of three years. Examples of some of his work include managing the aboriginal engagement strategy for 224 projects in a 60 million program throughout B.C. and development of employment reporting for the program, designed to alleviate the negative impacts of the recession of 2008 - 2009.

 

He holds a Bachelor of Business Commerce degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a major in Information Systems. He values a transparent, honest and open-minded approach in a collaborative environment and places emphasis on client satisfaction.

 

Mark Imus

 

With over 16 years of experience in land and resource planning, project management, ecosystem stewardship, economic development as well as community and regional engagement with First Nations, local government and provincial/federal government agencies, Marc brings a solid foundation in planning, facilitation and public process management to the Four Corners team. Marc has worked with a wide variety of provincial government agencies and Crown corporations to improve cross-agency/department coordination, First Nations engagement and collaboration with various stakeholder groups to advance sustainable development goals.

 

Marc has experience working with numerous First Nations bands and Tribal Councils throughout northern and southern interior British Columbia to develop agreements and to provide opportunities for direct participation in sustainable economic development projects and conservation initiatives, such as fish/wildlife restoration projects. Marc has extensive experience in research and report writing, as well as presenting and facilitating large groups with varying interests in land and resource development. As well, Marc has project-managed a broad range of projects spanning multiple sectors (i.e. agriculture, tourism, forestry, and renewable energy) and has a strong client service orientation to deliver meaningful results to the communities and organizations he's engaged with.

 

Marc is a Registered Professional Planner (RPP) with the Planning Institute of BC and a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP). He holds a Science and Technology Diploma in Environmental Sciences from Camosun College and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Planning from the University of Northern British Columbia. Marc has an extensive knowledge of provincial and federal policies and legislation and training in project management and organizational/employee performance management.

 

Jessie August

Jessie August, is a proud member of the shishalh First Nation. Granddaughter of hereditary chief Alfred August and Eliza August, daughter of Valentine August and June Stewart. Jessie has one daughter and is mom to two dogs.

 

Over the last twenty years, Jessie has gained valuable experience in the areas of financial and operational management, corporate structures and development, land management and strategic planning.

 

Seven years ago, Jessie was called home to serve her nation and has worked exclusively for them. Positions held include Chief Operations Officer for Tsain-Ko Development Corporation, a member of Council and more recently, Director of Lands and Economic Development and Chief Administrative Officer.

 

Jessie has a Senior Certificate in Public Administration from BCIT and continues to pursue a degree in business administration. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading and learning new things, is an active volunteer in the local legion, enjoys playing golf, softball, and hockey and enjoys long walks with her dogs through the magnificent trail systems on the Sunshine Coast.

 

Joe Thwaites

Joe Thwaites has a wide range of experience working with renewable energy systems for over 30 years and holds a degree in Chemical Engineering. Joe has founded several businesses, run a national charity, been a University Lecturer and has served as a Director of various organizations, including the Solar Energy Society of Canada, the Canadian Solar Industries Association and the Canadian Global Change Program. He has also acted as a technical consultant for federal and provincial renewable energy programs over the years.

Joe has designed energy systems and facilitated planning work for a variety of clients including homeowners, businesses, First Nations, and communities. His designs have been included in a variety of settings, ranging from innovative Net Zero Energy homes, community wide installations and in a wide variety of climatic conditions on five continents ranging from desert to arctic.

Joe’s work has won awards for design innovation, as well as the Ethics in Action Award for leadership on triple bottom-line business He particularly enjoys connecting communities to energy solutions that meet their social, environmental and economic needs.

 

Kevin Thomas

Kevin’s appreciation for the power of education to improve people’s lives occurred early. Kevin found his calling in Osteopathic Medicine - its founding tenets focusing on the interwoven nature of mind, body, and spirit. Kevin eventually left academics to return to his home community in rural western Pennsylvania and join a group practice: Family Healthcare Partners.  The practice was focused on bringing excellent care to the patients of the local community. Kevin continued to teach during this time leading courses for community members, teaching medical students and leading Continuing Medical Education experiences for the hospital staff.

In  2013, Kevin returned to LECOM’s faculty.  Kevin currently serves as the Course Director of Osteopathic Principles and Practice at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (LECOM) Greensburg campus at Seton Hill University.  An assistant professor of family medicine, Kevin serves on the College’s Admissions and Curriculum Committees as well as advises various student organizations and is the Associate Editor of the American Academy of Osteopathy Journal.  He is also the Director of LECOM’s Emerging Scholars Academy which provides education opportunities to motivated high school students interested in healthcare careers.

Dr. Thomas is board certified in Family Medicine and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine In addition to his Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine, he holds the degree of Master of Science in Medical Education. Kevin currently is a member of the Westmoreland Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow.  This club’s local focus is on education and its international focus is on community development. His involvement in Rotary International provides him the opportunity to give back to the local community.

 

Larry Gregg

As a Consultant and Coach, Larry works closely with numerous corporations, executives, leaders and managers seeking to unlock the potential of their organizations and their personal potential as leaders.

With over 35 years of experience, Larry has a proven track record of success in the areas of organizational consulting and coaching, human resource management, organizational change, compensation and performance management systems, Human Resource Information systems, labor relations and negotiations working with leading public and private sector organizations throughout North America. In 2012, he was recognized by Information Management Magazine as one of the 25 top Information Managers in North America.

 

Larry also brings advanced expertise in the areas of dispute resolution, mediation, arbitration, and fact finding involving a broad range of industries and organizations of all sizes.  As an educator, Larry lectures on Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, HR Information Systems, Performance Management, Compensation and Mediation/Conflict Resolution at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, University of Washington, Kwantlen University College and the Justice Institute of BC.

 

A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Larry holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations and is also a graduate of the LEAD (Executive Program in Leadership) and LCOR (Leading Change and Organizational Renewal) programs in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, Palo Alto California. Larry holds the designation of Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), Coaches Training Institute, San Rafael, CA; Associate Certified Coach (ACC), International Coach Federation, Lexington, KY. Larry received CHRP designation from the BC Human Resource Management Association. Larry also is certified in psychological testing tools including EQi, Myers Briggs Step I and II and FIRO B.

 

Deborah Adelman

 

Deborah conceived the idea of a public holistic school which became Equinox Holistic Alternative School. With a background in International Development Studies and Waldorf education, Deborah is inspired by the many connections and benefits of holistic education. Twenty years of elementary classroom teaching began at the Alan Howard Waldorf School, followed by inner city schools in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), and her current post at Equinox Holistic Alternative School. Deborah is a drama teacher and storyteller and has produced and directed numerous drama and musical theatre productions. She is also the author of several short plays for children.


Deborah is a founding teacher of Equinox Holistic Alternative School which is one of TDSB’s largest elementary alternative schools. The curriculum of Equinox is based on Jack Miller’s The Holistic Curriculum. Celebrating 10 years, Equinox has grown core routines that engage the whole child, connecting through body, mind, spirit and heart to others and the world around them. From inception, healthy partnerships between holistically active, informed teachers and parents continue to support programs across the grades. Deborah continues to share Equinox practices of holistic education through the TDSB and beyond. Deborah holds an undergraduate degree from University of Toronto and a graduate degree in education from Sunbridge College in New York State.

Deborah Adelman

 

Deborah conceived the idea of a public holistic school which became Equinox Holistic Alternative School. With a background in International Development Studies and Waldorf education, Deborah is inspired by the many connections and benefits of holistic education. Twenty years of elementary classroom teaching began at the Alan Howard Waldorf School, followed by inner city schools in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), and her current post at Equinox Holistic Alternative School. Deborah is a drama teacher and storyteller and has produced and directed numerous drama and musical theatre productions. She is also the author of several short plays for children.


Deborah is a founding teacher of Equinox Holistic Alternative School which is one of TDSB’s largest elementary alternative schools. The curriculum of Equinox is based on Jack Miller’s The Holistic Curriculum. Celebrating 10 years, Equinox has grown core routines that engage the whole child, connecting through body, mind, spirit and heart to others and the world around them. From inception, healthy partnerships between holistically active, informed teachers and parents continue to support programs across the grades. Deborah continues to share Equinox practices of holistic education through the TDSB and beyond. Deborah holds an undergraduate degree from University of Toronto and a graduate degree in education from Sunbridge College in New York State.

 

Marcia McVean

 

Marcia is a mother, musician, artist and educator. Twenty years of elementary classroom teaching began in Grassy Narrows First Nation, followed by inner city schools in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), Monteverde, Costa Rica and her current post at Equinox Holistic Alternative School. Led by her commitment to holistic education, Marcia connects with children in the classroom, community, and on the land and the yoga mats.


Marcia McVean is a founding teacher of Equinox Holistic Alternative School which is one of TDSB’s largest elementary alternative schools. The curriculum of Equinox is based on Jack Miller’s The Holistic Curriculum. Celebrating 10 years, Equinox has grown core routines that engage the whole child, connecting through body, mind, spirit and heart to others and the world around them. From inception, healthy partnerships between holistically active, informed teachers and parents continue to support programs across the grades. Marcia continues to share Equinox practices of holistic education through the TDSB and beyond. Marcia holds an undergraduate degree from York University in Toronto and a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.

 

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