STRATEGIC STEPS ASSOCIATES
By working on an associates model we are able to partner with many talented experts.
Strategic Steps creates a team tailored to each client's specific needs in order provide the best possible value for each and every client.
Meet some of our professional associates here!
GEORGE B CUFF, FCMC
George B. Cuff & Associates Ltd.
Established in 1984, the firm of George B. Cuff & Associates consists of a wide variety of seasoned professionals who offer their services on a per diem basis. As a result of this approach, and as President of the firm, George Cuff is able to assemble the best minds in a particular field. This can be done on short notice for significant engagements. His firm provides a variety of specialized consulting services to mostly public sector clients principally in the areas of board and council governance, governance reviews, trouble-shooting, staff and elected official training, and special projects.
MARIA DEBRUIJN, MA
Engagement Expert and Professional Development Provider
Maria deBruijn is a much sought after critical thinker and consummate problem solver, with over 20 years of achieving successful outcomes. Maria has advised and supported many organizations in enhancing their internal and external engagement efforts, developing and facilitating corporate planning initiatives, and providing professional development and training. Maria is an International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) trained public and stakeholder engagement practitioner. She holds a Master’s degree in Communications and Technology from the University of Alberta, and previously served as Director of Research on the Canadian International Association for Public Participation Board.
KELLY RUDYK, BA
Budgeting and Finance
Kelly has extensive experience in pushing the boundaries of strategic planning and building alignment with organizational functions. Kelly has been and will continue to be a public servant. To Kelly, this means embracing a passion for people, for community and for all the potential there is when it all comes together.
Kelly uses Priority Based Budgeting (PBB) as a foundation to support organizations through their strategic planning process. One designed to empower a team and outfit them with the tools, knowledge and passion they need to succeed. Knowing their vision with absolute clarity and allocating their resources to maximize value.
Planning, Communications and Issues Management
Carissa is a writer, speaker and trained facilitator. With her collaborative, strengths-based approach, she helps clients develop achievable strategic and communications plans. Her experience spans senior leadership positions in non-profit and government sectors. Her facilitation techniques and strategic advice is sharpened by her work as a journalist, publicist and senior political advisor. She is trained in IAP2. As a writer, her essays have captured magazine awards and been anthologized. Her debut book, Little Yellow House: Finding Community in a Changing Neighbourhood (University of Alberta Press, 2018), was a finalist for the Edmonton Book Prize. She is a member of the Speaker’s Bureau of Canada, and is an experienced presenter at conferences, Professional Development days and in-house trainings. Her boutique consultancy, Halton Strategic, is based in Edmonton, Alberta.
LAURIE FENSKE, PFP, ECPC, PCC
Empowering Excellence with Individuals and Organizations
Laurie Fenske offers solution-based coaching to clients throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. Laurie focuses her high-energy executive coaching sessions to achieve substantial improvements in the areas of productivity, leadership skills, staff management, and communication. In team coaching sessions, she utilizes behavioral analysis to enable team members to better understand their colleagues, in the goal of working together more harmoniously.
MARK ANIELSKI, BA, BSCF, MSCFE
Economics of Well-Being
Mark Anielski is an economic strategist specializing in measuring the well-being and happiness of nations, communities and businesses. Mark holds three degrees from the University of Alberta: Economics, Forest Science, and Masters of Science in Forest Economics. For ten years he was professor of corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship at the University of Alberta’s School of Business. He has lectured internationally on the economics of happiness and well-being in Canada, the US, China, Tahiti, The Netherlands and Austria.
Governance and Legislation - Processes, Advice and Services
Chris Belke has worked in a variety of roles in municipal governance resulting in a unique, well-rounded understanding of the processes and challenges faced by municipalities. For nine years he was the Chief Legislative Officer of a city in Alberta and for 18 years he provided advice and services to municipalities in various professional positions with Alberta Municipal Affairs. He was also elected to Council of an Alberta town for four terms, and has served in various committee and volunteer positions. Chris currently provides advice and services in the areas of legislation, governance, elections, bylaws and policies.