Welcome. We’re pleased you’ve found us. We are the Canadian chapter of the Change Management Institute. Our members are professionals from companies, government agencies, not-for-profit groups and professional consultancies. We are at different stages of our professional careers and mutually support one another to meet common goals.
Our mission is to nurture excellence and elevate industry practices in change management. That includes leading and inspiring practitioners to enhance skills and reach personal and professional goals. So whether you are craving new thinking, a successful mentor, or wanting to differentiate yourself in a crowded marketplace with a world class accreditation – you’ve come to the right place.
Our members are professionals from government agencies, corporations, not-for-profit groups and professional consultancies. Members may be at different stages of their professional careers, so we mutually support one another to meet common goals.
By joining you get to engage with us locally at events, build your networks and access the global thinking and white papers available exclusively to members. There are plenty of learning and development opportunities available for all learning styles too!
A bit more about us
We’ve recruited trusted leaders in the community to serve as volunteers; our sole purpose is to support the Canadian change management community. Our newsletter, casual chats, webinars, robust online community are just a few ways in which we serve the community. As we build our membership base across Canada, you’ll see a local presence as well with local events and gatherings. Stay tuned.
Your involvement with the Change Management Institute Canada will move your career and organization forward on the change maturity spectrum. Together, we build a community of members which support each other and advance our industry through thought leadership and peer sharing platforms.
If you are ready to extend your networks, broaden your change knowledge and practices, know more about the profession or you have an interest in change, connect with us now and join us at one of our events. Chapter events are designed to inspire and build your knowledge and skills through the sharing of local and international knowledge and best-practices. Find out more about our events here.
Valuable Membership Benefits
As a Canada member of the Change Management Institute, you will have access to valuable benefits:
- Engage at local, national and international events
- A robust online community
- Face-to-face gatherings
- Belong to dynamic personal and professional networks
- Access global thought leadership, and
- Participate in learning and development options including Accreditation
The Change Management Institute recognizes the significant value of experience and capability evidenced through three levels of Global Accreditation.
If you are ready to expand your network, broaden your change capability, learn more about the profession or you have an interest in change, let’s connect! Join us at one of our events which inspire and build knowledge and skills through sharing local and international knowledge and best practices. Find out more about our events here.
As a non-profit organization, we recruit and rely on volunteers who are trusted leaders in our field. So please let us know if you’d like to get involved. We are building our membership base across Canada as well as local chapters – so stay tuned for more developments.
Gail A. Severini Canada Co-Lead
With more than 20 years’ experience executing transformational change with senior executives, Gail has a practical appreciation of both the challenges and the importance of change management. This leads her to deep love of professional collaboration.
For almost a decade Gail has been instrumental in the largest global group of change professionals, the Organizational Change Practitioners Group on LinkedIn (~60,000 members) and in previous years has also volunteered for The Canadian Association of Management Consultants.
A graduate of Queen's University, Gail holds several qualifications in Change Management (including Conner Partners’ Agent 1 and 2 Change Execution Methodology and Prosci’s Certified Change Manager). She presents at conferences regularly and publishes occasionally.
“I have followed The Change Management Institute for over 10 years and have been increasingly impressed with the deep insights that have emerged in “The Effective Change Manager: The Change Management Body of Knowledge”. This year I decided to take my career to the next level of mastery. CMI is the only association that recognizes the significant value of experience and capability (evidenced through the three levels of accreditation available). Believing this, I am committed to sharing and supporting this level of professionalism in our Canadian community.”
Cindy Smith, Canada Co-Lead
Cindy has leveraged her 20+-year-career with deep experience in building organizational and individual Change Management capability as well as delivering enhanced Change Management outcomes to facilitate those changing to adapt quickly and well and to excel in a disruptive-laden environment.
Through her engagement on high-impact national change programs as a senior change director, Cindy has translated strategy into Portfolios, Programs and Projects that enabled acquisitions, re-shaped business models, re-engineered processes, implemented technologies, and strengthened capabilities. Integrating change management with these initiatives, Cindy worked with Sponsors to optimize adoption and secure the benefits through sustainability.
Cindy has also worked extensively building organizational change management capability through methodology development and customization as well as integration with strategy execution and project management disciplines.
A graduate of the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto, Cindy has augmented her MBA by investing deeply with multiple accreditations and certifications: Certified Change Management Practitioner (CCMP) from The Association of Change Management Professionals, Kaplan-Norton Balanced Scorecard from Palladium Group and Certified Change Manager and Enterprise Change Management from Prosci Learning.
“Passionate about all aspects of change management, I have chosen to invest in The Change Management Institute because I believe their capability-based and methodology-agnostic approach provides substantial utility to both individuals and organizations. This, along with their CMBOK, will elevate the Change Management profession and embed it as a core competency for the ever-evolving business landscape,”
Laurel Benson – National Events
Cathy Boskovic – Volunteers
Sharon Hudson – Membership
Laura MacNeil – Marketing
Diane Marshall – Communications
Yvonne Thevenot – Accreditation
Dale Watson – Thought Leadership
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