Welcome. We’re pleased you’ve found us. We are the Canadian chapter of the Change Management Institute.

We are a cutting-edge group of change management professionals leading and supporting local practitioners. Our focus is to elevate our industry practices and ensure that all visitors and members are inspired to take their skills to the next level. It’s our desire to inspire excellence and ensure that you have the means to reach your career goals. So regardless of whether you are after new thinking, a mentor, or looking to have your practices independently assessed and endorsed – we are here to help you.

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. 

Canada Leadership

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,”

Chapter Committee

Yvonne Thevenot - Accreditation
Diane Marshall - Communications
John Worona - Events
Laura MacNeil - Marketing

Cindy Smith - Membership
Agnes Lan - Outgoing Country Lead
Dale Watson - Thought Leadership

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