Dennis Back, Denhart Management General Consulting

Dennis back

General Consulting

Dennis Back has worked in local government for many years, and has held a variety of administrative and management positions during this time.

Up until leaving his position with the District of North Vancouver in November 2008, Dennis had served with that municipality for 12 years including a period as Chief Administrative Officer.

Prior to this, he worked with the City of Vancouver for ten years, as well as the City of Powell River, City of Penticton and Town of Oliver.

Dennis also worked as Executive Assistant to a Provincial Cabinet Minister for a period of three years in the late 1970's. He completed studies in public sector management at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Victoria.

During his tenure with the District of North Vancouver, Dennis lead efforts on behalf of the District to expand and enhance shared service opportunities with the other two North Shore municipalities. One of the significant successes was the establishment of a Bylaw Adjudication system for the North Shore – the first of its kind in BC and now a model adopted by many other municipalities in the province. He also led negotiations with the Tsleil Waututh Nation on a new comprehensive service agreement with the municipality.

Since 2009, Dennis has been doing contract work for municipalities, including the City of Penticton, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, City of White Rock, Powell River Regional District, and most recently as CAO for the District of Lillooet.

Dennis' strengths lie in effective relationship building with Council and staff, along with a strong work ethic. His years of experience have taught him the importance of continuous improvement aimed at achieving cost efficiencies and sustainability.

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Bill Barratt

William (Bill) Barratt

General Consulting

Bill Barratt, was named deputy administrator for the Resort Municipality of Whistler in 2003 after serving three years as General Manager of Community Services. One of the municipality's longest serving employees, Bill moved to Whistler in 1981 to be park foreman, guiding the construction of Whistler's famous Valley Trail network and parks and facilities over the next 18 years, from foreman to director of Parks and Recreation.

A visionary in tourism recreation, he was instrumental in ensuring Whistler's recreation facilities were built to the standards of an international resort and be attractive to national, international and professional sports organizations. In 1996, Team Canada based their training camp for the world hockey championships at the Meadow Park Sports Centre, which has also been the location for Vancouver Canuck training camps and other NHL team practices.

As General Manager of Community Services, Bill oversaw the bylaw, fire and parks and recreation departments and was chief liaison with the local RCMP detachment. As deputy administrator, Bill was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the municipality, and all major departments, except human resources. Special initiatives initiated and fostered by Bill include building alternative revenue sources from such ventures as sponsorship, Internet and wireless technology, and from strengthening the municipality's partnership in resort-wide special events.

Bill became the Chief Administrative Officer for the RMOW in 2005 and led the municipality in the preparations for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic games. During this period Bill also prepared the Whistler Ten Year Financial Plan, and undertook an organizational review prior to the games and a second minor review post 2010 games.

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Rick Beauchamp - General Consultant - President of R.A. Beauchamp & Associates

Rick Beauchamp

General Consulting


Rick Beauchamp is president of R.A. Beauchamp & Associates, a local government and first nations consulting firm providing expertise in a wide range of professional services focusing on effective executive resource selection and management along with governance and service delivery excellence.

Rick is an accomplished generalist in all facets of executive management with extensive municipal and regional government experience (40 yrs.) in many management disciplines. An advocate of strategic thinking using vision to focus on developing effective corporate business plans that tie into the budget and service delivery performance measurement.

He has worked in 12 different public organizations and held CAO positions for over 10 years in some of the fastest growing local government jurisdictions in BC and has gained experience with five amalgamations and reorganizing of public bodies. He has considerable experience in financial management having held senior financial positions responsible for large operating budgets and major capital projects such as the mega dam project in Revelstoke and a number of multimillion dollar civic facilities projects. He has also been primary lead in many strategic exercises such as the Regional Growth Strategy for the Sea to Sky corridor, development of Corporate Business Plans, Visitor Strategies, Economic Strategies and Long Term Financial Plans.

Rick has worked extensively with First Nations over his career on many partnered initiatives including developing joint service agreements, emergency planning, transportation plans and has been actively involved for 10 years with treaty negotiations both at the rural and urban tables sitting on a technical treaty advisory working group for lower mainland municipalities and has been chief negotiator for developing master service agreements with First Nations.

He has extensive experience in governance and leadership development including participation on special provincial task teams and has been an active student of good governance principles and high ethical standards; instructed various business applications at local government training workshops and at community colleges; and developed local government training programs and championed re-instituting civics in the provincial education curriculum.

Rick also has a strong background in H/R development having re-structured many organizations developing human resource strategic plans which included labour negotiations, hiring practices, job evaluation, performance measurement, succession plans and human capital training development. He has authored articles on leadership and developed training modules for courses and has done training with Capilano College and the LGMA Municipal Administration Training Institute.

He is a lifelong learner who has worked with professional organizations all his life in developing leadership programs and training people within the local government. He is past president and life member of the Lower Mainland Local Government Management Association and an active participant for over 20 years with the parent Provincial LGMA body including publishing their quarterly newsletter and sitting on many committees. In 2008 received the "Distinguished Member Award" from LGMA for exemplary contribution to the local government profession.

Rick has a Masters in Business Administration (Information Management) and a Professional Chartered Secretary designation. He has taken numerous law, emergency planning, finance, and business management courses and completed the Provincial Instruction Certification Program and is a certified facilitator coach.

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Alexandra Sandie Bradley - Principal Consultant - R.A. Beauchamp & Associates

Alexandra (Sandie) Bradley

Principal Consultant
Harwood Information Associates Limited

Alexandra (Sandie) Bradley is the president and the principal consultant for Harwood Information Associates Limited in West Vancouver, British Columbia. She is a librarian and certified records manager.

Harwood Information Associates Limited was incorporated under the British Columbia Companies Act in 1987, and has provided consulting services to more than 150 organizations. The review, diagnosis and implementation of solutions to records and information problems constitute the key areas of corporate activity. As well, Harwood specializes in the development and implementation of information policy for diverse types of organizations. The company also specializes in the provision of training programs in recorded information management.

In addition to the consulting practice, Ms. Bradley is an adjunct professor in records and information management and information consulting at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia. She is also an academic co-investigator with the InterPARES 3 Research Project at SLAIS, focusing on the Digital Preservation Needs of Small to medium sized archives and organizations.

She is the author of the Records Management Manual for Local Government in British Columbia, first published by the Municipal Officers Association in 1990, revised 1994, and then updated in 2006 with Stuart Rennie, Barrister and Solicitor. She is the co-author, with Denise Dale, of two trade publications on records management: At Your Fingertips: A Household Filing System that Works for You (Streamline, Richmond, B.C., 1999 and revised edition, 2004) and At Your Fingertips in the Office: Information Management for the Small Business (Streamline, Richmond, B.C., September 2000.) She is a frequent speaker at local, national and international events on records information management issues.

She is an active member of ARMA International, the information management association, and is currently the Mountain Pacific coordinator for the ARMA Canada Region. She is also a member of the Publications Editorial Board of ARMA International. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, and the University of Alberta.

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Nancy Gomerich - Principal of NG Consulting - R.A. Beauchamp & Associates

Nancy Gomerich


Principal of NG Consulting

Nancy is principal of NG Consulting (, a Chartered Accountant and experienced municipal government Finance Officer with over seventeen years experience. She has worked in both a smaller (City of Pitt Meadows, BC) and a larger municipality (City of Port Coquitlam, BC), with prior experience as a municipal auditor in the private sector.

With the arrival of her second child, Nancy made a lifestyle choice and now provides her expertise to a wide variety of local governments through her consulting firm, NG Consulting. She has a comprehensive understanding of municipal government financial issues, strategic and business planning, performance measurement and financial planning (budgeting). Nancy has led the finance departments in her municipal positions and taught courses in these areas. Nancy developed and delivered in part, The Government Finance Officer's Association (“GFOA”) of B.C.'s Finance Officers Training Program, and recently developed and delivered webinar training on the new (2009) Public Sector Financial Statements to over 230 participants in BC and Alberta.

“Nancy is one of the most knowledgeable Finance Officers in the Province and certainly one of the best trainers.” Sam Weller, Executive Director, Government Finance Officer's Association of BC

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Elizabeth McLin - Research and Evaluation Consultant - R.A. Beauchamp & Associates

Beth McLin

Research and Evaluation Consultant

Elizabeth (Beth) McLin has spent over 20 years working as an applied researcher which included contract design and evaluation projects as a private consultant in addition to 11 years working directly with state government and university-affiliated organizations.

As a consultant, Beth has conducted best practice research for community governance and written grants for local government; participated in the development of a national evaluation model for safety training; designed and provided workshops on program evaluation methodology; conducted group facilitation and provided ad hoc assistance with research design and analysis for non-profit entities.

As a senior research and statistical analyst and program manager for the state of Arizona, Beth was responsible for a variety of research projects related to state programming and policy assessment including multiple methodologies such as focus groups, surveys, and community forums in addition to statistical analysis and outcome studies.

Beth began her career as a prevention specialist working for both the Arizona Prevention Resource Center and the Prevention and Intervention Research Center where she participated as a team member in providing support for a large federally funded study on divorce adjustment and coping skills. In addition, Beth provided schools, communities, and state agencies with assistance in planning and designing evaluation strategies for substance abuse and gang prevention programming.

The inclusion of individual and community voices in resolving social challenges remains a passion for Beth who continues to apply her skills toward expanding knowledge about organizational behaviour and relationship management.

Beth has a Ph.D. in Justice Studies from Arizona State University and is a member of the Law and Society Association, the Society for the Study of Social Problem, and the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. At conferences in 2009 and 2010, Beth presented papers on The Role of Voice in Constructing Fairness and Divorce Collaborative Style. She has published a chapter in Sociology of Crime, Law and Deviance, v. 2 and has just completed the first draft of a forthcoming book entitled Inside Collaborative Divorce.

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Sarah Morden - Principal of Defero-West Local Government Consulting - R.A. Beauchamp & Associates

Sarah Morden

Principal of Defero-West Local Government Consulting

Sarah Morden is the founder and Principal Consultant of Defero-West Local Government Consulting. Sarah holds a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Local Government Management (2002) and an undergraduate degree in Sociology (2000), both from the University of Victoria.

Sarah has over 7 years experience in the BC local government sector, including three years as a Research Analyst with CivicInfo BC, and four years in a management position (Corporate Services) with the Town of Ladysmith. In 2005, she was awarded an Intermediate Certificate in Local Government Management by the BC Board of Examiners.

In 2008, after re-locating to Pitt Meadows with her young family, Sarah decided to establish her own consulting business with the goal of delivering very practical and high quality services to mainly small and medium-sized communities. Sarah's professional focus is in writing and research, and her specialties include the preparation of grant applications, award submissions, citizen satisfaction surveys, communications and corporate officer duties (i.e. election administration and bylaw reviews).

“Sarah is a consummate professional in local government administration. She is trustworthy, innovative, collaborative, thorough and exceptionally positive.” Ruth Malli, City Manager, Town of Ladysmith.

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Lizette Parsons – Bell

Lizette Parsons – Bell

Lizette Parsons Bell & Associates Inc.
Communication Consulting

With more than 20 years of experience, Lizette is an award-winning, creative, strategic communications leader with a record of successes in building and strengthening relationships with a range of stakeholders. With a reputation for delivering winning communications strategies, she has demonstrated innovative approaches to complex situations. Lizette's clients appreciate her ability to synthesize complex issues into easily understood opportunities with measurable results.

Founder of Lizette Parsons Bell & Associates Inc. (2003), Lizette has assembled a highly-skilled, seasoned team of communications professionals with expertise in an array of disciplines from strategic communications to community relations to stakeholder relations. Lizette provides strong leadership and direction to the team on all communications initiatives undertaken to ensure clients achieve the successful outcomes they are seeking.

At the heart of the company's success is its ability to build trust and understanding between companies, clients, organizations and stakeholders. This has resulted in the successful promotion, acceptance and approval of large-scale corporate and not-for-profit initiatives and projects that were contentious and high profile.

Lizette has led teams to formulate and implement successful public consultation strategies for numerous multimillion dollar projects throughout Canada, the US, Australia and Mexico.

In addition to the delivery of traditional communications and media relations tactics, Lizette Parsons Bell & Associates Inc. also offers real-time social media management using digital engagement tools such as live monitoring of social media use, responsive issues management and organic key message development based on virtual intelligence gathering.

Lizette Parsons Bell & Associates' clients have included: City of Vancouver, District of West Vancouver, North Shore Museum & Archives, Kinder Morgan Canada (Trans Mountain Expansion Project), Larco Developments, BC Post Secondary Institute Association (HST Public Forums), Diane Farris Gallery, Sport Accord 2011 (Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation), Toronto 2015 PanAm Games, Longview Communications, Choice Communications & James KM Cheng Architects (Lingyen Mountain Buddhist Temple), Oliver Physiotherapists, Money Pit Wines, Concert Properties Ltd., TEC - The Executive Committee, Whistler Sport Legacies Society and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).

Lizette is an accredited member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and winner of the 2011 IABC International Gold Quill award.

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Mike Pellant - Human Resources Consulting - R.A. Beauchamp & Associates

Mike Pellant

Human Resources Consulting

Mike possesses a wealth of knowledge and practical experience in all functional areas of the employee-employer relationship: labour/employee relations and collective bargaining, compensation – including job evaluation and benefits, employment and employee health, safety and wellness.

Recently retired as Director of Human Resources from the City of Richmond, Mike’s extensive experience in labour relations includes negotiating and administrating multiple agreements with both CUPE and IAFF union locals. Prior experience includes 26 years in senior HR and Operations management roles within Canada’s major daily newspaper industry including negotiation of multiple agreements within that industry’s many union jurisdictions. The following are but a few examples of Mike’s strong belief and practice of linking an organization’s long term strategic needs to practical progressive solutions that are jointly supported by all participants - unions, employees and management:

  • Initiated and implemented joint union-management developed workplace Job Evaluation compensation programs.
  • Instrumental in the successful conversion of two major daily newspapers into employee-owned, independent circulation distribution businesses as opposed to the historical norm of an employer-employee relationship utilizing corporate assets.
  • A founding member of the Parks and Public Works Group (PPWG) steering committee currently building an ITA certified program of technical skills training for incumbents and new entrants into public works departments (water, sewer, roads, parks) of municipal governments across BC.
  • A builder in developing the Local Government Management Association “Teamworks” concept wherein municipalities needing short-term project technical leadership could draw on talent from jurisdictions willing to share this resource to develop their future leaders.

Mike has been an active member of the Human Resources Advisory Committee (HRAC) of Metro Vancouver, the Human Resources Management Association (HRMA) and the Local Government Management Association (LGMA).

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Edward J. (Ted) Tisdale - President of Vedder Pacific Management Inc. - R.A. Beauchamp & Associates

Edward J. (Ted) Tisdale

President of Vedder Pacific Management Inc.

Ted concluded a 31 year career in local government in a variety of management positions that included 15 years as the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Chilliwack. He is a team builder and player who strives to achieve value for money in all operations and developments. He has also provided assistance to other local governments on governance issues, labour negotiations and other municipal issues.

During his time in local government he developed and implemented the Comprehensive Municipal Plan which provides a strategic 10 year plan for all aspects of community growth and city operations, both in terms of capital and operating budgets. Ted is also considered an innovator and brought public-private partnership opportunities to the municipal field in the 1990's. He earned the provincial award from the Municipal Managers' Association of BC for innovation and also sat on provincial bodies in the development of local government bylaws and the Community Charter.

To allow the City of Chilliwack to realize the maximum opportunities in economic development, Ted was instrumental in developing a private corporation solely owned by the city and Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation to undertake economic development initiatives on behalf of the city. This was achieved in the late 1990's and has proven to be a huge bonus in terms of economic growth within the City of Chilliwack. Ted served as a chief negotiator for all city labour contracts and was instrumental in strategic property acquisitions.

Ted has given several presentations on public-private partnerships to local government agencies, school boards, and other interested organizations, as well as the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships. Ted has written several articles on public-private partnerships and one was published in the Cordillera Institute Journal. Ted has worked with First Nations developing servicing agreements and served as part-time CEO for Squiala First Nation providing assistance in a major retail commercial development on their lands as well as providing guidance in general governance matters.

Functional Expertise
  • Strategic planning
  • Project delivery and management
  • Innovation in the of delivery of services and projects
  • Excellent understanding of local governance issues
  • Management development
  • Economic Development
Education & Training
  • Diploma in Business Administration, B.C. Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor and Masters Degree in Business Administration, Northland University
  • Fellow in Business Administration, Canadian School of Management
  • Senior Certificate in Municipal Administration, Province of British Columbia
  • Professional Administrator, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators;
  • Certified Municipal Clerk through the International Institute of Municipal Clerks;
  • Fellow (FCIS) in the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators
  • Completed Notary Public Course
  • Several course in negotiations and Collective Bargaining
Employment History
  • Served with the Royal Canadian Air Force/Canadian Armed Forces from 1967 to 1975
  • City of Chilliwack: 31 years in the roles of Manager Director of Civic Properties and Recreation Commission, Employee Relations Officer, Deputy Administrator, Chief Administrative Officer
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Gary D Young & Associates

Recreation and Community Services Consulting

Mr. Young, a graduate of York University, has been a professional in the Leisure Service Industry for over 35 years. During his career Gary has also been an active trainer and facilitator with both public and private sector organizations.

Gary is the retired Director of Recreation for the North Vancouver Recreation Commission (NVRC) having served for 21 years. The Recreation Commission serves two local governments: the City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver The department managed 5 ice rinks, 4 swimming pools, 11 community centres, a community theatre, tennis centre and numerous active parks serving 130,000 residents with 4 million visits / year.

As the CEO Gary served the interests of two municipalities as well as building partnerships with the local school board, regional health, numerous community associations and several corporations in the private sector including a private public three rink ice complex.

The Recreation Commission has long been regarded as one of the true leaders in the public sector. Through Gary's leadership this department is reported to have one of the highest penetrations in North American thus resulting in one of the most active urban populations in North America. The staff and the organization have won numerous awards both nationally and internationally. Under Gary's leadership NVRC is the only two-time winner of the Canadian Parks & Rec Innovation Award.

Gary is well known for the innovation he inspires in the workplace and the field of parks, recreation and culture. He is a co-creator in the CLASS software, instigator of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Bid for the Winter Games and an effective builder of partnerships with the private sector, community groups, not for profits and government agencies (e.g., health and education). He represented the City of Richmond to VANOC from 2006 to the completion of the 2010 Olympic Games as the Director of the Richmond Olympic Business Office.

Mr. Young has served on numerous provincial and national organizations:

  • Past Chair Keats Camp
  • Canadian Council on Children and Youth
  • Treasurer - Canadian Parks & Recreation Association
  • Past President – BC Recreation and Parks Association
  • Steering Committee – Langara Recreation Program BA Program
  • Member of the Board of Directors for the BC Games Society
  • Chair Advisory Committee – Capilano University Recreation Program

Gary has written and lectured on the role of recreation in community development, future trends, managing an effective organization etc. He co-chaired a committee, which prepared a report entitled FROM POLICY TO ACTION for the Honourable George Abbott. The report recommended a plan to increase the active levels of the citizens of B.C.

Gary is the principal of Gary Young Associates; He is also certified as a trainer/facilitator with the Centre for High Performance and holds the Citation of Outstanding Achievement Award from BCRPA. His firm has been active as a Parks and Recreation Consulting practice for seven years.

The list of clients includes: Wood Buffalo, Sunshine Coast Regional District, Cariboo Regional District, (RDCK) Nelson, Powell River Regional District(PRRD), City of Langley, West Vancouver, White Rock, Richmond, Lil Wat Nation, and City of New Westminster.

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