Our consultants have held roles within or provided external counsel to major public and private companies in Canada and the US, as well as the Caribbean, the UK, EU, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

Our combined experience and backgrounds, and our skills in foundational leadership practices bring a unique blend of capabilities that distinguish us from traditional consulting firms offering business improvement services. Each of our consultants has stood in the client’s shoes and understands the challenges and limitations present with various corporate structures.

Vanry — Stewart Ramsay
Stewart Ramsay

An experienced utility and technology executive, Stewart is valued for his “start-up” and “turn around” capabilities. A frequent speaker at conferences, he is recognized for his perspectives on the shifts in industry strategic directions and the nexus of technology, processes, people and culture. Coupled with his expertise in strategic planning, organizational effectiveness as well as asset and performance management, Stewart’s clients benefit from his key insights and counsel.

Vanry — Dave Hawkins
Dave Hawkins

Through his extensive experience as a leader and a consultant, Dave has developed a reputation for providing insightful counsel and coaching to senior executives. He specializes in improving organizational and leadership performance by helping people and teams develop high functioning relationships and coordination practices. He has led or supported major projects, programs and partnerships in a range of sectors including oil and gas, utilities, not-for-profit and philanthropic.

Tracey Lawrence

Tracey is a Certified Organizational Coach who has been with Vanry since 2010.  She has over 20 years of experience working with for-profit and non-profit arts organizations in Canada and the U.K. and is skilled in Foundational Leadership Competencies.  Her passion for effective coordination and communication is built on her understanding of how ineffectual relationships create harm throughout an organization. Her work stems from the recognition that the embodiment of foundational competencies can revive any organization, producing the desirable results of smooth coordination and well-functioning teams. Tracey is recognized as an Associate Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation.

Yvette Smith

People and connectedness matter to Yvette and are evident in her coaching of leaders or in how she supports the execution of transformational initiatives, customer experience effectiveness, and communication strategies. Yvette has had the opportunity to create or shape new ways of engaging, thinking, and working within organizations. Adept and recognized for breaking down boundaries to move initiatives forward, her collaborative approach is valued and has benefited clients for over 20 years.

Peter Claghorn

Peter Claghorn’s client engagement approach is founded on the idea that exceptional results are achieved through the thoughtful and collaborative co-design of core processes, structures, cultures and particularly, the relationships in which people work together. Peter consulted for 24 years, primarily in the utility and financial industries and for military and government organizations, assisting clients on five continents in increasing their capacity to grow and change.

Julius Pataky

A hands-on executive and consultant, Julius brings a social leadership style combined with a keen analytic and creative thinking approach to his engagements. He has provided energy policy, strategy, and business transformation services to industry and government clients around the globe and is recognized for his ability to build and lead the development and implementation of innovative programs, gain organizational support, and stakeholder acceptance for strategic outcomes.

Ron Koper

Ron is a business leader with a track record of enabling people to apply foundational leadership competencies in business and community involvement. Specializing in human resource and organizational development, Ron brings a proven capacity to profitably integrate leadership development and business effectiveness practices into ongoing business operations. His contributions have enabled leaders to build businesses worth belonging to that profitably sustain value for all stakeholders.

Mark Richards

Mark is a Certified Management Consultant specializing in leadership development, strategic planning, program/project management, organizational development, and service improvement working with senior executives and their teams. He has 30 years of business and IT leadership experience in utilities, oil and gas, construction, consulting, and international banking gained with leading organizations in Canada, the US, and the UK.