Grégoire (Greg) Jodouin, LL.B., Partner - gjodouin@paceconsulting [.ca]

Grégoire Jodouin is an expert in public affairs, with a niche practice in stakeholder and community engagement. His expertise lies in his ability to comprehensively identify and analyze issues on the public policy agenda and to bring together and facilitate the relevant stakeholders to accomplish common goals. In this vein, Greg has designed and executed a number of strategic engagement plans at the local, provincial and national levels. 

He has been instrumental in assisting a number of clients position themselves positively with their stakeholders by developing strategies and programs designed to bridge the gap between governments, businesses and the community. He has also managed a number of engagement programs aimed at creating salient policy discussions around energy use, transportation, climate change and other sustainability issues. These have included the design and execution of Community Opinion Leader campaigns involving key opinion shapers in centres across Canada

Greg is often called upon to contribute to publications, participate in panel discussions, and deliver presentations on matters of public policy and government operations. He is also the former editor of Ottawa Insider, a business publication that covered key government initiatives at the municipal level.

Fluent in French and English, Greg has led the development and implementation of the communications and community engagement program for the Interprovincial Crossings Project, a complex environmental assessment funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, to select a bridge location from Ottawa into Gatineau, Quebec. Greg also managed the community engagement program for phases I and II of Choosing our Future, a partnership between the City of Ottawa, the NCC and Ville de Gatineau, to prepare the Region to face the environmental challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.  In other achievements, Greg led PACE’s role on the City of Ottawa’s update of its Transportation Master Plan (TMP). The program consisted of an 18-month stakeholder and public engagement program designed to provide Ottawa residents with transparent and meaningful opportunities to provide input into Ottawa’s future transportation and transit system. The broad public support for the TMP’s rapid transit network led to the adoption of the City of Ottawa’s current East/West light rail plans, and followed on the heels of the cancellation of the initial North/South LRT program.   

Greg has also managed a number of provincial and national engagement programs, including the design and execution of Community Opinion Leader campaigns on behalf of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE), and the Ontario Power Authority (OPA).  He gained extensive engagement experience on a national scale early in his career, designing and executing a multi-year strategic communications and marketing program for Canada’s Search and Rescue Helicopters, handling all aspects of marketing, events planning, media relations, crisis management, media buys, trade shows, etc.

In his previous life, he worked for various federal government departments, such as the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Foreign Affairs and International Trade and Revenue Canada. He has been trained in media relations (McLoughlin Media), advanced sustainability methodology (The Natural Step) and Community-Based Social Marketing (Dr. McKenzie-Mohr).

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Diane Drouin – Senior Associate - ddrouin@paceconsulting [.ca]

  • Two decades of experience in operational and event management
  • Designed and executed best practice management programs
  • Fluently bilingual communications strategist

Diane Drouin has built a career and reputation for excellence in planning and implementing best practice management strategies. Her work focuses on improving an organization’s performance through practical, organizational management practices, program development and implementation, evaluation and meaningful reporting.

Diane has worked with a variety of small and large groups, from not-for-profit agencies to local governments and national organizations. She consistently demonstrates a calm ability and diplomatic approach to group process facilitation based on her strong leadership, organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.

Most recently, she conducted a best practices analysis of Sport Commissions and Major Events Offices in North America and prepared a summary of each organization to formulate a Major Events Office model for the City of Ottawa. Years previous, Diane worked with two national sports organizations: the Canadian Cycling Association (Marketing & Communications Coordinator) and the Canadian Ski Marathon (Director General), and on the international scene, Diane was a Member of the Organizing Committee for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 in Ottawa. Diane was also project consultant assigned to research, develop, write and deliver a municipal sport and recreation Master Plan for the City of White Rock, British Columbia. The project included reviewing programs and facilities, statistical research, budget forecasting, public consultations, the distribution and analysis of a public questionnaire and preparing formal community and City Council presentations.  A progress matrix and an evaluation program were also designed to follow up on the implementation of this five-year Master Plan.

Fluently bilingual in French and English, Diane earned a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Languages from Queen’s University.

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David Sherwood – Senior Associate - dsherwood@paceconsulting [.ca]

  • Fluently bilingual facilitator with 25 years experience
  • Innovative public and stakeholder involvement methods
  • Urban Planner, specializing in local government and community level processes

David Sherwood has more than twenty-five years professional experience as a trained facilitator, coach and Executive Director of the Canadian Institute of Planners and Secretary General of the Commonwealth Association of Planners. He possesses a solid understanding in the areas of strategic planning, community planning and public consultation.

David has led hundreds of meetings, large and small, formal or participative, congenial or difficult. Whether working with a committee or a community, David has a proven ability to involve a variety of stakeholders in creating solutions and moving them to action.  Using leading methodologies such as Open Space, World Cafés and Genuine Contact, he has created community engagement processes, stakeholder consultations, internal and external communications; always seeking consensus and win-win solutions.

He has worked with private and public organizations, and with all levels of government, including the City of Ottawa, the National Capital Commission and Ville de Gatineau.  He has written facilitation and group process guidebooks and trained other facilitators.

David holds an M.A. in Geography from Wilfred Laurier University.  He has held the position of Executive Director of the Canadian Institute of Planners and Secretary General of the Commonwealth Association of Planners, with an accreditation as Certified Association Executive (cae).  He is trained in alternative dispute resolution, social marketing and facilitation.  He is a member of the Community Advisory Council at University of Guelph’s Alfred Campus and he co-founded an Economic Development Committee in Prescot-Russell County.

David Sherwood is fluently bilingual, elected to l’Ordre de la Francophonie in Ontario and a member of l’Ordre des urbanistes du Québec.

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Nicola Maule – Senior Associate - nmaule@paceconsulting [.ca]

  • Over 17 years experience in communications, events and program management
  • International marketing experience
  • Skilled approach to group process facilitation and diplomatic approach to contentious groups/issues

Nicola Maule has seventeen years of experience in the area of event management, communications, media relations and marketing. She has worked in the public, private and not-for-profits sectors and gained valuable insight in how these different sectors function. Nicola has played a major role on the organizing committees of many successful national and international sporting events held in Ottawa including; the Canadian Ski Marathon, the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007, and the World Junior Hockey Championship 2009. 

International experience is central to Nicola’s credentials as she has lived, worked and studied in Australia and France. This experience has given her first-hand insight into working with people from other cultures, approaching challenges from different angles and developing creative ideas. Nicola is bilingual with a Masters degree in International Relations from the Australian National University and an Honours B.A. from Queen’s University, Kingston.

Nicola is as an active volunteer and currently is a member of the Hopewell Avenue Public School Parent Council, fundraising committee member at the Ottawa Tennis Club, a member of the Old Ottawa South Women’s Business Network and member of the Ottawa Administrators of Volunteer Resources.

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Todd Letts – Senior Advisor, Region of Waterloo - tletts@paceconsulting [.ca]

  • Over 20 years experience helping to build strong businesses and healthy communities
  • Adept ability to provide tactful counsel for media and government relations strategies

Leveraging his background in business, Todd is an experienced manager with deep knowledge of Waterloo Region, its community, businesses and political landscape. In his capacity as a PACE Associate, he offers an array of services from project management to counsel on various files, to stakeholder engagement of key community opinion leaders. His career has included senior roles in the technology, economic development, finance and business advocacy fields. Todd is also the General Manager for Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) Ontario and President of the Chamber Executives of Ontario (CEO). He also served as the Managing Director for strategy and operations at eSolutionsGroup, an IT consulting firm specializing in creative multi-media services and custom software tools. Todd has developed a number of media and government relations strategies on behalf of clients and has presented to economic development conferences throughout Canada and the US on issues of new technology, community engagement and regional leadership.

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