Sparking Collaborative Results.
Sparking Collaborative Results.
We have extensive experience and it spans multiple sectors. Finley & Associates plays the long game, and we ask our clients to join us, to be forward thinking and nimble. We don’t believe in quick fixes, pre-packaged answers or shortcuts.
Finley & Associates stays above the controversy, advising and assisting for profit and not-for-profit organizations and their employees to lead from their strengths. Our focus is on transferring knowledge to build capacity in the organization. Strategists, motivators and catalysts, we ask the tough questions and we work towards the best answer. We have a core team of experienced management consultants, which we supplement with partners and associates as needed.
Donna Finley is the founder and senior strategist at Finley & Associates. For 35 years, Donna has repeatedly proven herself to be a big picture strategist, successfully leading transformational initiatives. She has a solid, well-deserved reputation for strategic leadership, governance, training and organizational capacity building.
Rebecca’s infectious enthusiasm and positive energy enable her to effortlessly bring people together to achieve common objectives. A natural leader, she excels in positions that consistently challenge her thinking and allow her to help others. A strong communicator and networker, Rebecca easily takes complex concepts and makes them into powerful graphic presentations that tell compelling stories.
Rebecca has worked across many industries including: real estate sales and development, performing arts, agriculture, education and special events.
In her spare time, Rebecca is highly involved in Calgary’s growing Latin dance scene; every year she performs at Expo Latino and Fiestaval and competes at the Rocky Mountain Dancesport Grand Prix and the Calgary International Salsa Congress.
Sales and business development; marketing; communications and stakeholder engagement; customer relations; analytical storyboarding; market research; real estate development.
“Rebecca: Wow – you did an incredible job today. Your report, the powerpoint presentation and the video were of such high caliber, I was so proud and so impressed. I think you really wowed the audience and it was a demonstration of both quality and competence, and the power of the voice of youth. Well done!”
Stephen’s experience in business development, strategic planning, and negotiation includes work with consumer packaged goods, environmental consulting, automation, large entertainment venues, and human resources. He has leveraged this experience to work with CEOs, directors, and the boards of companies from two million to over one hundred million dollars in size as they create plans that have grown revenue, delivered operational savings, and generated substantial increases in profit.
Julie Murray is a facilitator, professional coach, program developer, curriculum designer, and visual facilitator with over 20 years of experience working in the education sector. Julie has worked as an education advisor and curriculum designer for the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) and as a social studies teacher at Lakefield College School, Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School, and Edge School for Athletes.
As an educator in leading-edge independent schools, Julie has worked as a lead teacher, outdoor educator, trip leader, program developer and a coordinator of faculty development, distance learning, outdoor education, technology integration and student leadership. Julie is a certified Professional Integral Coach, a visual facilitator, holds a M.Ed. in Educational Technology from the University of Calgary and a B.Ed. and B.A. (Hons.) from Queen’s University. Julie is also pursuing a Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Victoria with courses that focus on instructional skills, facilitation, training and program development. In her spare time, Julie is a student of Integral Theory and mindfulness meditation.
Gord is a Senior Consultant who is highly valued for his analytical skills, financial acumen and practical approach. These abilities, combined with his congeniality, make him a highly effective team leader and moderator, particularly when aligning diverse values and perspectives are important. He effectively develops targeted marketing strategies and actionable business plans, including financial scenarios for strategy alternatives. Gord’s strength is in defining new market opportunities.
Successfully launching his own business has increased his value as an advisor to operational managers. Prior to consulting, Gord worked as a corporate banker at CIBC.
Emily’s experience in analysis and stakeholder engagement includes work as an Environment, Safety and Regulatory Analyst and an Aboriginal Relations Coordinator in the oil and gas and pipeline industries. She is a Deputy Board Member of the Canadian affiliate of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) and holds a Foundations of Public Participation certificate from this organization.
She is currently a Protégé in IAP2 Canada’s Mentorship Program.
Emily Buck has B.A. in Philosophy from St. Francis Xavier University. Her studies reflect a keen interest in matters of social justice, contemporary moral issues and environmental sustainability.
A passionate interest in cultural identity lead Emily to study in Hungary through a scholarship with Rotary International and to Griffith University in Australia where she studied contemporary Australian Aboriginal issues.
Volunteer interests have taken Emily from Churchill, Manitoba to the Canadian embassy in Budapest. She is a volunteer for the Calgary Folk Musical Festival and the Calgary International Film Festival, and is active in the music community as a jazz and blues singer.
Christoph holds a BA in English Literature from Miami University of Ohio. Since graduating in 2010, he has been passionate about helping non-profits and community organizations use data collection and analysis to measure the value and impact of their work. He has worked, and continues to work, in this capacity with dozens of community organizations.
As Manager of Special Projects for a Calgary company, he managed data including the import, management, and sorting of thousands of lines of investment data for audit each year. As Music Librarian at a community radio station, he planned and implemented a massive data entry and analysis project with over 100,000 entries and coordinated volunteers to help accomplish this.
Currently a second-year student at Western University, Justine is completing her degree in Economics. She seeks to understand how markets and society function in parallel while learning more about financial management.
When faced with the task of working in a team, Justine demonstrates strong cooperation and communication skills. She enjoys challenging herself and looks forward to further developing her skills as she pursues a career in the business world.
Justine loves to travel and is very intrigued with the people and culture of foreign countries. She’s studied English and World Issues in Tanzania, hiked Mount Fuji, visited temples in Thailand and performed for thousands of people when she toured China with the Youth Singers of Calgary, a unique performing arts group that provides opportunities for people of all ages to sing, dance and act. Youth Singers has shaped Justine to be the person she is today by developing her leadership, teamwork skills and confidence. She continues to sing in the university choir as singing has always been one of her greatest passions.
Jan Burwell is a senior consultant, with 30 years experience leading teams to build and implement strategic plans. She has a deep knowledge of strategic frameworks and opportunity assessment tools for corporate, start-up and non-profit organizations.
Cody’s passion for health and fitness led to a career helping others to achieve their health and fitness goals. At the University of Lethbridge, he majored in Kinesiology, taking courses in Human Anatomy, Human and Exercise Physiology, Exercise Prescription, Biomechanics, Exercise and Aging, and Exercise with Special Populations.
Prior to becoming the personal trainer for Finley & Associates, Cody worked with a broad clientele in both public and private settings to improve their physical health. To maintain his own fitness, he participates in sports, exercise and engages in a number of outdoor activities.
As a faculty member and Chair of Educational Leadership, Policy and Governance at the University of Calgary, Ann has 20 years of experience in institutional leadership, strategic planning, program assessment and non-profit management.
She has been a researcher, evaluator and adviser on a number of key program reviews, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Research Creation Program, the Faculty of Arts at Dalhousie University, the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business, and the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy. Ann’s current research interests lie in social enterprise leadership, particularly the relationships between arts organizations and business, post-secondary leadership, teaching development in universities and program assessment. She has been a co-investigator on an international project to assess the cultural impact of fine arts graduates’ careers five, ten and twenty years after leaving undergraduate programs.
• Board member of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
• Past Board member of the Calgary Opera, the Honens International Piano Competition and the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts (now the Arts Commons)
• In July 2015, Ann will assume the role of Senior Advisor to the Provost, Leadership, at the University of Calgary.
As Dean of the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary from 1998-2010, Dr. Rogers led the Faculty to become one of the largest and most reputable in Canada with innovative programming delivered across the province and significant achievements in community-based, policy and practice-relevant research.
She has held federally funded research grants and consulted to social work programs in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Dr. Rogers has published numerous books, journal articles and presented on topics including leadership, strategic planning and social work education. She is also an expert in the areas of child welfare, family violence, homelessness, poverty and diversity.
• Member of the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative
• Co-chair of the Child & Youth Poverty constellation, the Alberta Secretariat for Action on Homelessness, the Child and Family Services Council for Quality Assurance
• Director on several not-for-profit boards
• Distinguished Alumni Award and the Order of the University of Calgary
• The Woman of Vision Award (Global/YWCA)
• Woman of Influence Award (Deloitte)
An award-winning news journalist and documentary filmmaker with over 30 years of local, regional and national experience, Brenda brings highly honed research skills and is adept at discerning and communicating the issues to her audiences.
She has significant experience designing and executing both instructional and curriculum development at the post-secondary level.
Brenda is a skilled instructor, sharing her knowledge at the University of Alberta, SAIT and EPCOR Centre (now the Arts Commons). Brenda is also an in-demand keynote speaker and a professional actor/director.
• The United Way; Red Cross Society
• Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada
• Interfaith Food Bank (Calgary) Canadian Cancer Society
• Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre
• Boys and Girls Club
• Discovery House
• Sherriff King Home (YWCA)
• University of Calgary
• Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
• Senior News Anchor, Newsfirst at 10 (Calgary): Ranked #1 BBMs (1990-1993)
• Award-winning Documentary Producer/Host: CANPRO ’87, ’87, ‘85 (First, News Magazine – National)
Noranne’s skills at forging strong management teams, human resources programs and respectful work environments are invaluable to her energy, mining, education, high-tech and not-for-profit clients.
She has developed and led executive search practices as Director, Executive Search Services and became a Founding Partner of a highly successful Alberta Executive Search and Business Advisory Services firm, which expanded to develop international associations. Innovative, strategic and committed to client service, Noranne has worked with major international consulting firms including Ernst & Young, Coopers & Lybrand and Deloitte Consulting.
• Board of Directors and Past Board Chair, Arthritis Society of Alberta and NWT;
• Board of Directors, University of Calgary Alumni Association;
• Senator, University of Calgary Senate;
• Member, Employers’ Advisory Council;
• Board of Directors, Choral Group
With an exceptional sense for grasping and communicating key issues, Joy leads multi-faceted, interdepartmental projects in organizational change, corporate identity programs, market research and product introduction in international high technology, cellular communications, government and post-secondary education.
Joy is valued for her sensitivity to situational dynamics and her ability to provide stakeholders with tools to maximize success for all involved.
Portraits by D’Angelo Photography