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!”
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.
Jan has long track record of moving strategy beyond the boardroom and into the field, engaging partners, staff and customers throughout.
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.
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.
A Senior Consultant with over 35 years’ experience in financial and management accounting, Alison provides business owners and senior management teams with reliable strategic information and comprehensive data analysis.
She is acknowledged for her sound decision-making ability, business acumen and problem solving skills. Alison has a natural ability to build positive relationships with clients from a variety of business sectors which have included oil and gas, management consulting, health and wellness, IT, and retail. Detail oriented and dedicated to the confidentiality of her clients, Alison enjoys the challenge of resolving client issues by providing effective accounting literacy support to influence revenue positive outcomes.
Alison is an avid golfer and loves to travel.
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.
Emilie started her career in the Oil & Gas sector in Alberta and event planning in the Hospitality Industry before finishing her Degree in Psychology with a minor in Business. Emilie’s background in Psychology contributes to her ability to form and maintain relationships, solve problems objectively, and have a deep understanding of team dynamics and personal drives.
Emilie has a passion for fundraising and donating her time to different charitable organizations, including organizing an event which raised $20,000 for MS research and being involved in various other events for cancer research.
Darshan provides hands-on, growth oriented leadership for developing organizations and for investment and profit centers within larger corporate entities. His razor sharp focus on cost and analytics driven corporate strategies have added value to organizations large and small.
Darshan has experience in Technology, Financial Services, Oil & Gas, Land Development & Home Building industries. His unique background gives him the ability to connect the dots quickly and help organizations save precious resources while achieving their goals. Darshan is an accomplished communicator capable of engaging with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
Raksha has 10 years experience in supporting global organizations in strategic planning, implementation, market research and evaluation. She is a skilled trainer who has facilitated planning and capacity-building workshops for organizational leaders and staff from over a dozen countries.
Raksha is also an experienced researcher, adept with a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods and tools for market research and impact measurement. Her industry experience includes oil & gas, agriculture & livestock, housing, social services & enterprises, public health, and finance. Having worked in multiple continents, Raksha enjoys collaborating with diverse stakeholders and is known for her perceptive communication.
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.
Professor Sathe was previously on the faculty at the Harvard Business School for ten years and taught occasionally at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, prior to joining the Drucker School faculty.
Professor Sathe is an expert in the areas of leadership and cultural change, building winning executive teams, and revitalization of the organization and self.
He has published numerous articles and several books including: Culture and Related Corporate Realities (Irwin) and with Phyllis Schlesinger, Leonard Schlesinger, and John Kotter, Organization (Irwin), Corporate Entrepreneurship: Top Managers and New Business Creation, and Manage Your Career: 10 Keys to Survival and Success When Interviewing and On the Job. His latest book is Strategy & Competitiveness in Latin American Markets: The Sustainability Frontier (co-edited with Urs Jager, Edward Elgar).
Professor Sathe has advised and coached top executives and others in a variety of enterprises, including: entrepreneurial startups, domestic and multinational corporations, professional service, nonprofit and volunteer organizations, and government agencies. He has taught a number of M.B.A., executive education, and corporate programs around the world and has received the “Professor of the Year” award from the Drucker M.B.A. graduating class seven times in recognition of his outstanding teaching.
Professor Dana Hyde has worked closely with young professionals and executives for 25+ years in a variety of international environments including at IMD (Lausanne, Switzerland), INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France), Vlerick Business School (St. Petersburg, Russia), and Babson College (Boston, MA). After 15+ years living abroad, including 2 years in La Suisse Romande, over 10 years in l’Ile de France, and 5 years in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she is currently a faculty member at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, in Canada’s capital city.
Professor Hyde has developed and led executive education and training programs with diverse audiences in the public sector and the non-profit sector as well as the private sector, and receives consistently outstanding teaching ratings. She is known for her dedication to her students and their organisations, and fundamental commitment to their success.
Professor Hyde has been a member of the Executive MBA teaching faculty at the University of Ottawa for over 15 years and has developed and led courses in Management Consulting, Strategy, General Management, Organisational Change, and International Business. She is also an active coach to small Canadian companies entering emerging markets, and serves as a strategic advisor to several Canadian and international companies.
Professor Hyde has also served as Director of the Honours Bachelor of Commerce Program at the University of Ottawa. With over 4,000 students this is Canada’s largest Bachelor of Commerce program and the only such program offered in English, French, and both (French Immersion). The University of Ottawa is one of Canada’s most diverse Universities, with students and faculty from over 150 countries. As Canada’s only officially bilingual university, and one of the very few officially bilingual universities in the world, the University of Ottawa attracts students and faculty from a variety of countries in francophone Africa as well as other countries in La Francophonie. Professor Hyde is fluently bilingual in English and French.
Professor Hyde has produced more than 20 teaching case studies (at Ivey, IMD, and INSEAD), several of which have won international case writing prizes. Two of Professor Hyde’s teaching case studies are in the Top 15 all-time worldwide bestsellers over the past 40 years from The Case Centre.
Professor Hyde holds an Honors BA in Business Administration and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada; and a PhD in Management from INSEAD – recognized recently by the global newspaper The Financial Times as the world’s leading business school – with a specialization in horizontal strategy and strategic and organisational change in multinational organisations.
As a Professor and Senior Advisor to the Provost, Leadership 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)
• Ann has been Senior Advisor to the Provost, Leadership, at the University of Calgary since July 2015.
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
Portraits by D’Angelo Photography