Gavin Robinson, President
Gavin has spent over
30 years working with a broad range of private sector and not-for-profit
organizations to spearhead change and develop effective leaders.
As one of Grid International’s top facilitators,
Gavin excels at helping companies with leadership training and change
management. He gets great satisfaction out of guiding his clients
as they rally their resources around a shared vision of organizational
James (Jim) Drennan PhD – Senior Consultant
Jim brings a depth of experience that can only be gained over the course of a full and successful 35 year career. Jim’s career trajectory in policing and education provides a unique perspective and contribution to our client offerings.
Jim has worked with the International Oversight Commission in Northern Ireland where he was responsible for the design and implementation of all police recruit, emergency management, counter terrorism training, civilian, business and executive development for the 13,500 members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, formerly the Royal Ulster Constabulary.
As the Director of the Ontario Provincial Police Academy and former Bureau Commander for Education and Development Services with the Ontario Provincial Police, Jim served as an advisor for Athabasca University in their MBA Leadership program and has developed curriculum for colleges and universities for many years. In addition, he has served as an active police officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Halton Regional Police and as Bureau Commander with the Ontario Provincial Police.
Jim was the Chief Administrative Officer of Canada’s largest police association and union the 8,000 member Ontario Provincial Police Association, where he was extensively involved in all aspects of labour relations and collective bargaining. He is a founding Co-Chair and Member of the Canadian Police Sector Council in Ottawa and developed the first ever Police Executive University/College sponsored Leadership Program in Ontario. He was recently appointed as a member of the Canadian Institute for International Policing through Laurentian University.
Jim has lectured and published in police, justice and education professions and continues his work in support of learning and teaching undergraduate members in ‘Justice Studies, Executive Business Development and Leadership Development’. He is a founding member of the first ever ‘International Counter Terrorism Leadership Program’, a partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Police Services and College of Scotland, and the Police College of Northern Ireland. James has been a frequent guest lecturer at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is in constant demand at international conferences where he provides justice, management and leadership development presentations globally. James co-authored the Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner’s Report to the Ontario Cabinet ‘Fighting Terrorism’.
Jim most recently served as as Dean, School of Justice and Business Studies, Fleming College. Jim is an executive business school graduate from the Schwab Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, California. He also holds degrees in Criminology University of Toronto, a Master’s Degree in Education and a Doctorate in Criminal Justice. He is the author of the book ‘Police Leadership and Labour Relations, A Reform Perspective’ and numerous other published articles. Jim has been recognized for his contributions to expanding education, business executive development and public policing globally through numerous awards and has been recognized for his police work in Northern Ireland under the International Oversight Commission with the awarding of the Queen’s Medal.
Carolyn Meacher - Team Lead
Carolyn is a professional leadership coach, trainer, and innovation facilitator focused on supporting organizations and leaders in creating positive, sustainable growth.
She has been fortunate to facilitate innovation-training sessions across North America on behalf of Rotman Designworks with clients such as GE, Target, Frito Lay and Nestle. And, she has proven to be a sought after trainer, facilitator and professional coach for teams and individuals.
Carolyn completed her coach training and certification with Adler/OISE, University of Toronto in 2008 and is also fully certified with the International Federation of Coaching. Carolyn trained with Six Seconds Consulting Group in California and Connective Intelligence in Toronto and is certified to provide statistically validated, assessments and training in the fields of Effective Thinking, Emotional Intelligence for Leaders and Creating Positive Organizational Climates for change. She is also trained in the Living Systems team coaching methodology for working with collaborative and intact working teams.
Carolyn brings over 20 years of business experience to her work today as a coach and trainer. She has held strategic business and executive leadership positions in diverse industries including: VP Brand Communications at Rogers Wireless; SVP, Managing Partner at BBDO Advertising; President, Key Media Interactive (Now St Joseph Communications); General Manager Marketing at Eaton's; and account management roles at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising, TBWA Advertising and A.C. Nielsen Research. Her experience includes corporate and volunteer board appointments, speaking engagements and communication advisory roles.
In 2002, Carolyn was honored with the Queen Elizabeth ll Golden Jubilee Medal, awarded to Canadians who made a significant contribution to their fellow citizens, community or to Canada within the past 50 years.
Kevin brings 25 years of business experience to his work today as a leadership consultant and executive coach. A formal education as an Industrial Designer coupled with a focus on performance through sport coaching at an international level has heavily influenced his skill set.
Kevin understands the work through experience as he has held significant senior leadership positions including Managing Director for the Americas for AutoDesk, Managing Director Americas for Alias Systems and VP of Americas for Adobe Systems. He has also been involved with significant work in mergers and acquisitions along with being the CEO of Software start-ups.
A love of business, creative thinking and a focus on high performance are the elements that Kevin focuses on in developing programs around vision and values, leadership and team development, creativity in culture, and developing and imbedding continuous improvements for organisations.
Kevin is a certified coach from Alder/OISE, University of Toronto. Also trained through 6seconds worldwide organisation in Emotional Intelligence. VIA Signature Strengths training and holds a National Coach trainer level with the Canadian Yachting Assoc. He is part of the co-creation team at DesignWorks Strategic Innovation Lab at the Rotman School of Management. Kevin is the founder and Principal of Launch Center Inc.
Glenn Christie, Principal
Glenn brings more than
35 years of HR experience with leading organizations such as multinational
consulting firm Towers Perrin, where he was Director of Global Performance
Management, and IBM, where he was Manager, Executive Programs. Glenn’s expertise in developing and implementing
continuous performance improvement systems is a key component of Robinson’s LPR model.
Don Evans, Associate Partner
Don has 25 years of telecommunications management and consulting
expertise, with an in-depth knowledge of operations, training and
strategy. Don has spearheaded numerous successful change initiatives,
and has coached a variety of clients in business and organizational
strategy, customer service alignment, and balanced scorecard design