Principals

The founder of Meta4 Consulting, Tim has served as CEO of two nonprofit organizations; he is also the founder of the Institute on Governance. He works with nonprofits to help them realize their mission by strengthening their governance, enhancing their strategic planning, improving their revenues and reinforcing their ability to achieve the impacts they desire.

Tim Plumptre

Recently, drawing on a wide range of interviews in Canada and the US as well as other research, Tim published a book entitled The Intrepid Nonprofit: Strategies for Success in Turbulent Times (available through this web site). It has received many positive comments; several readers have noted how useful the book can be both to board members and to top nonprofit executives. As one reviewer observed, “If you are considering a board or staff retreat to discuss your business plan, or to think about how to refine your results or outcomes measurement, or to reflect on how to improve your governance practices, just to take three examples of many, this would be a useful guide to assign as pre-reading or to use in pre-planning.”

Tim’s earlier book entitled Beyond the Bottom Line – Management in Government provided an overview of the functions, institutions and traditions of a democratic government. Greeted with enthusiasm by many civil servants who wanted to better understand the Canadian public service, the book sold over 5,000 copies in three months – a Canadian best seller.

His extensive career as a consultant in strategy, governance, evaluation and related fields has involved work with a wide range of nonprofit organizations both national and local, as well as numerous governmental and international organizations. His clients include organizations in many fields, including cultural affairs, economic development, retail management, health, community arts, international development, sports, law, child welfare, education, human rights, Indigenous affairs and others.

He is an experienced public speaker and also a facilitator with a long experience in change management. He has demonstrated ability to help guide leaders with apparently divergent views or interests towards agreement on complex issues both in the sphere of strategy and in the field of governance.

As a volunteer, he has chaired the boards of the Children’s Aid Society and the Community Care Access Centre of Ottawa Carleton, as well as the palliative care Hospice at Maycourt in Ottawa. He has served on a number of other nonprofit boards in the National Capital region. Currently he chairs the board of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation which provides grants to young Canadian musicians on the doorstep of a professional career.

Earlier in his career, he was a journalist with the Globe and Mail, a Foreign Service officer, and an assistant to a federal cabinet minister. He was for many years a partner with the international consulting firm, William M. Mercer Ltd.

He is a Visiting Scholar at Massey College, University of Toronto and a former Adjunct Professor in the School of Graduate Studies at Carleton University and at Ottawa University. He has also been a member of the faculty of the Algonquin College Business School.

Barbara Laskin specializes in governance, strategy, and communications, including outreach and engagement. She is a former senior manager at the Canada Council for the Arts, where she developed an interest in the complex multi-stakeholder environment of the nonprofit sector. She has extensive experience in granting and adjudicative systems, policy and program development, fundraising, and public relations.

Barbara Laskin

Barbara is a long-standing public member of the Law Society of Ontario Tribunal, where she works with lawyers to hear and decide regulatory cases concerning Ontario lawyers and paralegals. She was for 12 years a member, and more recently a Vice-Chair, of Ontario’s Consent and Capacity Board, serving with lawyers and medical members in the adjudication of matters of capacity, consent, civil committal and substitute decision making, balancing the rights of vulnerable individuals with public safety.

Since 2003, much of Barbara’s consulting career has focused on governance and strategy issues in the nonprofit sector. She is an experienced facilitator and presenter and has led or participated in many projects in strategic planning and governance reform. She has also been involved in research in governance-related areas, such as membership and change management, and has participated in developing strategies to strengthen key functions or to effect organizational change.

She is adept at working with boards of directors, committee chairs, and task forces to identify challenges and opportunities and to forge a consensus on future directions.

An articulate and experienced public speaker, Barbara is a strong writer and a trained editor. She is the author or co-author of a number of articles and publications, including Governance Works! A Guidebook of Governance Essentials; also “From Jeans to Jackets: Navigating the Transition to More Systematic Governance.” She has edited a major federal government policy paper on the future of transportation in Canada; she also edited The Dance Gods, an autobiography by Canadian dancer, teacher and artistic director Kenny Pearl. More recently, she was the final editor for The Intrepid Nonprofit: Strategies for Success in Turbulent Times by Tim Plumptre.

Barbara has led or served on the board of many nonprofit groups, including the Canada Dance Festival, PAL Ottawa, the Ottawa Arts Court Foundation, the Crichton Community Cultural Council, Studea Musica Institute, Ottawa Refnet, Connecting Communities with Counsel, and the New Edinburgh Community Alliance. She currently chairs 10 Gates Dancing and serves as Director responsible for revenue generation with the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women.

In addition to her consulting responsibilities, Barbara is Executive Director of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation, a charity that provides grants to top young Canadian classical musicians on the threshold of a concert career.

Jenny Mitchell works closely with not-for-profit leaders to change the world – one mission at a time. Jenny assists clients, across Canada and the U.S., to inspire their donors and achieve their fundraising goals through personalized fundraising coaching and training. 

Jenny Mitchell

Trained as a classical musician, Jenny Mitchell brings her creative approach to the world of not-for-profits. In fact, Jenny discovered her love of fundraising by raising money for new pianos at her Conservatory’s concert hall!

A sought-after speaker and facilitator, Jenny has recently presented for Convene Canada (Association of Health Care Professionals), Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Congress in Toronto, the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP) National Conference and the Greater Florida Association of Fundraising Professional’s annual conference, Planet Philanthropy.

In her role as a fundraising consultant, Jenny has led Capital Campaigns, Revenue Generation Plans, Feasibility Studies, and Board training sessions. She has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for her clients with a donor-centred approach to raising money. Jenny is passionate about bringing her knowledge of fundraising fundamentals to organizations across North America through her online Fundraising Mastermind Courses.

A representative list of clients includes the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Research Foundation, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, CODE International, VON Canada, Motivate Canada, Perimeter Institute, Queen’s University, Ottawa Network for Education, Dress for Success Ottawa, Canadian Cycling Association, Journalists Human Rights, Daybreak Non-profit Housing Corporation, Forum for Young Canadians, Jeunesses Musicales Ontario, Halton Learning Foundation, Catholic Christian Outreach, Ottawa Therapy Dogs, and the Diefenbunker Museum.

Jenny is currently board chair of the Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club (OTLBC), one of the oldest tennis clubs in Canada. She is a volunteer and member of both of her professional associations: the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP). 

Before completing her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation in 2015, Jenny trained as a classical musician and earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA). She brings her creative approach, her drive for excellence, and her passion for people to the world of not-for-profits.

Donald Hall specializes in organizational assessment and change, group facilitation, and career transition coaching. 

Donald Hall

Donald began his consulting career working for Gallup Canada, where he rose to the position of Vice President. After leaving Gallup, he moved into organizational and HR consulting and he has completed scores of projects in these fields for government and NGO/nonprofit organizations. These ranged in scope from half-day seminars to multi-year global assignments. He has developed national policies for the governments of the Philippines and Jamaica, and evaluated global programs for several UN agencies.

Don has a doctorate in Applied Social Psychology and has taken considerable additional training including Corporate Culture (Sloan School of Management, MIT), and Organization Development (NTL Institute). He is qualified to administer a range of assessments including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (Goleman & Boyatzis), and the multi-rater (360°) instruments of the Center for Creative Leadership. For the many years Don has taught in the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University, and he has provided professional training on a wide range of human relations subjects. He was commissioned by the Canadian Evaluation Society to design their four-day foundational course, the Essential Skills Series, which is used across the country.

He has been a regular speaker to professional associations such as the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada, the Human Resources Planning Association, and the Canadian Evaluation Society. He is the author and co-author of several Canadian government publications including: Toward Full Inclusion: Gaining the Diversity Advantage – A Guide to Planning and Carrying Out Change in Canadian Institutions; From Policy to Performance; New Perspectives on Training; and, Learning Leaders: International Trends in Public Service Management Development.

Don continues to provide consulting advice in these and related areas: strategic planning, change management, human resource management, performance assessment for executives, program evaluation, diversity evaluations, the development of performance metrics and results-based management. He is a credentialed member of the Canadian Evaluation Society.

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