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Colin Sauer

Beth Regehr, Board Chair, Comox Valley Transition Society

“We asked Colin to help us create a strategic plan that would guide our future decisions while ensuring flexibility to shift direction as opportunities arose. Colin’s engaging and inclusive manner encouraged us to broaden our perspectives, clarify our purpose, and then zoom in on what mattered most. The roadmap we created with Colin’s wise counsel will both support us in our ongoing work and encourage us to keep our minds open to future possibilities.”

Andy Spurling, President, Proline Management Ltd.

“Our team was lucky to be introduced to Colin to help support our strategic planning process.  From the outset, Colin was engaged and open and brought significant expertise and guidance to the team and our organization.  We greatly appreciated Colin’s customized approach to the process that recognized our unique characteristics and challenges.  Colin demonstrated a keen understanding of our organization’s values and purpose and ensured that we stayed true to them throughout the process.  I cannot recommend Colin highly enough, he is absolutely excellent.  Thanks Colin.”

Dana Starritt, Executive Director, Black Creek Community Association

“Colin’s business expertise and financial acumen are immensely valuable to any organization trying to manage growth or strategize for future development. Of even greater value perhaps, is his ability to tune into the individual or group, identify the core issues and discussions that need to be had, and then facilitate conversations objectively. Colin makes challenging problems seem straightforward and solvable, the result being a clear and focused strategy for the future. And, you might even have fun getting there!”

Silas Straathof, Owner, Facet Custom Builders

“It’s easy to get caught in the heads down, “day to day” work of running a small business. Colin helped elevate my perspective and reveal a lot about where I was at, and where I wanted to go. His process gave me the awareness and confidence I needed to take my business to the next level.”

Ian Adams & Jenn Dykstra, Owners, Roam Media Inc.

“Colin helped us breakdown our company’s priorities and take a deeper look at our goals to build a cohesive plan moving forward. To have someone with his knowledge and expertise to consult with on an ongoing basis, as well as support new developments, and to help keep us accountable, is an invaluable resource to any small business.”

Alyson Schmidt, Associate, Assante Capital Management

“Working with Colin added invaluable bench strength to our team in the areas of strategic planning, change management and employee engagement. If you want an honest, efficient, and non biased advisor who will hold you accountable and help you achieve the new normal you know is possible, Colin is your guy.”

Terri Odeneal, MSN, President, Vancouver Island Federation of Hospices

“We engaged Colin to facilitate environmental scanning and strategic planning for the 11 diverse community hospices. He proved to be exactly what our organization needed – a thoughtful facilitator whose style and skills ensured all voices were engaged and felt heard. Invaluable was Colin’s ability to keep the group focused and moving towards specific action oriented planning to achieve strategic goals.”

Audrey Craig, President, Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park Association

“Colin brought his incredible skill set to our Board to assist with strategic planning, leadership development and the invaluable follow up support that ensured our success.  We were amazed at his ability to drill down to the core of the issue and help us find resolution. It was a pleasurable and successful experience!”

 Iza Gilson and Corey Magowan, Owners, IZCO Technology Solutions

“Working with Colin was great fun! His personal approach and ability to understand our business by asking just the right questions was remarkable. He kept us focused on all the steps we need to take to achieve our long-term goals. As well, he held us accountable to the process, which is what every small business owner needs. We would highly recommend Colin to any business thinking of taking it to the next level. He is a pleasure to work with.”

Steve Stewart, Owner, Edible Island Whole Foods Market

“Colin’s value to the project was in first taking the time to ask the right questions to fully understand our business (including our business morals and ethics), and then to guide us through his process. Despite a room full of strong personalities, Colin kept the process focused, on track and professional. His superior business acumen, focused approach and personable demeanor make him an ideal choice for assistance and advice in any business process.”

Pauline Stevenson, President, Excel Career College

“Colin’s gentle nature allows for easy assimilation into any team. In spite of his highly successful career, Colin remains humble, approachable and a pleasure to work with.”

Bryan Wiley, Owner, ABC Printing & Signs

“Even though his background is in a completely different industry, he was able to apply his knowledge and experience to our situation. He has a good sense of humor and at the same time held us responsible for the decisions we made and for measuring results from the goals we set.”

Sharon McGarvey, former CEO, Union Bay Credit Union

“Colin provided insight with clear focus on the core issues and worked with us to understand our needs and achieve our goals.”

Suzie Kostiuk, Owner, Kradles

“Colin took my concerns and created a plan for both myself and my business, turning it around and taking it to the next level. But it wasn’t just the consulting I appreciated – it was the personal touch Colin brings to his business.”

Dianne Hawkins, CEO, Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce

“Working with Colin is inspiring. He is knowledgeable, focused and methodical in his approach. Colin engages well with teams and takes an interest in the team on an individual basis as well as takes the time to investigate the needs of the whole.”

Janice Thorburn and Karen Guinan, Partners, MNP

“Colin’s objective process allowed us to think outside the box and our brainstorming sessions proved to be invaluable. We were then able to put our ideas into tangible and logical processes that were easy to incorporate into our practice.”

Richard Wolfe, PhD , Professor of Strategic Management, Winspear Fellow
Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

“It was a pleasure to have Colin present to my Senior Strategic Management class on the topic of leadership.  It was clear as Colin “took the stage” that he had a “command” of the class room and of the topic at hand.  One notes in seeing Colin speak that his presence and experience served him very well in his very successful career.”

William Jenkins, Vice President Production Operations, Tundra Oil & Gas

“Colin’s diverse work experiences have enabled him to understand the critical business processes that are required at all levels of a successful organization.”

Craig Whittaker, former Director Upstream Sales, Athlon Solutions

“Colin helped me improve my strategic thinking skills, coaching and mentoring abilities, as well as fostering employee engagement. He is a good listener and provides insightful advice. He has the ability to understand complex issues, get to the root cause and set reasonable expectations to resolve them.”

Suzanne Murray – Fanny Bay Community Association Board member

“Colin is high energy, engaging, and focused. He can be counted on to complete any project he undertakes with skill and enthusiasm.”

William Lynch, Consultant, Oxford Consulting

“An exceptional listener, Colin can decipher abstract thought and understand underlying root causes of issues. A respected leader, he inspires and motivates teams and is able to assess and develop human talent.”

Rob Schmitz, former Chief Accounting Officer, Champion Technologies

“In eight plus years of working with Colin on the executive team at Champion Technologies, I gained tremendous respect for Colin’s perspective on business strategy, leadership and management processes. I consider him a truly insightful business leader.”

Matt Forcey, former Vice President Marketing, Athlon Solutions

“Colin is an enthusiastic, creative, and forceful business leader. Colin wins with his ideas, personality, and communication skills and has the transformational leadership skills that can help any business.”

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