Rebecca

If you’re a senior leader looking to make wiser decisions faster…
If you’re a facilitator looking to up your game…
You’re in the right place.

Dr. Rebecca Sutherns is an insightful and high energy collaborative strategist. She is a world class facilitator who has served as a trusted advisor to hundreds of mission-driven organizations in Canada and internationally for more than 20 years. She brings her intellect, enthusiasm and varied experience in strategy development and collaborative leadership to her speaking, writing and mentoring. She is a skilled communicator, with a particular gift for helping leaders make wiser decisions faster.

Rebecca provides planning and governance support to CEOs and Boards of Directors; strategic analysis to social and health policy makers; multi-stakeholder consultation processes to governments; training in various collaborative skills to teams, and strategic coaching to leaders. Let her leverage this experience as a speaker and mentor for your team.

Services

Speaker

Rebecca is a dynamic and engaging keynote speaker whose candour and authenticity will immediately connect with your audience, inspiring them to align what’s important to them with what they actually do. Her insights come from more than 20 years of experience advising executive teams and directors of hundreds of mission-driven organizations in Canada and internationally. She is a world class facilitator, world traveller and world citizen who would love to bring her passion for alignment, adaptability and adventure to your next event.

Contact Rebecca to discuss keynotes and workshops on…

  • Collaborative decision-making to produce results that matter
    Wiser decisions faster”
  • Staying nimble when conditions change
    Off-script but not off the rails”
  • Well-aligned, well-informed strategy
    Attune, align, adapt”
  • Accelerating board performance
    Governance greatness”
  • Strategy for the solopreneur
    Self Deployed”

Facilitator

Life’s too short for boring, unproductive meetings. Good process bridges the gap between just getting together and working effectively together. It’s the difference between time wasted and time well spent. Experience sessions that are purpose-driven, learning-oriented and engaging.  Let Rebecca bring her world class facilitation skills to your group or gathering.

Mentor

Let Rebecca’s experience inform your practice and accelerate your performance. If you:

  • facilitate group decision making;
  • lead an organization;
  • develop strategy;
  • engage communities in collaborative planning; or
  • run your own business,

contact Rebecca to gain unprecedented, one-on-one access to her strategic insight, grounded in more than 20 years of varied and practical experience.

Author

Coming soon:
Nimble: Off Script but Still On Track – a coaching guide for responsive facilitation

Learn how to stay on track when you’re off script.
If you’ve ever planned a meeting that’s gone way differently than you anticipated, and you wish you’d handled it better, this book is for you.

NIMBLE by Rebecca Sutherns

Traditional facilitation training focuses on tools, techniques and templates. Yet more often than not, the facilitation plan we’ve carefully designed gets thrown out the window when we walk in the room. Drawing on more than 20 years of practical facilitation experience across a range of sectors and context, this practical coaching guide will help you prepare for the unexpected and cope well when it happens – which is all the time.

Thoughts

Conviction

In recent posts, we’ve been exploring how to decide how to make decisions. We’ll cycle back to that topic, but for now my attention has turned to something that needs to happen once a decision has been made: follow through with it.

Testimonials

Rebecca helped us have difficult conversations and wade through complexity to focus on what was most important. She has wonderful facilitation skills and a pleasant style that makes everyone, from front line employees to board members, feel at ease and valued.

Tracy Elop
CEO, Carizon Family and Community Services


I really benefited from Rebecca’s coaching approach. I sometimes had difficulty articulating what I needed to help me address a situation or develop additional skills. Rebecca asked the right questions, provided guidance, and suggested resources to help me on my personal and professional development journey.

Kelly Giesbrecht
Regional Manager, Retention and Recruitment, Medical Affairs at Northern Health – BC


Rebecca is just very good at what she does. She is flexible in her approaches, and listens well to our needs. She is very thorough in planning. In a meeting, she has the uncommon ability to ‘roll with the blows.’ We have seen her address very difficult people at public meetings, and address issues as they arise very respectfully. She is able to think quickly on her feet and keep a meeting moving forward to meet the outcomes staff need. Her final reports are very comprehensive with thorough data analysis.

[Rebecca] has a breadth of experience (public, non-profit, institutional and private sectors) that informs and enhances all her services. She is very technically skilled and brings this to all her workshops and engagement activity design and planning. For example she considers and designs for multiple learning styles with a variety of information and different types of engaging and creative activities.

She is an excellent and dynamic communicator, speaks with clarity in “plain” language, and draws on lots of relevant examples to illustrate her ideas. She is highly organized and dependable. We also can count on Rebecca to manage some of our most challenging stakeholder groups.

Kate Bishop
Supervisor of Community Engagement, City of Guelph


Rebecca’s sessions are productive and engaging. She is both conscientious and adaptable. She can be counted on to build strong rapport with participants and to maintain high positive energy in the room. She models collaborative leadership even as she teaches it to others.

Personally I have found Rebecca to be dynamic, authentic, and passionate. She knows how to connect with people in a genuine manner that allows for trust and difficult conversations to happen. She creates dynamic environments that make innovation possible. She is also someone who consistently goes the extra mile and I deeply respect.

John Neufeld
Executive Director, House of Friendship


Rebecca is a master at taking complex work and boiling it down into manageable pieces. Professionals of all levels of experience with collaborative work will feel even more capable of tackling tough conversations and challenging group processes with Rebecca at the helm!

Alison Pearson
Manager, Children and Youth Planning Table, Waterloo Region


[Working with Rebecca] is like working with a trusted friend who steps in, analyzes what is needed, and then supports you to work towards that goal. The intention is in the best interests of the client. The work undertaken is confidential and professional and will leave you in a better place than you started.

Rebecca is a personable and professional consultant who delivers. She was able to quickly gather and analyze information, identify gaps and collaborate in order to engage stakeholders in implementation. The result has been an engaged board moving forward.

Lorri Sauve
Program Director, Shelldale Better Beginnings, Better Futures


I am so appreciative of the work Rebecca did for us. It helped to clarify the crux of the problem and key issues. She took time to debrief the meeting with me and offered very insightful and honest perspectives. I really value Rebecca’s facilitation expertise and analytical abilities. We were very fortunate to have her with us.

Elly Vandenberg
Senior Director, Government Engagement, World Vision Canada


Rebecca was exactly what our organization needed. An objective and fresh perspective that allowed us to examine the future of our organization critically. Rebecca’s style was engaging and effective and non-judgmental while keeping us focused on task. We are excited to see where the organization goes as a result of our work with Sage Solutions.

Board Executive Members
Learning Disabilities Association of Wellington County


Dr. Sutherns seems inevitably to display a large appetite for tackling tough and complex research and policy assignments with a combination of speed and comprehensiveness…You will enjoy working with Dr Sutherns, a fact to which I and many of her colleagues and clients can attest. She is a constant learner and critical optimist.

Dr. David Kupp
World Vision International


Positive, practical and insightful facilitator.

Facilitation Skills participant
Conrad Grebel University


On a number of occasions, our team has turned to Rebecca to lead us through strategic planning processes and evaluations of our work. The investments have always been more than returned through the energy, creativity and clarity that she brought to these tasks. Rebecca adds great value.

Chris Derksen-Hiebert
Director of Advocacy and Education, World Vision Canada