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Lansdowne’s core team, when coupled with our associate base, provides proven expertise and deep experience in our core practice lines.  Our team have professional certifications in their areas of expertise including Project Management Professionals (PMPs), Certified Risk Managers (CRMs), and Certified Protection Professional (CPPs).  Lansdowne delivers services characterized by quality, commitment and leadership.  Lansdowne resources are often called upon to work on complex assignments that span practice areas and in so doing, our teams acquire valuable experience in related domains that can be leveraged to the benefit of our clients.

The Lansdowne Team operates in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration where peer reviews are the norm not the exception. The following individuals comprise the employee core of the Lansdowne Team:

Chris Davis, CD, CPP

President | Principal | Security, Emergency Management and Exercises Lead

Chris is a security and emergency management professional with over thirty (30) years experience in the police, security, and emergency management fields. Throughout his professional career, including 21 years as a Military Police Officer with the Canadian Forces (where he served as the Deputy Commander of the Disaster Assistance Response Team and the Departmental Security Officer), he has worked with a wide range of first responders, emergency management and security partners and clients with a focus on security, emergency management, and communications interoperability assessments, plan and program development, training, and after action reviews.

Lise Clément, MBA, BA, CMP

Principal, Strategic Planning, Stakeholder Engagement, Change Management and Facilitation Lead

Lise is an entrepreneurial and dynamic management consultant with 16 years of experience bringing together key stakeholders from all levels of government, private sector and non-government organizations nationally and internationally to resolve complex issues, build consensus, engage leadership and build governance. Through a highly collaborative process, Lise has facilitated the development of sound and practical strategic plans, transforming vision to concrete action, building productive teams, and measuring success. As a people-person with a curiosity and desire to enable people to do their best work and organizations to realize their potential, she strives to transfer her knowledge and skills to others to build individual and organizational capability for her clients. Lise is an MBA graduate and has an undergraduate degree in communications and management and public policy with certifications in various facilitation methods.

Frank Carpentier, MPM, PMP, CMSP

Principal | Project Management & Business Capture and Proposal Management

Frank is a dynamic seasoned defence sector professional with over twenty years of experience in all aspects of business delivery from business development and sales, to functional management and from strategic planning to financial reporting. Fluently bilingual he holds a Master’s degree in Project Management as well as several related professional designations. Results oriented and diligent Mr. Carpentier leverages his leadership skills to manage multiple portfolios from conception through to successful completion.

Phil Culhane

Principal | Strategic Change Advisor

Phil works with stakeholder groups to create strategic alignment around visions and outcomes through complexity-based collaborative engagements. He’s dedicated to helping organisations and systems operate more effectively and efficiently. He designs and facilitates executive single and multi-day retreats, conferences, and events that enable people to reach consensus and develop (achievable and actionable) action plans to move forward on large change initiatives. This work is usually coupled with long-term change management projects to enable whole-system transformation. In an ideal world, the 'end result' is the establishment of a collective governance model that guides the organization forward. Basically, he works in complexity to help people who are solving the world's wicked problems.

Lorne Schmidt

Senior Consultant

Lorne joined Lansdowne Technologies in 1989 as an Engineer and Project Management Consultant after serving in the Canadian Forces as an Air Navigator for nine years. He received his P.Eng. licence in 1991 and has worked on numerous consulting assignments gaining knowledge and experience as a specialist in project management, procurement and proposal management and risk management. One of Lorne’s key strengths is his extensive experience in providing support to public sector procurements coupled with experience assisting companies bidding on major government projects. He fully comprehends the procurement process from both perspectives. Lorne holds a Canadian Risk Management certification from the Global Risk Management Institute and a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute, and has taught risk, procurement and project management at Carleton University and the Université du Québec.

Fiona Wright, MSLS, BSc(Env), CPF, CMP

Consultant, Sustainable Development, Solutions Labs, Stakeholder Engagement, and Facilitation

Fiona is a dynamic group facilitator and systems analyst for strategic sustainable development. She uses the strength of innovative and focussed facilitation methods and tools combined with high-level planning frameworks to support people in navigating complex issues and understanding current states and future success. She is trained in various participatory and systemic facilitation techniques for workshops, strategic planning initiatives, stakeholder engagement and consultations. She also offers experience in change management and technical writing.

Shaun Brabazon, M.Ed.

Senior Consultant | Security, Emergency Management and Exercises

Shaun is a security and emergency management professional with over thirty (30) years’ experience in the police and emergency management fields. Throughout his professional career, (including 30 years as an Ottawa Police Officer attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant) he has collaborated with municipal, provincial, federal and international partners, on multiple major events, investigations, security matters and committees/associations. He brings a diversity of experience to his role with the Lansdowne team, and holds a Master of Education Degree from the University of Ottawa.

Stéphane Thivierge

Consultant, Security and Emergency Management

Mr. Stéphane Thivierge is a security and intelligence professional with over twenty-four (24) years of experience in the Canadian Armed Forces. Throughout his professional career, he worked with public sector clients including several international partners on various major events and security matters. He is currently focusing on projects relating to security and emergency management to evaluate threats and risk to large scale public projects during plan development, assessments, and facilitation with the goal of achieving a more comprehensive and secure completion of projects.

Brian Nekurak

Consultant, Security and Emergency Management

Brian is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in the realms of policing, security, contingency planning and emergency management. He joins Lansdowne following a 33 year career as a Security and Military Police Officer with the Canadian Armed Forces. In his former roles as Director of Security Operations and Deputy Chief Security Officer for the Department of National Defence, Brian worked with major private and public sector security specialists to solve complex problems faced by Canada’s largest federal government department. He brings with him a wealth of experience in security oversight, incident management, and policy development and alignment. An alumnus of the Institute for Strategic International Studies, Brian’s academic work includes a comprehensive analysis of Emergency Management planning and execution methodologies in Israel and Greece. His international work experience also includes military missions under NATO and the United Nations as well as seven years of combined staff and liaison officer work with the USAF and The Pentagon Joint Planning Division.

J-P Thompson

Consultant, Business Capture and Proposal Management

JP is a business analyst with experience in the not-for-profit sector. He supports business capture and proposal management.

Bryn Ferris

Strategic business analyst, Facilitator, and Business Transformation Architect

Bryn is a bilingual strategic business analyst, facilitator, and business transformation architect dedicated to helping businesses and systems operate more effectively and efficiently. Committed to increasing alignment, engagement, and collaboration within organisations, Bryn’s services typically fall into the following buckets: stakeholder engagement, user needs analysis, business process and organizational design, information management, and performance measurement and executive dashboarding. Bryn helps clients identify and develop new service delivery models to help modernize and rationalize their operations, and has extensive experience providing synthesis and analysis on core business issues, particularly for organisations creating new teams and services, undergoing cultural changes, and embarking on significant IMIT and service rationalizations.

Dani Prapavessis, PhD

Intermediate Consultant, Transformation Architect, Facilitator.

Dani engages with people, processes, and ideas to understand issues and advance social change. Her experience situates within the NGO and public sectors, working domestically and abroad on topics ranging from Indigenous health, youth, food security, sustainability, and international development. She is effective at developing and evaluating programs, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and leading community-wide design-thinking processes. Relationships underpin her work, and she is energized by her time working with diverse stakeholders to identify their strengths and develop transformative solutions.

Lisa Sanchez

Office Administrator

Lisa provides key administrative support to allow for the smooth day to day running of Lansdowne.

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