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Robert (Bob) Eamer

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Often the best ideas for improvement come from the people on both sides of an organization's front lines. Bob Eamer helps clients capture the know-how and innovation potential from within their own ranks and from customers, clients, and other important stakeholders.

An experienced senior manager and corporate executive, Bob provides strategic advice related to emerging technologies and market drivers, client relationship needs and stakeholder management. He has helped to establish, coordinate and manage ongoing mechanisms for communication between businesses and the community when contentious issues threaten strategic initiatives. From his career experience as the former Commander of the Eastern Region of the Ontario Provincial Police, Bob works with clients to determine pragmatic, results-oriented and sustainable solutions to meet their business needs.

Julie Gircys

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The critical task of organizations is to fully engage employees, managers and stakeholders in creating affirmative futures. Julie facilitates possibility-focused transformation by shifting organizations from traditional problem solving approaches to the leverage of core strengths and discovery of highest potentials. She employs Appreciative Inquiry, which recognizes that every organization has something that works right, and identifies and builds on that positive core.

Julie has facilitated strategic planning with groups from six to over two hundred in Canada and the United States. Client organizations, often rebuilding from restructuring and financial crises, move beyond entrenched patterns to heightened energy and commitment to change. Julie holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and the Appreciative Inquiry Certificate in Positive Business and Society Change from Case Western Reserve University. Julie has also earned certificates from internationally recognized leaders in Open Space Technology and Case Method Teaching.

Carmen R. Jones

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Carmen has more than 25 years experience developing and building strategic alliances, partnerships and networks, and designing complex projects, strategies and business plans from concept to implementation. She is recognized for her expertise in government and First Nations relations. Carmen worked for fourteen years with First Nations and Aboriginal organizations throughout Ontario focusing on constitutional and social issues. After joining the Government of Ontario, she specialized in strategic planning and government relations at the Ministries of Natural Resources, Social Services, Citizenship and Culture, and Health and Long Term Care.

Prior to joining Matrix, Carmen was Director of Aboriginal Cancer Care at Cancer Care Ontario, where she successfully developed the first Aboriginal Cancer Strategy in Canada, based upon the evidence gathered through community-based research across Ontario. She provided strategic leadership in this field to the agency's board and executive team and laid the groundwork for successful implementation by building bridges and linkages among strategic allies and community champions.

Stephanie Merrin

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Stephanie works closely with senior leaders to understand and address the implications of strategy for an organization’s structure, culture and leadership talent. She is practical and action-oriented, with an ability to engage people throughout an organization from executives to front-line managers and staff. Her collaborative approach strengthens commitment to the change process and builds capacity and capability in organizations and individuals.

Stephanie is a seasoned advisor who brings to her affiliation with Matrix ten years as a principal with the consulting firm Oliver Wyman and more than a decade of experience in public sector leadership roles at the Ontario ministries of the Attorney General, Consumer and Business Services, Environment, Government Services, Labour, and Natural Resources. She has consulted to clients in government, utilities, healthcare, insurance, and technology sectors in Canada, the United States and Bermuda.