75 communities. 20 enterprise clients. 36 awards. But most importantly…a mission: to build people, communities and products that aim for the exceptional.
Chris is a Strategist and Entrepreneur – an unconventional thinker and doer who challenges organizations to pursue the ambitious and exceptional. Chris has 30 years of strategic planning, economic development, urban planning, brand and marketing, and leadership capacity building experience in enterprise, government, and not-for-profit, settings. He is passionate about generating breakthroughs with a cut-through-clutter style, a focus on “out do” vs “out-talk,” and a dash or two of humour along the way to help fast track solution-seeking.
Chris has led collaboration-based strategic planning / economic development / branding / communications / marketing initiatives with 17 B.C. communities, 35 Alberta communities, 2 Ontario communities, 5 regional economic development organizations (representing 118 communities), and 2 international communities (Moffat County, Colorado and San Pedro, Belize) since 2006.
Chris has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary. His policy, strategy and marketing work has been recognized by 36 provincial / national / international awards. Chris is also a professional speaker, with upcoming talks that include the Growing the North Conference in Grande Prairie, and Regional Business Forum 2023 in Smithers.
Chris has worked with Bluerock on various OCPs, Zoning Bylaws and Economic Development Strategies, including: Canal Flats, Comox, Valemount, Grand Forks, Slocan, Port Alice, and Castlegar.