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As a boutique planning and communications consultancy, we believe that at the heart of every plan are people. We help our clients come together with purpose and leave with effective plans.

Specializing in strategic planning,  engagement and communications, we are based in Edmonton, Alberta. We facilitate critical conversations - with your team, board, customers - then build effective plans and campaigns. Our facilitation methods and techniques have been modified for engaging online formats.

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Plan boldly for your future

At Halton Strategic we transform conversations into effective and strategic action. Using proven methods to build consensus and find solutions, we facilitate meetings that connect and revitalize teams. Through conversation we help clients plan for the future and make realistic decisions today.

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Tell your best stories

At Halton Strategic we combine our writing and communications skills with our experience in government, non-profit and media sectors to help clients communicate their work in today's narrative driven, digital landscape.

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So glad we were able to engage you to lead us in our strategic planning process! I love your facilitation style and it was easy to follow. Timely, succinct, logical and then you provided such a quick follow up of what we reviewed.

Yvonne Whiting, Health Sciences Association of Alberta Board Member

Carissa’s simply fantastic. She has facilitated two board workshops for iHuman. As with most workshops we had a set agenda but as we progressed, a few critical unexpected issues came up. Carissa deftly incorporated them, allowed a respectable discussion time and then efficiently guided us back to our original focus.  She’s excellent in accessing needs, listening to and summarizing discussions. She has an innate sense for what is important. It’s like she clears away all the distractions and presents a clear and doable pathway forward. I think Carissa will add tremendous value to non-profit and to corporate community discussions/workshops. And she has a great sense of humour, which makes process a pleasure!

Sandra Bromley, President of the Board, iHuman Youth Society

When we began our business six years ago, we had a lot to learn!  Carissa's guidance helped us decide how we needed to change some of our thinking, where we needed to focus our time, energy and limited finances, and gave us tools we could use to keep evaluating the decisions we were making. The fact that she knew nothing about our business did not take away from her effectiveness, as it is her ability to probe, ask questions, and guide our discussion that makes her so effective.   The time our team spent with her was invaluable and made a huge difference for our business!

Louise Froese, Good News Auto

Carissa took the time to share her thoughts, strategies, and expertise with me as I prepared for a three-hour strategic planning update session with the LitFest Board of Directors. Her guidance was invaluable and, using her tips, we were able to effectively and efficiently refine our goals as an organization for the coming years. Her insights and practical, concrete suggestions for tackling the questions at hand helped us come away from the meeting energized, with a shared vision for our organization. Thank you, Carissa!

Andrea Anderson, President, LitFest Board of Directors

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