CARISSA HALTON, PRINCIPAL STRATEGIST
"While I have a passion for leading collaborative organizations and teams, I've twice quit senior management jobs to follow my other passion: writing. And it's led me to all sorts of interesting people and subjects from business to politics to home design. In it, I've also found an outlet for many of my own questions rooted in social justice.
The writer in me is as much a part of my work as facilitator as my leadership experience. For while my leadership experience gives me a solid context for governance and human relationship challenges, it is my writerly curiosity and activist heart that helps groups dive beyond the surface tensions or niceties to find consensus on a plan."
With a career spanning many sectors, Carissa is an authentic leader, supportive advisor and fearless facilitator. She has broad experience in leadership and communications roles: in the non-profit sector as the Managing Director of The Mustard Seed Edmonton, in the government sector as a political advisor to the Premier of Alberta and Minister of Seniors and Housing, and in the private sector as a communications consultant and publicist. She is an award- winning journalist, winner of both a National and Alberta Magazine Award and her essays have been anthologized. Her debut book, Little Yellow House: Finding Community in a Changing Neighbourhood (University of Alberta Press), was released in 2018 and she regularly speaks to audiences about community development, leadership and employee engagement.
Halton Strategic brings these diverse leadership experiences together, uniquely merging her writer's listening ear, journalist’s perceptive questions, political advisor’s risk analysis and training in facilitation and public engagement.
You can find more about her publications and events here. She is trained in IAP2 method of public engagement.
Halton Strategic is a proud member of the Lodgepole Consulting Collective, a consultancy of industry leaders helping organizations build thriving communities. By bringing policy advisors, economists and governance and public engagement specialists together, Lodgepole supports clients to build more effective processes, clearly demonstrate value and make better informed decisions which lead to more meaningful services for customers and communities.
Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Halton Strategic launched in 2018 with a mission to help teams and organizations have effective, energizing conversations that move their goals forward. In the year that has followed, our scope has broadened. In our work with non-profit organizations, unions, small business and single-issue campaigns, we've not only helped our clients build plans based on consensus, we've supported implementation. Our unique combination of media and management experience helps our clients with internal and external challenges.