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Internal Consulting Skills for the Strategic Business Partner Workshop 

Tuesday, September 26 - The Conference Board of Canada - 255 Smyth Rd - Ottawa, ON


In a time of increasingly fast-past and complex change, organizational leaders are looking to internal functional specialists to play a more strategic and proactive role in their organizations.  With the evolution of the strategic business partner role, traditional corporate services functions such as HR, Finance, IT, and Learning and Development are becoming more closely aligned to the business. This new role requires a broader set of skills, competencies and tools to enhance relationship building and provide strategic, value-added advice, service and solutions.

This interactive workshop will provide an overview of the strategic business partner role and the key competencies required to engage and support corporate leaders for enhanced organizational performance.  The workshop will introduce participants to the internal consulting process and will focus on the key tools and approaches needed to build this skill set internally and enhance strategic business partnering success.


During the workshop, you will have an opportunity to:

  • Explore the transition from functional specialist to strategic business partner;
  • Gain an understanding of the internal consultant role and key elements of the consulting process;
  • Learn how to build a trusted advisory relationship and “contract” with internal clients;
  • Discuss the trend to evidence-based decision making and how to provide your internal clients with the information needed to enhance performance outcomes;
  • Participate in interactive discussions and exercises to build your consulting acumen and tool kit;
  • Reflect on the role of the strategic business partner in your own organization and discuss how to enhance and expand the role to increase value to your clients and improve organizational performance.

Who Should Attend

  • Current business partners
  • Specialists transitioning into to a more strategic partnering role
  • Anyone interested in enhancing their consulting skill set

About the Facilitators

Photo of Donna Burnett Vachon Donna Burnett Vachon
Director, Leadership and Human Resources
The Conference Board of Canada

Donna leads the Leadership and Organization research and advisory services practice area with The Conference Board of Canada. She has worked with leaders in the areas of organization design, change management, governance and leadership development. Donna has also worked as both a manager and internal consultant with a strong focus on engaging impacted individuals in the organization design and change management process. She has consulted to organizations across the private, public and crown corporation sectors. Donna holds a Masters in Human Systems Intervention from Concordia University, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Trent University, a post-graduate diploma in Human Resource Management and certification as a Personal and Professional Coach.

Photo of stephanie-burgetz Stephanie Burgetz
Senior Network Manager/Senior Research Associate, Leadership, Learning and Organization Research
The Conference Board of Canada

Stephanie Burgetz is the network manager for the Council for Learning and Leadership Development and supports the Learning, Leadership and Organization Research team in our ongoing research, advisory services and workshop offerings in the Leadership and Human Resources. Stephanie was previously with The Ottawa Hospital where she spent the last nine years in the Learning and Development and Change and Performance areas with a particular focus on management and leadership development, including the implementation of a Mentorship program. Prior to her work at The Ottawa Hospital Stephanie spent 14 years in management in the social services sector. Stephanie holds a Masters in Education from the University of Ottawa with a focus on Organizational Studies and Adult Learning. Stephanie is also a certified coach and facilitator.

The details of this event are subject to change. Please revisit this page periodically for updated information.

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Discounted Conference Board Network Member Rate $650

Regular Rate $850

Multi-Registration Discount
5 for the price of 4

Questions? Contact:

Donna Burnett Vachon
Manager, Organizational Change Management

Jocelyn Rodrigue
Senior Meetings and Events Coordinator

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