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Strategic Organization Design Workshops

What does “VUCA” mean? And how does it impact our organizations? VUCA—volatile, uncertain, chaotic and ambiguous—has been used to describe the global business environment of recent years requiring organizations to renew their corporate strategy and direction in order to remain relevant and competitive. A priority for leaders today is the knowledge and ability to critically assess their organization’s structure, systems and processes to ensure agility and alignment with changing strategy and business priorities.

This workshop will provide practical organization design models and tools to enable business leaders to review, assess and design their organizations for high performance. This session will engage leaders in a discussion on Organizational Design trends and provide insights into organization design concepts, models and frameworks, taking into consideration the required governance and management practices and the implications for their organization.

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During the workshop we will:

  • Explore practical tools that optimize design
  • Share the how to’s in optimizing organization design from the context of your current and future strategy and business model
  • Unveil what drives the need for better organization design options
  • Discuss what the impact is on organizational effectiveness
  • Leverage practical examples to share insights on the context of different organizational design models
  • Engage in an organizational case study, applying relevant theories, to select and evaluate organization design alternatives
  • Participate in a conversation on the keys to implementation success
  • Discover key components of your organization's design
  • Learn how implementation and change considerations impact organizational design or re-design

2017 Workshop Series

Thank you for joining us in Mississauga, Winnipeg and Ottawa! 

Who Should Attend

Business leaders who are sponsoring or leading organization alignment or transformation, as well as vice presidents and directors of:

  • organization design
  • organization effectiveness
  • change management
  • innovation
  • strategy
  • human resources
  • operations

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 Ian Cullwick Ian Cullwick, CCP CMC CHRP
Senior Associate, The Conference Board of Canada
and Partner, Mercer Canada

Ian leads the Ottawa Talent Strategy Practice and Canadian Public Sector industry vertical with Mercer Canada, specializing in organization design, governance effectiveness, organizational transformation, and performance management. He has consulted to organizations on conceptual and detailed organization design and change across the financial services, healthcare, crown corporation, utility and public sectors. Ian has an MBA from Western University and a Master’s in Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto. Ian sits on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario [CHEO] and is the former Chair and Board member at the Ottawa YM/YWCA. He has also taught executive, graduate and undergraduate business courses on high performance organizations, HR governance and strategy, and organization design.

What Are Our Workshop Participants Saying?

“Covers main aspect to consider and provides tools for identifying organization design options; case study is hands on application .... The workshop kept me totally engaged! Thank you for a very positive learning experience.”

“Recognition of real work implications on theoretical models .... This was a great course with a great mix of theory and hands on applications. The facilitators shared lots of insights, knowledge and examples.”

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


Discounted Conference Board Network Member Rate $650

Regular Rate $850

Multi-Registration Discount
5 for the price of 4

Questions? Contact:

Jocelyn Rodrigue
Senior Meetings and Events Coordinator

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