who we are: kate

kateKate McLaren is a founding partner in South House Exchange. She works with organizational leaders to design and facilitate planning processes, program reviews and assessments, team-development and communication processes. She has been an advisor and facilitator for several organizational mergers in recent years. Kate is an excellent writer and communicator who brings an artist’s eye and graphic abilities to her process designs.

Before turning to consulting in 1994, Kate worked for Oxfam Canada in public and government relations and later for CUSO, one of Canada’s major development agencies where she was the manager of Canadian and overseas operations. She worked on field assignments for CUSO in Tanzania and Papua New Guinea. Kate is also one of three founders of the Ginger Group Collaborative, a dynamic community of practice whose affiliates are organizational consultants, coaches, educators and scholars from across Canada and the northwest USA.

As a consultant, Kate has undertaken assignments in Ukraine, Guatemala, Bolivia and the Palestinian territories, and has led Future Search Conferences in the Northwest Territories, Vietnam and Egypt for the Foundation for International Training. Her clients have included the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Justice Canada, Health Canada, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the City of Ottawa Housing Branch, Canada World Youth, the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Amnesty International Canada, the Foundation for International Training, the Canadian Bureau for International Education and several social service agencies in Ottawa.

Kate is a certified practitioner for Social Analysis Systems (SAS2), a set of participatory action research techniques for collaborative research and dialogue. She has a Masters of Education from Dalhousie University and a Masters of Public Administration from Queens. She is co-author, with David Kelleher, of Grabbing the Tiger by the Tail: NGOs Learning for Organizational Change, published by the Canadian Council for International Cooperation in 1996.