We have each worked for years to encourage and lead transformative change in rapidly changing, multi-stakeholder environments in both the public and private sectors. Some five years ago we came together to work on a major effort to transform the Canadian Payments System, combining our different approaches. The results surprised us. The energy for change that was released, the extent to which the mental maps of very different stakeholders shifted and converged, and the sense of community and shared ownership that resulted, far exceeded our expectations. We wanted to share this experience and to compare notes with other practitioners who are also looking for better ways to govern and create transformative change in the information age, and to tackle wicked problems which range from climate change to health care, terrorism, inequality and many business strategy issues.
Meet Our Team
Ged (Gerald) Davis is Executive Chair – Scenarios at the World Energy Council and President of Forescene S.A., a scenarios and strategy boutique consultancy.
He has been Co-President of the Global Energy Assessment, managing director of the World Economic Forum, and Vice-President Global Business Environment and Head of scenario planning at Royal Dutch Shell, where he worked for 30 years.
Ged is known for his pioneering work on the development and use of scenarios, global research covering energy, sustainable development, technology, economics and finance at multiple global organizations.
He was co-director of the scenarios project on the Future of the Canadian Payments System and has authored many papers on scenarios.
His approach to scenario building and use is detailed in the Shell publication “Scenarios: An Explorer’s Guide”.
He has served on many boards including the International Development Research Centre and the advisory board of Hatch Corporation in Canada.
Patricia Meredith is a leader in strategic governance and organizational design. A Director of many public, private and not-for-profit organizations, Pat also served as Executive Vice-President and Chief Strategy Officer of a major financial institution and as Senior Strategy Advisor to financial services and technology companies for a global strategy consultancy.
From 2010 to 2012, Dr. Meredith was the Chair of the Task Force for the Payments System Review. The Task Force – which applied a catalytic governance process – delivered a community supported action plan that enabled government and industry to act on all four of the Task Force’s recommendations within two years.
Dr. Meredith has a Ph.D. degree in Business Strategy, an M.B.A. in Management Information Systems and a Bachelor of Mathematics. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and of the Clarkson Institute for Board Effectiveness at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. She teaches Advanced Strategic Management and Competitive and Organizational Strategy for Financial Institutions to MBAs and executives.
Steven Rosell is the author of numerous articles and four books on questions of governance, leadership and learning. He acts as an advisor to governments, international agencies and major firms. He is President and co-founder of Viewpoint Learning, which develops innovative dialogue-based techniques for both business and public sector; enabling the more distributed, learning-based approaches to leadership and governance that are essential in a more connected and rapidly changing world. These dialogues enable decision-makers to understand different viewpoints in depth and use that understanding to find common ground and new ways forward.
Prior to this Dr. Rosell led a major participatory action research program examining the implications for governance of the emergence of a global information society. The program centered on a series of multi-year roundtables that brought together senior government officials, private sector executives and leaders of unions and national voluntary organizations. Through a process of meetings with outside experts, scenario building and case studies undertaken by participants, the roundtables sought to develop more effective ways of governing in an information society.
Previously, Dr. Rosell was a senior official of the Government of Canada, where he led the group responsible for advising four Prime Ministers on the organization and machinery of government. He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Organizational Behavior from Cornell University, and is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science.