Building Consensus Online – Lessons Learned 2

Building Consensus is the key role of facilitators, chairpersons and leaders of meetings in the non-profit world. However, sometimes, it is difficult to achieve this goal in meetings, and even much harder to do so in online meetings! So join us in this second panel discussion on the topic with three panelists who have chaired several meetings in various organizations and situations and have been able to successfully build consensus in in-person as well as online meetings. They will share their experiences and stories, and discuss tips and tricks, resources, pitfalls, and lessons learned!

Shari Hanson has worked as a Community Development Officer with the Provincial Government for more than 25 years. Through her work, she provides workshops and services in support of community and nonprofit organizations. As a facilitator Shari especially enjoys “conducting” in ways that seek harmony from diverse voices, as opposed to monotony heard from the same voices! Shari’s educational pursuits were greatly influenced by ….her participation with Canada World Youth where she traveled on a youth exchange to India, her rural background, and especially her involvement with “learn to do by doing” as she was a 4-H member for 8 years. Shari has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Anthropology from Dalhousie University and a Master of Science degree in Rural Extension Studies from the University of Guelph. Through this multi-disciplinary department, her focus for her Masters was in Community Development and Adult Education. Shari grew up on a farm Northwest of Calgary and now she calls Red Deer home.

Leah Roedler is the Senior Manager of the Non-profit Ecosystem and Government Team with the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Culture and Status of Women’s Community Development Unit. She provides leadership, support and mentorship to an amazing team responsible for identifying and delivering projects that improve the systemic conditions for the non-profit sector in Alberta and supports the Government of Alberta with priority public engagements. Leah also contributes to the development and analysis of strategic policy options and recommendations to inform decision-making to ensure a thriving, resilient and adaptable non-profit sector in Alberta. Leah has been working with the non-profit and voluntary sector in multiple roles within both municipal and provincial government as well as a private consultant for the past 18 years. She is committed to and passionate about building the capacity of the voluntary sector and comes with a range of leadership, facilitation, and project management experience working with the non-profit sector. She holds a Bachelor’s of Management Degree and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management.

Pieter de Vos is a facilitator, consultant, engaged academic and documentary photographer. He draws on methods from the worlds of social innovation, strategy, systemic design, and anthropology to help community-based organizations navigate an increasingly complex world. Over the past 17 years, he has facilitated over 400 projects with public sector organizations and non-profits of varying sizes and complexities across the province and abroad. His projects have ranged from leading strategic planning and change management sessions with executive teams throughout the provincial government; to facilitating human-centered action labs to prototype and test social innovations; to leading large-scale public participation processes on topics such as the opioid epidemic, inclusion for LGBTQS2+ communities, and affordable housing and homelessness. Pieter has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Alberta as a MSc in Public Health. His previous research focused on using narrative and visual methods to explore community understandings of home and belonging in vulnerable communities in South Africa and Canada. He has facilitated workshops using arts-based methods in Kenya, Sweden, Tanzania, Pakistan, Haiti, and the USA. These community-based projects have animated the dialogue on poverty and homelessness, urban transformation, HIV/AIDS, childhood injury, and gender relations. Outputs from these projects can be found at

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