Christopher Caldwell is passionate about supporting positive change and innovation in the areas of organizational development, sustainability and social responsibility. Chris brings passion to ideas and visionary strategy to information intelligence, team organization and reporting to executive level positions in corporations and government. Chris received an information systems management designation in 2002 from Ryerson University and qualified for project manager credentials from the Project Management Institute in 2011.
Chris has contributed to a range of organizations across several sectors including corporate, government and not for profits. His skills include research and information gathering, indicators and analyses, strategy development, facilitation, education, policy development and report writing. He has demonstrated ability to work effectively with boards, leaders, frontline staff and community members.
Chris has exceptional capacity to translate theory and best practice into practical, implementable solutions. His skills and passion for people, potential, social and environmental innovation and familiarity with systems and sustainable development supported a range of projects including a carbon calculator for Peel Regional government working with community stakeholders; conducting environmental scans; performing market research, and development of strategy for the reduction of the operational footprint for Canada’s largest employment area around the Greater Toronto Area Airport and also technology transfer to the Indian Business Centre in Hyderabad through a CIDA funded project with the Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement (now BLOOM).
He earned his Environmental Studies graduate degree from York University in Urban Planning and Sustainability, completed a graduate diploma in ‘Business and Environment’ from the Schulich Business School and received a national award for research on Human Impacts on the Environment. Chris published his first work ‘Beyond Corporate Responsibility: The New Organizational Consciousness’ in 2012-2013. The second edition is currently being worked and will include leadership coaching and organizational development.
Chris is currently pursuing Leadership, Adult Education and Organizational Development in the Masters of Education Program at the University of Toronto. Chris speaks widely on the topics of corporate well being, communication and personal development, connectivity to social and environmental issues and devotes his spare time to volunteerism and the arts. As a member of MENSA and a graduate of Second City, Chris promotes creativity, communication and positive thinking for progressive solutions and relationship building.
Organizational Development, Sustainability – Leadership – Develop – Change
The process of organizational development is a consciously planned, systematic and controlled attempt to make an organization as a whole more effective by staging interventions in the systems and processes of which it is composed. I challenge beliefs and assumptions, examine mental models and help develop perspective that unite for peak collaboration around a vision.
My assessments and strategies are always based on leadership, management and behavioral science research. For instance, I might assess how the company rewards performance and suggest changes based on research into effective motivation. My strength is thinking outside the box.
I employ organizational skills, people skills, leadership skills, and process skills. Organizational skills include the ability to redesign organizational structures to increase both productivity and accountability. People skills include the ability to design systems that facilitate trust, creativity and improved performance. Direction-setting skills include the ability to assess a company’s approach to leadership and overall vision. Process skills include the ability to redesign an organization’s processes in ways that contribute to quantifiable improvements. In addition, I will ensure I am able to explain the results of my assessments and recommendations to clients who may be strongly resistant to perceived criticism, having already hired a consultant to make changes. Through one-on-one coaching I help others bring the organization’s mission and passion in their work to life.
My experience and savvy includes:
- Develop indicators and metrics
- Design and prepare reporting
- Form relationships for improving communications and processes
- Research and information gathering
- Developing educational and training resources
- Project and program co-leadership
- Assessing organizational policies and procedures
- Coaching for soft skill & personal development and intrinsic motivation
- Outdoors, canoeing, hiking and biking
- Tennis, golf, squash
- Debating, researching, writing and speaking
- Music production, guitar and sound scapes