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 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, indicator development 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 an 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 of 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 (MES) in Urban Planning and Sustainability, completed a graduate diploma in ‘Business and Environment‘ from 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 underway and will include leadership and organizational development as additional chapters. Look for the release in 2017.
Chris is currently pursuing Leadership, Adult Education and Organizational Development in the Masters of Education Program at the University of Toronto (MEd). 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.
Organizational Development, Sustainability – Leadership – Development – 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 perspectives that unite for peak collaboration around a vision. I look to drive productivity by increasing engagement, collaboration, and innovation, and help managent in redefining their workplace.
I work DIRECTLY with people. My assessments and strategies are always based on leadership capacity, 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 coaching with people to build TRUST (ENFP).
I employ organizational skills, people skills, leadership skills, and process skills such as the ability to redesign organizational structures to increase both productivity and accountability. Where there is opportunity I also assist the organization toward a socially responsible mandate.
People skills include the ability to design systems that facilitate trust, creativity, and improved performance. In addition, I ensure I am able to explain the results of my performance assessments and recommendations to clients who may be strongly resistant to perceived criticism. Through one-on-one coaching, I help others bring the organization’s mission to life and passion to their work and into their lives.
First edition of Beyond Corporate Responsibility: The New Organizational Consciousness is available at Amazon
Experience and savvy includes:
- Expert performance metrics & business intelligence
- Information management & reporting for executive level decision-making
- Relationship building, communications and mapping processes
- Research and information gathering
- Conflict resolution/leadership/negotiations
- Assessing organizational effectiveness
- Socially responsible policies and programs
- Certified Rescue Diver
- Certified Wilderness First Aid
- Certified Teacher English as a Second Language
- Do We Determine Technology or Does Technology Determine Us? A Dystopic view of Utopia
- Technology and Work – Re-imagining Work Shifts in the Digital Revolution – RSA Animate
- Technology and Education – Where to get free and inexpensive resources
- Week1: Obtaining Trust in the New Media Society – Challenges and opportunities in the workplace
- Using ADDIE or PADIS for an Instructional Design Approach
- New Podcast for Organizational Development in the Works
- What is Change Management?
- Jim Carrey delivers a dose of PERSPECTIVE during the Golden Globe Awards
- The Power of the Spontaneous Intervention in Coaching
- Chris is the new Co-Chair for the University of Toronto, OISE Graduate Student Research Conference