Cornerstone is a consulting, facilitation and training company specializing in management solutions that elevates performance and produces results for their clients – businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies. The Cornerstone mission is to help clients achieve their goals through finding innovative approaches, identifying competitive advantages and achieving significant bottom-line impact. Cornerstone combines extensive knowledge in business and non profit organizations excellence practices with experience to build and strengthen client capabilities.
Cornerstone emphasizes achieving results in your business or organizational while meeting or exceeding customer expectations. This enables our clients to maintain and expand their existing business or organization in the face of a more competitive environment.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Finance and a Diploma in Urban Land Economics from the University of British Columbia. After receiving his degree Paul worked for the corporate banking sector in Vancouver. For the past 26 years, he has worked in the field of business finance, senior management, corporate leadership, and economic development. Over his career, Paul has been involved in a number of partnerships involving private sector and not-for-profit agencies. He has also provided executive and regional director services to provincial and national organizations. Paul has authored reports and studies that encompass workforce development, feasibility assessments, immigration strategies, economic development tactics, and business competitiveness.
Paul is a recipient of the Don McMillan Award for outstanding contribution to community development and has been a guest speaker at various events, and national and international conferences.
His field of expertise includes:
Paul has extensive experience in conducting comprehensive research analysis involving local, national, and international jurisdictions. As a project manager, he has conducted focus group sessions across broad geographic regions in addition to designing telephone and web surveys targeted at the business community. Paul’s past clients include provincial associations, corporations, non-for-profit agencies, Credit Unions, and all levels of government (local, provincial, and federal).
Paul has over 20 years of experience managing complex organizations, working as the Executive Director of a Business Development Centre and two Community Futures Offices. Most recently he acted as the interim Executive Director for the provincial association of 34 Community Futures offices in BC. He has also been the BC Regional Director for GO Productivity. Paul has also been a Project Manager on several large projects for the BC Chamber of Commerce.
Paul is a skilled facilitator working with small to large groups. He regularly utilizes the Moderation Method to ensure effective involvement by all participants. Clients retain Paul’s facilitation services to develop their strategic plans, lead working group meetings, and moderate special events.
Both from a business and community context, Paul has led a variety of engagement processes. He has been trusted to engage with clients’ key associates at the highest level of the organization. Past clients range from police boards, business associations, all levels of government, non-profit organizations, and private sector companies.
Paul has guided change management training in support of operational excellence programs for large manufacturing companies. He also worked with small to medium-sized firms to help establish productivity and competitiveness strategies.
Brenda has a Master of Arts in Learning and Technology Degree from Royal Roads University and utilizes her knowledge, education and enthusiasm to provide relevant training to individuals and the business community. Since 1992, she has embraced the entrepreneurial world by owning and operating a business, services of which include corporate training, financial management, and bookkeeping. Her knowledge of finance, entrepreneurship, business, and computer software and technology have allowed her to create and deliver effective training, one-on- one or in large groups.
Brenda has over twenty years of experience in online and onsite, post-secondary program instruction. She has partnered with several private and public training facilities such as Selkirk College, Okanagan College, Community Futures, and the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences. Brenda has provided onsite, customized training and counselling to organizations within the non-profit, private and corporate sectors, as well as within the BC and Municipal Governments.
Since 1995, Brenda has collaborated with various corporate, private, and non-profit businesses to develop customized computer and financial training to assist the client in becoming productive and profitable. Some of the training provided includes: Customer Service, Collections, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, QuickBooks, Sage 50, Manual Bookkeeping for Sole Proprietorships and Partnerships, Income Taxes for Sole Proprietorships, MS Windows, and Organizing Your Office.
Brenda has developed curriculum for computer software and business courses, for a variety of private companies, and public training institutions including Selkirk College, Okanagan College, and Community Futures.
Brenda has worked with small to medium-sized businesses in the non-profit, private, and corporate sectors. Her services include: business planning, business and personal financial management consulting, bookkeeping, year-end completion, business and personal income tax returns, bookkeeping record audits, bookkeeping troubleshooting, and business start-up services.