Ted Tunis, Senior Associate

Ted Tunis has over twenty-five years of experience as a management consultant, working both within Canada and internationally. He has managed projects in more than 100 international, federal and provincial departments and agencies. Ted has worked at all levels of the workplace where his role has ranged from providing strategic advice to Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers in the Government of Canada and senior UN leaders, to assisting program managers, to engaging office and shop floor employees. Ted specializes in developing strategic direction and the subsequent management of change, drawing on skills in: organization review, design and development; strategic planning; change management; program design; human resource management; and training design and delivery. Prior to becoming a management consultant Ted worked in senior leadership roles within the Government of Canada for 17 years.


Stéphane Grenier, Senior Associate

Lt-Col (Retired) Stephane Grenier

Stéphane Grenier is a former member of the Canadian Military who retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving for just over 29 years. He participated in several Canadian missions overseas, most notably nine months in Rwanda in 1994/95 and six months in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2007, as well as numerous shorter deployments to Cambodia, Kuwait, the Arabian Gulf, Lebanon, and Haiti, to name a few. Faced with his own undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) upon return from Rwanda, he took a personal interest in the way the Canadian Forces was dealing with mental health issues. In 2001 he coined the term Operational Stress Injury (OSI) and conceived, developed, implemented and managed a government based national peer-support program for the Canadian military.

In 2007 he was entrusted with the task of creating a Canadian Forces-wide workplace mental health education program. His work led to the launch of a second highly successful non clinical mental health program that now delivers “peer based” mental health education to over 20,000 military personnel per year. This approach has clearly demonstrated through performance indicators that it is a highly effective mental health prevention initiative that significantly contributes to fostering organizational and attitudinal change regarding mental health within the Canadian military.

In 2009, he conceived a corporate mental health awareness campaign that was recognized and endorsed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), the Canadian Mental Health Association, and the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health as an example of corporate leadership in reducing mental health stigma in the workplace.

Stéphane was presented with a Commendation for his collaborative efforts and his outstanding leadership during the post war humanitarian disaster caused by the Rwandan Genocide. He was also awarded a Meritorious Service Cross by the Governor General of Canada for taking the concept of peer support and driving it from the grass-roots up into a formal federal government program. In 2009 he was awarded a national Champion of Mental Health Award by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health.

From April 2010 to April 1, 2012 he was with the MHCC on assignment from the Canadian Military. Stéphane’s work with the Commission was primarily aimed at advancing mental health peer support in Canada. He continues to formally provide advice on peer support to the MHCC. He is also a member of the Workforce Advisory Committee of the MHCC and a member of the Advisory Board to the Tema Conter Memorial Trust. In addition, he is a founding Board member of Peer Support Accreditation and Certification (Canada).   In the spring of 2012, he retired from the military and created Mental Health Innovations Consulting (MHIC) (http://mhic-cism.com/  in order to dedicate his full attention to developing non clinical mental health interventions as a complement to traditional clinical care.

Cathy Murphy, Senior Associate

Cathy Murphy has achieved a reputation as a social innovator, developing with groups powerful idea’s and innovative practices that improve worker’s lives and the organizational culture, by addressing the most difficult workplace issues and interpersonal problems.


She is a Registered Mental Health and Occupational Health Nurse, specializing in workplace Psychological Health and Safety. Proficient in Interpersonal Conflict Management, Cathy’s experiences in mediation involves addressing interpersonal and intercultural conflicts, group conflicts, harassment /violence investigation and workplace assessments. This includes her work leading an Intercultural Conflict Management program within an International Education Campus for the government of Qatar, Middle East. Establishing and servicing the first Collage-Based Intercultural Mediation Program for employees.


She has her MEd in Health Studies and is a Registered Chartered Mediator with ADR Canada. Cathy’s 34 year professional practice has focused on empowering individuals, senior executives, union leaders and organizations to promote and maintain workplace psychological health and safety. She has been featured in provincial and national nursing magazines as the “Nurse to Know” for her work in mental health, community development, conflict management and capacity building; receiving several Awards of Excellence for her practice. She has been consulted and has presented as an expert in Psychological Workplace Wellness. Her work in violence prevention has focused on systemic analysis and recommended controls for workplaces, organizations and communities. She is a retired public servants and operates her Psychological Health and Safety company out of Ottawa.


Sylvain Matte, Senior Associate

Sylvain Matte is President of Coefficient Management in Montreal, offering management consulting, facilitation and training services. 
Sylvain MatteFluent in both French and English, his background includes a degree in IT, an MBA, 14 years at Alcan, and almost 20 years as a consultant. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, change management, organizational diagnostics and development, training and facilitation in creative problem solving and applied creativity. He has managed projects, provided consulting services, delivered training and facilitated sessions in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Europe, Northern Africa and China.

He teaches graduate courses at both HEC Montréal and the University of Sherbrooke. He is a member of the Creative Education Foundation and a leader since 1993 at their Creative Problem Solving Institute conference where he was awarded their Distinguished Leader Award in 1999 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2005. He is also vice-president of Créa-Québec, the association for the development of creativity. At CREA, he has been present since the first days of the conference, he has helped design and deliver core programs for the first 5 CREA and is now serving, for the 6th year in a row, as Program Coordinator, in addition to be on the team delivering the Creativity Foundations program in French.

James Clemens, Senior Associate

James Clemens has over a decade of professional experience in leadership development, learning strategy, design, delivery and management; and organizational change and effectiveness. He has worked with a number of organizations in the Canadian public and non-government sectors and has also shared his expertise internationally. To ensure that his products and services remain relevant to his clients’ needs, James works closely with the leaders of his client organizations as well as with subject matter experts and leaders both across Canada and around the world. James is able to provide services in both English and French.

Susan Snider, Associate

Susan Snider has over 15 years of experience working with groups that range from senior executives and boards of directors through to middle managers and young leaders, both in North America and abroad. Susan uses collaborative approaches and facilitated interventions as primary tools to support her work in strategic planning, business transformation and adult learning. Susan holds a Masters of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Public Policy and Management) from the University of Ottawa.

Mark Uygur, Associate

Over the past two years, Mark has been worked with Houle Rutherford Consulting Inc. providing research, analytical and IT services and support. He brings to the team experience working with both large and small clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors on  strategic planning and change management initiatives. Mark has supported organizations such as UNFPA, UNHCR and the Commonwealth Secretariat and has had the opportunity to travel to countries such as South Africa, Thailand, the UK, the USA and Panama. In Canada, Mark has provided consulting services to labour unions, federal government agencies, special interest groups and private sector organizations.