Our team brings together extensive expertise and leadership experience in politics
and public policy development, administration, business and academia.
George Abbott has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in politics and public service. Most recently, he was BC’s Minister of Education (2010-12), successfully launching such initiatives as the BC Teachers Council, the BC Education Plan and full-day kindergarten.
George also served as Minister of Health for four years (2005-09). His leadership in prevention, primary care, acute care, pharmaceutical management and health practitioner regulation helped establish BC as a leader in Canadian health care.
He also served as Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation (2009-10), Minister of Sustainable Resource Management (2004-05) and Minister of Community, Aboriginal and Women’s Services (2001-04). From 1996 to 2001, George served as Deputy House Leader for the Official Opposition.
On George’s retirement, columnist Gary Mason of the Globe and Mail stated, “Abbott will go down as one of the most effective government ministers of the last three decades – or longer. Top notch in every way.”
Prior to his election to the Legislature, he served for 17 years in local government including as Director and Chair of the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District and as a Councillor at the District of Sicamous.
George was a Sessional Lecturer in Political Science at Okanagan University College from 1980 to 1996. He is currently a Sessional Lecturer and doctoral candidate in Political Science at the University of Victoria.
Bob de Faye
Bob de Faye is currently working as an independent consultant and is a senior associate of Circle Square Solutions.
Bob is acknowledged as one of British Columbia’s most respected and broadly experienced former Deputy Ministers.
He received his BA (Hons) in international relations as well as a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Victoria
He has served in the following capacities:
- Deputy Minister: Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation; (he was responsible for delivering an unprecedented number of treaty and other lasting agreements with First Nations),
Small Business and Revenue; Public Sector Employers’ Council;
Community, Aboriginal and Women’s Services
- Associate Deputy Minister, Chief Administrative Officer, Ministry of Health (for the successful Bill 29 negotiations with four health bargaining associations)
- Assistant Deputy Minster: Government Services; and Registries; and Provincial Treasury
- Chair, BC Medical Services Commission
- Director of Policy and Planning, Cabinet Planning Secretariat
- Director of Policy, Ministry of Health
Dale’s recent work includes serving as an adjunct member of the Expert Panel on Business Tax Competiveness and working with the Union B.C. Municipalities Select Committee on Finance to produce, Strong Fiscal Futures; A Blue Print to Strengthening B. C. Local Governments Finance System. He is also a Sessional Instructor at the University of Victoria, where he teaches an on-line course in Urban and Regional Economics.
Dale brings extensive experience in public finance, local governance and regional development to his work.
Dale’s 25 years of experience in the B.C. Public Service includes 3 years as Deputy Minister of Community Development, 7 years as Assistant Deputy Minister of Local Government and significant work in a number of positions within the Ministry of Community Development, Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Finance.
Dale has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Victoria and a Bachelors Degree in Geography and History from Simon Fraser University.
Chris Trumpy brings a wide range of operational and governance experience to his clients. He worked for the BC government for over 30 years in various capacities including Deputy Minister of Finance, Environment, Provincial Revenue and Sustainable Resource Management.
He is currently serving as a director for Puget Sound Energy, Coast Capital Savings, Coast Opportunities Fund, 94 Forward and the Canadian Cancer Society (BC and Yukon division).
Prior consulting work includes work on BC Transit, Industrial electricity policy, Wildlife Allocation, paramedics, local government governance and providing strategic advice to a range of clients.
He has a B.Comm from University of British Columbia holds a CPA designation and is an ICD graduate.
With 35 years’ experience as a school and district educational leader, Mike McKay has recently retired from his position as Superintendent/CEO of Surrey School District, a diverse and dynamic school system in one of Canada’s fastest growing cities. During his career in education, Mike served as a school and district administrator, and as Director at the Ministry of Education.
Mike’s commitment to quality public education includes work with Dr. Stuart Shanker in the establishment of a national self-regulation initiative. He also consults on several projects in Canada and internationally and is a member of the Board of The Learning Partnership and of Destination Imagination. He also acts as Official Trustee for the Cowichan Valley School District, a role that continues until the scheduled trustee elections in November 2014.
Over the past 35 years, Anna has been providing business and financial consulting services in the areas of strategic business development and corporate governance. Anna is a Chartered Director (C. Dir), having received her designation from McMaster University and is also a Certified Financial Planner (CFP).
Anna has been appointed as director and officer of several public sector boards, such as BC Assessment Authority (past-Chair), Royal BC Museum Corporation, Richmond Olympic Oval Corporation.
Anna has been a director of several publicly-traded companies in the following industry sectors: securities and banking industry, real estate development and leasing, resource sector (mining and oil & gas development), high tech and medical technology and entertainment industry with projects based in the following countries: Eastern Canada, United States, England, France, Ireland, Mexico, China, Brazil, Columbia, Ghana, and Kyrgyzstan.
Anna is/has also served on not-for-profit boards such as: Clarady Alliance Foundation, Act West Community Foundation, BC Cancer Foundation, BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, Richmond Hospital Foundation, The First Tee of Greater Vancouver/YMCA and the 2005 Grey Cup Parade Committee.