ReWerx is based on a set of close, lasting professional partnerships. Partners have diverse skills and complementary styles. We are able to scale our project work to appropriately reflect the situation and unique needs of each project. This has enabled us to seamlessly manage complex projects from coast to coast, as we bring the most appropriate mix of partners to the task.
Bruce Gillespie, the Principal of ReWerx, has more than twenty-five years of hands-on business experience in managing organization development and transition -- assisting clients to develop competitive advantage through people and strategies. His expertise in strategy formation, planning and implementation, process facilitation, organization design and redesign, and managing complex organization change provides a valuable resource to ReWerx's clients.
Bruce has a specialized degree in Business Administration. He has been involved in the process leadership of breakthrough team building and problem solving processes that have reshaped commerce, community relationships and government policy. Bruce has developed a strong reputation for his consulting expertise in areas of organization transformation, strategy formation and its implementation, stakeholder consultation, productivity improvement and employee engagement. Bruce has been the key architect of start-up organizations within North America. He has lectured in Canada and the United States on issues of stakeholder involvement, competitive position, organization change and restructuring.
Bruce was previously Managing Partner and co-owner of Right Management Consultants in Western Canada. Right is one of the largest firms of its kind in the world specializing in human resources, organization change and planning. Within this network of over 100 international offices, he chaired the organization's Management Committee, and was a resource to other offices in the development and introduction of specialized areas of organization and human resource consulting. In 1993, Bruce created ReWerx in order to focus his efforts on assisting clients in the areas of sustainable organization improvement, competitive positioning and managing complex change.
Robbin Sinclaire is a dedicated professional with broad-based experience in both public and private sectors over a 25+ year career. Robbin started her professional career by joining the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG) where she completed her Chartered Accountancy program. During her time with the OAG, Robbin led several financial attest audits, value for money audits and special examinations of federal government departments and Crown corporations. While employed by the OAG, Robbin received an Award of Excellence for her contributions to the OAG from former Auditor General Kenneth M. Dye.
Robbin also assumed executive roles with the Corporate Controller and/or Chief Financial Officer of publicly listed TSE corporations but eventually looked further afield to satisfy her desire to make a tangible contribution and help others achieve their objectives. This passion eventually led her north.
Between 2002-2018, Robbin operated her wholly-owned consulting practice in Canada’s eastern Arctic where she has served a variety of clients including federal, territorial and municipal governments, institutions of public government, private sector enterprises and not for profit organizations. Working in predominantly indigenous communities, Robbin was inspired by the long-held aspirations of the Inuit in securing the territory of Nunavut (meaning “our land” in Inuktitut) and worked diligently with all levels of government to foster opportunity for the fast-growing youthful population of the eastern Arctic while embracing Inuit Societal Values and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (meaning “that that has always been” or traditional knowledge). Her contributions have also extended to service and charitable organizations where she regularly committed a significant amount of volunteer time. She continues to have a strong commitment to promoting diversity and equity particularly in non-traditional areas. In 2019, she led a volunteer group in the organization of an international symposium on The Evolution of Diversity and Equity in the Maritime Industry which was hosted by the Master Mariners of Canada and sponsored by government and industry.
Being of service and finding innovative solutions to her clients’ issues has been key to her success in this challenging environment. Effectively managing multiple projects for different clients with competing timelines and financial constraints has required well-honed project management skills, responsive customer service and an ability to adapt as necessary. Often brought in to deal with troubled projects and/or organizations in flux, Robbin’s ability to quickly assess situations, establish rapport, create action and communication plans and lead people at all levels of the organization explains why she continues to be in high demand. In late 2019, Robbin was awarded the highest distinction of her profession in recognition of her efforts in the north and her contribution to the profession. She is now recognized as a “Fellow” by all CPA Institutes of which she is a member. Robbin has continued to provide advice to senior officials of the federal and territorial governments and northern-based entities with a primary focus on:
- Governance and accountability Project management
- Operational and program reviews
- Financial management
- Strategic Planning and Communications
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Executive Coaching
Duncan Gillespie, Senior Associate, has spent the past 15+ years earning international experience in strategic human resource management. He specializes in helping organizations improve planning, implementation and organizational performance through effective change management practices. His work helps to ensure strategic plans realize their potential benefit through comprehensive planning and flawless implementation of necessary changes to people, processes and technology. He has worked on some of the most significant business transformation initiatives within the financial services sector across Canada and Australia.
Duncan is accredited in Prosci Change Management methodology, and has experience working with both the Accenture and Deloitte Change Management methodologies. He has extensive international experience in the design, development, delivery and evaluation of in-house change management and training capability. Duncan has led Change Management teams to successfully implement large-scale shifts in corporate strategy, with emphasis on employee engagement and customer experience. He also has experience leading training initiatives for large systems and process changes with capital budgets of $600,000,000.
Duncan has a background in change management, organization development and organizational training. He has a Business Administration Degree from the University of Western Ontario with a specialty in organization behaviour and psychology.
Dr. Cheryl Stenström, Senior Associate, is based in the Lower Mainland and has been involved with the library sector since 1993, and is an internationally-recognized expert on Canadian public libraries. She has developed a deep understanding of their organizational structures, governance and cultures through a combination of experience and research and is well known throughout the Canadian library community for her consulting and committee work. She has developed departmental and product-specific services as well as led local, regional and provincial organizations.
Cheryl’s experience includes consulting with a variety of public libraries. She led a leadership team from rural public libraries through a transition to a federation as well as through an exploratory process for acquired a shared integrated library system.
Cheryl developed a province-wide plan for small libraries to create virtual library spaces, and recently she assessed the training needs for public library staff across British Columbia and Southern Ontario. This resulted in the recommendation and implementation of comprehensive training strategies. As a public library CEO, she led a regional library system through a strategic planning process that generated significant increases in library membership and use.
Cheryl has taken on front-line and leadership roles in rural and urban libraries, including Fraser Valley Regional Library, Surrey Public Library, and South Short Regional Library. She has been a government and independent consultant to many library organizations, including the IslandLINK and Kootenay Library Federations, the Southern Ontario Library Service, Ontario Library Service North, Libraries and Literacy BC, The British Columbia Library Association, the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, and the Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute.
In addition to holding an MLIS from UBC, Cheryl is a graduate of the San José/QUT Gateway PHD program. She is currently a full-time lecturer in the School of Information at San José State University.
Nancy Gomerich is a Senior Associate of ReWerx, and Principal of NG Consulting. Nancy is a Chartered Accountant and experienced municipal government Finance Officer with over seventeen years’ experience in senior municipal positions. She has worked in both a smaller (City of Pitt Meadows, BC) and a larger municipality (City of Port Coquitlam, BC), with prior experience as a municipal auditor in the private sector.
During Nancy’s three years in consulting she has worked with many Finance Officers, providing services in the area of financial statement preparation and year-end audit work, budgeting, taxation and extensively respecting the implementation of Public Sector Accounting Board (“PSAB”) tangible capital assets and the move to the new financial reporting model.
Nancy also has significant expertise and experience in the areas of strategic planning, business planning and performance measurement. These are topics she is passionate about as she believes quality work in these areas will result in real improvements in government leadership and city services, both in terms of efficiency and effectiveness. She has been significantly involved in, or led the development of, the strategic and business plans and related performance measures in her previous senior local government positions. Nancy is a skilled presenter and facilitator and enjoys the excitement of working with organizations to develop/update these fundamental plans.
Dr. Charlotte Young, Senior Associate, has over twenty-five years experience in promoting sound organizational and public policy solutions by involving the public and stakeholders in decisions and improving how governments and non-governmental organizations operate.
In her work both as a facilitator and evaluator she has been involved with diverse projects. She led the design and facilitation for: pan-Canadian research workshop on sustainable harvesting of biomass; Toronto’s Bio-solids strategy; stakeholder initiatives to develop the Fifth National Forest Strategy for Canada; and, Ontario’s first strategic plan for environmental education.
She has also been involved in numerous other strategic initiatives, including: Ontario’s biodiversity strategy, premier’s summit on agri-food, and Niagara Region’s water strategy. In addition to designing and leading the implementation of multi-stakeholder processes, she has designed and led training on facilitation, strategic planning, conflict management and program evaluation.
Charlotte holds a Ph.D. in environmental psychology from The University of Michigan. She is a certified mediator and facilitator.