Dr. Gordon McIntosh


Executive Advisor at CivicExcellence

Gordon has 40 years of local government management, educator and consultancy roles. He has provided 1,300 governance development, strategic facilitation and leadership development sessions involving 140,000 elected officials and staff throughout Canada and overseas. Workshop, training program and conference participants appreciate his energy and humour (& stories!) to provide practical insights and tools to help make a local government leadership difference. Some recent themes include
· What Is Black and White, & Grey All Over? – using success indicators to enhance governance and organizational effectiveness as well as the political/administrative interface
· The Deep C Below Us! – exploring personal behaviours and organizational practices to develop strategies and principles that promote respectful leadership and civility
● Are We on the Same Page? – aligning political choices with organizational capacity along with action plans for regular monitoring● Look Yonder – translating the relevance of major trends impacting Canadian communities and local governments for strategic processes, visioning and operations● Are we Aligned? - enhancing team effectiveness and organizational culture through team building and enhancing internal communication and cooperation● What Does It Take? – developing leadership (political or administrative) competencies for personal and organizational success along with learning and performance plans● Playing Nice in the Sand Box! – facilitating shared values and strategies for enhanced team, interdepartmental, interagency and intergovernmental collaboration
Gordon received the Professional Award of Excellence and has served as President of the Local Government Management Association in BC. As the Islands Trust Executive Director, he worked with a 26-member Council serving the 470 Gulf Islands in the Georgia Basin.
Doctor McIntosh’s research focuses on the political/administrative interface and CAO leadership role. Current faculty roles include Universities of Tanzania, Victoria, Alberta, Dalhousie, Cape Breton, Royal Roads and British Columbia as well as the Uongozi Institute for a Sustainable Africa
He has delivered conference plenary presentations and sessions, executive workshops and customized programs for local, First Nation, Métis and regional governments as well as municipal associations in every region of Canada as well as United States, New Zealand, Palestine, Jamaica, Trinidad, South America, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania and Philippines.

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