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Gary Ockenden Contact Details:
Gary Ockenden
Withinsight Services
1215 Ward Street
Nelson, BC, V1L 1T9

Tel: (250) 352-0188
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Withinsight Services
Organizational Consultant with a range of expertise
Based in: Kootenay   Location: Nelson


Gary Ockenden is the owner and lead consultant for Withinsight Services. His career included more than 20 years in public sector and NGO leadership positions. Highlights were a career with the Red Cross in international and Canadian management roles; a public sector position directing community health services for a rural area in British Columbia, Canada and Director of Community Engagement for the Columbia Basin Trust.


He has lived and worked on four continents and is as comfortable supporting front-line relief staff in Sudan as he is facilitating a board meeting in Vancouver or Ottawa.


Gary is using his talents and experience as a consultant and facilitator - with an emphasis on projects involving stakeholder engagement processes, strategic planning, project development, evaluation processes, and change management. He is certified in Strategic Planning by the Centre for Strategic Management (San Diego, USA), was an approved consultant with (the former) Community Economic Development Technical Assistance Program, and is an associate with Human Potential Consultants Inc (HPCI).


Gary is currently the Vice President of Amnesty International (Canada). He is a professional, published writer, a confident moderator or public speaker and plays the trombone (rather badly).  He has lived for 25 years in Nelson, British Columbia.



Sample Client List & Solutions Provided


Not For Profit Sector

Columbia Basin Trust

o developed "State of the Basin" integrated information and reporting system for the Columbia Basin in BC

o created a regional funding model that induced communities to work together on priority projects

o designed, organized and moderated regional CBT Symposium with 300 participants

o provided support to senior management for strategic planning process


British Columbia Medical Association (now Doctors of BC)

o facilitated membership engagement process with more than 800 physicians


The Canadian Red Cross Society

o developed strategic plan for Disaster Services in BC and Yukon

o developed service delivery/staffing model for regions in BC & Yukon


Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Interior

o provided strategic planning support for three years


Public Sector

Interior Health Authority, BC

o provided strategic planning and project support for provincial Chronic Disease Prevention & Management strategies

o facilitated strategic planning process for Early Childhood Development; Population Health; Acquired Brain Injury services; injury prevention and the health role in schools

o facilitated research and planning for Youth Suicide & Abuse Prevention


Northern Health Authority, BC

o support to Board of Directors for Strategic Planning

o conducted a 39 community consultation process focused on Addictions & Mental Health in northern BC, including 16 First Nations communities

o conducted community-based consultation processes on Child/Youth Health and Community Health


Premier of BC - designed, conducted, and wrote the report on a community consultation process on Cancer Care in Northern BC (26 communities)


Selkirk College

o delivered public training programs (Board Development, Facilitation Skills for Leaders)

o facilitated strategic planning for Continuing Education department and Selkirk College Foundation

o provided individual coaching/mentoring services to senior management


Private Sector

Molson Canada

o through HPCI, provided change management support for a corporate shift and facilitated planning process for brewmasters across Canada



o facilitated strategic planning for research department of mining/smelting corporation


Kootenay School of the Arts Cooperative

o facilitated major transition in private design and craft school in SE British Columbia


Other clients

   Amnesty International

   BC Ministry of Sport and Healthy Living

   Canadian Mental Health Association

   City of Nelson

   City of Prince George

   City of Prince Rupert

   City of Rossland

   Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy


   Freedom Quest Regional Services

   Greater Trail Community Skills Centre

   Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival

   Kootenay Association of Science & Tech

   Kootenay Career Development Society

   Nelson & Area Economic Dev Partnership

   Nelson Cares

   Nelson Community Service

  NEXEN Energy

  Peace Brigades International

  Salmo Community Services

  Trail Health and Environment Program

  Trail FAIR

  Trail Hospital Foundation

  United Church Health Services

  Upper Columbia River First Nations

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