Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
Partner, The Potential GroupToronto , Canada
Cate is a Partner in the consulting firm The Potential Group, based in Toronto, which focuses on designing and building capacity for sustainable strategy and change, primarily in the space of healthcare and education.
Cate designs and leads conversations to mobilize groups to powerfully advance community visions and goals. She is a consultant, teacher and researcher, with a mission to create sustainable, generative, socially accountable change. Cate is deeply experienced at design, facilitation, capacity building and constructing effective conversations and processes that support systemic change and social innovation, primarily in healthcare, education and community agencies. She has designed, facilitated and supported more than 300 strategic planning and change initiatives in healthcare over the past 12 years.
In her role as an educator, Cate holds an adjunct position at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, and is Core Faculty and a founding co-director of the Collaborative Change Leadership program at the Centre for Interprofessional Care, and the Associate Director of the New and Evolving Academic Leaders program at the Centre for Faculty Development. She and Partner Danny Nashman also lead a capacity building program for clients called Leading Strategic Change and Innovation that focuses on sustainable implementation of strategy.
For the past ten years, Cate has also been the volunteer Co-Director of a children’s development project in Kasese, Uganda called Nikibasika Learning and Development Program, which supports a group of 52 orphaned and vulnerable children and youth to become community oriented, globally aware, self-sustaining citizens. She co-leads all fundraising, strategic direction and hands-on management of the program.
A Few Recent contributions in academic healthcare
Mobilizing, Meaningful Strategic Planning for numerous organizations, mainly large academic health centres, universities, colleges and community organizations.
Building interconnected care across sites and regions, including five years supporting the creation of a strong, resilient network for stroke care across Toronto in 17 sites and three regions, and high engagement LHIN-led initiatives around mental health and addictions pathways
Development and Operations of Sustainable Model for Learning Program for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children in Kasese, Uganda. Moved project from disparate, unfunded ad hoc group to sustainable program with charitable status aimed at ensuring the children will be self-sustaining adults with the skills, resources and awareness to contribute to global communities.
Transforming the Canadian health system to improve indigenous health, care for people with chronic conditions and with dementia, and strategic initiatives related to antimicrobial resistance through Canadian Academy of Health Sciences initiatives.