Based in Vancouver on the west coast of Canada, Doug Kerr is an experienced trainer and management consultant who specializes in:
Over the past 30 years Doug has worked across the continent with a broad range of clientele, including all levels of business and industry, post-secondary institutions, public health organizations, and non-profit organizations. Doug has been certified by Company of Experts.net as both an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator and an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT©) Trainer.
The Instructional Skills Workshop Program (ISW)
Doug is known internationally as the original developer of the Instructional Skills Workshop program (ISW), an intensive, video-based micro-teaching training program for post-secondary instructors. Since its inception in 1978, the program has trained over 5,000 post-secondary instructors in British Columbia, as well as thousands more across Canada. It has been conducted in the UK, several African countries including Zimbabwe and Ghana, the United Arab Emirates, and a number of Caribbean countries. The program has been implemented state-wide in California, and has been conducted in over 20 states in the USA.
Training for Trainers
Since going private in 1981, Doug has trained thousands of workshop participants to design and deliver training within their own organizations – health professionals, tradespeople, managers, retail clerks, academics, engineers, technicians, firefighters – people from all walks of life, from sea to sea to sea.
Leadership Development/Management Development
The three four-day Supervisory Skills Workshops Doug began designing in 1994 for the Yukon Territorial Government have become recognized as the standard training program for entry-level supervisors and managers across the territory. Doug has also custom-designed training programs for a broad range of both public- and private-sector middle managers and senior executives for over 25 years.
Doug Kerr is a master facilitator. Over the past thirty years Doug has designed and facilitated workshops and conferences for a broad range of leadership teams and work teams in both the public and private sector. Doug brings to his facilitation work a sense of timing, an understanding of the need for both engagement and detachment, an appreciation of the capabilities of groups, and a sense of humor. Doug custom designs every workshop he facilitates, based on input from the group and the organization. Some of the types of workshops and conferences Doug has facilitated are listed below:
In his work as a trainer and facilitator, Doug has coached hundreds of executives, professionals, managers, board members, and political representatives. He is a graduate of the Senior Level Intensive Certificate Program of The Center for Executive Coaching, Professional School of Psychology, Sacramento, CA, and a co-trainer of the program with Dr. William Bergquist. As a certificated executive coach, Doug brings an appreciative approach to his work with his coaching colleagues.
Negotiation Skills Training
Over the past 10 years Doug has designed and conducted intensive, experiential training workshops in negotiation skills for cleintele ranging from First Nations treaty negotiators to purchasing agents, salespeople, consultants, managers, and executives.
Doug holds a Master of Education degree in adult education from the University of British Columbia, and a professional teaching certificate from Notre Dame University in British Columbia. His Bachelor of Arts in English and philosophy was earned at Bishop’s University.
Doug Kerr is an energetic, enthusiastic consultant and trainer who brings integrity, perspective, and over 30 years of experience to every consulting assignment he takes on.
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Frank Gornick is chancellor of a community college district in California serving one of the poorest regions of the nation. Enrollment has increased three fold since 1994 while the total district revenues have been matched with an aggressive federal and state grant program. The district consists of two colleges, as well as centers throughout the 3,000 square mile service area.
In 2002, the district was recognized by the Met Life Foundation “For excellence in promoting education and economic advancement for underserved youth and adults.”
In 2004, the college district was awarded the prestigious California Community College Chancellor’s Diversity Award for Excellence for its work in promoting and hiring a diverse administrative staff.
Campus Compact recently featured this college in its spring publication: One with the Community: Indicators of Engagement at Minority-Serving Institutions.
Dr. Gornick has led an aggressive campaign for child care in his district with a goal of placing a college-operated child care facility in every community the district serves. The district’s intent is to address the whole family’s educational needs and promote access to education through the use of these centers.
He has fostered the aggressive use of technology by forging strategic partnerships with Cisco Systems, Pacific Bell, Federal agencies, local Workforce Investment Boards and others to deliver low cost solutions of access to technology. This effort has led to one of the most advanced on-line educational programs in the state–if not the nation. Retention rates exceed 75 percent. His staff has exploded the myth that poor citizens without access to computers will shun on-line educational opportunities.
His low-key yet high energy approach to leadership encourages people by example and with enthusiasm. He has transformed the college into a district that knows what it is doing and cares about the people it is enabling.
Dr. Gornick joined forces with community college presidents, AACC and business leaders to begin the discussion of the future of education in our country. Dr. Gornick wrote an article for the Community College Journal, December/January 2006 edition titled: A Call to Action: Reclaiming our Competitive Advantage. Dr. Gornick and the other leaders are beginning the dialogue on a national level this year.
Earl Bloor has a diverse background spanning higher education, government and industry, including twenty-five years as a chemistry instructor and administrator of a wide range of college-level programs, including arts, sciences, health occupations, technology, and trades programs. He has managed major instructional divisions in colleges in Canada, Massachusetts and California, and in Abu Dhabi (UAE). In government, he has worked with departments focusing on human resources development and apprenticeship training. For a two year period, he coordinated corporate development and training programs for a Middle Eastern oil operating company. With his wife, he publishes a regional magazine which focuses on sustainability issues.
Earl has managed major curriculum development projects, such as the Competency Based Apprenticeship Training Program in Alberta (Canada) and the Adult Applied Academics Project in British Columbia (Canada). Earl was one of the first Facilitators/Trainers of the Instructional Skills Workshop Program, now a major element in instructional improvement programs in colleges and universities around the world, and one of its original Directors. Earl has been certified by Company of Experts.net as both an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator and an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT©) Trainer. He is also a certified Team Coach.
Earl’s experience has led him to understand that empathy is at the root of every successful human relationship. “My approach to supervision is relationship-based. I believe that every employee seeks to do the best job s/he can do. If there are factors preventing peak performance, these need to be identified in a non-threatening manner and addressed. This belief is at the base of the work I do to help organizations plan to achieve the goals that are most important to them.”
Earl earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Western Ontario (London, Canada) and conducted research at the University of Illinois and Simon Fraser University (Canada) before settling into a long and rewarding career based in community colleges around the world.