Gesner & Associates

Helping transform organizations with an understanding and sensitivity for our environment.

Environmental Learning and Consulting

GAEL has grown from a small business to one where I have colleagues involved in projects in each province and territory, in both official languages and with a variety of audiences. Each project brings about new partnerships with colleagues and other consultants who are striving to achieve the same thing – sustainability for ourselves and our planet.

GAEL’s approach to working with any client recognizes the evolving nature of governance, bureaucracy and teamwork in contemporary society. We start by learning about you – the culture, orientation and tasks unique to your organization. Then we determine the best consultation/facilitation activities and we work collaboratively to create a smooth partnership.

Our goal is to bring innovative ideas that are inspirational, bold, and positive. We work closely with you to help you reach your own goals, which may include decision making through facilitation, employee engagement, enhancing business relationships, or striving to become leaders in environmental sustainability. We are here to help you meet those goals.

Reach your business goals while supporting a vision and culture of environmental sustainability.

Our clients include agencies and organizations, large and small, such as:

• Bras D’Or Lakes Biosphere
• Environment Canada and Climate Change
• Natural Resources Canada
• Indigenous and Northern Affairs
• Sustainable Forestry Initiative
• Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
• Government of Yukon
• Town of Caledon
• Port Credit Salmon and Trout Association
• Forests Stewardship Council

What People Are Saying…

Susan led an evaluation of the http://www.MappingTheWay.ca public education campaign on the Yukon land claims and self-government agreements. Susan quickly developed an understanding of a complex intergovernmental landscape and provided many valuable recommendations. Susan had great communication throughout the project particularly considering that we were working together from across the country. She was very responsive and met with us regularly via Skype.”

Sherri-Lynn McLellan, Aboriginal Relations, Executive Council Office – Government of Yukon

Susan recently facilitated a Climate Change Adaptation Forum for which I was on the Organizing Committee, which brought together numerous community partner organizations, Guest Experts, stakeholders, and participants from across Canada, each reflecting diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Facilitating such diversity while maintaining a focus on capturing ideas and sifting out emerging themes and points of consensus is no trivial task, but one which Susan performed admirably. Her broad knowledge, incredible ability to synthesize and distill huge amounts of ideas and contributions was indeed impressive. Susan manage to strike a balance ensuring all voices were heard, schedules adhered to, and outcomes met. She was a huge asset to our meeting, her high-energy maintained engagement throughout, and her vivacious personality kept our event on track and energized over multiple days.”

Dr. Ken Oakes, Associate Professor, Cape Breton University

Susan was hired to deliver an environmental education workshop for Forests Ontario and its partners in April of 2019. She was skillful in facilitating the session and drawing out experiences, points of views and ideas from participants. Susan also helped to define key objectives and expected outcomes, leveraging her expansive network to ensure we had a wide range of organizations and experiences represented.”

Allison Hands, Education Manager, Forests Ontario