The Team


SVS Managing Partners: Jeremy, Scott, Don, Nichole and Laura.  Follow us on Twitter @SharedValueCA 


Managing Partners

Nichole Fraser MacDonald, M.Sc.

Email:     Phone: 226-706-8888 x 104   Twitter: @colefleur

Nichole Fraser MacDonaldNichole Fraser MacDonald is committed to working on projects that make businesses and communities better places to work and live. She is a social researcher with a strong background in research design, project management and strategy development, work with First Nation and Metis communities related to Environmental Assessment processes, and consulting with the public. She has planned, managed, carried out, and evaluated dozens of projects in the environmental, health, community development, infrastructure and general land use planning fields, and has experience working for government, the non-profit sector and private industry.  Nichole is a trainer land use planner, a member of the Canadian Evaluation Society,  the International Association for Impact Assessment, and a 2011 recipient of the Consulting Engineers of Ontario Award for Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge achievements.

Project management, community development, qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and tools (e.g. surveys, focus groups, large group techniques, key informant interviews, participatory video), Traditional Knowledge and Land Use and Occupancy research, socio-economic impact assessment, program and project evaluation, stakeholder engagement


Scott Mackay, M.Sc., RPP

Email:      Phone: 226-706-8888 x 102     Twitter: @MackayScottD

Scott Mackay

Scott Mackay is an environmental planner, social researcher, and specialist in community engagement with a background in environmental and water resources management. He has over 14 years experience working for federal and provincial governments, non-government organizations and the private sector, and has extensive experience communicating across differences about environmental matters, and analysing and engaging stakeholders. He has also led, facilitated, and participated in many multi-stakeholder and collaborative processes to make environmental management decisions. Scott is a member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, and a member of the Canadian Water Resources Association, and the International Association for Public Participation. He holds an M.Sc. in Rural Planning and Development from the University of Guelph with an emphasis on environmental and natural resources planning, management and policy.
Environmental planning, collaborative planning, social research, community engagement, stakeholder engagement, public participation, stakeholder analysis, public consultation, risk communications, issues management, environmental restoration, ecological restoration, environmental impact assessment, natural resources management, water resources, watershed management, water management

Don Richardson, Ph.D.

Email:      Phone: 226-706-8888 x 101     Twitter: @Don_Richardson

Don RichardsonDon Richardson has over 25 years experience as a skilled facilitator capable of building agreements between project proponents, community/non-governmental organizations, government agencies and Aboriginal communities. He fosters constructive engagement to create “shared value” between communities and infrastructure / resource extraction projects and operations. He has extensive global experience with environmental assessments, communications, socio-economics and enhancing community well-being.

Don currently manages stakeholder and government relations on several environmental and infrastructure development projects in Canada and globally. He is a recipient of the Canadian Urban Institute’s Brownie Award recognizing outstanding achievement in building and maintaining effective working partnerships with professionals, the local community and others involved in Brownfields redevelopment, and a Consulting Engineers of Ontario Award for Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge achievements.

Don has worked on several international projects focused on civil society capacity building and natural resource management in regions prone to conflict and insurgency. This includes extensive basic infrastructure, water management, agriculture, irrigation & drainage systems, education, governance and communications support work in Pakistan, Egypt, the southern Philippines, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Peru, Chile, Cameroon, Ghana, Haiti, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Senegal for firms and organizations such as the World Bank, the UK Department for International Development, United Nations organizations, and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) which appointed him as a program advisor for a five year global communication capacity building effort.

Memberships: International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) – Canada; International Association for Impact Assessment; Ontario Association for Impact Assessment

Risk communication, stakeholder engagement, public consultation, facilitation, mediation, negotiation, environmental enhancement programs, natural resource management, rural community development, agricultural communications, participatory communications, Indigenomics

Jeremy Shute, M.A., RPP

Email:     Phone: 226-706-8888 x 105

Jeremy Shute fosters constructive dialogue between individuals, communities, businesses and governments so that joint interests can be uncovered and realized. His professional focus is on using collaborative planning, negotiation, communication and consensus building to:

  • prevent, reduce and solve land use and environmental conflicts;
  • improve project design by obtaining meaningful community input;
  • integrate local and traditional knowledge into project planning;
  • and to incorporate multiple stakeholder interests in the governance of natural resources.

Jeremy is a trained mediator and facilitator, is a registered professional planner and an experienced cartographer.  He has a broad background in natural resource, land use and community planning. He has developed and managed strategic communication and community/stakeholder consultation and frameworks for energy, water management, waste management, mining, brownfield, and community planning projects.  Jeremy is a member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.

Community engagement, collaborative planning, problem solving, negotiation, the Duty to Consult, First Nation consultation, Aboriginal community consultation, community development, conflict prevention, conflict resolution, mediation, facilitation, cartography, participatory mapping, traditional knowledge, natural resource management, ecological restoration, water resources management, risk communication.


Laura Taylor, M.A.

Email:      Phone: 226-706-8888 x 103

Laura TaylorLaura Taylor is passionate about the potential of storytelling to transform lives, communities and companies for the better. She is a professional writer, social researcher, stakeholder engagement specialist, photographer, videographer and facilitator of Traditional Aboriginal Knowledge studies and related projects.  She is the author of the best selling book, The Cottage Bible (with Gerry Mackie, Boston Mills Press 2007) – a how-to book for cottage owners that covers technical, environmental and financial trouble-shooting & problem-solving: “Practical, comprehensive, environment-friendly advice” – Montreal Gazette.  She is also the author of a literary memoir, A Taste for Paprika (Penguin 2005). Her photographs have been featured in many journals, magazines (including Oprah Magazine), books and technical guides, including More Straw Bale Building: A Complete Guide to Designing and Building with Straw.  Laura is a recipient of a Consulting Engineers of Ontario Award for Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge achievements. She is a member of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2).

Multi-media storytelling, communications, traditional knowledge studies and land use mapping, facilitation, participatory communications, social research, community and stakeholder engagement, public participation, stakeholder analysis, public consultation, participatory video, photography and graphic design


Lead Consultants

Frances Dietrich-O’Connor, M.Sc.

Email:      Phone: 226-706-8888 x 109

Frances Dietrich-O’Connor has a strong background in community based research and project coordination. Her diverse experience includes community economic development work with Aboriginal communities, public consultation programs, GIS, and research related to sustainable food systems and public policy. She has also been involved with the design and implementation of evaluation research in locations from Guelph, Ontario to rural Vietnam.  She is a member of the Canadian Evaluation Society and the Ontario and International Association for Impact Assessment. She holds a M.Sc. in Rural Planning and Development from the University of Guelph with an emphasis on environmental management and program evaluation.

Environmental planning, social research, program evaluation, public participation and facilitation, project coordination   


Trieneke Gastmeier, M.A.

Email:      Phone: 226-706-8888 x114

Trieneke Gastmeier is a Human Environment Consultant and Cultural Anthropologist.  Trieneke’s experience includes conducting peer review of environmental assessments, Traditional Knowledge studies and legal histories with a variety of indigenous communities across Canada, working as an Archaeologist, and aiding in carrying out Socio-Economic Impact Assessments. Currently she is pursuing an R License in Archaeology.

Social research, archival research, traditional knowledge studies, socio-economic impact assessment, writing, archaeology



Qasim Saddique, MBA; M.Sc.

Email:      Phone: 226-706-8888 x 111

Qasim Saddique is a Management Consultant & Economist. Qasim provides business planning and finance services with focuses on public-private partnerships, mining and natural resource management.  In the past, he has developed the business model for and managed the operations of two successful businesses – and has been featured in Franchise Canada magazine for his entrepreneurial success. Qasim has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, specializing in finance and global mining management. He holds a M.Sc. from the University of London and a B.A from McGill, both in the field of international development studies. He has conducted research and taught on the topic of economic development at the Lahore University of Management Sciences.

Business planning, socio-economic development, financial planning and analysis, valuation, community development, social enterprise 

Emily Ferguson, B.A.

Email:       Phone: 226-706-8888 x113

Emily Ferguson has a real passion for social and environmental issues. Her background and skills lie in geography, environmental studies, political science, and research. She has been conducting peer review, research and project coordination support with Shared Value Solutions. Emily has first-hand familiarity with the National Energy Board (NEB) and Ontario Energy Board (OEB) regulatory processes. She has also trained with Al Gore and his team as a Climate Reality Leader, and been involved in a variety of climate change related activities.

Regulatory processes, document and literature review, project coordination, climate change


Leah Culver, M.A.

Email:       Phone: 226-706-8888 x112

Leah Culver is a Sociocultural Anthropologist with a background in international development and rural and agricultural development. She is assisting SVS in coordinating GroundSwell, a high-profile, province-wide groundwater innovation conference, among other project work. She believes in the power of people’s stories to bring broader meaning to current issues and views collaborative research as a powerful tool for change. Leah is a member of the Canadian Anthropology Association and the American Anthropology Association.

Qualitative research methods, participatory-based research, urban and rural food issues, human-environment relations, project and program evaluation, capacity development, land use change

Executive Assistance

Jocelyn Maurice, B.A.

Email:        Phone: 226-706-8888 x115

Jocelyn Maurice is the Office Manager and “hub of the wheel” at Shared Value Solutions. Her friendly face will be likely to greet you if you stop by for a visit at SVS’s Guelph office. Jocelyn has more than ten years’ experience in office administration and has a background in financial management and general accounting. Her past experience includes helping run the show at Flight Support Services, the Downtown Guelph Business Association, and the Guelph Food Technology Centre. She has strong writing and editing skills, and has worked as a freelance editor. Jocelyn likes a fast-paced work environment where she can take initiative and be challenged – she certainly gets that at SVS!

Financial management, organization, coordination, document editing, health & safety, and computer software

Associate Consultants

Profiles available on our Associate Consultant page under “About” section in the drop down menu above.

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