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Patterson Creek Consulting specializes in issues relating to Aboriginal Governance. Services include facilitation, policy research, evaluation, professional development courses, and governance workshops. These workshops focus on a variety of topics ranging from strategic planning to board governance to policy development.

The President of Patterson Creek Consulting, John Graham, defines governance as a system consisting of structures, processes and rules that determine how families, organizations, governments and global entities make critical decisions. Governance determines who the decision makers are, whom they engage, and how they are held to account.

Good governance is a journey not a destination. It revolves around five, United Nations-based principles: legitimacy and voice, strategic direction, accountability, fairness, and performance. These principles are neither absolute nor watertight and are shaped by history, culture and technology in particular contexts.

Using these principles and linking them to day to day practice, Mr. Graham has conducted over 350 governance projects for a wide variety of clients including

  • Inuit, M├ętis and First Nations organizations and governments
  • federal, provincial and territorial governments
  • industry associations
  • school boards, and
  • not for profit organizations

He has over 40 years of experience working in the public, private and not for profit sectors. He is a graduate of Queen’s University with an honours degree in mathematics and economics and holds an MBA from York University.