Jonathan Bennett is the CEO of Laridae, a management consulting firm that helps non-profit and public sector organizations soar. Jonathan provides sought-after strategic counsel to leaders, executive teams, and boards across Ontario. With experience in urban, rural, remote, and First Nations communities, Jonathan’s expertise is in strategic planning, governance, change management, and communications. Before founding Laridae, he held leadership roles at a large regional hospital, as well as education and social services organizations. A widely published and award-winning writer, Jonathan is the author of seven books. An experienced director, Jonathan currently serves on the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) Board of Directors, and he obtained his Chartered Director certification (C.Dir.) through McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada.
Amanda English is a seasoned senior leader with strong non-profit and public sector management and human resources experience. At Laridae, she has led human resources projects with Ministries, project managed large, multi-stakeholder engagement processes across Ontario, and provided personal counsel to EDs and CEOs during times of crisis and transition. Amanda has a versatile background that includes project management, human resources, stakeholder engagement, public speaking, marketing, and communications. She has held roles at Interior Health Regional Health Authority, Professional Association of Residents of Ontario, several Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) funded programs, Canadian Association of Staff Physician Recruiters, and HealthForceOntario.
The foundation of Danielle’s professional experience, career, and passion has been rooted in community development. A resourceful, strategic thinker who values collaborative approaches to problem solving, at Laridae Danielle leads strategic planning, communications, and branding projects. Prior to consulting, she held executive roles with the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster (GPIC) and Peterborough & Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED). Danielle has actively engaged in governance throughout her career as a volunteer Board member of local non-profits. In addition to her years in the not-for-profit sector, Danielle has been an entrepreneur, starting an award-winning business. Bilingual, Danielle is originally from Timmins.
The Hon. Andy Mitchell, P.C. has had a distinguished career in government, public affairs, and community service. An experienced leader and mentor, at Laridae Andy leads strategy, planning, and facilitates complex multi-stakeholder projects. Before consulting, he was most recently senior advisor to an Ontario Minister. Andy Mitchell was a Member of Parliament for 12 years during which he served as Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food, among a wide variety of other portfolios. After Federal politics, Andy moved to the Peterborough area where he led the region’s economic development and innovation organization. He also joined Trent University as an Adjunct Professor. In 2010, he served a term as Deputy Mayor of Selwyn Township and became a member of Peterborough County Council. He has many years of non-profit board governance experience across a wide variety of sectors, including serving on the Workforce Development Board, Peterborough Regional Health Centre, and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Currently, Andy is the Chair of the Otonabee Regional Conservation Authority as well as a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Canoe Museum.
Laura Gaughan works with non-profit and public sector organizations to shape the stories that advance their cause. Drawing on wide-ranging skills in policy analysis, communications, research, and facilitation, she marshals information and makes it meaningful, compelling, and usable. From speeches to social media, strategic plans, and surveys, she helps clients shape and project effective messages. Laura brings extensive experience in industry associations, government, and postsecondary teaching. A published author, Laura holds an M.A. from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She has been a volunteer for several community organizations, including the New Canadians Centre and Lakefield Literary Festival.
Community-minded with extensive non-profit leadership experience, Jenn brings a broad set of essential business tools and processes to support clients. At Laridae, Jenn leads operational reviews and audits, research, planning, and engagement projects. Her reputation as a conscientious and committed professional is built upon her ability to consistently deliver solutions on time. Prior to Laridae, Jenn held leadership roles in workforce development and social service organizations. She currently serves as President of the YWCA Peterborough Haliburton Board of Directors. Jenn has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Western University and a Master’s in Business Administration from St. Mary’s University in Halifax.
Engaging citizens and building communities are at the heart of Christie’s career. Christie has a strong understanding of the intersection between the governance and practice of building healthy, inclusive, and hopeful communities. At Laridae, Christie leads research, communications, and strategic and operational planning projects. Prior to consulting, Christie co-developed national learning communities at the Tamarack Institute, and spearheaded work in local poverty reduction. She is fluent in French and holds an M.Ed. in Adult Education and Community Development from OISE at the University of Toronto. A former Board Member, Christie now sits on the Community Impact Committee of United Way Peterborough.
Government relations, public affairs, and communications are at the heart of Lauren Hunter’s career. At Laridae, she leads strategy and planning projects, helping clients to overcome obstacles, bring stakeholders together, and implement change. Lauren’s career includes high profile roles on campaign teams and as a political staff at both provincial and federal levels. She has also held a leadership role at an association and was the Director of Operations at the Rideau Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University.
Rachel Pott has a proven ability to engage audiences and generate interest in organizations through compelling storytelling. With over five years’ experience in the non-profit sector, Rachel has held leadership and communications roles in local and international organizations in the education, health care, social services and human rights sectors. Drawing on skills in communications, research and analysis, marketing, and project and event management, Rachel brings an attention to detail and innovative approach to her work. At Laridae, Rachel supports communications, writing, and strategic and operational planning projects. Rachel has volunteered for several nonprofits in Canada and the U.S., and is currently a member of the Peterborough Area Fundraisers’ Network executive team.
Laridae’s clients benefit from our long-term, formal arrangements with a select group of partners.
Our collaborations ensure that we have the expertise needed for every client project.
As Laridae’s Creative Director, Jocasta ensures nonprofits get the very best in communications, branding, and design. For over 15 years Jocasta has worked with leaders and community organizations to realize their goals through the power of participatory engagement, clear communications, and bold design. As a consultant, strategist, and facilitator, Jocasta offers innovative solutions that inspire others to look at the world around them in a new way, find opportunities in the ordinary, and transform ideas into action. At Laridae, Jocasta leads our branding and creative design work. An active community volunteer, Jocasta serves on the local Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors.
Canada was formed through the cooperation and recognition of a dual autonomy where two nations were willing to cooperate and co-exist respectfully. Many of the original intentions of a shared society, both socially and politically have been undermined with the colonial intent. The historical contexts and challenges have complicated the relationship between Indigenous peoples of Canada and settler society.
Today, many organizations, businesses, and institutions are working to recognize that shared history and reconcile many of the wrongdoings through respectful partnership and collaboration with Indigenous peoples.
These experienced Indigenization Consultants help organizations strategize and align corporate responsibilities to Indigenous Inclusion by utilizing a variety of recommendations such as: internal input; Indigenous staff feedback; local and regional Indigenous communities; as well as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) recommendations.
Laridae works with Indigenize to receive guidance from Indigenous professionals on how to successfully position organizations to engage all necessary stakeholders in order to ensure meaningful development and implementation of comprehensive Indigenization plans.
Miigwech (thank you)!
Laridae became a Certified B Corporation in 2018. B Corps are a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corp certification is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk.
Laridae was certified by the non-profit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. We’ve evaluated how our practices impact our employees, our community, the environment, and our customers.