People Minded Business

Together PMB’s team brings over brings over 150 years of experience, working in health and human services, consulting and business creation and operations, nationally and internationally.

The team is recognized for their breadth and depth of knowledge, exceptional skills, and friendly, effective and fun ways of working WITH all people.

People Minded Business

PMB consultants are certified design thinking and creative problem-solving practitioners. We use a plethora of tools and techniques to equally engage all those who have a stake in the problem or opportunity at hand. Some of the many tools we are certified to use include:

Online Collaborative Facilitation.
Design Thinkers Academy
Creative-Problem Solving
FourSight Creative Thinking System Certified Trainer

Janeen Halliwell

Janeen (she/her) is the co-founder and senior WITHology and innovation consultant at PMB. She is a life-long social entrepreneur whose work has intentionally evolved from a focus on quality to advancing new thinking and driving innovation in human services.  With three start-ups under her belt, Janeen walks the talk when it comes to leadership and speaks from experience – both successes and failures – the best foundations for learning. She has worked with governments and not-for-profit organizations across Canada, in the UK, Australia, Mexico, USA, and Tanzania. She is certified to facilitate Creative Problem-Solving, FourSight Creative Thinking, Design Thinking, and Lego Strategic Play – all of which she and her team use regularly in their work. Janeen is also the recipient of a Certificate of Achievement from United Nations’ WOMEN for empowering women through ‘We Move Forward’ an International Women’s Day conference she founded in 2012. Janeen has a MA in Leadership and Organizational Learning, and previously taught at two universities. PMB clients describe Janeen as being highly focused, engaging, bright, and fun!

Paul Fleming

Paul (he/him) is a Partner and the senior business strategist at PMB. He came to us as the COO of a private equity corporation where he focused on acquiring and building new companies, real estate development, and internal culture and operations. We like to think of Paul as a multi-tool; his varied 30+year career has given him a unique perspective spanning learning and development, strategy consulting with a Tier 1 firm, broadcasting, advertising, marketing, technology and entrepreneurial ventures. PMB looks to Paul to dive deep into business analytics and industry research to deliver fresh thinking and thought-provoking counsel. He is a 15+year board member of the globally respected Leader Project at the Ivey School of Business (working on the ground with entrepreneurs in Haiti and Lithuania) and Chairs the Advisory Board of Management Studies at Humber Business School. Paul has an MBA from Ivey, an MSc in Business Research Methodology from Henley Business School in the UK, is certified in Creative Problem Solving facilitation (CPSI) and has a diploma in Business Coaching (Seneca/Coach U). Paul is keen to contribute to the purposeful work of PMB by helping leaders build the organizations that bring stakeholders to the table, co-creating options so that people can live a fulfilling life of their choosing in the community.

Tia Howlett

Tia (she/her) thrives on helping others. Being highly organized, she helps “run the show” from behind-the-scenes and picks up tasks wherever she can be of most help. With her computer skills, project experience, and ability to successfully juggle administrative work, Tia wears many hats at PMB. With a degree in Business Administration and experience in a college innovation lab, Tia provides fresh eyes and a new perspective on projects. Tia is passionate about social innovation and providing people with an exceptional customer service experience. While striving to support meaningful communication and life-long learning, Tia enthusiastically fosters an inclusive and supportive environment. 

Nicole Flynn

Nicole (she/her) is an internationally medaled athlete, explorer, and a lifelong student. She believes in taking in all the information she can and applying it to her life and trying to figure out what she will do next. As CEO of her own business for the past ten years, Nicole is ready to start a different path. Nicole is thrilled with the new adventure of working with People Minded Business. In her final year as a General Arts and Science student, at Loyalist College, Nicole is excited to integrate her education about communication, diversity and leadership with PMB. Her past twenty years of experience as a public speaker will enhance her role as a leader with PMB’s philosophy of WITHology. As a self-advocate, Nicole will apply her critical thinking ability to the discussions and activities with PMB. Nicole loves to try new things, sometimes she fails, but she finds exploring options is a good a way to keep herself wide open to new opportunities. Nicole frequently reminds herself that if she doesn’t try new things, how will she know what will actually work?

Jennifer Keilty-Friesen

Jennifer (she/her) is well recognized by clients for delving into projects with unbridled enthusiasm, being sharp as a tack, and peppering conversations with her clever wit. Regardless of whether the clients come from health or human services, government or private industry, Jennifer is able to quickly attune to the culture of the people she works with, assess and assist them to clearly articulate a path forward. Prior to consulting, Jennifer held leadership and management positions in several community service organizations, including a legal centre for people with disabilities in Sydney, Australia where she also completed her Masters degree in Public Health. A keen learner and analytical thinker, Jennifer has her Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence Certification and has extensive training in creative problem solving and design thinking. Together, she and Janeen are sought after presenters who speak on the topics of innovation – how to plan for it, implement it and evaluate it, quality management, outcomes measurement, leadership, and learning organizations.

Karen Bell

Karen (she/her) contributes a lengthy career in the non-profit sector where she developed significant knowledge about the challenges organizations face and creative ways to overcome them.  She is a passionate, community-minded leader who brings an empathic and focused approach to her work. Karen has an extensive background in communications, government relations, and strategic and operational planning.  A natural collaborator, Karen has the knack for facilitating group discussions and creative problem-solving sessions that result in successful initiatives.  Karen has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and is a certified adult educator.  Her wise, grounded, and approachable style aligns well with team PMB.

Charlene Piper

With a skill set that spans many industries, clients refer to Charlene (she/her) as a woman of many talents. She is a researcher at heart: a must-find-the-answers kind of person. Prior to consulting, Charlene was an Officer in the Canadian Forces. She earned her Master of Arts degree at the Royal Military College of Canada, where she had the privilege of working with, and learning from, many leaders in the Defence community. She has extensive experience in the development of team-based integrated strategic and business planning, and Balanced Scorecard processes, in both the public service and private sectors. As a published author and part-time photographer, Charlene excels at communication across all platforms. She was formerly a member of the Defence Women’s Advisory Organization and the Regina Strategic Planners Network. Charlene has always worked for organizations that make a difference in the community and strongly believes that an adaptable team is the foundation for success.

Renee Belanger

Renee (she/her) brings to her consulting work 30+ years of experience in non-profits, as a board member, executive director, and working in a variety of other positions. She intentionally worked in a range of positions to gain a solid understanding of how organizations function and interact at every level with the people they serve. Renee speaks English and French, and she has worked in small and large communities, from Wawa to Ottawa, and at local and provincial levels. She developed a leadership style based on direct experience, education and a passion for tackling challenges. Creativity is an important tool for Renee, as she enjoys the transformation process – turning planning into action – whether she is painting a community mural with a group of students or elders or developing a strategic plan. People who work with Renee describe her as friendly, insightful and kind. They also come to see that she is just as eager to learn from them as she is to share her knowledge with them. Renee believes that it is through these exchanges that people and groups find what is unique to each of them and also what is common ground. PMB is thrilled to have her among our growing team of Associates.

Clint Hames

Clint (he/him) contributes extensive experience and knowledge in the areas of business, finance management, board governance, leadership, and community services to People Minded Business projects. Clint has been a Canada Lands Company board member since 2009. Canada Lands Company is a self-financing, federal Crown corporation that specializes in real estate, development and attractions management. For the past 20 years, he has been President and CEO of Pacific Developmental Pathways Ltd, a private developmental services organization. Its services are located in the municipalities of Langley and Chilliwack, British Columbia. In 1990, he was elected as a City Councillor and subsequently served as Mayor of Chilliwack from 1999 to 2008. He is also President of Hames & Associates Consulting Ltd. Clint was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for community service in 2003.

Rocky (aka "Rockstar")

Rocky is PMB’s mascot. He weighs in at 100 pounds and is the only member of PMB whose weight will be going public. Although he’s a drop out from the College of Dog Obedience, he is a lifelong learner who gets along well with anyone he meets and brings a good attitude to the workplace. His primary role is getting the rest of PMB away from their computers and out for their daily bout of fresh air. A note to our clients, when on conference calls, it’s not a horse that you’re hearing in the background, it’s Rocky.