Sally Fazal, MBA – Partner & Co-Founder
Sally leverages 25 years of strategic senior leadership experience in corporate, community, academic, and public sector settings, with broad experience in strategy, organizational design, and change management. Sally holds a Master of Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business at Western University, and a certificate in Restorative Justice from Simon Fraser University. Sally is a collaborative leader known for asking tough questions and making the most of those answers. She enjoys working across multiple levels and sectors to synthesize great ideas, strengthen strategy, and support implementation that makes real change.
Lynn Fergusson, MBA – Partner & Co-Founder
Lynn leverages her strong corporate foundation from 16 years in various leadership roles at GE. As a result, she approaches her work from a strategic and data-driven perspective, with the end in mind. Lynn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Business Administration from Ivey, a Master in Business Administration from Schulich, and a Certificate in Adult Training & Development from OISE, University of Toronto. Lynn also teaches an experiential course at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, in Strategic Philanthropy & Leadership, where she has also taught Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability. Lynn is an engaging and approachable leader and facilitator. She’s known for gently pushing clients to higher impact.
Vanessa Parlette, PhD – Senior Associate
Vanessa has extensive experience leading cross-sector strategic initiatives from conception to execution and sustainability. Vanessa holds a PhD in Urban Geography and Planning, from the University of Toronto, along with a Masters and Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, from Simon Fraser and York Universities. She also has certificates in Prosci Change Management, IAP2’s Foundations in Public Participation, ICA’s Group Facilitation Methods, and Project Management. Vanessa is skilled in bridging collective action across community and government sectors in developing, implementing, and managing evidence-based and community-driven strategies towards social justice and health equity.
Brittney Patton, MA – Associate
Brittney brings her expertise as a skilled team facilitator known for building engagement and camaraderie amongst teams, to get to solutions. Brittney holds a Masters of Arts in Applied Health Sciences along with a Bachelor in Community Recreation and Leisure Studies from Brock University. She holds a certificate in Community Asset-Based Development and is passionate about building a strategy that acknowledges the diverse needs of communities and individuals. As such, Brittney encourages clients to include the voices of individuals with lived experience in their strategic planning process. An expert in community development and youth leadership, Brittney brings a passion for working with underserved populations.
Laura Stanford, MPA – Associate
Laura brings her expertise in program evaluation, project management, business analysis and IT platforms to her work. Laura holds a Masters in Public Administration from Dalhousie University, along with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology & Sociology from Saint Mary’s University. Laura also has a Certificate in Project Management from the University of Toronto. Laura supports and strengthens operations, performance measurement, program evaluation, and reporting for SIA and our clients. She is passionate about helping clients identify the right business processes and performance measurement frameworks that will support real change.