Donald Burke – Collaborator

Donald started his career in the Department of Supply and Services as a buyer. Donald then became a Director at the Canadian International Development Agency and later assumed the functions of Chief of Staff of the Associate Deputy Minister of Environment Canada, where he worked on a number of strategic files as special advisor to the Associate Deputy Minister. In 1995 Donald moved to the Royal Canadian Mint as the Vice-President of Marketing and Sales followed by a position as the Vice-President of Business Development. Under his leadership the organization achieved record sales and improved its brand awareness. Since 2002 Donald has been a consultant offering services in facilitation, training, executive counselling, and project and change management. He has worked with a number of clients in both the private and public sector that range from le Cirque du Soleil to the UNDP. Donald was a faculty member at the Canada School of Public Service (CSPS) and one of the lead facilitators for the Living Leadership Program. He has also facilitated or designed sessions for the Accelerated Executive Development Program (AEXP), the Advanced Leadership Program, the Direxion Program and the new Connexion Program. Donald is also an executive counsellor with the PSC and has worked with over 800 EX minus1, EX-1, EX-2 and EX-3 clients to prepare them for selection boards or to provide career counselling and he has participated in over 150 mock boards. Donald has also delivered full session courses at both Algonquin College and Québec University. He holds a business brokers license and was the owner of a boutique brokerage firm that specialised in helping business owners sell their business. Donald is a certified PROSCI instructor on change management. Donald has been a small business owner and over the years has launched and managed a chain of 6 stores, a construction company and a business brokerage firm.