SCOPE OF SERVICES
"As a professional, I have worked closely with Laurent on many personel and legal related matters involving a high level of confidentiality. These have ranged from managing disciplinary actions to preparing for arbitration proceedings to being involved in the City's Strategic Planning process. It is my observation that Laurent has exhibited the highest level of integrity dealing with his colleagues, staff members, the general public and other professionals.
Laurent has shown himself to be dedicated to his work, and willing to extend himself whenever called upon whether to listen, to advise or to give direction. Laurent has strong analytical and communicative skills with intellectual capability to deal with a broad range of issues.
On a personal level, I have found Laurent to be approachable, helpful and sensitive to the needs and interests of those he is interacting with."
CITY SOLICITOR - SASKATCHEWAN CITY
“Laurent, it was always a pure pleasure working with you whether in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe or Canada. You provided helpful advice and I appreciated your unconditional support plus all the many interesting and informative conversations about our beloved Saskatchewan. ”
CANADIAN PARTNER - INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
"The participants were wondering when/if you were coming back for more of these [presentations]. I have indicated to everyone that we were hoping we could have a series of them. ...I have never seen this group so switched on.
I think your presentation hit the mark in every way and there’s very little I could add in terms of improvement. You could see how much they enjoyed getting quizzed and testing their knowledge … even showing off their knowledge."
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER - MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION
"Laurent's work has enabled our organization to consolidate and develop a great synergy within our team. His professionalism and experience have been greatly appreciated."
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - PROVINCIAL NON-PROFIT SECTOR
"Laurent's main strengths are based in his strong and deep knowledge of his work with local government associations and in all the process and mechanisms around local government.
In my view, he has developed his expertise in management skills, organizational culture, policy development, project management and local government issues such as inter-governmental relations both with the central government and with his members. As Laurent is also focused on member services, this is a high strength for our programming as this is one of the components we try to focus on with our international partners.”
CANADIAN PARTNER - INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
"Laurent's governance training was a key contribution to a very successful two day AGM. We had 65 participants including almost all of the mayors and SAOs from Nunavut, and engaged in a rich dialogue around such topics as governance, revitalization and our new business plan."
PRESIDENT - CANADIAN MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION
“Laurent has been actively involved in supporting our work with the national associations through training seminars, coaching, participating in activities on various issues such as National association organizational structure, management issues, financial issues, membership services, policy development/advocacy and governance. Through his work with SUMA, he has hosted a variety of incoming missions and field trips on local governance. His involvement has been at various program phases in particular during the program development phase and the implementation (for Africa). His insights through his long experience in local governance has provided us with an incredible opportunity to steer our work with the associations and support the development of our support. He is tremendously available to assist and provide observations, work with our partners and this has proven to be valuable in our programming.
He provided us with a sound and solid diagnostic of potential work, challenges and strengths of the association... he amazingly integrated with everyone with easiness.”
PROJECT LEADER -
MUNICIPAL LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
"I just wanted to thank you for your guidance and the support you have given to all EDs, but I especially appreciated your wisdom, experience and enthusiasm. I have picked up on a number of things you have done and adopted them here – hope you see it as a measure of the impact you have had!"
PEER SUPPORT PARTNER - CANADIAN
"Laurent is someone we can always count on. He is punctual, very reliable and is always willing to give a hand or help out with whatever needs to be done. He is very thorough and well organized. He interacts very well with participants and he is very good not only with his animation techniques but also agile in giving the participants some feedback on their performance individually and as a team. Laurent is always willing to learn from the participants. He often says to them: I will learn as much from you as you will from me. He is also good at underlining the important learning points while keeping the class atmosphere light and joyful. He his very good at making sure the participants get positive feedback."
COURSE DIRECTOR - CANADIAN EMERGENCY
“Laurent has been a strong leader on the local government scene. He has been an invaluable advisor and a good friend to many in the municipal world — in Canada and abroad. A true career civil servant, Laurent has worked with northern communities, rural municipalities, and the entire urban sector. I expect that he will continue to make a significant contribution to local governance in whatever role he decides to take on in the future. Our Board and staff will miss his wise counsel and his sense of humour.”
PRESIDENT - MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION
"You presented very well. Everyone stayed engaged and interested for the entire course. Well done and I would recommend your services to anyone."
COUNCIL MEMBER - WEST CENTRAL SASKATCHEWAN TOWN
Laurent is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and has been working with local governments since 1976. He has worked with northern communities, rural municipalities, regional planning districts, urban municipalities and recently retired from his position as C.E.O. for a municipal association where he spent the last 12 years working with 440 local governments in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Laurent has served on numerous national and provincial boards. As Chief Executive Officer, former City Manager and department head, he has implemented structural and operational changes to governance and administrative branches. He is proficient in administrative law and has been serving as a Provincial Adjudicator since 2007. Laurent has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Regina (Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy), and delivered courses related to emergency management operating centres, and public information operations at the National Emergency Preparedness College.
Recognized as a leading authority in his field, Laurent has been invited to assist with numerous international projects, providing advice to local governments and municipal associations on capacity development, local governance, and strategic advocacy work. Over the years, these projects have taken him to the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, North Africa, West Africa, South Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Central America and South America, and the middle-East.
From designing stronger neighbourhoods to promoting and defending the interests of local governments, to assisting elected councils better serve their community, Laurent has always been a passionate civil servant, aiming to create strong teams and deliver positive results.
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