About Us

Dorothy Strachan and Paul Tomlinson are partners in Strachan-Tomlinson and Associates (ST). Dorothy's practice is in three main areas: process design and facilitation, organizational interventions such as strategic planning and team development, and the creation of customized learning programs. She is the author of several books, handbooks, and articles in areas such as facilitation, leadership development, effective coaching in high performance sport, and strategic planning. Publications include "Managing Facilitated Processes" (2009, co-authored with Marian Pitters), "Process Design: Making it Work" (2008, co-authored with Paul Tomlinson), and "Making Questions Work" (2007) – all published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley.

Prior to establishing her own firm, Dorothy was involved in education in the high school and community college systems as teacher and administrator. Her educational background includes degrees in English and Psychology, and various programs in adult education and organizational change.

Paul is the managing partner at ST. In addition, his role involves developing background papers, reports, and guidelines to support ST facilitated initiatives (e.g., meetings, workshops, consultations, projects) that are focused on building agreement, fostering links and partnerships, and developing consensus on complex issues. His approach includes open-ended questionnaires, interviews, surveys and the analysis and synthesis of background documents. Paul's orientation towards critical reflection and problem-centered action is an important facet of this work. He has written numerous reports, papers and workshop guides over the past 35 years.

Paul holds a doctorate in Adult Education from the University of Toronto and has Masters' Degrees in Educational Administration and Physical Education.


Clients – Some Examples

Public Sector Departments (Canada), e.g.,

Canadian Heritage (
Correction Services Canada (
Department of Fisheries and Oceans (
Health Canada (
Human Resources Development Canada (
Industry Canada (
Ontario Public Service Learning and Development (
Public Health Agency of Canada (
Sport Canada (
Transport Canada (

International organizations and Initiatives, e.g.,

Asian Institute of Management (
Canadian Institutes of Heath Research (
Canadian Organization for Development through Education (
Citizen CPR Foundation (
European Heart Network (
Global Forum on Chronic Disease Prevention and Control (
International Association of Facilitators (
International Society and Federation of Cardiology (
Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (
Olympic Solidarity (
World Health Organization: CINDI, CARMEN, PAHO (

Health Organizations and Initiatives, e.g.,

Calgary Cardiovascular Network (
Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Authorities (
Canadian Blood Services (
Canadian Breast Cancer Research Initiative (
Canadian Council for Donation and Transplantation (
Canadian Health Leadership Network (
Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control (
Cancer Care Nova Scotia (
Centretown Community Health Centre (Ottawa) (
Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit ( 
Ottawa General Hospital (

Professional Health Associations, e.g.,

Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (
Blood Pressure Canada (
Canadian Cardiovascular Society (
Canadian Dental Association (
Canadian Hypertension Education Program (
Canadian Medical Association (
Canadian Nurses Association (
Canadian Society of Transplantation (
Ontario Nurses Association (
Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (
Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (

Not-for-profit organizations, e.g.,

Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport (
Canadian Cancer Society (
Canadian Public Health Association (
Coaching Association (Sport) of Canada (
Conference Board of Canada (
Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (
Healthpartners Fund (
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (
The Kidney Foundation of Canada (

Boards, Crown Corporations, Commissions, e.g.,

Assisted Human Reproduction Canada (
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (
Canadian Institute for Health Information (
Canadian Institutes for Health Research (
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (
Patented Medicine Prices Review Board of Canada (

Professional Firms, e.g.,

Law and Accounting

Unions, e.g.,

Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (
Steelworkers of America Union (Canada) (
Union of Canadian Transportation Employees (

Private Sector organizations, e.g.,

Conference Board of Canada (
Merck Frosst (
Pfizer ( or (
Research in Motion (
Sun Life Canada (
Sun Microsystems Inc. (

Universities, Colleges and High Schools, e.g.,

Dalhousie University (
McGill University (
St. Clair College (
University of British Columbia (
University of Ottawa (
University of Toronto (