Some of Our Clients and What They Say

Economic Development Professional

The Economic & Community Development Committee and the County of Barrhead found a tremendous value in Cathy’s methods of approaching citizen engagement and collaboration for our project. It led to building stronger relations with our stakeholders, and invited new voices to the table. Members of the community, land owners, the Chamber of Commerce and Council were all very pleased at how the collaborative efforts paid off in the final report. As well, Cathy was very professional, quickly accessible throughout the project, punctual in meeting progress timeframes (even though they were tight), kept to budget, and gave us excellent reporting and moving forward actions. A very positive experience!

Mark Oberg CAO Barrhead County April 29, 2019

Cathy I could not be more pleased, to have met you and continue to work with you and your company. I have talked with you and heard you speak often, in my roles; first as the Viking Community Recreation Director and now in my current role as Economic Development Officer.
Cathy you have been such a resource, around your knowledge, your professional connections and (current and past) project scope understandings.  I see such opportunity for my community and area working with you. You have a sincere ear and point of view, which grounds me and sets direction.  
The EDO role is new for the Town of Viking and as I continue to network; Killick Leadership will continue to be my first contact, as I look to develop projects and opportunities for our areas.

Doug Lefsrud Economic Development Officer Town of Viking September 17, 2019

Strategy and Leadership

The Executive Board at SouthGrow Regional Initiative realized that after three years we needed to revisit our strategic plan to adjust for several areas that had changed focus and importance. We knew we needed to engage our entire board, made up of elected officials from each of our 28 partner municipalities, and we were going to have to do it during a period of pandemic restrictions. From a shortlist of consultants, we chose Killick based on Cathy’s experience with the REDA system and the reputation of the organization. Cathy suggested breaking our board up into three groups with each meeting on successive evenings via Zoom, and that’s what we did. The results were amazing. With small groups Cathy was able to get everyone talking and involved and we made tremendous progress. The resulting input enabled Cathy and her group to draft a strategic plan that covers the new reality we find ourselves working with. Participant feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and the sense of collaboration that was generated has made our organization stronger and given us a renewed sense of purpose. I would not hesitate to recommend the Killick Group for any group wanting guidance in forming or revising and updating a strategic plan.

Mayor Jim Willett Executive Chair, SouthGrow April 5, 2021

The Northern Alberta Business Incubator (NABI) engaged Killick Leadership to act as an interim operations team to steer NABI through a change in leadership. The engagement lasted six months and in that time, they undertook a complete review of NABI’s operations, while providing executive leadership. The engagement was very successful and has afforded NABI access to the Killick team of experienced and recognized professionals, which effectively expanded our management team in the areas of onsite management, strategic direction, marketing and communications, financial systems, IT systems, HR and coaching. They worked seamlessly with our staff and board, quickly gaining trust in their expertise and commitment. I would strongly recommend similar organizations to NABI to consider engaging Killick for strategic and operational reviews and adding capacity to their leadership teams.

Brian Stewart Chair, NABI May 14, 2020

Cathy Goulet from Killick Leadership was a great asset to all of Council and Administration in helping achieve Smoky Lake County’s new direction for the upcoming years. Several sessions were held, the leadership, style and professionalism of Killick Leadership was much appreciated by all who attended. This refreshing collaborative style has given us a great new direction for our county.

Reeve Craig Lukinuk, Smoky Lake County September 17, 2019

Aklavik Indian Band engaged Killick Leadership Group to deliver four governance workshops in October 2019. The workshops covered financial stewardship, roles and responsibilities, meeting effectiveness and conflict resolution. The facilitator, Cathy Goulet, is an engaging and skilled trainer and connected well with our participants. She was able to shift gears quickly and respond to interests around the table. Overall, a professional and positive experience. AIB will be engaging Killick again for ongoing development work.

Lloyd Petrie CEO, Aklavik Indian Band November 10, 2019

Inuvik Native Band has been more than pleased and satisfied to have engaged with the knowledge, expertise and wisdom of Cathy Goulet and her business, Killick Leadership Group. We met three years ago at a INAC sponsored event in Yellowknife, I liked her style and persona, we spoke, made arrangements for further work, and we have blossomed from there. Cathy and her team are a diverse and very capable crew, their work is outstanding and very expertly delivered.  We have been more than satisfied with their work and we continue to engage Cathy and her team on the growing variety or projects with we create to achieve the growth and direction that this First Nation Band needs. The vast array of skills, knowledge and expertise that comprises her team is invaluable and such a great support to have as we continue to re-establish and develop our organization. I highly recommend her and her team to others.

Edward Wright Band Manager, Inuvik Native Band September 17, 2019

As a mentor to emerging leaders, you have modelled the way by motivating, challenging and empowering colleagues, knowing it is the people within an organization who create the success of the organization.

Bev Thornton Manager Alberta Southwest Regional Economic Development Alliance April 29, 2019

The career coaching sessions from Killick Leadership gave me the opportunity to reflect on my current career, future options and what work makes me most passionate. From these discussions and their guidance, I’ve built the confidence to make impactful decisions about my career and create a greater sense of personal satisfaction.

Confidential Client September 17, 2019


Values Based Client Service  “Cathy is an exceptional and dynamic professional who is committed to delivering high caliber training services that best meet clients’ needs

Farrell O'Malley CAO Town of Gibbons April 29, 2019

Killick Leadership’s Project Management Workshop gave my team the fundamentals of good design, planning and implementation.  We came away with three project plans and increased confidence in our ability to deliver. Cathy Goulet delivers a high-energy, engaging workshop with real outcomes.

Michael Cheeks CAO Yellowknife Dene First Nation April 29, 2019

Speaking Engagements

As the keynote speaker for the Central Alberta Economic Partnership’s fall general meeting, Cathy Goulet was engaging and energetic. Her presentation on regional economic development and the role of leadership was well researched and thought provoking. The members of CAEP appreciated the knowledge and perspective Cathy brought and provided many positive comments.

Kimberly Worthington Executive Director CAEP April 29, 2019

Cathy Goulet did an admirable job moderating the federal election all-candidate forum for Lakeland Riding in October 2015 at St. Michael… She was able to maintain control of the program throughout the evening, deflecting confrontative statements towards the candidates. I would highly recommend her for similar facilitation opportunities.

D.L. Sullivan P. Eng. President Lamont and District Chamber of Commerce April 29, 2019

Cathy has been invited to speak by:

  • North Atlantic Forum and CRRF Conference,
  • PowerUp! North, Entrepreneurship Conference,
  • Town of Bruderheim AGM,
  • Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce,
  • Local Government Administrators of Alberta,
  • Lamont County Business Appreciation Reception,
  • Battle River Alliance for Economic Development,
  • Central Alberta Economic Partnership,
  • First Nations Economic Development Conference,
  • Annual Conference Economic Developers of Alberta,
  • West Yellowhead Womens’ Entrepreneur Conference and others.
  • Battle River Alliance for Economic Development, Management contract
  • Western Economic Diversification, Team roles and strategic positioning
  • Battle River Economic Opportunity Committee, Business coaching
  • Teetl’it Gwich’in First Nation, Election code development
  • Smoky Trout Farm, Strategic advisor
  • Smoky Trout Farm, IT and web support
  • SouthGrow REDA, Strategic plan
  • Tofield Health Foundation, Website design
  • Tetli’it Zheh Development Corporation, Business Plan
  • Teetl’it Gwich’in Council, Leadership training
  • Teetl’it Gwich’in Council, Policy and procedure development
  • Northern Alberta Business Incubator, Strategic assessment and transitional management
  • Liidlii K’ue First Nation, Band Managers Working Group facilitation
  • Inuvik Native Band, Community development planning
  • Paintearth County, project scoping consulting
  • Confidential Client, business coach, tourism development project
  • Inuvik Native Band, community development project
  • Liidlii K’ue First Nation, Band Managers Working Group, SAGE 50 training
  • Teet’lit Gwich’in First Nation, website design and implementation training
  • Battle River Alliance for Economic Development, management contract
  • Go-East Regional Tourism Organization, regional road trip tourism, marketing project
  • Liidlii K’ue First Nation, Band Managers Working Group, facilitation
  • Regional Community Development Corporation, industry development strategy
  • Inuvik Native Band, Human Resource Policy and Procedures
  • SouthGrow, business retention and expansion project, partnered with Outlook Market Research
  • FuseSocial, Social Profit Value Proposition
  • Katlodeeche First Nation, First Nation Band Managers Collaborative Network – implementation planning and delivery
  • Town of Killam, strategic plan development
  • Smoky Lake County, strategic planning project
  • Town of Smoky Lake, Smoky Lake Grows Entrepreneurs, program implementation
      • Battle River Alliance for Economic Development, management contract
      • Go-East Regional Tourism Organization, grant preparation and project management
      • Inuvik Native Band, financial policy and procedures consulting
      • Lamont County, Agri-Culinary, event coordination
      • Alberta Indigenous Relations, branch strategic and operational planning, partnered with Ed Marchak Consulting
      • Alberta Labour, Labour Force Adjustment Study, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, with Outlook Market Research
      • Town of Vegreville, investment profile project, partnered with Outlook Market Research
      • Yellowknives Dene First Nation, project management workshop, Northwest Territories Band Managers Annual Meeting
      • AlbertaHUB, transportation project, community consultation lead, with Outlook Market Research
      • Town of Vermilion, flight school briefing
      • Woodlands County, stakeholder engagement workshop
      • BusinessLink, leadership team coaching
      • Yellowknives Dene First Nation, First Nation Band Managers Collaborative Network, needs assessment
      • Government of Alberta, Regional Economic Development Alliances, team facilitation
      • Village of Marwayne, economic development briefing
      • Lamont County, Oil, Gas Exploration, Extraction Transportation Committee, coordination and strategic planning for resource development; 2015 – 2016
      • Town of Vegreville, Foreign Direct Investment Strategy and Work Plan, with Outlook Market Research
      • Portage College, project visioning workshop
      • Yellowknives Dene First Nation, project management training
      • Town of Gibbons, Values Based Client Service workshop series, 2014-2015
      • Government of Alberta, Rural Entrepreneurship Service Delivery Model
      • Government of Alberta, REDA Renewal Project
      • Town of Fairview, Business Retention and Expansion Project, with Outlook Market Research