Meet Our Team 2017-10-26T14:41:23+00:00


Frank brings 20+ years of senior executive and CEO experience leading organizations in building corporate value propositions, strategic planning, integrated balanced scorecards and innovative revenue generation. Frank is an experienced Management Consultant specializing in organizational performance management. His skills are highly valued in all three sectors including private, public and non-profit. He has been a key leader in North America’s non-profit and governmental sectors for over two decades having worked within health, social services and environmental agencies.

Frank‘s undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology provides a unique and intelligent perspective on organizational design, change management, performance measurement and human and political dynamics. Frank earned his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management and the Schulich School of Business, and brings specialized expertise in the areas of business planning, non-profit management, market re-positioning, revenue modeling, cost containment and strategic resource redeployment.

Frank achieved his Certified Fund Raising Executive designation in 2001. He has championed innovative and high revenue initiatives related to advancement, strategic corporate partnerships, social marketing, consumer product certification and corporate sponsorship. Frank is an active volunteer and community representative and has served on several Boards of Directors.

Jennifer has over 20 years of experience as a Management Consultant working with private and not for profit organizations, entrepreneurs, associations and Boards of Directors. She specializes in strategic planning, organizational transformation, board governance, revenue development, performance management, human dynamics, crisis intervention, conflict resolution, succession planning, and management coaching. She has facilitated hundreds of strategic planning retreats, community engagement sessions and organizational development projects. Prior to starting Aurora Consulting Group in 1994, Jennifer worked for Seneca College as a Business and Industrial Management Consultant for 10 years.

Jennifer holds a BA Honours from McMaster University, and is a Certified Mediator (Alternative Dispute Resolution-Advanced level, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor). She has multiple additional credentials in consulting and facilitation and is also certified in Advanced Instructional Design. Jennifer is an active volunteer and community representative and has served on several Boards of Directors.

JAMES A. STEELEPrinciple Researcher

Dr. James Steele (B.A. and M.A. University of Toronto) and Ph.D (University of London) is retired from the Department of English at Carleton University in Ottawa, where he taught for 35 years and served as Chair for three years. His academic fields of interest included English Literature,Canadian Literature, Meaning-Text Theory, and aspects of language. Jim is an experienced editor and seasoned researcher. In addition to his academic publications, he has also published work relating to international affairs, language and education, university-employment policy, and nutrition.

HEATHER A. STEELEPrinciple Editor

Heather Steele brings extensive experience to Aurora Consulting Group as Principle Editor for client publications, including Strategic Plans and “Case for Support” Documents. Heather’s experience includes over 30 years of employment in various program director and management roles, including at the Canadian Centre for Management Development (now named the Canada School of Public Service), the Canada Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the CBC in London, England. She holds an Honours B.A. in English from Trinity College, the University of Toronto. Heather is actively involved with the arts, literary and music community.

EUGENE KURZGraphic Designer

Eugene is the lead in graphic design work for Aurora Consulting Group clients, including strategic plans, rebranding, logo development, visual graphics and many other design projects. Since founding Kurz Design in 1997, Eugene has worked with dozens of clients to help make their projects shine by providing top-notch graphic design services and solutions. Eugene is a graduate of Graphic Design and Media Communications and also holds a diploma in Print Journalism from Centennial College. He also has a BA in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University (minors in Business Administration, Music theory), as well as a BA in Political Science from the University of Toronto. He is also a print broker and Registered Graphic Designer. Kurz Design’s digital artistry contributed to a 2014 IFCA “Best of Show” award.

CIARA CROZIERGraphic Designer

Ciara is highly talented creative graphic designer who brings a flare to publication layout and organizational rebranding. With a strong focus on typographic quality, Ciara ensures that clients receive consistent, yet dynamic design concepts in all their projects. Ciara designs Aurora Consulting Group’s Strategic Plans and print material. Ciara brings over 17 years of experience in the field of graphic design and print production. She completed her studies at the George Brown College School of Design, with a diploma in Graphic Communications, having originally studied accounting and finance at Brock University.

Ciara began her career in 2001 at a trade publisher, specializing in publications geared toward the insurance and financial services industries. As the production coordinator and graphic designer for their publications, she developed excellent skills in print production and design.

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