Kirsten Avison – Associate
“Through their artful combination of strategic and tactical approaches, Mike Watson and Kirsten Avison were pivotal in facilitating our management team through a process that enabled us to successfully identify, discuss and ultimately address many of our environmental, cultural and organizational challenges.”Donna Wong, Director, Human Resources, The Centre for Drug Research and Development
A trusted member of Wazuku’s strategic advisory team since 2012, Kirsten is highly skilled in Wazuku’s unique and effective strategic-planning methodology. Clients rely on her exceptional facilitation and communications skills, business experience and aptitude for getting to the root of issues to assist them in setting and achieving strategic objectives.
A Can-Do Attitude
While Kirsten’s professional focus is strategic planning, she has also proven herself to be highly competent in a wide variety of areas. As such, the Wazuku partners chose to send Kirsten to the nation’s capital to set up the Ottawa office, hire staff, build brand awareness and drive business development.
Facilitation through Connections
Over the years Kirsten has proven herself as an excellent facilitator in her own right. Clients appreciate Kirsten’s natural emotional intelligence and her professional, down-to-earth approach. She is a good listener and a great connector. Kirsten also has a knack for consensus building that enables her to synthesize diverse opinions and ideas and transform them into targeted, cohesive strategies that move organizations forward.
Kirsten enjoys researching economic and industry trends and has a solid understanding of business management fundamentals. She uses this knowledge to help organizations to create and execute practical strategic plans that are rooted in internal and external realities.
Kirsten is a big-picture thinker who turns big ideas into practical and achievable steps. She is a master organizer with an ability to keep clients on track and on task in every project.
Kirsten holds BA in Communications, Art & Technology from Simon Fraser University. She speaks conversational French, and is a committed volunteer. Organizations that have benefited from her skills include the Learning Disabilities Association of Vancouver, the Canadian Network for Ocean Education and the Sicamous Shootout Weber/Franson Golf Classic.