Dr. Teal McAteer & Bruce Garrod

Teal McAteerDr. Teal McAteer Associate Professor, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University

Dr. Teal McAteer is a business consultant who specializes in the areas of management, leadership, strategic human resource management, motivation, career planning and development, change, stress and time management, as well as health and wellness. She counsels on an individual basis and consults to a variety of organizations. As a Professor at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Dr. McAteer teaches undergraduate (B.Com.), graduate (MBA), and executive (EMBA) level courses in organizational behaviour, human resource management, leadership, organizational & individual level change, and business ethics. Dr. McAteer has taught within the Director’s College, a joint program of McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada.

Dr. McAteer received her Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, and a Masters in Industrial Relations and Ph.D. in Business from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Her work experience includes human resource management functions with Shell Canada Limited and Domtar Incorporated, employee benefits consulting with Johnson & Higgins Willis Faber Limited, and relocation counselling with Peat Marwick Thorne. Currently, Dr. McAteer maintains her own consulting practice offering a wide variety of services in the HRM field with a particular focus on Leadership Coaching. Dr. McAteer helps her clients articulate their goals for change in their personal and professional lives, establish specific action steps with time lines, anticipate barriers to change, initiate measures to ensure accountability for actions, and embed progress measures to reach change success.

Given her continued research interests in transformative learning experiences, the relationship between stress and health, the importance of maintaining strong self-efficacy, the power of productive/healthy versus unproductive/unhealthy thinking styles, and stress management strategies – Dr. McAteer is familiar with both the theory and practice of creating a healthy and motivated company team. Dr. McAteer comes to you as a true practicing professional. Her experience and approach to simplifying training concepts generates a productive learning environment.

Bruce Garrod; PMP

After a 20 year career at Bell Canada, Bruce established Solutions Management Inc.; a boutique project management consulting company focused on project delivery and training. The projects he has delivered range from deployments of international telecommunications networks to the corporate rebranding of a financial institution.
Currently primarily now focused on training, Bruce has delivered courses to over 8000 participants from coast to coast in Canada, Washington DC, New York City as well as in England, the Philippines and Trinidad. His style is one where he brings theory to life by incorporating his years of private and public sector experience in project and program management. He takes pride in adjusting his approach to the needs of each individual.
In 2018 Bruce was elected a municipal councillor and has been named Chair of Finance in Uxbridge Ontario Township.
Outside of the office, Bruce enjoys offering his project management skills in a way to give back to the community. Whether it be through managing a hockey team or leading an advocacy committee to bring a new long-term care facility to his community, he enjoys finding way to extend his project management passion. Riding a motorcycle or camping is a relaxing distraction from his business focus.

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