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Meet Our Co-Hosts

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Ian has had a broad range of experience including work in government, for-profit and non-profit spheres. He is a nationally recognized Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and an accomplished author. ​

​Ian has extensive municipal government experience, both academically and practically. Having also worked for the Department of Municipal Affairs in Alberta, Ian is aware of the relationship that municipalities have with the provincial government. Further, he is certified in change management using the ADKAR (Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, Ability and Reinforcement) model of change management. 

Ian is an expert on Strategic Planning and Sustainability Planning. He has further guided local government organizations in translating Strategic Plans into effective Corporate Plans that account for budgeting with respect to meeting the needs of ongoing municipal operations while adhering to goals that have been prioritized through an approved Strategic Plan. Ian is one of Canada’s few experts on Priority-Based Budgeting, leveraging the tool to assist in achieving sound Financial Planning.

Ian's areas of focus include: Good Governance, Strategic Planning, Corporate Planning, Organizational Reviews, Governance Reviews, Policy and Bylaw Reviews, Professional Development/ Public Speaking

Visit to book Ian for your next event or workshop or order one of his books.

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Christopher Brown 

Chris Brown is a talented and versatile host, known for his popular podcast "Cross Border Interviews with Chris Brown." Born in Newcastle, Ontario Chris’s upbringing exposed him to different governments and different political elected officials which would later influence his career as a journalist and interviewer. Brown was always passionate about storytelling and communication, and he pursued a degree in Journalism from Loyalist College, in Belleville Ontario.

After graduation, he started his career as a journalist, working for local newspapers and radio stations in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Brown covered breaking news stories from all over Canada. He quickly became known for his ability to connect with people from different political parties, and different levels of government. His interviews became a highlight of his reporting.


In 2018, Brown decided to start his own podcast, "Cross Border Interviews," which focuses on interviewing people from different backgrounds and exploring their cultures, histories, and experiences. The podcast became an instant success, and Brown quickly gained a loyal following of listeners. One of the reasons why Brown's interviews are so successful is his ability to create a comfortable and respectful environment for his guests. He listens attentively, asks thoughtful questions, and always treats his guests with kindness and empathy. His approach has earned him praise from both his guests and his listeners, who appreciate his commitment to promoting cross-political understanding and empathy.


Overall, Chris Brown is a talented and passionate journalist and interviewer, who has dedicated his career to telling the story outside of the 15-second soundbite. His podcast, "Cross Border Interviews with Chris Brown," has become a go-to source for anyone interested in exploring different political leaders and backgrounds, and hearing from people with diverse experiences.

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