Rick Anderson Consulting Ltd. is a communications consulting firm providing communications services to the public, government, private and not-for-profit sectors.
“Our goal is to provide engagement, planning, relationship management and conflict resolution services with integrity - fairly providing all sides of an issue with the opportunity to express and understand from a position of equality, honesty, and respect."
"We help individuals and organizations find their best solutions, and deliver
results they can be proud of."
What people say about us...
Rick is a trained and experienced facilitator, mediator, negotiator and ombudsman. With extensive experience in multi-stakeholder / multi-discipline arenas, he is uniquely qualified to work on a variety of projects and issues either one-on-one or in larger groups.
Rick offers expertise in strategic planning, public engagement and management of complex community relationships. He is known for his ability to connect and communicate across various industry, agency and community sectors and facilitate strategic, synergistic approaches to addressing communication issues.
Creating successful strategies for effective working relationships.
Helping businesses, organizations and individuals to...
Whether trying to get a collaborative effort off the ground, or dealing with a contentious situation, we are highly skilled and experienced in managing the discussion process and assisting all parties in being heard - a key component to achieving successful outcomes. We provide services specifically suited to your needs, ranging from behind the scenes coaching and meeting preparation, to acting as an intermediary or negotiating agreements on your behalf.
Organizing and developing an effective group or team requires a diverse set of skills. We help you to build not only a solid structure, but appropriate and effective processes within that structure that are essential to the group's functional success and ability to maintain an ongoing focus.
The key ingredient often missing in many planning processes is an understanding of strategic thinking. Developing sound decision-making tools and strategies takes your plans from action through to achievement. We help you to build these skills as we take you through the planning process. This will assist your organization in remaining on course during the implementation stage.
We will provide you with techniques and strategies to communicate effectively and get positive results as you work through a project or issue.
Assistance that goes beyond negotiations to include working directly with landowners and industry to determine appropriate siting and operating commitments, all based on mutual understanding of the needs and perspectives of both parties.
We can provide your organization with presentations or workshops in any of our areas of expertise.
“Some of the qualities I appreciated when working with Rick Anderson Consulting included their honesty, enthusiasm, a willingness to help others and a great attitude towards building lasting relationships.
Rick and Ila aim to set the bar very high in achieving excellence in results. They are guided by their vast experience and expertise with a foundation built on integrity, trust, customer-oriented values and a genuine desire to gaining an understanding of your personal and business needs.
I found their innovative approaches extremely helpful when developing strategies to ensure that our desired outcomes were met in both a cost effective and timely manner. Their highly ethical leadership styles exemplified this drive for success. They also bring a great sense humor to the table mixed with a flair for making the workplace fun.”
“I've known Rick for almost 20 years as we've travelled in similar circles working on improving relationships between oil and gas companies, agricultural producers and general community members. During this period of time Rick was a participant from all three sides...no mean feat! His background includes representing government, landowner and industry in land use issues.
His respect for each participant and their opinion never waivered. He seemed to handle these differences with insight, integrity, patience and of course humor. I've watched him make presentations as an Industry Rep and as a Synergy Rep and it amazed me how well he connected with "the other side" so comfortably.
When I was on the Synergy Alberta Board of Directors and Rick and Ila were the ED team, I was very impressed with their professionalism, their organizational and communication skills, their strong work ethic, their respect and integrity for the office. Best of all – they are good people.”
West Central Stakeholders
“I have had the privelege of working closely with Rick for the past 5 years following his work with Synergy Alberta and its affiliates. Rick is a great facilitator and keeps up to date with all issues that affect landowners, industry and government. Integrity, honesty and hard work are the qualities I most admire about Rick Anderson.”
“The first time I met Rick I wondered how this fellow...was going to get the landowners and energy companies working together. Rick accomplished this by letting all individuals sitting at the table be heard. At times this was not an easy task as there was limited positive interaction taking place. As a facilitator, Rick showed me how communication and education helps to resolve disputes and misunderstandings. He has always been approachable.”
Calumet Synergy Association
“I have had the privilege to work with and collaborate with Rick for more than 12 years. During this time, I have been extremely impressed with his ability to understand the needs of those around him and to ensure that stakeholders are actively engaged in the conversation.
Rick has the ability to distill complex issues into manageable solutions that resonates with participants and leaves people with clear and actionable next steps towards implementation. I look forward to continuing to work with Rick on many fronts and appreciate his ongoing commitment and support for community-based stewardship in Alberta.”
Land Stewardship Centre of Canada
“I can unequivocally say without hesitation that the role you played in the formation of the Calumet Synergy Group (now Association) was pivotal. You were able to encourage and cultivate an atmosphere within which the parties seated around the table were able to converse in a cooperative manner. You guided without coercing. You remained at an arm's length allowing the discussions to happen, but also helped to maintain a focus on the goal ahead. And eventually it happened... landowners, energy companies, and regulatory bodies merged together into a community group centered around openness, honesty, and cooperation. There was never a sense of you trying to sway or control any discussion. You just let the group evolve and grow stronger. I have a saying that I use sometimes when describing the capabilities of an individual - "He may not be the best, but there is nobody better!" This would sum up my assessment of your character and abilities in the facilitation world. Watching you work with a small group or as the Master of Ceremonies at a Synergy Conference, I have respected your ability to handle any situation and have appreciated your demeanour.”
Calumet Synergy Association