The team consists of Erik Lockhart and Melanie Bedore. Mr. Lockhart will facilitate the community forums and Dr. Bedore will lead the development of the GBA tool and process within the project and analysis of gender implications within the outcomes of the forums. Based on the forum results and analysis, both consultants will participate in the development of the community action plan.

Our facilitation solution is founded on a powerful technology for supporting forums - Group Decision Support Software (GDSS). The research and our experience show that this technology provides a number of important advantages compared to traditional approaches.


Erik Lockhart is the Associate Director of the Queen's Executive Decision Centre. Mr. Lockhart designs and facilitates meetings using group decision support technology and other more traditional meeting processes. He has led over 650 sessions for groups undertaking strategic plans, marketing plans, budgets, competitive analysis, stakeholder analysis, organization redesign, and focus groups. Mr. Lockhart has also led sessions on new product development, conflict resolution, team building, and continuous improvement. He has worked with over 300 different organizations in the private, public and not for profit sectors. Some of his clients include: Bell Canada, Bridgepoint Hospital, Canada Lands Company, Canadian National Exhibition, Cancer Care Ontario, Capital Theatre (Port Hope), Chartright Air Group, City of Mississauga, City of Calgary, City of Ottawa, Community Health Centres (Ontario), DataMirror, Durham Arts Council, Frontenac Arch Biosphere, Imperial Oil, Industry Canada, Interac, Manitoulin Family Resources (Women’s Shelter, Children’ Services), Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (Ontario), National Research Council, M’Nidoo Minissing Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Ontario Regional Cancer Centres, Public Health Agency of Canada, Public Safety Canada, Senate of Canada, South Simcoe Arts Council, Trenton Family Resources and numerous Ontario Municipal Councils (elected). He has also worked with public schools and hearing and sight impaired groups. Mr. Lockhart teaches in the Faculty of Commerce at Queen's University and facilitates in the Queen's Executive and Public Executive Programmes. Prior to joining the Executive Decision Centre, Mr. Lockhart was a management consultant in the Vancouver Office of Andersen Consulting. Mr. Lockhart has degrees from U.B.C. (BComm) and Queen's University (MBA).


Melanie Bedore is a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the University of Ottawa's School of Political Studies. Her current project, titled "Food desert responses: Policy innovation and transfer from American to Canadian cities", is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Bedore earned her Ph.D. from Queen's University's Department of Geography in 2010. Her doctoral project was titled "The just urban food system: Exploring the geographies of social justice and retail food access in Kingston, Ontario". Her multidisciplinary research focuses on food systems and urban food justice, economic and social innovation, vulnerable populations, food access and policymaking, and community development in smaller cities and rural areas. Her gender-focused research includes gender-based analyses of community-supported agriculture, food access barriers for low-income families in Kingston and Baltimore, MD, barriers to health care for homeless women, and social planning projects for low-income families in Belleville. Dr. Bedore has published her work in journals such as Urban Affairs Review, Geography Compass, Healthcare Policy, and the International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. Her work has been recognized through a doctoral fellowship with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, a Queen's University Civic Engagement Award, and the Queen's University Department of Geography's annual award for excellence in teaching assistance. Dr. Bedore has worked previously for the Senate of Canada, Queen's University's Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, and the County of Hastings. She lives in Kingston and is originally from Belleville, Ontario.


John-Paul Hatala, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology within the Human Resource Development program and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Ottawa. His academic research focuses on social networking behaviors, social capital, human resource development, career development and the transition to the labor Market. Hatala has provided consulting services to a number of organizations throughout North America and is the founder of the social capital development firm Flowork International. Flowork works with individuals, organizations and communities to develop their social capital and more importantly increase their ability to access social resources. Major corporate projects to date have included the development and delivery of company-wide sales and customer service training programs; best practice workshops; employee conferences; succession planning; competency modeling; communications training programs; online training program initiatives; social network analysis; train-the-trainer programs, performance review system implementation; and, social networking behavior modification programs. Hatala is active researcher with publications in journals, such as, Performance Improvement Quarterly, Human Resource Development Review, Advances in Human Resource Development. In 2009, he coordinated the social capital development component of a USAID funding project dealing with avian influenza awareness in Togo and Zambia Africa. Presently, Hatala is a co-principal investigator working on a grant proposal for the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will explore the relationship between social capital development and the advance of women faculty in STEM disciplines. To date, Hatala has developed a number of innovative systems and assessment tools including; Social Networking Management System (includes network analysis and network monitoring system), Strategic Job Search Management System (includes a monitoring system for labor market re-entry) and a series of assessments including the BEST for adults and BEST for youth (Barriers to entrepreneurship success tools), as well as the SELF (Social Exploration Learning Form). His latest book is entitled "The Strategic Networker: A Learner's Guide to Effective Networking".