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“Creating Success out of Adversity”

As one of Canada’s premier consultants between government, industry and Aboriginal communities, Clayton Desjarlais speaks with authority on the topics of Duty to Consult, Collaborative Conflict Resolution, Leadership Development, Cultural Diversity, and Growing our Aboriginal Leaders-G.O.A.L

Clayton’s personal story will challenge the stereotypes of an Aboriginal high school dropout.  A consultant and business owner since 1996, Clayton`s message is one of courage, determination and understanding, that success is achieved by embracing and reframing the adversity you experience.

Clayton successfully returned to school to complete his GED in 1989 and enrolled in University in the winter of 1990.  Through the unwavering support of his family, especially his wife and children, Clayton went on to complete an undergraduate degree with Honours and eventually earned a Master`s degree. 

Today Clayton is a catalyst for change in the Aboriginal Community.  Bridging the non-Aboriginal industrial world, Governments, and Aboriginal organizations, to greater understanding of the importance and true meaning of the Duty to Consult, Clayton is bringing these worlds closer together. 

As a role model and an inspiring voice for Indigenous people of all ages, especially those who may find themselves at a crossroads, Clayton is an inspirational leader and speaker.

  • Duty to Consult 101

    To understand Duty to Consult is to appreciate what a positive impact it may have on engaging collaboration between business, government, industries and the Aboriginal Communities.

    • Why is it the smart thing to do?
    • How do we start the process?
    • What are the benefits?

    G.O.A.L. (Growing our Aboriginal Leaders)

    We are not born leaders, we are shaped into leadership.  Clayton shares  some easy steps to empower Aboriginal Leadership into your workplace or community.

    What is a leader?

    • Leading from the second chair
    • Will I lose myself in the process? 
    • Why do I fear success?

    Journey into Entrepreneurship

    From high school dropout to entrepreneur – how did he get there?  Clayton shares his early years paved with uncertainty and the determination to create his own success.

    • Did I always want to be an Entrepreneur? 
    • What did I believe and who stole my dreams?
    • Where do I move now that I got off my chair?
  • Workshops

    • Collaborative Conflict Resolution
    • Leadership Development
    • Aboriginal Consultation (Duty to Consult)
    • Effective Workplace,
    • Time Management,
    • Embracing Diversity in the Workplace
  • “Clayton provided clarity and simple understanding of Aboriginal consultation's jurisdiction that I spent four years in University’s Native Studies trying to ascertain.”

    - Elena Gould, Manager of Aboriginal Relations - Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

    "This workshop would benefit our organization.  Clayton was engaging, incredibly well versed, well read and prepared.  He was an absolute professional guiding industry and First Nations information." 

    - Amber Armstrong, Communications and Public Relations - DMI Peace River Pulp Division

    "This workshop gave us an opportunity to get a more nuanced impression of the challenge industry faces in meeting consultation requirements.  Clayton is very knowledgeable and approached challenging and uncomfortable topics well.  This workshop would benefit our organization because it provides a better understanding of the legal, regulatory, and practical context of treaty relations."

    - Kurtis Blaikie, Sr. Project Archaeologist - Tree Time Services Inc.

    "I give Clayton and this workshop an A+.  This workshop would be of great value as it would mitigate roadblocks, increase understanding between stakeholders and proponents."

    - Jack Flett, Regulatory Affairs Coordinator - Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation

    "Clayton added a lot of humour to the course.  It was good how he engaged with it and used story telling to enhance the information.  Enjoyed Clayton's honesty when making comments and when he was asked questions."

    - Amanda Gladue, Councillor - Sturgeon Lake First Nation

    "I thought this course was fantastic.  Great overview of the material, but may be an opportunity to provide a two-day course to spend more time on some of the material.  Clayton was great fun and made the course very enjoyable."

    - Ken Anderson, Millar Western Forest Products Ltd.

    "There was great value in this time with you Clayton.  You gave me insight into the treaties and their connection with consultation.  As a First Nations Stake-holder person, I am blessed to be in this workshop."

    - Lee Cardinal, Stakeholder-Relations - CNRL

    "Clayton presented very well and was very knowledgeable.  I liked the focus on legal facts (I've been to some more emotional First Nation workshops and this legal based standpoint works better."

    - Naomi Jehlicka, Government of Alberta Forestry

    “The facilitators are excellent.  They have extensive knowledge on the subject and the information was presented in a friendly relaxed manner.  Very non-threatening.  Excellent workshop.  Thank you so much”

    - Katherine, Manager of Finance and Control – Great West Life

    “Clayton and Laurie did an excellent job as team facilitators.  Enjoyed the rapport.  The last day tied it all together, but the first two days were equally important in laying the groundwork”

    - Marilyn – Canadian Information Processing Society

    “All parts of the workshop were valuable.  From the theory and models to the Personality Profile to the hands on practice”

    - Alisa, Sr. HR Coordinator, Great West Life

    “Great job both of you.  I was able to relate much of the theory back to job issues.  This tied it together very well for me”

    - Lee – Saskatchewan Crop Insurance

    “I have taken another class from Clayton (Aboriginal Awareness) and now this one.  Both Clayton and Laurie are excellent facilitators and I would highly recommend this course to others”

    - Bev – Regina Public Library

    “This is the third workshop that I have taken from them, and as usual they were great.”

    - Sharon – HRDC

    “You guys did a great job. Considering that I have sat in your “other” workshops, I am impressed that you find fresh and humorous ways to engage your participants.”

    - George – Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation

    “Jeff and Clayton are excellent at what they do. Everyone from our organization should attend their sessions.”

    - James – Saskatchewan Health

    “We have to get these guys back here to do sessions for the whole company. They are gems.”

    - Janice – Sherwood Credit Union

    “Their use of humour and their ability to facilitate group discussion is amazing. Any time you guys put on a workshop I want to be there.”

    - Doug – Saskatchewan Power

    "Clayton and Jeff provided insight into what a great leader is and how a person becomes one.  They used real-life examples and humour to make the workshop a memorable two days." 

    - Kelly – CPSP

    "This is the second workshop that I have taken with Clayton and the first with Jeff.  Clayton’s second workshop was as valuable as the first one he facilitated for us." 

    - Brigitte – CPSP

    "The way these two guys lead us through the many complicated facets of leadership development made this workshop come to life.  Thanks you two." 

    - Jim – CPSP

    "Humour is such a great way to spend two days.  Thankfully they weren’t just funny they were willing to discuss the hard stuff as well.  This combination is why organizations need to hire Jeff and Clayton." 

    - John – CPSP

    "Please let me know when your next offering is as I want to invite my friends as well." 

    - Mark – CPSP

  • Clients

    • 1st Choice Savings & Credit Union
    • Alliance Pipeline
    • Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation
    • Canadian Information Processing Society
    • CNRL
    • ColasCanada
    • Conexus Credit Union
    • Corrections and Public Safety
    • Crown Investment Corporation
    • DMI
    • Encana
    • Five Hill Regional Health Authority
    • Government of Alberta Forestry
    • Great West Life
    • Health Canada
    • Human Resource Development Canada
    • Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
    • Indian Oil and Gas Canada
    • ISC
    • ISM Canada
    • Little Red River Cree Nation
    • Millar Western Forest Products
    • Northwestern Health Services Region
    • NorthWind Land Resources Inc.
    • Oilsands Quest Inc.
    • Prairie North Health Region
    • Regina Public Library
    • Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
    • Saskatchewan Crop Insurance
    • Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit
    • Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation
    • Saskatchewan Health
    • Saskatchewan School Board Association
    • Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation
    • Saskatchewan Health Region
    • SaskPower
    • Sasktel
    • Scottland & Lease
    • SGI
    • Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Polytechnic
    • Sturgeon Lake First Nation
    • Synergy Land
    • Talisman
    • Tree Time Services
    • West Fraser Integrated Forestry Company

Clayton successfully returned to school to complete his GED in 1989 and enrolled in University in the winter of 1990.  Through the unwavering support of his family, especially his wife and children, Clayton went on to complete an undergraduate degree with Honours and eventually earned a Master`s degree. 

Today Clayton is a catalyst for change in the Aboriginal Community.  Bridging the non-Aboriginal industrial world, Governments, and Aboriginal organizations, to greater understanding of the importance and true meaning of the Duty to Consult, Clayton is bringing these worlds closer together. 

As a role model and an inspiring voice for Indigenous people of all ages, especially those who may find themselves at a crossroads, Clayton is an inspirational leader and speaker.

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