Acton Consulting


Activation Analysis

Modern Press Ltd

Freckle Creative

Division [1]





Western Sky Management Associates

Human Resources Support











   > Compensation surveys








   > Employee satisfaction surveys









   > Succession planning








   > Recruitment strategies and processes








   > Executive searches











   > Developing retention strategies









Tendering Practices











   > Preparation of a Request for Proposal










   > Evaluation of a Request for Proposal










   > Contract development











Organizational Services











   > Facilitation  








   > Core services review








   > Strategic planning








Grant Administration











   > Identification of available grants                    

   > Interpretation of grant application guidelines









Policy Development












   > Bylaws









   > Administrative policies








   > Financial policies








   > HR policies








   > Municipal service agreements








   > Cost and/or revenue sharing agreements








Information Technology












   > Website design






   > Support (i.e. software, network, hardware)










Communications and Writing












   > Communication planning









   > Document development and design









   > Content development









Graphic Design and Layout Support












   > Graphic templates







   > Logo design







   > Magazine/newsletter layout







   > Rebranding









Acton Consulting

Acton Consulting is a leading management consulting firm that helps organizations achieve strategic insight, performance management excellence, operational efficiencies, and effective knowledge transfer between people, departments, and systems.

Acton has vast experience with the Public, Private and Not for Profit sectors. They thrive on innovation and, for the past ten years, they have been delivering customized solutions to clients across Canada in these areas and more:

  • Strategy mapping
  • Performance measurement
  • Activity-based costing,
  • Asset reinvestment studies
  • Business process redesign
  • Compensation strategies
  • Succession planning
  • Knowledge system development

Acton also offers a strategic toolkit for municipalities' Integrated Community Sustainability Plans (ICSP); these plans are designed to address a community's continued environmental, economic, cultural and social development.

Acton offers courses in many of these service areas as well. Located in Edmonton, Alberta, their full portfolio of services can be viewed at

Strategic Value Services
Strategic Value Services (SVS) is a management consulting firm made up of experienced professionals who provide advice and counsel to senior managers in both the public and private sector. SVS was formed in 1996 and believes a valuable relationship must be based on open dialogue in order to deliver forthright opinions and solutions.

Activation Analysis Group Inc.
Activation Analysis Group Inc. (AAGI) is an Alberta-based management-consulting firm. Building on a team approach, the firm has a large group of associates who are assembled in teams most suitable to each assignment. AAGI's municipal consulting team has conducted comprehensive reviews for a number of Alberta municipalities that have resulted in improvements in operation and governance practices, as well as better management and planning. AAGI provides quality results with expertise and insight on time and within budget.

Modern Press Ltd.
Modern Press Ltd. welcomes the opportunity to consult and guide the members of AAMDC through the process of print media. As a full service broker, Modern Press Ltd. specializes in connecting clients with professionals capable of handling all of their marketing needs, from the initial design to the finished product. Through this network of people Modern Press Ltd. is able to offer the expertise and experience of talented industry partners as well as dedication to meeting schedules and deadlines as required. The goal is to provide consultation and services in the graphic design and layout category to ensure a successful project and a satisfied client.

Freckle Creative
Freckle Creative specializes in creating logo design, corporate branding, print design and website design. Success is a reflection of close working relationships and the ability to create plans and designs based on clients' needs, objectives and target audience. With a client base ranging from small business, government branches to non-profits, there is no client that is too small or too large. Their young and fresh thinking team has an educational background that compliments their firm graphic and visual design core, which enables Freckle Creative to be a leading branding company. Freckle Creative's competent and knowledgeable team will make every effort to ensure satisfaction based on identified requirements and considering any project limitations or budget restrictions.

Drager Communication Services Ltd.
Drager Communications Services Ltd. has been providing strategic insights and counsel for senior decision makers in both the public and private sectors since 1997. Founder Derek Drager is a sought-after writer having crafted many reports, briefings, business cases and promotional materials for a wide range of public and private sector clients. His speech writing work for numerous cabinet ministers and senior executives has earned him a reputation as a specialist in this challenging art. He is also an experienced producer of video and multi-media resources for marketing campaigns. His courses in business writing, presenting and media relations have earned him strong reviews from a wide variety of professional audiences. Contact: (780) 465.4790.

Division [1]
Division [1] focuses on working relationships with clients and strives to have a concrete understanding of the client's goals and organization in order to deliver excellent results. Division [1] is dedicated to bringing clients websites that are living, breathing, integral elements that enhance organizational communications, productivity and visibility.

Redengine sells software and services that enables collaboration amongst professionals and their publics. Redengine delivers these solutions into the following primary markets: health, learning, professional associations, municipalities and government. Their software framework, database driven Redengine Online Platform, empowers over 100,000 users in 100 organizations to collaborate with, educate and inform their professional peers.

Backstreet Communications Services Ltd.
Backstreet Communications is a 20-year plus veteran of the Alberta communications and design community. We specialize in areas of corporate branding, print design, advertising campaigns, website design, logo development and strategic communications. Combine those years of solid experience with a team of talented designers, developers, and communicators, and what results is a company able to provide imaginative communication solutions with originality, efficiency, and unparalleled customer service. Clients range from federal and provincial government departments to economic regions, private sector organizations and arts groups. Backstreet works with clients to learn and understand their goals, objectives, and intended outcomes to ensure client satisfaction.


For more than 20 years, Microserve has been providing Information Technology solutions and support to organizations in Western Canada. We specialize in working with local public sector organizations which account for more than 85% of our business. Our clients include both small and large municipalities, school districts, provincial government ministries, health authorities, colleges and other higher education institutions. Microserve is a privately owned Canadian corporation with coverage across Alberta and BC. With over 200 employees, we are able to offer our clients the personal touch and flexibility of a small business combined with the stability, experience and talent pool that come with being one of the largest Western Canada-based IT solutions providers.

We strive to provide our clients with a comprehensive IT offering including a wide range of solutions and services. The following is an overview of our service offerings and areas of specialization:

  • IT Outsourcing Services
  • Desktop/Hardware Services
    • Break/Fix, Deployment, Configuration and Imaging, Asset Management,
  • Image and Print Solutions
    • Managed Print, Printer Maintenance Contracts, Cost per page, Print Assessments
  • Internetworking Consulting & Services
  • Infrastructure Consulting & Services
    • Server and Storage Consolidation
    • Virtualization
    • Microsoft Consulting Practice
  • IT Resource Placement
    • Permanent Placements
    • Short and Long Term Contractor Placements
  • IT Procurement Services
  • Voice Services
  • IT Management Consulting Services

Western Sky Management Associates Inc.
Western Sky Management Associates (WSMA) is a leading edge management consulting firm that provides innovative perspectives and solutions to rural municipalities and businesses. WSMA, through its associates and network of specialists, offers a full range of services to municipalities and commercial businesses.

Our client focused approach ensures your municipality or business will receive professional services with the highest respect and integrity of client needs. It is this approach that has given WSMA such success in service delivery to rural Alberta.

WSMA municipal and business services include:

  • Strategic Planning and Project Management
  • Community and Economic Development Projects
  • Municipal Sustainability Plans
  • Professional and Organizational Development
  • Business Planning and Feasibility Assessments
  • Investment Attraction and Capital Sourcing
  • Grant Administration & Communications
  • Small Business Development & Market Research
  • Policy Development and Analysis
  • Agri-Food and Bio-Energy Processing

Tim Keating MBA, ACP, MCIP, Western Sky president and co-founder, has a background in rural and economic development and value-added agriculture and was responsible for investment attraction in processed foods and bio-industrial sectors with the Alberta Ministry of Agriculture and Food. Tim is also a professional community planner and member of the Canada and Alberta Institute of Planners.

Trev Ruberry MBA, BA Western Sky vice-president and co-founder, has an extensive background in community and economic development in both Saskatchewan and Alberta at both the municipal and provincial levels. His involvement with rural communities led him to play an integral role in the development and implementation of Alberta's Rural Development Strategy, "A Place To Grow".

Western Sky is pleased to announce it has formed a strategic partnership with Agri-Food and Bio-Tech Solutions Ltd., a leading value-added agriculture consulting firm, with expertise in bio-energy and food processing technologies and management.