Tom is a believer that every organization can make it from good to great; but doing so requires both hard work and new ways of thinking about old issues. Known for his ability to deal with complex problems, Tom was the driving force behind the creation of Stratavera Partners in 2006.
Over the years Tom has worked with groups within formal provincial health care settings, but where he really loves to work is with those organizations that are on the periphery of health care. Working with organizations that are influencing determinants of health like nutrition, community support, employment, education, social supports, and healthy child development is where Tom fells like he is making a difference. Tom is passionate about helping organizations that are investigating promising practices, pushing boundaries and developing 21st century solutions to old problems.
Tom Collins is currently serving as the first president of The Sinneave Family Foundation. Established in 2008, The Sinneave Family Foundation is a Calgary-based national organization dedicated to building successful futures for adolescents and adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In addition to the Foundation, Tom has also recently been engaged on projects with disability organizations and a national neurodevelopment therapy organization.
Prior to Stratavera, Tom co-founded the business advisory practice of Conroy Ross, which focuses on helping companies grow and become leaders in their respective industries, with a significant emphasis on supporting mergers and acquisitions. Previously Tom had served as Senior Vice President with two Canadian Pacific Limited Companies, PanCanadian Petroleum and CP Ships. In 2001, Tom became the Integration Coordinator for the merger that created EnCana Energy, then the largest merger in Canadian business history.
Before joining PanCanadian in 1995 as General Manager, Information Technology, Tom served with the Province of Alberta for 12 years, including seven as an Assistant Deputy Minister in the Departments of Energy and Forestry, Lands and Wildlife and one year as the Acting Deputy Minister for the Department of Energy. He has also held senior positions with the Hudson’s Bay Company, including, Director, Employee Relations and Compensation.
Working on multi-stakeholder initiatives for most of his career, Tom is respected for his ability to find consensus and win-win solutions. Senior leaders in the public and private sectors seek his views on a wide range of issues. They recognize that he has spent his working life in leadership roles and understands the challenges of managing the competing demands of running an organization.
Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Alberta and is a graduate of the Banff School of Advanced Management. Tom has served on numerous community and charitable boards.