Michael Anderson

Vice-President, Strategy

Michael Anderson, Vice-President, Strategy at Forrest, is an experienced consultant and coach with a background in business strategy, organizational development, leadership development, technology strategy, and change management. He has worked with senior executives and executive teams in the private sector and at all three levels of government, and has held leadership positions in Canada, the United States and Bermuda. 

Recent projects have included:

  • Project lead for an intensive organizational transformation assignment for an iconic Canadian retailer, improving employee engagement, and organization effectiveness and productivity
  • Facilitated executive planning workshops for a major apparel retailer, helping crystallize the strategy on a go-forward basis
  • Designed, managed and facilitated annual planning workshops for a multinational seafood supplier, conceiving commodity differentiation solutions to achieve greater market share

Michael has also helped organizations improve distance collaboration and create concrete implementation plans during periods of change.

Before joining Forrest, Michael was a Director and Executive Vice President at Johnston Smith International, managing organizational effectiveness practices and internal governance matters. He also held a series of management positions with DMR Group (now part of Fujitsu Consulting) and Imperial Oil (Esso).

Michael has earned a well-deserved reputation as a gifted teacher: he has taught courses in management of information technology at the University of Toronto’s Executive MBA program, in organizational theory for the Kellogg School of Management, and in change management for the University of Denver.

Since 2007, Michael has produced the increasingly successful Meaford International Film Festival (MIFF), which showcases award-winning films from around the world. He is also an accomplished photographer who has exhibited his stunning landscapes in art galleries throughout Canada.

Forrest products and services expertise:

  • Accountability Consulting
  • Leadership Training
  • Effectiveness Facilitation - Strategy
  • The Leadership Suite
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