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About Chris Ford

Chris has 40 years of practical communication, leadership and conflict transformation experience in the Canadian Forces, the Public Service of Canada, and Toastmasters International. Hes a retired brigadier-general, a retired director-general, and a Past International President of Toastmasters. His first career specialty was military engineering, with numerous overseas assignments including peace support operations in the former Yugoslavia, exchange duty in India, and NATO service in Germany. His second career has led Chris into the world of conflict resolution and conflict transformation - at the interpersonal level, the organizational level, and the international level. In recent years Chris was the Director of Conflict Resolution at Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and subsequently the Director-General of Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Canadian Forces and National Defence. His two careers share key common ground: they are both about bridge-building!

Chris is now a keynote speaker, and offers consulting services in communication, leadership, and conflict transformation. He is passionate about excellence in communication, and has refined his speaking, thinking, and listening skills - largely through Toastmasters International and membership in the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. He has been a leader at all levels from the most junior to the executive and strategic levels. He is a natural consensus builder and brings a pragmatic approach to conflict situations. All this, and a great sense of humour too!!

Chris is a graduate of the Royal Military College (Kingston) in Applied Science, the Defence Services Staff College (India), the Program for Public Executives at Queens University (Kingston), and a recent graduate of the Carleton University (Ottawa) Graduate Certificate Program in Conflict Resolution.


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