Bill  Templeman Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Bill Templeman

Lead Consultant
Ascent Associates

Bill is a training designer, facilitator, coach and writer with 20 years’ experience working with corporate and government clients as a sub-contractor for consulting firms in Canada and the US. He has a strong background in experiential education, program design process facilitation and professional development training. Currently he works with Lee Hecht Harrison as a career coach, Fleming College as a communications professor and his own clients as a designer, writer and facilitator.


Some of the organizations Bill has worked with include IBM Global Services, CAA Insurance, CGI, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Ministry of Transportation (Ontario), Canada Post, Transport Canada, Ortho Biotec, SGS Research Labs, Bell Mobility and Trent University.

A former management development consultant with Royal Trust, Bill has designed, written and delivered a wide range of management development training programs in the areas of leadership development, team building, managing change, career transition and client service. He also draws upon his experiences as an outdoor educator with Outward Bound in bringing physical action-learning activities into his program designs and facilitation.

Bill holds a B.A. in Psychology from Concordia University and an M.A. from the University of Toronto. He has taught at schools and community colleges in Quebec and Ontario and has presented Continuing Education courses on team development and leadership at Trent University. He also delivers programs on employee orientation, communication and career management at Fleming College. Bill serves as a coordinator and researcher for Save Local Schools, a community advocacy group that promotes small neighbourhood schools as an alternative to large consolidated schools. His most recent book, "Leadership Basics for Frontline Managers" was published by CRC Press in March of 2014.  His articles, reviews and commentaries on business topics, politics and social issues have appeared on web sites, in newspapers and in magazines across Canada. You can browse a portfolio selection of his writing at .


    BA, Psychology, Concordia, MA English, University of Toronto

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Bill grew up in Montreal, then moved to Toronto to complete his education. After working as a wilderness course instructor in Northern Ontario, he made a career change to Royal Trust as management development consultant.  He married, and settled in Milton on the outskirts of the greater Toronto area; when his second child arrived,  he and his wife moved to Peterborough. With its ample green space, proximity to wilderness, thriving arts and cultural community, Peterborough has been a great place to raise a family. After leaving Royal Trust, he started his own business services practice -- Ascent Associates -- which focuses on leadership, team effectiveness, and the design of training and development initiatives for businesses, government and the non-profit sector. He also does career counseling and freelance writing and editing.  Since moving to Peterborough, he has instructed courses in team work and facilitation for Trent University's Continuing Education Program and communications programs for Fleming College.

Personal Interests

    While he still occasionally gets out on canoe trips in Northern Ontario and Quebec, most of his time these days is consumed with political activity.  Bill was involved in a community-based legal case to prevent the closure of a very successful downtown high school.  He is also active in a coalition of activists seeking to re-route a proposed highway through Peterborough.  He has participated in municipal and federal election campaigns.  Lately Bill has become involved in community development advocacy with Axiom News, a generative journalism consultancy based in Peterborough, where he is focusing on the creation of new community media and the development of the New Economy in Peterborough.  



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A selected list of publications in all media

Publication List

Published: Jun 12, 2015 by A selected list of publications in all media
Authors: Bill Templeman
Subjects: Business & Management

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