OUR PHILOSOPHY

Transformation Learning

Regardless of whether you are participating in a structured course or a consulting offering, all of our professional consultants, instructors and facilitators are committed to transformational learning. This means that by creating curiosity; changing how a learner thinks about how they do their work; and ensuring that learners can apply their new-found knowledge immediately on the job, are critically important to us.

Needs Assessment – The Survey

Before engaging in working with you, we offer an advance survey function that is intended to specifically identify what you need. These are not abstract questions but customized questions that can target your firm in its entirety, particular practices or departments, staffing levels or those across the organization affected by certain issues.

Train-the-Trainer

It goes without saying that we would love to work with you on an on-going basis but that’s not always practical. You can optimize your training or consulting investment by allowing us to train-your-trainer. Needless to say, we are happy to create the “tools” and resources that your trainer needs so they can get a strong start and, more importantly, ensure learning momentum is not lost.

Learn more about the benefits of our training seminars and programs from past attendees!

OUR HISTORY

For over thirty years, the CPD has been helping business and not-for-profits in all manner of industries and disciplines transform themselves and their work.

As part of The College, the CPD can draw on significant resources and expertise from its three schools:  Arts and Sciences; Education and Human Services; and, the Wehle School of Business.  Experts, especially from the latter, as well as the vast professional network that Canisius enjoys in Western New York and across the nation, means that the CPD can bring something special to you, your teams and your organization.

We are contemporary.  That’s saying something for a College that was established in 1870.  But then again, the Jesuit mission at Canisius is all about transformation…and so too is the CPD and what it can do for you.

OUR TEAM

Jennifer Patrick, MBA

Jennifer Patrick, MBA

Executive Director

Jennifer Patrick is a 2000 MBA graduate of Canisius College. She brings 25 years of management and facilitation experience to her role as Executive Director of Canisius‘ Center for Professional Development. Having worked in private and public sectors in both the US and Canada, she is a seasoned Consultant specializing in transformational management. Jennifer has taught entrepreneurship at Brock University’s School of Business and currently teaches sessionally at the University of Toronto’s Centre for the Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship (School of Engineering). She is known for her ability to mobilize the intelligence of her clients into actionable strategies and results.

Colleen Kowtun, MBA

Colleen Kowtun, MBA

Manager of Sales Operations

Colleen has a Master‘s degree in Business Administration from Medaille College as well as a Bachelor’s of Science from Alfred University. Colleen has held progressively responsible positions in marketing, sales and management in sectors such as manufacturing, market research and retail. She brings significant analytical skills to the CPD team and is the lead for data analysis and customer relationship management (CRM). As a key influence of the nature and delivery of CPD learning programs and Consulting Services, Colleen is also responsible for the Center’s operational functions.

Christina Yensan, MAdEd

Christina Yensan, MAdEd

Client Specialist

Christina has a Master‘s degree in Adult Education from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from SUNY Brockport, and also an Associate‘s Degree in Travel and Tourism from Herkimer Community College. Before coming to Canisius, Christina established a track record in student counseling and engagement at other colleges. This was in addition to an earlier and successful career as an executive in the travel industry. Christina’s skill in client relations and developing educational products for the CPD make her a critical partner in shaping Canisius’ Consulting Services.

OUR PARTNERS