"The means is dialogue, the end is learning, the purpose is peace." ~ Founder Dr. Jane Vella

Dwayne Hodgson

In brief

Dwayne excels in designing, facilitating and evaluating workshops, conferences and strategic planning processes. He helps clients synthesize their ideas to create dynamic conversations and activities that support learning, build consensus and get things done.

Dwayne has worked extensively with non-profit organizations in the community development, social justice and environmental sectors in Canada and overseas.  He also brings experience in leading project planning processes using Results-Based Management, Theory of Change and Outcome Mapping.

Some recent projects

Canadian Partnerships Branch, IDRC, Ottawa, ON Canada
Dwayne worked with the Canadian Partnerships branch of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to research, design and facilitate a 2-day Learning Forum on “Virtual Platforms, Knowledge Management and International Development” for 30 participants from diverse sectors. The program combined traditional academic presentations with participatory warm-ups, interactive discussions, World Café rotations, talk shows and synthesis activities. Dwayne also edited seven Participant Reflection Papers and managed an online forum for the participants.

Parks Canada Agency, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
PCA recently hired Dwayne to conduct a learning evaluation of its new Volunteer Management Training Program. He worked with the staff to clarify the parameters of the design, observe both the webinars and face-to-face workshops, and provide ongoing comments and suggestions. His worked helped consolidate the strengths of the pilot program and make it more congruent, participatory, and consistent.

Commission on Justice & Peace, CCC
Toronto, ON Canada
The CJP gathers 23 church and para-church agencies to speak out on social justice, environmental stewardship, human rights and peace issues. Dwayne worked with the executive to survey the members and create a 2-day strategic planning process to prioritize key issues, upcoming political moments, and strategies for collaboration. 


Other recent clients

Canadian Coalition on Climate Change and Development
World Vision Canada
Research for International Tobacco Control Program, IDRC
Canadian Teacher Federation’s Int.  Programs
African Community Technical Services (ACTS)
Save the Children (Canada)
CODE Canada

Dwayne’s education

M.A. International Affairs (Development)
Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON Canada
Hons. Bachelor of Arts & Science
Arts & Science Programme, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON Canada


When Dwayne is not at work

He is hanging out with his kids after school, playing piano at his church and volunteering with a national anti-poverty organization. Dwayne is also an avid cyclist and participates in cycling promotion events in Ottawa.


What people are saying

Dwayne’s consulting work demonstrates a wonderful combination of insightful curiosity, ‘drill down’ practical analysis, and strong communication skill.  He completes projects to a very high standard, with a keen ear toward how his client will actually ‘use’ the end project.

~ Hugh Brewster, National Manager, Canadian Programs, World Vision Canada

Dwayne Hodgson