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Annelies is a strong leader and her dynamic, adaptive style brought fresh perspectives and creative problem-solving as we co-developed a 10-year strategy for the North Shore Homelessness Task Force. Our collaboration approach felt balanced and I appreciated how we made space to connect personally as we navigated complex, community-based work. Annelies’s unique combination of strategic thinking, commitment to anti-oppression, and level of polish makes her incredibly effective in creating meaningful change with clients. With her deep pools of knowledge, experience, and expertise, I have loved learning with and from Annelies and I am excited to collaborate again in the future.
Working with Roots and Rivers is always insightful and inspiring. Not only do they have deep knowledge of systems change and impact, but they are also open to learning new perspectives, approaches, and ideas from their partners. You really feel like equals in the co-creation process, especially when working towards making positive change in our communities. It was such a pleasure to work with collaborators like Roots and Rivers.
Blue Castle Consulting
Working with Roots & Rivers has been such an impactful experience for us. I am so grateful for all of the knowledge, patience, and passion they brought to our work. They guided us through the process in such a supportive and thoughtful manner and provided tools, frameworks, and perspectives which will revolutionize our work going forward. I have deep gratitude for Austin and Annelies! Thank you!
North Shore Homelessness Task Force
Thank you to Annelies and her team at Roots & Rivers for the work done in helping The College of Opticians of British Columbia work through our Strategic Planning process. The thorough and careful pre-planning and effective use of virtual tools and meeting platform allowed our group to efficiently navigate the process of developing a new plan. Of particular note was Annelies’ ability to navigate the varied personalities and levels of expertise to allow all participants to be involved and engaged. Her ability to frame questions, to intuitively pick up on nuances of personalities, and to ‘read the virtual room’ made that process enjoyable and resulted in meaningful, successful outcomes. I am pleased to offer my support and endorsement to Roots & Rivers as an excellent choice to help organizations through their strategic, goal setting, and/or culture-setting processes.
Board Chair, College of Opticians of BC
Annelies has an amazing thirst for knowledge and understanding about how to achieve big impact in the world! Her commitment and drive were undeniable during the Social Innovation Residency where I first met her. She has a mature willingness to question, to be curious and to explore - and she can manage the inevitable tensions that emerge when working on very complex issues. I recently had a chance to co-present a workshop with Annelies and I SO appreciated her capacities for collaboration and creativity. She has a hard won knowledge of how system change happens - born from both formal learning but also from concrete personal and professional experiences. She knows how to make change happen!
Working with Annelies has been an extremely valuable process. Annelies encourages us to ask the difficult questions, and then to sit in our silence until we answer them in a meaningful way. Annelies has been able to draw out reflections about our work that most likely wouldn't have come up without her.
Coordinator, North Coast Innovation Lab
In May 2018 we hired Annelies as a Lead JUMP! Facilitator to assist in a Learning Service program with a local Independent School. Annelies showed strength in capturing ideas and concepts, sharing ideas, voicing questions and offering valued suggestions. I found her to be forward thinking, as she would think critically to bridge ideas and come up with creative concepts to amplify the program impact. Most of all I appreciated her willingness to step-in and step-up, wherever and whenever needed. She was a reliable and strong member to the team and I would look forward to having her on more JUMP! Programs.
Director, JUMP! Foundation
It's a great stroke of luck to have a manager as skilled at coaching as Annelies. I had the good fortune to be managed by her at Engineers Without Borders through a number of different projects and ever-shifting responsibilities. I was always impressed by her attitude and the diligence she brought to her work. From convening impactful spaces, mentoring new team members and working to outline strategies for change creation, Annelies always added great insights and took our work to the next level. She gives the best high fives as well. Annelies will add value to any team she joins, and I would happily work with her again.
Program Coordinator, ACGC
We chose Roots & Rivers Consulting because of our excellent rapport and their strong industry knowledge. The greatest value that Roots & Rivers provided was the organizational know-how and significant ability to track and to maintain project deliverables. Our biggest take-away from working with Roots & Rivers was that we needed a whole staff team and adequate planning time to effectively execute this project.
Vice-President, Canadian Women’s Foundation
Annelies supported the Board of Education on their journey of creating a new bold, visionary 10 year Strategic Plan to guide the North Vancouver School District. In the process, Annelies used her vast array of skills incorporating feedback from multiple stakeholders, rights holders and a diverse Board. She understood when to “push” to get results while also allowing the natural flow of discourse play itself out to create a plan that is both innovative in its approach and bold in its goals. I look forward to working with Annelies on future projects!
CEO & Superintendent, North Vancouver School District
Working with Roots & Rivers was such an enjoyable experience! They really took the time to dive into and understand our organization and where we hope to go. Strategic planning can be daunting but their approach made it feel manageable and achievable. We are thrilled with the outcome.
Executive Director, Langley School District Foundation
Roots & Rivers helped us navigate our first strategic planning process, where we struggled through some big questions and wondered about what future growth could look like. It was a challenging task, but the Roots & Rivers team navigated it with grace and ease.
Brianne De Man
Interim Director, Binners' Project
Overall, the strategic and developmental evaluation support of Annelies has enabled the NCIL to grow as a reflective innovation initiative, staying grounded and reminded of our mission, values and priorities, while keeping on track with our day-to-day activities, outputs and results. Adjustments and pivots are natural to social innovation lab processes, but recognizing them and capturing these effects over time has been a critically valuable aspect of receiving Annelies’ support, and we hope to continue evaluating, learning and strategizing in this manner in 2020 and beyond.
Manager, North Coast Innovation Lab
Annelies is an amazing facilitator. She ran the Radius Slingshot Program and I had the pleasure of working with her for 6 months on a bi-weekly basis. Her ability to gauge a room and break down barriers made the experience extremely valuable. She is very skilled at creating a safe, open and honest environment and leads by example. What made her exceptional was her genuine interest in all of our ventures. I am so glad to have had the opportunity to not only work with her but to also call her a friend.
Founder, PlayCity App
Annelies is as inspiring and driven of a leader as I've ever worked with. She loves to dive into tough conversations and problems, and is unafraid to receive feedback along the way. I vividly remember how engaged and animated she was during a 1 on 1 conversation we had on the subject of my concerns about a new goal-setting framework that the EWB National Office was rolling out for university chapters to implement. She did a great job listening, but also took opportunities to challenge my thinking in a way that pushed me to articulate my thoughts more clearly.
Product Manager, ACGC
I would not hesitate to recommend Annelies. She was our Lead during my time at the SFU Trampoline program. Annelies is a fantastic facilitator, she is professional, entertaining, and clearly cares deeply about the work that she does. Annelies has personally helped our business with her insights and advice. She is a great communicator and would be a benefit to any business or project she gets involved in.
Founder, Seven Movements
The Roots & Rivers team did a great job of creating and executing an evaluation of our program in an engaging, respectful and accessible manner. They were responsive, flexible and always willing to incorporate feedback to ensure that the evaluation process was streamlined and truly reflective of the qualitative and quantitative data they captured. I would be happy to work with them again in the future.
Mobile Outreach Program Manager, Kilala Lelum Health Centre
I have worked with Annelies of Roots & Rivers as a contractor for design and facilitation of a social innovation lab, and as a partner in co-developing community dialogues in service of newcomers. In both cases, Annelies brought exceptional commitment, insights and skills in delivering respectful, effective and engaging experiences. Prioritizing inclusion of experiences and expertise of those we are serving, tailoring strategies, and co-developing creative and bold ideas are among Annelies' myriad skills. Her work resulted in processes and deliverables that exceeded project outcomes.
Co-Founder, FLOW Society
Roots & Rivers consulting provided excellent guidance to our team - both to the Board of Directors of the society, as well as to our Executive Director (staff). Annelies is an excellent facilitator, and ensures that conversations are productive, collaborative, and clear for all involved. I would highly recommend Roots & Rivers as consultants for team projects and organizational planning.
Executive Director, Lillooet Agriculture & Food Society
We had the great good fortune to work with Annelies Tjebbes of Roots & Rivers with our recent Strategic Planning process. We are a relatively new professional association and Annelies was adept at guiding the staff team and Board of Directors through the processes needed for the development of our Mission and Vision statements and our 5 year strategic plan. Given the impacts of the pandemic making it impossible for us to gather in person, Annelies led us through a series of Zoom virtual sessions to do this work. She used creative visual tools to move our discussions along and kept the team engaged and focused. Our end result is a great plan, and a shared excitement for the work ahead. We would be delighted to work with Annelies again in future.
Valerie St. John
Executive Director, BC Association of Community Health Centres
I participated in the Health Slingshot Program at Radius SFU when Annelies was coordinating the activities for the group. She showed amazing people and leading skills. Annelies was present and resourceful when I needed to sort out business related issues. She offered her advice and researched solutions for me. I really appreciated working with her and would love for our paths to cross again in the future.
Founder, Graines de Chef
Annelies facilitated and mentored my cohort at the SFU Radius Trampoline Program for early stage ventures. I really enjoyed her personable and professional approach to engaging our group and guiding us along a challenging journey of crafting our pitch and validating our business model. Kudos to her ability to break down complex and overwhelming concepts into manageable and tactical plans - my teammates and I were impressed with the amount of knowledge, skills and tools we gained within the 8-week program.
UX Designer, Salesforce
Annelies has the rare ability to bring her passion and enthusiasm into every meeting and every aspect of her work. I had the pleasure of working with Annelies for almost two years and spent a year under her leadership. I was impressed by her ability to bring fire and passion into many of the projects I had worked with her on, that makes you want to give your best. Annelies' excellent interpersonal skills and her capacity to show empathy make her a strong leader you want to work for and rally behind. And, of course, I must mention that whenever I needed a champion for my work, I could always reach out to Annelies and find her wholehearted support. Annelies would be an excellent addition to any team or organization looking for an excellent problem solver; a fierce leader who would not shy away from making tough decisions; and a strong team player who will go to great lengths to ensure her team's success.
Patent Examiner, Innovation, Science and Economic Development at ACGC