Arden Brummell is President of Global Business Network Canada, a consulting firm specializing in scenario planning and strategic dialogue. Arden has 25 years experience in strategic management, corporate development and academic research. His particular focus is on scenario and planning facilitation to promote organizational learning and strategic business development.
Arden spent 5 years as a university professor in urban economic geography before joining Shell Canada in 1981. He was part of the original scenario development in Shell Canada and later became head of scenario and strategic studies. Twice he was seconded to London, England to join Royal/Dutch Shell's Group Planning department where he was part of the global scenario teams, led studies on the future of the then Soviet Union, Africa and Latin America, and helped implement an intensive learning workshop process to help senior management teams understand and implement strategic decisions.
In 1995 Arden established his own consulting company, Decision Futures Inc., and in 1996 joined Global Business Network in an alliance to form GBN Canada. Arden has worked with a variety of large and small companies and government departments helping them in focusing their strategic priorities and understanding change. Recent work has included scenario and strategy development projects with Ashland Chemicals, Rio Tinto, Alberta Economic Development, Alberta Learning, Correctional Service of Canada, Valvoline, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, Suncor Energy, Ralston Purina, Los Angeles Times, Law Society of British Columbia, RCMP, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Chevrolet and Canadian Pacific Railway. He is a frequent speaker to groups on future trends and scenarios Certified Management Accountants of Alberta, The Conference Board of Canada, Banff Centre for Management, Strategic Leadership Forum and Energy Futures Education Conference.
Arden has a BA from Queen’s University and an MA and Ph.D. from McMaster University. He is a member of The Strategic Leadership Forum and the World Future Society, Director and Past Chair of Volunteer Calgary, Chair of Leadership Calgary, Steward of Calgary Inc.’s C-Prosperity Project, Chair of the Alliance for Capitalizing on Change and President of Pinebrook Golf and Country Club.