Lyn McDonell


Lyn McDonell leads The Accountability Group by bringing experience, skill, diplomacy, and commitment to every client organization and its unique context.

About Lyn

Lyn McDonell is a governance, strategy and organizational effectiveness consultant. She is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), a Chartered Director (C. Dir) and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC).

Lyn has deep hands-on leadership experience gained from senior positions in provincial and national Canadian not-for-profit organizations as Executive Director, COO and CEO. As COO,  Lyn helped a board task force lead major governance change -- an initiative that later earned that organization the Conference Board of Canada/Spencer Stuart 2005 National Award for Not-for-Profit Governance.  As CEO of a national organization, Lyn gained experience leading a dynamic multi-level organization that joined grassroots motivation and governance, corporate sponsorship support, and caring Canadians.

Lyn earned her Masters of Arts (MA) in organizational development focusing on the life cycle of organizations. She has specialized training in strategy development gained from the Advanced Strategy Executive Program of the Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario) and the USA-based Balanced Scorecard Collaborative/The Palladium Group.  She knows how to develop and map sound strategy using the Balanced Scorecard method.

Lyn has developed a special interest and expertise in performance and quality oversight and brings new perspectives on this important aspect of accountability to boards seeking to assure themselves of optimal organizational impact. Approaches and techniques learned from the Institute of Healthcare Improvement in the US can be applied across every sector to improve results and assure performance.

In governance, Lyn earned her professional designation (Chartered Director - C.Dir.) from The Directors College, accredited by McMaster University.

Lyn chairs the Not-for-Profit Organizations Committee of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA), which produces publications on governance.  She is currently serving as President of the Ontario Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Canada.  She has served as Vice-Chair of the board of Canada's largest urban community hospital, The Scarborough Hospital, and was Chair of its Performance Monitoring and Stewardship Committee.  Lyn is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, BoardSource, and the Canadian Society of Association Executives.  

She contributes to publications including Association magazine and the Conference Board of Canada's Stewardship Review.  She is a popular presenter and gives webinars and presentations for leaders in many sectors. 

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