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It's not what you do, it's how you do it.  That's what makes you who you are.

Our values are not found in the positions or roles we play, but in the quality of the interaction we bring to everything we do.

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
Helen Keller

Paula Simon

Passionate about social justice, Paula Simon worked at a senior level in the field for over 25 years with both the Federal and Provincial governments in three different Provinces.  She has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Social Work from Dalhousie, as well as four negotiation and mediation certificates from the Harvard Negotiations Project.

Paula is an intuitive and passionate believer in relationships and human potential. Undeniably spirited, she brings a genuine interest to every encounter.  Paula believes you and your organization can achieve their highest potential through authentic behavior and conscious decision-making.

Paula understands the importance of giving back to her community.  She's been a volunteer board member of of Phoenix Youth Programs, the IWK, Big Brother Big Sisters and President of the NS NDP. Paula currently serves on the Board at Dalhousie University and Chair of The Student Experience Committee since 2011. 

Paula has recently published a book entitled, "The Gift of Loss" which shares her journey with Robert though the loss of their son to a life of hope, joy and gratitude. For more information click The Gift of Loss.

Robert Chisholm

Robert Chisholm's strong belief in fairness and justice led him into the trade union movement 30 years ago. He has worked with the Canadian Union of Public Employees for thirteen years in Ottawa and Atlantic Canada, where he was Atlantic Regional Director. These same values led him to enter politics and run for the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party (NDP). He served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly, the Leader of the Nova Scotia NDP, the Leader of the Official Opposition and the Member of Parliament for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour. In total Robert has served his community as an elected member provincially and federally for 17 years.
Today, Robert works with organizations and individuals who look to turn their visions into realities and their opportunities into results. Years of experience in both the private and public sector have equipped Robert with an understanding of authentic leadership and strategic thinking. In addition, his time working with the Canadian Union of Public Employees gave him extensive opportunities to use his mediation and negotiations skills from small groups to large complex contracts.
As a partner at Simon Chisholm Consulting, Robert is able to understand and assist professionals, entrepreneurs, innovators and organizations looking to make positive change. This is accomplished through a variety of engagements, such as strategic planning and widespread stakeholder engagement. Robert understands that by building respectful and authentic relationships, organizations will have a greater opportunity to achieve their goals.
As a lifelong learner, with a Master's Degree in Sociology, Robert continues his education as he further develops skills for coaching, executive training and more. In 2007, Robert completed a course on Leadership in the 21st century: through Harvard's Kennedy School. Today, Robert is pursuing his education with leadership coaching and Alternative Dispute Resolution courses.

Robert Chisholm's strong belief in fairness and justice led him into the trade union movement 30 years ago. He has worked with the Canadian Union of Public Employees for thirteen years in Ottawa and Atlantic Canada, where he was Atlantic Regional Director. These same values led him to enter politics and run for the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party (NDP). He served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly, the Leader of the Nova Scotia NDP, the Leader of the Official Opposition and the Member of Parliament for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour. In total Robert has served his community as an elected member provincially and federally for 17 years.


Today, Robert works with organizations and individuals who look to turn their visions into realities and their opportunities into results. Years of experience in both the private and public sector have equipped Robert with an understanding of authentic leadership and strategic thinking. In addition, his time working with the Canadian Union of Public Employees gave him extensive opportunities to use his mediation and negotiations skills from small groups to large complex contracts.


As a partner at Simon Chisholm Consulting, Robert is able to understand and assist professionals, entrepreneurs, innovators and organizations looking to make positive change. This is accomplished through a variety of engagements such as leadership coaching, strategic planning and advice, and principled negotiations. Robert understands that by building respectful and authentic relationships, organizations will have a greater opportunity to achieve their goals.


As a lifelong learner, with a Master's Degree in Sociology, Robert continues his education as he further develops skills for coaching, executive training and more. In 2007, Robert completed a course on Leadership in the 21st century: through Harvard's Kennedy School. Today, Robert is pursuing his education with leadership coaching and Alternative Dispute Resolution courses.