Ballad Group


We are collaborators

Our exceptional team brings together a diverse group of thinkers, doers, leaders, teachers, planners and ideators, that are united around a shared value for impact.

John Corie

Managing Partner

Sydney Schneider

Director, Operations & Strategy

Allison Smith

Sr. Manager, Impact & Strategy

Colin Critch

Manager of Consulting

Chelsea Boisvert

Manager, Human Resources

Michelle Yez

Manager of Workforce Development

Virginia Leighton

Senior Program Supervisor

Laurie Burdett

Senior Program Supervisor

Aaron Critch

Senior Associate

Holly Johnson


Ryan Trankovsky

Business Development Specialist

Cody Kersey

Program Supervisor

Jigyasa Kaul

Business Development Specialist

Our Mission

Ballad exists to positively impact individuals, communities and businesses. We provide adaptable training and consulting services tailored to suit a diversity of people and projects.

Our Vision

Everything we do is from a place of mutual trust and respect. We continuouslylearn and find creative solutions to support and empower our clients with thehope to foster sustainable outcomes and bring visions to reality

Our Values

Accountability: Deliver exceptional services and commitment to inclusion.

Collaboration: Build meaningful relationships and be a team player.

Entrepreneurship: Be willing to innovate and implement creative solutions and nourish the entrepreneurial spirit.

Indigenous Engagement Commitment

At Ballad our work is built on trusting, transparent and long-term relationships with Indigenous Peoples. We understand that it is our responsibility to pursue respectful and meaningful Indigenous engagement that strengthens these relationships, builds understanding, and provides benefit to all parties. Therefore we are committed to furthering the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action in the work that we do. Ballad’s full commitment is outlined in our Indigenous Engagement and Economic Inclusion Plan. Our commitments are outlined in five priority areas which include Talent; Knowledge; Engagement; Economic Inclusion; and Community Legacy.

Community Commitment

Ballad is committed to supporting people and communities where we work and live. We believe by sharing our strengths and our time we can contribute to resilient, thriving, and sustainable communities. We recognize that we have the potential to impact the communities we work with, beyond just a client relationship. We do this through community sponsorship and paid volunteer days.