Passion, expertise, experience.
We are not your typical consulting firm. Turner Strategies is led by Dr. Alina Turner who directly works on all aspects of projects. Other top-tier consultants add specific value to projects on case-by-case basis. We simply aim to provide the highest possible quality of work, believing that this in turn, creates the best possible social impact for communities and organizations we work with.
Dr. Alina Turner Principal
Alina is recognized as a leading researcher and thinker on social issues with proven implementation results. Her work on system planning is recognized as a leading practice and often called upon as a model across communities. Her drive and passion for this work is grounded in her lived experience of the social issues she continues to challenge in her professional work. Alina is a Fellow at The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary and serves on the HomeSpace Board of Directors and the Alberta Rural Development Rural Advisory Board on housing and homelessness.
Alina co-founded HelpSeeker as a spin-off social enterprise dedicated to connecting people with the help they need, fast. The back-end of HelpSeeker provides service providers and decision-makers with real-time analytics to inform strategy and decision-making. HelpSeeker is fast becoming a system mapping tool across Canadian communities, essential to mapping and analyzing over 100,000 social and health resources nationally.
Working with the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and A Way Home Canada, Turner Strategies established the Systems Planning Collective - dedicated to building capacity nationally to implement systems approaches to prevent and end homelessness.
Alina has worked at an executive leadership level at both management and board of directors levels for the past 10 years. During her tenure as VP Strategy at the Calgary Homeless Foundation, Alina led the implementation of Canada’s first Homelessness Management Information System (HMIS) and designed Calgary’s Housing First System of Care. She oversaw $35 million in annual investments across 40 programs in Calgary, their performance management and quality assurance. Prior to this, Alina worked at the Poverty Reduction Initiative of the United Way of Calgary & Area, and a variety of front-line immigrant and homeless-serving agencies.
Travis Turner, M.Ed. COO & Collaborator
Travis has spent the last 15 years as a school administrator, learning leader, and classroom teacher with the Calgary Board of Education. He has a Master’s degree in educational policy, organizational analysis and leadership. His graduate work examined the role of technology innovation in school policy and teaching practice.
Travis co-founded HelpSeeker with Alina as a social enterprise focused on bringing emerging technologies to bear on real-world challenges. The app is dedicated to connecting those in need with the right services and programs, at the right time. This work has not only included working closely with developers but also with community leaders to assist in the process of system mapping to ensure effective program access.
In addition to his leadership experience, Travis has significant frontline experience working at-risk children and youth. He led a cross-disciplinary team specializing in working with youth with severe mental health concerns delivered in partnership between the school board, health services, and family supports. In this program, Travis developed individualized case plans and system advocacy strategies for vulnerable youth working closely with counsellors, psychiatrists, family support workers, occupational therapists, social workers, system specialists and behaviour support workers.
Chantal Hansen, MGIS Collaborator
Chantal Hansen brings 15 years’ experience in the field of health and human services with a focus on the collection, interpretation, and visualization of data to inform policy and programming. Chantal has contributed her technical expertise to the analysis of databases in child health, income inequality and living wage, homelessness, food insecurity, and social well-being projects. Through her company, Geo-Lens, she brings practical experience developing and implementing technology change management, online database governance, privacy regulation and practices, data analysis, and geospatial techniques using Geographic Information Science (GIS) technology.
Chantal worked with Alina to implement Canada's first community-wide electronic data management system which allows agencies to track key indicators on homelessness (Homelessness Management Information System - HMIS). She also worked in research leadership and management roles overseeing various major projects in universities and national organizations, including the Canadian International Development Agency’s project: Mapping the Media in the Americas. Examples of her GIS mapping work are found here.
Dr. Sarah Fotheringham Collaborator
Having worked in the non-profit sector for over 15 years as a social worker in front-line, management, research and policy, Sarah brings extensive knowledge about community, organizations and program development. Sarah has a PhD from the University of Calgary, received full SSHRC scholarship for her doctoral work in social enterprise and has published on a variety of topics including gender, domestic/sexual violence, homelessness, and community economic development.
In addition to supporting Turner Strategies, Sarah has her own consulting company providing a range of research and evaluation services and teaches in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary. You can find out more and about her here.
Anna Trip, BA, BEd. Collaborator
A graduate St. Thomas University with a degree in Political Science, Anna Trip is currently in her twelfth year as a Humanities teacher with the Calgary Board of Education. She brings social justice lens to her practice by having her students investigate current issues that affect Calgary. She has supported her students to host homelessness awareness and Indigenous cultural celebration conferences, in volunteering at various local grassroots charities, and in their investigation of possible answers to the question, “How do we end homelessness in Calgary?”. Anna is a strong advocate for inquiry-based learning as a means of developing critical-thinking skills, which are essential to develop in future generations of leaders.
Janelle Woo, BComm. Collaborator
Janelle Woo has worked in diverse non-profit and private sector organizations for the past 10 years, with a focus on enhancing performance and impact. Her expertise lies in financial analysis and forecasting, organizational design, and contract management. Janelle has worked with more than 30 different charitable organizations to advance social innovation and entrepreneurship. As a funder, Janelle led the development of system-wide community investment strategies across program portfolios ranging from $5M to $30M annually.
Janelle holds a Bachelor of Commerce, with a major in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which she has put to work for Industry Canada, the Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada, CentrePoint Non-Profit Management, Hudson's Bay Co., and the Calgary Homeless Foundation. For more on Janelle, click here.
Ange Neil, BSW. Collaborator
Ange Neil is a recent Bachelor of Social Work graduate from the University of Calgary. They are born and raised Calgarian, active in their immediate and extended communities. Ange brings a lived experience lens in their work on homelessness, mental health, poverty, and systemic oppression. Ange has many years of frontline experience working with young people struggling with addiction, mental health disorders, homelessness, and legal issues.
Ange’s abilities to critically think about and challenge the social issues impacting our community leads them to bring creative solutions and effective interventions. Ange is a passionate advocate and public speaker and has traveled across Alberta for the past eight years sharing their experience of adversity in various capacities and venues. Recently, they have emceed and shared their first-hand experience at the Calgary Youth Prevent and End Homelessness Plan 2017 Refresh.
Ange uses photography and the written word to document their gender transition and recovery journey, inspire people to join in recovery, and find the light amidst the darkness. Ange uses photography and the written word to document their gender transition and recovery journey, inspire people to join in recovery, and find the light amidst the darkness: for more on Ange, check out AngeNeil.com.