We needed someone who could cover multiple departments (Operations, Finance, HR and more) as we restarted operations and worked through the largest staffing transition in the organization’s 34 year history. Kurtis brought a wide range of skills and experience to tackle the role head on.
He has a knack for quickly identifying problems, proposing sustainable solutions, and championing their completion. An example of this was a five-figure capital project to overhaul our financial systems that had been sitting on the shelf for 3+ years. He took the steps to re-evaluate the initial problem, locate appropriate vendors, and ensure we got the results we needed.
Finally, Kurtis will give you an unabashedly blunt lay of the land which I really appreciate. I learned more about how we operate as an organization during his 6 month contract than I did in the prior 2 years on the Board. He wants people to be informed and able to make the best decisions based on the data available.
If his resume is on your desk right now, hire him. I’m glad we did.– David Midgley, Treasurer, vul.ca
Kurtis lives by his motto of fixing organizations’ bullshit. I met Kurtis in early 2019 when he took the tough job of leading a $500k organization with deep issues and facing bankruptcy. With Kurtis in charge, the organization was stabilized in a little over six months.
Most people would run away from a failing business, yet Kurtis ran toward it. Each day he made the most of scant resources to get the job done. He was always working to find and fix problems; always working with a diverse and eclectic range of folks to make life better for everyone.
Kurtis’ leadership and persistent approach are major reasons why an organization facing closure in late 2018 is alive and healthy in 2022.“– David Kerruish, President, hivevancouver.com
“Kurtis helped me maximize each page’s ‘punch’. He took the time to sit down and discuss what visuals/examples would be most effective to get readers interested in knowing more about my projects.
I loved that he sent me some notes on our session afterwards, in case I missed something. Kurtis’ honest feedback is exactly what I needed.“– Bella Margolles, UX Designer, bellamargolles.com
“I’m so happy with the results of my website refresh.
Kurtis was great at taking the time to explaining my options and why we were doing things the way we were doing them. He also took the time to explain how everything works, now I can update everything myself.
If you’ve got a problem, Kurtis is your guy.”– Kathleen Loski, Owner, kathleenloski.com
“Kurtis was thorough and took the time to absorb a large volume of information to understand my company before jumping in and changing things.
I was impressed with his ability to identify pain points and make suggestions for both large and small adjustments. From business growth to individual customer needs, his suggestions were insightful and actionable.
I would absolutely recommend him and look forward to working with him in the future!”– Avery Swartz, Founder & CEO, camptech.ca
“Kurtis is a witty, passionate professional who exacts precision at every level of detail of his work. He is an excellent Project Manager who as the foresight to anticipate and proactively make suggestions, keeping him one step ahead always. I would highly recommend him for any project, particularly large complex photo shoots, as he is such a delight to work with.”– Tinu Mathur, President, vrxstudios.com
“I’ve worked with Kurtis on a few different projects – to give the standard blurb of him being conscientious, dedicated and trustworthy would be a gross understatement. He learns, he questions and he improves on what you already have.
If you’re looking for a warm body to punch numbers and follow process 9-5, he’s not your guy. He’d still do a great job, but you’d be wasting his talents and leaving him unmotivated.
If you’re looking for someone who relishes seemingly insurmountable challenges, someone who seeks to understand then drive improvement, and someone who does all this and makes it all feel like a good time in the process, then Kurtis is your man.
If you’re reading this and want to chat more, feel free to drop me a note or give me a call.”– Kev Holloway, Partner, adamandkev.com
“…I was always impressed by his resourcefulness and commitment to completing the task, often beyond the realm of the position’s expectations. He was good at engaging stakeholders in the community comprised of businesses, residents and even CMHC staff.
I believe Kurtis would make a great asset to any team and am confident he will be able to enhance any project with his involvement.”– Nathan Pope, Integrated Graffiti Management, vancouver.ca