CSD Testimonials

Here’s what our clients say about us

"Adriana brought the idea of “Process Mapping” to a “Ground Truth Level”. Practical methodologies that we can implement immediately. Job Well Done!"

Mike Howard, Chief Security Officer, Microsoft

"The sessions were very well done. These were some of the most productive work sessions I have attended in a long time. I am leaving with a real sense of accomplishment. Very well done!"

Ric Pence, Group Regional Security Manager – Americas, Microsoft

"I want to thank you and Mike for the effort, energy and passion you poured into the work you did with us. The work you did was pivotal in helping us achieve the course correction we needed. It is quite amazing how things are starting to come together. I am beginning to see the MC3 I dreamt about."

Abe Klassen – President, MC3 Manufacturing

We'd not be where we are day 5 without the support and leadership from Adriana. Her energy level was great in keeping the group moving.

Skylar Mahr, Secrucity Systems Administrator, LinkedIn

"CSD made a significant contribution to Novo Nordisk Canada Inc. as the project lead on a project aimed at improving an internal process used by most employees every month. The process had time consuming and rated unsatisfactory by users for a long time. CSD was able to motivate a project team to develop a superior future state process, implement quick wins during the project phase to show users short term benefits before the launch of the actual process. CSD showed an amazing energy and commitment during the project to keep the project team on the right track, asking the sensitive questions, challenging the team to go further, but mostly, is a great mentor for what can be done. The project team is now working on their own to automate the developed manual process which was an idea that came up by the team during the project meetings. Thanks to CSD for bringing Six Sigma to Novo Nordisk Canada – you showed us the way to be successful."

Kurt Hungeberg – Director Strategic Business Operations, Novo Nordisk Canada Inc.

"What I most appreciate about CSD is the fact that they really care about and want to see their clients succeed."

John Klassen – V.P. Operations, MC3 Manufacturing Inc.

"Thanks for keeping the team centered and focused to accomplish a great outcome for moving forward. Look forward to working with you again soon!"

Cari Williams, Sr. Technology Project Manager, LMC Consulting Group - Microsoft Global Security

A great engaging and insightful session.

Arun Prakash, APAC Security Manager, LinkedIn

Adriana was instrumental in facilitating the discussion and leading us to the options and conclusions.

Nino Philakham, GSOC Project Manager, LMC Consulting Group - Microsoft

"All teams – big and small – should employ this process (Visual Vision Workshop). It’s not only excellent in developing an amazing vision statement, but it also is an insightful look into your team and their incredible capacity to create."

Tim Brown – Senior Product Manager, Oncology, Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd.

"I'm always interested in the topics you present in your Monthly Efficiency Newsletter. I'm glad you take the time to study and write about efficiency and productivity. Thank you!"

Steven Palenkas – Member of Community Action Team at CSCI, University of Windsor

"Thanks! This was an insightful, fun and worthwhile program (Visual Vision Workshop). We will be enriched as a team because of it."

Ryan Ward – Medical Science Liaison, Oncology, Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd.

"This workshop was very useful for me to identify how I can actually have an impact on my life. I knew it but it made it more concrete. Thanks again."

Danielle Tourillon – Montreal, Canada Area – ‎Senior Brand Manager, Pendopharm

"Adriana is a fabulous Trainer, she comes with a different style which is unique to herself - i.e. she is more a personal coach than a typical trainer. I attended a couple of her sessions and those were useful to the group, her unique style is quite mesmerizing and you cannot loose attention & I remained glued to her session...as a trainer this is a unique skill and as a attendee you gain a lot. She comes with immense knowledge, diverse perspective and experience, that maker her a special coach."

Rizwan Ali – Global Program Manager, Microsoft

"Adriana and CornerStone helped our organization during a crucial time in our project to engage both our committee and other participants in this initiative.  Adriana’s skill to “speak to” and not “speak at” our attendees is a rare and welcomed trait.  I highly recommend CornerStone Dynamics for workshop development & facilitation and keynote events."

Ross MacDonald – Business Development Specialist, Timmins Economic Development Corporation

"Special thanks to CornerStone Dynamics for getting us through the last six months regarding our major process improvement project. Adriana and her team are truly gifted at what they do. We would never have been able to get things accomplished so quickly and with clarity, without you and your team. CSD brings a skill set that is unique. Their collaborative approach makes a difference as it creates the needed buy-in to ensure project success. Thank you CornerStone Dynamics."

Steve Green – Director, Portfolio Management Marketing, Novo Nordisk Canada Inc

"Thank you for a very informative Newsletter. I always look forward to reading them. This month’s Efficiency Matters Newsletter topics are near and dear to me. At my organization, Eagle Press, we have extensive experience with FMEAs due to our automotive and heavy vehicle customer base. FMEA’s are a critical and important tool for our business. Minimizing risk for any project always ensures success.  As well, I agree with the cottage checklist suggestion. It makes opening up and closing down a cottage easier and ultimately more efficient which allows us to relax more when we are there."

Mark Polewski – Chief Financial Officer, Eagle Press & Equipment Co. Ltd.

"Energetic, passionate and thoroughly engaging, Adriana Girdler is more than one of Canada’s top business process experts; she is a champion whose knowledge, insight and ability to captivate the audience with information, tips and tools that are relevant and vital to developing greater effectiveness and efficiency while also building a positive corporate culture is outstanding."

Irene Becker – Leadership-Career-Communication Expert, Just Coach It

"CornerStone Dynamics understands what needs to change in order to allow improvement. But more so how to make this palatable so that it’s received, and it energizes people to act."

Glenda Fernandez – Manager, Quality Assurance, Novo Nordisk Canada

"Adriana helped us move from vision to reality using passion, process and a people inclusive approach."

Joe Fairchild – Security Technology Program Manager, Microsoft

"Very successful workshop with taking all the various inputs from the team and seeing the whole picture come together – great work."

Chiara Morelli – Senior Product Manager, Novo Nordisk Canada Inc

"Adriana has a great appreciation for all styles of adult learning combined with engaging facilitation made for a productive day."

Heather Boyer, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

"Many things were accomplished in a short amount of time due to Adriana’s good control and direction throughout the presentation and workshop."

Monique Koski – Business Operations, Millson Forestry Service

"Adriana shared her knowledge and experiences on ‘working smarter, not harder’ at a recent PMI seminar. Her passion for enhancing project management through improving efficiency was clear and insightful. Adriana’s business strategies and techniques are logical and can be applied in ‘the real world’, regardless of industry. Her ability to focus is extremely impressive and motivating. I would highly recommend Adriana to anyone interested in getting things done the smart way, both personally and professionally."

Kathryn Deabreu, Project Manager

“We hired Adriana and her team to assist our process gap identification work as we prepared to launch a new business management software program. After our second meeting(and some important discoveries), we expanded the scope of the CSD project to include ‘lead the process gap identification’ work and to create the detail training documents needed to ensure success. Adriana and her team where extremely knowledgeable and friendly. This created a level of trust and confidence with our staff which assisted in the process mapping and training execution/support they conducted. CornerStone Dynamics involvement in the project was of immense value to the site. Their professionalism, attention to detail and genuine concern to see us succeed was amazing. They truly were our strategic partners in the project and we would hire them again without hesitation.”

Stephen Dobie, Plant Manager, Brockville LOBP, Shell Lubricants

“I really enjoyed your presentation on ‘Why Nothing Gets Done’. It was informative and entertaining. You have one of those voices that I could listen to all day, which is a wonderful and rare quality in a presenter.”

Sharon LaFleche, PMP – Project Manager, Commercial Effectiveness, AstraZeneca

“Adriana really knows her stuff. As a new Project Manager, I found myself working a lot of evenings sorting through email and getting prepared for the next day. Adriana, through her one on one coaching, has shown me with good planning and prioritizing, most of the job can be done during core business hours. My organizational systems have been upgraded and I am now more confident that I am spending my time on the most important tasks during my work day and daily planning is now a breeze. This has resulted in a greater sense of organization, more time with my family, and less overall stress.”

Sheril Cave-O’Leary – Product Manager, Diabetes, Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd.

“I found the CSD team knowledgeable, professional, and passionate around their work. They were very detailed and competent around the task that was assigned to them to perform. I would recommend their services!”

Andrew A Dengel – Manager, Regional Distribution Centre, Shell Lubricants

“CornerStone Dynamics has transformed organizational thinking by breaking through corporate clutter, streamlining processes and improving efficiencies all the while involving key stakeholders in the process. They enable corporate commitment upfront, which ensures smooth implementation of ideas. They are responsive to organizational needs and nothing ever falls through the cracks leading to successful outcomes.”

Susanne Cookson – President, Cookson James Loyalty Inc.

“I think Adriana is a fantastic Project Manager. Her ability to walk into an organization and to quickly understand their business and the team is incredible. In order for a project to be successful you need to hold each person responsible and accountable and Adriana does this in a very professional and effective manner. Her attention to detail is incredible as is her ability to be on top of every key and critical aspect of the project. Any project is successful because of its participants and its leader and time and time again Adriana demonstrated her ability to lead and to manage a very complex and lengthy project. We were thrilled to have her as part of our team for the duration of this project.”

Heidi Flynn – Human Resources, Accucaps Industries Ltd.

“Thank you Adriana for running an ‘out of the box thinking’ workshop!  The meeting planning and implementation were impeccable and as a result the meeting objectives were met.”

Alan Fukuda – Director, Specialty Business Development Prescription Medicines Division, Boehringer Ingelheim Canada Ltd.

“CornerStone delivered on their promise and tailored their presentation to our unique needs. They honoured our unique knowledge and aligned with our skill set to move forward. They were able to bridge business experiences to education.”

Reg Farnand – Principal, Halton District School Board

“Dynamic, relevant, flexible, connected and a strong ability to connect the business in a way that makes sense and is logical.”

Ian A McDonald, CMA – Director, Marketing & Sales Effectiveness/Innovation, Boehringer Ingelheim Canada Ltd.

“I was extremely impressed with the efficiency of the CSD team. The process flow charts were definitely a “wow” factor, and to assimilate that much information in such a short time speaks volumes for your team. Overall, you achieved buy-in from the staff very quickly. Overall, I am a very satisfied client. I was extremely impressed with CSD’s professionalism and obvious passion for the project. The CSD staff are very dedicated, amiable, highly observant and extremely knowledgeable.”

Darrel Fernandopulle – Director, Financial Services, University of Toronto

“This is the second project that I have been involved with where we used CornerStone Dynamics. The facilitator’s professionalism and ability to keep the plan on track always continues to impress me.”

John Zanin – Manager of Operations-Strathroy, Accucaps Industries Ltd.

“Adriana Girdler and CornerStone Dynamics were introduced to me and Boehringer Ingelheim Canada during a recent project that required outside resources to help manage a project team, a project timeline and the overall deliverables of an intricate assignment. Adriana’s attention to detail, consistent and thorough follow-up as well as reliable professionalism enabled us to deliver on a project that had considerable timeline challenges. Her ability to grasp our business needs, understand the overall project and facilitate the interaction between different stakeholders, both internal and external, was instrumental in delivering on our end goal. Adriana did this all with a high level of energy making our meetings run smoothly, making sure our individual deadlines were met, and ultimately delivering on the starting objective.”

Steven Simonot – Regional Business Manager, Boehringer Ingelheim Canada Ltd.

“CSD was able to run a workshop with the most intimate knowledge of our departmental issues –  it was as if she was an employee as well.  Adriana was engaging and able to keep us focused and on task to produce quality output at the end of a very long workshop. EXCELLENT!”

Kelly Craig – Leader, Clinical Trial Operations, Boehringer Ingelheim Canada Ltd.

“We chose to call on the services of CornerStone Dynamics (CSD) to help us to revitalise an otherwise stagnant 5S program. CSD brought the energy and experience to motivate and inspire change on the production floor, and our employees have been thrilled and supportive of the advances.”

Roy Watson – General Manager, CANBERRA Co.

“Using ‘out of the box’ methodology, CornerStone Dynamics will get the project completed while adapting the process to meet even tight timelines.”

Juan Manotas – Production Manager, Accucaps Industries Ltd.

"Excellent program. Made me stop to realize what is most important to me in my job and personal life and prioritize accordingly."

John McGill – Key Account Manager, Pendopharm

"The process of developing the Visual Vision was extremely valuable. For the first time we have a very clear definition of exactly what MC3 stands for and the visual format is a great way to communicate it so that we actually use it to guide day-to-day decision making."

Abe Klassen – President, MC3 Manufacturing

"The time management workshop was a very informative and valuable learning experience."

Brian Neufeld – Estimator, MC3 Manufacturing Inc.

"Adriana is so energetic, fun, positive, super knowledgeable and does walk the walk! Very enjoyable and informative day!"

Kathy Thomas, ATS Automation