ABOUT

At De Paoli & Associates, our mission is to support Agribusinesses, to help them to start, grow and thrive.    

To achieve our mission, we offer consulting services to Agribusinesses to help them to turn ideas into reality and to remove barriers in the process.  We advocate for Agribusinesses with Governing bodies, help find grants to make ideas a reality, help drive projects to take business to the next level and promote good governance to allow lasting success.  

 

We enjoy the opportunity to speak and lecture across North America to a wide variety of audiences, both in the Agricultural sector and to businesses and non profits . 

 

We are problem solvers, negotiators, facilitators and knowledge sharers. In a nutshell, we are doers who help our clients achieve measurable results. 

Anna De Paoli, CMC

Professional Negotiator

Victoria Bennett, F.CIM 

Marketing Maven

Anna is a Certified Management Consultant who specializes in commercial negotiation in the Agriculture sector.  Her negotiation experience ranges from small business transactions to multi billion-dollar supply agreements.    

Prior to her consulting career she spent 10 years working internationally for Shell in Canada, Germany, The Netherlands and the UK.  She was involved in commodities trading and supply chain management for a wide range of refined products and biofuels.  She has a BSc. Hons in Natural Sciences from the University of Durham, UK.    

Anna is an active volunteer in the local community, she is currently the Chair of the Board of the Millarville Racing & Agricultural Society, one of the oldest Agricultural Societies in Canada.  She has volunteered in the not for profit sector for 10 years and was awarded the Foothills 150 medal for service to the community by John Barlow MP.    

Victoria is a strategic marketer, committed to understanding customer needs to develop products, services and brands to achieve aggressive sales targets, profitably. She is a scientist by training, and has worked for major national and international companies with strong commercial achievements; specifically for oil and gas service companies, telecommunications and healthcare. Victoria has a BSc. Hons., in Biological Sciences from the University of Edinburgh, UK.

 

Victoria's specialties are:

Business growth: using leading-edge strategies including corporate shared value and crowdfunding to drive sustainable business growth.

Branding: understanding the core of the product or service and ensuring it resonates with the target customers.

Technology: especially blending the best of consumer marketing and use it in the business to business world. Intuitive, pragmatic solutions.

Sheila Carruthers, MBA, FCMC

Certified Management Consultant

Sheila earned an MBA majored in Communication Management from Royal Roads University, is a Fellow Certified Management Consultant (FCMC), and an accredited Strategic Communication Management Professional (SCMP).  Sheila leverages her experiences gained from working in the U.K., U.S. and Canada to deliver effective, values-based, strategies and facilitate professional trainings that include management consulting and ethics courses. She is also a regular sessional instructor in the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Continuing Education; leading courses in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and in Strategic Public Relations.

A committed volunteer, Sheila has served on local, provincial, national and international boards. She was recognized as IABC/Calgary’s Long-time Volunteer of the Year 2012. In 2017, IABC/Calgary’s Board, when Sheila was Past President, was recognized by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) as both the Large Chapter of the Year and International Chapter of the Year. She currently serves on IABC’s International Executive Board, chairing its Audit and Risk committee.

Sergio De Paoli, P.Eng, PhD

Senior Process Engineer

Sergio has over 30 years of experience in process engineering with specialization in the international sulphur handling business. His principal sulphur handling expertise include sulphur forming, degassing and re-melting. Over his career he has made discoveries leading to the successful registration of 4 patents in process modelling and development. As a result of his experience, Sergio is an invaluable resource in conducting engineering research and process optimization from bench scale to field operations. He is also a mentor for young engineers and scientists.

 

Serg holds a PhD in Photochemistry from the University of Alberta and is a long standing member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

"Anna and DPA Consulting have been instrumental to the growth of Big Marble Farms. Anna has helped our business manage the construction of a new 6MW cogeneration station and has been our voice at the negotiating table with ongoing power contracts and purchase agreements. She ensures that we fulfill our obligations from a regulatory, reporting, and compliance standpoint, and offers needed advice as we develop our organizational structure.

 

Anna brings clarity and perspective. She is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to business development and government relations. With Anna, we have no doubt that our voice is heard and that we are represented fairly. I cannot recommend her enough.”

David Hoekstra, General Manager

Big Marble Farms

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