“Lee completed a sharp and succinct impact study for the Commonwealth of Learning... We enjoyed working with Lee who is meticulous, analytical and insightful.”
Commonwealth of Learning
Organizational development (totally) rocks
Development Action provides a range of organizational development services to clients from all sectors. Our interest is working with organizations who improve their communities. We call them social purpose organizations.
Development Action opened up shop in New Zealand in 2010, and moved to Victoria BC in 2012.
Let's describe where your organization is now, where it could go in the future, and help plan the steps needed to realize your vision.
Expert facilitation is underpinned by goal-focused planning, engaging process development, and a deep understanding of dialogue and power.
Evidence your organization's impact using tailored surveys, careful interviews, data gathering plans and thoughtful analysis.
What our clients say
"You lead us through a very productive evening and day and we made significant process on Dance Victoria's Strategic Plan. The materials and background work really moved us forward and you kept us on track and brought us, to what I believe, is a thoughtful and exciting conclusion."
Paul McNair, Board Chair
Restorative Justice Victoria
"I really enjoyed the session yesterday! You did a fantastic job and it was great working with you. We really appreciate all the thought, effort and planning you put into the day."
CATIE – Action Hepatitis Canada/Action Hepatite Canada
"Thanks so much, Lee, for providing us with such excellent facilitation during our meeting in Victoria. It made all the difference in realizing a very effective strategic planning session.”
Jeff Rice, Coordinator
New Zealand Ministry of Social Development
"I really appreciated your facilitation of the High Trust Contract workshop and your engagement with both the Ministry of Social Development staff and our NGO partners."
Becky Lasenby, National Contract Manager,
Family and Community Services
A swiss army knife for your complex organization
Lee Sentes works with organizations to strategize, take advantage of change, and prove impact. Lee has worked with and alongside hundreds of non-government organizations in a variety of contexts, living and working in seven countries since 1996. Much of his work has focused on international development NGOs, either as staff, or in partnership in developing countries.
Lee helped found Development Action in New Zealand in 2010 and moved the company to Canada in 2012. His work within Development Action has been varied, including conducting program evaluations, providing monitoring and evaluation advice to government Ministries, and facilitating many planning sessions. Lee has advised on dozens of funding applications and community development projects taking place around the world.
His other work hats include acting as Associate Faculty at Royal Roads University, teaching a range of subjects from cross cultural communication to organizational development in a variety of programs both online and in person. Lee also trains UNHCR staff Operational Data Management through the Commonwealth of Learning.
Development Action's associates are incredible
Development Action draws on years of international experience.
Our network includes a wide range of talented consultants with specialized skills ready to help.
Child welfare program design, social work practice, community research and evaluation
Human rights, monitoring and evaluation, education and facilitation
Organizational development, leadership and mindfulness education, and professional facilitation
Group leadership development, art-based facilitation, and conflict resolution training
What we're up to right now
Doing Good For Nothing – Round 3 opening in 2017
Does your organization have a challenge or opportunity that it wants 'sorted' in one intense day of work?
Learn about DGFN at Doing Good For Nothing.
The Dock is expanding!
theDock , a co-working space located in downtown Victoria, is expanding again. Great office space available with social purpose orgs and people! Get connected on their Facebook page or come down to 722 Cormorant Street (floor 3) to take a look.
Send a request to Sam, theDock's Manager asap at manager [at] thedockvictoria [dot] ca and she'll help show you around.
More UNHCR work for Lee
Lee has picked up another contract with the UNHCR, this time helping senior managers working around the world complete a course on Advanced Program Management.
The senior managers play a critical role in many refugee camps globally.
Say hi! We'd would love to hear from you.
250 216 6609
lee (at) developmentaction (dot) ca