“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 design thinking to organizational development and social enterprise in a variety of programs both online and in person. Lee also trains UNHCR staff Operational Data Management, and Advanced Program 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.
Group leadership development, art-based facilitation, and conflict resolution training
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
What we're up to right now
Doing Good For Nothing – Apply all May!
Doing Good For Nothing will be working with Burnside Gorge Community Association for Round 4.
Congratulations to Burnside!
The Dock co-working with a difference!
theDock , a co-working space located in downtown Victoria has awesome office space available. Catering to organizations that make a difference from any sector, our private offices are perfect for 3 to 4 people. 722 Cormorant Street (floor 3) to take a look.
Send a request to Stefanie, theDock’s Manager asap at manager [at] thedockvictoria [dot] ca and she’ll help show you around.
Lee teaches for UNHCR and Royal Roads University
Lee has been busy teaching a range of courses for the UNHCR and RRU. With emphasis on organizational development and design thinking, Lee is keen to extend these skills to your organization.
Say hi! We'd would love to hear from you.
250 216 6609
lee (at) developmentaction (dot) ca