Cal founded Paragon Strategic Services in 1982 as a management consulting firm specializing in governance and executive support services to organizations and firms in their planning and management of change.


Cal obtained a Master of Education Degree in Counselling and Industrial Psychology from the University of Calgary and a Graduate Diploma in Vocational Psychology from the University of Alberta.  He also participated in a year of international strategic studies (as Alberta's nominee) at the Canadian National Defence College, sponsored by the Federal Departments of External Affairs and National Defence.  He is currently enrolled in the Chartered Director program with the Director’s College, sponsored jointly by the Conference Board of Canada and McMaster University.


Cal's previous experience has also included an extensive and varied executive management with the Alberta Government:

  • as a Deputy Minister of:
    • Occupational Health and Safety;
    • Native Affairs, and
    • Social Services;
  • as a management consultant/executive project manager for Executive Council;
  • as Assistant Secretary to Cabinet and Secretary to Cabinet Committees on Social Planning and Metropolitan Affairs.

In conjunction with the transfer of his consulting practice to British Columbia from Alberta in 1987, Cal entered into a one-year corporate association with the Victoria office of Touche Ross.  He has also served as an associate professor and lecturer in the areas of strategic performance and management and organizational behaviour with the Faculty of Business at Royal Roads University and the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria.  This involvement has enhanced a blending of practical marketplace experience with continuing exposure and applications of new and innovative approaches to governance, organizational and management performance.


In British Columbia, Cal has sustained an active community involvement as a board member with such organizations as the Central Saanich Lions Club, the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation, the United Way of Greater Victoria, and the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.  In January, 2006, he completed a three-year term as a director with the B.C. Workers' Compensation Board, assuming specific lead roles as Board Vice-Chair and Chair of two standing committees of the Board -- Human Resources and Compensation and Priorities and Governance Committee.