Analytical Engine

Innovation. Design.

Who We Are

aanalytical Engine is a Strategic Design Consultancy. We have over 14 years experience engaging organizations in a design thinking process that includes business model design, digital product design, development of communities of practice, and organizational culture change. Most of the organizations we work with are dealing with the complexity and speed of technological change and its impact on their strategy, operations, and the necessity to innovate their business models and their processes.  We work across industries, primarily with social enterprise and organizations motivated by social innovation and change.

Design Thinking
Strategic Foresight
Innovation
Coaching for culture change

 

Select Clients

The Analytical Engine Team

Analytical Engine is an Innovation Design Consultancy.  We keep overhead low by working with a small core team and bringing additional subject matter experts on board as projects demand.

Core Consulting Partners

Christine McGlade
Christine McGlade
Senior Partner

Christine has been working in design, strategy, and digital business development since 2006 and in communications & media technologies since 1991.  Christine is a seasoned speaker and facilitator who has delivered talks and workshops on Strategic Planning, Design Thinking, and Data Visualization.  She lectures at Centennial College, OCADU, and Brainstation in Toronto on topics like Data, Hacktavism, Web Technologies, and User Experience Design.

Melissa Tuillio
Melissa Tuillio
Consultant

Melissa is an experienced strategist, communicator, and facilitator, but is really a designer at heart. Her expertise draws from a balanced practice of using strategic foresight and human-centered design methods, and an intuitive ability to understand ecosystems to reimagine and create sustainable, useful programs for people. Working in the public sector as a strategic communications advisor for almost 10 years, she gained a systems-level understanding of some of the real challenges large organizations face when responding to rapidly changing, unpredictable conditions. She’s spent much of her career introducing innovative methods to policy makers by running workshops and training sessions, and experimenting with new stakeholder engagement approaches that provide more meaningful engagement and better program outcomes.

Calla Lee
Calla Lee
Consultant

Calla has been working in marketing and brand strategy for the past six years, helping some of Canada’s top food brands grow their visibility and market share. As a Creative Director, Calla was involved in every stage of a project and managed a team of photographers, videographers, and content producers. By employing a user-centered research approach, Calla is able to develop solutions that truly work for the people within the system space to create meaningful and lasting experiences. Through facilitation and co-creative exercises, Calla is able to develop a deep understanding of different problems, triggers and systemic issues, and identify points of intervention and solution spaces.

Nenad Rava
Nenad Rava
Advisor

Nenad (Ned) Rava has spent 20 years in international development, of which he spent 10 years as a consultant, advisor, expert, team leader and trainer/coach for governments, UN/UNDP, the World Bank, the EU, and bilateral and philanthropic development organization. He has provided support to more than 25 governments/public sector systems in areas primarily including democratic governance, strategic foresight, result-based management, strategic policy design, complex system change, institutional innovation, and learning and capacity development.

Nenad provides pro bono advisory services on our International Development projects.

Supported By

Jem Rosario
Jem Rosario
User Experience Designer

Jem is a seasoned Product and Project Manager who specializes in the user experience: Jem is relentless when it comes to representing the voice of the user.  Whether it’s content auditing, site mapping, wire framing, or user testing, Jem is on a mission to keep himself at the top of his game when it comes to User Experience.

Quinn Ferentzy
Quinn Ferentzy
Research

Quinn is a recent graduate of the philosophy & women’s studies department at Trent University. Quinn has delivered workshops and papers on Queer identity and gender issues in Peterborough, Windsor, and Port Hope.  Quinn excels at research and writing, and has assisted on business development projects for clients like The Peer Project, The Landlord’s Self Help Centre, and CAMH.

 

"Design thinking is a human-centred approach to innovation that integrates the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success." Tim Brown, IDEO

Services

Innovation Design

We take a Design Thinking approach to Innovation.  Design Thinking starts with a deep understanding of the problem your customer needs solving, and a discovery process that uncovers where your business goals and user needs meet in the most desirable, feasible, and functional solution.

Strategy Development

We work with boards and leadership teams to position organizational strategy within the broader ecosystem of change and complexity.  We always approach strategy from a strategic foresight perspective, helping organizations to come to a shared view of their preferred future, and designing an implementation plan that will get them there.

Coaching & Training

Training, workshops, or facilitated organizational learning: We build consensus and generate engagement and buy in, so that you can tap into your most valuable resource to drive innovation efforts: your employees and customers.  Sustainable innovation means changing internal culture and becoming a learning organization.

Areas of Expertise

Design Thinking

Design Thinking is a way of approaching business problems from the outside-in.  Design Thinking is the foundation of all of the work we do, whether it be strategic business planning, innovation design, or shifting company culture.

Foresight

We approach research from a foresight and scenario planning perspective: we are always scanning for signals and trends relevant to the future of innovation. We help organizations find their “Blue Ocean” through the use of foresight.

Facilitation

From Open Space-style facilitations of large groups, to user testing, to focus groups, we have experience in guiding groups towards consensus and solution.  We draw heavily on methodologies such as Liberating Structures, Gamestorming, and Sharpe’s Three Horizons.

Systems Thinking

Wicked problems need more than a design thinking process to solve; they require system literacy or “Systems Thinking”.  We take a systemic view on organizational issues whether we are looking at impact, innovation, or ecosystem-level design.

“If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask” — Albert Einstein

 

Case Studies

Inspirations Studio: Social Enterprise Innovation Facilitation · Innovation · Strategy Development
Savings by Design Enbridge Gas Distribution: Savings By Design Interactive Kiosk Experience Design · Innovation · Technology
CAMH: Strategic Content Audit Innovation · Strategy Development · User Research
Landlord’s Self Help Centre: Second Suites Experience Design · Technology
Lucalex Innovation · Strategy Development · Technology
Pull: How Technology is Changing the Conversation Innovation · Technology · User Research
Shoppers Drug Mart: CSR Research Experience Design · Innovation · User Research
AgendaCamp Experience Design · Facilitation · Strategy Development
MHHR mockup Enbridge Gas Distribution: My Home Health Record Education · Experience Design · Innovation · Technology · User Research
Owlkids Canada Experience Design · Facilitation · Strategy Development · Technology · User Research
TVO.org Experience Design · Facilitation · Strategy Development · Technology · User Research
CODE website design Council of Directors of Education: OSLP Education · Experience Design · Strategy Development · Technology
Kano Model of Functionalities The Association of Community Legal Clinics in Ontario Experience Design · Facilitation · Technology · User Research
MarketingRebellionLogo The Marketing Rebellion Podcast Education · Innovation · User Research
PWBBooklet Photographers Without Borders: Workshop Leader Facilitation
Camp to Benefit Wellspring Facilitation · Technology
Tvoparents.com Innovation · Strategy Development · Technology
Loopy Logical: Learning Binary Education · Innovation
Elyse Friedman Technology
Come visit us at Toronto's social innovation hub
720 Bathurst Street., Toronto ON
Telephone: +1 416 452 7511 – Email: christine@analyticalengine.ca

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