Al Jacobson


Al Jacobson has more than 30 years of experience as a management consultant; working with senior management teams in the public and private sectors.  His primary interest is in helping management teams address key emergent issues and opportunities through effective dialogue and an ongoing commitment to excellence.

Prior to forming Jacobson Consulting Inc. in 1998, he held senior roles for 20 years with two large national and international consulting firms (Mercer, KPMG).  As a Partner with KPMG's Edmonton office he led a large team of consultants with practices in Business Process Improvement, Organization Design & Effectiveness, Change Management, Human Resources Management, Executive Compensation and Executive Search.

A representative sample of his past assignments includes the following:

  1. Business Process Improvement (BPI), International Energy Company.  This comprehensive and intensive project involved working directly with the Board, the CEO and the entire senior management team to create the company’s overall framework for BPI.  This work resulted in millions of savings and helped to create a culture that supported ongoing continuous improvement.  As the project leader he provided over 2 years of extensive support; leading the efforts of a dozen internal teams.

  1. Executive Performance Evaluation, design of the evaluation approach and tools/methods to help Boards of Directors effectively evaluate their CEO.

  1. Executive Search, CEOs, Deputy Ministers and Executive Directors.   Successful placements of the top leaders for a large number of clients, including a School District, Government Ministries, Agencies and Municipalities.

  1. Facilitation of Strategic and Operational Planning.  Design and overall leadership of many dozens of planning sessions including annual strategic planning sessions, quarterly reviews of business results and team development within these sectors:

  1. Health Care

  2. Transportation Services

  3. Transportation Construction and Maintenance

  4. Professional Associations

  5. Legislative

  6. Provincial Agencies

  7. Not for Profits

  8. Universities

  9. Energy

  10. Industrial Distribution.

  1. Facilitation of Public Sessions.  For Provincial, Federal governments facilitated public consultations on questions related to policy and programs for economic development, energy rebates, job creation, environment, agriculture, transportation and education.  Several of these facilitations were of a large Town Hall nature that required careful planning, preparation and delivery.

Al is an active supporter of community and business associations and has been a Board Member for the:

  1. University of Alberta Alumni Council

  2. Rotary Club of Edmonton,

  3. Steering Committee for Rotary’s Legacy Project with the City of Edmonton for the Africa Centre

  4. On Site Placement

  5. the Association of Certified Management Consultants of Alberta and

  6. Human Resources Management Association of Edmonton.

He obtained the Certified Management Consulting (CMC) designation in 1984 and the Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta in 1977.