About Barbara MacKay

“I love to guide groups. When I walk into a roomful of people called together for a special purpose, I am in awe of the “brain-power” in the room. I love the richness and uniqueness of every group with whom I work. I enjoy working with all types of organizations, helping them become focused on their mission and working collaboratively together. And, because of my roots, I will always have a special place in my heart to help organizations serving women, youth and minorities and/or working on global environmental issues.”

– Barbara MacKay, Founder of North Star Facilitators

University Education

Bachelor of Science (Environmental Conservation), McGill University, Canada (1978); Master of Science Resource Management – University of Canterbury, New Zealand (1981). Bilingual: English/French; some Spanish.

Adult Learning & Facilitation Credentials:

  • Certified Professional Facilitator© (CPF) and facilitator-assessor with the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) and the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) – the only two global organizations who offer facilitator certification
  • Trained extensively in: cross-cultural communication and alliance building; understanding and working to reduce the impact of oppression in our society (with Luna Jiménez Seminars and Associates,
  • Adjunct professor for Portland State University (Winter 2005 and 2006) and University of Oregon (2009 and 2010) – Master’s level programs teaching facilitation skills
  • Associate Facilitator and USA and Canada trainer with the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA)
  • Professional Development Strategic Initiative Co-ordinator for the IAF (in charge of certifying facilitators and accrediting training agencies worldwide) (2003-2007)
  • Certified accelerated learning Train the Trainer
  • Preferred management trainer for Oregon Linn Benton Community college and the Canadian Federal government
  • Developed and delivered Oregon’s only monthly and quarterly “Facilitator Cafes” for the last 6 years.
  • Accomplished Toastmaster (ATM) – active in Toastmasters for over 10 years; active in Toastmasters evaluation club (Feedbackers)
  • Extensive Training in the Following Techniques:
  • Non-Violent Communication™ (NVC)
  • Dr. De Bono’s thinking techniques
  • OneSmartWorld™ train the trainer for facilitators
  • PATH graphic visioning process
  • Mind Mapping™
  • Dynamic Facilitation
  • Behaviour styles model “Why Are You Like That?™”
  • Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI) Thinking Styles and Learning Preferences
  • The Learning Organization; Organizational Journey (ICA); facilitation design; conciliation; “shifting from positions to interests”; conflict resolution; negotiation skills; anger management; risk communication; training for trainers; and curriculum development.