Hi, my name is Noel McNaughton. I am based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
For several years (starting when I was about 49 years old and finally ending in my mid-fiftiesl), I went through a major midlife transition. I have learned it is called Viropause, or Andropause, or (incorrectly) Male Menopause.
Now that I have 'come out the other side', and back in the world, so to speak, I do a number of things as a service to the world.
I am retired now, and enjoy mentoring people where I can be of help.
My experience as a farm journalist (since 1974), farmer, farm management training facilitator, entrepreneur (oilfield contractor, guide and outfitter, direct mail marketer, management and media consultant); cross-cultural adult educator; international development consultant; and member of various boards gives a me a wide range of experience and expertise in areas of goal setting, planning, problem solving, conflict resolution and decision making.
I have 30 years' experience and training in both media and interpersonal communications. A former television journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and an internationally-syndicated radio commentator on the national CBC radio network, and on Radio Canada International, I am also a freelance writer, producer, director and on-camera host.
Since 1987 I have been a communication and management consultant, training facilitator and speaker. In 1991 I became a Certified Educator with Holistic Management International in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and in 1997 graduated as a Personal and Professional Coach from the Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, California.
I have worked in many states and provinces, as well as in Israel, Egypt, China, Japan, and the Caribbean.
I have considerable knowledge of the agri-food and resource industries, both through my academic studies, journalism and as a farm owner. During the 1990s I taught Holistic Management to hundreds of farm families in Canada and the United States, Showing them how to manage for higher quality of life, greater profit, and a healthier land base. The families that have taken this training give it rave reviews, and often comment that the training changed their lives, and saved them from losing their farms.
Holistic Management is a decision-making framework that can be used to manage any kind of business or organization. I just happen to be familiar with the agriculture industry.
I also have many years' experience in working with First Nations people. A member of a Cree family by marriage, I spent four years as adult educator, and native co-op development officer with Cree and Chipewyan people in northern Alberta. I have also been a Board Member, since 1983, of the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society, which produces the award-winning monthly national newspaper Windspeaker, and radio station CFWE, which broadcasts to First Nations communities throughout Alberta.