Orchard is a small company with a lean structure. Our two principals, based in Saint John, are the primary points of contact for all clients and projects. They work with a network of professionals to deliver the most effective and cost-effective solutions possible.
Sara Stashick is the Chief Sustainability Architect at Orchard. Sara’s specialties are project management and research and policy analysis. Her work has informed community poverty reduction strategies and influenced municipal and provincial government policy. She is also known for creating connections between government, non-profit and business sectors, to achieve strong multi-sectoral partnerships that result in long-term, sustainable results.
Sara has a post-baccalaureate in Sustainable Community Development from the Centre for Sustainable Development, Simon Fraser University. She has worked with the non-profit sector in various capacities for over ten years, and has a clear understanding of how to achieve measurable outcomes with limited resources. Sara began her career in the private sector in business-to-business sales. This diverse background of experiences and resulting collage of skill sets makes her a particularly effective project manager, and her self-described “inner nerd” makes her a voracious researcher and analyst of public policy.
Dave Drinnan is the Process and Systems Guy at Orchard. Dave is a generalist with degrees in Physics and Psychology and 25 years experience in knowledge management, business process engineering, technical, policy and communications disciplines. He also has specific experience with community engagement and planning.
Dave’s passions include sustainable economic development, public policy, and urban mechanics. Dave creates solutions that provide lasting value to Orchard clients and their communities.
Orchard operates as a collective. In addition to our principals, Orchard brings together a network of skilled and specialized professionals, including experts in:
- community engagement
- corporate and public communications
- corporate program design
- HR and employee engagement
- sustainable community development
- social enterprise development
- social policy and governance
- financial and economic analysis
- affordable housing programs and planning
- workplace inclusion, training and adult education
- urban and active transportation
- environmental design, assessment and restoration
- organizational performance.
This approach allows us to minimize overhead costs, passing the savings on to clients and ensuring maximum ‘bang for the buck’. It also means we can select a team that reflects the needs of the work at hand.
Key team members
Frank McCarey is Orchard’s Public Transportation Specialist. Frank served as General Manager of Saint John Transit for many years, and has extensive experience consulting with the public, government and other stakeholders to define transportation policy, designing and implementing transit systems and routes, establishing sustained funding, managing capital projects, and running daily operations. Frank has a full awareness of the public transportation landscape throughout New Brunswick and relationships with key partners and stakeholders.
Pierre Thibodeau is the Business Analyst at Orchard. Pierre’s 30 years of business experience includes governance, regulatory policy, procedures and enforcement, mergers and acquisitions, process improvement, quality control and change management. His considerable background in the construction sector gives him unique insights into risk management, multidisciplinary teams, and complex, large-scale projects. Pierre is an effective leader, collaborator and communicator with a proven ability to adapt to diverse environments and meet goals in challenging settings. He’s also a gifted problem solver, mentor and change agent, and an experienced university lecturer.
Pierre has a B.S.A. from the Université de Moncton with a Major in Accounting and a Minor in Finance, and a Chartered Accountant (CA) designation. A member of the New Brunswick Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1987, Pierre served as the corporate controller for a group of companies in structural steel fabrication, concrete manufacturing and general and specialty contracting throughout Canada and the US. Pierre has since served as the Senior Securities Analyst and full time controller for a provincial securities regulator. Pierre has also sat as Treasurer, Vice-President and President of the ALS Society of New Brunswick, and as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee of the ALS Society of Canada.