Hubert Saint-Onge

Hubert Saint-Onge

Advancing Business and Association Organizational Structures

Hubert Saint-Onge is the founder and Principal of SaintOnge Alliance. In addition to holding key senior management positions in leading companies over the past 25 years, he has developed and refined a "knowledge assets" model to optimize the performance of an organization and build communities of practice. This model strategically integrates business plans with branding, leadership and people management.

International Recognition in Optimizing Performance

Hubert Saint-Onge's client work showcases his extensive experience as a senior executive in the oil industry and in financial services. Hubert was featured a few years ago as one of five practitioners around the world who have had the most impact on organizations, based on his work as Senior VP of Strategic Capabilities at Clarica. During his tenure at Clarica, the company was selected as one of the top ten "Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises" in the world for two years in a row. At the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), Fortune magazine featured Hubert's conceptualization and development of the CIBC Leadership Centre as a prime example of accelerated organizational learning.

Creating Collaborative Environments Around the Globe

The Prime Minister of Canada appointed Hubert Saint-Onge to the Board of The Canadian Centre for Management Development between 1995 and 1999. He has given presentations globally on organizational learning, leadership development, communities of practice, and knowledge value creation. Since 2002, he has co-authored three cutting-edge books in the field, including Leveraging Communities of Practice for Strategic Advantage with Deb Wallace. Based on actual experience in building communities of practice at Clarica, this book focuses on how to leverage communities of practice to share knowledge, foster collaborative environments, and develop capabilities that are central to an organization. The second book he co-authored, The Conductive Organization, provides a blueprint for creating knowledge-based cultures in organizations to achieve breakthrough performance. This book includes a chapter on how to define and leverage organizational values. His most recent book Beyond the Deal, published by McGraw Hill in 2009, focuses on how to integrate recently merged organizations.

Experience in Building Communities of Practice and Social Learning Systems

Over the past 10 years, Hubert Saint-Onge's consulting practice has led him to work with a number of leading organizations on building communities of practice and association organizational structures in the context of a knowledge strategy. His work on communities of practice involved the Bank of Canada, the Federal Reserve Bank, Northrop Grumman, John Deere and the Canadian Development Bank. More recently, he developed a collaborative platform at Kimberly Clark geared to disseminating capabilities across its global marketing function.