Facilitation services

Sage & Summit offers seasoned facilitator to support your next group decision making process.

Facilitation Services and you

Facilitating “to make easier or less difficult; help forward

An effective meeting facilitator brings structure and purpose to the meeting – like a conductor their role is to unify performers, set the tempo, execute clear preparations and beats, listen critically and shape the sound of the ensemble.

A good facilitator makes sure the type of meeting suits the group and that it reaches the desired outcome. A meeting facilitator will help the participants stay involved, to stay on topic and reach the goals of the meeting, to make the meeting more efficient, effective and productive.

Let our facilitators guide you through the process and take advantage of our proven experience with the process.  Maximize your investment in your strategy development.  

Request a complimentary consultation so we can learn more about you and your goals.

Strategic Planning Meeting Facilitation

Half-day, One-day or Two-day facilitated strategic planning sessions to align your team and get clarity on direction.

Refresh your strategy and discuss your vision, mission, values, strategic priorities and develop a clear action plan and KPI’s.

Strategy Program Creation

Is your organization looking to achieve transformational growth?  Use us as your “Strategic Partner” to keep you accountable to your plan and on track with your vision.

Benefit from:
• A comprehensive assessment and planning process
• Quarterly strategy meetings
• Monthly coaching calls
• Ongoing plan monitoring
• Access to our strategic marketing and financial partners.

Custom Services

Facilitation Services to support your organizational goals.
• Strategy assessment
• Organizational Alignment Program
• Strategic plan document creation
• Stakeholder engagement
• Strategic planning training

Do you know that government grants for Facilitation Training are available?

Sage & Summit Consulting uses a comprehensive and time-tested facilitation process to assist teams in developing and agreeing on workable, realistic plans and solutions to challenges.  Imagine meetings that inspire open, honest communication with teams that have a clear direction and take decisive action.


Meeting & Decision Effectiveness

Even highly effective teams can benefit from an outside facilitator who can skillfully and neutrally manage the meeting agenda, work through interpersonal dynamics, and help the group achieve its intended outcomes. Our expert facilitation services help teams achieve results while ensuring individuals are engaged and time is managed well.

Team Collaboration

Teams can find themselves overwhelmed in apparent difficult, immovable situations. When collaboration proves challenging, our expert facilitators leverage their skills and experience to help groups move beyond their dynamics to develop more effective collaborative approaches.

What our clients say

I received leadership coaching by Mardere Birkill at Sage and Summit Consulting. Mardere is very professional, yet, has a way of making one feel at home. Upon completion of my session, I had learnt ways and strategies to improve my performance at work and reach my goals to become the best I can be within my career. I left feeling empowered and ready to put what I learnt into action. I Highly recommend Sage and Summit.

Tamlyn Sacrey

I had the privilege of working with Marderé at a conference in Sarasota Florida. I utilized her as an executive coach to further explore the development of a coaching niche. Her coaching was impeccable, and I was able to find a viable opportunity I had not explored. Moreover, she was able to insure I held myself accountable for the steps that I needed to take to launch my new product. It was a wonderful experience for me and will without a doubt improve my business. I highly recommend Mardere as a coach and vouch for her skills and experience.


Dr. Michael D. Ikona

It is an absolute delight to work with Marderé. As a coach and advisor to leaders, she brings an incredible range of skills, methods, and tools. She has a robust toolkit to help organizations improve performance and results at all levels. In addition, she is extremely insightful, helping leaders think about problems in new ways and find better solutions than they would working within their organizations or on their own. She is diplomatic in her approach, which allows her to work in complex organizations, including those with lots of politics in play. Her style is also engaging, enthusiastic, and positive. On a side note, she is an excellent public speaker should your organization have needs in addition to coaching, consulting, and facilitation. I have had the opportunity to observe Mardere in a variety of challenging coaching situations and she has gotten results with many different types of leaders and managers, working through a variety of urgent and important leadership challenges. I can't recommend her highly enough.


Andrew Neitlich
Founder and Director / Leading executive, leadership, and business coach training organization

Mardere's leadership coaching skills are exemplary. Her positive energy, approachable demeanor, seemingly endless creativity and intellectual horsepower have made it possible for me to move new levels quickly and effectively. Mardere's coaching is decidedly client-focused which creates an independent growth capability void of reliance on the coach; an important factor for me. Recommending Mardere is an easy choice.

Evan Hendry

Your presentation today was excellent and informative. Look forward to more future meetings.



Thanks to Marderé Birkill for a wonderfully thoughtful and inspiring presentation to Smoky Lake entrepreneurs and supporters.

Cathy Goulety

I had my first meeting with them (Sage & Summit) on Wednesday. Absolutely amazing! I got so much out of one meeting and had my expectations exceeded that I can't wait to go back. Very professional and extremely helpful. I asked a few of their clients before I went as a background check and they all said the same thing I am. Highly recommended.


I have had the pleasure of working with Marderé Birkill, the owner of Sage and Summit for quite some time now. I am receiving personal coaching from her and have also recommended a number of clients over to her program. During this time, Mardere has been very professional. She has helped me in more ways than I can count. Feedback from other Business owners has been the same. She listens and helps you to really understand what you need in order to take your business to the next level. She holds you accountable which for me is important. Her level of integrity is something you don't find often anymore.  I highly recommend her to anyone who is wanting personal or professional growth.

Bianca Cooper

In observing Mardere’s coaching style it was both intuitive and smart. I found her engaging, insightful to work with and her leadership style draws you in and keeps you on point. She is an outstanding coach and consultant. Mardere’ would be an asset for any organization or individual looking to “up their game!” I highly recommend her.

Liz Benson

If you are looking for a public speaker to engage your company with real life guidance for success and growth look no further than Marderé Birkill at Sage & Summit Consulting.


Wayne Ward, Wave Mason Media Inc.

I benefited greatly from hiring Marderé, who helped strengthen my focus by helping me create a clearer plan for my 23-year-old business. As well, I feel like I have a reliable business coach that I can return to at any time for further help and questions. I would highly recommend Sage & Summit and I would say in working with Marderé that I found a knowledgeable professional with an impressive sense of understanding and purpose.


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