What We Do & How We Do It
Human Elements is a Calgary-based consulting firm that helps smaller Canadian social profits (non-profits, social enterprises) thrive. How do we do this? We do this by helping organizations generate custom strategic plans with a strong focus on their own clients/patrons; we do this through engaging, flexible team workshop and training sessions; and we do this by providing on-demand, high-quality human resources support.
Social Profits make communities better. We better social profits.
Services // Solutions
Where is your organization going in this digital age? What are the concrete steps your team is going to take in the next handful of years to achieve all of the great things envisioned? Do you know how your history is influencing your future? Our comprehensive Strategic Planning Program allows you and your crew to build a custom-made strategic plan that will be the compass for your organization.
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Team Building Workshops / MBTI®
Our method of facilitation is committed to guiding you to learn by doing, by breaking normal business routine, and by shifting perspectives. By working with leadership before, during, and after the workshop, we ensure our partners are comfortable, on track, and have received good value. Looking for regular team building? We have you covered. Want some personality-based team building? Not to worry, we have your back with both MBTI® Step I and II workshops available.
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Our method of mediation is effective as it uses an understanding-based approach to resolving disputes (also referred to as facilitative, win-win, or interest-based mediation). Let us assist you in repairing damaged workplace relationships.
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Nobody said being a leader can’t be fun, terrifying, and exhausting all at once. In fact sometimes it can seem an awful lot like a carnival ride.
But do you want to be a better leader? Knowledge is power, and knowing how you are perceived by others can be a powerful tool in helping you understand yourself, and your future path as a professional. Our 360° tool can help you become that better leader.
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Workplace Culture (aka human resources)
Our philosophy is that Human Resources should be less about managing how people work, and more about encouraging the growth of resourceful humans: individuals that have a positive impact to the organization. The foundational essence of a successful organization are in its workplace culture, in its human elements.
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Why Hire Human Elements?
There's only 86,400 seconds in a day. Let us help you with your human elements, and you can save your seconds to keep customers happy and staff productive.
In & Out
Have you identified an internal gap due to lack of staffing resources, or time? Need to knock a project out of the park? Contact us and stop worrying. Consider it done.
In Your Corner
You'll have the breadth and depth of certified, professional, human resources knowledge in your corner.
Who We Empower
We normally partner with social profit organizations, however we also assist small-to-medium-sized businesses. Our partners normally have between five to 100 employees, and their leaders are enthusiastic to grow the organization, are open to improving the way work gets done, and want to make the lives of their clients and employees better.
Social Profits organizations are dedicated to making the world a better place, and can be under unique stresses. If there's anything we can do to make your dent in the universe bigger, we're up for the challenge if you are.
small (and powerful)
Small organizations focus on their strengths, and the human elements portfolio is sometimes overlooked as it doesn't contribute to business directly. You focus on your business and let us support you doing what you do.
You know your business and you do it well. But from time-to-time you can run into roadblocks. Let us help you with complicated interpersonal cases, such as "problem employees", workplace conflict, and leadership coaching. Gain a trusted partner in your corner, and let your organization shine.
... And What They're saying about us
“Thank you Matt for the wonderful job in getting us to our 3 year strategic plan. The planning retreat with staff, leadership and the board, and the follow up process, were the best I have ever been through. The retreat was a combination of hard work and fun – an excellent balance that kept us on track. Your grasp of the issues helped guide us through a productive SWOT analysis and subsequent strategies. Most importantly, the process and plan made all participants feel their voice had been heard and appreciated. We look forward to working with you for the next two years and the “check ins” on our progress.”
Christine Burton, Board Chair, Wood Buffalo Wellness Society
“My organization engaged Matt as a consultant to assist with a quick turn around on an Organizational Strategic Plan. Due to a health concern, I was off work as the Executive Director for a three month period and was able to hire Matt to turn our notes and ideas into a solid plan for the future of our organization. Matt listened beautifully, interpreted accurately and delivered a quality product. We will absolutely hire Matt in the future.”
Karen Gallagher-Burt, Executive Director, Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association (HSCA)
"Working with Human Elements took our organizational culture to a level that seemed impossible when we first contacted Matt. Matt is professional and unbiased; likewise, he projects these values in his work and, in our experience, encouraged these values as core to our people and organization. Human Elements is truly about developing people and recognizing that they are the greatest asset your organization has."
Chantal Beaver, Executive Director w/ The Hub Family Resources Centre
"We're a growing startup and needed expertise to help us create an employee handbook and build out an employee review process. Human Elements was incredibly thorough with advice and expertise. We now have a handbook that we call "What We Do & How We Do It", and a quarterly review process in place that will grow with our team. This all wouldn't have been done without Matt's assistance."
Jeff Mitchell, Co-founder Appreciation Engine
"Human Elements provided us with a professional, comfortable, relaxing atmosphere for our event. Matt had a way of recognizing the different personality types in the room; he was knowledgeable and professional but entertaining and engaged all individuals to participate fully."
Allison Pardy, Executive Director w/ Choices Association of Fort McMurray
Matt Youens, Director & Founder
Matt Youens founded Human Elements to provide top-quality Strategic Planning, Facilitation, Mediation, and Human Resources support to great organizations in Canada, and enjoys working with a small, powerful team in helping others be better tomorrow than they are today. He named the company after the most powerful piece to any organization - the human beings, who with passion and dedication, make their dents in the universe.
Matt is an energetic, passionate, and highly adaptable professional with close to 20 years experience in the Social Profit, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Hospitality, and High Tech sectors, and is a past Chair and Founder of TEDxFortMcMurray. Mat currently sits on the board for CMCS, and is a dedicated volunteer with both the TEDxCalgary the Basic Income Calgary teams. Matt has a handful of educational papers on his office wall, and has held a CHRP/CPHR designation since 2010. He is married to an extremely supportive wife, and is fearful that one day their two cats might learn to work a can opener and cut out the middleman.
He’s usually much more relaxed than he is this photo - where Mason Benning was trying to make him comfortable in front of a serious camera.
Matt's commitment to doing his best, all the time, is both motivating and contagious. This guy lives and breathes for leadership and facilitation opportunities! I look forward to working again with Matt. He's dependable, collaborative, and overall a great person.
R. Inzunza, Board Chair, FuseSocial
"Matt and Human Elements Canada provided our Alberta-wide, not-for-profit organization with support to hire an Executive Director. As Chair of the Board's Search Committee, I had ongoing contact with Matt for the duration of his contract. We engaged him to develop and propose a recruitment approach for the board, and ended up getting his support to screen applicants, conduct phone interviews and develop a 2-stage, in-person interview guide. I was impressed with his professionalism, knowledge of the recruitment process, and ability to identify the needs of and opportunities available to the board throughout this process. The board - composed of busy working professionals - was very grateful for the straightforward and clear recruitment process that Matt led us through and spoke at length about the benefits of his interview guide. I am pleased to provide this reference for Matt and Human Elements Canada and would not hesitate to recommend his services to other organizations."
Morgan Bamford, Recruitment Committee Chair, Volunteer Alberta
"Matt is among a small group of world changers who does so with grace, mindfulness and intelligence. Articulate, compelling, informed, Matt brings a broad range of qualities to any situation. He is a fantastic communicator, one of the strongest I've seen. He is also a strong listener, which positions him well in the facilitation and mediation field."
Russell Thomas, Director of Communications and Community Impacts, Fort McMurray United Way