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Chris Cullen

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Name: Chris Cullen
Telephone: Canada + 519 538 0308
E-mail: ccullen@syntegrity.com

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As President, Regions for Team Syntegrity Inc. (TSI) (since 1997), Chris has supported the development of licencee companies authorized to market and deliver Team SyntegrityŽ technologies globally. Chris is a Director of TSI and one of three people holding a designation of certified TS Master Designer.

Christine is a business consultant and entrepreneur with over twenty years of experience spanning a number of different disciplines. As both manager and consultant, and as President of a small consulting company (since 1993), she has gained expertise in the areas of information systems technology, training and development, human resource management, organization design and development and sales and marketing.

Christine has worked extensively with private organizations, particularly in the high-technology industry, and with public organizations. As an experienced project manager, designer and facilitator, she has consulted on the development and implementation of organizational learning systems and initiatives in large Canadian organizations. 

Christine has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. 

Chris lives with her business and life partner Joe Truss in Meaford, Ontario. She has two children - Rob who turns 19 June 14 and Meg who turns 18 June 13.

Extract from In Celebration - Stafford Beer - prepared by Chris for the occasion of the London Memorial in 2002

"It has been my great fortune to have been, together with Joe Truss, at the centre of the communications that have flowed back and forth since the beginning of Stafford's illness last January (2002). I have come to feel that I know Stafford's friends and admirers in a special way - some of whom I have not yet met but certainly hope to one day. 

One of the constant themes in these messages is the profound influence Stafford has had (and will continue to have) on the direction and quality of people's lives. I am no exception. Stafford made us feel special - in different ways and for all kinds of reasons. Joe and I have remarked recently how it felt to witness Stafford's intense delight in seeing us whenever we appeared at his door - whether at Palmerston Square in Toronto at Cwarel Isaf in Wales, at the Athenaeum in London, or anywhere else. Many of you will feel this way too. Joe and I sometimes wondered if Stafford would tire of our presence as our times together became more frequent and more intimate, but he never did. The final long look I received from Stafford the afternoon before he went for the last time to the ICU will stay with me forever. I knew he knew it was me, the one he called Christine (as Chris would not quite do), and that he was, as usual, delighted to see me. I felt the full depth of his love in that glance.

The greatest honour I have received in my professional life was when Stafford asked me to be his amanuensis for the writing of one of the three books he was working on in the last years. This was a first for Stafford, and certainly for me. By this time I was working closely with him, helping him in ways that he had never wanted or needed help before. I am proud that I was able to provide, together with Joe, a special kind of support for Stafford. It meant so much to me. Joe and I want to express our deep gratitude to Prof. Dr. Fredmund Malik who facilitated this under the banner of the Cwarel Isaf Institute (CII). Our book was to be called Handling Big Systems, and was to feature many of the iconographic models he created when consulting with clients over the years. I now face the daunting challenge of sorting out how to complete this project in his absence, and do not yet know where this path leads. 

What I do know is that I am committed to spending the rest of my personal and professional life coming to terms with Stafford Beer, and with what he has offered to us. There remains so much to be done. 

I thank Joe for sharing so fully with me his time with Stafford, and for his patience with my impatience. He encouraged my full participation in what became a remarkable triadic relationship - all the more remarkable because Stafford generally preferred one-on-one interactions." 


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