Drawing on her public policy experience, Kelly Rowe is a Director in the Toronto office, where she works with our team to grow our presence in the government and public sector. She is also working with a large Canadian university client, supporting it through an exciting multi-year transformation.
Prior to joining Nous in September 2020, Kelly worked as a public sector management consultant at a large consulting firm, and before that held various roles in the public sector: strategic political advisor, public servant, and academic researcher focused on elections and voter turnout.
A typical day at Nous involves at least one project team and client meeting to align on our major activities for the day or week. It also involves dedicating time to business development, which could include reviewing requests for proposals (RFPs), growing internal or external networks, or developing a proposal.
Nous is a place where you feel creative, connected and genuine.
Nous’ culture is truly unique. There is an emphasis on doing good work that is impactful, being who you are (diversity of backgrounds and mindsets is preferred!), putting your client at the centre, and supporting your colleagues without a hierarchical mindset. Many companies will say this is their culture but in reality it might not be.
I knew I made the right decision once I started to meet colleagues in Canada, the UK and Australia and heard about the amazing and impactful public sector projects those colleagues had worked on. I also realized how down to earth and genuine my colleagues were and I felt accepted right away.
Three things (of course, we are consultants after all!) have surprised me:
Nous (refreshingly) enables continuous improvement. I see the mindset of continuous improvement cut across several levels: company, project and individual. At each level, we continuously reflect on how to improve. And we are all expected to grow and learn, which enables better conversations around performance.
My work at Nous is delivering positive influence by solving difficult and long-standing challenges with a large Canadian university. We are working closely with the client to deliver ongoing improvements over three years – and we are already seeing first-hand how welcome the improvements are. When you see the positive results of your work, that’s when it feels truly meaningful.
The funniest thing that happened to me at Nous, or perhaps the funniest and most fun experience, was gathering virtually with colleagues for Nous Days (a twice-yearly celebration for the company). One team member led a delightful pizza-making session for the team while in disguise as an over-the-top character he had dreamt up. He had us in stitches.
Keen to build your career in public policy? To find out more about opportunities at Nous Group visit the careers page on our website.