About GW Group


Glen W. Gessell

Founder & Senior Partner
GW Group

Glen is recognized for his strong business acumen, management consulting, entrepreneurial attitude, his organizational & analytical capabilities, effective facilitation skills as well as strong interpersonal and collaborative skills. He demonstrates innovative leadership with extensive experience and knowledge in the fields of consulting, human capital management, idea generation & new business development. He is a recipient of the consultant of the year award presented by Junior Achievement, for his work with Project Business. For transforming results his expertise is applicable to all sizes of businesses, non-profits and governments and their agencies and includes but is not limited to:

  • Strategic Planning and Execution
  • Organizational Efficiency Reviews and People Performance Strategies
  • Career Transition and Outplacement
  • Leadership & Ownership Coaching
  • Development of a leadership culture for Innovation & competitiveness
  • Training and Learning, along with “Train the Trainer” programs
  • Executive search, professional & technical staff recruitment & retention

His knowledge and experience span a broad range of sectors including International Manufacturing; Cultural, Tourism, and Hospitality Industries; Financial Services; Educational Institutions (post secondary and secondary levels); Non-Profit Organizations; Associations and Agencies. He has facilitated seminars and workshops with respect to Team Building; Total Quality Management; Problem Solving; Change Management; Communications; and Entrepreneurial Training.

He founded GW Group in 1991 having a vision of “helping businesses and people challenge the future.” His passion is teaching leaders to become teaches in their organizations. Over the past 21 years Glen has applied his work experience, knowledge and skills as an independent Human Capital & Management consultant specializing in assisting organizations with organization structure, processes, and people strategies to improve productivity and performance for client organizations. He has consulted on numerous assignments and projects with large, medium and small sized organizations providing innovative solutions to clients. He has ongoing working relationships based on trust, integrity and credibility with Board of Directors, senior management, government officials, committees, teams and individuals. He has built a successful practice over these many years.

Prior to GW Group in 1991 he worked in the capacity of Senior Human Resources Manager for over seven (7) years with Ford New Holland, a world-class manufacturer of tractors and agricultural equipment. While at Ford New Holland he established a Training & Development Department to assist with the Total Quality Management (TQM) program. Responsibilities included “Train the Trainer” programs implemented at the Winnipeg plant along with corporate communication strategies and facilitating company planning sessions. Glen has worked at Manitoba Government, Department Tourism, Recreation and Cultural Affairs for nine (9) years initially as Director, Human Resources and eventually as Director of Finance, Human Resources & Administration Services.

Glen has worked with youth-at-risk including youth of aboriginal First Nation peoples to find employment for young people. He has written articles on human resources and been published in association trade publications.

He served (2006 – 2011) on the Registration Committee of the College of Register Nurses of Manitoba a committee of the Board of Directors as a public representative.

Presently he serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Glendale Golf and Country Club in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

He graduated from UND (University of North Dakota) Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.).

Melanie Gessell RPN

Melanie GessellMental Wellness Consultant
GW Group

Melanie Gessell helps bring an insightful perspective to “mental wellness” challenges in the workplace, for families and participants along with the community and delivers workshops/seminars as a highly respected, knowledgeable presenter.

Melanie Gessell graduated from the psychiatric nursing program at Brandon University, Manitoba in 2002.

She began her nursing career in acute psychiatry for children and adolescents at the Child and Treatment Centre in Brandon, MB.

In 2007 Melanie became the first psychiatric nurse to provide mental health services for male youth offenders at the Agassiz Correctional Facility in Portage la Prairie MB. During her career in corrections she acquired her certification as an Applied Suicide Intervention Trainer for Living Works in 2008. Melanie has presented the ASSIST workshop for government and regional health authority employees as well as community and first nations populations.

Community mental health has always been an interest for Melanie, a chance to provide service to a larger demographic area; she became a community health worker in 2009 with particular interest in child and adolescent population for the central regional health authority.

During her 10 year career in mental health Melanie comes with extensive experience in clinical and community mental health. Her passion is assisting parents to strengthen their relationships with their children by teaching skills and building confidence within therapeutic relationships and holistic approach to teaching.

Melanie believes in the strength of the family and the knowledge that we can raise our children despite mental illness and other challenges to become healthy, productive members in our society.

Melanie invites you to open yourself to experiencing this dynamic learning opportunity.

GW Group Perspective

GW Group was established in 1991 by Glen Gessell to help businesses and people challenge the future in the midst of the economic downturn leading to the recession in the early 90’s.

While every business is different, every business has problems from time to time in achieving their goals.

Our experience has taught the value of distinguishing between a “problem” and a “predicament”. Problems can be solved whereas predicaments are usually “coped” with. The key is how to overcome the problems. Our successful strategy for overcoming business problems has 5 critical tactics:

  1. Situation Analysis
  2. Diagnosis
  3. Interventions/Design
  4. Implementation & Managing Change
  5. Evaluation & Follow-up.

Our Capabilities & Competencies

We help businesses and people challenge the future. We specialize but are not limited to:

  • Strategic Planning & Execution
  • Organizational Excellence – Efficiency Reviews
  • Leadership Coaching & Counseling
  • Career Transition & Outplacement
  • Training & Learning
  • Employee Engagement
  • Recruitment & Retention
  • Active Listening
  • Human Capital Issues, Audits & Outsourcing
  • Assessments in the Workplace
  • Strategies for Healthy & Safe Workplace
  • Mental Wellness Presentations
    • Our Children Our Treasure
    • Suicide Talk
    • Power of Parenting
  • Mental Wellness Counseling

How We Work

We deliver with the following perspective:

  • Clarity
  • Commitment
  • Collaboration
  • Consensus

We work against specific objectives with clearly established outcomes and timing, contributing to client business goals.

Our services are beneficial to businesses small and large, federal, provincial and municipal governments, individuals, families and community organizations, along with First Nations people. Our services reach out to markets in North America and beyond.


At GW Group our purpose and role has evolved since 1991 and our business today goes further: to helping clients of all sizes in all sectors with growth, responsiveness, people and transformation in this ever-changing world. We specialize in but not limited to;

Recently, based on identified needs of clients and requests from participants GW Group delivers informative presentations teaching us how to master our acceptance and gain control of challenging situations we may face as a family, as a worker or as an employer. We present the following workshops and seminars:


At GW Group our values include integrity, discipline, and persistence. We believe our insights combined with yours can help resolve the toughest business problems.


Our expertise and upfront approach with clients delivers clarity, collaboration and guarantees accountability for strategy, capability and execution of results that can endure.


Our main goal is our clients and participant’s success.


A GW Group consulting relationship provides a fresh perspective, while proactively transferring knowledge and learning to immediately benefit our client and ensure an aligned high performance organization.

1. Our experienced consultants and presenters offer organizations and individuals access to leading-edge knowledge, idea generation, research & education, consulting & professional development in North America and beyond.
2. We do more than advise, we help you take action to achieve continued success.
3. We help build trust, teamwork, and organizational responsiveness.