Almost 100 combined years of consulting experience


Jackie Poeckens, Partner

Jackie's experience includes significant software development, package implementation, process re-engineering and strategy projects. She has far-reaching consulting expertise in project management, information systems development and business process innovation, delivering business solutions in the oil and gas, financial, healthcare and public sectors. Jackie facilitates Ethier’s Application Leadership and Senior IS Management Roundtables.


  • 30+ years business and IT experience
  • Has led teams of up to 70 people
  • MBA in Information Technology Management
  • Prosci ADKAR certified
  • Recipient of the Project Management Institute - Southern Alberta Chapter (PMI-SAC) Volunteer Service Award

Jackie in real life:

  • Great fan of the performing arts and live sporting events
  • Loves travel, golf and dogs
  • Born under the sign Gemini (the twins), twice as much fun as the other partners


Jerry Richardson, Partner

Jerry's experience cuts across multiple industries with organizations across Canada. He has worked in project management, business process and business analyst roles. He advises organizations on project management and project governance best practices. Jerry facilitates Ethier’s Project Office Leadership and Application Leadership industry Roundtables.


  • 30+ years consulting experience
  • Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute
  • Registered CPA with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta (also past Board Chair of CMA Alberta)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants
  • Prosci ADKAR certified

Jerry in real life:

  • Avid marathoner, trail runner and triathlete
  • Occasional golfer (would like to get out more)
  • 10-pin bowler and coach for kids 10-pin bowling
  • Former flatlander; took 10 years to bleed out the green, now an avid Stamps fan


Sohail Thaker, Partner

In a career spanning three decades, Sohail has worked in North America, Africa, India, and Europe. Prior to joining the Partnership he was an Ethier consultant for twelve years. His expertise includes project management (Traditional, Agile and Scrum), business analysis, business process innovation, change management, and facilitation. Sohail facilitates Ethier’s Organizational Change Management Leadership industry Roundtables.


  • 30+ years experience
  • MBA in International Business
  • Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute
  • Prosci ADKAR certified

Sohail in real life:

  • Star Trek geek, Star Wars nerd and zombie aficionado, has dogs named 'Wookiee' and "Ewok"
  • Practices Iaido, the Japanese martial art of drawing the sword
  • Is a born again runner and completed the Calgary Marathon in 2014
  • Involved in personal development workshops for many years, also facilitates and provides counseling