Kate North

Kate North

Global Chair | Workplace Evolutionaries

Vice President, Workplace Innovation & Transformation | Corporate Solutions | Americas


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For more than 25+ years, Kate has helped organizations create innovative workplaces and adopt new ways of working. Her global expertise includes workplace strategy, change management, training, research, sustainability, design, and leadership. Her global clients include Cisco, AT&T, Zurich Financial, Deloitte, Manulife Financial, Fifth Third Bank, Regions Bank, City of Calgary, Lilly, General Service Administration and many other organizations.  She has authored over 40 workplace case studies and hosts numerous learning industry events within IFMA and CoreNet. Today, Kate is the Managing Director of Workplace Innovation at Colliers International,

Kate is passionate about workplace and community. In 2012, Kate co-founded the “Workplace Evolutionaries” (WE), a vibrant community of practice within the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and continues to serve as the Global Chair.  In 2014, she was the proud recipient of the prestigious International Associate Award for her contributions within IFMA and in 2017, Kate was awarded the IFMA Global Chair Citation from the Chairman of the Board for the impact the Workplace Evolutionaries has had on IFMA and the profession.  Kate was also a co-founding leader of the CoreNet Workplace Community of Practice and served on the advisory board for New Ways of Working.  Kate has co-authored the IFMA Foundation best-selling books, “Work on the Move” and “Work on the Move 2”, which is used extensively by IFMA members and associated academic institutions.

Previously, Kate led global development for e-Work.com, leveraging innovative technologies to create highly interactive e-learning designed to prepare the workforce for a new way of working.  She was also the Director of Global Ideation, a workplace consultancy and research group within Haworth Inc. focused on emerging global workplace trends; and VP, Strategic Business Group within Herman Miller Inc., supporting organizational workplace transformation projects throughout North America.