Atocrates – Origins

Pulling Together To Deliver Worthwhile Solutions Since 1989™

foundersAtocrates was established in October of 1989 and is now based in the Greater Toronto Area (Ajax), Ontario, Canada with senior associates in Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, and Detroit-Windsor, with international affiliates in The Netherlands, America, and Australia.

Atocrates, Inc. was founded by Trijntje (Tena) Ashby Hofstede and Dr. WGM (Bud) Lush, two individuals with extensive experience in organizational performance, project analysis, engineering / management consulting and training. The mentoring from founding chairman, USC’s Dr. Linn C. Stuckenbruck (Chair of Systems Engineering & Management and PMI Fellow), combined with their collective hard work, perseverance and the contributions of an every expanding and loyal team pulling together have enabled Atocrates to consistently deliver worthwhile solutions and training services to customers in the business, industry, government  and community project environments. Today we specialize in Advising & Consulting, Coaching & Mentoring, and simulation / experiential based Education & Training for industry and government. Our programs are in compliance with the standards of PMI®, IEEE®, INCOSE®, SCRUM ALLIANCE®, and IIBA®, the HOFSTEDE® Organizational Culture, Jungian psychological / personality evaluators, as well as the Petrides / TEIQ® emotional intelligence assessment.  We offer our programs through a network of top tier universities and colleges across Canada, the United States, Europe and the MENA, delivered by a very talented and dedicated team of professionals focused on five major disciplines …

  • Organizational Culture & Team Performance,
  • Strategy Execution, Change Management, Portfolio, Program & Project Management,
  • Agile / Scrum® Methodologies
  • Systems Engineering, and
  • Business Analysis


Our Standards and Guidelines: 

Toronto, Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Detroit-Windsor,

Toronto Main Office:

T: 289-660-2707 … W:

  • Corporate Business, Partner Contracts & Scheduling: Chief Executive Officer – Tena Lush Hofstede
  • Global Compliance, Strategic Partnerships & Product Development: Chief Technical Officer – Dr. Bud MacAulay Lush
  • Project Management Compliance and College Programs: Program Director – Sylvie Edwards
  • Business Analysis Compliance: Program Director – Debbie Showler
  • Western Canada: Program Director – Doug Land
  • Southwestern Ontario: Program Director – Tina Vigneux
  • Consulting & Compliance: Program Director – Granville Gibbons
  • Blockchain Technology Research and Development: Advisor – Phil Mitchell

Our Motto:

“To be the most worthwhile consulting and learning experience for everyone we serve”

NOTICE: PMI, CAPM, PMP, PgMP, PfMP, PMI-SP, PMI-RMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA, and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute. INCOSE, ASEP, CSEP, and ESEP are registered marks of the International Council on Systems Engineering. CSM is a registered mark of the Scrum Alliance. CBP is a registered mark of the Cryptocurrency Certification Consortium (C4). IIBA, CCBA and CBAP are registered marks of the International Institute for Business Analysis.

Atocrates Strategic Partner - BP&M CONSULTING

BP&M Consulting

At BP&M, your success is our only agenda. Our goal is to help you deliver sustainable value to your clients.


What does “your success” really mean? It means that the basic non-negotiables are fulfilled—projects delivered on schedule, on budget, and on scope—but also that your clients gain the benefits of your improvement endeavours. In fact, value add for the client is how we define the improvements in the first place.

Our projects are organized to promote employee engagement by placing employees—not consultants—in the core roles. Employees lead; we assist. We only undertake projects once the conditions required for success are present. These conditions include executive buy-in, placing employees in lead roles, and a measurable result to target.

While all of our consultants have deep background in technology, our core focus is business. We are experts in bringing together the whole equation: solving your real-world business challenges, empowering your people to work smarter despite shrinking budgets, getting all players on board with the solution, and ensuring that your technology decisions are aligned with the organization’s business objectives.

We achieve these results through our government-focused Lean methodology and our patented Abeo™  approach, while supporting IM/IT with our combined business and technical expertise.

With Lean for Government, BP&M helps Programs, Corporate Services, and IM/IT work together to improve key processes in order to deliver exceptional services for Canadians. Abeo™, BP&M’s patented business engagement framework, is a model for coordinating functional areas in your department or agency. Our services to IM/IT focus on helping CIOs become co-creators of enterprise-level positive change.

While focusing on people and processes, we also offer the credibility fundamentals you would expect from a team of senior resources who individually possess an average of 15 to 30 years of experience. These professionals typically began their careers delivering IM/IT solutions, so they have a deep understanding of technical challenges and opportunities. At the same time, they also have experience in key business areas, including management, financial analysis, process improvement, customer relationship management, and marketing. And most BP&M consultants are change management certified.

This experience, combined with our local presence, means we also have key contacts in the National Capital Region—connections to the federal community that give us valuable up-to-the-minute insight into local trends, best practices, upcoming legislation, policy, and key initiatives relevant to your undertaking.

Atocrates Strategic Partner – Jean Barbosa


Jean Barbosa is President & Founder of BP&M Consulting. He brings over 30 years of industry experience spanning IM&IT, government, retail and financial sectors. In the course of his career Jean has held senior positions in sales and marketing, product & software development, program management, enterprise system implementation, customer service, training and operations management. He has extensive expertise in the implementation of integrated business process frameworks to increase productivity and client value in the areas of managed services, business and corporate services.

Atocrates Strategic Partner - INSIGHTS LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT

Insights Learning & Development

insightsAtocrates Project Sciences are Licensed Practitioners of Insights Discovery® and have incorporated Insights’ solutions into our project consulting and training services.

Established in 1988 in Dundee Scotland, Insights is a global learning and development company working in partnership with leading organizations in 35 countries, in 29 languages with a wide range of clients in every business sector.

Insights specializes in tailored transformational learning and development solutions, supported by an extensive portfolio of tailorable products and services, delivered by a worldwide team of exceptional and inspirational people, to help clients improve their effectiveness in five key areas, Individuals, Teams, Organizations, Sales and Leadership.

Click here for more information about the services offered by Insights Learning and Development in the Toronto Region.

Atocrates Strategic Partner – Alan Maclachlan

Alan MaclachlanAlan Maclachlan is the Chief Executive of Insights Learning & Development in Ontario. His unique life experience combines twenty five years of Business and Sales Management with elite international athletics. He has first-hand knowledge of what it takes to be an effective leader and manager, and is committed to personal development, – each person being the best they can be. Alan competed for Canada in two Olympic Games as team captain and driver of the four- man bobsleigh. Alan is committed to assisting organizations with improving Teamwork, Leadership Development and Sales Training. He is in demand both as a facilitator and keynote speaker, and has helped clients around the world.

The Atocrates Vision and Mission

Our Vision: To be the consulting & training company of choice for project professionals in both private and public sector organizations, who wish to learn to resolve project related issues. We continuously build on the innovation and creativity of our core team, associates and partners, as the premiere provider of project management, business analysis, systems engineering, and organizational dynamics consulting and training in Canada.

Our Mission: Atocrates is committed to providing best-in-class project education and training programs that are in compliance with the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge: PMBOK® Guide; the International Institute for Business Analysts’ Business Analysis Body of Knowledge: BABOK® Guide; and the International Council on Systems Engineering’s Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge: SEBOK® Guide. The company’s Global Educational Provider arm will deliver these programs directly or in conjunction with our many university and college academic partners throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.

Our Motto:

“To be the most worthwhile consulting and learning experience for everyone we serve”

Our Key Client

US Defense Acquisition UniversityUS Defense Systems Management CollegeDepartment of National DefenseGTE Government SystemsMessier Dowty AerospaceLockheed Martin AerospaceFlightSafety InternationalNational Police College (RCMP)Lucent TechnologiesABB – Combustion EngineeringDurham Regional GovernmentRBC Financial GroupBMO Financial GroupHarris Bank CorporationAmerican Express CanadaSunLife FinancialBell CanadaNortel Networks Arthur Andersen Worldwide / AccentureKPMG Strategic ServicesHudson’s Bay CompanyCanada Post CorporationGovernment of NewfoundlandIron Ore Company of CanadaBrowning Harvey LtdCHC HelicoptersNewfoundland PowerBell Aliant TelecomXwave SolutionsIBM CanadaGM Canada / GM DefenseMAGNA InternationalToyota CanadaEDS CanadaSiemens Electric Ontario Power GenerationHydro One NetworksDuke EnergyHydro Quebec – IREQBC HydroNB PowerIrving Oil LimitedMMPI CanadaH&R Property ManagementBOMA TorontoTelub ABTwijnstra Gudde, NVHenkel, AGHenkel Chemicals, USAAT&T

Our Audience

Key Project Stakeholders

Individuals who will be affected by an endeavor and can influence it but who are not directly involved with doing the work. Internal Stakeholders – Market (or Primary) Stakeholders are those that engage in economic transactions with the business. (For example stockholders, executives and managers, customers, suppliers, creditors, and employees). External Stakeholders – Non-market (or Secondary) Stakeholders are those who – although they do not engage in direct economic exchange with the business – are affected by or can affect its actions. (For example the general public, communities, activist groups, business support groups, and the media)

Program Managers

Program management or programme management is the process of managing several related projects, often with the intention of improving an organization’s performance. In practice and in its aims it is often closely related to systems engineering. There are two different views of how programs differ from projects: On one view, projects deliver outputs, discrete parcels or “chunks” of change; programs create outcomes. On this view, a project might deliver a new factory, hospital or IT system. By combining these projects with other deliverables and changes, their programs might deliver increased income from a new product, shorter waiting lists at the hospital or reduced operating costs due to improved technology.

Systems Engineers

Systems engineers design and coordinate large and complex projects known as systems. There are many kinds of systems, and although all are large, they vary in their complexity. A system has many parts that all interact extensively with one another. Often small systems can be part of larger systems. For example, a jet airliner can be a system. So, too, can all of the airplanes owned by one airline. Systems engineers are responsible for coordinating the work of many engineers, each of whom is an expert in one part of a system. For instance, in the building of a jet airliner, electronics specialists are responsible for the guidance and control systems. Structural engineers design the body of the plane. Other experts decide on a power source for the jet. Still others design landing and takeoff methods. Each specialist concentrates on one area. The systems engineer coordinates all of these specialized efforts in order to produce the jet airliner.

Project Managers

A project manager is the person or firm responsible for accomplishing the stated project objectives. Project managers can have the responsibility for the initiating, planning, executing, monitoring & controlling and closing of any project, typically relating to construction industry, architecture, computer networking, and telecommunications or software development.

Business Analysts

A Business Analyst (BA) analyzes the organization and design of businesses, government departments, and non-profit organizations; BA’s also assess business models and their integration with technology. There are at least four tiers of business analysis: Planning Strategically; Operating/Business Model Analysis; Process Definition and Design; and IT/Technical Business Analysis.