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As our Director of Growth and Strategy, Marika is focused on building and engaging Intersol’s community of associates, partners, and clients, to enhance our impact, agility, and client-centricity.
She also offers facilitation, learning and development, and advisory services to clients seeking to spark people-powered transformation.
While adept at facilitating a variety of sessions, Marika shines in settings that call for team building, creative problem solving and values-based leadership. She is our resident specialist in design thinking and creativity, possessing advanced training from the Center for Applied Imagination and certification in the FourSight® problem-solving mindset assessment.
Marika is recognized for her ability to honour, enhance, and activate the diverse strengths and contributions of group members in the service of achieving meaningful outcomes. As one collaborator put it, Marika “creates a warm and open space for play, learning and connecting to other humans. The co-creation of that precious space for the participants to engage in a journey is an art in itself!”
Experience and Credentials
Prior to joining Intersol in this role, Ms. Escaravage helped lead Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s transition to a Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE), a core pillar of the corporation’s Future of Work transformation, for which she and her peers won the President’s Excellence Award for Innovation in 2019. She went on to join the corporation’s Innovation division where she focused on identifying and framing complex problems, unearthing insights, and designing and scaling novel solutions to housing problems.
Her career has also included roles in international cooperation, corporate social responsibility, and marketing communications for small businesses and non-profits.
In 2021, Marika began work towards a master of science degree in creativity and change leadership at the State University of New York. Previously, she earned an executive certificate in social impact strategy from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in international development and globalization, with minor in psychology from the University of Ottawa.
Marika is fluently bilingual in French and English. She’s a member of the International Association of Facilitators and of the Creative Education Foundation.
When not working, you might find Marika walking along the Rideau River, or watching television with her husband, shy dog, and temperamental cat.
With curiosity as a guiding value, Marika has supported a wide variety of clients as a facilitator, trainer, public speaker, consultant, and writer. These include the Canadian Human Rights Commission, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada, the Creative Problem-Solving Institute, Oxfam Canada, Little Sister, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council of Canada, the International Talent Acquisition Centre, the City of Ottawa, the National Capital Commission, and the National Research Council of Canada.