Welcome to Remedios Kane, the site for mentoring creative skills. I am Vivian Kane, a senior consultant with 35 years experience guiding personal, business and societal transformation. My author name is Angela M. Remedios.
This site offers workshops and private sessions in which I mentor participants to create and execute their Big Vision for a Better Life, Business or World. The focus is to build and train your creative power to achieve real world goals.
Workshops and Private Sessions
build skills while moving forward
Workshops and Private Sessions walk you through the “steps” for creating your Big Vision. You take away a list of “to-do’s” and reflect on decisions before the next session. Our apps prompt you and help you record ideas.
Following are examples of Workshop topics, showing how level of complexity rises as goals increase. There are more than 5 levels of complexity, but for now this site is focusing on mentoring Levels 1 to 5.
• Level 1: create a better living space; or rebalance your life (after change)
• Level 2: create a vision for your work (adapt to change or new frontiers)
• Level 3: create a vision for self-sufficiency or self-employment
• Level 4: create a vision for a business team to achieve better results
• Level 5: create a vision for a business or large initiative to achieve a goal
Each Level follows the same steps, but there are additional skills and insights needed as complexity increases. We will cover that in the mentoring.
We Show You the Steps
We walk you through how to create your Big Vision.
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You Reflect and Create
We Clarify and Continue
We check progress and walk through next steps.
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|✓||Update your “to‑do’s”|
What People Say About
how I have helped them create
Below are excerpts from client references over the years. I was most often contracted to lead large transformation initiatives, but separate from that I also delivered workshops that guided people to create their vision.
Create a Better Life
To create a “Better Life” you must be able to achieve personal goals, personal growth, career development, self-employment or a micro business, self-sufficiency and work-life balance. “Life” level workshops mentor people in the insights and skills to achieve these ideals. Following are participant comments:
Prior to the Workshop, this participant struggled with identifying and carrying out life and professional changes.
“Before your course, nobody ever taught me to think so clearly. This is saying a lot, because my MBA is in business management. I now know exactly what I want, have the ability to make decisions quickly, and know what to do to get to my goal. Now, without trying, I can create success. You have made it simple.”
One year later, the participant found the skills mentored in the workshop were still natural and fluent.
“It has been a year, and I am still using what you taught me. It has become natural. There is no effort anymore in doing things the right way. What you showed me triggered a natural, effortless change for me. I don’t have to work at trying to change anymore. It just happens easily. I think everyone should take this course.”
This participant applied his new insights and skills to his passion for golf, and won a golf trophy later that year.
“By the time I finished the session, I had a better sense of where I was in my life. Many years of thoughts, ideas, and emotions, previously scattered, were rearranged in a meaningful way. I am able to deal effectively with problems that in the past might have been mishandled because of an incorrect diagnosis in the first place.”
This participant wanted better skills in achieving clarity, making decisions and executing effectively.
“The most noticeable change for me is focus on what I am doing and where I am going. I am able to evaluate situations from a different perspective, make faster decisions, waste less time and stay on target. You have connected the dots in my brain. This course would be beneficial for anyone.”
This participant wanted to develop a longer focus, clear direction and confidence in how to address change.
“My thinking and capabilities have expanded far beyond anything I expected. I now take a broader view and can project myself into the future. I have a clear sense of how to deal with change. I can see what’s coming for the next 10 years and plan for it. I would recommend this program to anyone.”
Student participants in a mentoring program gained experience and skills for achieving Life goals.
“This committee brought together students with Vivian as chair. Vivian displayed an uncanny ability to ask the right questions and pinpoint the heart of a problem. Some of the questions she asked initially puzzled me. In retrospect, the answers and their timing were absolutely crucial to the successful outcome.”
Student participants learned how to gather and develop ideas, and achieve a goal they had never attempted before.
“We had no idea what to do. What stood out about Vivian was how easily she focused us and drew from each of us ideas, knowledge and great solutions we did not even realize we had. She consistently guided us to peak performance and creativity. Best of all, she made the whole process stress-free, fun and exciting.”
Create a Better Business
“Business” spans small to global enterprises as well as public service administration. To create a “Better Business” you must be able to describe precisely the problems that your business initiative will solve as well as the key to solving each problem. Following are comments from clients I guided to success:
Guided a law firm to design, promote and deliver innovative services to a large partner institution.
“Vivian accomplished in days what we could not have accomplished in months. Most outstanding was her capacity to make decisions with speed and accuracy. She demonstrated a remarkable ability to ask questions that created instant clarity. Our endorsement for Vivian could not be stronger.”
Mentored executives in a semester workshop to create innovative business models and strategies.
“Vivian’s advice constantly reveals rare business insights. She has a breakthrough understanding of how to construct businesses for the new economy. She is exceptionally innovative, and very fast at problem solving. I believe that Vivian would create value for any business far beyond their expectations.”
Guided the head of an investment firm to redesign and restructure a portfolio of 30 client companies.
“Vivian’s work is outstanding. Most extraordinary is her ability to size up any situation within seconds, pinpoint the core of the problem, invent an effective and ingenious solution on the spot, and then direct others to execute it in a simple way. Vivian’s work far surpassed all of the Company’s expectations.”
Guided an investment executive to design an innovative strategy for revitalizing the business.
“Vivian has an astounding ability to cut through volumes of information to pinpoint the heart of a problem in minutes. Her advice is shrewd, innovative, and easy to implement. Problems that seem insurmountable are solved quickly, simply and effectively. I strongly recommend Vivian without hesitation.”
Guided a banking institution to design and evaluate a full core banking operation and system transformation.
“Vivian has deep knowledge across all areas [of a transformation] and knows how all the pieces of such a complex initiative have to come together. Her straight talk was instrumental in helping us solve the issues. Vivian delivered lasting value. I am pleased to refer her with my highest commendation.”
Create a Better World
“World” refers to complex initiatives that involve people, businesses, government, the economy and society in a geographical or virtual location. To create a “Better World” one must address the needs of all involved, and not just the needs of some. Following are comments from some initiatives I guided to success:
Guided an industry regulator to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and strategy for innovation and transformation of industry-wide services.
“Vivian has an exceptional ability to shape ideas into innovative strategies, and create implementation plans that are simple to execute. She has the power to focus strong personalities at the executive level and achieve the goal with no time wasted. I highly recommend Vivian without reservation.”
As founding Executive Director of Operations, transformed multiple labs, institutions and businesses into a world class Genomics community within 3 years.
“Vivian won the collaboration of project teams, steered us through financial and logistical challenges (including a 50% funding shortfall for 2 years), and guided projects to achieve world leadership in their fields. Vivian has made a significant contribution that we will build upon for many years.”
Guided a health region to implement an innovative model and system for health assessment, and aligned 5 regions to create a new provincial standard.
“Achieving consistency was a significant challenge as the  health authorities each had unique obstacles to overcome. Vivian framed a guideline that allowed for differences in execution while adhering to a standard. The result was a joint recommendation supported by all Committee members.”
Guided 11 post-secondary institutes to co-create and field test an innovative 10-course program on a tight timeline. The program won a national award.
“Vivian exceeded [our demanding selection] criteria by impressive margins. Her extensive experience, creativity and flexibility, have been evident from the first day. Working closely with Vivian has been an exceptional learning experience. She contributed far beyond what could normally be expected.”
Guided a Government Ministry and partner organization to collaborate in designing, executing and operating an innovative new model for public services.
“This challenging business model required the partners to merge significantly different business practices, policies, processes and infrastructure. The detail seemed insurmountable. Vivian guided us to address critical details, facilitate solutions, collaborate and achieve deliverables on time.”
Highlights of Expertise
My creative career began at age 16, when my artwork led to contracts with agencies and government. My business career began at age 19 when my results in optimizing a business impressed its network of venture partners.
I did not come from a business background, but I had powerful creative skills that I applied fluently to business, where they consistently produced outstanding results. My mission is to pass on some of those skills through mentoring.
Scale of Initiatives: Budgets: to $170 M, 100+ projects, Duration: 5 years
Individual Projects: Budgets: to $40 M, participants: 500+, regional to global
Most Senior Role: (founding) Executive Director of Operations, Genome British Columbia, 2000‑2004
Special Expertise: Transformation Director, Business Engineer, Program Dir, Project Mgr, Change Mgr
Industries – Public: Legal & justice, education, health, genomics, technology, power utilities
Industries – Corporate: Banking, financial services, aviation, software/technology R&D
Industries – Sm Business: Finance, business management, health, legal services, start‑ups
Business Scope: Concept to business model design, full business and operational transformation
Systems Scope: Software/systems development, core systems transformation, data architecture
Education: University of Alberta, 1982, B.A. in Classics (Ancient History), cum distinctione
The Work Tool is the first of a set of 3 apps. It helps you gather your ideas and clarify what you are trying to create. It develops a picture of your goal and the direction you must take to get there. It guides you to reflect on, clarify and aim for what you really need to achieve.
This app focuses on creating. It encourages ideas to emerge. When using this app, do not analyze or plan. Just let the ideas come to you, then note the key points. You ideas will be rough, with plenty of gaps and questions. Do not try to perfect your ideas — you will refine them as you go.
The Check List is the second of the set of 3 apps. It helps you check, test and refine your ideas. It prompts you to look deeper into your ideas, and address considerations that did not occur to you initially. You may find yourself going back to refine your ideas in the Work Tool as well.
This app helps you create a realistic picture of your goal. Try to answer its questions as honestly as possible. It is guiding you to look at decisions that are essential to success. This will help you develop a goal that you can achieve, while still producing the results that matter to you.
The Score Card is the third of the set of 3 apps. It helps you assess the accuracy and consistency of your picture. It shows you where to hone in to improve your chances for success. You can use this app from the start, but it is better to wait until your ideas refine into a clear picture with few gaps.
This app objectively assesses your readiness to achieve your goal. On each question, a GREEN score (9 or more) tells you that your ideas are consistent. A RED score (below 3) indicates lack of clarity. The feedback for each question suggests where to reflect deeper, or confirms what you are doing well.