Harold Jarche: Bio
Harold Jarche is focused on providing actionable insights for workplace learning. He works with individuals, organizations, and public policy influencers to develop practical ways to adapt to the technological, demographic, and societal changes facing us today. Harold has been described as “a keen subversive of the last century’s management and education models”. Clients appreciate Harold for his extensive experience and network. His internationally renowned blog is “a beacon of light in the dark landscape of organizational learning”. According to one long-time reader, “Harold is one of the best thinkers out there on things relating to learning and work”. For his clients, Harold helps to identify next practices around collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and innovation, in an increasingly complex networked world.
A graduate of the Royal Military College, Harold served over 20 years with the Canadian Armed Forces in leadership and training roles. Harold began his career as an officer with Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He completed his service as a Training Development Officer with the Royal Canadian Air Force where he conducted the analysis and design of training for aircrew and technicians on the newly purchased CH146 helicopter.
In 2003 Harold launched his independent consulting practice in Sackville, NB, Canada. He has served a wide variety of clients and has been a speaker at many venues worldwide. As work and learning become integrated in a networked society, Harold sees great opportunities to create new organizational models. We can do better than cubicle farms, cookie-cutter job descriptions, generic work competencies, and routine work. We need to make social networks and communities of practice essential components of all of our workplaces. Being able to understand emerging situations, see patterns, and co-solve problems are now essential business skills. As Harold says, work is learning & learning is the work.
Harold’s preferred workplace is on his bicycle, where he gets his best ideas.
“What the Internet Time Alliance brought to the table in our engagement, in the person of Harold Jarche, was not only his extensive experience and network, but also the expertise of the rest of the Alliance and their networks as well. While we in our organization have networks of our own, the quality and extensiveness of the ITA network added a value that we would not have been able to tap alone, and led us to a superior solution that will better serve our customers.”
—Corporate University Manager within Fortune 500 Health Insurance company
Principal, Jarche Consulting
Instructor — University of Toronto Faculty of Information’s iSchool Institute
Chief Learning Officer — e-Com Inc. (Theorix LMS)
Project Manager (Learning & Performance Systems)
— Centre for Learning Technologies, Mount Allison University
Training Development Officer — Royal Canadian Air Force
Health Care Administrator — Canadian Forces Medical Services
Infantry Officer — Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
Chairman — Renaissance Sackville (volunteer)
Director of Planning — Atlantic Wildlife Institute (volunteer)
Master of Education (Adult Education) University of New Brunswick
(Thesis: Learning in the New Brunswick Information Technology Workplace)
Bachelor of Arts (Honours History) Royal Military College of Canada