The Barefoot Team


Creating the right solution starts with the right team. Ours is a dynamic and energetic group!  In addition to our permanent staff we surround ourselves with sub-contracted associates and strategic partners who share our philosophy and passion for excellence.


Gerard Murphy is the owner and president of Barefoot Facilitation Inc.


Gerard has a 25 year track record of excellence as a facilitator, educator, and speaker.  His passion is helping people to engage in conversations that are impactful and influence individual, team and organizational performance.



Gerard has worked nationally, provincially and regionally to provide facilitation, training and consulting services to clients within the voluntary, public and private sectors.  He has extensive experience working with organizations to design and deliver learning opportunities and processes.  And he has in-depth content knowledge in health promotion and community development, with expertise in supportive care program planning for people living with heart disease, stroke, cancer and dementia.


Gerard is a graduate of the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University. With a commitment to lifelong learning he has certifications in public participation, community-based development, leadership development and primary health care collaboration. Gerard is a certified Personality Dimensions® Qualified Facilitator and has successfully completed the training requirements for Master Trainer in the Stanford Chronic-Disease Self-Management Program.  He is also a confirmed Professional Member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.


Gerard is a member of the Institute for Performance and Learning, International Association of Facilitators, International Association of Community Development and the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative. Gerard is past-president of the Health Promotion Clearinghouse in Nova Scotia.


Email Gerard HERE.


Telephone Gerard:  902-497-3668 


Joanna joined the team in April 2014 as Administrative Assistant.


Joanna has over 20 years experience from various roles in the provincial government, restaurant industry and the small business environment. She has honed her administrative skills by coordinating events in provincial parks, operating her own business and working in many fields, most recently in financial services and senior care.


Joanna has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Dalhousie University. She lives in Bedford with her husband, two children and dog. Joanna belongs to a writing group and also enjoys hiking, snowboarding and watching her kids’ soccer games.


Email Joanna HERE.


Telephone Joanna:  902-493-3059

Strategic Partners

Stephanie Heath


Stephanie is an experienced researcher, evaluator and writer who has worked with a vast array of clients in the public, academic and private sectors to develop and implement evaluation strategies.  


Stephanie’s collaborative work with Barefoot Facilitation Inc. has included: