CLAREMONT, CA—The Society for the Advancement of Consulting® (SAC), the leading global association of independent consulting professionals, today announced the winners of the Corrie Shanahan Memorial Award for Advancing Consulting. The awards were presented at the 19th annual meeting of the organization, held virtually this year with an extended agenda and global participation.

The Consultant of the Year was awarded to Patrick Daly of Dublin, Ireland. The recipient of this year’s award for Creativity & Innovation is David Ogilvie of Brisbane, Australia.

“The business environment continues to remain in flux post-pandemic, with economic upheaval and the devastating war in Ukraine ,” said Linda Popky, co-Executive Director of SAC. “Consultants must continue to adapt to changing conditions for themselves and their clients.”

“This year, in addition to honoring the outstanding consultant of the year, we are also proud to recognize a SAC member who displayed outstanding creativity and innovation—both in their own practice, as well as in how they work with their clients.”

About Patrick Daly

Based in Dublin, Ireland, Patrick Daly works with many of the top Fortune 500 companies in manufacturing, distribution, and logistics services in Europe, Asia, and the Americas—helping them to achieve dramatic improvements in their supply chain capabilities and performance through supply chain excellence. In his consultancy assignments, Patrick has worked with clients all over the world in such countries as China, India, Uruguay, Puerto Rico, Egypt, UAE, US, UK, Spain, Croatia, and others.

He is the host of Interlinks, a weekly radio programme and podcast that explores the developments in international supply chains globalisation through interviews with businesspeople, executives, and academics from around the world. Patrick is the author of the book International Supply Chain Relationships: Creating Competitive Advantage in a Globalized and was an active member of the National Logistics Forum in Ireland set up by the Department of Transport, Trade and Tourism in April 2020 to advise the Irish government on keeping supply lines open during and after the COVID19 pandemic. He leads the Supply Chain Special Interest Group for SAC and is a member of the Institute of Sustainable Trade and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

About David Ogilvie

David Ogilvie’s expertise in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and supply-chain management makes him one of the world’s leading business-improvement specialists. 

From his base in Brisbane, Australia, David works with executives of both publicly listed and privately owned businesses to help them build strategic direction and apply technology to improve operational performance and profitability. His industry-leading intellectual property includes SureSelect™, a methodology for selecting the right products and software vendors for businesses; the ERP Success Formula™, a framework and methods for keeping digital transformation and technology projects successfully on track, and 4V Supply Chain Model™, a framework for building supply-chain resiliency into operations. David is a published author, speaker, and consultant in high demand.

The Advancing Consulting Awards

The awards are given to independent consultants who have done the most to advance the profession in the previous year. They’re named in memory of Corrie Shanahan, a SAC member who passed away in 2019. Corrie Shanahan was an expert in rapidly strengthening organizational performance, productivity, and corporate culture, and the author of Do it, Mean it, Be it: The Keys to Achieve Success, Happiness and Everything You Deserve at Work and in Life.

“We are thrilled to recognize the “best of the best” in the consulting profession,” said Lisa Anderson co-Executive Director of SAC and President of LMA Consulting Group. “Just as Corrie showed creativity and innovation in both her consulting practice and her approach to life in general, our nominees stood out above the crowd.

“This year’s pool of nominees was larger than previously and all highly qualified,” she added. “In a year of continued disruption, we were pleased to see so many consultants shine. We are grateful to the award committee, led by chair Vanessa Khan, for all their hard work to review submissions and evaluate applicants based on a set of pre-defined criteria.”

“The encouragement, energy, and inspiration that the winning of this award provides is an extremely significant stimulus in my ongoing personal and professional development as a business consultant,” said Patrick Daly. “I am very grateful and privileged to have had the opportunity over the years to develop strong relationships with my clients around the world and particularly to those who were kind enough to provide references and testimonials to the Awards Committee in relation to the work that we have done together. 

“Likewise, it is very satisfying to have received the recognition of my peers in SAC who constitute a vibrant international community that contributes dramatically to the improvement of the profession and the diffusion of knowledge and practice in a way that is unequalled anywhere in the world,” Daly added.

David Ogilvie noted, “Corrie Shanahan was an extraordinary consultant and a wonderful woman. I am very honoured to win this in her memory and to hold dear the values she held. To be recognised by my peers, considering the exceptional quality of people in SAC, is beyond belief for me.”

Virtual Meeting Continues Last Year’s Successful Format

The SAC annual meeting is being held virtually for the third year. Sessions are offered on three consecutive days, with different start times each day for attendees in Europe, North America, and the Pacific Rim. 

The theme for this year’s meeting is Reinvent for Success. All sessions are being recorded, so participants will be able to view any session they’d like at their convenience. Recordings will be available for a fee to both members and non-members. 


Originally posted on SAC website:  October 12, 2022