Ray Bonenberg

Ray Bonenberg


Ray is located on Mapleside Farm just outside of Pembroke, Ontario.

About Ray

As an experienced Senior Manager in the Ontario Public Service, Ray has extensive experience in organizational delivery, conflict management, issues resolution and human resources leadership. With over 30 years as a “people leader” and manager, Ray has accumulated a wealth of experience in effective human resource management, internal workplace investigations and conflict resolution.

In 2008, Ray led the Southern Region of MNR to the Silver Star level in the Progressive Excellence Program from the National Quality Institute. This is only the 3rd time an Ontario Public Service work unit or Ministry had achieved this level.

He is recognized as strong people leader, in tune with workplace chemistry, a collaborative manager with work unions and a progressive facilitator to bring the best out of people.

Career Experiences

Ray Bonenberg has been an Associate of the Delfi Group since 2010. He has retired from the Ontario Public Service ( Ministry of Natural Resources) in 2009 from the position of Regional Director for the Southern Region based out of Peterborough ( 600 staff, $42 million annual budget). As a manager/leader in the OPS, Ray has demonstrated a passion for leading organizations in continuous learning, ensuring a workplace free of discrimination and harassment, and quality improvement.

Throughout his 36 year career, he has been a people leader of various work groups in 9 different locations in Ontario. He has also been exposed to various high level public processes relating to contentious resource management issues, aboriginal land claim negotiations and mediating aboriginal blockades.

He has also conducted approximately 30 investigations relating to workplace harassment and discrimination within the OPS over a 35 year period. Many of the resolutions from these incidents necessitated conflict resolution and mediation processes to restore the workplace to ensure functional working relationships happened.


4 years post secondary Forestry and Resource Management Technologist

Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology (1973, 1974, 1976)

Programs for Public Executives

Queen’s University (1997)

Graduate of the Ontario Police College

One month law enforcement for Provincial regulations and investigative techniques (1979)

Aboriginal awareness training and cultural understanding

(1988, 1990, 1993)

Mediation Training

Mediation Training Institute (MTI) ( 2003)

Workplace and Discrimination and Harassment (WDHP) Training

OPS and workplace respect awareness ( 1990, 1993, 1998)

Managing change and conflict in workplaces


Investigative Interviewing

Dana Rodden Institute (2009)

Service Specialties

  • Workplace assessments related to hiring, talent management, leadership and team building
  • Governance excellence and effective oversight processes
  • Workplace investigations and “mess management”
  • Process facilitation with teams of executives or corporate governors/directors
  • Strategic and operational planning
  • Administration and Interpretation of  Wiley Assessment Products including PXT Select, Everything DiSC, and 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team
  • Experienced facilitator for Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, an exciting new Wiley Workplace Learning Systems product                 

Client Testimonials

Ray is an insightful and active facilitator who engages the organization and the participants very well before, during and after sessions.  He drives focus on the outcomes that we plan on, and is also quite adept at changing processes to maximize input and discussion.  Ray also brings significant  skill and experience in personnel and volunteer management, government and industry relations, and environmental conservation to his role, which adds value to our initiatives.

Jamie Fortune, Chief Operating Officer
Jamie Fortune, Chief Operating Officer
Ducks Unlimited Canada

We contracted Ray to facilitate a series of stakeholder engagement sessions. Ray was instrumental in helping us gather insights on a challenging government policy issue. He was well prepared and ensured respect among individuals. Ray kept the meeting flowing and adapted on the fly to ensure adequate time for discussion on key topics and that all participants were able to share their thoughts.

Deborah Stetson, Manager, Wildlife Policy Section
Deborah Stetson, Manager, Wildlife Policy Section
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry