You are extraordinary.

Especially when you unleash your creativity, your desire for change, and the unrealized potential of the people around you.

Creative Problem Solving School was born from our belief that when people create together, they can make things better. Solving problems in a vacuum misses the opportunity to leverage the experiences and skills of the people around you. We call this The Overlap Method™. We teach skills that support taking a different approach to solving problems. Our programs fall into one of four categories: collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and most importantly, creativity.

10 Years
Established in 2011

Learning through community

What makes The Overlap Method™ different? We believe that creative problem solving, and the skills that support it, are best learned by doing in the open. You can read case studies, you can practice in a controlled environment—but the real problem solving that most of us face is messy, unpredictable, and doesn’t go to “plan”. By joining one of our courses, you will be part of an alumni community that wants you to succeed. Whether you’re an individual or part of a team taking training, you will have an opportunity to continue to engage with alumni from dozens of organizations and sectors that are all learning and applying their new skills every day.

Meet Lisa, our co-founder and owner

We’re a women-owned design firm that believes in the power of creativity, empathy and technology to unleash the potential in all of us to make the world better. Our Co-CEO Lisa Grogan is an inspiring leader that speaks about co-gendered leadership, women in business, taking big risks and philanthropreneurship.

Women Owned
Overlap is certified as a women-owned company by WEConnect International. This Certification serves as a seal that assures large companies and potential buyers obtaining goods or services that a company meets the universal standards to be certified as a women-owned enterprise.

WEConnect International helps women-owned businesses succeed in global value chains. It identifies, educates and certifies women’s business enterprises that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women, and then connects them with qualified member buyers.

WEConnect International members represent over U.S. $1 trillion in annual purchasing power and a commitment to supplier development and inclusive sourcing. The result is a network of corporate buyers working with women business owners based in over 120 countries that are learning, collaborating and winning new business.

Overlap is also a Proud Member of: Scotiabank Women’s Initiative, Women’s President’s Organization and a Founding member of Unicef Canada’s 25th Team.