What We Do

We provide a variety of consulting services including government relations and public awareness campaigns. We also assist with strategic planning for companies and non-profits, provide writing assistance and workshops.  

What We Don't Do 

We are NOT lobbyists, we provide advice and consult with our clients, we do not lobby officials on their behalf.

Our history

Founded amidst adversity and the realization that life is too short not to be lived to the fullest, founders Carla (How)att and Fiona (Be)land-Quest set out to make an impact on the world around them by providing exemplary consulting services.

Not your usual consulting firm, How to Be is based on positive and ethical practices that is also full of energy and fun, we provide businesses, organizations and individuals with management consulting outside the ordinary.

Our Mission
To give organizations the tools they need to be successful and thrive. 

The Team

Fiona Beland-Quest

Sales guru, marketing magician, elected official, experienced board member, passionate customer experience mapper, lover of Newfies and all things energizing. 

Carla Howatt 

Former communications consultant, municipal councillor, communications director, social media maven and provocateur of reality, Carla was born in the oil fields and raised in the wheat fields of Alberta.

What Our Clients Say

How to Be Consulting (HTBC) provided invaluable advice to Canadian Rockies Agriculture Inc. during a very difficult time. 

They provided us with insight into the workings of a municipality and gave us direction on where to place our resources and energies. They helped write important documents and produced any materials we needed. As a result, our project obtained final approval and we couldn’t be happier. 

HTBC was professional, clear on what promises they could make and provided the necessary guidance and handholding we needed during a very stressful time.
- Aaron Barr, CEO Canadian Rockies Agricultural Inc.

Carla and Fiona are a great team. How to Be helped me set up an Energi Pub Night in Sherwood Park. They reached out to their network and brought in influencers from their community to listen my talk about the future of energy in Alberta.

Throughout the planning stage they were professional and helpful in securing the ideal location for the event and taking care of all the details. Can’t say enough good things about How to Be and will definitely work with them again.
- Markham Hislop, Publisher, Energi News


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Monday - Friday: 10 am - 4 pm

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed