Team

Our success is built on global mobility and a network of Coach collaborators worldwide.

 

 

Nathalie Blais

Nathalie Blais, MCC

Co-Founder & Program Director

Her passion for coaching was sparked in 1996 as a student in the prestigious Dan Sullivan Strategic Coach Program for Entrepreneurs.

Nathalie has worked closely with individuals and groups within multi-national organizations as a partner in Talent Management & Development as well as a Performance Coach & Facilitator. Her passion lies in empowering people with the skills to develop themselves and others to discover their genius and tap into their full potential.

Nathalie is an MCC, ICF Coach and has a BA in International Politics from McGill University. She is currently completing a Masters in Psychology at Harvard University.

Andrew Harris

Andrew Harris

Co-Founder CCA & CEO of Cowan International

Like you, Andrew Harris understands the impact of the talent gap on organizations. As the owner of one of the longest established executive search firms in Canada, he has seen the evolution of human development and the powerful impact of coaching. 

As President and Owner of Cowan International (est. 1954) Andrew is a key collaborator and adviser to Canada Coach Academy. He is also an inspirational leader with an unshakable commitment to maximizing human potential and organizational performance. 

An expert in strategic workforce planning and talent development, he’s driven by a mission to empower companies in the developing world to harness and promote local talent. 

Marie Claude Lapalme

Marie Claude Lapalme

Executive Coach & Facilitator

Marie-Claude is an accomplished bilingual facilitator, trainer, and credentialed executive coach. Her work spans over 15 years. 

She has had the pleasure of working with leaders throughout Canada, the US & Europe. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies in the mining sector, financial services, hi-technology, consumer goods, pharma, property management/ developers, retail, manufacturing, as well as government organizations.

Marie-Claude is accredited by the International Coach Federation and a graduate of the MBA program at University of California.

Laurence Pichon

Laurence Pichon

Performance Coach & Facilitator

Laurence is a Performance Coach and Accredited Facilitator with Canada Coach Academy. Her corporate background and 20+ years of global experience in business & people development have made her a passionate human development ambassador, known for her expertise in career development, career transition and leadership coaching in cross-cultural environments and with global teams. Laurence is an ICF certified coach and holds a diploma in Business Management with a major in Marketing from EDHEC Business School (France).

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Kelvin Thomas

Strategic Partner USA & Facilitator

Kelvin Thomas is an ICF Professional Certified Coach, facilitator, and speaker. He has spent over 16 years Engaging, Empowering, and Educating people and businesses with the strategies and tools they need for real transformation. Through his many years in corporate America and various other organizations, he perfected and developed his intuitive, authentic, and transparent approach to change. These skills allow him to connect with his clients immediately, understand the core challenges they face, and help them deliver the results they seek. His mission is simple “Position You for Success!”

Kelvin’s worked for several Fortune 500 companies both domestically and internationally, and his reputation is built on a track record of success. He is a serial entrepreneur and is the founder and co-founder of several businesses. 

Coach, speaker, and facilitator, Kelvin’s dedication and altruism extend past his professional life as a proud father, community advocate, volunteer, and philanthropist.

Kelvin holds a degree in Organizational Leadership from Pillar College, and is currently a candidate for his MBA in Management and Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University.

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Cate Baio

Transformation Coach & Facilitator

Cate originally started out in the health and wellness industry as a Fitness Leader and Trainer of Fitness Professionals. She found her way to coaching by setting the intention to support people in creating space for deeper, more personal and purposeful change in their lives. Today she is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation, Mentor Coach, speaker and Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator living in beautiful Nelson, BC, Canada.

As a lifelong learner herself, Cate is deeply passionate about helping others develop coaching skills in order to not only fulfill their personal potential but to create wider impact in the world. Cate believes Coaching is a beautifully co-creative and intuitive process and she supports her students in discovering the power of the coaching experience.

Outside of the coaching conversation, Cate explores what it means to live a wholehearted life. She might be found playing and resting with her family, connecting to her friends or curled up on her favourite chair with a good book.

 

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Joseph Atanas

Strategic Partner Education & Facilitator

Joe is an Award-winning Educational Leader and Social Activist. As a coach, Joe’s mission is to empower Educators to elevate the next generation of change makers.

Joe has been coaching leaders, students and community groups for over decade.  In 2012, Joe’s coaching research and its contributions to education garnered him both the Jack Nobel Prize for the highest GPA by any graduate student and The Research of the Year Award from Brock University.   He holds two Master Degrees in Education which focused on Coaching and Holistic Education. 

Joe has recently completed his Dare to Lead Certification as well as his Supervisory Officers Qualification Program in Ontario as a principal of an elementary school.

 

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Maggie Guo

Lead Accountant

Maggie Guo joined the CCA team in February 2021 as Lead Accountant.

With extensive experience in accounting, financing, budgeting, and taxation, Maggie brings in-depth knowledge and passion to CCA global expansion efforts. As financial controller, she spent many years working with large firms Tamaggo Inc. and Orthosoft Inc.

Maggie has been a Certified Public Accountant in Quebec, Canada since 2008 and was a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Delaware, U.S.A in 2004. Originally from China, she is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, English and functional in French.

Maggie obtained her Bachelor of Commerce in accountancy from Concordia University in 2003.

 

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Wendy McGean

Performance Coach & Program Specialist

Wendy McGean joined Canada Coach Academy in November 2020 as Program Specialist.

Connecting with people has been a life-long passion for Wendy. She became a coach to turn her passion into a service.

Wendy has 30 years experience specializing in IT, supporting teams in large corporations including Michelin, IBM and Bombardier. After choosing early retirement in 2019 to pursue her dreams, she set off on a cross-country solo motorcycle tour which led to publishing her first memoire and starring in her own podcast attracting listeners worldwide. Wendy is also an accomplished artist.

Wendy has a B.Com from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. and is a graduate of the ICF Personal & Business Coach Certification.

 

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Eamon Leonard, MBA

Head of Global Partnerships & Growth

Eamon joined the CCA global team in January 2021 as Head of Global Partnerships and Growth.

Born and raised in Hamilton Ontario, Eamon set off at the first opportunity to explore the world. His thirst for new experiences, adventure and meeting fascinating people led him across the globe, first as a teacher, and then in global event management with Cirque du Soleil, the World Expo, and the Olympics, before returning to settle in Montreal, Canada where his focus turned to technology, business and e-commerce. Functional in Chinese Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and English, Eamon’s gift for languages is driven by an intense curiosity about people and culture.

As a globetrotter, Eamon was fortunate to have crossed paths with many inspirational people, some of whom were gifted coaches, who taught him that to ask a good question is to give a gift. Eamon earned an MBA in Global Business from Université Laval, a BA in Communications from McMaster University, and a collection of certificates from language schools around the globe.

To Eamon, bliss is found in nature, walking and talking with the people he loves.

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Sarah Flint

Performance Coach & Program Specialist

Sarah is an ICF certified coach and project manager with 15+ years experience in the healthcare, telecommunications and residential real-estate sectors.
Sarah believes that when connection and communication are developed through coaching, individuals can achieve their full potential, making any team they are a part of stronger. Through her own experience studying and working in STEM fields, Sarah developed her passion for coaching women who are carving out their own path in the world – especially when they find themselves juggling their careers and families.
Sarah joined CCA in 2018 as a student and has completed both the Life & Wellness and Performance & Business Coaching Programs. Sarah is now recognized as Associate Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation and holds a B.Math, Business Administration from the University of Waterloo.
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Marian Yansen

Customer Experience Advocate

Marian joined Canada Coach Academy in February 2021 as the Customer Experience Coordinator. She is a firm believer that in life we may not remember the people we’ve met, the food we’ve eaten nor the music we’ve danced to. But we will always remember the experiences. As the customer experience coordinator her goal is to ensure that every experience will be unforgettable.

She has over 10 years of customer support & hospitality expertise. Her passion for bridging the gap between the organization and clients, led her to pursue a Public Relations Certificate after obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology & Political Science from McGill University.

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Tammy Faulds

Grief and Wellness Coach & Facilitator

Tammy is an ICF Certified Coach (PCC), Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist®, The Daring Way™ Certified Facilitator, 500hr Certified Yoga Teacher, and all-around perspective shifter who utilizes her holistic coaching skills to help people rewrite their inner stories so they can get unstuck and back on their path. She specializes in grief coaching and has an arsenal of techniques and life experience under her belt, from positive psychology and guided meditations to being a cancer survivor and world traveller.

Tammy is passionate about helping individuals find personal freedom and to live in alignment with their best and brightest selves. She believes that, while loss is a challenging part of life, individuals are equipped to handle it in a healthy way if given proper support and effective tools. When she isn’t coaching you can find her dancing in her kitchen, dreaming up her next travel plans, or walking in nature and laughing with loved ones. She holds a BA in Health Studies from Brock University and is continually tickling her grey matter with new courses in health and wellness.

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Sandra Woloschuk

Mentor Coach

Sandra’s passion for coaching grew from an interest in supporting leaders to help people and organizations thrive through change. Her work is guided by a humanistic approach of encouragement using a calm and non-directive style. Specializing in leadership coaching and peer coaching, and as an experienced mentor coach, her focus is helping new coaches navigate their learning journey and successfully achieve their desired goals.

Sandra is a Certified Executive Coach (CEC) and achieved the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation from the International Coach Federation. A lifelong learner, she holds a Masters degree in Adult Education, and is certified in change management (Prosci) project management (Prince2), and is a certified DiSC facilitator. Sandra is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR).

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Sherry Matheson

Mentor Coach & Co-facilitator

She is an Innovative, Collaborative & Strategic Change Specialist, Consultant and Systems Coach, coaching leaders, teams, and social systems, moving them from fear and frustration to being more engaged, courageous and innovative. Sherry brings 26 years of experience working in and with executives, directors, managers & teams in various settings – corporate, legal, government, oil & gas, not-for-profit, engineering, health & wellness & collaborative team leadership development to her coaching, facilitating & consulting services.

Sherry is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation who believes the key is focusing on relationships. Through her work and in her own collaborations, she has experienced that if the relationship isn’t right, nothing is right. Sherry develops leaders & teams who create organizational cultures that innovate, driving new ideas, new ventures & creative impactful collaborations. Leading innovation requires a different kind of leader: a leader who is anchored in the awareness of their being as a leader; a leader who creates an environment where others are willing and able to collaborate and; a leader who is conscious and intentional of roles and responsibilities in leading collaboratively. Sherry is the founder of Empower the Truth.

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