Team

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

 

 

Nathalie Blais

Nathalie Blais, MCC

Co-Founder & Director of Training

Nathalie’s passion for coaching was sparked in 1996 as a student in the prestigious Dan Sullivan Strategic Coach Program for Entrepreneurs. To live out her mission, she co-founded Canada Coach & Mentor Academy Inc. to create a safe place for people to unlearn disempowering communication styles and adopt more engaging and empowering strategies.

As Director of Training, Nathalie pours her heart into designing Coach Education programs that give people the knowledge, network and tools to have more powerful conversations. Her mission is to multiply the impact of coaching in the world by mentoring world-class coaches so that together we can change lives, families, and communities.

Nathalie is a Master Certified ICF Coach, one of only 4% in the world to hold this distinguished status and she has a BA in International Politics from McGill University. Nathalie is currently completing a Masters in Psychology at the prestigious Harvard University, her dissertation is Teacher As Coach.

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

Learning Leader & Executive Coach

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.

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Wendy McGean

Program Specialist & Performance Coach

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. She’s a graduate of the ICF Personal & Business Coach Certification and holds the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential with the International Coaching Federation.

 

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Cate Baio

Learning Leader & Mentor Coach

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

Learning Leader & Mentor Coach

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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Kris Amaral

Program Specialist & Performance Coach

Kris’s motto has always been “live and lead with your heart”. Caring for people and their well-being, and helping them realize their potential, has always been of utmost importance to her. Over the last 25 years, Kris has been honored to support numerous teams and individuals as a People and Culture (HR) Executive now turned Consultant, and as an Executive and Career Coach, sharing her values of authenticity, belonging, respect, and leading with love.
Always curious to learn, Kris is a graduate of the ICF Personal and Business Coach Certification program, and on a path to pursuing her Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential from the International Coaching Federation. She holds both her CHRP and CHRL designations, is a PROSCI trained Change Manager, and a Design Sprint Facilitator. When not learning, Kris loves to spend time trying new recipes, hanging out with her family and dog, binge-watching Netflix, and reading.

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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

Learning Leader & Mentor Coach

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

Learning Leader & Mentor Coach

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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Kelly Wood

Learning Leader & Mentor Coach

Kelly has her Graduate Certificate from Royal Roads University in Advanced Coaching Practices and is a Professionally Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation. She is an Erickson Certified Life Coach, Neuro-linguistic Programming Master Practitioner, is certified in Strengths Deployment Inventory and is an Emotional Intelligence 2.0 certified facilitator.

Kelly Wood is a strengths and solutions-based life design coach and facilitator. She designs experiences for individuals and teams that inspire, create and explore with outcomes of empowerment, awareness, awakenings and forward movement. Her corporate clients have included Mount Royal University, University of Alberta, SoulFood, Campus Alberta Neuroscience, Ghost River Theatre, as well as Whitehorse’s Heart of Riverdale Community Centre. She has worked as faculty for Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Leadership Institute.

In individual Life Design sessions, she works with people who are going through transitions or at crossroads in their lives. Her superpower resides in deeply listening and asking good questions that help her clients access the meaningful and authentic answers that reside inside them.

In previous lifetimes, Kelly has owned and operated a sea kayaking business in Thailand, been to school in France, tracked wolves in the Canadian Rockies for scientific research, been a wrangler in the Rocky Mountains and has travelled and lived all over this beautiful world.

She’s a mom, a lifelong learner, and loves her work in life design + facilitation. Kelly’s primary values are love, ease, courage, community and authenticity.

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Biju Misra

Business Mentor Coach

Biju has over 20 years of business experience working for organizations across Asia and North America and multiple sectors specializing in strategy, operations, transformation, and business agility. He has been a co-founder of start-ups and played a key role in scaling the businesses till acquisition. Post-acquisition, he joined the corporate workforce and continues to work with early-stage start-up founders in different parts of the world as a Business coach, mentor, and angel investor. He helps founders develop their ideas, grow/scale, and become profitable. He is a firm believer in “Conscious Capitalism” and that theory only matters when it can be applied to produce positive results.

Biju has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University, an MBA from Kellogg/Schulich School of Business, Northwestern/York University, a Certificate in Teaching Effectiveness from Humber College and a Performance Coaching Certification from Canada Coach Academy.

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Scott Crawford

Program Specialist & Lifestyle Coach

Scott is a Coach and Personal Trainer with a passion for getting people moving; both physically and figuratively. Originally from Scotland, Scott moved to Canada with his family in 2011.

Scott believes strongly in the importance of effective communication skills, and continues to develop and apply his skills as President of his local Toastmasters Chapter, as a member of a yacht race crew and most importantly as primary caregiver to his daughters.

Scott holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Dundee, certifications in Personal Training and Transformation from the International Sports Sciences Association and is a graduate of the ICF Life and Wellness Coach Certification Program.

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Jonah Reynolds

Digital Community Builder

Jonah Reynolds joined the CCA team in November 2021 as the Digital Community Builder.

Jonah is a successful Esports coach with a background in multimedia, innovative technology and digital marketing. Jonah has worked with several professional Esports organizations as the social media manager, managing accounts with over 250k followers. Jonah obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia and Communications from McMaster University, where he also coaches the top collegiate Esports team in Canada.

Jonah was born and raised in Japan with an international school education, which allowed him to become fluent in English and Japanese. Growing up surrounded by peers of over 50+ nationalities, Jonah has established a deep understanding of what it means to develop a community on the global scale. With an extensive media and marketing background, Jonah plans to build a digital community for CCA that makes coaches from all over the world feel right at home.

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Roula Eid Sawan

Learning Leader & Mentor Coach

Roula is a trilingue Executive & Systemic Certified Coach, a trainer, mentor coach and an assessor.

She partners with her clients to understand their needs, unlock their potential and move towards the next level of achieving their NGO’s mission.

She is well known for being a good listener, fully present and talking her client’s language. She is a continuous learner and creates from every challenge an opportunity to grow and to support her client’s growth.

Her 25+ years of managerial positions in private, public and organizational sectors helped her to build a wide experience and knowhow about different kinds of businesses /missions and how to navigate within changes, new ways for reducing conflicts and enhancing communication while being aligned.

Her clients say that her approach, style and as importantly her positive attitude and creativity make everyone comfortable and receptive and help executives and teams to step out of their comfort zone and act accordingly.

Roula is an organizational & systemic certified coach (ORSCC), a PCC accredited from International coach federation (ICF) and has her master degree in industrial & commercial business administration from St Joseph university Lebanon (US).

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Stacie Ducharme

Executive Assistant

Stacie is enthusiastic about joining the Coach Academy family. With almost 20 years of experience in the Transport and Logistics Industry, she looks forward to learning, exploring and growing with all of the amazing peers surrounding her as she embarks on this new journey.Stacie thrives on life opportunities and adventures, and is grateful for her many experiences of travel. She is passionate, outgoing, adventurous, and appreciates bringing people together. As a young mom, she has grown into the person she is, guided from the unknown coaches that have and continue to encompass and support her. She is always excited in providing the same to others. Her interest in communication, power of perception, and positivity along with her kind human nature makes her feel like Canada Coach Academy is a place to call home.

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Christine Johnston

Learning Leader & Mentor Coach

Christine Johnston is an ICF Professional Certified Coach in Saint John, New Brunswick. She received her Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching in 2010 from Royal Roads University. Energized by the coaching process, Christine applies her unique approach into simple and practical frameworks, models, and tools that can support leaders in all walks of life. She has developed leadership competency frameworks and facilitated/developed courses and programs for multi-level leaders in government, private and public post-secondary education, not-for-profit, sales and marketing, start-ups, healthcare and oil and gas industries. With over 20 years experience in business development, human resources consulting and coaching, her focus is primarily in the areas of enhancing emotional intelligence for sustainable individual and leadership growth. Her desire to learn about human behavior and development has led to her attaining a Certificate in Human Resource Management, a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Studies, majoring in Adult Education, and a Certificate in Leadership Studies. Her career has been devoted to providing employees and leaders with practical tools and resources to optimize their performance. Being a Lean Six Sigma Champion, Christine advocates for leaders to stop overusing costly energy sources that deplete and prevent them from reaching optimal results.

“My intention is to be a thinking partner for leaders so they can achieve their greatest potential. My passion is human development for mindful, sustainable and continuous change. In the long run, a leader will only become what they desire when they are open to exploring and unearthing their own resources to succeed.”

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