Ready to LevelUp?
Motivational speaker Jim Rohn famously said, “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Accelerator Groups are a great way to expand your personal network and even become friends with the small group of peers who share your Sage’s time.
Our collection of battle-tested Sages from all over North America are excited to share with you the skills and knowledge they’ve learned along the way. Whether you’re looking to LevelUp in the areas of public speaking, entrepreneurship, women in leadership, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, general leadership skills mastery, or something else, we’ve got a seasoned expert for you!
What makes us different? I’m glad you asked! Our Sages offer coaching and mentorship through Accelerator Groups, allowing Seekers to split the cost of high quality, and typically very expensive, coaches between participants, making their expertise accessible and affordable for everyone. You get the benefits of one on one coaching without the massive price tag.
Bonnie Kowaliuk is an eclectic coach who has been exploring brain-based approaches to learning, leadership, health and wellness. I am a seeker of wisdom and growth in myself and others. I strive to actively support individuals, groups and organizations to attain optimal health, wellness and development from the inside out. As a Mindfulness Coach integrating the expressive arts into my coaching practice as well as being a transformational leadership consultant, my vision is to heal the planet one person at a time by leading, learning and living from a heart-centred place.
Executive team coach and serial entrepreneur, Brad has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta, an MBA specializing in Entrepreneurship from the University of Calgary & is a lifetime member of APEGA. Brad has more than 35 years of experience as a professional engineer, business executive, executive team coach & entrepreneur. Throughout his career, in every organization he’s been in, from developing the first electronic morning report at Petro-Canada, to his current internet start-ups, he has innovated, developed and/or implemented new strategies, processes, technologies & software. For 10 years at CEvO, he’s worked providing organizational evolution solutions to companies as a consultant & trusted advisor. Organizational evolution is simply about moving executive teams from where they are “stuck” today, to where they want to be in the future.
Experienced Entrepreneur, Investor, and Mentor. Certified “Good Enough Parenting” facilitator.
After having started, sold, failed, grown, and invested in businesses over the last 20+ years, Colin curated a freely accessible model designed to be the best way to start and operate a business called The Entrepreneur Roadmap – with the important purpose of ending unnecessary failure for entrepreneurs worldwide.
I am a self-driven and successful Human Resources and Talent Attraction Business Partner with strong relationship and team building expertise. Recognized change agent, process champion and program advocate in corporate human resources, staff recruiting, strategic planning and organizational development. I have a diverse background in workforce planning, resource allocation, internal training and career path development in the corporate, industrial, commercial, residential, government and volunteer environments. I have consistently hired over 100 per year for the last 10 years in a corporate environment. I also am into spending time with my family and disc sports.
Darcy Tuer, Co-founder and CEO of ZayZoon, and previous president and Co-founder of Spira Data Corp. for 11 years. Darcy founded his first software company, Halo Networks in 2000 while studying electrical engineering at the University of Alberta. Darcy serves as Past- Chair on the board of the Missing Children’s Society of Canada and has been a Director since 2011.
Executive Coach, Certified Mentor, Teacher, Trainer, Speaker, and President / Founder of EWMI
"You changed my life in 6 conversations!" "I did not know there were people like you in the world!" Neuroscience research shows that there are two things that every human looks for from the day we're born to the day we die. Dietrich integrates leading research into the field of Emotional Intelligence that creates uncommon results through powerful mentoring conversations. Dietrich brings a wealth of knowledge and wisdom that brings real transformation. He offers a very unique set of skills that produce long-term results in a short period of time. He is a sought after speaker, published author, teacher and coach. Dietrich has had the privilege to work with the airline industry, professional athletes, law enforcement, dental/medical, psychology practices, oil and gas, real estate, and top C-suite leaders. Dietrich is an educator with a B.Ed, a John C. Maxwell Certified Mentor Coach, Teacher, Trainer, and Speaker. Along with being the President and Founder of Emotional Wealth Management, Dietrich is also a CCF Certified Coach Practitioner, Executive Coach, Published Author of “Life Without Lies,” "An Introduction to Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace," and "Shining Shoes and the Art of Emotional Intelligence". He resides in Calgary, Alberta with his wife Edith of 38 years of marriage. "You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions."- Naguib Mahfouz
Doug is a retired RCMPolice officer with over 40 years of leadership and mentoring experience. He launched his own company - TalentC - People Services Inc. in the fall of 2009 that is focused on mentoring. Doug developed a curriculum to train mentors which results in a certification for mentoring. He mentors people internationally at all levels of an organization - face to face and virtually. Doug works with organizations to transition employees to management through the Practice of Mentoring. Doug provides Executive and Leadership mentoring to enhance/develop leadership skills and abilities. He has also written a book on mentoring called "The Gift of Mentoring" and is scheduled to publish another book by the end of 2020.
Dr. Ulwyn Pierre
For 20+ years, Dr Ulwyn, Founder and CEO of Embracing Freedom Global, has worked in the confidential arena with high achievers globally, serving as a consultative mentor to global leaders, Fortune 500 executives, established entrepreneurs, ambassadors and government ministers, representing 20 countries. Using her proven Hunomics EdgeTM Practice, she guides high achievers from crises to success and from expected to exceptional, in record time, creating outstanding results they had considered unachievable or beyond their reach. They view her as their “secret weapon” and “differential advantage” to remarkable and verifiable success.
Heather Herring is a professional engineer and proud alumna of the Haskayne School of Business. She is known for her ability to pinpoint the essential elements of an idea, business, challenge or person and use her leadership, innovation, and management skills to identify opportunities for excellence. As a coach, she supports client companies in business, communications and customer development. Often described as passionate, driven, and admired for her ability to forge connections between people and industries, Heather shines brightest at the intersection of cooperation, collaboration and competition to drive success for all parties. Her varied career has included serving as the Executive in Residence with Zone Startups Calgary and extensive work in academia, private and public sector companies with a focus on energy and sustainability. She was responsible for securing research grants and developing VR and 3D printing research facilities at the University of Calgary; focusing the R&D program, overseeing field pilots for new oil sands technologies, and formulating the creation of COSIA for Total E&P Canada; and exploring the emergence of the digital oil field at Laricina. She is the Vice Chair of Platform Calgary and past Chair of Tecterra.
Jan McInnis is known for her warmth, compassion and parenting expertise and has been using attachment concepts and strategies with caregivers for many years. Her passion for families and children has lead her to Circle of Security (COS) which she believes to be the most beautifully simple yet richly impactful intervention that she's found. By teaching parents how to build and support a secure attachment for their children, Jan is helping to build stronger, healthier families, which lead to stronger, healthier communities.
Leadership Coach, CFO, Educator, BBA, BEd., ACC
Jean Parker is a Leadership and Executive Coach with over 16 years experience as a CFO in multiple industries; including oilfield distribution, automotive manufacturing, technology, and garment manufacturing. She is also an educator with 10 years experience in innovative curricular development and instruction. She is currently working with Emerging Leaders to help them get a jump on how to lead through connection, collaboration, innovation and creating an outstanding team that exceeds expectations. Jean is known for leading organizations through growth and change. She is a proponent for creative solutions. In addition to leading numerous acquisitions and reorganizations, she is also a strong developer of people and process improvement structures. Her expertise includes organizational design and change; leadership mentoring; and initiating, implementing and guiding corporate strategies to fruition to promote the financial health of organizations. As an educator, Jean is known for her development of unique integrated curriculum programming focused on growing the competencies of students to become engaged, ethical and entrepreneurial thinkers and citizens. Her expertise includes curriculum design, collaboration, group instruction and facilitation, project based experiential learning, assessment, and leadership skill development. Jean has published articles on Integrated Curriculum and Aboriginal Issues. Over the years Jean has been passionate about creative thinking and has coached, mentored, and facilitated business leaders, employees and students to explore ideas, make connections, look for possibilities and then implement those ideas. Her shift into leadership coaching is a continuation of her desire to help others grow and step authentically into their leadership.
CEC, PCC MBA, Accredited SDI facilitator
Jim brings over 35 years of experience with organizations ranging from global businesses to community - based not for profits. His successful career working both Internationally and Nationally in Senior VP and Director Level roles helped him to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to start and develop 3 successful companies. He has subsequently sold two of them and continues to pursue his passion for developing leaders as a coach through his company Owen Solutions. Jim is a good listener, empathetic and provides a safe environment for personal growth and development.
John Callaway is a mediator and facilitator of workplace conflict resolution and assertive communication programs. Initially in the outdoor education field, John took his education into aviation as a mentor and a frontline leader. Specializing in helping people have better conversations, John uses the skills gained from being a frontline leader into facilitating conflict resolution courses for leaders. John also provides conflict coaching to professional organizations and post-secondary institutions. Additionally, John is a mediator at the Alberta Provincial Court Civil Mediation program. He has mediated disputes in several areas ranging from neighbour issues to lawsuits of claims worth up to $50,000. John holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology, a Certificate in Negotiation from the ADR Institute of Alberta, and a Masters in Business Administration. Why do I want to facilitate an Accelerator Group? People get their best results when there is another person to be accountable to and receive feedback from. Some of my best learning came from small group interactions. What leadership soft skill(s) do I feel especially qualified to impart and why? I think the soft skills I can contribute is the ability to actively listen to other people and speak assertively so as to preserve relationships when conversations are tense. For instance in a performance review. As well, providing coaching in other areas of conflict resolution that will help them improve the day to day interactions. Have I facilitated a small group before? If so, what was it like? I have facilitated small groups in the past. It was enjoyable engaging in discussions about the real situations people were in and following the progress of the participants. How will I ensure Seekers receive maximum benefit from joining my group? By providing a safe environment for sharing discussion, using real world examples of the situations they might find themselves in, and bringing many years of experience in conflict resolution to the group from an outside perspective.
Organizational Effectiveness Professional, Leadership Coach (ICF Coach U Fast Track Graduate), Creator of Finding More Flow Curriculum, Certified in Personality Style at Work Psychometric Assessment
I am an organization effectiveness professional passionate about delivering client solutions that drive improved performance and resiliency for both individuals and teams. With 20 years of corporate and leadership experience in the areas of strategic facilitation, talent program design and management, training, professional development coaching and corporate communications, my suite of expertise means I am a specialist in diagnosing obstacles getting in your way, and designing and implementing practical solutions to move you forward. From C-suite leaders and management teams to individual contributors or entrepreneurs, I connect with you wherever you are at in order to understand your needs and identify recommendations. Once we are aligned, I will roll up my sleeves and support you in making the shift to enhanced success.
Kerry is an expert in working with others to find their strengths and achieve their dreams. She is a coach, a listener, an encourager, and above all, an inquisitive supporter of you! Kerry look's forward to supporting you as a leader, no matter where you are on the journey. Kerry is also an experienced leader and lifelong learner. "I began my leadership journey as the leader of a a disengaged, and cynical group of employees. Maybe you can relate to this situation? By the end of our work together, they were engaged and involved in our work, building from our shared purpose. How did it happen? We improvised, imagined and were open to change. We built trust and shared leadership, building from the strengths of our people. It was hard work, and I wish that I had a coach during those years! As a Leader, a teacher, and mentor, it has been my privilege to give back and support many people to build the workplaces they dream of. I am a trained Executive Coach, hold ACC coaching designation with the International Coach Federation and I currently serve as President of ICF Calgary. I have been a formal and informal leader in public Education, hold a Master's Degree in Education (Teaching and Learning), Certifications in Human Resource Management, Adult and Community Education, and Conflict Mediation. " Kerry
PhD, ORSCC, CPCC, PCC Assessments: Leadership Circle Profile and Collective Leadership Assessment and Lumina Spark, Emotion and Leader
Kerry leads change for a world of change, holding and challenging leaders, organizations and social systems to amplify the power of relationship—for it’s powerful relationship that creates meaningful change. As an International Coach Federation accredited coach with twenty years of experience with corporate, government and not-for-profit organizations in a variety of sectors globally, Kerry develops the collective and change leadership capability. She began her work as a change leader while leading a participatory forest management program and researching for her doctorate on changing roles in natural forest management in Tanzania in the 1990s. Currently she trains, mentors and supervises professional coaches and leaders in Relationship Systems Intelligence globally - most recently in Ethiopia, China, Canada and the USA. Founder of Novalda, she is the Canadian partner of CRR Global.
Matt Young is an industry leader with over 25 years of experience in the allied health care sector. A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Matt put his Human Kinetics degree and passion for health & sport to use in his first start up; Innovative Fitness. Matt’s body of work led to a National Top 40 Under 40 in 2006 & Provincial recognition in 2011. He sold his company in 2018 with having done over 97M in sales. Since then Matt has continued through 12 more start ups in the sport and tech space and currently consults sport organizations and small businesses from around the world.
Chartered Mediator, Certified Coach, Certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor
Michelle Phaneuf is a Chartered Mediator, Certified Coach, Certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor and trained Ombudsman who utilizes interest-based tools to bring awareness and empathy to manage difficult situations in a non-confrontational manner. Her background in engineering generates a systems-thinking approach which enables her to successfully analyze complex situations to acquire a comprehensive perspective. Her path from engineer to coach, negotiator and conflict resolution professional was a learning journey that she shares with technical people who want to discover new skills and gain awareness. Her background in engineering generates a systems-thinking approach which enables her to successfully analyze complex situations to acquire a comprehensive perspective.
Seasoned CEO with a demonstrated history of working in multi-unit hospitality, international travel and the professional training/coaching industry. Strong business development skills as well as extensive experience that includes Executive Development, Business Planning, Entrepreneurship, and Forum Group Facilitation. .
I am a mother, wife and friend. My husband and I share a blended family with 4 teenaged boys (2 each). I have spent 20 years in sales and sales management. In this coaching role, I came to witness how impactful personal relationships are to individual success, both positively and negatively. I was keenly aware of this through my own personal experience, as well. After going through a challenging phase of my relationship, and nearly splitting up, we came up with a process to make it work instead. This is now an 8 week program that helps other couples, as well.
Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, Professional Engineer, Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering
"Become the Best Version of You. Living your best life begins when you tap into your unique talents. Discover your CliftonStrengths to learn what makes you exceptional and how you can maximize your potential at work and everywhere else." CliftonStrengths development came into Pam's life in spring of 2017 and she hasn't been the same since. Pam’s life passion is to leave the world a better place than when she found it. By sharing CliftonStrengths and coaching in strengths-based development, she is opening the door for others to identify their potential and harness their strengths. After two decades as a project leader in the cyclic unpredictable oil and gas industry, Pam wanted a new way to articulate herself and her unique approach to successful project leadership. Completing her CliftonStrengths assessment opened the door to understanding her talents and vocalize them to others in the genuine, authentic way she always wanted. Pam is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and is active in the world-wide CliftonStrengths community. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering and is a Professional member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). She balances her pursuit of promoting strengths development with being a part-time Project Engineer and a full-time wife and mother. Pam's Top 5 CliftonStrengths are HARMONY, INDIVIDUALIZATION, RESTORATIVE, CONNECTEDNESS, AND EMPATHY.
Extensive investment background as entry point to help grow successful entrepreneurs
Pieter is a seasoned advisor, investor, mentor with a deep background in finance, entrepreneurship and start-up development. Pieter has invested in and advised numerous start-ups across Canada and in doing so has developed deep insights in what makes entrepreneurs and founders successful and how they can attract capital to grow their business. Pieter has become a successful speaker and has travelled all over Canada, Europe and the Caribbean to talk about deal structuring, valuation and start-ups and angel investing in general.
John Maxwell Certified Coach, John Maxwell Certified Speaker, John Maxwell Certified Trainer
My growth journey began immediately after I began my journey in the corporate world. I was introduced to the book, "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie and everything changed for me. It shifted my emphasis to other people. Specifically, putting others first and adding value to them. Next thing I knew, I was reading 5 books a month in the spirit of growth, thus growth became a foundational element of my life. I began working with early-to-mid stage software startups, which stretched me in new ways with growth being the thesis of both my personal and professional life. While engaged with personal growth and realizing my career in Sales and Marketing, I met the President of The John Maxwell Team on a bus in Atlanta, Georgia in early May of 2016. After a 3 minute conversation, he offered me a job. Just a few months later, I was consulting and then leading the Sales & Marketing departments for The John Maxwell Team - the largest and fastest growing Leadership, Coaching, and Speaking Certification Program in the world. John Maxwell is the world's authority on Leadership - with over 100 books written on the topic and in my time working with John, I've had the great honor to work and collaborate with world-class leaders, speakers, authors, and experts. It's these experience that I draw from and continue to add value to others in the process. Here we grow!
Intelligent Leadership Certified Executive Coach, SDI Facilitator, Barrett Cultural Transformation Tools Level II Practitioner; certified in SDI suite of tools for understanding motivation, conflict, and team effectiveness. Certified in 3 different 360 degree assessments. Certified in multiple tools to assess and improve organizational culture and organizational values through the Barrett platform.
Entrepreneur by nature, coach by trade, catalyst by approach; Stan Peake lives to help values-based leaders discover and live up to their potential (faster than they could on their own). With entrepreneurial expertise spanning 5 businesses in 4 industries over 17 years; and 20 years of leadership and executive management experience, Stan gets business, and he gets entrepreneurs. He is a master certified executive coach (certified by John Mattone, Steve Jobs’ former executive coach), corporate facilitator, and is also certified in cultural transformation tools and over 65 tools that help to create awareness, change, and results in leaders and teams. His written works range from published works in 5 different magazines, including Entrepreneur, online resources like Bizztor Media (India’s largest publication for entrepreneurs), and newspapers across Canada and the United States. Stan has also published four books, including the bestsellers Success is a System and How to Sell in ANY Economy. Stan’s speaking engagements have taken him across Canada, from startup incubators and national franchise shows to some of the largest & most well-known conferences in North America. He has also been a guest on over a dozen podcasts on topics from sales to leadership to all things entrepreneurism. Stan has coached businesses of all sizes and industries, from Vancouver, BC to Montreal, QC and from California to Connecticut. He has helped pre-revenue startups get off the ground, to working with executives in global companies north of $20 billion in revenue. A dynamic speaker, passionate and wise coach, and gifted writer – Stan is the go to for leaders and businesses who want to get unstuck and make their vision a reality. In 2019, Stan’s company InSite Performance Coaching was recognized for balancing the drive for results and ethical business by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau, as a finalist for the ethical business of the year.