Our Team

Our team of associates brings global capabilities, diversity of background and approach, and a uniformly exceptional range of experience – along with exemplary professional coach credentials.

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Karen Wright

(Toronto, Canada)

MCC, CHC, CAPP


Karen works with high achieving business leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals to become better communicators, leaders of people and catalysts for growth.
A nationally published columnist and sought-after speaker, Karen founded Parachute Executive Coaching in 1996. Prior to becoming a coach Karen enjoyed a successful corporate career in consumer packaged goods marketing and advertising.
Karen has an MBA in Marketing from the Ivey School and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Western University. She graduated from two of the world’s most established coach training programs and has been a teacher for both organizations. She was one of the first coaches to study the integration of Positive Psychology into coaching and has a Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology. She is also a Certified Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. The first Professional Certified Coach (PCC) in Canada and one of an elite group of Master Certified Coaches, a past Board member and founder of the Toronto Chapter for the International Coach Federation, Karen is a leader in the field of corporate coaching.
Karen’s first book, “The Complete Executive – the 10-Step System for Great Leadership Performance” was released in September, 2012.


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Nick Evans

(Toronto, Canada)

MCC


Nick Evans has over 20 years of experience as a business leader, coach and facilitator in Fortune 500, mid-size and entrepreneurial organizations. Nick works with individuals and teams who are committed to effectively translating their efforts into being organizational leaders. As a business leader, he understands how to link business vision and strategy with personal engagement and growth. Nick has a proven track record of translating coaching and team facilitation programs into enhanced business results.

Nick has a unique ability to understand and inspire those he coaches to grow professionally, personally, and to deliver the desired results. In addition to his coaching, Nick combines his experience in business strategy, change management, team building, and organizational dynamics, to design high performance leadership programs. He also teaches a graduate course on Authentic Leadership at the University of Toronto
Nick has an MBA from the Ivey School of Business and a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Toronto. He trained as a coach with Corporate Coach U, is a certified practitioner of multiple coaching and assessment tools and holds the Master Certified Coach designation from the International Coach Federation. Nick is a recipient of the Prism Award for Excellence in Organizational Coaching in both 2006 and as part of a team in 2008.

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Sharon Flanagan

(Toronto, Canada)

PCC


Sharon is known for her ability to help her clients translate complex challenges into practical solutions, sound business judgment and understanding of executive work/ life realities.

Sharon’s very successful corporate career with TD Bank Financial Group provided the practical foundation for her coaching. As Vice President of Human Resources, her last business unit comprised over 3500 employees and six lines of business. She was valued and respected as a business partner who supported a broad range of business units over her career including national and international operations, information technology, corporate groups, wealth management and the wholesale bank. She facilitated significant leadership development, talent management and strategic change initiatives, reorganizations and also re-branding IT.

An Adler Certified Professional Coach, Sharon has also earned her Professional Coach Certification (PCC) from the International Coach Federation. She is proud to have been a recipient of two PRISM Awards celebrating Excellence and Business Achievement through coaching. Her ongoing learning includes certification in a variety of coaching and assessment instruments, adult learning and strategic management courses.

She has volunteered as Director of Mentoring on the Board of the York Region Chapter of the Human Resources Professionals of Ontario and been a speaker at the Conference Board of Canada.


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Kathryn Healey

(Toronto, Canada)

CPCC


Kathryn Healey is an Executive and Team Leadership Coach with over 25 years of corporate experience. In the business world she is known for strategic thinking, leadership, and excellent communication skills. As a coach she is known for her ability to help clients pinpoint what is holding them back, and make lasting changes to achieve their highest goals.

Kathryn has held a variety of executive positions in the global pharmaceutical industry. She has provided strategic leadership for business units, lead and motivated national sales teams and championed the marketing and external affairs departments.

Kathryn has a proven track record of success in recruiting and developing talent, maximizing team performance, and delivering superior results. She always brings out the best in people, inspiring those on her team to believe in themselves and fully express their talents, and she can do the same for you.
Kathryn completed her training and certification (CPCC) through the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the International Coaching Federation (ICF, Toronto).

With coaching experience spanning several industries including healthcare, consumer goods, manufacturing, financial, and government, you can be assured that Kathryn will “get” your challenges and opportunities.

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Len Huckabay

(Calgary, AB)

PCC, CPCC


Len is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the ICF (International Coach Federation) who has been working in the field of coaching and leadership development since 2004. Len’s 30+ years of business experience includes leadership, mentorship, and Executive Directorship roles. He has worked as both an employee and consultant and has successfully lead teams of 75+ and been responsible for multi-million dollar budgets, strategic planning, change and project management and talent development.

Len works with leaders and teams in individual and group coaching scenarios, as well as training and facilitation. Len has coached leaders at all levels of the organization. He builds sustainable leadership presence by focusing on an individual’s self-awareness, intention and impact, and emotional intelligence. Len’s areas of strength include leadership presence, influence, communication, conflict management, team development and trust.

Len’s coaching provides leaders with tailored guidance on how to manage people and processes to improve organizational results while building the leader’s capacity for delivering those results over the long term.

Len’s coaching and facilitation experience is borderless and geographically dispersed with many clients from across Canada, United States, Europe, Asia, South America, Middle East, and Australia.


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Craig Kennedy

(Halifax, NS, Canada)


Craig’s over 25 years experience as a manager, entrepreneur, and trainer provide him with extensive knowledge and unique skills in planning, organizational and personal development and interpersonal communication.

Craig has worked with small business owners, managers, and executives who want to enjoy both career success and an extraordinary personal life. His work spans industries as diverse as health care, technology, nonprofits, government, professional services and postsecondary education.

He is a Certified Work Less Make More© coach and has trained with Coach University, the world’s leading coach training organization. Craig was the Founder of the Nova Scotia Chapter of the International Coach Federation (ICF). He is a sought after trainer and facilitator, specializing in personal workflow management and effective interpersonal communications as well as Open Space Technology and World Cafe.

He has been featured in national publications such as Chatelaine Magazine and Reader’s Digest and appeared on numerous local and national radio talk shows.

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Kendra Reddy

(Vancouver, Canada)

PCC


A certified executive and leadership coach, dynamic speaker, and writer, Kendra has extensive experience working and coaching in driven, high performance environments. She is passionate about working with cutting edge organizations that are committed to developing powerful, connected leaders who are willing to challenge themselves and the company they are a part of, in order to realize results and increase business impact.

Relying on neuroscience, positive psychology, and creative coaching techniques, Kendra draws on the multidisciplinary science of sustainable high performance to teach leaders and their teams how to harness and allocate their mental focus and energy in order design a better way of living and more efficient way of delivering results. She engages people in thought provoking conversations that empower and help them dramatically expand and improve their leadership and unlock their potential. Through group facilitation and 1:1 coaching, Kendra helps people define and develop their unique strengths and expand their leadership capacity and style by following simple practices to hone their attention and ability to quickly access and utilize all of their capabilities.

An active member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Kendra holds her Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) designation from The Coaches Training Institute and is a graduate of their intensive 10-month Leadership Program. She is also a designated Certified Neuroscience Transformational Coach (CNTC), has earned certifications in Solutions-Focused Brief Coaching through the University of Toronto, and Social Psychology through Ryerson University. She also is certified in The Birkman Method and Human Synergistics assessment tools.


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Izabel Coutu

(Montreal, Canada)

PCC


Since 2006, Izabel has served as a professional coach, consultant and facilitator in leadership development. Collaborating on a vast array of cultural change mandates in large corporations, she has gained solid experiences helping hundreds of professionals, managers and directors to develop their leadership and achieve excellence. In recent years her mandates have been in the mining industry, finance industry and telecom industry.

Izabel is distinguished by her ability to build trusting relationships with her clients and partners. Her system thinking approach combined with an excellent listening skills, a creative mindset and a quality of presence, create the best conditions so that clients are adequately supported in their learning journey and in the establishment of what they value and aspire to. Her coaching offers range from leadership transition, executive coaching and group coaching.

Izabel holds an MA in Organizational Development, a Bachelor of Arts with specialization in facilitation, management, immigration and intercultural relationships, and a PCC certification in coaching. She is truly passionate about leveraging and embracing diversity. She is also a certified Points of You™ practitioner, a MBTI practitioner and a facilitator in Corporate Based Mindfulness training.

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Chris Holliday

(New York, NY)

MBA, M.Ed, SAG-AFTRA



Chris’ passion for performing and for facilitating growth in others, combined with an incessant curiosity about human behavior and motivation shapes her work with leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs.

A communications, media and performance coach, Chris works with business and other professionals to give outstanding performances, whether on camera or in the conference room. With experience as a leadership training facilitator, an acting teacher, and a marketing consultant for more than two decades, Chris coaches clients to bring their best selves and best content to presentations, interviews, workshops and video productions.

Chris’ style is collaborative, engaging, and supportive. She creates an environment of trust and support to guide clients to craft and discover their own unique and effective style and message, always keeping in mind the target audience’s culture and environment.

A working actor, Chris has TV, film, and theater credits. She teaches all levels of acting at bi-coastal studio, Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop (AMAW), in NYC and has done improv, stand-up comedy, and other live performances. In addition, Chris has written and produced both theatre and film, with projects currently in development.
Chris has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, a Masters in Education (M.Ed.) from Trinity College Dublin and is a trained coach through The Coaches’ Training Institute (CTI). She studied acting at the prestigious William Esper Studio in NYC.


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Patrick Madden

(Cape Town, South Africa)

DPC


With a personal meditation practice dating back to 2005, Patrick coaches mindfulness and its applications in life, leadership, team effectiveness, culture change and education. Conceptually, he’s informed by the Integral model and Tibetan Buddhism. He coaches with attentive presence, warmth, humour and an ability to hold complexity with awareness and vulnerability with compassion. He holds a Bachelor of Business Science (Hons) degree from the University of Cape Town and an ICF-accredited Diploma in Practitioner Coaching with The Coaching Centre in Cape Town.


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Dominic Scaffidi

(Toronto, Canada)

PCC


With over 25 years of business experience as an HR executive, sales manager, entrepreneur, and consultant, Dominic has worked with leading edge global organizations across a variety of industries including consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical, software, telecommunications, financial services, retail, public sector and non-profit.

Dominic’s focus is executive coaching, team coaching, and training managers to develop coaching skills. Dominic has coached executives and senior leaders in a variety of organizations as they take on challenges including new roles, goals, dealing with significant change/transition and new projects. He helps leaders engage the full potential of their people to achieve unprecedented performance. His approach is to work with people through intentional conversations that cause them to generate new thinking, create new strategies and produce new actions in areas that are most important.

Dominic holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Economics from the University of Toronto. He has completed several graduate level certifications at the Rotman School of Management (U of T) and at Royal Roads University. He is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), a Certified Executive Coach (CEC) and holds the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential through the International Coach Federation (ICF). He is trained and certified in Solution Focused Coaching, Team and Systems Coaching, Transformational Coaching, Positive Psychology and several assessment tools including LEA 360 (Leadership Effectiveness Assessment), Birkman Method, Hogan Assessments, SDI (Strengths Deployment Inventory) and VIA Strengths (Values in Action).