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.
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.
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. 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.
￼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.
￼￼Kathryn Healey is an Executive and Team Leadership Coach with over 25 years of corporate experience. She is known for her ability to help clients to become aware of what is getting in their way, and inspire them to make the changes that result in them achieving their goals and moving toward reaching their full potential.
Prior to becoming a coach, Kathryn worked in large multi-national pharmaceutical companies and held various executive positions including Business Unit Head as well as heading Sales, Marketing, and External Affairs teams in both hospital/retail markets in numerous other therapeutic categories for drugs and devices.
With a strong passion for developing leaders and teams to their full potential, Kathryn left the corporate world to become an Executive and Team Leadership coach. Her broad experience gives her tremendous depth and insight into creating success in any environment that she works within.
Kathryn completed her training and certification through the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) where she achieved her CPCC, following that she went on to acquire her ACC and PCC designation from the ICF. Kathryn is certified in Hogan, Birkman, and LEA 360 Assessments. Currently, she is serving on the Board of Directors for the International Coach Federation (ICF, Toronto), which has been named one of the top chapters in North America.
Kathryn’s coaching experience has spanned several industries as she has worked with individuals and organizations in a variety of sectors including Healthcare, Financial Services, Banking, Insurance, Pharmaceutical, Automotive, Engineering, Consumer Products and Services, Energy, Legal Services, Non-Profit, and Real Estate Development.
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.
(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.
A certified executive and leadership coach, dynamic speaker, and writer, Kendra 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. 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.
￼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.
(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.
(Cape Town, South Africa)
￼Patrick coaches using mindfulness as a central tool with applications in life, leadership, team effectiveness and culture change.
Warmth, humour and rapport are the hallmarks of Patrick’s interaction and coaching style. He has experience in leadership coaching with CEOs, business coaching with leaders and entrepreneurs, and life coaching with private individuals.
Conceptually, Patrick is informed by the Integral model, Tibetan Buddhism and the Enneagram as a model for understanding personality and the dynamics and vectors of personal growth.
Patrick 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.
￼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).
￼Damian Zikakis has been working in coaching, career development and retained executive search for more than 18 years. He coaches executives principally at the director level and above and has experience coaching in the functional areas of finance, marketing, and human resources, and within the financial, technology, consumer packaged goods, manufacturing non-profit industries. His areas of focus include executive presence, onboarding, leadership, organization, efficiency, managing teams, and communications.
Damian began coaching while serving as the Chief Financial Officer of Coach University. As the Director of Career Services for the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, he managed a team of 27 people who delivered career and executive coaching to thousands of students and alumni. In this role, he coached numerous MBA alumni who had achieved senior-level management positions. Damian has also presented dozens of workshops around the world and advised companies on recruitment strategies understanding from an inside perspective what it takes for executives to succeed. For five years, Damian served on the Board of MBA Career Services & Employer Alliance, a non-profit professional association with over 800 global members, as Treasurer and President.
Previously, Damian worked as a CFO and began his career as a CPA with Price Waterhouse & Co.
Damian earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan, and passed his CPA (Certified Public Accountant) examination on the first attempt. He completed the Corporate Coach U business coach training program. While director of career services at Michigan Ross, he completed the Executive Education Program, The Positive Leader: Deep Change and Organizational Transformation.
￼Trevor helps people leaders to be a better boss. Across his 18-year career he has had his share of bad bosses, and amazing bosses, and he’s been both himself. As Chief Talent Officer, he has seen and experienced first hand how difficult work is when you have, or are, a bad boss, and how much engagement and results improve when you have, or are, a better one.
Trevor started his career in IT and went on to be the founder of a mobile software start-up. He has a deep technical background including a patent for distribution of content across mobile devices. He has worked at industry leading companies such as TD Bank, 3M, Blackberry and Sun Microsystems, across IT, marketing and sales. He left his role as a sales leader responsible for $40M in revenue to become Chief Talent Officer after experiencing the powerful impact of coaching on himself and his team.
Technology is his first language but coaching is his favourite one. He’s an expert in personal development, leadership development and business development who believes that personal growth and professional growth are the same thing.
Trevor has an MBA from Wilfred Laurier University and graduated with the gold medal in computer science from Western University. Trevor trained as a coach with the Coaches Training Institute and married his high-school sweetheart with whom he was co-valedictorian.
￼Sarah Keenan is a coach, Human Resources consultant, and mediator based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. For more than two decades Sarah has worked in Human Resources in both large organizations and small entrepreneurial firms. Her experience has been gained in a wide variety of industries such as manufacturing, customer service, telecommunications, major league sports, retail, advertising and communications/PR.
As an executive herself, Sarah has been a member of senior leadership teams, and in those roles she has coached employees at all levels of an organization, including senior executives. She has proven and extensive HR experience with employee relations, labour relations, talent management, organizational development, performance management, recruitment, and total rewards. Sarah has strong interests in working with new executives and emerging leaders, as well as assisting to resolve organizational conflict.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree from the University of Guelph, and an MBA from McMaster University. In addition to her degrees, she is currently working on certificates in both Coaching and Mediation.
She is certified to apply and debrief the Personal Profile Analysis & Human Job Analysis (DISC) Assessment Tools through Thomas International.
Naturally optimistic and achievement-focused, Sarah brings strong experience and academic credentials to her practice along with positive energy, compassionate listening, deep relationship building, business acumen and humour.