Meet the Collaborators

The Leadership Collaboratory partners are creative people who are passionate about the impact they have in the world. Elaine is fortunate to collaborate with an incredible community of facilitators, designers and researchers. What we all have in common is a desire to do great work with phenomenal people and have fun while we’re at it. We select the best team of collaborators to create engaging learning experiences that achieve results for you and your people.


Meriko Kubota

My name is Meriko and I am a community builder living in Tiskʷat (Powell River, BC, Canada), on the traditional and treatied territory of the Tla’amin Nation. I care deeply about creating more equity and addressing social issues, and my career reflects this passion. In the past 15 years I have had the opportunity to work in government, corporate, and not-for-profit sectors. The thread of my work has always focused on finding ways in which we can develop positive relationships with one another to achieve good work that impacts the world.

As an experienced group facilitator I’m known for being an exceptional listener, creating connections between people, and opening space for deeper dialogue. I apply systems thinking and complexity theory to unpacking the issues facing us today. I enjoy supporting people to connect with their whole selves, others, and the organizations they are a part of. I look forward to making a connection with you.

I’m Co-Facilitating Module Four of Facilitation Genius, where we’ll explore Psychological Safety and our Bias as facilitators (and human beings).


Erin Woods

At its foundation, my purpose is to partner with people and organizations that live and lead with integrity. My work focuses on values-driven program design and values-led facilitation. I provide an expert blend of skills in leadership research, collaborative design, and the ability to bridge strategy to execution so we can deliver on your project’s promise. 

I’ve worked with organizations around the world to help bring clarity and create impact that supports the growth and development of leaders and their ideas. I bring extensive experience and education in organizational design, leadership development, theory of change, strategic planning, and cultural communication. With deep practice across multiple sectors, including tourism, hospitality and retail, education, arts and culture, I love a good challenge.

Clients know me for my thoughtful questions, and ability to connect the dots that others may not see. I have a desire to understand the big picture so we can achieve the right results and create a sustainable solution for the changing world we live in. I bring a sincere enthusiasm to translating the organizational challenges you face into outcomes that make the path forward clear and compelling.

I like working with clients who are honest about the barriers holding them back and can approach complex problems with openness and ambition.  What my clients and I have in common is a willingness to do serious work without taking ourselves too seriously.

Recent clients include National Arts Centre/Centre National des Arts, University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Work.Shouldn’t.Suck, United World College - USA, Banff and Lake Louise Tourism, Blue Cross, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

I collaborate with Elaine to design and deliver tailored solutions for teams and clients.

Learn more about Elaine’s experience here »