Nice to Meet You.
I’m here to help people embrace the unknown so that they can create a life that brings meaning and joy.
I am a life long learner and for almost 25 years, my passion has been leadership. I research, design and facilitate engaging experiences for companies and individuals. I’ve worked within organizations leading teams for most of my career, so I get it. Trying to juggle all the aspects of getting the work done, while supporting and developing the team who also rely on you. It can be a lot. Which is why I design experiences that create space to think about what you want to prioritize, examine new insights and practice tools to help you support others.
I partner with clients such as Shopify, Innisfree Hotels, Colgate-Palmolive, Canopy Growth, and WestJet to develop their learning organization culture. I support leaders and facilitators to increase their awareness, skill and impact in the work they do. In addition to tailored leadership development within organizations, I offer workshops and programs for leaders who want to go beyond traditional learning environments.
Here at the Leadership Collaboratory you can focus on key communication skills, increase your ability to inspire others and uncover your next learning adventure.
In 2009 I completed my Master Degree in Leadership and I’m a certified PCC level Executive Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF), bringing over 3,500 hours of coaching experience. I’m certified in many assessments such as; MBTI, SDI, EQi 2.0, DiSC and the Enneagram along with completing the Immunity to Change course at Harvard Business School. I'm trained in Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) and have completed a certificate in Mediation & Negotiation Training. As a member of the Applied Improv Network, and the Association of Managers of Innovation, I'm a life long learner who likes to solve complex problems.
Learning needs to be memorable, create change, reinforce strengths and, please can we have some fun while we’re at it?
I love the variety of the work I do because of the people I collaborate with. I was faculty at The Banff Centre for seven years, facilitating the Leading by Design program and as faculty on the Toronto Arts Council Leaders Lab. I was founding faculty with THNK Creative Leadership School in Vancouver, and I'm currently faculty on the THRIVE global leadership program. In a regular week, you might find me facilitating a global summit for 200 people, designing leadership programs for a client, and working with coaching clients on overcommitting. Yes, I see the irony.
I live in the Canadian Rocky Mountains in Canmore, Alberta and I’m thankful we can to connect from anywhere in the world, whether in person or from our computers.
I travel frequently for my work and I hold both a Canadian and European passport, along with an E1 Treaty Trader Visa for the United States.
What it’s like to work with me
“Having participated in three programs facilitated by Elaine at Banff Centre, I can say there are many reasons I keep returning. Elaine is authentic and engaging, and her facilitation style is the perfect mix of providing the space needed to reflect, as well as the foray outside of your comfort zone needed to grow. I found the content of all three programs rich, practical, and thought provoking. I have been able to apply my learnings in my work and in my personal life. I look forward to the next program I take with Elaine.”
AFTON AIKENS, MARKETING LEAD
BANFF CENTRE FOR ARTS AND CREATIVITY
“Maintaining a strong culture and building for sustainable growth is a daunting task when crafting state of the training programs. Elaine was dedicated to capturing our company vision and developing programs that would work for us. She stood for excellence at every step of the project and the end product has delighted and inspired countless new and veteran leaders in our company. On top of that, she is a skilled facilitator and comedian.”
KIR DANELSKI, FORMER SOUTHWEST AREA TRAINER
Elaine is loved by these companies, and more.
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