Career experience and education
I turned to coaching in 2013, after more than 20 years in project management and training
I earned my Certified Professional Coach (CPC) designation from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, according to the guidelines and requirements of the International Coach Federation (ICF).
I chose this program, which requires over 350 hours in courses and training, because it is by far the most demanding coaching program out there! It included workshops in New York and Toronto, which exposed to me to a wide range of professional coaches.
My approach to coaching is naturally influenced by three earlier chapters in my career
1. Working as a project manager in the healthcare industry, where the working day centered on prompting decisions and actions, taught me how to get things done in a professional environment.
- I won a Merck Marketing Award for developing the Supportive Care Issues in Cancer Workshop for oncology pharmacists. This came just one year after joining the company, so I am a quick study, which is a must for coaches.
2. My M.A. in Educational Technology and work designing and delivering training programs keyed on understanding how people learn – I recognize the many different ways to teach (and coach!).
- The training covered many fields (railways, aerospace, human rights, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals) so I am familiar with a wide range of workplaces, and the very different worlds of production employees, supervisors and managers.
3. Operating my own prenatal fitness and childbirth education business in Montreal, after earning my undergraduate degree.
- I loved running my own successful show then lived through the realization that I had to leave it and go to graduate school if I wanted to do more with my career – I understand how hard it is to make a major decision and move ahead.