Who we are
Elaine is the principal and founder of the company. She partners with a range of skilled colleagues and institutions to deliver the best designed solution for your organization. Here's a little bit about Elaine in her own words.
Creating A Learning Community
I believe we rely too often on hiring someone to come in and fix things. We need to break the habit of looking to an expert for inspiration and answers. Having barely passed high school, I may be a little biased about the sage on the stage approach, but I believe we're smarter than that. With 17 years of experience in the adult education sector, I've learned that genius is already in the room. People may need guidance, great questions, and creative ways to break patterns – but a group of committed people will create powerful solutions.
Experienced In Leadership
I previously worked at lululemon athletica in learning and development, as the lead content designer with a focus on the global retail training program for the company. I also spent 11 years with The Banff Centre in the leadership development division as director of learning solutions where I led customized program design with clients such as Encana, Shaw, Alberta Finance, Manitoba Hydro, the Norlien Foundation, and many more. I have extensive experience in tourism, start-ups, retail, not for profit, technology, oil & gas, and healthcare sectors. Experience includes:
- Developing module based scalable programming for growing businesses
- Large and small scale needs assessments to develop leadership strategies
- Designing multi-year conferences that support industry wide change
- Providing leadership skills development for rural communities
- Designing and facilitating team meetings for large project kick offs
- Senior leader coaching, alignment, and team retreats
Applying Research To Real Life
I design experiences that encourage exploration, challenge assumptions, and share new knowledge. I have a Master's Degree in Leadership with a focus on employee creativity and change within an organizational culture. In addition to my own company, I am faculty and coach at two international institutes, The Banff Centre and THNK Creative Leadership School where I coach and facilitate leaders from across North America. I love collaborating with people to support goals, create sustainability, and move ideas forward.
My areas of expertise include: presentation and facilitation, coaching, teambuilding, communication, creativity, strategic planning, and diving into any experience that explores leading self, building trust, and letting go. I am certified in DiSC, SDI, MBTI and I work with multiple assessments and theory to support behavior change and new learning.
In my spare time I learn about my own leadership through yoga, meditation, hiking and photography. I’m a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) Leadership Program. I am a member of The International Coach Federation (ICF), the Association Managers of Innovation (AMI) and the Applied Improvisation Network (AIN). I love living in the mountains.