In 1989 Valerie began her coaching career as a partner in the Amsterdam based company, Executive Performance Training. She formed her coaching practice, Stand & Deliver, in 2005. As a result, executives from companies including Starbucks * Bell * Microsoft * Luvo * Lululemon * Stitch Fix * First West Credit Union and Sovereign Insurance have transformed their leadership and communication capabilities.
The foundation of Valerie’s approach is the premise that accessing your power as a leader starts with having access to all your internal resources. Developing leadership presence is less about refining the words you choose and more about being comfortable in your own skin. It is built on finding physical ease and awareness, which results in increased mental, emotional and social awareness. It begins with the choice to be aware of, and allow, your own breath. This simple shift of attention gives access to calm, clear thought, creativity, physical and vocal expressiveness, personal power and authentic connection.
Valerie is a practitioner and partner in Breathexperience Canada and a certified teacher of The Light Work, a meditation practice uniting mindfulness, psychological awareness and personal responsibility. She taught this practice for 15 years in Vancouver, Toronto and Seattle, Washington.
She attended the Mannes College of Music in New York City and has performed with such companies as the Dance Theater of Harlem, the Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera, Calgary Opera, Alberta Theatre Projects, the Shaw Festival and Canadian Stage.
Mr. Bhardwaj began his career as a corporate lawyer at Meighen, Demers, Barristers & Solicitors, now part of Norton Rose Fulbright and subsequently served as a Vice- President for Toronto’s 2008 Olympic Bid and President & CEO of the Toronto Foundation. He currently serves as a Director of Metrolinx, Rideau Hall Foundation and Community Foundations of Canada (Past Chair).
He has also previously served as Chair of the 2012 Ontario Games, Co-Chair of TO2015 IGNITE (Toronto 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games), a Director of George Brown College (Vice Chair), and Chair of the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, among others.
Mr. Bhardwaj holds a B.A. (Honours) from the University of Toronto, and a law degree from the University of Windsor. He has completed the Ivey Executive Program of the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University and the Directors Education Program, jointly developed by the ICD and the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management.
Dov Baron is an international headline speaker for global conferences on leadership, influence, business and embracing purpose driven authentic leadership. He’s been speaking internationally for over 30 years, he’s the man with a finger on the pulse of the evolving world of Next-Gen leadership. One of Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers to hire, Dov Baron is a master storyteller! Considered by many as the leading authority on Authentic, Purpose Driven Leadership, and the founder of Full Monty Leadership and The Authentic Speaker Academy for Leadership. Outside of his speaking and training Dov works with a diverse leaders and executive teams to build the bonds that create organizational cultures that become Fiercely Loyal.
Dov is a bestselling author of several books. His latest book is Fiercely Loyal; How High Performing Companies Develop and Retain Top Talent. (In-Phase Publishing, 2015 ©) He also writes for and has been featured in many industry magazines including being featured on CNN, CBS Small Business Pulse, SHRM, Yahoo Finance, Boston Globe, Business in Vancouver, USA today, CEO, Entrepreneur and many more http://FullMontyLeadership.com Dov's interactive presentation style captivates and energizes audiences with his revolutionary thinking and communication. He has been an independent leadership advisor to the United Nations (UN). Dov Baron and his team work with leading organizations in providing them with SOUL Purpose Driven, Leadership and Cultural Strategies. He is the leading authority on Authentic Leadership, and Leadership Succession or, as he prefers to call it, “Full Monty Leadership and Developing Leadership Archetypes” Dov’s international Leadership & Loyalty Video podcast is globally ranked the number one video podcast for Fortune 500 Executives. Inc.com also names his podcast as: The #1 podcast To Make You a Better Leader, G&A also cited his show in the Top 10 Podcasts For HR Pros and Managers.
Louise helps organizations achieve the future they want by providing hands-on support to create, measure and execute strategy. Louise has led Adura Strategy since 2007 and is Canada’s Official Partner for the PuMP® Performance Measure Blueprint: an engaging 8-step process, that helps diverse organizations overcome their KPI struggles so they can achieve their strategy and prove their impact. Prior to her consulting practice, she was Vice President of Western Canada’s two largest newspapers and worked with 2010 Legacies Now and VANOC during the 2010 Winter Games. She is a graduate of the University of BC, and is the Vancouver Chair of the international Women Presidents’ Organization. When not delivering workshops and facilitating strategic conversations, Louise is most likely hiking in the North Shore Mountains.
Anne Bermingham has been a confidante and advisor to CEOs and other senior Executives for 18 years. She is relied upon for her ability to provide strategic and tactical people-oriented advice. She is an engaging facilitator who offers insightful feedback one-on-one and in group situations.
Anne graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Masters in Applied Social Psychology, with the intention on helping organizations thrive, by improving the performance of their people. She worked for a national outplacement firm before starting her own successful consultancy – 2WA Consulting. She has been an entrepreneur and business owner since 1996.
Her work is primarily in the fields of leadership and performance, with an emphasis on how to ensure people actually change their behaviour and attitudes in order to be more effective. Sometimes she works with teams and other times the work is to help change the culture within an organization. She has worked in the private, public and not for profit sectors, spread across the telecommunications, manufacturing, social services, municipal, provincial and federal government sectors.
Her strengths are her ability to read a room which makes her a highly sought after facilitator. As well, she brings tremendous warmth to a room and has the ability to create an atmosphere that leads to open and meaningful dialogue.
She is an active, long-time Rotarian and spends her social time on the golf course and around the dining room table with friends and family.
Michael W. Sonnenfeldt is the Founder of TIGER 21. He also is Chairman ofCarmanah Technologies Corp., a public Canadian company that designs, manufactures and distributes solar powered products and systems for industrial pplications globally. Mr. Sonnenfeldt is experienced in development management having founded and led Emmes & Company from 1991 to 1998; a real estate investment boutique that was a major buyer of distressed portfolios in the early 1990's and grew to over a billion dollars in assets by the time he sold his interest in 1998.
Mr. Sonnenfeldt received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was inducted to Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Sonnenfeldt has been actively involved over the last twenty-five years at senior levels in numerous nonprofit organizations focused on the environment, national security, Middle East peace, international peacekeeping, the US/UN relationship, the removal of land mines and communal development.
For over 30 years Jim Clemmer’s practical leadership approaches have been inspiring action and achieving results. His keynote presentations and workshops/retreats, seven best-selling books, blog, columns, and newsletters have helped hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.
The first of Jim’s books was The VIP Strategy. His second book, Firing on All Cylinders, is one of Canada’s all time bestselling management books. He followed that with Pathways to Performance. His next book, Growing the Distance, focused on personal leadership principles. His latest book is Growing @ the Speed of Change. Jim was co-founder of The Achieve Group (which became Canada’s largest leadership training firm).
Jim lives in Kitchener, Ontario with his wife, Heather. When they aren’t working together in The CLEMMER Group or travelling they are spending time with friends and family. Their three adult children, Christopher, Jennifer, and Vanessa, have taught them all about “boomerang kids” by moving back home after university to launch their careers!
Rick will tell you that while he has been enthusiastically engaged in the corporate world for 35 years, he has only truly worked for the Tiedemann Corporation. The partnering with various organizations was, and is vital, as it is through these partnerships that the Tiedemann Corporation and its shareholders (Rick, his wife and their 3 kids) are able to thrive in a manner that they enjoy.
Rick spent over 30 yrs working in the multi-national pharmaceutical industry as a senior leader and executive within a wide variety of therapeutic areas. These therapeutic areas included, infectious disease, orthopedics, women’s health, diabetes, neurosciences (which included mental health, epilepsy and multiplesclerocis), dermatology and allergy and immunology. His leadership responsibilities included partnering with colleagues to develop high performing business development teams, government relations and market access, compensation, personality profiling education and corporate strategy.
His professional passions have always included a combination of health and business interests. In 2012 he chose to pursue a new career path and left the pharmaceutical industry to open a new Copeman Healthcare center in Edmonton. In addition to his Executive Director role, he is also the Senior Director of Business Development and is a member of the national Medisys Health Group Executive team. His 35 years in the corporate marinade have helped to fuel his current passion which is to create a new narrative around Leadership Wellbeing and to get leaders to think about Leadership Health as a vital risk mitigation strategy vs a perk.
His personal passions include waterskiing, making log beds and antler chandeliers, aquatic ecosystem stewardship, building homes and spending as much time as possible at the lake with friends and family.
Robin Chakrabarti is one of the founding Partners of Empresario Capital Partners Limited.
Empresario was formed to acquire and/or invest in mid-market businesses which are successful in their own right but can benefit from capital infusion together with a systematic approach to growth and profitability. Targeted companies align to the expertise of the Partners. Empresario has or has had investment holdings and operational involvement in the food service, green energy, healthcare, construction and retail automotive maintenance industry
Robin has extensive senior executive experience in branding, operations and corporate finance in diversified industries including consumer packaged goods, food service, financial services and logistics both in North America and Europe.
Having bought, sold, financed and operated mid-sized companies, Robin is uniquely positioned to understand and relate to the opportunities and challenges of Empresario's target market. His track record of developing and leading strategies in organizations that have undergone transformational change and rapid growth is an important asset for the Empresario investee companies.
Robin currently sits on the board of RAMMP Hospitality Brands Inc., Valley Lube Holdings Inc, and Coast Capital Savings Credit Union one of Canada's largest credit unions. Robin is past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Society of Children's Centres, one of Canada's largest childcare providers, a past Director on the board of Translink the organization responsible for the regional transportation network of the GVRD and past Director of We Care, a leading home healthcare provider in Canada.
Alan Weiss is one of those rare people who can say he is a consultant, speaker, and author and mean it. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients such as Merck, Hewlett-Packard, GE, Mercedes-Benz, State Street Corporation, Times Mirror Group, The Federal Reserve, The New York Times Corporation, Toyota, and over 500 other leading organizations. He has served on the boards of directors of the Trinity Repertory Company, a Tony-Award-winning New England regional theater, Festival Ballet, and chaired the Newport International Film Festival.
He is an inductee into the Professional Speaking Hall of Fame® and the concurrent recipient of the National Speakers Association Council of Peers Award of Excellence, representing the top 1% of professional speakers in the world. He has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants, one of only two people in history holding both those designations. He has written more books on consulting than anyone else.
His prolific publishing includes over 500 articles and 60 books, including his best-seller, Million Dollar Consulting (from McGraw-Hill). His newest is Million Maverick (Bibliomotion) and Lifestorming (with Marshall Goldsmith, Wiley). His books have been on the curricula at Villanova, Temple University, and the Wharton School of Business, and have been translated into 12 languages. His newest book, co-written with Marshall Goldsmith, is Lifestreaming, to be released by Wiley next year.
He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Press Institute, the first-ever for a non-journalist, and one of only seven awarded in the 65-year history of the association. He holds an annual Thought Leadership Conference which draws world famous experts as speakers. In 2017 it will be Dan Gilbert of Havard who has 15 million TED views on the subject of happiness..
Alan is married to the lovely Maria for 48 years, and they have two children and twin granddaughters. They reside in East Greenwich, RI with their dogs, Coco and Bentley, a white German Shepherd.