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Talyaa Vardar, BSc, MA, FCPC, MCC

CEO & Master Certified Coach

Talyaa Vardar is the Programs Director and Lead Coach at the FLOW Coaching Institute. She is a certified executive coach, facilitator, and creative catalyst with years of experience helping individuals and organizations achieve more fulfilled performance and deeper awareness. As a founding partner of the FLOW Coaching & Leadership Institute, she successfully provides a creative space for individuals and organizations to transform and thus reach their loftiest goals.

Talyaa has a solid leadership background working in multiple industries throughout Europe and North America including with P&G, Grey Worldwide, and WPP Marketing Group.  Her executive background in the creative industry enables her to blend her creativity with professional coaching. Her background includes coaching CEOs, General Managers, and Directors across a board of regional companies, as well as several multinational Fortune 500 companies.

Talyaa holds a BSc in Public Administration from ODTU (Turkey), and a MA diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy and Social Change from EGS University (Switzerland). She completed her professional coach certification in Vancouver, Canada in 2008. Talyaa has more than 8000 hours of personal and organizational coaching, facilitation, and therapy. She has lectured the Coaching Through The Arts program at the Create Institute in Toronto and the Psychology and Art of Leadership program at Koc University EMBA. Talyaa is currently an international faculty member of ISTUD Italy and a board member at the ICF (International Coach Federation) Toronto Chapter. She is also a columnist at the HBR (Harvard Business Review) and Women's Health magazines.

Personal Values

With her cross-disciplinary background, Talyaa’s strongest asset is her deep understanding of human states, her intuition, and her ability to hold a big picture perspective. She sees opportunities for her clients that always create a positive shift and a snowball effect in many aspects of their lives. She offers international know-how coupled with local expertise. Talyaa is a curious person who is deeply passionate about the creative potential that each person has and about cutting-edge instruments for human development. As a passionate mother, she also is an international faculty member of ACPI (Academy of Coaches Parental Institute in San Diego). She currently resides in Toronto with her family.

Sue Sheldon, BSc, MCC

Training and Development Director
Education and Experience

Sue Sheldon is the training and development director at the FLOW Coaching Institute. She is a compassionate and energetic coach, consultant, and facilitator who thrives on championing people to be the best they can be. Her background in sales and marketing allows her to assist clients in aligning their objectives with strategic business goals. Since she began her own consulting company in 1991, she has held an on-going commitment to understanding her client’s needs in unison with accountability for the implementation and measurement of the results. Sue completed her professional coaching training in California, anMd then went on to obtain the designation of Master Certified Coach (MCC) from the International Coach Federation (ICF). As a member of the Toronto chapter of the ICF, Sue has played a leadership role in the design and delivery of monthly program events, special events, and bi-annual retreats.

Sue was a part of a team of coaches at the LCBO, and she also worked as a coach at the Isikkent School in Izmir Turkey. Both of these projects achieved recognitions through the ICF Prism award, which celebrates excellence and business achievement through coaching. As part of her ongoing commitment to life-long learning, Sue received certification from the Consulting Psychologists Press to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality inventory. Her focus to apply this tool within the business environment is to assist individuals in the effective management of personality differences and the impact on their working relationships.

Personal Values

Sue works in partnership with her clients to help them gain clarity of their values, reconnect with their purpose in life, put together a plan that is in alignment with their values, and then get into action to create the results they want. Sue’s business mission is to unleash the capacity of individuals to optimize their performance and achieve their personal best.
She is passionate about coaching, its benefits, and the impact that coaching skills have on the workplace. Sue’s practice continues to grow as she works with entrepreneurs to find balance between social and fiscal responsibility, with the ultimate goal of humanizing the workplace. Since Sue began her business in 1991, many clients have benefited from her coaching services and training in Canada, the United States, England, France, and Taiwan. She is excited to share her international experience with the FLOW Coaching and Leadership Institute.

Jennifer Sellers, MCC

Executive & Mindful Leadership Coach
Education and Experience

Jennifer Sellers is a master certified coach who has been coaching since 2002. As an executive coach, facilitator, and author, she is an expert in many areas including conscious leadership development. She has experience with extenuating circumstances such as developing high potentials, coaching executives with abrasive conduct, and working with teams in conflict. Jen’s areas of expertise also include leadership mastery (best leadership practices for authentic and powerful expression), executive presence (articulating, exemplifying, and animating a vision), practical inspiration (experimenting, reflecting, and guiding others), and positive-turn around (moving an abrasive individual or conflicted team in the direction of collaboration, development, and a trusting climate).
Jen partners with leaders to gain a clear view of their own thinking; to master new interpersonal skills; to tap into resources inside themselves, their organizations, and their larger network; and to commit to action that leads to innovation. She has developed leaders for The Nature Conservancy, Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold, Accenture, IBM, the US Department of Justice, the Tucson Airport Authority, and many other businesses and non-profits.
Jen was employed for 10 years by corporations such as Hughes and Raytheon under contract to NASA, where she facilitated groups and teams in NASA’s Learning Technologies Project. Her leadership, strong project management, and knowledge of the educational arena insured a well-run project with high visibility at NASA and the US Department of Education, with both national and international reach.
Jen is the co-author of ‘Pause: 52 Ways to Shift Any Outcome in Less Than a Minute’, a book about practical mindfulness practices for leaders. She is also a contributing author to ‘The Handbook of Knowledge-based Coaching’. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education. In her first career, she enjoyed thirteen years in both the public schools grades seven through twelve and in adult education.

Personal Values

Jen spends her free time volunteering for various organizations. She is the past president of the International Coach Federation Southern Arizona Chapter, a past volunteer credentialing assessor for the International Coach Federation, a member of the Greater Tucson Association for Talent Development, a former coach trainer in Fielding Graduate University’s Evidence Based Coaching program, a former pro bono coach for TED fellows, and a member of Conscious Capitalism Arizona.
Jen resides in Tucson, Arizona with her husband and has two grown daughters. She grew up in Arizona, and has lived in Colorado, Mexico, Japan, and the Washington, DC area. She enjoys hiking, yoga, singing around the house, and Zen meditation. She speaks fluent conversational Spanish, once spoke decent Japanese, and has studied a smattering of other languages.

Nicky Wilson-Harris, BA, UED, BSocSci (Hons), MCC

ICF Mentor Coach, Leadership Development Facilitator & Enneagram practitioner
Education and Experience

Nicky is an eclectic master practitioner in leadership development and growth with experience across all levels in Corporate, Government and NGO sectors. Her work is supported by extensive training in both coaching and facilitation reflected in local and international credentials. She is both an Integral® and Ontological Coach with a client base that extends across Africa and Europe.

Her current focus is on enabling leaders to strategically and significantly extend their capacity to ignite performance and creativity in ever-changing environments.

Nicky enjoys working with emerging complexities, constantly striving to better understand diversity and effect positive shifts in cultural dynamics that are both agile and enduring.

She has coached, designed, and facilitated leadership development and competency-based processes for organisations, teams, and individuals since 2004. Nicky uses her expereince in selection, business process and curriculum design to partner with leaders to effect sustainable shifts in performance. This serves to unlock the unique and inherent potential within individuals and teams in a sustainable manner building competence that lasts.

Personal Values

Nicky loves the work she does and tends to develop long term relationships, steering away from any instant or quick fix approach. She is intent on making a difference and volunteers her time on projects that focus on improving standards of education, poverty alleviation and building leadership capacity in challenging conditions. Her most recent projects include COACHAid2020 and the ICF Coaches for Good project which connects ICF-credentialed coaches around the global with leaders and organizations who are addressing the world’s most pressing social challenges in significant and positive ways.

George Phipps, PMP, MA, PCC

Executive Coach, Team Building Facilitator
Education and Experience

George Phipps is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of working experience in both private and non-profit organizations. After completing a Masters Degree in Leadership at Royal Roads University in 2008, George decided to change the direction of his career. In 2009 he embarked on and completed his professional coach training through the International Coaches Federation and became a certified project manager (PMP). This allowed George to enter the world of Human Resources consulting in the areas of Organizational Development and Training.

During his career George has held various consulting, project management, technical support, and senior management positions. George has extensive experience in many different industries including banking, education, transportation, oil, research, insurance, high tech, and healthcare. More specifically his experience includes coaching, project management, facilitation, program development, strategy planning, conflict resolution, and team building.

Personal Values

George was born and educated in Scotland, moved to South Africa in 1983, and then to Canada in 1997. His background in Information Technology along with his education and experience in coaching and training has afforded him many diverse achievements. He completed his Master’s thesis on “How mentorship can support emerging leaders”. He has developed various programs including a facilitated mentorship program for Vancouver Coastal Health, a career laddering and succession planning program for Allied Health, and a career pathing program including several workshops and training modules for the University of British Columbia. His passion lies in expanding human potential.

Ed Rowell, BA, FCPC, MDiv, PCC, RYT

Executive Coach
Education and Experience

Based in Colorado, USA, Ed has developed leaders in a dozen countries. His current focus is working with organizations in times of leadership transition.

As a credentialed Executive Coach, Ed partners with leaders as they gain insights, learn new practices, change behaviors and increase effectiveness and satisfaction in all facets their lives. He’s particularly focused on helping business owners and senior leaders make a successful end-of-career personal transition, discovering a fulfilling next chapter beyond running a successful company.

Ed received a B.A. in Communications from William Jewell College, and a Master of Divinity from Midwestern Seminary. Ed is certified in a number of assessments including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and holds the Professional Certified Coach designation with the International Coach Federation. He is also a Registered Yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance and frequently brings movement, breath, and mindfulness to his work.

Personal Values

Direction–The work of personal transformation is seldom easy or quick, attributes our generation treasures. While many of us keep an eye on the destination—getting that next promotion, being the perfect parent, etc. most of our progress comes from committing to a long, slow walk in the same consistent direction.
Alignment–Whether with a multi-national organization or an individual, my work often begins by re-evaluation of values. Only when our values are crystal-clear can we then align our attitudes and behaviors in order to fulfill our goal or mission in harmony with those core beliefs.
Listening–Much of what passes for listening these days is the restless waiting for another person to stop talking so I can either refute, clarify, or inform the conversation with my own perspective. To listen with the intent of understanding and valuing the other is both art and science. I’m committed to becoming a world-class listener!
Honesty–Speaking truth in a way that honors the other seems to be another ability in short supply. There are specific implications of this for those in leadership. As a general rule, the higher a person’s organizational position, the harder it is for her/him to receive accurate information with which to make decisions.
That’s why creating a culture where these four attributes actually drive behaviors is the most important work a leader can ever do.

Dan Grisoni, BA, FCPC, PCC

Faculty And Facilitator at Flow
Education and Experience

Dan is seasoned professional with over 20 years of global experience holding senior roles in manufacturing/construction, software technology, telecommunications, and in call centre industries. At an early age, Dan decided that he wanted to teach and help others develop and grow. This led him to a career in Human Resources specializing in Learning & Development, Talent Development and Organizational Effectiveness. His work involved partnering with organizations and helping them create high performing engaged work cultures, with a focus on leadership development. Dan realized early in his career that the key differentiator in successful competency development was to make coaching a key focus in leadership and learning programs. Over the years, he has coached 100’s of professionals, leaders and entrepreneurs globally.
Dan is Canadian, born to Italian immigrants and resides in Ontario, Canada.
He lived in Trieste, Italy, Montreal, Canada and in New York City, USA. In addition to graduating from York University, he is certified in Emotional Intelligence - EQ-i 2.0 and EQ 360 Inventory Assessments, is a Flow Certified Professional Coach and is a credentialed ACC coach through the International Coaching Federation.

Personal Values

As a coach, Dan is dynamic, and results focused. He uses a style of empathy and genuineness that breaks through the clutter to help people achieve their goals. Naturally curious, observant and insightful, his fresh, practical, forward-thinking approach helps people grow and propel higher. His expertise in understanding how human behaviour and emotions lead to building trusting relationships, managing people, building leadership skills, increasing employee engagement and performance along with developing careers is why he is so sought after. Dan believes that people innately have the answers within themselves and his passion is to engage them to dig deep and explore different possibilities as their thinking and success partner.

Candy Ashbee, FCPC, PCC

Faculty and Facilitator at Flow
Education and Experience

Candy is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience working with start ups in the service and retail sectors. Her love of helping others build their dreams is what attracts her to the challenge of personal development. This love of a challenge has led her down many paths from working with a large multinational human resource staffing company, small start ups (including two of her own), and not for profit employment centres. Candy was the 2013 recipient of the Venture Niagara Award, for entrepreneurial excellence. Throughout her career, she has created and facilitated numerous social media marketing and employment workshops to benefit the market she served. In all her positions, Candy realized that empowering and motivating people to take the next step to their goal made them excited to excel with pride. Being part of someone’s success story is what motivates her to help others realize their potential.
Candy is Canadian, residing in Ontario, Canada. In addition to graduating from Niagara College Canada, she is a Flow Certified Professional Coach and is a credentialed Associate Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation.

Personal Values

Using her natural communication talents, Candy has the ability to develop a rapport with others allowing them to express their innermost thoughts and feelings without judgement. As a coach, Candy concentrates on being a partner in people’s success using her authentic style of recognizing and cultivating the potential in others. Candy’s ability to understand the emotions of those around her provides comfort and stability for her clients. She believes people are whole and have the answers within their reach. It is her dedication to asking the questions that will encourage the examination of perspectives in the search for alternative paths to growth and a sustainable journey. Candy is also a two-time cancer survivor who believes in resiliency and the development of a growth mindset.

Sandy Henderson, BscOT, PCC, CEC, CTPC

Executive and Team Coach
Education and Experience

Sandy began her career as as an occupational therapist and through her commitment to continuous learning, she navigated a successful career assuming a number of executive leadership roles in the Ontario Public Service, always bringing her big-picture and multi- discipinary approach to addressing strategic priorities.

Within the Ontario government, she led enterprise-level strategic policy and large-scale change management initiatives. As directorr of HR for the “learning ministries”, she led organizational reviews ,implemented redesign strategies; and developed leadership development programs. As finance director she oversaw a budget of $8 B dollars and instilled best practices in controllership and resource management. She also directed business improvement projects using Lean Six Sigma methodology and developed program evaluations and performance measurement frameworks to establish an evidence-based approach to decision-making.

As a certified Executive and Team Performance Coach, she pioneered the creation of the Ontario Public Service Coaching Consortium (OCC) of certified internal coaches from across government. Through the OCC she provided leadership coaching to dozens of established and new managers to enhance their ability to address ongoing leadership challenges and to assist them with their career navigation. She conducted workshops with managers to support their learning in assuming a “coach approach” for more effective staff interactions. She also conducted team coaching sessions with a newly reorganized management team resulting in an improvement in key team performance indicators (TPIs). Sandy is the Recipient of the 2019 Prism award granted by the International Coach Federation, Toronto Chapter, in recognition of coaching excellence for her leadership of the OCC.

Sandy recently joined FLOW Coaching Institute. Along with her instructor role with FLOW, Sandy operates a coaching and consulting practice, she is a board member of Penfinancial Credit Union and she volunteers as a backstage tour guide at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the Lake.

Personal Values

The common thread in Sandy’s career journey has been her commitment to performance improvement, whether that is in helping organizations achieve organizational excellence, in helping programs to improve their business processes or ensure their programs deliver results or; in helping individuals and teams achieve their goals.

She believes organizational excellence requires both great strategy and great people to execute that strategy. She believes that one of the most important decisions that leaders have is about their people. Through coaching, leaders can build capacity in their people and create collaborative cultures that support innovation and business success. As a seasoned coach, Sandy believes people have the answers within and her job is to allow them to explore different perspectives as their “thinking partner”.

Murat Vardar, MSc, FCPC, PCC

Professional Management Coach, Consultant
Education and Experience

Murat Vardar graduated from the Faculty of Machinery of Istanbul Technical University in 1994. He completed the Global Strategy Development and Leadership certificate program at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in 2009.

Murat is in charge of the strategy simulation and games group as well as sales development programs at FLOW Coaching and Leadership Institute. For more than 15 years, Murat worked at both local and global companies such as The HOP Group Sales Team, TETAS Inc, Boyner Group, and other companies based in Belgium and Italy. His experience is in top-level management positions responsible for the sales and creation of marketing strategies for new products, work development, key account management, and strategic planning. With the management and consultancy experience gained from his career, he understands the dynamics of professional life and supports the performance of institutions and management using coaching. During the six years he worked as a production manager for a large multinational textile company, he led and supervised more than 200 diverse workers.

Murat, who has been training in strategic consultation since 2008, gave consultation to Cisco Systems in 2008-2009 on subjects such as developing a new business model, increasing market penetration, and putting the model in place systematically in the companies of corporate clients. From 2009 until today he obtained professional training in the areas of personal development and coaching and completed the ICF accredited professional coaching training modules in Canada. Murat, who believes in constant development and change, is a mentor coach at the FLOW Coaching Institute.

Souzan Bachir, PCC

Middle Management and Executive Coach
Education and Experience

Souzan Bachir is a Professional Certified Coach who obtained her credentials through the International Coach Federation (ICF) in 2009. After she graduated from the Business Management department at the Middle East Technical University, she gained her Masters degree in International Business Management from Yeditepe University in 2002. In addition to being vice president of the ICF Turkey Chapter, Souzan is an experienced consultant, coach, and trainer on emotional awareness, relationship management, intercultural communication, and team coaching. She designs and implements team and executive coaching training and leadership workshops both in Turkey and for multi-national companies around the world. Souzan gives coaching and consultancy services in English, Arabic, and Turkish.

Souzan began her professional career at United Nations Development Programme as a Project Supervisor. She went on to gain experience as the Project Coordinator at United Nations World Food Programme and as an Ambassador’s Press Consultant at the Embassy of the Syrian Arab Republic. She then moved to Istanbul in 1996 and started to work in Temsa Termomekanik Sanayi Inc. as an export specialist. At this time she was appointed to the position of Regional Manager in charge of Middle East and North Africa and eventually served as the International Marketing Manager. In 2003 she established Su Foreign Trade Marketing and Consultancy Company with a focus on international marketing consultancy.

Souzan’s professional development includes coaching training by the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), training in ‘Co-Active Coaching’ and ‘Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching’, and is a graduate of the co-action leadership program at the Coaches Training Institute. She is certified as an assessor and facilitator of Neo Pi-R Personality Inventory along with an administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory. In 2012 Souzan completed a certificate in Process Oriented Psychology and in 2013 she trained in Advanced Neuroscience Coaching, Transactional Analysis, Coaching Supervision, and Coaching Psychology.

Personal Values

Souzan was born in Aleppo, Syria. Her multinational education and experience has provided her with many hours of intercultural coaching. She is a volunteer coach for students at the Association for Supporting Contemporary Life at the ICF in Turkey. She has also organized various workshops on leadership and awareness, along with time management and planning, presented to both students and other woman and mothers.

Since 2006, Souzan has acquired more than 2500 coaching hours in executive coaching, team coaching, and personal coaching. She enjoys speaking at worldwide conferences regarding coaching cultural diversity, international opportunities, and systems coaching. With her colorful personality, optimistic point of view ,and clarity of vision, Souzan motivates and inspires others. She is a successful life coach who motivates her clients to keep in line with their goals.

Grace Kim, FCPC, ACC

Faculty and Facilitator at Flow
Education and Experience

Grace is a skilled life and business coach and a lead facilitator of one of Flow's programs, Coaches Rise Mastermind. With over a decade of experience in coaching entrepreneurs and other coaches, Grace demonstrates passion and commitment to helping certified coaches achieve success in their businesses.
Grace became a Flow Certified Professional Coach then went to obtain the designation of Associate Certified Coach (ACC) from the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is currently a Global Coach at Modern Health, coaching clients from multinational companies. She also works as a consultant in launching online coaching platforms and businesses, and brings her expertise into teaching Flow coaches through her Mastermind.

Personal Values

Grace is a multi passionate human being that lives to experience everything that life has to offer. When she's not coaching, she is usually spending time on the yoga mat, travelling, or being goofy with her son. You can get to know her better through her instagram @live.bygrace

Berna Merih, BA, FCPC, ACC

Training Assistant
Education and Experience

Berna is an accomplished finance executive with 20+ years of dedicated experience and a history of developing high-performing individuals, building and leading finance teams. She started her career as an auditor at Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young and gained experience with team and client management while accumulating knowledge of diverse industries ranging from construction to automotive, and hospitality to leasing. Following audit, she joined finance teams of companies to gain hands-on experience in all aspects of financial management. She became a proactive, goal-driven leader with a proven record of directing financial management activities, analyzing operations to provide financial insights, and designing, creating, and managing reporting systems while spearheading local and international finance projects. As a dedicated team player and compassionate and insightful finance executive, she has solid leadership background serving at different financial management levels and working with corporate leaders, executives, board members, and shareholders. As a Chief Financial Officer (CFO), she has experience with serving executives in conflict and leading conflicting teams while building trust and promoting collaboration to thrive success. Her colleagues described her as collaborative, encouraging, and inspirational while her team members felt encouraged, supported, and stimulated to act at their full potential.
Born in Istanbul, Turkey, and living in Connecticut, USA, Berna brings a multi-cultural perspective to her coaching practice. Her rich experience in corporate life allows her to display a robust systems-thinking approach in life. Transitioning to live in the USA in 2017 transformed her into an empowered self-leader who became an entrepreneur to pursue her passion and purpose in life. As a coach, she inspires, empowers, and transforms people into self-leaders who thrive in life and business.

Personal Values

Berna values integrity as a trustworthy, open, and authentic coach. Her clients describe her as compassionate and respectful. She sees compassion as “empathy in action.” She always acts with an intention to understand, value, and care for people. She intentionally presents active care and kindness to everyone and who is in need to be able to make an impact in their lives. She has a calm and patient presence. Through her caring and trusted presence, her clients get the chance to enjoy the safe space she creates for them. She is a life-long learner passionate about personal growth. Learning environments inspire her and feed her growth mindset. She has a collaborative approach through which her clients gain a greater sense of clarity, awareness, and self-confidence. She is a supportive, dedicated, and loyal partner/teammate who excels as a member of a group. Collaboration for her is a space for synergy, learning, and creativity. She connects with others from the heart to heart. She feels she is alive when she stays connected with people and cultivate valuable relationships. Connectedness gives her life energy which makes her act genuinely and in a compassionate way to stimulate learning experiences through collaboration.