Business Coach Toronto
ACTP

Our Faculty

Sue Sheldon, BSc, MCC

Training and Development Director
Executive and C Suite Coach, Mentor Coach, and Facilitator

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, and 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
Mentor Coach, Facilitator

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.

George Phipps, PMP, MA, PCC

Executive Coach, Team Building Facilitator
Faculty

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.

Ranya El-Farnawani, M.Ed., PCC

Career and Leadership Coach
Speaker, Facilitator

Education and Experience

Ranya El-Farnawani is an independent career and leadership coach, speaker, and facilitator. She also serves as a senior consultant and practice leader at The Talent Company. Through her coaching and training she has supported individuals and organizations with key career and leadership challenges for over 10 years.

Ranya has completed a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology (focus on Career Counselling) and a Bachelor of Education at the University of Toronto/O.I.S.E.  She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from McMaster University. She is multilingual, and is a qualified Birkman consultant as well as an MBTI practitioner. She is a Professional Certified Coach having completed the International Coaching Federation’s intensive ten-month program.

As a speaker and workshop facilitator, Ranya has developed a reputation for her infectious enthusiasm and her ability to connect with groups of diverse backgrounds and at various levels within an organization.  She has been sought-after to work with organizations in a variety of sectors including education, financial services, professional services, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, government, and not-for-profit.

Personal Values

Ranya believes that meaningful, inspired work is a key to personal and organizational success and the route there begins with empowering both individuals and managers to have effective coaching conversations. She thrives in supporting managers learn the value of coaching and supports them in how to have effective career conversations to support employee retention and engagement.  Her skills in supporting managers are complimented by her passion for empowering individuals to take ownership of their careers, and become clear on how they differentiate themselves.

As a coach, Ranya excels at helping her clients to define their personal brand and create compelling self-marketing tools that align with their brand and target audience.  She believes in connecting clients with their values so that they can build a career and life that is filled with purpose and passion. She is frequently called upon to help new leaders define their leadership style and effectively transition from being an individual contributor to an impactful leader.

Nance MacLeod, BA, PCC, CEC

Executive Coach, Facilitator
HR and Career Transition Consultant

Education and Experience

Nance has served in executive management roles with both Canadian and U.S. owned companies, engaging and leading teams to achieve success. Along with her two decades of experience as an instructor and corporate executive coach, Nance develops and facilitates thought-provoking personal and professional development seminars and workshops that empower and accelerate growth. She has authored over 100 articles published in The Business Link, Reason and Beyond, and Your Workplace magazines. Nance is the President for ICF Toronto and has been an active board member on several not-for-profit organizations.

Nance has experience in executive leadership coaching 360°, leadership assessments, career pathways, executive development, on-boarding, and team building. She has had much coaching success with various professionals including: a ten-year working relationship with leading a company president and CEO to his goals including increasing the bottom line of his business by 150% in one year; advancing the president and CEO of a medical device company through various challenges and into a top-notch progressive leader; helping a young president and CEO, who had to suddenly step into his father’s shoes of a $20 million company, gain trust, confidence, and executive presence and developed him into a respected leader who is driving the company forward. Her coaching skills include identifying issues, customized workshops, interviews, and one-on-one coaching to allow her clients get results for sustainability, productivity, teamwork, advancement, and overall success.

Personal Values

As a professionally trained coach, Nance uses a style of empathy and honesty that cuts through the clutter to help people achieve their goals. She is an insightful, detail-oriented professional with a history of introducing fresh, forward-thinking ideas that help leaders grow and expand their organizations. Nance is known for driving leadership success and business growth in her various roles coaching CEO’s, senior leadership teams, Vice Presidents, and Board members. Her career history illustrates her ability to deliver organizational wins across the board.

Talyaa Vardar, BSc, MA, MAPS, PCC

Executive Coach and C Suite Coach
Expressive Art Therapist and Facilitator

Education and Experience

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 a 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. FLOW Coaching Institute’s program is a full accreditation program (ACTP) from the ICF (International Coaching Federation).

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 board member at the ICF (International Coach Federation) Toronto Chapter. She is also a columnist at the HBR (Harvard Business Review) and Womens 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 the 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.

Michelle Rothstein, PCC

Leadership Coach
Speaker, Facilitator

Education and Experience

Michelle Rothstein is a skilled facilitator and team coach who has worked with leaders and teams from across North America and the United Kingdom. She holds the designation of Professional Certified Coach from the International Coaching Federation, and is a certified practitioner of The Leadership Circle Assessment Tool.

Michelle has worked with both private sector and not-for-profit executives and their employees to help them gain greater alignment with personal, team, and organizational goals. She is a Faculty Member of Studio Y, a fellowship program for young innovators at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, Canada. There, she helps fellows to develop professionally to lead system change. Michelle has also completed training with Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC) and Group Coaching with Jennifer Britton of Potentials Realized.

Personal Values

Michelle lives in Toronto with her family.

Brian Fraser, PhD, CEC, PCC

Executive and Leadership Coach
Facilitator

Education and Experience

Dr. Brian Fraser is lead provocateur of Jazzthink, a company founded in 2002 that uses the workings, wit, and wisdom of jazz to provoke SMARTer teamwork and leadership through SMARTer conversations. He is an educator, professional speaker, facilitator, and leadership coach. He has been a professor and college administrator at the University of British Columbia.

Brian has many years experience teaching professional coach training programs. He has been a professional leadership coach for 11 years and has met and submitted all the requirements for his Professional Certified Coach designation from the ICF. He currently teaches coaching skills for managers/leaders at Douglas College in Coquitlam, BC, where his courses consistently receive student ratings of 4.9/5. Brian has coached leaders in organizations of all kinds, including Toyota Canada, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, BC Hydro, Fraser Health, the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Coastal Health, Service Coordination Incorporated, Emily Carr University, and Henry Shein.

Souzan Bachir, PCC

Middle Management and Executive Coach
Facilitator

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.

Avril Orloff
Graphic Recorder and Facilitator, Teacher
World Cafe Hosting and Recording

Education and Experience

Avril Orloff is a graphic facilitator who helps people see what they're saying by translating their thoughts into vivid and powerful images. Using a combination of words, symbols, and pictures, she works in real time to capture ideas as they emerge, creating a visual record of the conversation that reveals the 'big picture' as well as key details.

Avril has mapped conferences, dialogues, strategic planning meetings, visioning sessions, and leadership workshops for corporations, community groups, government agencies, and educational institutions. She also creates custom graphics for clients who want to present information in a concise and engaging way, and teaches courses in graphic recording to enable facilitators and others to incorporate visual elements into their note-taking.

Avril has a degree in Communication and Design from the Ontario College of Art, an Honours BA in Philosophy from McGill University, and an MA in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

Personal Values

Avril likes to provide space for participants to exercise their own creativity. She has discovered that when people start making art, they access places in their minds that cannot be reached through words alone. This leads to fresh insights and intuitive leaps that are at the heart of all innovation.

Murat Vardar MSc, PCC

Graphic Recorder and Facilitator, Teacher
World Cafe Hosting and Recording

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.

Zeynep Berkol, ACC

Middle Management and Mindfulness Coach
Facilitator

Education and Experience

Zeynep Berkol started her professional life in 1987 as the Secretariat of Foreign Trade in Turkey. She has experience at the Aegean Exporter's Union and transferred to the bank sector in 1992. Zeynep transitioned her banking career to the branch operations department of GE bank, then worked for other banks such as HSBC. She was the assistant manager in the departments of branch commercial transactions, head office corporate marketing and cash management, and most recently she held the position of branch manager of personal marketing. In 2006, she retired from the banking field and continued working as a founding partner of Valupa Consultancy Ltd that provides financial consulting services.

Personal Values

Zeynep started to work as an internal facilitator while she was still working in a bank and it was there that she realized that teaching and sharing was so much more aligned with her values. She continued training in the financial sector and various other sectors as this is what made her enthusiastic about her skills. She believed that by continuing her career in the learning and development sector, she was progressing personally as well. Zeynep completed the International Coaching Federation’s accredited coaching training at the FLOW Coaching Institute and joined FLOW as a coach and faculty member.