Business Coach Toronto

Our Faculty

Talyaa Vardar, BSc, MA, FCPC, MCC

CEO & Master Certified Coach
Executive Coach & EXA Counseling Psychology

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.

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.

Grace Kim, ACC, FCPC

Faculty and Facilitator at Flow
Global Life & Business Coach


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sandy Henderson, BscOT, PCC, CEC, CTPC

Executive and Team Coach,
Organizational Consultant

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”.


Ed Rowell, BA, MDiv, PCC, RYT

Executive Coach, Consultant and Trainer

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.

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

Executive Team and C Suite Coach, 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.