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Nadia Batara

MHA, Program Lead, Healthcare Excellence Canada

Nadia is a highly professional leader with excellent experience across the health systems of British Columbia and Ontario. Passionate about leadership and leadership development, Nadia was the past Chair of the Toronto node of the Emerging Health Leaders network and is currently a Program Lead at Healthcare Excellence Canada. With positive, fun-loving creativity and a young family for inspiration, Nadia utilizes invaluable insights gained through professional, volunteer and travel experiences and relationships to deliver high quality work, maximize opportunities for improvement and growth, and execute strategic initiatives.

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Her experience in the financial sector, public health, home, community, and acute care settings empower Nadia to improve the health system by integrating grass-roots population health approaches and business administration iteratively.

Jack Hourigan

Founder, Jest Media

Jack Hourigan is an alumna of the famed Second City, a former Television Host (Food Network, Slice, CityTV) and a Writer, Producer/Director. She holds a degree in Theatre from McGill University and uses her stage and improv expertise to create better team  collaboration, clearer communication and resiliency in times of change.

She is a skilled coach in all mediums (stage, screen, virtual) and co-founded Sway Partners Inc., a boutique Communication Training and Coaching firm a decade ago.

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She has coached countless Senior Executives, Sales Teams, Clinicians and Researchers to feel confident in front of an audience. While in the role of NICU Patient Liaison at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, she trained as a Family Integrated Care Facilitator and Patient Centred Care Advocate.

Jack is the Mum of two amazing humans.

Susan Ludwig

Program Development, Facilitator & Coach, SLudwig Consulting 

Susan specializes in organizational development with extensive experience including learning solution design, group process facilitation, leadership and team development processes with a focus on emotional intelligence, communication and behavioural styles, and change leadership.

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Susan has worked in a variety of sectors including the broader healthcare sector, higher education, and not-for-profit, bringing a diverse and unique perspective to the table. As a senior internal consultant in healthcare she has worked with clients to create successful teams and design and facilitate multi-disciplinary learning programs and retreats. She is also adept at developing relationships across all levels of the organization to influence change.

Integrating her values of integrity, community connection and collaboration, Susan is engaged with non-profit boards and provides skill and leadership training & coaching for community and environmental organizations. Susan is recognised as an empathetic, effective facilitator and coach, partnering with individuals and teams to achieve personal insight, growth and increased productivity. She holds a Masters of Education degree from the University of Toronto, is certified in Emotional Intelligence (EQi-2.0 and EQi-360), DiSC Behavoural Styles and is a Registered Corporate Coach TM

Relevant Education and Training

  • Masters of Adult Education, OISE/University of Toronto
  • Emotional Intelligence (EQi-2.0 and EQi-360) Certification, MHS
  • Business Coaching Advantage Practitioner™ (B.C.A.P.™) and Registered Corporate Coach™ (RCC™)
  • DiSC and Myer’s Briggs Type Inventory Certified, and StrengthsFinder Qualified

Suzannah Kelly

Leadership Development & Career Coach, Founder, The Elevated Talent Experience

Suzannah is an established Leadership Development and Career Coach and is the Founder of her own business, The Elevated Talent Experience – Elevating your organization’s talent management experience to create an inspiring culture where employees can develop their leadership capabilities and thrive at the personal and professional best. She leverages her diverse experience of working within large global organizations at an executive level to partner closely with business professionals looking to develop in and elevate their careers.

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Her clients are typically mid to senior level leaders responsible for building high performing teams and driving large change efforts. As an HR professional with over 25 years of experience in companies such as CIBC, Novartis and Apotex, responsible for leading enterprise wide, large scale talent management programs, Suzannah has clear insights into the impact great leadership and an inspiring employee experience and culture can have on aspiring talent responsible for bottom line organizational business results. Suzannah has many years of experience as a life, career and executive leadership coach and holds certifications and trainings in applied positive psychology, resilience, emotional intelligence and mental health and uses those disciplines along with having lived in multiple countries to inform and support her clients career journeys.

Karen Fitzpatrick

Leadership & Change Consultant, Executive Coach, Facilitator, Karen Fitzpatrick Consulting

Karen Fitzpatrick is a professional leadership and change consultant, executive coach and seasoned facilitator with a passion for working with individuals and teams to achieve their potential. For more than two decades she has worked with organizations nationwide and across multiple sectors to help create environments that cultivate and encourage learning, insight and self-discovery. Drawing on her vast and in-depth knowledge in her field, she is adept at delivering leadership concepts and constructs in easily digestible and understandable frameworks, making them memorable and poignant.

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Her insights on leadership and complex change have been shared both nationally and internationally as a conference presenter and keynote speaker. Widely regarded as a proven resource for C-level leaders to draw upon to strengthen and increase the capacity of both their seasoned and emerging leaders, Karen’s transformative work empowers participants to recognize their own self-limiting stories and embrace narratives that foster growth and possibility, resulting in teams and individuals realizing their full potential. For more information about Karen, please visit www.karenfitzpatrick.ca.

Carlos Cadogan

Certified Cultural Intelligence Consultant, The CQ Mindset

Carlos Cadogan is a Certified Cultural Intelligence Consultant who helps individuals and organizations improve their capability to function effectively in a cultural context.
With over 20 years of experience leading successful diverse, and inclusive teams, he has turned his passion for developing and coaching individuals into a cultural competency consulting firm named, The CQ Mindset.

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The CQ Mindset supports leaders and organizations to achieve and develop cultural intelligence skills and applications across all desired outcomes such as cultural competency, inclusion initiatives, executive performance, and leadership development and organization effectiveness. Carlos is also an Assessment Consultant at Multi-Health Systems.

Carlos formally volunteered on the Diversity and Inclusion Board for the Town of Stouffville, Ontario, and a former mentor for at-risk youths through KuppaFoundation.org. Carlos holds a certification in leadership and Inclusion through Centennial College and the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.

Dwayne Smith

Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion,
Host, The Mind Leadership Podcast

Dwayne Smith is a people-first leader, driven by the desire to give every Associate the opportunity to grow and thrive. With over 20 years of experience with leading many different teams, Dwayne has a strong passion for fitness and people, he uses his education in Leadership and Inclusion, along with his lived experience to inspire others to engage their ability to create theirs and others success through Inclusive Leadership.

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He is a certified public speaker, a mastermind group facilitator, anti-racism certified educator and an inclusion specialist. Dwayne has managed many successful teams and develop others to be top performers and leaders within their careers. Through his experience he has learned that leadership is action, and living by leader principles daily requires a great deal of intention.

In 2020, after significant events in North America brought the conversation of race and inequality to the forefront, Dwayne made a commitment to promote greater equity and treatment of people by combining his years of leadership experience with diversity, equity and inclusion. Thus, resulting in his passion to grow leaders to be inclusive.

Now, being a Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, he is devoted to finding meaningful solutions towards a more diverse, equitable and inclusive company for everyone.

Dwayne knows that our execution is at its best when we are aware of our strengths with how to leverage them to our advantage and knowing our challenges and making a plan to ensure they don’t derail our leadership.

Our minds dictate how we operate and it’s our minds that we need to develop to be welcoming of new ideas, knowing who we are and how we become our best selves!

Tara Rhodes

Leadership Coach, Tara Rhodes Coaching

An award-winning trainer and facilitator and a certified leadership coach, Tara Rhodes helps emerging leaders define a vision for their leadership so that the people they influence can do their best work. She has been lucky to work with entry level to executive level employees at various company stages, and has come to understand that organizations can only be successful when their people are confident to do the work required. Ultimately she is dedicated to helping people gain clarity on the life they want to live, and supporting them develop healthy habits to make that happen.

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A wife, and mom to two lively boys, she actively practices what she preaches to maintain a healthy balance and presence in her day-to-day life. Find out more at www.tararhodes.ca.

Jennifer Hanna

CEO, Ignite People Solutions

Jennifer is the CEO of Ignite People Solutions and has over 20 years of experience as a performance and learning specialist and leadership development facilitator. She is a certified professional in talent development and has worked across diverse industries and sectors, including healthcare, hospitality, education, and biotechnology. With a background in behavioural science and adult education, Jennifer brings the expertise necessary to create learning experiences that result in improved employee engagement and positive organizational impact.

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Most recently, she has led the learning function for an international pharmaceutical conference, designed leadership training for a biotechnology firm and led the strategic planning process for a high-profile non-profit. Jennifer is committed to meaningful and measurable changes for individuals, teams, and leaders in each endeavour. When people learn and grow, companies learn and grow.

Nataliya Becker

Founder, Executive Coach, BeckerLeadership

Hello 👋 I’m Nataliya Becker, an ICF certified coach, master facilitator, and the driving force behind BeckerLeadership.

My entrepreneurial journey started from diverse leadership roles in financial services and technology sectors. Having led a coaching business focused on stress reduction through resilience programs, I realized the pivotal role of effective leadership. No amount of personal resilience can compensate for dysfunctional leadership.

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Focus of BeckerLeadership is enhancing leadership and leadership team effectiveness, creating profound ripples of positive change in organizations and lives.

At BeckerLeadership, we embody a multidisciplinary, data-informed, and result-focused approach. My warm, no-BS style and core values of integrity, impact, and love guide our solutions. I collaborate with a collective of trusted coaches, facilitators, trainers, and advisors who bring hands-on leadership experience and thought leadership to the table.

I find immense joy in understanding your world and crafting high-impact solutions. Reach out anytime for a chat!

With love,

Nataliya

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