Your Amazing Coaching Team!
Team Leader - Bilingual (Mon-Thurs)
As part of our senior management team, Doug has been working as a business coach in the nonprofit sector for 15 years, and 11 of those with Make A Change Canada. Doug is highly skilled at one-on-one coaching, group facilitation, and delivering online webinars. With his extensive background in the financial, publishing, and manufacturing sectors, and through his work with foreign governments, Doug brings a wealth of business expertise to his role and, to date, has helped more than 500 individuals achieve their goal of self-employment. Major projects Doug has led include the implementation of integrated business systems for a chain of Canadian newspapers and the development of protocols for online banking systems and ATMs. During the 1990s Doug worked with the government of the Cayman Islands developing tourism projects. He has also travelled extensively as the International Y2K Consultant to the United Nations. As someone who enjoys giving back, Doug has volunteered his skills and time with several national organizations and service clubs. Through his production company, Doug offers on-camera training and corporate video services. Doug has appeared in a number of commercials, has a lengthy stage performance portfolio, and has produced, directed, and acted in a number of films and corporate videos. Recently, Doug relocated from Ontario to New Brunswick, now living in a charming Francophone village alongside the St. John River.
Business Advisor - (Mon-Thurs)
Chantal holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Victoria with a specialization in International Business. Her wide range of professional experience includes entrepreneurship, marketing and social media, event planning, business sustainability, leadership training, coaching, and mentorship. Among her many accomplishments, Chantal co-founded an international NGO, co-chaired an international environmental summit, and co-founded and managed a successful sustainability and marketing consulting firm. To date, Chantal has coached nearly 200 aspiring entrepreneurs, helping them create viable business plans and realize their full potential. Chantal is originally from Nelson, British Columbia, and currently resides in nearby Revelstoke. With a relentless appetite for adventure and athletics, Chantal’s passions include backcountry skiing, trail running, travelling to wild places, and climbing mountains. “Dante” is Chantal’s very affectionate and quirky French Bulldog and her regular sidekick.
Business Advisor - Bilingual (Mon-Thurs)
Louise has extensive experience working in the nonprofit sector as a business coach and manager of self-employment programs. Over the past 16 years Louise has helped more than 500 aspiring entrepreneurs achieve their dreams of self-employment. Louise is passionate about inspiring the inner entrepreneur and has a talent for supporting individuals and helping them stay focused on their vision as they develop their business plans. Having overcome a serious health diagnosis herself, Louise knows firsthand the struggles and challenges involved in reestablishing a career. Prior to business coaching, Louise worked for 18 years in the publishing industry in Vancouver and northern Alberta, where she was co-owner and publisher of a local newspaper. Public relations, production, and management were a large part of Louise’s role, and she earned significant recognition with her award-winning graphic designs. An adventurer at heart, Louise is passionate about the 13th century. As a published author, Louise has travelled twice to Montségur, France, to conduct research for her book The Last Cathar, published in 2015. Louise is now writing the sequel to this book, to be released during 2019. If that was not accomplishment enough, Louise is also a talented fabric and textile artist. Customers throughout the United States and as far away as the United Kingdom and Argentina have purchased her exquisite silk wall hangings. Louise currently resides in Innisfil, Ontario, where she enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren and her dog, Stoker.