We have an outstanding global faculty of facilitators who deliver
our programs that unleash the power of curiosity.
Billy has been on a lifelong journey of uncovering the secrets to motivation, passion and purpose. The founder of The Courage Crusade, he has been coaching executives for 15 years, specializing in courageous leadership and communication. The author of Your Comfort Zone Is Killing You, Billy also writes for the Careers section in the Globe and Mail, specializing in effective communication.
Billy continually finds way to build his own courage “muscle” through world travel and adrenaline sports such as bungee jumping, skydiving and swimming with sharks. He has led over 30 wilderness leadership trips for Outward Bound Canada, as well as humanitarian projects in Central America and the South pacific. Billy has a business degree from Carleton University and a coaching designation from the International Coach Federation.
If you are interested in how best to introduce Billy before a keynote or workshop, download an introduction here.
Billy took the entire organization including the Board of Directors through his interactive, insightful and fun values workshops to help us define our new organizational values. He then helped us incorporate them throughout the organization and translate them into behaviours which we can then hold each other accountable to.Leanne Nicole – Executive Director, Canadian Olympic Foundation
Your guidance, energy and thought-leadership were exactly what we needed to uncover our values and set the stage for so many fun and significant decisions that lie ahead. Thanks again so much for doing what you do – it really made a difference!Joanne Fletcher - Senior Brand Director, Life is Good Canada
I now listen better which allows me to see what’s important to my team. I ask more open-ended questions, getting them to think more and own their agenda.Giancarlo, Director of Support Services, Ontario Shores Mental Health
Kerry Azar is passionate about working with individuals and organizations. In seeking clarity on complexity, she focuses on change and action.
She partners with clients so that, through purposeful dialogue, they can actively reflect on how they operate and thus gain insights, providing a framework for setting and achieving goals. Her work in executive development, both with individuals and teams, is underpinned by her deep understanding of business environments, garnered from many years’ experience as an executive walking the boardrooms and backrooms of multinational companies and consulting firms in Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States.
Her commercial leadership roles have included that of business development manager for an internet company during the heady dot-com/dot crash days (it didn’t crash!). Her last such role was as a managing director leading the European subsidiary of an Australian Stock Exchange–listed aerospace company. She is currently head of Strategic Partnerships with The Leadership Circle, and an associate with the Potential Project, which provides companies with organizational effectiveness programs based on mindfulness.
Because of peripatetic parents, Kerry attended 12 schools and just managed to matriculate. Despite this, she gained a background as a teacher, academic and researcher in Australia and Germany, with teaching, arts and IT qualifications, as well as a Master of Education. She was a researcher for and part of the author team of the 2018 book The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results.
If you are interested in how best to introduce Kerry before a keynote or workshop, download an introduction here.
Hélène has dedicated the last 20 years of her professional life to mastering her crafts – facilitation and coaching. She is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CTI) who knows that coaching makes a difference in people’s lives. She loves to share this with her clients. Hélène has held Sales and Training positions in the corporate world. When she created Voilà Coaching, her vision was to partner with those who see the potential in others, who know that learning is the key to growth, and to do work that she loves.
Hélène is proud to facilitate and coach in French and in English, and enjoys working with groups large and small. Her work takes her across Canada, and to international locations.
When she is not working, Hélène enjoys being active, spending time in nature, and travel. Of all she has done, she is most proud of raising three awesome children.
If you are interested in how best to introduce Anne before a keynote or workshop, download an introduction here.
Hélène was a very strong facilitator! That's particularly evident from the unsolicited positive feedback we received from a number of the attendees following the session.The learning went deep and people appreciated that. Suzanne Filiatrault, Director,Talent Development, Institute of Communication Agencies
The word on the street is that Michelle has the ability to present challenging subjects in a simple and fun way. She recognizes that no single approach to learning is right for everyone. Leveraging adult learning principles, Michelle successfully facilitates high-impact training on a wide range of topics for groups and individuals with diverse learning styles, in both the public and private sectors. She has a proven track record of improving performance. With Michelle, no one is left behind.
As a corporate globetrotter, Michelle has expertise in sales, human resources, operations and L&D, which has enabled her to work with organizations throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Europe and Asia.
Michelle is a Certified Professional Coach through the International Coach Academy. Also
certified by FranklinCovey and the Center for Leadership Studies, she was a contributing author to the book Secrets of Superstar Speakers, by Lilly Walters, and is very active in her community. Michelle lives in Houston, Texas, with her two-legged family members, Amos and Braylen, and her four-legged family member, Rascal the Poodle.
A wizard from the world of corporate learning and development, Michelle Benning has a way of imparting things about herself without seeming to brag. She has the experience and credentials to build a lengthy list but keeps it short and smart to prevent her audiences from falling asleep!
If you are interested in how best to introduce Michelle before a keynote or workshop, download an introduction here.
With over 25 years of leadership development and training experience, Mynor draws on his extensive US military and corporate background to facilitate his workshops and seminars.
In 2006, Mynor retired from the US Air Force, where he was responsible for the leadership and training of recruiting personnel. He then embarked on his civilian career in San Antonio, Texas, as a leadership development advisor and facilitator for USAA, the leading financial services company supporting the military worldwide.
Mynor has been a leader, coach, mentor and trainer. He has led and managed matrix teams throughout the military and also in corporate organizations. He assisted departments and organizations in the development and execution of their strategic missions in complex environments. He has also designed and facilitated seminars on leadership, coaching and feedback, change management, sales, diversity and inclusion, organizational skills, personal development and effectiveness, and communication, among other topics.
Mynor is an accomplished facilitator. As a master instructor for the US Department of Defense and a certified corporate trainer, he has facilitated numerous developmental training classes, seminars and workshops for small and large groups, both in person and via distant-learning applications. As well, he has supported military, leadership, sales, IT and financial services groups.
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Mynor now lives in Wiesbaden, Germany, with his wife, Judy. When not working they travel, enjoying the historical architecture, cultures and foods of Europe.
If you are interested in how best to introduce Mynor before a keynote or workshop, download an introduction here.
Karen B. Eisenthal
Karen B. Eisenthal is driven by the belief that her clients’ potential is limitless. She provides executive coaching, facilitation and consulting, offering expertise in leadership and management development, cultural competency, communication, conflict management and group and organizational change.
Karen’s passion for and ability to provoke insight, facilitate communication and create an environment of trust, fosters in-depth exploration and learning. She provides clients with the critical tools and strategies necessary to ensure lasting behavioural change, removing roadblocks and empowering them to achieve both individual and business goals. Karen works with clients to increase their emotional intelligence, enabling them to shift their focus from their intentions, to the actual impact of their behaviours. She has worked with corporate and non-profit clients across numerous sectors for more than 25 years.
Previously, As Director of Training & Organizational Development and Acting Vice President of Human Resources for govWorks, Inc., an internet start-up, Karen coached the executive management team, senior and mid-level managers, managed the HR team, and designed and implemented training programs. Karen holds a BA in Communication from the University of Massachusetts, an MA in Intercultural Relations from Lesley College and is continually adding to her professional certifications as a dedicated life-long learner.
If you are interested in how best to introduce Karen before a keynote or workshop, download an introduction here.
Brad has extensive experience as a master facilitator in the corporate environment, working with one of Canada’s largest companies, Loblaws. During his 30-year career, he has managed in the learning and development area, provided operational support and held diverse management roles.
Most recently, his focus has been on delivering culture shift workshops across Canada. He also has experience with change management, leadership and coaching. Brad is a passionate facilitator, using humour and high energy to create a powerful learning experience.
When he’s not working, Brad enjoys spending much of his time outdoors. However, his main focus is spending quality time with his family, especially his new granddaughter.
If you are interested in how best to introduce Brad before a keynote or workshop, download an introduction here.
Deseri Garcia is the owner of Vida Aventura, a consulting and coaching company that helps individuals and organizations reach their true potential through team building and leadership development.
Vida Aventura means “adventurous life” in Spanish and, as her company’s name suggests, Deseri is full of passion and a sense of adventure. An avid traveller and adventure-racing athlete, Deseri believes in living her bliss — and teaching others to do the same. She is both a practitioner and advocate of mindfulness techniques, and a yoga instructor, and her goal is to genuinely connect and identify with people in order to help them improve their individual effectiveness.
Before launching Vida Aventura, in Indianapolis, Deseri spent nearly 20 years in corporate America, where she gained invaluable insight into the value of building relationships in the business world. Now as a passionate coach, facilitator and speaker, Deseri works with top-level executives, managers and business owners to provide transformational coaching, team building support and leadership development.
Deseri is an accredited facilitator of 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, is certified by the Association for Challenge Course Technology, holds a certificate from the Coaching Clinic–Corporate Coach U and has a bachelor’s degree in small business entrepreneurship.
If you are interested in how best to introduce Deseri before a keynote or workshop, download an introduction here.
Rachel brings over 25 years of experience coaching, teaching and training, across a wide variety of sectors and industries. She is committed to helping people and businesses thrive by encouraging clients to practice new thinking and behaviours to enhance their communication, energy, engagement, performance, personal brand and work culture.
Rachel is an executive coach and workshop facilitator who has led workshops for groups of all sizes. She prides herself in her ability to connect with individuals at all levels (from the locker room to the board room, from the individual contributor or front line manager, to the C-Suite executive).
Rachel’s high energy, engaging and approachable style is sought after by numerous global clients. She has an M.A. in Social Sciences and is a Positive Psychology practitioner. She lives in New York City with her husband Peter and son West.
If you are interested in how best to introduce Rachel before a keynote or workshop, download an introduction here.
Stephen K. High
Stephen is a Box of Crayons’ program leader, delivering its award-winning coaching skills programs to organizations across North America. He has over 25 years of experience in business operations, executive work and technology, and is a serial investor, with involvement in dozens of start-ups ranging in size from tiny shops to giant unicorns.
Before joining Box of Crayons, Stephen coached individuals across the globe, applying the Box of Crayon method to develop coach-like executives and impacting thousands of companies and organizations. Both his passion for excellence and positive outlook boosts coach-like behaviours in his clients.
Born on Florida’s Emerald Coast, Stephen has lived in New York and Texas. He enjoys an enthusiastic approach to life as a pilot, scuba diver, long-distance cyclist, backpacker, canoer, trombonist, photographer and writer.
Stephen is a graduate of the University of Texas, where he studied technology and business, and is currently studying creative writing at in Stanford University.
If you are interested in how best to introduce Stephen before a keynote or workshop, download an introduction here.
Marc is a professional in the area of learning, development and talent management with over 25 years of experience in organizational and behavioural learning strategy, leadership development, management consulting, and skills development across diverse industries such as hospitality, media, telecom, IT, FMCG, BPO and pharmaceuticals.
Marc, with an educational background in social anthropology, holds a master’s degree in organizational psychology and certifications in various psychometric assessments; his core competence is in the areas of behavioural, attitudinal and skill interventions for organizations, specifically leadership and management teams. The strength he brings to his delivery and involvement in interventions is his positivity, energy, and passion. Clients describe Marc’s style of delivery as highly facilitative, creating an open, appreciative environment while addressing challenges in a constructive and solution-oriented manner. His experience with blended learning methodologies of classroom training, coupled with targeted skill coaching sessions, enables true movement of the “results needle.” Clients globally come back to work with Marc—a testament to his effective facilitation style.
Marc’s ancestry is rooted in the former Portuguese settlement of Goa, in western India, and like most Goans, he loves his music—specifically jazz, R&B and the occasional Ibiza EDM. He’s also a hard-core foodie and loves to travel. These passions tie in perfectly to his experience of working in over 35 countries around the world and with a range of management and leadership, enabling him to effectively adapt interventions to diverse audiences. He has worked and travelled extensively in ANZ, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America.
He has facilitated programs with numerous organizations, including Microsoft, Exxon, PepsiCo, AT&T, Qualcomm, J&J, Fidelity International, Estée Lauder Companies, InterContinental Hotels Group, J.P.Morgan, Orange, McKinsey & Company, Aviva, Whirlpool, Baxter, Schering-Plough Global, UNDP, Philip Morris, Adani Group, Taj Hotels, Reliance Mutual Fund and Arab Bank.
After holding leadership positions for 10 years at Coca Cola and Red Bull, Jonathan founded Catalyst Coaching in 2005 to continue his commitment to making a difference for companies and the individuals within them. He is an Associate Certified Coach, ICF (International Coaching Federation), and was trained at The Coaches Training Institute in London, UK.
Jonathan’s experience as a coach and facilitator is highly extensive, working with some of the UK most recognized organizations across both the private and public sector, including Sainsbury’s Supermarkets, Tesco, CBRE, Yahoo!, SAP and Microsoft.
He draws on business, psychological and behavioural science principles to help companies become more engaging and inspirational places in which to work, as well as creating real ‘light bulb’ moments of learning for all employees. His specialities include executive and personal coaching, emotional intelligence development, coaching training for managers, and leading multi-modular leadership development programs.
In his spare time Jonathan is a keen cyclist, dad and a volunteer as a governor at his local primary school.
If you are interested in how best to introduce Jonathan before a keynote or workshop, download an introduction here.
Jonathan has delivered the 10 minute coaching module to a number of our junior and senior Directors from across the business. All the sessions went very well and delegates said they found it interesting and enjoyable. Jonathan has a calm and engaging style that brings people into the room and interested in the subject and how it can help them. It was a very productive and worthwhile initiative. Thank you. Catherine Baxendale HR Director, Tesco PLC.
We were a bit apprehensive about the course; we had people who were skeptical about what could be accomplished in a four-hour workshop. But Jonathan captured their imaginations. His style was engaging and effective – he remembered their names, used examples in the debrief discussions that were relevant and customized – we loved the facilitation and feedback has been fantastic. Shona Wylie, Head of HR and Competence Development at Volvo Trucks UK
Over the past 20 years, Narumi has worked as a human resources specialist with a wide spectrum of global organizations and industries, including medical equipment, energy management, luxury hospitality, publications and tax account companies specializing in implementing high-impact and high-value employee development solutions and organizational development.
She has an extensive background in developing and facilitating content in leadership development programs, and is certified to deliver training to implement strategic approaches. Passion being one of Narumi’s strengths, she has contributed to global talent development programs and to their customization in Japan by partnering with both internal and external stakeholders to uncover the unique local needs and landscape of the organization and its market.
Narumi, an independent consultant on both global and local talent and organizational development, creates learning and development strategies, and designs and delivers other various trainings, including B2C Well-Being coaching for personal development.
Jennifer is a passionate facilitator and educator who combines 20 years of business experience in sales and sales enablement with a love of helping adults learn. Clients appreciate both her spirited energy and her down-to-earth explanations. Her favourite quote is from William Butler Yeats: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
She holds a master’s certificate in adult learning from the University of Toronto and a bachelor’s degree in arts and education from Queen’s University. She has worked with a variety of industries, including pharmaceutical, financial services, consumer packaged goods, and manufacturing. Jennifer likes to do handstands in her spare time.
If you are interested in how best to introduce Jennifer before a keynote or workshop, download an introduction here.
Michael was most recently the Chief Learning Officer for Digital Industrial Transformation as a part of General Electric’s Crotonville organization and GE Digital. In his previous role as Managing Vice President, Executive Programs, at Gartner, Michael worked closely with Box of Crayons during the evolution and implementation of Box of Crayons programs as they were deployed across the globe to great success.
On the less glamorous side, he got muddied, bloodied, bruised, and shocked in the head during the first (and hopefully last) incarnation of Jox of Crayons, the little known subsidiary of Box of Crayons designed purely to teach athletic humiliation.
When not making a fool of himself in lycra, Michael writes and speaks on the subject of digital transformation, learning, leadership, culture, and the increasing role of our humanity in a smart machine era.
If you are interested in how best to introduce Michael before a keynote or workshop, download an introduction here.
Dr. Pauline Lee, founder of Melbourne-based consultancy company Léargas, specializes in facilitating transformational change in the private sector, government, military and large not-for-profits. She focuses on vertical leadership development and the process of transforming mindset, behaviour and culture that delivers breakthrough results.
Pauline has developed deep expertise in the Australian federal government sector, consulting to several of the big departments, such as Defence, Intelligence Agencies, Health, Finance, Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Immigration. She has extensive coaching experience with over three thousand hours. She is an accredited Immunity to Change coach, a consultant with Full Circle Group, a program facilitator with Box of Crayons and an associate of Being First.
She has also held visiting lecturer positions, teaching organizational psychology at the University of Melbourne and University College Dublin, and has published on teams and leadership in peer-reviewed journals.
Alongside these accomplishments, Pauline failed some of her first-year commerce exams when she became distracted selling poitin (Irish moonshine) to thirsty university students, and she regularly spent lunchtime in school detention for mischievous behaviour (her favourite prank was flying a paper airplane that landed on a teacher’s head). Pauline left Ireland twenty years ago to pursue her doctorate of organizational psychology. Her real prize at the end of that journey was falling in love with an Australian. She now lives in Melbourne with James, their two girls and Molly the cat.
If you are interested in how best to introduce Pauline before a keynote or workshop, download an introduction here.
Leanne has over 25 years experience in Sales, Sales Management and Management Education. After graduating from the Ivey School of Business at UWO, she joined the faculty and worked as a consultant to businesses in many different industries. She then began a sales career and quickly took on senior leadership positions involving managing all aspects of operations including recruiting, developing and leading an inside and outside sales force. She started her own coaching and facilitation company in 2007 and has delighted clients with her open and engaging facilitation style. Her experience with clients spans many industries including financial services, retail, manufacturing, telecom, and health care.
If you are interested in how best to introduce Leanne before a keynote or workshop, download an introduction here.
Fantastic! High energy, a great sense of humour and she really understood what we were trying to achieve. She clearly is an effective listener because I noticed she was repeating and using the same language that we were using. She was responsive and open to what we had to say. We’re not an easy group to please. Half our company are PhDs and so they are trained to think critically, question everything. We’re all high achievers, and so we are a tough crowd. And she just came in and she just impressed all of us. Winnie Sin, Director HR, Mitacs
Leanne Lewis was a fantastic facilitator! She was able to draw info from people. Helped me to get clarity on how to become a better coach! The Coaching Habit participant, Parmalat Canada
Leanne was engaging and knowledgeable. She was able to draw things out of people. Leanne was able to capture in a short period of time the essence of where we were at and build on that.” Caroline O'Shea, Director, Talent Management, IPEX Group
With over 25 years’ experience in managing multi-cultural teams, consulting and training, Cheryl has helped organizations execute their strategy in complex, global environments on four continents. She has designed and facilitated seminars on leadership, change management, intercultural training, personal effectiveness, communication and other topics. She is an accomplished facilitator, having led hundreds of classes and workshops for groups of 3 to 300.
Cheryl has a M.A. in International Management from the School for International Training and a Certificate in Organization Development from the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science. She is certified in William Bridges Transitions Workshops which help leaders and individual contributors navigate changes. When not working, Cheryl loves being outside with her kids skiing, camping, hiking and running or traveling globally.
If you are interested in how best to introduce Cheryl before a keynote or workshop, download an introduction here.
Susan is a Master Trainer and Executive Coach. She has facilitated over 1,500 workshop days across Canada and internationally in both French and English, in many industries. She has studied with the CTI and is a graduate of York University, The Transpersonal Therapy Centre, and The New Seminary – World Religions Program. She has extensive experience in Client Relations starting with Kodak Canada and Ontario Training Corporation. After a Director role at McLuhan & Davies Communications, she launched Susan Lynne Development in 2001.
If you are interested in how best to introduce Susan before a keynote or workshop, download an introduction here.
Leadership expert Dave McKeown helps individuals, teams and organizations lead with authenticity, purpose and effectiveness. He has a wealth of experience connecting individual and team performance to improved business results; his particular focus is on fast-growing, complex organizations.
Dave started his career as a consultant at Accenture, then moved on to become COO and then president of Predictable Success, a boutique consultancy that helps complex businesses achieve scalability. While at Predictable Success he also ran Inc. Consulting, a joint venture with Inc. Media, which helped companies on, or aspiring to be on, the Inc. 5000 achieve consistent, scalable growth.
As founder and CEO of Outfield Leadership, Dave now speaks, coaches and trains on the mindset, skill set and tool kit needed to master the craft of leadership. His goal is to help organizations build a culture of real and authentic but ultimately results-driven leadership.
He has shared his leadership strategies at Inc. 5000 and GrowCo conferences, and with Bank of America, the British government, Entrepreneur’s Organization, BambooHR and countless others. He has also worked with leaders at Spectrum Health, Renewal by Andersen, Akamai, NYSE and many smaller, fast-growing organizations.
Dave is the host of the podcast Lead Like You Give a Damn and writes a weekly online leadership column for Inc.
A native of Ireland, Dave now resides in southern California with his wife, Paris, and staffie, Maggie.
If you are interested in how best to introduce Dave before a keynote or workshop, download an introduction here.
Chloé has a creative approach to facilitating. She finds delight in giving people the tools and courage to see things through a different lens and find new innovative solutions — an approach no doubt derived from her seven years of experience teaching photography.
Having grown up alongside a family-run leadership development, coaching and training organization, Heart of the Matter, Chloé has a commitment to developing people — it runs in her veins. She’s an active part of the business, involved in the overall development and program facilitation. Concurrently, Chloé works as the client care coordinator on the Box of Crayons’ sales team.
Chloé feeds her sense of curiosity and adventure by exploring her beautiful city of Toronto, canoe camping and hiking, all while stopping every second step to take a photograph.
An award-winning visual arts photographer, she received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from York University, where she concentrated in photography. She’s now studying Adult Learning at George Brown College.
If you are interested in how best to introduce Chloé before a keynote or workshop, download an introduction here.
Evan has worked with organizations for more than 20 years to imagine, create and deploy the ways they work. With a career divided between major roles in corporations, and advisory work with leaders through Metamorphosis Management Group, his favourite work helps leaders grow and shape themselves to lead organizational transitions – bringing reformation, change, learning injections and discoveries of new ways.
As an engineer, he works with people to determine what’s important to measure – and how to go about creating important results; as a humanist, he helps those within the organization to engage, adapt, discover and invent the new futures they’ll inhabit.
He’s been an early stage manager in several startups; worked as a researcher at Harvard’s Kennedy School; and has supported several non-profits in the delivery of solutions and services against critical social challenges. He’s certified in several coaching and leadership development programs including The Leadership Circle, and has worked with high-potential leaders within several university executive education programs.
If you are interested in how best to introduce Evan before a keynote or workshop, download an introduction here.
As a young man, Blair set off to Bible College with a suitcase full of passion and certainty, dreaming of becoming a youth camp leader. A year later, he was asking big questions, and the staff suggested he might find his answers elsewhere. Blair eventually found an outlet for his enquiring mind in the creation and facilitation of award-winning experiential learning programs as cofounder of Eagle’s Flight. During his tenure there, he travelled to six continents, taking his compelling content and playful spirit wherever he went.
An interest in neuroscience took him to his next port of call, the Institute for Health and Human Potential (IHHP), where he spent the next chapter of his life leading the design and facilitation of a suite of world-class emotional intelligence training programs.
In 2012, Blair packed his bags again, for a move to Dublin, where he co-founded GreenLine Conversations, presenting powerful communication training to organizations that had been devastated by Ireland’s recent financial crash. Since then, the simple messaging and elegant design of GreenLine has been embraced by organizations across Europe.
Now back in Canada, Blair finds himself at home in his natural habitat: a lively classroom where ideas are examined and exchanged.
Throughout his journey, Blair has had a life mission of exploring one compelling question: How can I help people get out of their own way, so they can live more meaningful and connected lives? He has found at Box of Crayons some powerful answers.
If you are interested in how best to introduce Blair before a keynote or workshop, download an introduction here.