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February 2021
In this Issue
President's Message
Programs and Events
        ICF Toronto Monthly Chapter Meeting - February 24, 2021
        ICF Toronto Chapter PD Meeting - March 10, 2021
        ICF Toronto Monthly Chapter Meeting - March 31, 2021
        ICF Toronto Chapter Corporate Outreach Meeting - April 14,  2021
News and Announcements
        ICF Toronto 2021 Annual Awards Program
        Membership and Engagement
Member Notices

President's Message
Barb Rosen Shreiber pictureFebruary is Black History Month, an opportunity to explore and celebrate the heritage, traditions and culture of African-Canadians. I wanted to pass on this link (one of many you can access) as it focuses on past and present contributions that African Canadians make to the life of Toronto in such areas as education, medicine, art, culture, public service, economic development, politics and human rights. Listen to the stories expressed creatively through music, dance, film and journeys of the effects of racism on physical and mental health, through the Awakenings Program.

This is my final President’s message for the 2020-2021 term in which I have been delighted to serve you, our ICF Community. To my fellow board members, I have nothing but admiration and gratitude for the commitment, passion and tenacity you showed throughout the year that took us through challenges, and in so many ways turned these into opportunities that allowed us to reframe and reshape how we operate as a chapter, while staying true to our values and purpose. For their amazing contribution, I would like to recognize:
Alicia Saint
Amrita Garg
Bachir Chehab
Bonnie Grogan
Carmelo Millimaci
Jalyn Anderson
Jane Graydon
Marina Yerokhova
Meena Kaila-Gambhir
Rose-marie Fernandez
Shahab Anari
Vasilina Demidovich
In addition, I want to extend a special thank you to our departing Board members, Amrita, Bonnie, Carmelo, Marina, Meena and Vasilina. You have made a difference to the ICF Toronto Chapter during your years on the Board. I look forward to your continued engagement within our community.

In our February Board Strategy meeting we will be bringing together our existing and future Board members to set the framework and priorities for a three-year plan.  At our Annual General Meeting on January 27th 2021, the motion for accepting the slate for our new Board members was passed. As active members in our Chapter, we are looking forward to the fresh perspectives and contribution that Hossam Bakir, Robin Mahadeva, Itopa Malik Sulé, Jenny Barkan and Gabriela Cameto will be bringing to the Board. 

One of our learnings over the past year, is that while we maintain our focus on shaping marketplace awareness of professional coaching and ICF credentialed coaches, we need to be flexible and prepared to shift priorities if necessary. To do this, we must not only pay attention to what’s going on in the environment around us, but also look inwards to listen and learn about what you value and what you need from each other and from the Chapter as a whole. Your voice and opinions matter, and we are looking forward to creating more opportunities for open two-way communication that informs the decisions and actions we take. Staying connected and engaged are key ingredients to a thriving chapter. Let’s continue to build together.


Barb Rosen Schreiber, PCC
President, ICF-Toronto Chapter

Programs and Events
ICF Toronto Monthly Chapter Meeting
Top 3 Ways to Build Corporate Partnerships 

with Raia Carey

picture of Raia CareyAs a Certified Life Coach and motivational speaker, Raia (also known as Coach Carey) is passionate about encouraging others to tap into the confidence they never knew they had. Over the last five years, Raia has been able to cultivate partnerships and collaborations with some of the top organizations in the world through thought-provoking content, and her top value, “Lead with Love." This has led her to work with big brands such as Nike, RBC Royal Bank,, Loblaw, AIG, Tribal Scale, and Soho House. The latest addition to her resume, is as Manager of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion at Sick Kids Foundation.

During this session with ICF Toronto, Raia will share her triumphs and tribulations, as well as how she has been able to build long-lasting partnerships.

The top three strategies Raia will share with the audience are 1) authenticity, 2) asking questions, and 3) support without expectations.

Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units for this event: 1.0 Resource Development

Date: February 24, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm EST

More Details and Register
ICF Toronto Chapter Professional Development Meeting

Trends in Coaching:
Democratization vs. Commoditization of Coaching in the Virtual World

with Thom Wright, PCC
In this collaborative discussion, Thom will offer thoughts from behind the scenes at picture of Thom WrightEzra, a global virtual coaching platform that has seen explosive growth since it went live in 2019. Thom will talk about his vision, and Ezra’s mission, to Democratize Professional Coaching and how this differs from commoditizing the field.  He will share the story of Ezra’s incredible growth since 2019, touch on some of his thoughts on the ‘why’ of it and share some of the trends we’ve seen as thousands of clients have passed through programs with Ezra over the course of the pandemic. Come join us and discuss trends in Virtual Coaching!  In this interactive session we will invite you to share your thoughts on trends you are seeing in our profession and where you see those trends propelling us into the future.

Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units for this event: TBC

Date: March 10, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm EST

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ICF Toronto Monthly Chapter Meeting
Media Magnet: How to Get Great PR and Grow Your Business  

with Clare Kumar, ACC

PR is a powerful marketing tool, but how do you get it? ICF Toronto member, Clare picture of Clare KumarKumar, has been working in media since March 2009 with her first appearance a nine-minute live-to-tape segment on The Steven and Chris Show. Join us to learn how Clare got started and how PR has evolved to be not just a regular part of Clare’s business but a profit centre in its own right. Clare will share the tactics she uses to stay on journalists’ must-call list. You too, can be a media magnet.

About Clare Kumar, ACC

As a Certified Executive Coach and motivational speaker, Clare Kumar is not your regular Productivity Coach. While she's studied and can share all the best practices, she's focused on respecting humanity and tapping into intrinsic motivation to encourage consistently strong performance. An international speaker and sought after media contributor, Clare has been featured in Fast Company,

Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units for this event: 1.0 Resource Development

Date: March 31, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm EST

More Details and Register
ICF Toronto Chapter Corporate Outreach Meeting
Walk With Me....  

a conversation with Louise Taylor Green, 
CEO of Human Resources Professionals Association (ON)

picture of Louise Taylor GreenWalk With Me…A Chief Human Resource Officer's perspective on navigating the complex terrain of the modern workplace issues and where coaching could help.

Louise describes herself as “passionate about high-performance HR” and over the past 25 years, she’s worked in diverse industries like aviation, banking, insurance, healthcare and professional regulation. In her ‘day job’ Louise is the CEO of the HRPA – the professional regulatory association for HR in Ontario. Louise is also a coach and started her own coaching and consulting business back in 2014.

Louise will share some of her insights about being a Chief Human Resources Officer and what those experiences have taught her. There will be important insights for coaches who want to influence and partner with HR departments and why HR sometimes says “no”, and possible strategies to help shift that mindset.

Louise will share her perspectives on the complexities and challenges facing organizations from an HR point of view and where coaching may fit.

Date: April 14, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm EST

Watch for details and registration!
News and Announcements
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ICF Toronto 2021 Annual Awards Program

Nominations for the 2021 Annual Awards closed at the end of last month. 2020 was an unprecedented and challenging year like no other in modern history. The challenges were far and wide. The coaching profession was not immune to the challenges. I am sorry to announce that we had no nominations for this year’s program, which includes PRISM, Outstanding Individual Contributor and Lifetime Achievement Award.

As a Board, we are surprised and curious about the results for this year’s Awards program.  Was it COVID fatigue?  Is it lack of interest in the Awards program?

So…with this lens of curiosity, we will be asking for feedback from YOU, our community, to help us understand what’s working, what’s not, and what we might want to do differently with our Awards program. We will start with a brainstorming session with the Judging Panel, led by Kanchan Prinsloo, including Ralph Cochrane, Ann Fogolin and Mary-Ellen Hynd. The next step will be to get feedback from YOU! 

Watch for details! And...thank you in advance for providing your feedback. Your engagement and input is critically important to help the Board shape programs, events and resources that serve our ICF Toronto community.

We look forward to keeping you posted on this discovery journey!


Alicia Saint, Director of Corp. Outreach and Awards

Alicia Saint
Director of Corporate Outreach & Annual Awards Program
ICF Toronto Chapter

Membership and Engagement 

Hello February – a month about love and appreciation. How appropriate, as I write my last newsletter message for the ICF Toronto Chapter and acknowledge all of the learnings, connections and growth during my two-year term as Director of Membership Engagement.

Effective March 1, 2021, I am handing the torch over to Jenny Barkan, the newly appointed Membership Director. Congratulations Jenny – the membership are so lucky to have you leading up the next stage of ICF Toronto growth with fresh eyes and powerful positive energy.
When we talk about growth, we must also acknowledge discomfort/pain. As the saying goes, in our quest to grow, we are bound to hit obstacles, get lost, or become discouraged. The COVID-19 pandemic was one massive obstacle that challenged our Chapter – but I am thrilled to share that we surpassed our January 2021 projection of 816 members (with new membership model) to a whopping 922 members in 2021. Now that calls for a happy dance – and a BIG thank you to all of you for sticking with us.
As you continue to evolve in your coaching journey, I hope that you will be willing to dig a little bit deeper into exploring the wealth of our ICF Toronto Chapter. Each member of our Board brings a deep routed commitment to all of you in supporting the ICF Toronto coaching community.
It is also important to remind you that ICF Global is starting their membership renewal campaign and will be offering installment payments again, along with automatic renewal options. We hope you will continue to renew with the ICF Global and select Toronto as your chapter of choice.
In closing, thank you for allowing me to serve all of you. It has been an incredible experience in learning, pivoting and growth. I look forward to continued involvement and engagement with the ICF Toronto Chapter. 

Bonnie Grogan, Director of Membership Engagement

Bonnie Grogan, ACC
Director of Membership Engagement, ICF Toronto Chapter

Member Notices

Community Events brings you the latest news about upcoming community events, including professional peers.  Please see our Submission Guidelines.

Our monthly e-development opportunities and upcoming conferences and events, brought to you by local coaches and bulletin is published on the 15th of each month (or the next business day, if the 15th is on a weekend). Deadlines for ad submissions are before 5:00 pm. For 2021 newsletter deadlines, visit:


Community Events and Member Submissions - February 2021

Group Mentor Coaching with Cathy Shaughnessy, MCC
Submitted by: Cathy Shaughnessy

Emotionally Intelligent Coaches by EI Advantage
Submitted by: Janice Gair

CERTIFIED RESILIENCE COACH PROGRAM - Register by February 24th and save $200
Submitted by: Rita McDowall

Get EQ-i 2.0 Certified in 2021 virtually with EITC: Next courses Feb 22-25/Mar 22-25
Submitted by: David Cory

Business Coaching Advantage – Parts 1 & 2 starting in March
Submitted by: Dorothy Greenaway

Submitted by: Joyce Odidison

Submitted by: Cinnie Noble

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IPEC (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching) ad. Links to their website to learn more.                                     Business Coaching Advantage ad. Links to their website to register.

   Certified Resilience Coach Program ad. Links to their website to register.

   Perspectives in Action ad for group mentor coaching - Next group starts March 11. Links to their website

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