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February 2022
In this Issue

President's Message
Programs and Events
     ICF Toronto Chapter Meeting February 23, 2022
     ICF Toronto PD Meeting March 9, 2022
News and Announcements
     Corporate Outreach
     ICF Community Outreach
     Membership Engagement
Coaching Community Notices

President's Message

photo of Jane GraydonThis is my final President’s message. I have been honoured to serve you, our ICF community, as President again this past year. It gives me great pleasure to introduce Alicia Saint as your new President, effective March 1. Alicia brings over 15 years of Senior Leadership corporate experience and is a passionate change agent. She will undoubtedly be an amazing ICF Chapter President. This is Alicia’s fourth year on the Board, where she led the new Corporate Outreach Portfolio and Awards:
  • securing corporate sponsorships for our conferences 
  • expanding awards beyond PRISM, to introducing Lifetime Achievement and Individual Contributor 
  • partnering with HRPA, including raising ICF visibility at their conference 
  • establishing a partnership with ACMP, co-creating the first 2019 Fall Symposium that resulted in her being chosen for the ICF Global ACMP/ICF Task Force 
Thanks so much to all of those who participated in our AGM and a warm welcome to our new Board members: 
  • Jatin Sanghavi, Marketing & Communications 
  • Leslie Shank, Secretary 
  • Ralph Cochrane, Corporate Outreach & Annual Awards       
We are grateful that you’ve chosen to dedicate your time and talent to our ICF community and we welcome your fresh perspectives. 

I want to extend a special thank you to our three departing Board members.  

Robin Mahadeva, thanks so much for your bright creativity and for leading a very successful conference -  EVOLVE 2021. 
Jalyn Anderson, over the last two years as Secretary, you have taught us about governance, kept us organized and even updated our Bylaws. Thanks Jalyn for your encouragement and professionalism.  
Picture of Barb Rosen SchreiberBarb Rosen Schreiber, our Past President and seven year Board member!  Barb launched Coach Connect along with Meena Kaila-Gambhir, leading to receiving ICF Global’s Award of Giving on behalf of our Chapter. As President, she shepherded our Chapter through that challenging first year of COVID, consistently demonstrating her caring leadership. Barb, you were always there for me and our Board and community, and I am eternally grateful. 
I look forward to your continued friendship and engagement within our ICF Toronto community.

To my other fellow Board members, I have nothing but admiration and gratitude for your ongoing commitment, creativity and passion. You have stayed true to our values and purpose – a huge thank you to: 
  • Gaby Cameto, Community Outreach
  • Hossam Bakir, Treasurer
  • Itopa Sulé, Digital Transformation
  • Jenny Barkan, Membership
  • Kirk Fox, Programming/Member Meetings
  • Shahab Anari, Programming/Member Meetings
At ICF Toronto, we support Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice. On February 4th our Board started planning our 2022/23 strategy with the DEISJ lens. February is Black History month, an opportunity to grow as coaches and celebrate the heritage and culture of African-Canadians. Toronto History Museum’s Black History Month YouTube Playlist has creative short films and conversations from Black, Indigenous and artists of colour, operating under the principles of anti-oppression, anti-colonialism, and anti-racism.

Thank you for your support and friendship that has helped me to lead our Chapter, now over 1200 strong!  Staying connected and engaged are key ingredients to a thriving chapter. Let’s continue to build together.


Jane Graydon
President, ICF Toronto Chapter
Programs and Events

ICF Toronto Chapter Meeting February 23, 2022

2:30 - 4:00 pm EST via Zoom

Interactive Technology Tools for Coaches
with Dr. Clare Beckett-McInroy, MCC and Sameera Baba, MCC

In this session Sameera and Clare will take you on a journey around a fairground where you will know, understand and be able to apply cool interactive tools and techniques to work with your coaching clients (1:1, group, team, board), mentor clients and supervisees for creating added value. 

About Clare Beckett-McInroy
EdD, ICF MCC & Registered Mentor Coach, EMCC MP & ESIA, Certified Agile Coach, Founder CoachME and BECKETT MCINROY CONSULTANCY

Photo of Clare Beckett-McInroy
Clare is passionate about co-creating positive transformation in partnership with people & organizations. Her work spans culture transformation, executive & board coaching, EDI, systemic team coaching, bespoke leadership development, 360 psychometrics, instructional design & experiential contextually based blended learning, performance management, & research.

Read more about Clare HERE.

About Sameera Baba
ICF MCC, PSM II & PO, Peer Reviewer, IC Agile ACC ATF, SHRM CP

Photo of Sameera BabaSameera is an ambitious entrepreneur who has developed her career in training, specialized in projects aiming towards self-development; she has managed major projects on national and regional level in the last 14 years with targeted number of beneficiaries exceeding 10000 trainees and over 1200 training days in total.

Read more about Sameera HERE.

Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units for this event: 1.5 (1-Resource Development, .5-Core Competencies)  

Date: February 23, 2022
Time: 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm EST

More Details and Register

ICF Toronto Professional Development Meeting 

March 9, 2022 6:30 - 8:00 pm EST via Zoom

Whole Person Intelligence™ in Your Coaching Practice
with Lisa Strogal, MBA, MCC, RYT
Picture of Lisa StrogalWhen you’re in a session, how do you listen to each layer of the whole person? Join Lisa Strogal as she explores the importance of being with ourselves and our clients through our Whole Person Intelligence™ allowing us to better listen, see, hear, and understand for increased conscious awareness, regulation, and authorship. After this event, you’ll also understand the five layers of self and how they integrate to support you and the individuals you coach. 
About Lisa Strogal, MBA, MCC, RYT
As CEO and Founder of ShadowLight Consulting Inc., Lisa Strogal brings over 20 years of leadership and consulting experience at a variety of Fortune 100 companies. She thrived in corporate leadership positions, ranging from the C- suite to the front-line. Lisa blends her diverse background and knowledge for leaders, teams, and individuals to support mind, body, and spirit cohesion for those who are willing to explore and challenge outdated paradigms, belief structures, and assumptions. Doing the work at the subconscious level, her clients quickly build the competence and necessary awareness required to support goal achievement while integrating change at the conscious level. Her approach to life resonates through her calm, witty, and meaningful interactions.

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

Date: March 9, 2022
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm EST

More Details and Register

News and Announcements
Corporate Outreach

Joint Event by ACMP Ontario and ICF Toronto

As I write this, we have just completed our first joint webinar with ACMP Ontario. It was a huge success; we had over 100 people register for the event! We shared some of the findings of the ICF/ACMP Joint Task Force, showing seven distinct points within the Change Management Standard process to include Professional Coaches to help mitigate risk and enhance successful outcomes for the client.

The bottom line: bring in Professional Coaches earlier in the change management process! For Change Managers, by adding more coaching expertise to the CM team, it can uncover and reduce resistance earlier and build better alignment from the top down, so projects are completed on time and on budget! In breakouts, participants got to learn more about each other’s professions and network. Look for another joint event in the next six months!  Thanks to everyone who joined us!


Annual Awards Portfolio Update

ICF Toronto 2022 Annual Awards Program

The nominations are now closed, and I am thrilled to announce we received a number of nominations across all the categories! THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to nominate a colleague, peer or organization. The Judging Panel, led by Ralph Cochrane, along with Samy Chong, Lucy Shenouda, Ann Fogolin and Mary-Ellen Hynd, are now busy reviewing and scoring the applications. Winners will be announced at our ICF Toronto Annual Awards Gala.

Welcome to our 2022 Gala Chair, Lauren Wolanski, Business and Personal Development Coach | Public Speaking & Communication Consultant, who has her own company LevelUpwithLauren. Lauren has generously volunteered her expertise to organize and co-host this year’s Gala. Lauren has begun her Coach certification at Adler and is eager to get involved and meet fellow coaches in our ICF Toronto community. 

Stay tuned, we’ll be announcing the date for the Gala (end of March) shortly!  

Alicia Saint, Director of Corp. Outreach and Awards

Alicia Saint
Vice President
Corporate Outreach and Annual Awards 
ICF Toronto Chapter

ICF Community Outreach
The ICF Community Outreach Program is looking for volunteers for a few of their initiatives. if you are interested, please click HERE to learn more about the opportunities available.

For additional resources, check out: Coach ConnectCoach Connect Interest Form, and ICF accreditation information.

Membership Engagement 

Dear friends and colleagues:

On behalf of the Membership Committee, I would like to thank all who participated in the Chapter 2021 Survey. We received 418 responses, which is the highest response rate our Chapter has seen!

We heard you, and we intend to do our best to create a stellar membership experience for you.

A huge THANK YOU to my fellow Membership Committee members: Donna Needs, Lori Kiser, Kris Amaral and Kinda AdraYou are the brains and the heart behind all the work we do!

To see the results of the Survey, click here.  

I am also happy to announce that the ICF Toronto Chapter Member Kit has been updated and can be found here: Chapter Member Kit. It contains information about our Chapter, benefits of the Activity Fee, volunteer opportunities and much, much more.

Download it, read it, and ask us any questions you might have.

Always at your service,

Jenny Barkan, ACC
Director of Membership and Volunteering
ICF Toronto Chapter

Coaching Community Notices

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Community Events and Member Submissions

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

Be in Demand! Get EQ-i and EQ 360 Certified!
Submitted by: David Cory

EQ-i2.0 & EQ360 Certification & E-Learning Options with EI Advantage
Submitted by: Janice Gair

Business Coaching Advantage – Essentials & Advanced Coach Training
Submitted by: Maggie DiStasi, PeopleDynamics Learning Group Inc.

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