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April 2022
In this Issue

President's Message
Programs and Events
    ICF Toronto Chapter Meeting - April 27, 2022
    ICF Toronto Chapter PD Event - May 11, 2022
    ICF Toronto Events in the Works - watch for details!
News and Announcements
     Corporate Outreach
     ICF Community Outreach
Coaching Community Notices

President's Message

Picture of Alicia Saint, President of ICF Toronto ChapterHappy Spring! The birds are chirping and the daffodils are popping up - hope this is putting a bit of a “spring” in your step.  

Welcome to all our new members. Our ICF Toronto community is growing - we currently have over 1200 members, and that’s 25% more than last year!  

Welcome Lisa MacVicar who is joining the Board as EDI Director. Lisa was a member of ICF Toronto’s EDI Strategy Formulation Team. Lisa will be leading with a new member of our Chapter, Terri Donohue. Both bring deep professional and personal experience to this role.  

Congratulations to all our ICF Toronto Award Winners. Each one of our winners are amazing! A special shout-out to Adria Trowhill who won our Lifetime Achievement Award.

Once again this month our Board and volunteers are hard at work bringing you all kinds of great events! For Programming, we have world-class speakers joining us to provide our community with leading-edge learning and a Team Coaching series! Thank you to everyone who completed the survey - you let us know the topics that are most important to you.
International Coaching Week (ICW) is May 16-22 and Gaby Cameto, our ICW lead, is lining up a great program! We invite non-profit organizations to sign-up for pro bono coaching during ICW. Jenny Barkan is leading a program to “Support the Ukraine.” If you know an organization that is supporting the Ukrainian crisis or want to provide pro bono coaching, please contact

We have a thriving community - let’s get to know one another and share! Follow us on social media, or drop me a note at or feel free to contact any of the Board members.

Alicia Saint
President, ICF Toronto Chapter
Programs and Events

Gathering Friends
Do you like to gather friends (new and old) for fun and networking?
We are looking for volunteers to lead and create a face-to-face simple social event for our Chapter members.  If you are interested please email:
ICF Toronto Chapter Meeting April 27, 2022 

Using Positive Psychology in Coaching
with Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener
Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener is an advocate of science-informed coaching. In this presentation, he will discuss the science of positive psychology and its potential applications to coaching. He will question common approaches to "positive intervention" and will address the possible distinctions between positive psychology coaching and other approaches. Among his core messages will be the responsibility of coaches to improve their scientific literacy, an emphasis on coaching presence, and a desire to make positive psychology "invisible" to clients. He will leave ample time for discussion.

Key takeaways:

  • Positive psychology coaching has emphasized the use of empirically validated interventions and this may be a mistake.
  • Positive psychology coaching looks like standard coaching; the positive psychology portion should be largely invisible.
  • Coaches who align themselves with science have a responsibility to become scientifically literate.
  • There are several identifiable benefits of using positive psychology to inform coaching.  

Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units for this event: 1.5 (1-Core Competencies, 0.5- Resource Development)

Date: April 27, 2022
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm EST, via Zoom
- Members and Guests Activity Fee paid - attend free
- Members and Guests "Pay-as-you-go" - $35

More Details and Register

ICF Toronto Chapter PD Event May 11, 2022 

Neuroscience - Mini Habits

with James Garrett
Habits are our brain's go-to tool to tackle almost any goal or task, which is why helping your clients get in the driver’s seat of their habit-making machinery can be a game-changer. You’ll walk away with everything you need to help your clients know to start making measurable change. Just like learning how to play the piano, learning how to form positive habits is a skill set.

You'll discoPicture of James Garrettver:

  • Why the key to knocking out habits is building them sequentially, not simultaneously
  • How to use proven methods like "habit stacking" and "habit tracking" to make or break any habit
  • Why keeping your client motivated is easy with one small tweak
  • How motivation often follows action, rather than preceding it
  • How making “smallifying” their habits can be the game-changer you and your coaching client have been looking for

You will learn concrete strategies and habit-building systems that will demystify why habit-building and behavior change are so hard, and how you can help your clients overcome their internal obstacles.                

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

Date: May 11, 2022
Time: 6:30
pm to 8:00 pm EST, via Zoom
- Members and Guests Activity Fee paid - attend free
- Members and Guests "Pay-as-you-go" - $35

More Details and Register

ICF Toronto Events in the Works

Watch for more details and registration
During ICW May 16 - 22 (date TBC):
Special presentation

from the International Coaching Federation 

May 25, 2022:
ICF Toronto Business Networking Event (members only)

hosted by Shahab Anari

June 8, 2022:
Coaching Supervision

with Cecile Andreas

Oct 12, 2022:
Predictions for the future of Team Coaching

with Karl Van Hoey and Jonathan Reitz

Nov 9, 2022: 
Team Coaching Panel of Experts

with Michelle Chambers, Dr. Catherine Carr, Dominic Scaffidi
News and Announcements
Corporate Outreach
ICF Toronto Annual Awards logo

ICF Toronto 2022 Annual Awards Gala was a Success!

Thank you to the 100+ of you that joined us on Zoom for our ICF Toronto Chapter 2022 Awards Gala on March 31st! 

This year's theme was 'Celebrating Belonging' and featured our keynote speaker, Dr. Towanna Burrous.

Alicia Saint and Lauren Wolanski announced this year's winners. Congratulations!!

More details will be posted on the ICF website in the coming weeks highlighting all of our winner's outstanding contributions and accomplishments! 

PRISM Award logo

Deloitte Canada, coach Deborah Colman
For profit, large sector

KOHO Financial Inc., coach Vicki Thompson
For profit, medium sector

EthicalCoach with The WILD Network, coach Kathryn Bean
Non-profit, large sector

Community Living Ajax-Pickering, Whitby, coach Michelle Chambers
Non-profit, medium sector

Hamilton East Kiwanis Non-Profit Homes, coach Nance MacLeod
Non-profit, small sector
Outstanding Individual Contributor Award logo

Jennifer Britton
Meena Kaila-Gambhir
Megan Watt           
Volunteer of the Year Award logo

ICF Toronto Chapter Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee   

 Lifetime Achievement-Adria Trowhill; Honourary Lifetime Contributor Michael Bungay Stanier
ICF Global 2022 PRISM Award Nominations now open!
ICF Global is now accepting nominations for the 2022 ICF International PRISM Award.

To be eligible for 2022 PRISM consideration, an organization must have implemented coaching prior to January 1, 2021. The organization must also be nominated by an ICF credential-holder who has delivered coaching within the organization.

Nominations must be submitted via ICF’s online application platform by June 10 @ 2 PM (ET) 2022

More information about the ICF International PRISM Award is available at

Community Outreach 


Our Chapter is committed to bringing coaches and organizations together to increase awareness of the value of working with professional coaches. Professional coaches donate their time and expertise for one-on-one or group pro bono coaching sessions to organizations that don’t normally have access to coaching. In the early stages of planning, we are always working to balance the number of coaches with organizations who wish to partner with us. 
Our Goal is to get organizations registered and engaged with ICF Toronto for ICW, providing more people with an opportunity to experience and understand the value of coaching.
Our ask:
  • Reach out to any connections you have with leaders in not-for-profit organizations
  • Share the information below describing the four sectors we are targeting and the events we are offering
  • Ask them to contact the name of the person under any of the sectors in which they are interested, for more information
ICF Toronto Chapter is offering pro bono coaching during ICW, in the following four sectors:

1. Frontline Workers – Healthcare: Individual coaching sessions to frontline and healthcare workers. 
Contact Sophia Tuckett (

2. Newcomers: Support their journey to becoming successful in Canada by facilitating group coaching sessions that focus on topics relevant to participants.
Contact Larysa Grant (

3. Hospitality: Coaching support for members of the hospitality industry with a focus on small businesses that have served and serve the public during these challenging and changing times.
Contact Ted Pierni  (

4. Mastermind Groups for Leaders in the Charitable Sector: Group coaching using peer-to-peer mentoring/coaching to help  leaders achieve success with their big ideas and visionary goals that create lasting social change.
Contact: Gisela Smith (


Coaching Community 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 2022 newsletter deadlines, visit:


Community Events and Member Submissions

Be in Demand! Get EQ-i and EQ 360 Certified!
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Group Mentor or MCC Prep Group Mentor Coaching with Cathy Shaughnessy, MCC
Submitted by: Cathy Shaughnessy

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.

Submitted by: Dr. Irena  O’Brien

Submitted by: Rita McDowall


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