Natalie Michael

Natalie is an executive coach, and succession management consultant, and she runs peer learning groups for CEOs.    

She has coached hundreds of leaders over the last decade and managed a number of global coaching teams.  Her executive coaching practice focuses on coaching CEOs and executives when they need to refine their leadership style, be more influential, or respond to new pressures in their role.

As a succession management consultant she works with the top executive team to ensure the leadership agenda stays front and center, and she designs and develops succession management and leadership development programs, often coaching the top executives in these programs.

Her clients benefit from her 15 years of experience; her exposure to a wide variety of leadership development and personal development issues, and her toolkit.  Some highlights from her experience include:  1) Leading a global coaching program for Kal Tire which won an HR innovation award (18 countries); 2) Being a part of a provincial wide coaching program dedicated to developing the next generation of leaders in healthcare; 3) Leading an international coaching program with more than 400 participants for Versacold; 5) Leading a coaching team for Boeing Aeroinfo which focused on their top team; 6) Being a finalist for an HR award for a global talent review process for Blast Radius. She has also coached executives within Rogers, Kinross Gold, Mogo, Spectra Energy, Nuheat, SunRich, BC Hydro and others. 

In addition, Natalie is a CEO forum chair with MacKay CEO forums.  In this capacity she chairs four CEO peer learning groups, working closely with 50 CEOs.  She is also actively involved in the broader MacKay network, acting as a representative for all CEO Forum Chairs in BC and providing peer coaching to chairs who are starting out.  In addition, she is the chair of the nominations committee for the BC CEO Awards, ensuring that CEOs receive recognition for their dedication and outstanding results.

Prior to starting her own firm more than 10 years ago, she was an executive with Blast Radius, a company rated as a Best Managed Company (4 years in a row) and Top 100 Employer, and she was a leader with Caliber Leadership Systems, a leadership development firm rated as one of the fastest growing companies in Canada (3 years in a row).  She got her start in executive search.

Her education includes a Masters in Organizational Leadership with a thesis on coaching high achieving executive women, and she has a degree in Psychology from SFU.  She is certified in a number of coaching methods designed to build self awareness and create better relationships and organizations.  She is also certified in a suite of tools that help clients to develop their influence skills in highly complex matrix structures, something many executive struggle with, especially when the politics heat up.

On a personal note, Natalie has a passion for psychology and fitness, and she cherishes her quiet time and early mornings. She is a committed vegetarian of twenty years (and animal advocate), and her greatest passions are time on her mat, time with her family (including her dog (aka her first born child), and being in nature, particularly in Sedona and the Sea To Sky region.  She is currently focusing her personal development on meditation and uses this as another tool in the coaching process.

Cheryl Stafford

Cheryl is committed to helping people become who they authentically need to be so they can do what they love to do. She brings 20 years of strategic HR experience to each coaching engagement, and is committed to supporting people to raise their bar: leaders who want to up their A game, and emerging and mid-level professionals who want to align who they are with what they’re doing.

As a former human resources executive, Cheryl worked for and with startups in the high-tech, web development, banking, and non-profit sectors. She implemented an organizational coach approach at BCCHF through training leaders and employees key elements of coaching, which resulted in improved communications and enhanced problem-solving capacity.

As a coach, Cheryl is known for balancing pragmatism and integrity with warmth, compassion, and humour. She uses a wide variety of tools to assess how clients think, work, and relate. Her strengths-based approach moves career-focused clients from self-exploration through the technical aspects of career development (including skills assessments, resume-building, research, and networking).

Her work with leaders begins with enhancing self-awareness, followed by the development of specific leadership competencies (including emotional and social intelligences).

Cheryl is the Past President of the International Coach Federation (ICF), Vancouver Chapter and an active member of the BC Human Resources Association. She is a mentor to emerging coaches at Royal Roads University and Minerva, as well as to budding HR professionals through BCHRMA.

Cheryl is also a judge for the ICF 2013 Washington State Prism Coaching Award. She has presented on coaching and emotional intelligence.