"I work with leaders to help them identify and reach aspirational and transition goals -- supporting their commitment to change for the best of self and the organization."

As an executive and leadership coach, I specialize in helping high potential and emerging leaders build leadership capacity and live better lives. 

Drawing upon over forty years of experience as an executive search consultant, business owner and corporate director; I bring my clients dedicated experience of working with Boards of Directors, senior and emerging executives across a multitude of industries, domestically and internationally.

My business experience includes executive search in Calgary and Houston where my practice focused on Board, CEO and senior executive recruitment in the Oil and Gas and Power industries in North America, Europe and South America. Prior to entering the executive search industry I worked in the Oil and Gas Services industry.

A graduate from Gonzaga University with a Bachelors of Business Administration (Marketing), I have been active in my community, having served as Board member for Junior Achievement and the Calgary Philharmonic as well being a volunteer for the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter. In 2017, I received my Coach Certification through the Hudson Institute of Coaching.

I work as a coach with established and emerging leaders. They describe me as a “trusted and thoughtful partner”. 

A native of Calgary, Alberta, I travel extensively for my clients, and work remotely via videoconference.






“John has good business acumen and natural curiosity in people. It is supported in deep listening skills and an ability to ask piercing questions. Searching both for what is said and implied. It is both a science and an art. John aided me through precise questions, intense listening and reflective observations. As a result, I am making informed decisions and have a custom built plan to go forward with.




“Valuable sessions. John builds trust easily and all coaching sessions felt comfortable. I gained insight into my personal and corporate leadership style and John’s coaching allowed me to explore and act on self improvement in my own style”.




“I thoroughly enjoyed my sessions with John. I found his style to be patient and welcoming. He is a skilled listener and a great facilitator; identifying areas that I needed to work on, while leaving the work to me. Through his questions and guidance, I was able to first understand, then draft and articulate a plan for my company and myself that meets the needs of both. I unreservedly recommend John”.



As a Certified Coach through the Hudson Institute, I practice their highly-structured, world-class, methodology, designed to create lasting change. A key part of this methodology focuses on the inner work — developing a deep level of awareness of your habits, beliefs and behaviors so you can break through the obstacles inhibiting your overall effectiveness. We then work together to identify and define your behavioral goals that will lead to sustainable, positive change.


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