The AGM will commence on:
Tue, November 23, 2021 at 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM Pacific Time
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Slate of Directors
Nicole Beauregard, Programs Director (Co-Chair)
Nicole is a PCC executive coach, team coach, mentor coach, facilitator, and educator with over 25 years leadership experience in the corporate and public sectors. She works with executives and leaders throughout North America primarily in the healthcare, engineering, and tech industries. She started her own full time coaching practice in 2016 and it has now expanded to include a coach training academy, mentor coaching and coach supervision as well as 1:1 coaching for some of the top C-Suite leaders in North America. Her business comes through word of mouth from the sustainable results leaders and coaches see as they work with her. Prior to working as a coach, Nicole worked in healthcare as a dietitian and healthcare leader.
It is important for Nicole to be involved and connected to her local community. Giving back is part of her life philosophy so she has always found various volunteer opportunities that align with her stage in life including 10 years as a soccer coach at North Vancouver Football Club and 5 years as a patient advocate at BC Children’s Hospital. Nicole is always advocating for our coaching profession in the business world and wants to do her part to help keep the profession moving forward. One of the ways she can do that is to use her background in training and education to help our coaching community learn from the innovators and experts in our profession and from each other.
Sanika Bhurke, Sponsorship Director
Sanika recently relocated from San Francisco to Vancouver, having served on the ICF San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Board for over two years in various roles such as Membership Director, Secretary and Communications Director. Coaching has been transformational for her personally and professionally and she looks forward to contributing to the coaching community in Vancouver. Sanika is motivated to see the growth of ICF Vancouver as a professional platform for coaches to meet, learn and thrive together.
Sanika is interested in identifying and securing sponsorships for the growing ICF Vancouver Chapter and being a representative to uphold the standards, values, ethics and professionalism of coaching in these relationships. She has experience collaborating across functions on an ICF Board, as well as in her professional work experience, to bring projects and leverage relationships to success while adhering to the processes, timelines and contracts in place. She believes there is a lot of opportunity for people and organizations to embrace coaching as a form of wellness for personal and professional development especially after going through a pandemic. She will be a good fit to expand ICF Vancouver’s sponsors and maintain relationships with current sponsors for continued growth of the Vancouver chapter.
Cecily Elmas, Vice-President
Cecily is a bold facilitator and a heart-centered leader. Currently, the COO of The Corker Collective where she leads operational excellence, develops program curriculum and works as an executive coach. Previously, she had the pleasure of spending 15 years leading impactful leadership development work for global teams within lululemon athletica. As a certified professional coach and yoga teacher, Cecily is experienced in hosting impactful and introspective experiences. She is truly a Pioneer who sees the world as a friendly place and her optimism lies in the face of uncertainty. As a Connector, she craves bringing two things together to make it bigger than it is now. She always sees what is possible for people, places and businesses, most often when they cannot yet see it for themselves.
Cecily sees the world through a lens of what’s possible, not phased by the chaos, disorder or disarray that can exist. She acknowledges the impact and will always choose to find a new path forward. Because of this disposition, she is in a unique position to continue to offer her perspective to a larger community. She would love to take the last 20years of her corporate career and give back to a community that she feels so passionately about: the coaching space. It would be very meaningful to the continued evolution of her coaching practice and leadership role to be a part of this Board of Directors.
Hilary Ewart, Membership Director
Hilary has over 25 years of global experience in leadership and team development, executive coaching, and human resources and strategic business execution. Hilary’s previous roles include Vice President Peopleworks Canada with Flight Centre, Director, Human Resources with the College Physicians Surgeons BC, and HR and Organizational Development with Quest University. She is currently Principal and Senior Consultant 7Mesh Consulting Inc., specializing in workplace relations and leadership development, offering executive, individual and team coaching, customized leadership development programs and workshops, and Human Resources consulting. Since moving into a full-time consulting role in 2017, she has undertaken a variety of projects, including facilitating leadership development programs, individual and team coaching, conflict resolution and workplace bullying and harassment investigations.
Hilary’s interest in joining the Membership Director role with the ICF Vancouver Charter Chapter comes in part from leading several of the Coaches Coffee Conversations, Core Competency since 2017. The Chapter’s mandate aligns with her personal philosophy of continuously providing support, education, training and resources to her clients and fellow professional coaches. Looking at the ICF Chapter mandate and ways to support and encourage the professional development of professional coaching, Hilary’s professional, energetic, and respectful approach to relationship building will assist with the growth in membership numbers. I look at relationship building through the lens of dialogue, building trust through active listening, appreciation, positivity, and follow through. Furthermore, Hilary is very comfortable working with a Board, having worked extensively with Boards, including the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and as a Board Director for the Squamish Chamber of Commerce.
Steluta Leu, Programs Director (Co-Chair)
Steluta Leu is a strength and confidence coach, a sales expert and a podcast host. She is the founder and CEO of 8 Glasses of Water and a founding member of The Human Transformation Club. Since leaving her corporate executive role to pursue her passion for coaching and teaching, Steluta’s classes, workshops and programs have helped numerous people learn how to manage their minds, bodies and heal their inner wounds. Steluta has been named in the Influence Digest Top 21 Coaches In Vancouver In 2021 for her coaching programs which help women who are stuck in challenging situations. Originally from Romania, she moved to Vancouver in 2018. She is a professional coach certified with Primal Health Institute and Goal Imagery Institute. She is also a yoga, meditation and mindfulness teacher. Steluta’s approach to life coaching is holistic, combining the art of coaching with mindfulness, nutrition, body movement, and other spiritual healing practices.
Steluta is interested in joining the Board in part because as a Vancouver-based professional coach, she was warmly welcomed by the chapter in the coaching community even prior to starting her coach career as an ICF-certified professional coach. The events that she participated in, both in-person and on-line, were some of the most educational and rewarding ones in terms of the trust and confidence they helped her develop about how she can best serve her clients and the chapter. Stuleta wants our chapter to continue to do that for the new coaches in our region even better. She also cares about the values that the ICF stands for and the programs it creates. She wants to help roll out these programs by offering her time and best effort to her local chapter to support these programs.
Lisa Christie Torreggiani, Organizational Engagement Director
Lisa has a passion for coaching, the non-profit sector, and boards. Prior to starting her own coaching practice, she spent 3+ years at Vantage Point supporting boards and non for profit organizations with governance training and strategic planning. Over the past few years she completed her CLC with Essential Impact and has become an ICF certified coach. She is in the process of obtaining her ACC. Lisa has also been a board member for two other organizations (The Canadian Premature Babies Foundation, CPBF and the Grouse Mountain Tyee Ski Club). and recently finished her 8-year involvement as the board chair with the CPBF. In addition to the board experience and having a new coaching practice, Lisa has an eclectic career that spans over 25 years. She worked in a family run business for 10 years, then moved into pharmaceuticals and worked on and off in the film industry while raising her family. She draws on her life and work experiences all the time in the work she does. Above all else, Lisa is passionate about people, their stories, and the communities that she participates in.
Lisa is particularly interested in the mission and vision of the ICF Vancouver Chapter, “to advance the art, science and practice of professional coaching” and the opportunity the board presents to make an impact and connect on a much deeper level to the coaching community here in Vancouver and Internationally. Lisa has previous board experience and thoroughly enjoys the camaraderie, the strategic thinking and generative conversations that boards have. Being connected to the vision and mission of an organization and supporting the delivery of the strategic plan is extremely gratifying and it would be an honour for Lisa to support the ICF Vancouver Chapter with this.
April van Ert, Treasurer
April is originally from Salt Spring and has lived in Europe for several years. Having worked in communications for over 10 years, she has enjoyed different contract roles and embraced the challenge of quickly getting up to speed and making a tangible impact in a short timeframe, often while the organization is going through a period of significant change. April is currently Head of Communications for the BC Real Estate Association, where she leads a team of six that provide strategic communications and she is also leading an internal working group exploring building a coaching culture. April is a few weeks away from completing her Certified Leadership Coach qualification and is eagerly looking forward to beginning training as a Mindfulness in the Workplace Facilitator in 2022.
In joining the board, April looks forward to being able to serve the coaching profession that she believes in so strongly and looks forward to playing a role in expanding coaching on a broader basis by being part of the ICF infrastructure. Outside her 10+ years in progressively more senior communications positions in complex organizations, April prides herself on innovation, curiosity, compassion and follow-through. She has previous board of director experience, having served as member of the board of directors for the Vancouver Ultimate League, where she was involved in operational committees responsible for human resources and compensation and strategic planning. As a board member April looks forward to having the chance to meet and learn from a group of great people who share her values!
2021-2022 Board of Directors
|President||April Qureshi (returning)|
|Past-President||Emilie McIver (returning)|
|Vice-President||Cecily Elmas (incoming)|
|Coach Giving||Laurie O’Donnell (returning)|
|Communications||Deb Chen (returning)|
|Membership||Hilary Ewart (incoming)|
|Organizational Engagement||Lisa Christie Torreggiani (incoming)|
|Programs (Co-chair)||Nicole Beauregard (incoming)|
|Programs (Co-chair)||Steluta Leu (incoming)|
|Secretary/ Governance||Justin Marples (returning)|
|Sponsorship||Sanika Bhurke (incoming)|
|Treasurer||April van Ert (incoming)|