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Our Chapter


The International Coach Federation (ICF) Vancouver Chapter is a not-for-profit professional organization established in the year 2000. We were the first Canadian Chapter to become incorporated and are one of 132 International Coach Federation Chapters worldwide.   Coaches who are members of the International Coach Federation (ICF Global) may elect to become affiliated with the ICF Vancouver Chapter.


The ICF Vancouver Chapter was recognized in March of 2016 at the ICF Global Leaders Forum as one of only 12 Chapter worldwide for high performance and overall excellence. Specifically, we were acknowledged for three unique initiatives developed by our Chapter:  CoachingWise; the Coach Giving Program; and the Human Resource Management Association (HRMA) Coaching Roundtables.


Based in Vancouver, our ICF Chapter is the third largest in Canada, representing greater Vancouver and much of the mainland of British Columbia. We currently have over 350 member coaches.

Join us and experience the power and potential of professional coaching through career development opportunities at our Chapter meetings and webinars and unique public events during the year. Our meetings and events are open to both members and guests.


How We Operate


International Coach Federation (ICF) Chapters work together, under the guidance of ICF Global, to advance the art, science and practice of professional coaching. ICF Global sets standards in the coaching field with rigorous Core Competencies and a Code of Ethics.


Our ICF Vancouver Chapter, part of the ICF Global Network, represents a group of professionally trained business and life coaches and is led by a volunteer Board of Directors.  The Board is made up of an Executive – President, Vice-President, Past President and Treasurer – and other ICF credentialed coaches (or members in the process of being credentialed) who hold various Portfolio roles. While service on the Board is generally a two-year commitment, current Board Members have the opportunity to change their role and focus over that period.


Our Chapter is dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by providing support, education, training and resources to both practicing and aspiring professional coaches.


Our mandate is to support and encourage the development of professional coaching through:

  • Supporting individuals to find the information and training they need to become coaches or obtain an ICF credential;
  • Creating professional development opportunities for coaches to earn Continuing Coach Education Units (CCEU’s);
  • Aligning with and promoting ICF Global’s Standards and Code of Ethics in coaching practice;
  • Engaging in outreach activities to educate the business community, government, non-profit and the general public about the benefits of coaching and partnering with a professional coach;
  • Helping coaches build their own professional coaching business;
  • Providing opportunities to network, discuss issues of professional concern and develop relationships.

ICF Vancouver Chapter Vision, Mission, Objectives



To have the biggest pool of highly trained, engaged, successful, and credentialed professional coaches who are connected to the community, in Canada.



To be the “model of excellence” for the ICF Chapters globally


Chapter Objectives:


Objective 1: Expand the understanding and buy-in on the value of ICF Membership

Measures: Growth in membership (lower attrition/increased retention), participation by members in ICF Vancouver activities.


Objective 2: Enhance Professional/Coach Development for members

Measures: Number and proportion of ICF credentialed coach members.


Objective 3: Increase the awareness of the ICF Vancouver Chapter and professional coaching within a broader community.

Measures: Participation by organizations, associations, government, HR professionals, business leaders in ICF Vancouver Chapter initiatives (e.g. Chapter meetings, webinars, Coaching Week, Prism, Coach Giving, CoachingWise, Professional Alliances, Sponsorship).


ICF Vancouver Chapter Goals and Strategy

(to support the realization of our Vision , Mission and Objectives)



  • 2017 Goal: Upgrade website, enhance Social Media (Facebook LinkedIn, Twitter), improve newsletter, streamline internal Board communications (Slack and Zoom)
  • Strategy: Develop infrastructure that provides benefits for ICF Members.



  • 2017 Goal: Deliver high impact presenters for a mix of on-site events and webinars
  • Strategy: Provide CCEU learning events that enhance mastery of coaching competencies.

Coach Giving:

  • 2017 Goal: Match over 80 professional coaches with non-profit organizations
  • Strategy: Invest in a management system that facilitates program efficiency and growth.



  • 2017 Goal: Refine structure, develop brand awareness and a community of practice.
  • Strategy: Promotions to grow awareness & participation rates (CoachingWise Toolkit, factsheets).



  • 2017 Goal: Develop a welcome package, activities and communications to support community building & achievement of member credentialing.
  • Strategy: Implement new Chapter membership model to enhance communications and improve member value proposition.


Professional Alliances:

  • 2017 Goal: Continue HRMA Coaching roundtables, refine partnership agreements with alliance partners.
  • Strategy: Expand partnership with HRMA, develop new partnership with another professional organization.



  • 2017 Goal: Achieve cash and in-kind sponsorships goals for Chapter events and Prism.
  • Strategy: Provide value to sponsor by creating mutually beneficial partnerships.


Board Leadership Development:

  • 2017 Goal: Develop the leadership capacity of the Board to better serve the ICF Vancouver Chapter members
  • Strategy: Establish a Team Coach for the Board and provide seasoned ICF credentialed coaches for individual Board members.



  • 2017 Goal: Be able to provide timely, relevant and reliable financials to enable the Board to make more informed decisions.
  • Strategy: Carry out a thorough review and revamping of the Chapter’s accounting system and implement Quickbooks Online.



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