Before entering the coaching profession, Valerie built 30 years of practical experience in senior management, policy, strategic planning and teaching. She has worked in Finance Canada, Industry Canada, on Parliament Hill, and at Human Resources Development Canada where she ended her Public Service of Canada career as Director General of Strategy. In 2002, she founded ExCo2, serving as President until 2018. Her commitment to fostering the goal achievement and competency development of others is enriched by this varied experience.
The power of Valerie’s coaching stems from the way she combines exceptional emotional intelligence with strategic and business acumen. Her mastery of coaching methodology supported her contribution to the training of coaches enrolled in professional coaching programs in Integral Coaching Canada (ICC) courses during 2003-06. She supplements her grounding in coaching methodology with a deep appreciation of human development needs, her background in mindfulness and meditation, and her strong desire to see her clients thrive.
Valerie is certified as a professional coach by New Ventures West, California (2003), Integral Coaching Canada (2005), and the International Coach Federation (PCC – 2004). Since then, she has taken numerous courses in coaching related fields. Her educational background includes an M.A. (Economics, Queens University); a B.Sc. (Psychology and Economics, Trent University); and a teaching certificate (Province of Ontario). She is a long-standing practitioner of yoga and meditation, a certified yoga instructor (Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Stockbridge MA) and an outdoor enthusiast.