Meet Sandra

BArts, CPHR, ECPC, PCC
Executive Coach, Consultant and Facilitator

I consider myself very privileged to have had (and continue to have) an interesting, diverse and rewarding career. As a Sales Leader I was fortunate to have worked for companies like Hudson Bay Co., Nestle Inc. and Levi Strauss and Co. These organizations taught me a lot about all aspects of running a successful business and leading effective teams.

I was very lucky to have the opportunity to learn from some incredibly smart businesspeople. What was particularly unique is I also had the chance to work with not just one, but three inspiring leaders. It was not always a smooth journey, but thanks to the many talents of these individuals I was able to learn about and actually live the link between inspiring leadership and above average business performance.

After many successful years in Sales Management, I made a career change into Human Resources Management with a focus on Organizational Effectiveness. Combining my love of business with a passion for developing people led me to some interesting roles and accomplishments with the University of Alberta, EPCOR and NorQuest College.

Much thought and deliberation led me towards another career path i.e. teaching part time at MacEwan University and starting my own practice. My students in the School of Business HR and Management Studies programs help me stay current and in touch with a younger reality. My clients continually challenge and inspire me.

All of these experiences have confirmed to me just how important effective leadership practices are to overall organizational performance- private or public sector; unionized or non-unionized, Gen X, Y or Z- doesn’t matter, the leader is a critical piece.

On the volunteer side of my life I have been on Boards with the Human Resources Management Association of Edmonton, the Human Resources Institute of Alberta, the YMCA Enterprise Center and for something completely different, the Golden Retriever Club of Canada.

I recharge and renew by appreciating the simple wonders of life as expressed by my two Golden Retrievers, Maddie and Cedar.

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Meet The Team

Collaboration, community and client centric are principles that are very important to me. If your needs require multiple resources with a plethora of skills, I am happy to say those needs can be met. Over the years I have been fortunate to meet and work with lots of talented, smart and overall wonderful people. Three of them are featured here. Together we have your people practice needs covered.

smithYVONNE SMITH, BA, MSOD

Yvonne brings a breadth and depth of understanding in human resource management gained in the information technology, customer care and utilities industries. Career highlights include creating and staffing a human resources function for a start-up company, and successfully managing the human resources issues related to a corporate merger. She has used interest-based collective bargaining and problem-solving processes to support healthy and productive labour relations. She has also designed and delivered workshops to address personal transition issues after organizational restructuring.

Her expertise covers all aspects of human resources, including recruitment and selection, learning and development, compensation and benefits, succession planning, organization effectiveness, and change management.

Yvonne has a BA from the University of Alberta and an MSc in Organization Development from Pepperdine University in California. She is qualified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

armstrong-smCATHERINE ARMSTRONG

Catherine transforms managers into inspiring leaders. She presents workshops, facilitates group discussions, and is a leadership coach. Catherine specializes in helping new managers who are overwhelmed by their role, executives who need to communicate in ways that resonate and get results, and leaders who want to use conflict in positive ways.

Catherine has been studying the role of conflict in organizations since 2001, when she received her Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Justice Institute in Vancouver. She is a Certified Power Coach (PCMK™) with Coaching and Leadership International, holds a Provincial Instructor Diploma from Vancouver Community College and an Associate Commerce Diploma from Malaspina College in Nanaim, BC.

Clients regularly comment on Catherine’s sincere approach, sense of humour and likeability. She is outstanding at developing rapport and creating safe places for authentic conversations to take place.

Catherine is available to lead workshops on a wide range of topics including conflict management, leaders in action, effective supervision and communication.

RUTH COPPENS, CPHR

Ruth is a senior HR professional with more than 30 years of diverse HR experience in private and public sectors. She has expertise in a full range of HR services including policy and procedure development, recruitment and selection, job evaluation and compensation.

Regardless of sector, industry or size Ruth is particularly skilled at listening to clients, assessing their needs and developing effective and appropriate solutions for them. So, whether you are a small, owner operated company looking to introduce your first HR policies and procedures, or a larger organization needing to enhance existing polices, Ruth can help. She is extremely client focused, talented, with a good sense of humour and love of travel.

Certifications & Memberships

The Leadership Challenge

Human Resources Institute of Alberta

Psychometrics MBTI Certified