What people say about working with Sandra

Executive Coach

“I chose to work with Sandra because I was new to a CEO position at a long-standing non-profit organization. Sandra came highly recommended as having significant experience working with women executives and for being professional and ethical. She acted with integrity at every turn. She was dependable and communicated clearly. The work situations I brought to Sandra were extremely unusual and challenging. Sandra used our time efficiently, focusing me on working out unbiased, factually based reasonable approaches to difficult situations. As a result of her coaching support, I successfully navigated though difficult decisions to find solutions and to grow as a leader. The experience I gained in working with Sandra will continue to inform my leadership and career decisions into the future. I would definitely work with Sandra again.”

— M. Sutherland, Barrister & Solicitor

Executive Coach

“I worked with Sandra to improve my assertiveness skills and find my voice. I felt that Sandra truly listened when I was open about my shyness and introversion, and the advice and techniques she gave me were never about completely changing my personality, but helping me empower myself. Sandra allowed my own epiphanies and goals to guide our conversation and her recommendations rather than boxing me and our sessions into some sort of step-by-step syllabus. It was a delightful coincidence that Sandra is just as big a reader as I am. She recommended several books to help me continue with my journey.”

— Amanda Bereska, Communications Coordinator YESS

Executive Coach

“I chose to work with Sandra as my personal coach because of her extensive and diverse business background. Then, I realized from my view that Sandra’s strength lies beyond just a solid background; it is derived from her contained, and unique coaching approach. Effortlessly, Sandra can break down any challenge or problem to its roots and causes bringing all perspectives on the table for discussion in a comprehensive and contemplating way. One of the most powerful attributes in Sandra’s coaching approach is how to reach a conclusion or action plan that resonates with the challenge. Although, every conversation was carefully crafted through a professional structure, yet it flows amiably. Sandra is an intelligent individual who is full of passion and energy, yet humble. Working with Sandra was a remarkable experience that will last for many years to come, and I will always look forward to working with her again.”

— Tarek Kamel, MBA, Senior Marketing Specialist

Executive Coach

“Sandra has been an incredible coach for me. I chose to work with Sandra as she has a well rounded background and can coach on a variety of business topics. After our coaching sessions I feel a sense of calm/control as Sandra has a unique ability to put things into perspective. What seems like an insurmountable problem, Sandra can drill down to the real issue, break it into bite sized chunks, and offer pragmatic executable solutions. Sandra introduced me to and taught me how to use the Eisenhower matrix which helps me manage my day, and keeps me focused on the urgent/important tasks so I can be more productive and efficient. Great tool! Don’t expect to go into a coaching session with Sandra on cruise control. She asks great questions, challenges thinking, which creates out of the box solutions I never would have thought of. I would highly recommend Sandra!”

— D. Okrusko, Regional Sales Director 3M, British Columbia, Canada

Executive Coach

“Sandra and I worked closely throughout my first years of managing a team of sales representatives. Sandra’s approach to coaching is one of thoughtful insight and collaboration which leads to a firm action plan. I had an instant comfort level when I started working with Sandra, and knew that she was able to draw on her own experience to assist me through various situations. I know both my team and our organization have benefited from the time spent with Sandra as it helped to expedite my growth as a manager. I truly appreciate and incorporate into my work, all she has shared during our coaching sessions.”

— J. Boychuk, Sales Leader, Oil & Gas

Executive Coach

“Sandra Marin is a phenomenal coach who transformed my perception and vision about value-based leadership. Over a coaching period of 6 months, she inspired me to become a more pragmatic and people-oriented leader, who practices what he preaches. Now more than ever, I feel ready to tackle the leadership challenges I face each day both within my organization and my home. If you need a coach, I would recommend Sandra without any reservation.”

— N. Ganduri, Manager, Government of Alberta

Executive Coach

“I have been working with Sandra for over two years and in that time I have benefitted tremendously from her coaching. Working with Sandra has helped me in my role, I have become a better coach, manager and leader and with every coaching session, I continue to grow and develop. I complete each session with a plan, allowing me to execute what I have learned and discuss at a further date. I appreciate Sandra’s flexibility and willingness to accommodate my busy schedule as well as my capacity for coaching in stressful times. Working with Sandra has also had a positive impact on my team, as I continue to grow and develop so do they. I will continue to work with Sandra because I thoroughly enjoy her style and demeanor and always look forward to our next session.”

— A. Veri, Regional Manager, Medical Division

Executive Coach

“I chose to work with Sandra as she displayed the tenacity and skill I needed as I move to a higher level of management. The best result I got from working with her was a better understanding of my levels of emotional intelligence and how my control over them would give me the outcomes I hoped to achieve. On a personal note Sandra coached me through many of the challenges and disconnects I faced throughout my personal; and organizational change processes. One thing I appreciated the most, was her ability to remain professional at all time; yet open herself up enough share my frustration, keep me focused on my goals and her ability to share humor when my journey just needed a break. I leave this coaching opportunity still a passionate, out of the box thinker with insight, communication strategies and an emotional calm that will carry me no matter what road I travel now or in the future. Thank you Sandra for all the gifts of growth you have given me.”

— C. Gowers, Service Manager Not-for Profit

Leadership Coach

“I have had a number of coaches over the 25 years I have been in leadership roles and Sandra stands out her ability to dissect the “real” issue or question and express it in simple understandable terms. She provides both technical tools and practical insight from her experience. Sandra is really well prepared and has a formal process that uses the time allotted very efficiently always with an out come next steps and a plan. I would recommenced Sandra as a coach for individuals new to leadership roles as well as those who have been doing it for years.”

— D. Bertram, Managing Director, Western Canada, Grand & Toy

Workshop Presenter

“I very much admire Sandra’s knowledge, experience and teaching approach.I appreciated Sandra’s ability to have flexibility and understanding to the training schedules of our organization. The course exceeded my expectations as it was tailored to our needs. Sandra made suggestions or refer to possible scenario and real life example to better understand the theories that had been presented. She encouraged and mentored our managers to develop confidence and reinforce the skill set just learned with activities. It was an excellent environment with the group participating and sharing their experience.”

— S. Sawchuk, Associate Director – Métis Centre of Excellence

Workshop Presenter

“Sandra’s facilitation of The Leadership Challenge was clear and professional, but maybe more importantly, fun. Participants left the workshop with tools they could use right away, helping them be more effective leaders.”

— John Whitehead, Executive Coach

Workshop Presenter

“Sandra delivers a powerful and practical learning experience. She inspired me to pursue the path of authentic leadership one behavior at a time.”

— Shelley Sabo, Community Engagement and Development Professional

Workshop Presenter

“Sandra partnered with our organization to develop and deliver a performance management workshop. In addition to the tools managers were provided in the workshop, Sandra facilitated coaching sessions to enhance the learning experience and allowed managers an opportunity to access her expertise. She had a notable ability to engage participants throughout the project with activities and questions to get the gears turning. Sandra provided consultant services to some of our members on issues outside of this project. We appreciated connecting with her and drawing on her knowledge in the field. A few years ago, Sandra instructed a Staffing Management course at MacEwan University in which I was a student. I am grateful to have had her as an Instructor then and to have worked with her professionally now. I appreciate the valuable career advice she’s bestowed upon me and would work with Sandra again.”

— Bonnet Svy, Human Resources Coordinator

Keynote Speaker

“Sandra was the keynote speaker on the topic of “Professional Networking” for Young Professionals in Energy’s (YPE) events: Enbridge YPE Lunch and Learn and YPE Speed Networking Night. Sandra was a great speaker who connected and engaged with her audience. Her messages were practical and easy to follow. If you ever been to any of Sandra’s presentations, they are filled with real life examples from her life. Because of her managerial experience, she provides relevant context to HR theories.This is what differentiates Sandra from other HR consultants. In additional to her messages, Sandra made her presentations interactive with her audience. She used games to engage and help her message stick. Many YPE members stayed after to speak with Sandra. YPE appreciated Sandra coming to speak to us on the topic of Professional Networking. She added value to our members’ career development. We look forward to working with Sandra again.”

— Peter Chan, Enbridge

Keynote Speaker

“I greatly appreciated your coming and the presentation to our members on the power of networking. The awareness you provided to our members on making long lasting, sustainable connections and relationships on professional as well as personal levels is extremely useful – evidence of which was clearly visible from the interest it generated among the members and through their questions after questions during and after the meeting. Definitely, we had an excellent speaker and a great meeting last evening.”

— A. Akbar, Project Agrologist

Keynote Speaker

“I was lucky enough to attend YPE’s (Young Professionals In Energy) speed networking event in Edmonton and listen to Sandra’s presentation. Just by applying a little portion of her advice, I was able to meet great people and also had interesting conversations. Sandra was kind enough to answer my personal questions. Even ideas off the top of her head are powerful and can help a willing person to build a strong business background. I think what she offers is very valuable.”

— Dogan Saglam, Application Specialist, Honeywell Process Solutions