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Our Team


Maureen Brown, B.A. (Hons), M.A., Lead Facilitator–LDP

Maureen is an organizational development professional, working as a consulting partner in her own consulting practice. Maureen spent 10 years in human resources management positions in public and private sector organizations. She has held management-level specialist and generalist positions in both unionized and non-unionized settings. Her last corporate position was Director of Employee Relations and Communications at American Express Canada. She has been consulting in the area of organizational development since 1990 and specializes in helping organizations anticipate and manage change effectively. Maureen has an MA in Applied Social Psychology and has been an Associate of The Niagara Institute since 2000.


Tom Tavares, Ph.D., Chief Assessor

With over 25 years of experience in organizational psychology, Tom focuses on improving leadership and business performance, his experience includes management in large corporations, organizational consulting in a variety of industries and assessing and coaching executives. In addition to this, he conducts in-depth applied research, facilitates meetings and coaches teams. Tom published his first book The Mind Fields: What’s Missing in Running Our Organizations in 2009. In 2015 he published Breakthrough: What Occupy Wall Street Really Meant. He also writes and speaks about leadership under conditions of rapid change. Tom holds the position of Chief Assessor and is an Executive Coach with the Niagara Institute.

Ken Ainsworth, MBA, MSc. Psych, CMC

For over 20 years Ken has worked as a Facilitator, Coach and Consultant focused on helping individuals and organizations pursue coordinated, organized change through learning. His expertise lies in three primary areas – the design and facilitation of organization development initiatives; the design and delivery of learning interventions; and individual and team coaching. For several years, Ken held the position of Lead Facilitator at the Niagara Institute, at which time he lead the design and development of the Landmark Leadership Program™. He is currently a Senior Associate and Executive Coach with the Niagara Institute

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Josée Blaquière, MSOD

With over 25 years of experience as an Organizational Development Consultant, Trainer, and Executive Coach, Josée works with organizations to support the integration of newly required competencies and behaviours. She creates an environment of trust and helps clients simplify complex concepts as she guides them through a process that brings about meaningful results. Josée is a member of the International Coaching Federation and is a bilingual Senior Associate with the Niagara Institute.

 Heather Bordo

Heather Bordo, B.A. (Hons), M.I.R.

Heather is a senior consultant and executive coach with more than 20 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies across a broad range of industries and functions.  Following a career spent in operational and internal consulting roles within organizations needing to make strategic shifts, Heather guides and coaches senior leaders and their teams in planning and implementing new strategies and approaches to improve business results.  As a supplement to her own active practice, Heather is an Executive Coach and Associate with the Niagara Institute.

Randy Brooks, MSOD

Randy is a Senior Associate with the Niagara Institute and a Consultant dedicated to assisting organizations with change management and executive coaching. Her clients include various industries, the arts and government offices. For over 20 years, Randy has coached executives and executive teams, giving them the skills to become more effective leaders and achieve desired results for their organizations. Randy is a former Research Associate of the Conference Board of Canada and has written major papers on organizational effectiveness and change.

Calvin Brown, Ph.D., C. Psych.

As an Organizational Psychologist, Calvin focuses on the identification and development of senior management and executive talent in large organizations in Canada and abroad. He has established himself as a trusted advisor in the development of individual and team effectiveness. Calvin’s training includes executive development at the Center for Creative Leadership and negotiation skills at Harvard Law School. He is a Senior Associate and Executive Coach with the Niagara Institute.

Stephane Brutus, Ph.D.

Stéphane is the Chairman of the Department of Management at Concordia University in Montreal. From 1995 to 1997, he was a member of the research team at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina. He currently devotes his time to researching the role of 360° assessments and the contribution of the feedback process in leadership development.


Rilla Clark B.A., B. Ed., M. Sc.

Rilla is a highly skilled Facilitator and Executive Coach who has worked with a variety of organizations; moving people to new levels of understanding, skill and mutual gain. With 15 years of experience in the fields of business, counseling and education and an additional fifteen years of experience as a corporate leadership coach, she effectively challenges and supports individuals and teams toward co-created positive outcomes. As a Senior Associate with the Niagara Institute, Rilla specializes in working with high potential leaders to expand their leadership competencies and accelerate their development.

France Cloutier, C.A., MSOD

With over 18 years of experience, France brings a practical approach to the application of leadership skills, change management principles and coaching. Working with individuals and teams, she encourages them to reach their goals and achieve success through coaching and performance and change management training programs. France has also managed ERP systems projects, facilitated team-building interventions, conducted organizational diagnosis and designed and facilitated processes to develop mission and vision statements. She is a bilingual Senior Associate and Executive Coach with Niagara Institute.


Lorraine Clemes B.A., M. Ed., Ed. D., ACC

Lorraine is an Executive Coach and Facilitator with over 15 years of experience working with successful leaders and people going through change. She has also worked in both the private and public sectors and has consulted to a wide range of organizations. Lorraine supports her clients to see their strengths and challenges and helps them to set realistic stretch goals in areas such as transformational leadership, career management, communication, and resilience. Lorraine specializes in working with new leaders developing their presence and those focused on building teams or managing during restructuring initiatives.

Valerie Davis, PhD

Valerie is a senior associate of the Niagara Institute who designs and delivers executive coaching and custom leadership development programs. With over 15 years of experience as an Executive Coach and Leadership Development Professional, Valerie has consulted to organizations across all sectors including Fortune 500 companies, three levels of public service, federal agencies, NGOs and not-for-profit organizations. Valerie brings to her work extensive educational and professional experience. She has over 20 years as an executive with global high tech firms, holds a PhD in Human Development and is a Certified Professional Coach.

Nick Evans, B.A., M.B.A.

With over 15 years experience as a business leader in Fortune 500 organizations, Nick understands how to link business vision and strategy with personal engagement and growth. As an Executive Coach and Facilitator, he combines his experience in change management, team building, organizational dynamics and business strategy to design high performance leadership programs. Nick is an Associate with Niagara Institute.

Helen Finder-Guttman, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed.

Helen is an experienced Senior Management Consultant who focuses on human resource issues such as executive search, diversity in the workplace, policy development and implementation. She is also skilled in areas of assessment and development, leadership and team building, performance management and career counselling. She has been a Coach with the Niagara Institute for over 10 years.  

Sharon Flanagan, B. Comm, PCC, CAPP

For over 20 years, Sharon has worked as a business executive and team leader, including roles as a human resources generalist and an employment law specialist. In addition to this, she has more than 10 years of experience as a Facilitator and Coach. Sharon is known for her practical understanding of executive work-life realities, love of learning and helping others grow. She is an Associate and Executive Coach with the Niagara Institute.

Andrea Griggs, B.A., M Ed., CPCC, AC

An experienced executive leadership coach, Andrea brings compassion, insight, and a sense of humour to her coaching. She has worked for 20 years in the non-profit, educational, and corporate sectors and has been responsible for creating opportunities for learning and change for individuals, teams, and organizations. Andrea's work experience, her tenure as a Coach, and her expertise in communication and emotional intelligence have provided her with an excellent understanding of the challenges of business and the working environment. She has helped her clients with numerous leadership challenges.

Lorne Hartman, Ph.D.

With more than 30 years of experience, Lorne is a practitioner and researcher focused on human performance and organization effectiveness. He has partnered with leaders at all levels in business, government and education to help them implement change strategies successfully. As an Executive Coach with the Niagara Institute, Lorne combines his background and training as a psychologist with his knowledge and experience of organizational dynamics to facilitate behaviour change efforts, significantly improving leader performance.


Jenny Howe M.A., B. Sc., ACPC

Jenny is a Facilitator, Executive Coach and Consultant with over 15 years of experience working with highly driven and successful business leaders. She supports her clients while challenging them to achieve their goals in areas such as transformational leadership, effective communication and resilience. Jenny works closely with her clients, building their leadership skills to impact their business in a positive way and achieve lasting results, both on professional and personal levels. 

Soosan Latham, MBA, Ph.D.

Soosan Daghighi Latham is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Human Resource Management, York University. She is a former Vice President Human Resources at J.P. Morgan Chase, and Assistant Dean, Executive Programs, Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto.  An MBA graduate, Soosan has a PhD from the Faculty of Education, University of Toronto. Soosan’s research and teaching interest is in Cross Cultural Leadership. She is the author of  The Multicultural Leader: Stories of Influence and Achievement.

Michel Lemieux, B.Comm

With more than 25 years of experience as a Manager and Consultant,
Michel specializes in interventions that enable individuals and teams to improve their effectiveness and reach their full potential. He focuses on organizational change, personal and professional development and team building. Michel is an Associate and Executive Coach with the Niagara Institute.

Denise McLean, Ph.D.

Denise has honed a broad range of expertise in leadership and career development, succession management, human resource strategy and organizational change during her 20 years of experience as a Consultant in personnel psychology and corporate human resource management. She is the author of several publications, a conference speaker and has contributed to the Canadian Psychological Association’s Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing. Denise is a bilingual Associate with the Niagara Institute.

Gregory McQueen, Ph.D.

Greg leads and facilitates the development of innovative approaches to planning, marketing and new business development. He lectures in the fields of ethics, leadership and cognitive moral reasoning as it applies to leadership, decision-making and business management. Greg also provides consultation and services in the fields of executive leadership development, planning, re-organization, executive team building and corporate board development. He is an Executive Coach with the Niagara Institute. 

Helen Notzl, B.A., M.S.W.

Helen is a highly skilled Executive and Life Coach, Facilitator and Educator specializing in leadership development, team building, effective communication, goal setting, and change management. She is also a Structural Consultant, facilitating the achievement of strategic objectives aligned with individuals’ personal aspirations and values. Helen is an Adler Certified Professional Coach and an Executive Coach with the Niagara Institute.

 Beth Page  

Beth Page – B.A. Psych, MSOD, CHRP 

Beth is an organization and leadership development professional with 20 years of experience. Working with leaders and leadership teams, she provides consulting services that honours the human dimension while achieving positive business outcomes. She specializes in the design and facilitation of leadership development, organizational culture, emotional intelligence, and change processes with all levels of leadership and management. As an author, Beth has published two books, "Done Deal: Your Guide to Merger and Acquisition Integration" and "Change Happens: Your Guide to Navigating Change using the 5C Model". 

Beverley Patwell, B.A. M.A. CHRA

Beverley is an organizational development professional specializing in change management. As an Executive Coach with the Niagara Institute, she helps leaders manage and coach others as they work toward their desired objectives on an individual, team and organizational basis. She is the co-author of Triple Impact Coaching: Use of Self in the Coaching Process and has published a number of articles on leadership, coaching and developing high performance teams. Beverley is a member of the Association of Human Resource Professionals and Industrial Relations.

Gail Rappolt, B.A., M.Ed.

Gail is an Educator and Consultant with over 25 years of experience in management and training specializing in change management, creative problem solving and individual coaching. She has developed and delivered training programs for a variety of levels of management and has designed assessment instruments for personnel and program evaluation. Her background as a leader and manager brings awareness of the complexities faced by her clients and coaching skills to help them find their own solutions. Gail is an Executive Coach with the Niagara Institute.


Kathleen Redmond, MA, PCC

Kathleen is a certified Executive Coach (ICF), trainer, author and Instructor at the University of Guelph in the MA Leadership program. With over 25 years of management experience and a passion for leadership communication, Kathleen works in the heart of industry. Her work has taken her from Istanbul to Honolulu, to factories in the south of United States as well as the oil rush fields of Alberta. Her passion is to strengthen engagement and results through authentic communication. She has published 2 books . "Rules of Engagement for Communicating at Work: 5 Strategies for Decreasing Conflict and Increasing Collaboration" and "Leadership by Engagement, Leading Through Authentic Character to Attract, Retain and Energize".

Palma Robinson, B.A., M.Ps

Palma is a Senior Executive Coach with the Niagara Institute and an Organizational Development Consultant with over 20 years of experience. Her strength lies in the ability to propose and facilitate personal change initiatives that empower individuals to make important choices, taking positive action in their lives as leaders. With in-depth knowledge and experience in leadership assessment, Palma provides customized feedback to senior executives.

Lydia Roy, B.A., B.Ed., MCC

Lydia is a successful Executive Coach, Business Development Consultant and Facilitator with over 20 years of leadership, business performance coaching, mentoring, career development and assessment experience in corporate and entrepreneurial settings. She has worked with CEOs and Executives in a broad range of industries including major financial institutions and health care organizations. She is also an entrepreneur who specializes in business development, helping small business owners grow their businesses successfully. Lydia is an Executive Coach with Niagara Institute.


Ross Roxburgh,  BA (Hons), MA, CMC

Ross has worked in the fields of organizational change, human resources, leadership coaching and development and change management for more than 35 years. Prior to joining Deloitte & Touche LLP, he worked in human resource management roles in the university sector as well as the transit and telecommunications industries. Ross was a Deloitte Partner for fourteen years, leaving the Firm in 2000 to establish his own practice. Ross earned his Bachelor’s degree in Honours English at Carleton University, a Master’s degree in the Interdisciplinary School of Canadian Studies at the same institution and more recently graduated from the one-year Organization and Systems Development (OSD) Program offered by the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Ross is a Certified Management Consultant and was accredited by Deloitte as a Master Facilitator. Prior to being invited to join the Associate Network, Ross had been under contract as the Interim Executive Director of the Niagara Institute.  


Nadine Ryan-Bannerman, M. Ed. (Adult Education), ACC

Nadine is a leadership coach, facilitator, organizational effectiveness consultant and adult educator with a 25-year track record of assisting clients with developing their leaders, negotiation, collaboration, resolving conflicts, managing large-scale change projects, and developing new learning to increase capability.   Nadine has been a leader, managed large projects, and consulted in oil and gas, academic, financial, government, entrepreneurial, and not-for-profit sectors and has worked internationally for her clients (in the U.S., Mexico and the UK). Nadine’s coaching clients have given feedback that coaching has helped them increase their focus on key business results, improve relationships with leaders, peers and direct reports, and increase the scope and amount of work their areas can take on successfully through better attention to strategy, planning, delegation, effective collaboration, and increasing the learning and capability of both leaders and employees.

Wayne Scott, MSc.

Wayne Scott is first an executive and leadership coach committed to his client’s success and personal development; and second a consultant to his coaching clients in strategy development and organizational effectiveness. Thirteen years of successful coaching and consulting engagements have been built on 28 years of corporate experience in both line and staff roles. Wayne focuses his work on personal and leadership development, and on effective execution and/or on the leadership of sustainable change.


Joel Wilkinson, B.A, M.Sc.

Joel is an Executive Coach, Psychologist and Organizational Consultant. Throughout his more than 20 year career, Joel held internal leadership and executive roles in addition to providing consulting services to a wide range of public and private organizations nationally and internationally. As a former leader and executive of several organizations in the IT, organizational development, higher education, and workforce development space, Joel has particular expertise in building highly engaged and effective teams, partnership development, operations management and strategic business planning. His approach with clients is to build deeper awareness, ask powerful questions to facilitate new insights in order to move clients to make better choices in the service of achieving more successful outcomes.

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Join our Team

We are seeking professionals to add to our cadre of associates.

To meet growing demand and capitalize on opportunities across the country, The Niagara Institute is seeking highly-qualified professionals to add to our cadre of associates.

Niagara associates typically have their own consulting practice specializing in the field of leadership or organizational development. Based on need, they assist in design, delivery and marketing of programming.

Associates are generally qualified either as an Executive Coach or Executive Education Facilitator. We are also interested in hearing from senior professionals who have demonstrated expertise and business experience in working with clients on strategic-level solutions in such areas as Leadership Strategy, Training and Development Strategy, Building Change Management Capability and Developing Internal Coaching Capacity.

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