Tana Heminsley, founder
Tana is an executive and entrepreneur with a passion for building businesses and developing leaders. She is the founder of Authentic Leadership Conversations™ – a growing global community and leadership development program focusing on authenticity and emotional intelligence as business differentiators for 21st century leaders.
She is the recipient of the International Coach Federation 2016 Coach Impact Award, Vancouver Chapter. This award is the highest award category in British Columbia for coaching excellence individual partnership (Coach Impact) level. Watch Tana’s acceptance speech.
Tana enjoys connecting leaders and supporting them in developing self awareness, emotional intelligence and wellness as business advantages for sustainability. Her ability to integrate strategic thinking and self awareness supports her in creating space for dialogue where new possibilities for business and leadership can arise.
In 1984, at 22, Tana was national correspondent for CP Rail’s in-house newsletter for the $600-million Roger’s Pass tunnel project; at 27, she was started her own retail clothing store in Revelstoke, B.C. She’s worked for the founders of the balanced scorecard management system which originated out of Harvard and she’s consulted on strategy implementation around the US.
She’s been a member of the Executive team for BC Hydro – one of North America’s leading providers of clean, renewable energy – with 4,500 employees, annual net income of $400 Million (2007) and 1.7 million customers. Tana was Director, Stakeholder Engagement where she was accountable for involving the public in dialogue with BC Hydro regarding a number of topics including long-term energy planning.
Tana holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C. Canada. She is an Executive and Leadership Coach, (Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation; and Certified Integral Coach with New Ventures West). She has also completed the Enneagram Intensive training, through the Enneagram Worldwide in San Francisco.
Tana is also an artist, and aspiring poet.
Laura Mack, facilitator trainer
As a facilitator and trainer, Laura brings to her clients a broad understanding of both the rewards and challenges of the corporate, non-profit sectors and the entrepreneurial life. She has been executive director of a national association and worked in partnership development with an international association. She has worked in leadership and team development for close to a decade.
Laura recently earned an Executive MBA at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University (SFU). She participated in the Americas program, studying in Brazil, Mexico and the USA in 2016 and 2017. Prior to that she earned a Bachelor of General Studies in SFU's Liberal Business Studies Program, graduating with distinction.
Laura is Co-Chair of the North Shore Restorative Justice Society and a lead facilitator of restorative justice files.
Parenting her son Maxx, has been a remarkable, inspiring, challenging, transformative and often surprising part of Laura's life. She has shared the parenting journey by facilitating many parent workshops and dialogues and served for two years on the Board of the Gifted Children’s Association of British Columbia.
Laura lives aboard a 44 ft. Gulfstar, Fancy Free, in a unique co-op live aboard community, with her husband Andrew and their amusing Schipperke.
Céline Côté, facilitator and facilitator trainer
Céline is passionate about humans and their tremendous capacity to evolve to their full potential. She supports leaders and organizational teams on their journeys to authenticity. Céline has intentionally chosen to dedicate her career to bringing more awareness of the internal dynamics of leadership in support of navigating the challenges of today’s change.
Céline has been a coach, trainer and a facilitator for more than 25 years. She has coached organizational executive teams, leaders and professionals in the public (nationally and provincially), not-for-profit and private sector.
As a former Director of Human Resources at a day-care organization in Ottawa for more than 200 employees, she successfully created and implemented step by step, a culture of competency as the human resources approach.
She is certified as a coach-facilitator for Coaching Circles. She uses this methodology to combine the power of action learning and integral coaching to support leaders to authentically find innovative solutions given the ongoing complexity in the Municipality of Gatineau.
Céline has studied Industrial Relations (Human Resources Management), Organizational Psychology and Group facilitation at the University of Quebec in Outaouais. In addition, she has her certification as an Integral Coach with New Ventures West and she is a Leadership Coach (Accredited Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation). She is also a certified Facilitator with the Genuine Contact Program, a health and balance-focused personal and organizational development program.
She has engaged in collective and individual leadership programs for the past 20 years by creating circles of authentic dialogue for leaders. This strong foundation supports her as a Facilitator, and Facilitator Trainer (in French and English) for Authentic Leadership Global™.