Who We Are

Marion J. Howell, BAS Hons, CODI, PCC

Since 2006, Marion Howell has led the leadership development coaching and cultural transformation projects at the Iris Group. Marion is kind and direct, she is emotionally intelligent, and she has the ability to quickly notice clients’ self-imposed blocks and barriers that may hold them back from their peak performance. Marion’s coaching approach integrates the clients’ context and objectives with best models and scholarship in the areas of leadership development and organizational effectiveness. With Marion’s support, clients are able to deepen their insight on how to lead complex challenges, often by reframing and then develop personalized strategies that align with their natural strengths. She also supports the development of high-performance mindsets, particularly as clients transition to greater levels responsibility. Marion has a passion for Complexity Theory and she loves to share practical tools that support leaders in the midst of VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity).

Marion works extensively in the Canadian health care sector as well as for-profit organizations and Children’s’ Aid Societies. Her clients include leaders at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Southlake Regional Health Centre, Markham Stouffville Hospital, Healthcare Materials Management Services, Humber River Hospital, Mackenzie Health Centre, Health PEI, Toronto Innovation Acceleration Partners, VersaPay, Simcoe Muskoka Children’s Aid Society and Highland Shores Children’s’ Aid Society to name a few. Since 2011, Marion has provided individual and peer coaching services to both the Schulich Executive Education Centre in programs designed for Canadian physicians and health care leaders that has recently become LEADS certified (www.leadscanada.net).

Marion has a BAS Hons Marketing degree and is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation. She has completed a Masters Certificate in Organization Development with the Canadian Organization Development Institute (CODI) and she holds a Myers-Briggs certification.

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Sue Austin
(PCC – in renewal, MBA)

Sue is driven, curious, empathetic and grateful every day in her pursuit to coach others to see and realize their true potential. As a coach, facilitator and consultant, Sue brings over 25 years of experience in coaching, building and leading best-in-class teams in delivering bottom line results for organizations such as American Express, SickKids Foundation and OgilvyOne.

For the past 15 years, Sue’s practice has grown from a primary focus on one-on-one leadership and career coaching to partnering with client organizations and executive teams to custom design and deliver impactful and sustained leadership and coaching solutions. Sue’s goal ultimately is to support leaders in creating an empowered and inspiring work environment centred around purpose that motivates and maximizes growth of both the leaders and the business results.

Sue has partnered with senior leaders and fostered long term relationships with such organizations as Loblaw, Brookfield, UNICEF, Bravado, AGF, Blue Dot Strategy – Hamilton Health Sciences, Schulich

Executive Education Centre – Medical Society of PEI, Humber River Hospital HealthCare Leadership Program, SickKids Foundation, The Ivey Academy – AIMCo, Maple Leaf Foods, the Toronto Foundation and FCB.

Sue has a BA in Economics from Queens University, an MBA from the Ivey School of Business, is Professional Certified Coach from the International Coaching Federation. She holds a number of certifications including Myers-Briggs, and EQ 360 Assessments.

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Dr. Laura Calhoun MD, FRCPC, MAL(H), CEC

Laura is warm, empathetic, direct and determined. Laura believes that wisdom and relationships trump best practice and big data. Her unique experience as both a psychiatrist and a coach provide her with deep foundations for supporting a wide range of leadership challenges, and she is able to move beyond the coaching practices and into therapeutic supports when needed. She uses neuroscience and the art of therapy with her clients and helps leaders capitalize on their emotional intelligence. She is well versed in the LEADS framework (www.leadscanada.net) so she can help her clients grow in any aspect of the framework. In her role as Provincial Medical Director of Additions and Mental Health for Alberta Health Services, Laura personally led large multi-stakeholder initiatives so she understands the complex nature of healthcare in Canada. With you in the driver’s seat and Laura as your coach, the road to achieving your leadership goals is in your future.

Laura trained as a Family Physician at the University of Alberta and as a Psychiatrist at the University of Manitoba. She has a Masters’ degree in Leadership and is a Certified Executive Coach both from Royal Roads University. In addition, she is able to administer the EQi and EQ360.

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Brenda Blum
M.Ed., ACC

Brenda is authentic, cheerful and intuitive. As a certified Leadership Coach, she fosters trusting connections with clients. She stretches and supports leaders to develop the competence and confidence to effectively influence and impact personal, team and business results. Her practical, and encouraging style facilitates learning and growth in meaningful ways, while appreciating the complex challenges that leaders face on a daily basis. She partners with leaders to gain self-awareness and clarity, reframe challenges and explore possibilities that lead to new insights and actions.

Brenda has extensive experience in various leadership positions in the health care and insurance sectors. She recently served as the Director of Organization Development at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ontario for nine years. In this corporate consultant role, she partnered with a broad range of clients by providing a range of services related to visioning and strategic planning, performance management, culture and strategy alignment, navigating change and leadership and team development. Brenda also has experience providing training and facilitation services for a number of hospitals and

professional associations across Ontario including Orillia, Stevenson, North York General, Women’s College and Joseph Brant hospitals and the Professional Practice Network of Ontario.

Brenda is a University of Toronto graduate with a Masters’ degree in Adult Education. She is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation and is a long standing member of the International Association of Facilitators.

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