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October 2017

"Community Events" brings you the latest news about upcoming community events including professional development opportunities and upcoming conferences and events brought to you by local coaches and peers.  Please see our Submission Guidelines below.  

Member Submissions

Canada’s #1 Leadership Conference - Toronto / November 28, 2017
Submitted by: Vivek Mehmi

Submitted by: Cinnie Noble

Equine based Photographic Wellness Program
Submitted by: Anne Porteous

ICF Los Angeles – Free Teleclasses
Submitted by: Elsbeth Tate

Create Great Videos To Get Coaching Clients - Free Webcasts
Submitted by: Jason Reid

Coming to Toronto November 2017! Intervention Mastery Skills: Presence and Strategic Use of Self
Submitted by: Dorothy Siminovitch

Q&A Webinar on Presence and Use of Self – Monday, October 16, 1-2:30 pm EDT
Submitted by: Dorothy Siminovitch

Improve Your Work-Life Balance With Some R&R!
Submitted by: Lucy Shenouda

Q: What credential should a coach add to increase business? A: EQ-i 2.0 Certification, Downtown Toronto, December 4, 5, (6), 2017
Submitted by: David Cory

Kids Coaching Connection (KCC) Core Courses
Submitted by: Susan Howson

Entrepreneurs Success Circles™
Submitted by: Patti Pokorchak

Submitted by: Shannon Smith

Making Room For You Women's Retreat - November 17 -19, 2017
Submitted by: Milisa Burns

Virtual Facilitation Essentials
Submitted by: Jennifer Britton

Mentor Mondays by Cathy Shaughnessy, MCC
Submitted by: Cathy Shaughnessy

National Emotional Freedom Techniques Training Institute (NeftTI)
Submitted by: Nancy Forrester

Workshop on Coaching For a Better Workplace - Building Capacity in Others
Submitted by: Elinor Whitmore

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Canada’s #1 Leadership Conference

Toronto / November 28, 2017

The Art of Leadership is returning to Toronto on November 28th and ICF Toronto members have an opportunity to participate in this exceptional day of learning. Additionally, a preferred rate has been established for our members that are interested in attending.

The Art of Leadership brings together the most respected names in thought leadership in a place of inspirational interaction. Surrounded by a network of like-minded individuals, this conference is built around the stories, ideas, discoveries and collaborative moments that drive achievement. Speakers include:

Vice President Joe Biden - 47th Vice President of the United States
Amanda Lang - Anchor, Bloomberg TV Canada and Bestselling Author of The Beauty of Discomfort
Welby Altidor - Executive Creative Director Formerly with Cirque du Soleil and Author
Dr. Tasha Eurich - New York Times Bestselling Author, Organizational Psychologist and Researcher
Vince Molinaro - New York Times Bestselling Author and Leadership Expert

For more information you can visit: The Art of Leadership website


Register using promo code ICF20 and save $50 per pass, this event will sell out so make sure to get your pass before it is too late!

Register Now: Click Here

Vivek Mehmi

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by CINERGY® Coaching

Conflict management coaching is a specialized niche in the fields of coaching and conflict management. It is a one-on-one technique, in which a trained coach assists people to effectively prevent or manage specific disputes and to enhance their conflict management skills.

The outcomes of this workshop are that participants will gain:

o the theory, principles and methods specific to the CINERGY® model of conflict management coaching;
o an introduction to and basic working knowledge of conflict management coaching using the CINERGY® model;
o an understanding of the types of skills required to provide conflict management coaching;
o experience of the coaching model as a coach, ‘client’ and observer;
o knowledge of the applications of this technique; and
o suggested documents and information about the logistics of conflict management coaching.

Schedule for 4 day in-person workshops:

  • Ottawa (English) - November 6-9, 2017
  • Toronto - November 20-23, 2017
  • Ottawa/Gatineau (French) - December 12-15, 2017

We offer a $100 discount to members of ICF.

For information on training in your workplace and for programs in other locations (or by telephone or webinar), please contact us.

ICF CCEUs are granted to participants who complete this workshop.

For more information and an application, contact CINERGY® Coaching at: Email:; Phone: 416-686-4247; Toll Free: 1-866-335-6466.

Cinnie Noble

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Equine based Photographic Wellness Program

An extraordinary four week Equine based Photographic Wellness Program that offers a wonderful blend of horses and photography, giving you the chance to take and view images that will help you better understand yourself, the challenges you face and how to move beyond them,

Nestled in Rockwood, Ontario, Sierra Acres Equine Assisted Healing Centre offers a tranquil country farm setting complete with grazing horses and nature trails that make it the perfect place for self-reflection, picture taking, and positive goal setting. What a wonderful opportunity for you to open the door to self-awareness in a natural and comfortable environment.

This program is designed for participants 18 years and older and will be held at Sierra Acres Equine Assisted Healing Farm located in Rockwood, Ontario. The program runs over a 4-week period on the following Saturday mornings, Nov. 4th, Nov. 18th, Nov. 25, and Dec. 2nd, 2017, from 10am - 1pm with a half hour break for lunch. Coffee, tea and water are provided for, but participants are responsible for their own food. Any art materials required will be provided for, but participants are responsible for their own camera equipment. A simple digital camera is sufficient, and while Cell phone cameras are discouraged, they are permitted if this is your camera of choice. This is a non-smoking farm environment and closed toe shoes are a must. Weather and farm appropriate clothing are encouraged. Parking is available on site.

Facilitator: Anne Porteous, MScN, EPC.

Anne Porteous

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ICF Los Angeles – Join us for Free Teleclasses!

Elsbeth Tate

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Create Great Videos To Get Coaching Clients - Free Webcasts

As a coach, you need clients for your business, but how do you get people’s attention and draw in great leads? How do you stand out from other coaches? And can you show your expertise in a short, concise and powerful way?

The answer is video. Whether it’s an informal Facebook-live video, a video to promote an event or program, or a slick professional signature video for your website, you need help creating great messaging and telling engaging stories about yourself and your clients. You also need tips on how to look your best and get over your nerves.

Join speak-to-sell expert and former award-winning TV producer Jason Reid, and veteran TV personality Sheryl Plouffe as they show you the basics to creating videos that attract attention and get you clients.

These half-hour live webcasts feature high-value content as well as interactive questions with the audience. By signing up, you get replay links to all our previous episodes.

The first webcast is Thursday October 26th at 1:30pm. Sign up at no cost at

Jason Reid

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Coming to Toronto November 2017!

Intervention Mastery Skills: Presence and Strategic Use of Self

with Dorothy E. Siminovitch, PhD, MCC

Author of A Gestalt Coaching Primer: The Path Toward Awareness IQ

Personal and professional mastery means that we are aware of what we evoke and responsible for what we provoke. As coaches, we are tasked with being present in our presence and being able to leverage our presence in order to: be aware of who we are; act choicefully in the moment; strengthen our capacity to influence and to inspire others; and nurture our ability to effectively intervene across multiple levels of system relevant to the client. Skillful leveraging of presence requires excellent process management skills that invite awareness, choice, and innovation.

This workshop draws from Gestalt foundations. We offer a highly experiential, relational, and feedback-rich workshop that allows our participants to practice what they are learning in the observant, supportive company of equally committed peers and experienced Gestalt practitioners.

Participants will:

  • Strengthen awareness of their distinctive presence
  • Explore their impact and effectiveness as intervener at multiple levels of system
  • Identify their access to both intimacy and strategic action
  • Learn developmental strategies to increase personal and professional mastery
Program Dates:
November 28-30, 2017

Program Venue:

Adler, 890 Yonge Street, 9th Floor

$1,700USD HST included ($75USD non-refundable registration fee)

Graduates of coach training programs: Ask about a 10% tuition reduction
This workshop is approved for 25 ICF-CCEUs.

For details, visit Dorothy Siminovitch, Gestalt Coaching Works, and Gestalt Center for Coaching
Questions? Contact Martha Lannoch, Administrator,

Dorothy Siminovitch

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Q&A Webinar on Presence and Use of Self

Join Dorothy E. Siminovitch, PhD, MCC, accompanied by Karen Cappello, MCC, for a Q&A Webinar on Presence and Use of Self – Monday, October 16, 1-2:30 pm EDT. Knowing who you are and knowing how to use the strengths of your unique presence are critical for coaching and leadership success. Dorothy has been teaching and evolving coaching understanding of presence and use of self for many years. Join us! Ask questions, learn more, hear from others. Contact Martha Lannoch, Administrator, at for details about participating.

Dorothy Siminovitch

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Improve Your Work-Life Balance With Some R&R!

Do you find yourself unable to shut off your overactive brain? Having difficulty focusing? Feeling unproductive and overwhelmed? We have strategies to help!

Introducing R&R for Life, a 6 week comprehensive online Stress Management Program. Each week you’ll receive the top, proven stress identification and management resources available. You’ll immediately begin learning to identify and reduce unhealthy stress in your workplace and home. And, you’ll re-discover healthy stress that motivates and propels you forward.

Co-facilitators: Indy Batth, Lucy Shenouda, Sylvia Abergil

Register Now

Lucy Shenouda

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Q: What credential should a coach add to increase business?

A: EQ-i 2.0 Certification, Downtown Toronto, December 4, 5, (6), 2017

More and more organizations world-wide are implementing emotional intelligence programs for employees. Catch the wave and get certified to use the world's first, most researched, most flexible, most widely accepted, cost effective, online measure of emotional intelligence. It's a fantastic framework for coaching and provides credibility to you and your coaching business.

EITC was one of the first companies to partner with MHS to offer the EQ-i Certification Course and for the last 19 years we have been a leading provider of EQ-i Certification Courses in North America.

Get certified in the 2 Day onsite course in Toronto, December 4-5 which includes certification to use the EQ-360 2.0. Click here for more information EQ-i 2.0 Certification Course

Exclusive Bonus Offering! Mastering EI Competencies (1 day immediately following the 2 day cert course), is all about how to help clients develop EQ, you'll get the participant manual, games, exercises, activities, video clips, power point slides to use in workshops and seminars and coaching. Click here to register AND for all 2018 dates & cities.

David Cory

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Kids Coaching Connection (KCC) Core Courses

Are you looking to expand your coaching skill set through specialized training for kids, youth and families?

Kids Coaching Connection (KCC) is a fully approved International Coach Federation (ICF) ACSTH coach training program that provides transformational training for coaches, counsellors, teachers, and conscientious parents. We train adults to help kids, youth and families reach their highest potential.

KCC Core Courses

The KCC program is composed of five core courses. Each course builds on the previous module and focuses on a specific guiding principle. The courses are:

- Divine Elementals

- Divine Design

- Divine Possibilities

- Divine Expression

- Divine Connections.

Participants will learn coaching strategies that focus on helping kids and youth tap into their true potential. Our vision brings together the mind and the heart and develops all aspects of a kid's being.

Please visit our website below to learn more about KCC’s core courses and world-renown approach:

Susan Howson

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Entrepreneurs Success Circles™

These online sessions will focus on you getting clear and confident in your value and your unique qualities as a coach that make you stand out and shine.

Pro athletes practice before they go to their big game day; most entrepreneurs practice on their potential clients and that needs to be changed.

There is a maximum of 6 entrepreneurs in each circle in order for you to get all your most pressing questions answered AND have time for role-playing and feedback.

Week 1 - Define your Ideal Target Market. What does your buyer's persona look like? If you cannot visualize and define your ideal dream client, then you do not know what to say and how to say it.

Week 2 - What is your opening intro. Answering 'so what do you do?' in a way that is engaging and encourages the response of 'tell me more'. Can you clearly and confidently state your value?

Week 3 - Building your Spectacular Clients' Results page aka "Brag Sheet"! How do you show your value and past results? How can you start collecting invaluable data to support your rates?

Week 4 - Prospecting to find your ideal dream clients. Putting together all that you've worked on for the previous three weeks, you're ready to show the ideal clients your skills and talents and get MORE business NOW!

More information at

Patti Pokorchak, MBA , Business Coach & Strategist

416-951-3842 Patti@SmallBizSalesCoach

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We all know that our monthly meeting are a combination of business meeting, fellowship and networking. As gracious attendees we are mindful of not offending others. Some points to keep in mind:

1. Be on time or a little early. Read the agenda beforehand and know what to expect.

2. Be prepared and dress to impress. YOU only get one chance to make a positive, lasting impression.

3. SMALL TALK is REALLY BIG TALK. It helps build rapport with others. Have some interesting topics at hand – holidays, theatre, books, current events, etc.

4. Always talk to strangers – listening is #1 in making you a great conversationalist.

5. Participate without domineering the conversation. Think of it as a game of tennis – the ball goes over the net back and forth to your opponent and back to you.

6. Networking is all about meeting and greeting. The big word here – Circulate. The key is to spend 5 minutes with each person then move on without being rude.

7. The handshake is the only form of communication that is universally understood. It reveals a great deal about you. Keep it firm and friendly with lots of eye contact.

8. When seated, feet remain on the floor…legs are not crossed into another’s space or in the isle. It shows a lack of consideration for others.

9. Handbags, briefcases are placed under your chair not in the isle.

10. Be respectful of the speaker. Listen. Taking photos of the speaker’s slides is unacceptable and rude.

“Perception is Reality.”

“It’s the whole package that counts.”

To find out how you are being perceived, please contact me to book your Personal Brand Audit NOW!,  416 324 8955,

Shannon Smith

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Making Room For You Women's Retreat

November 17 -19, 2017

Unlock Your Power and Manifest Your Vision:

Unlocking the Three Power Centres of Feminine Power

You are a professional woman, successful in the typical sense. And yet…

You have a yearning - to be more and to do more, personally and professionally. But, you are often overwhelmed and exhausted, and at a loss as to how to make this all happen.

Well, I’ve got some good news for you: the reason you’ve been struggling to create a life that reflects this yearning you have been feeling, has little to do with any personal shortcomings, and everything to do with how we’ve been taught to access power in our culture.

To create a life that reflects your yearning, you must learn how to create from your Feminine Power. Join us at the upcoming retreat to discover the foundational practices for the most comprehensive training for women in the world to awaken and manifest Feminine Power.

At this retreat, you will learn and practice the foundational elements of the Feminine Power system. You will unlock your power and begin to create the life you have been yearning for.

At the gorgeous Harmony Dawn retreat centre in Hastings, Ontario, less than a 2 hour drive from downtown Toronto.

$497 plus HST - includes workshop, 2 nights' accommodation and 6 vegetarian meals

For more information and to register, visit or email Milisa Burns

Milisa Burns

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Virtual Facilitation Essentials

Looking to jazz up your virtual programming? Boost your coaching work with individuals, groups or teams virtually? Lead your first webinar, or get out of the Death By Conference call trap? The Virtual Facilitation Essentials program will be held Mondays from 1:45 – 3 pm ET on November 6, 13, 20, 27 and December 4, 2017

This five-week interactive webinar program covers the Essentials of creating and leading more engaging and impactful virtual events. We’ll be exploring:

  • Core principles for designing engaging virtual events (webinars, teleclasses, virtual retreats)
  • 8 skill areas for highly effective virtual facilitators
  • Building trust, connection and safety in virtual calls
  • 12 different activities to boost engagement
  • Different platform choices
  • Tricky issues that can emerge and how to mitigate if they happen!

Registration includes 5 weekly group calls, robust module notes and a copy of Jenn’s new book – Effective Virtual Conversations.

For more, please register at

Jennifer Britton

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Mentor Mondays by Cathy Shaughnessy, MCC

A message from Cathy “I’ve personally provided over 375 hours of direct mentor coaching AND I still coach (over 5000 hours and counting), so I know the ropes. I’ll be showing you exactly how quickly you can ratchet your mastery of the ICF coaching competencies up a notch or two. Come join us for Mentor Mondays!

Cathy Shaughnessy

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National Emotional Freedom Techniques Training Institute (NeftTI)

The National Emotional Freedom Techniques Training Institute (NeftTI) provides coaches with a way to work with clients in a way that helps them get to core issues behind the conflicts and obstacles in their life. Using EFT allows you to stop the stress response behind emotions (energy in motion) and is fast becoming recognized as a successful method to help in areas of health issues, psychological issues and even relationships and finances. Recent accomplishments are happening in areas of PTSD and using EFT in classrooms. Check out for new videos, webinars and to join our community newsletter to learn more about this great tool.

Nancy Forrester
Clinical Member Ontario Society of Psychotherapists (Retired)
Accredited Master EFT Trainer of Trainers (AAMET International)
Executive Director, National Emotional Freedom Techniques Training Institute

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Workshop on Coaching For a Better Workplace

- Building Capacity in Others

Toronto, November 15-17, 2017

At this University of Windsor Law School Certificate workshop, you will learn techniques that will allow you to excel at coaching others about workplace issues. You will learn the Progress Model of coaching and see how it applies to performance issues, conflict coaching, performance management and other coaching issues. You will observe and discuss videos of coaching sessions, practise the model, and engage in interactive discussions. You will be given opportunities to enhance your coaching skills in a variety of contexts so that the new techniques can become second nature.

In this workshop, you will learn to:

  • Use coaching to improve individual and overall organizational effectiveness;
  • Get the most from your people by building on their potential;
  • Refine the critical competencies required by an effective coach;
  • Ask questions that develop deeper understanding and critical thinking skills;
  • Create a concrete action plan;
  • Use coaching tools appropriate to the person and issue;
  • Analyze options with clients and encourage the selection of durable options;
  • Get even the most challenging individuals to buy into the process;
  • Keep the client on track and follow through so that doable plans are implemented;
  • Develop the client’s ability to self-manage decision making, action planning and implementation for continued development.
“Great instructors. I liked the examples that were used. Concrete techniques given – highly transferable to work. Exercises were insightful.”
Sharon Shelton, Director, Tropicana Community Services

Link to syllabus and registration:

Elinor Whitmore

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Submission Guidelines

ICF-Toronto Chapter Members and Affiliates (paid the $100 fee):
  • Limited to 1 free submission per month
  • Additional submissions $50/insertion
ICF-Toronto Guests:
  • Small submission (up to 100 words with link to your site):  $100/insertion
  • Large submission (up to 250 words with link to your site):  $150/insertion
Please note:
  • Submissions by ICF-Toronto Members will only be accepted for events they themselves are presenting.  All other events will be deemed to fall under the "Guest" category.
  • All listings are linked to our monthly e-bulletin that is published on the 15th of each month and emailed to all members (or next business day if the 15th falls on a weekend).
  • Maximum 250 words.
  • Submissions will be sent to in either plain text, HTML or Word doc format.
  • Payment must be received and processed by the deadline in order for the submission to be distributed.
  • Lead time:  All submissions must be received and paid for 8-10 business days before the publish date.
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