Our Team

We enable high-performance teams because we are a high performance team

Anyone who functions at an elite level knows it takes a team

Top athletes, physicians, and executives do not work alone. They know on the deepest level the adage, “None of us is smarter than all of us.” The same is true for our organization. Our team of leadership & executive coaches don’t ask our clients to rely on a single perspective, regardless of how sophisticated it may be.

We function the same way the best in any field do – by bringing A-players together into an elite performance team.

Together we:

  • Push our peers to expand our potential and advanced leadership intelligence as professional coaches and leadership development experts
  • Routinely unpack complex client challenges with strict adherence to confidentiality
  • Introduce one another to the newest concepts and thinking in our field through creative coaching
  • Evolve our current proprietary programs and use innovation to create new ones
  • Have a lot of fun and love what we do!

This means our clients:

  • Get matched with the coach best suited to their situation and style
  • Benefit from leadership programs designed with perspective and expertise from multiple vantage points
  • Receive the diversity of thought and consideration befitting their particular challenges 
  • From the same organization can engage with multiple coaches and receive the same quality of care and consistency of programming and services
  • Partner with a leadership & executive coach equipped with the best leadership thinking and practices from across the globe

Our team takes leadership & career development to the next level

Our experienced coaches have worked with top-tier organizations across Alberta, Canada, and North America to create high-performance cultures, provide career direction and development to their leaders, and drive results.

Our entire team focuses on delivering ROI through our proprietary executive coaching, team coaching, leadership development, and consulting programs.

If you are looking for a Calgary leadership coach to help your leaders perform better, Bright Wire is the team that can take your organization to the next level!

The Team

CHRISTINE DAGENAIS
MBA, PCC
Founder and CEO, Certified Executive Leadership Coach  

A forerunner in her industry, Christine helps businesses harness the power of great leadership.

When Christine walks into a room her dynamic leadership capabilities are immediately apparent, as is her knack for bringing out the best in the people around her. It’s no surprise that at Bright Wire she’s attracted an equally dynamic and talented team of coaches and leadership development experts who rival the best in North America.

Over the course of her career, Christine has coached thousands of senior and executive-level leaders, many of them with Fortune 500 and 100 companies. She has also developed proprietary coaching and leadership development assessments and curriculum, and spent many years as a Sessional Instructor at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business for the Executive MBA Leadership Development Program. Christine’s deep passion and aptitude for leadership development also compelled her to author a book for MBA students. Prior to founding Bright Wire, Christine held senior leadership positions in industries including hospitality, food and beverage, oil and gas, and academia – all of which contribute to the wealth of experience she draws from as an executive coach and leadership development expert. In her current role as Managing Director, Christine oversees the team while building and managing the company’s profile, enhancing client engagement, and delivering on the company’s growth strategies.

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Credentials and Designations

  • MBA with academic distinction from the University of Calgary
  • Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Certificate in Executive Coaching from Cornell
  • Certificate of specialization in ontological coaching from the Newfield Coach Training Program (NCC)
  • Myers Briggs Qualified Practitioner
  • Korn Ferry 360 Assessment Interpreter
  • Prosci-certified
  • Gallup Behavioral Interview Specialist

LEN HUCKABAY
CPCC, PCC 
Principal, Certified Executive Leadership Coach and Master Facilitator

With master class level results, Len combines curiosity and experience to constantly set new standards for leadership.

Whatever capacity Len is working in, he leverages both his coaching expertise and diverse business background to make learning an enjoyable and rewarding experience for both his clients and Bright Wire teammates. With more than 30 years of applicable experience, Len has led large teams and managed multi-million dollar budgets.

He has partnered with numerous senior and executive-level leaders and teams to help individuals and organizations alike to achieve their goals. Len coaches leaders at all levels of organizations to help clients build a sustainable leadership presence by focusing on their self-awareness, intention, impact, and emotional intelligence.

Len has worked with clients across Canada, the continent, and the world. His wealth of experience spans many industries including oil and gas, transportation, finance, insurance, not-for-profit, IT, professional services, and government. In addition to his role as Certified Executive Leadership Coach, Master Facilitator, and Emotional Intelligence Specialist with Bright Wire, he has successfully led hundreds of highly regarded leadership development workshops, strategic planning sessions, and coaching skills training programs including Train the Trainer.

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Credentials and Designations

  • Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC)
  • EQ-i 2.0 & EQi-360 certified

MARY K. REID
MBA, PCC
Certified Executive Leadership Coach and Management Consultant

A curious and intuitive leadership professional, Mary excels at cutting past the improbable to see what’s possible.

A skilled leadership development professional specializing in deepening leadership capability, supporting leaders transitioning to new levels of leadership and performance, communications, trust-building, and navigating times of complex change, Mary brings more than 25 years of applicable experience to the table.

With extensive coaching experience at the senior and executive level from organizations of various sizes, every client she partners with benefits from not only her
commitment and authenticity but also her wealth of insight and experience. Mary leverages her knowledge to partner with
individuals to accelerate their performance and best leverage their unique capabilities in order to perform higher and approach new levels of leadership, inspiring entire teams to
do the same.
In the 20+ years of her career leading up to her time at Bright
Wire, Mary ran her own successful coaching practice, held a
variety of leadership positions including senior talent
development for a multinational organization, senior roles in
marketing and public relations and as chairperson for a CEO
development group. She is consistently acknowledged by her
clients for her proven depth and breadth of experience and
her unwavering integrity.

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Credentials and Designations

  • Master of Business Administration, Durham University Business School
  • Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR)
  • Certified Hudson Institute Coach (CHI)
  • Member of the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Myers Briggs-Type Indicator Certified
  • Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation (FIRO-B) assessment certified
  • EQ-i 2.0 & EQi-360 certified

HEATHER MCMILLAN
MAED/AET, ACC
Certified Executive Leadership Coach and Master Facilitator

Passionate about unleashing human potential, Heather uses her expertise and experience to challenge leaders to perform at their best. 

Heather leverages her passion, and expertise in talent and leadership development to facilitate the transformational learning experiences to advance individual and organizational performance.

Before joining Bright Wire, Heather worked in a variety of industries including energy, post-secondary, and all levels of government with a focus on designing and leading organization-wide talent and leadership development strategies.

Heather is a master facilitator, an ICF certified coach, and has held leadership positions in these sectors and is committed to helping leaders expand their capacity and effectiveness through an engaging and empowering approach.

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Credentials and Designations

  • Associated Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Master of Arts in Education/Adult Education and Training, University of Phoenix
  • Bachelor or Administration, University of Regina
  • Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR)
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC)
  • EQ-i 2.0 & EQi-360 certified
  • Insights Practitioner
  • Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language, University of Saskatchewan
  • Certification in Change Management, AdPro

ED TEMPLE
MA, MCC, CEC
Certified Executive Leadership Coach and Master Facilitator

A true leader in his field, Ed excels as a coach, master facilitator, and social innovator in enabling performance and potential.

As a testament to both his expertise in the space, as well as the respect he is paid by his peers, Ed has previously served as the President of the International Coaching Federation’s Calgary chapter. He has worked with front line to senior and executive leaders from the energy, banking, transportation, utilities, small business, and not-for-profit sectors.

Ed has facilitated countless leadership and high-performance team workshops and is accredited in many leading performance and personality assessments. Ed co-leads Bright Wire’s High Performance Team Professional Coaching Practice and shares Bright Wire’s passion for giving back to the community.

Ed is an active member of the community, volunteering with the United Way, and as the Board Chair for CAUSE Canada. In addition to this, he helped launch the SEEDS (Social Enterprise Excelerator Development System) program in Alberta, helping train more than 300 charitable leaders across the province.

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Credentials and Designations

  • Master Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Executive Coaching Graduate Certificate, Royal Roads University
  • Master of Arts in Teacher Education, Trinity Western University
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EVE WOODS
BComm, ACC
Certified Executive Leadership Coach

An empowering human development leader, Eve thrives on collaboration to translate innovative ideas into action.

Eve uses her intentional focus and performance mindset to empower leaders to see their true potential. She offers a progressive and innovative approach to high performers  looking for the next level of personal and professional success.

Eve has amassed over 500 hours coaching senior and executive leaders to have more self awareness and emotional agility, connect more authentically, take responsibility and lead with confidence. Eve uses her optimistic belief in what is possible to drive results enabling her clients to navigate new scenarios, lead change and chart their career paths with conviction.

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Credentials and Designations

    • Bachelor of Commerce, Ryerson University
    • Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation ( ICF)
    • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC)
    • Positive Intelligence Coach (PQ)
    • Registered Holistic Nutritionist
    • Personal Training Specialist, CanFit PRO

LINDA SLACK
MBA, CPHR, PCC
Certified Executive Leadership Coach

A consummate professional, Linda coaches with leadership accountability in mind.

Backed by more than 25 years of experience, Linda is adept at leading and coaching teams, managing internal programs, and consulting on organizational effectiveness on a variety of scales. She works with teams to increase their effectiveness and amplify their business results.

An expert in designing and implementing operational strategies and structures, Linda is able to increase the impact of leaders during times of change and help high performers level up following or pursuing a promotion.

Over the course of her career, Linda has worked in industries including energy, utilities, manufacturing, not-for-profit, and telecommunications in capacities ranging from senior HR leader to strategic business partner. She is an asset during times of change such as organizational transformations, consolidations and mergers and acquisitions.

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Credentials and Designations

  • Master of Business Administration, Durham University Business School
  • Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR)
  • Certified Hudson Institute Coach (CHI)
  • Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Myers Briggs-Type Indicator Certified
  • Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation (FIRO-B) assessment certified
  • EQ-i 2.0 & EQi-360 certified

ROBYNN STIRRETT
MEd, PCC
Certified Executive Leadership Coach and Master Facilitator

Robynn empowers human connection to achieve extraordinary results.

Robynn leverages her deep understanding of neuroscience and human dynamics to approach challenges through a systemic lens that results in lasting positive change for her clients.

With extensive experience partnering with leaders from C-Suite to mid-level and front-line managers across private, public and NFP sectors, Robynn puts her considerable coaching, facilitation, and public speaking skills to use to ensure lasting and impactful results.

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Credentials and Designation

  • Master of Education, University of Calgary
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching (CEC), Royal Roads University
  • Global Team Coaching Individual Accreditation (ITCA), Foundation level, European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC)
  • Certified in Conversational Intelligence
  • Core Strengths Partner – Core Strengths

MARY JO MACDONALD
BA, CEC, PCC
Certified Executive Leadership Coach

A versatile professional who loves adding to her knowledge from many sources and experiences, Mary Jo coaches for enhanced performance and development.

Mary Jo has amassed thousands of accredited coaching hours throughout her career, during which she’s partnered with her clients to strengthen their awareness of their own impact, and to foster the recognition of growth opportunities in competencies and approach.

As a result of a lengthy corporate career in operations, finance,
systems engineering, and retained executive search, Mary Jo acquired
strong business acumen and an in-depth understanding of the drivers,
context and options that leaders face daily. She has worked closely
with leaders at every level within and across business units covering
finance, legal, engineering, high tech, insurance, start-ups, supply
chain management and essential services.
Mary Jo has developed advanced expertise in leadership development
of high potential individuals, career mapping and alignment,
succession readiness and leadership transition. She is committed to
relationship accountability and enterprise leadership through an
operational and behavioural lens. Through her work with Bright Wire as
a Coach, Mary Jo focuses on expanding her clients’ intertwined
competencies of agility, resiliency, awareness, empowerment and
confidence as they move toward greater personal and professional
fulfillment.
In addition to being a Bright Wire Leadership Preferred Partner, Mary
Jo runs her own Executive Coaching international practice based in
Calgary, Alberta.

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Credentials and Designations

  • Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • BA with honours, University of Western Ontario
  • Executive Coaching Graduate Certificate, Royal Roads University

FABIANA GENNARI
MEd, CHRP, PCC
Certified Executive Leadership Coach and Master Facilitator

Fabiana believes in resilience and courage to take the road less travelled, igniting growth mindsets for high performance leadership.

Fabiana has had the pleasure of working with inspiring leaders in extraordinary companies, across several sectors, delivering coaching and formal leadership programs that “close the leadership gap”.

Fabiana is an advocate of humanity in the workplace and the concept of servant leadership to inspire and ignite engagement across teams. She has witnessed incredible growth when people work with their superpowers. 

Fabiana is a firm believer that relationships are the primary medium for learning and growth and swears by laughter in the workplace!

Fabiana previously served as the Director of Professional Development and Programs for the Women Communications and Technology Board (WCT), BC Chapter. She has mentored several emerging leaders and coached female and gender diverse professionals to ensure their success.Fabiana is an active member of her community, volunteering with the Union Gospel Mission and most recently overseas with United Planet.

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Credentials and Designations

  • Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction, Simon Fraser University
  • Accredited in multiple assessment tools
  • Multilingual –English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian
  • Voted top 20 coaches of 2021 in Vancouver, BC

KASHA NORTH
BMGT
Special Projects Coordinator

A vibrant and intuitive human resource professional, Kasha uses her skillset and experience to add value and a new perspective to the team and the organization.

Kasha brings a high work ethic and detail-oriented mindset, offering fresh ideas with her background in compliance, technical training, Leadership Development, Diversity and Inclusion and Recruitment to the Bright Wire team. 

She joins our team with a can-do attitude, collaborative team player outlook and energy that is truly bright. Her background and previous experiences come from the energy and public sectors.

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Credentials and Designations

  • Bachelor of Management with Distinction
  • Major in HR and Labour Relations
  • Minor in Supply Chain Management
  • Chartered Professional in HR (CPHR) Candidate

LIZ ASKEY
BA
Senior HR Administrator

A confident and versatile Human Resources professional who uses her administrative experience and expertise to elevate and add value to the team and the organization.

Leveraging her can-do attitude, attention to detail and her ability to engage diverse groups, Liz provides exceptional administrative support to elevate the team’s performance.

Liz brings the perfect mix of HR background, administration experience, special projects leadership and executive support to the Bright Wire team. She has a wealth of experience in office administration, process improvement, HR management, event coordination, and executive support.

Her years of experience span a wide range of industries, including energy, education, tech and the travel industry.

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Credentials and Designations

  • BA, Social Anthropology
  • Conflict Resolution, Extension Certificate
  • Diploma in IT, Information & Technology

SUZANNE WADDELL
BComm, SCMP
Senior Manager, Communications and Strategy

An innovative leader who loves the art and science of marketing and communications

A committed and passionate public relations professional who embodies a golden combination of effective strategic planning and engaging communications to make lasting connections.

Focused on evolving Bright Wire’s brand in execution of the company’s strategy, Suzanne blends sound strategic planning with creative thinking to produce innovative solutions. Our partners at Bright Wire all benefit from her expertise in the quality of the thought leadership and communications we share, and in how the products and services we offer are implemented within organizations.

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Credentials and Designation

  • Bachelor of Communications, University of Calgary
  • Strategic Communications Management Professional™

All of our coaches have the highest levels of accreditation in our industry. 

In addition to holding advanced degrees, every member of our team is PCC and ICF certified.

Client Testimonials

Working with us

The sophisticated nature of our organization means we hire infrequently and selectively. That said, if you are a highly experienced and educated coach or leadership development expert with a proven track record, we encourage you to reach out with your resume and a cover letter detailing your professional achievements and applicable credentials. Email us today. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the qualifications of Bright Wire’s team?

Our leadership coaches come from a wide variety of backgrounds but are all certified coaches with the highest levels of accreditation in the industry and have a proven track record in leadership development. We are proud that so many talented coaches have made the career choice to join our team.

How is our Bright Wire’s approach different?

We believe in a team approach for all our leadership development and coaching services. That means you and your organization will benefit from our collective knowledge. At the same time, we look at who you are and match you with a coach that best suits your personality and circumstances.

What is the difference between a leadership coach and a career counsellor?

A career counsellor offers help with career planning, navigating the job market and assisting with job search strategies. Leadership coaches place an emphasis on the person rather than job market to enable skill development for career advancement, career transition and career acceleration. Our leadership coaches work with individuals to build the leadership capabilities required to excel in their current and future roles and with organizations to ensure leadership bench strength for organizational success.