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 each other to expand our potential as professional coaches and leadership development experts
  • Routinely unpack client challenges with strict adherence to confidentiality
  • Introduce one another to the newest concepts and thinking in our field
  • Evolve our proprietary programs and 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.

As a team, we are focused 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, we are 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 North America has to offer.

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

MARY REID
MA, 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. She 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 15 years of her career leading up to her time at Bright Wire, Mary 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

  • Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Executive Coaching Graduate Certificate, Royal Roads University
  • Master of Arts in Counselling, Gonzaga University
  • BA, Summa Cum Laude, McMaster University

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

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.

Mary Jo deploys comprehensive resources through an operational and behavioural lens and places a high value on action and outcomes. Having held progressively senior positions throughout her career and during her 13+ years at IBM, Mary Jo has developed advanced expertise in the areas of leadership development of high potential individuals, career mapping and alignment, succession readiness and leadership transition.

She has a breadth of senior and executive-level professional experience across finance, legal, energy, engineering, human resources, high tech, insurance, start-ups, supply chain management and essential services. Through her work with Bright Wire as a Coach and Facilitator, her focus is on strengthening and 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 Creative Coaching Preferred Partner, Mary Jo runs her own Executive Coaching practice 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

LINDA SLACK
MBA, CPHR
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 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)
  • 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

ED TEMPLE
MA, PCC
Certified Executive Leadership Coach and Master Facilitator

Hungry in his work (and hungry as a hobby), Ed excels as a coach, master facilitator, and social innovator.

As a testament to both his expertise in the space, as well as the respect he is paid by his peers, Ed is serving as the current President-Elect of the ICF’s Calgary chapter. He works primarily with senior executives from the energy, banking, small business, and not-for-profit sectors.

Ed has facilitated countless workshops for the Excelerator Coach model and TotalSDI. Sharing Bright Wire’s passion for giving back, Ed is an active member of the community, volunteering with the United Way, CAUSE Canada, and the Fig Tree Foundation. 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

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

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

SUZANNE WADDELL
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. Download Suzanne’s Bio as a PDF Credentials and Designation
  • Bachelor of Communications, University of Calgary
  • Strategic Communications Management Professional™

LINNAEA HARRISON
MA, CPHR
Senior Manager, Organizational  Development

A high-functioning and driven professional, Linnaea’s ability to see the big picture is her guiding force.

Linnaea uses her organizational, business, and managerial chops to help steer and propel both herself and the rest of the Bright Wire team towards success. Having spent more than a decade working in human resources, she has become a specialist in HR facilitation, organizational structures, and conflict management.

In her current role, she is responsible for policy and process development, project management, client engagement, and supporting the coaching team with leadership programs and change management strategies. Throughout her career, her focus has extended to business development, brand management, and executive training and talent performance.

Before Bright Wire, Linnaea worked in a variety of industries including construction, health services, and nonprofit in capacities ranging from marketing to talent and resource planning. In addition to her day job, Linnaea remains active in her community, serving as a founding committee member of the local charity Tiny Footprints, and volunteering with Light Up the World (LUTW).

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Credentials and Designations

  • Masters of Arts in Integrated Studies Management, Athabasca University
  • Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR)

KIMBERLEY GRAY-APPLEBY
Executive Support Specialist

A wealth of administrative knowledge, Kimberley makes a habit of over delivering on her professional promises.

With a decade of experience as an administrative and executive professional, Kimberley excels at helping leaders grow and manage their business.

She customizes her approach to fit the needs of each individual client, drawing from her own diverse and well-travelled real-world experience.

Throughout her career, Kimberley has learned that people perform at their peak when they’re able to focus on and harness what they do best.

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Credentials and Designations

  • Administrative Information Management, SAIT

MICHELLE HARGREAVES
CPCC, PCC
Certified Executive Leadership Coach and Master Facilitator

A holistic and intuitive professional coach and facilitator, Michelle is a well-read idealist with hardcore soft skills.

Michelle is passionate about helping people and teams to cultivate their leadership brand and applicable skills using a process that uncovers intrinsic motivation and empowers alignment. With over 25 years of business and coaching experience, she is adept at working with individuals at all levels.

From emerging leaders to senior leadership, Michelle’s professional experience spans many industries and disciplines including oil and gas, health care, not-for-profit, human resources, sales, technology, finance, insurance, manufacturing, and construction.

At Bright Wire, in addition to her role as a Certified Executive Leadership Coach, Michelle is also a Master Facilitator who has developed and enabled leadership and team effectiveness sessions. Her particular areas of expertise include authentic leadership, emotional intelligence, communication, influence, team effectiveness, conflict resolution, and trust-building.

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Credentials and Designations

  • Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI)
  • Myers Briggs Qualified Practitioner
  • Thomas Kilmann
  • Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI)
  • Heart Math Certified
  • Leadership Effectiveness Assessment
  • EQi-2.0 Certified

PETER CHEESBROUGH 
CPCC, PCC
Certified Executive Leadership Coach

Ambitious and driven, Pete coaches his clients toward their next personal best.

A former college track and field star, Pete works with high performing athletes and executive professionals alike – helping each reach and exceed their already exceptional goals. He has over 10 years and over 10,000 hours of experience coaching executives and emerging leaders including helping elite athletes strategically transition from the field to the corporate boardroom.

Pete has a background that spans many industries including retail, technology, consumer products, marketing, government and research and has deep experience in the art of influencing, emotional intelligence, strategic culture creation and working within complex political systems. He is an internationally published author on the field of executive coaching supporting the development of management consultants across Asia.

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Credentials and Designations

  • Bachelor of Arts, California State University
  • Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • EQ-i 2.0 & EQi-360 certified
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming (NPL) certified
  • CTI Co-Active Coaching certified

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.