I am an educator and consultant. I work extensively with post-secondary institutions and with community organizations designing learning experiences aimed at transforming our way of being, thinking, and doing. I love facilitating experiential learning processes and creating inclusive spaces that enable creative cross-cultural communication, where we can all learn from each other, where synergy is created and where all people feel connected and empowered to take action to enhance their organizations and communities.

As an educator, consultant, and facilitator I have worked with the following organizations:

  • Volunteer Victoria
  • Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria
  • Royal Roads University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Victoria
  • ArtsReach
  • Spectrum Job Search Society
  • University of Toronto
  • Tecnologico de Monterrey

My professional experience working with post-secondary institutions in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. for over 15 years, gave me opportunities to implement different ways of experiential learning and whole-systems initiatives: I have facilitated outdoor education and team-building programs, world cafés, open-space technology, image theatre, forum theatre, arts-based learning, cooperative learning and participatory-based workshops on topics such as conflict resolution, communication and group facilitation skills. As a student affairs professional I have also developed and coordinated educational programs for undergraduate and graduate students and implemented campus-wide strategies to enhance the student experience.

I have an Engineering degree with a focus on Information Systems, a Master’s in Education from Tecnólogico de Monterrey where I did research in the area of leadership development and social responsibility of students involved in campus organizations, and a M.A. in Leadership Studies from the University of Victoria, my research focused on exploring and documenting the implementation of theatre-based activities as a means of developing systems thinking in leadership development programs.

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  1. Hi Val, I just emailed you and realized that you’re already gone! Please send me your new contact info.
    Take care, Lily

  2. Hello
    I am an executive coach here in Toronto, and am also certified to use the leadership effectiveness assessment of the leadership circle. I will be happy to meet with you and share my knowledge and experience in Leadership development, these tools and executive coaching.

    Warmest regards

    Ayelet

  3. Hi,

    I wanted to know if you facilitated World Cafe sessions in Toronto. If so, could you please email me so we could further discuss. I would need three World Cafe sessions consisting of approx. 100 people.

    Thanks.

  4. Hello,

    My name is Reuven and I got your name through Jorge (who is working with me and my colleague, Leila, on an environmental psychology project involving eye-tracking). I am contacting you because I am currently preparing another environmental psychology study taking place on campus at UVic, and I think your expertise might really help.

    The project I have proposed involves recruiting students in residence with particularly high environmental concern and training them to (1) become more charismatic and expand their social networks, and (2) persuade their peers to adopt more pro-environmental attitudes and behaviours (particularly toward waste diversion).

    Given your strong background in leadership studies and teaching workshops, I would be very interested in your thoughts and any ideas you might have about training my participants. I have published other research on the effects of social influence on pro-environmental behaviour, but never attempted to teach leadership, charisma, or the art of persuasion myself.

    What do you think?

    Thanks,

    Reuven

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