Board of Directors

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Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas

I am delighted to continue serving on the 2020 ICF Edmonton Chapter Board.

In 2018, I became a credentialed member of ICF Edmonton and was quickly invited to volunteer as the Edmonton Chapter treasurer. I said yes. After two years of service in that role, I now find myself in the role of ICF Edmonton president with the opportunity to work with a engaged and talented board. 

I am most excited about the dynamic group I will be working with.  I hope to use this next year to continue to build off the successes, dedication and hard work of previous ICF Edmonton Boards.

I believe in and have been touched by the power of coaching. I trained through Erickson International in 2016/2017. It was during this time that I launched my own coaching and consulting firm SaLT Catalyst Consulting.

I love what I do, and I am proud of what I am creating.   My approach to coaching is to be trustworthy and curious while empowering those I work with to uncover their own wisdom and learning from which to create actions that lead to transformational growth and change. I intend to apply that same approach to this role. 

With more than 14 years of leadership experience, in addition to my role as coach, my work includes leadership and team development, governance and board development as well as organizational design, change management and strategic planning and implementation. I served as the chief executive officer of the Professional Association of Residents Physicians of Alberta (PARA) for much of my professional career; I also served as a member of the executive team at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA). In addition to serving as ICF Edmonton Chapter president, I am an appointed public member on two regulatory boards and volunteer as a literacy tutor with Project Adult Literacy Society (PALS) here in Edmonton. I work with senior leaders, directors and managers in a variety of areas: private industry, public and not-for-profit sectors including academia, tech, health and regulation.



Kevin Tomkins, MA, CEC
Past President

As a lifelong student of leadership, Kevin’s passion for coaching and leadership development was cultivated during his 20 years in the competitive financial services industry.  His professional experience includes responsibilities in human resources, sales, leadership, strategy, project management, process improvement, coaching, team development, facilitation and cross-functional collaboration.

Kevin’s personal learning journey has resulted in a Diploma of Associate in Business Administration, Lean Green Belt Certification, a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching, certification in the emotional intelligence assessments of EQ-i 2.0 & EQ 360, and a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University.  Utilizing practical application of theoretical concepts, Kevin has advised senior executives and led organizational strategic priorities as a project owner.

Recognized for having a positive attitude and balancing professionalism with a sense of humour, Kevin provides individuals with a safe space to explore the challenges and opportunities within their lives.  By curiously testing assumptions in a positive way, he encourages individuals to self-discover new possibilities, establish achievable goals, determine a course of action, and empower themselves to achieve more than they previously thought possible.

As part of a healthy balance to a busy professional life, Kevin values his family time spent with his wife, two daughters and son, particularly when they get to travel and explore new destinations.



Lisa Shepert, PCC, CPCC

Lisa is a Certified Coach, Career Consultant, mentor coach, group facilitator and business owner with over 20 years’ experience building relationships, trust and powerful learning experiences. She’s an enthusiastic collaborator and leader using humour and her outgoing personality to connect with people.

Lisa is passionate about helping people figure out what they want to do in their career. In her private practice, she specializes in career planning and transition strategies for professionals. She believes people are happier and contributing in a positive way in all areas of their life when they are doing the work they are meant to be doing and feels privileged to be part of the process of helping them find it.

Lisa graduated from The Coaches Training Institute in 2001 and is certified in the following: CTI’s Co-Active model, Royal Roads Excelerator model, Crucial Conversations, Strengths Deployment Inventory and is accredited through the International Coach Federation.

This is her fourth year as Secretary and is excited to contribute and engage the coaching community in growing and supporting the coaching profession.

Heidi Hadubiuk, BN, MBA, CEC, ACC 
Director of Membership

As an executive coach, Heidi brings her passion for the development of others and a commitment to helping leaders and organizations realize their strengths, enabling them to achieve their potential through the application of her leadership experience and coaching skills.

Heidi’s understanding of the real-world issues today’s leaders face is an asset to her work with her clients. Her experience in business development and her executive-level MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree, from the University of Alberta, School of Business, positions her to skillfully support those she works with to navigate these challenges and assist them in reaching successful outcomes.

Heidi completed a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching (CEC) from Royal Roads University and is certified in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®.

As this year's Director of Membership for the Edmonton Chapter of the International Coaching Federation, she is looking forward to building our membership base and working with our 2020 board to continue to bring great value and a sense of community to our members.



Kathleen Cameron
Director of Public Relations

Kathleen Cameron works with clients to create real change by integrating emotional intelligence, leadership, and personal development. Prior to launching her coaching practice, Kathleen spent a decade in corporate communications and public relations where she gained invaluable insight into the complexity of teams and interpersonal communication. She is passionate about bringing the knowledge and tools she’s gained to support healthier, happier and more engaged individuals and teams in the workplace.

Kathleen’s easy-going nature allows her to collaborate with clients in a positive, energetic and dynamic way. Through this work, her clients report gaining self-confidence, building stronger relationships, making better decisions, communicating with greater impact and empathy, and feeling more resilient in their day to day.

An engaging and thoughtful facilitator, Kathleen is licensed to deliver a number of assessments and workshops, including DiSC, The Five Behaviours of a Cohesive Team and Productive Conflict.

Kathleen holds a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University, an ACC accreditation with the International Coach Federation, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Lethbridge, and a Diploma in Public Relations from MacEwan University.

Kathleen is thrilled to give back to the community of coaches in the Edmonton region and help raise the profile of professional coaches in our city.


Pauline Melynk

Pauline Melnyk

Pauline Melnyk, is a Business Leader, Strategic Consultant in Organizational Change and Associate Certified Coach and Certified Human Resources Professional, with over 20 years’ experience.  She has built the leadership capacity and effectiveness of large, complex organizations and works with individuals, corporate leaders, physicians and other professionals who want to be at their best so that they can enhance their performance. 

Pauline offers a proven track record in building positive workforce cultures by enabling both behavioural and organizational transformation, ahead of the curve.  Utilizing tools and approaches formed in positive psychology, narrative and action learning to bring out the full potential and simply, create enjoyment in the day.  A catalyst for change, a certified Workplace Fairness Analyst and Trauma Informed Coach who restores wellness in the capacity of teams and leaders overcoming resistance to change with a focus on engagement, equity, diversity and inclusion.  It starts with an understanding that our resilience, happiness and well-being fuel our positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and achievement for performance and success. 

A strong implementer and facilitator of change, Pauline enjoys partnering with program leaders and project teams to capitalize on the full benefits of the organizational system design and resilience of employees in the project. She has led generational shifts in workforce planning and culture that have transformed sector best practice and closed the gaps between legacy and future state business models.

As a Director of her consulting firm, Melnyk Consultancy Ltd,  she insists on working collaboratively, which is in direct alignment with the lived values and building a positive culture to sustain change across projects.  Pauline Melnyk is a specialist organizational facilitator, accredited change management trainer and coach. Pauline offers both in-person and online Coaching and Facilitation as well as comprehensive Change Management Accreditation with APMG International.   Her company is an Accredited Training Office and provides businesses, organizations and individuals with Change Management Certification, positive and ethical practices that are also full of energy and fun, management consulting, facilitation and coaching outside the ordinary,  ensuring that your session is customized and right-sized to meet your objectives. Pauline is an architect and designer at heart, advanced communicator by choice and very qualified for her profession. The client journey starts here, with Melnyk Consultancy!  

She will help the participants apply the knowledge and theory in real situations, learning and development, organizational development, training planning and program support, behavioural psychology, cognitive science, complexity theory, chaos theory, design thinking, systems thinking, project and program management, communications planning, stakeholder strategy, and change readiness, planning, assessment and measurement.  There is nothing more empowering than to take full control of your destiny, with a guide on the path to success.


Tyler Tollefson

Tyler Tollefson
Director of Programming

Tyler is a recognized leader who is known as a trusted advisor, thinking partner and ACC accredited executive coach who fortifies his work on entrepreneurial and innovative leadership with 25 years of progressively senior business experience.

Throughout his career, he has worked with and led individuals and teams to create the necessary conditions to achieve performance tied to specified business objectives in projects and initiatives ranging from 1 thousand to over 1 billion dollars. Teams have ranged in size from a few people to hundreds of people.

In 2018, he founded the Business Excellence Group Inc., which provides services designed to assist visionary leaders and their teams in establishing and pursuing blue ribbon objectives. These services are delivered in an ethical and courageous method with an edge. In addition to these services, he volunteers as a resident coach at a well-known charity and furthers awareness of coaching through his work on the ICF Edmonton Chapter Board.

Working with accomplished people that are always striving for something better and assisting those individuals or teams to do something amazing is a source of great motivation for Tyler.

In addition to leading the Business Excellence Group Inc., Tyler serves on the Capital Region Cabinet of the United Way in an executive capacity. In that role, he is responsible for all giving at the leadership level in the Edmonton Region. Previously he was a member of the senior leadership teams of Legal Aid Alberta and, prior to that, Enbridge Pipelines Ltd.

A lifelong learner, Tyler recently earned his Certified Executive Coach designation at Royal Roads University. He has MBA’s from Cornell University and Queen’s University, as well as a Law Degree and a Bachelor of Science both from the University of Saskatchewan. Lastly, he has a certificate in Chinese Business from the China Europe International Business School.

Tyler’s inspirational and authentic approach draws on a deep sense of doing what is right which propels others to new levels of personal and business success.



Lisa Jackson
Director at Large

Lisa Jackson is a senior leader at the Government of Alberta. She combines her executive coach training from Royal Roads University with over 20 years of experience in environmental management to provide internal coaching capacity within the Ministry of Environment and Parks. Lisa has also several years of board experience with both governance and working boards.

She is an experienced facilitator, strategic planner, and she is passionate about working with teams. She has led change initiatives, built integrated teams and structures, and developed procedures and processes to achieve desired outcomes.

Lisa’s passion for coaching is geared toward working with technical experts moving into leadership positions. She is exploring both group coaching and one-on-one coaching to achieve success in this area.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, adventuring in the great outdoors, or pursuing one of her many hobbies and interests. She looks forward to serving the coaching community in Edmonton through her participation on the board and building connections with other coaches.


Jenifer Horvath
Director at Large

Jenifer Horvath is the founder of HeartLifted Coaching, supporting working moms who are struggling with stress and overwhelm to achieve their personal and professional goals. Jenifer’s approach is holistic because work, family, self-care, and mindset all blend to create success and satisfaction. She works primarily one-on-one with clients, but can also be found running practical workshops like “Who Am I Now That I’m a Mom” and “Taming Your Squirrels: How to Get Stuff Done and Hold Yourself Accountable.”

Jenifer also supports women to start and build their businesses at Alberta Women Entrepreneurs as a part-time business advisor. Using her 20 years of marketing and consulting experience, she delivers workshops and does one-on-one advising. Seeing her clients have “ah-ha” moments and achieve their goals, is her favourite thing about both coaching and advising.

Jenifer graduated from The Art and Science of Coaching, Erickson International in 2017 and also holds a University of Alberta, Bachelor of Commerce degree. She’s a mommy to two, step-mom to two more, a non-fiction reader, a women’s advocate, an aspiring yogi, and a hard-core latte lover.

She's excited to increase awareness of coaching in the community and support colleagues through the ICF Edmonton Chapter Board.