Coaching: our team
The winning combination: experienced coaches and talented leaders
We’ve been there and we get it. When you hire a Pauzé Coaching coach, you are getting a team that has not only worked together for several years but has decades of experience from the front line to C Suite positions.
Pauzé Coaching has joined forces with The Metta Group to form the Metta-Pauzé Coaching Alliance. This alliance allows us to better serve clients in multiple locations. It also provides access to an enhanced pool of expertise and resources.
Seasoned Coaching Executives
Brigitte Bourque, M.B.A., P.C.C.
“I believe that any individual in a leadership position can have a much greater impact than he even suspects. In this regard, coaching is a powerful tool and has the potential to produce multiplying effects within an organization.”
Brigitte founded Pauzé Coaching in 2010 after eight years of coaching with CDC Coaching. Over the years, she has coached dozens of senior managers, leaders and professionals to help develop their skills and maximize their professional potential.
Throughout her fruitful and multi-faceted career, Brigitte has worked with various levels of management, often in a context of change. She has developed a talent for honing in on the interpersonal and strategic skills that make a difference in an executive’s performance. She specializes in executive and management one-on-one coaching.
Brigitte’s career spans both the public and private sectors and has been guided by self-challenge as well as a desire to make a difference. After starting her career as a marketing consultant for a large consulting firm, she served as Chief of Staff for the Québec Environment Minister and was in the Québec Premier’s office as Special Advisor. Brigitte became Assistant Deputy Minister of Communications for the Government of Québec from 1989 to 1994. Between 1996 and 2000, she held the position of Vice-President, Corporate Human Resources and Employee Communications at Teleglobe, an international telecom carrier.
Brigitte has always pursued a broad range of interests and has been involved, among other things, in teaching and publishing, mentoring, and taking part in non-profit organizations like the Youth Chamber of Commerce of Montréal and the Breast Cancer Foundation. She has also occasionally spoken at conferences and has sat on various boards of directors.
Brigitte holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration an MBA specialized in Marketing from Université Laval and a diploma in Human Resources from the Richard Ivey School of Management. She is a certified coach (P.C.C.) from the International Coach Federation (I.C.F.).
Jacques Girard, B.A., LL.L, LL.M
“I believe coaching is all about knowing oneself better, thus enabling managers to use their personal strengths optimally.”
Jacques has been an Executive Coach for the past 10 years working with CEO’s and senior executives. His long and diversified management experience has taught him how important political savvy is in fully realizing the role of a leader.
Jacques has worked both in the public and private sectors as well as in education, communications and economic development, where he held leadership positions that enabled him to acquire rich and diversified experience.
Before joining Pauzé as an Associate Coach, Jacques was General Secretary of the Université de Montréal from 1969-1974, Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Education, in charge of postsecondary education from 1974 to 1978 and then Deputy Minister from 1978 to 1983.
He then entered the world of communications as President of Télé-Québec, a position that he held from 1983 to 1988.
Jacques later moved on to join Quebecor where between 1988 and 1996, he held different management positions until his appointment as President of the Quebecor group, which included, at the time, daily newspapers, magazines, regional weeklies, distribution and retail business. In 1996, Jacques became President-Executive Director of Montreal International, at the time of its creation, a position he held until fall 2003.
He has served on numerous Boards of Directors including as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Domtar from 1996 to 2004 and Chairman of the Board of le Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal from 1997 to 2002.
Jacques holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Université de Montréal and a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is an officer of France’s National Order of Merit.
Yvon Chouinard, B.A.A., A.C.C., C.R.H.A.
“I believe my significant management and corporate experience allows me to truly understand the challenges managers are experiencing in their environment.”
Yvon coaches people to improve their skills in areas such as strategic thinking, executive presence, communication and political skills, leadership, self-management and presentation skills.
Before beginning his career as an Executive Coach, Yvon spent most of his 35-year management career with the Power Corporation of Canada group, a major public company with holdings primarily in businesses within the communications, insurance, finance and biotechnology sectors. For many years he managed Power Broadcasting Inc., before moving to Power Technology Investment Corporation, a venture capital company, where he was Executive Vice President.
Yvon holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration (B.A.A.). He also completed a graduate program in mentoring and a Minor in Psychology. He is a Certified Human Resources Professional and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) from the International Coach Federation. He is a Past President of I.C.F. Quebec, a member of the Institute of Coaching of Harvard Medical School in Boston, director of Mentorat Quebec, member of International Mentoring Association and a member of the Research Committee of the Quebec Professional Association of Co-development.
He is a frequent speaker at conferences on themes such as Leader as Coach, Strategic Thinking, Leadership, Strategic Communications and Political Skills. He has written several articles about management, leadership, coaching and mentoring. He will publish a book in the spring of 2016 entitled “Impact” about physical leadership to help executives and managers improve their presence.
Jean-Jacques Bourgeault, Executive Coach Emeritus
The title of Executive Coach Emeritus is conferred to Jean-Jacques Bourgeault
In the picture above, Yvon Chouinard, Practice Lead at Pauzé Coaching, presents a special certificate to Jean-Jacques to show the team’s appreciation for his contribution.
Since 2003, Jean-Jacques has been the source of inspiration for the group, always animated with passion and profound wisdom. As Executive Coach Emeritus, he will continue to share his wisdom with the Metta-Pauzé coaching teams, in Montreal and Toronto.
Jean-Jacques was Practice Lead at Pauzé Coaching until 2016 when he expressed the desire to withdraw gradually from his role. Prior to that, he played the same role at CDC Coaching after a very successful career as an executive. Among other things, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Air Canada from 1993 to 1996. In that role, he led a rapid expansion of Air Canada in the United States and Asia. He was also involved in the creation of Star Alliance. He then managed the Aviation Training Institute at the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Jean-Jacques is still active in the aviation field. He currently sits as director on the board of ADM (Aéroports de Montréal).
J. Gilles Nolet, B.Sc.A. , M.B.A.
“Over the course of my business life, I have observed that successful organizations have a common denominator – a better than average management of their human resources.”
Gilles has been a Corporate Director of both private and public entities. He started his career with the Bank of Montreal before joining Roynat Capital, a Canadian financial institution where he worked for 10 years, and became Vice-President for the Quebec operations.
Gilles was a major shareholder and President of Matco-Ravary Inc., a publicly-traded building materials company involved in retail as well as wholesale business, in the industrial, commercial and residential construction sectors. Gilles then became the President of Le Commensal Inc., a manufacturer of vegetarian food sold to distribution outlets such as grocery stores, convenience stores, institutions, and franchised restaurants.
Gilles is currently a director of the Chagnon Family Trust and of the Foundation of Greater Montreal. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Convivia Inc., and of non- profit organizations such as Formetal Inc., a social reinsertion organization helping disadvantaged young people. He was a director of the Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon, the largest foundation in Canada, and a member of its Audit and Investment Committees. Throughout his career, he has held directorships in several other public and private corporations.
Gilles is a graduate in Civil Engineering from the Université Laval and received an MBA in Finance from the University of British Columbia. Gilles taught finance at the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC Montreal).
PRESENTATION SKILLS COACHING: Judy Delaney, our new associate at the Meta-Pauzé Coaching Alliance
A graduate of Concordia University with a major in languages, Judy has also earned master certification accreditations in numerous prestigious industry programs and is a certified coach.
She is a seasoned professional in the research and design of training programs in a variety of areas such as business development, presentations, negotiations, conflict resolution, strategic facilitation, and leader and team effectiveness. She has been a key resource in major corporate transition initiatives that have had unparalleled success.
As the founder of Groupexpedia in 2001—a management consulting firm specializing in high performing presenters and leaders—Judy has worked with Canada’s top corporations enabling them to create the right conditions for continued growth by developing high performing teams and superior presenters. Today Judy focuses on presentation skills coaching for executives and workshops for leaders who present to the executive suite.
Audiences are more demanding than ever. That’s why Judy ensures her clients are well prepared and coached with powerful techniques and advanced skills in all aspects of presentations, from strategy to execution.
We welcome Judy to our team and are delighted that, with these new skills in our practice, we now offer truly comprehensive coaching for our clients.
Judy’s services are available in Québec and Ontario, as well as in all the cities where The Global Coaching Partnership—in which the Metta-Pauzé Coaching alliance is a partner—has associates: New York, London, Sydney, Barcelona, Paris and Frankfurt.
Connie Pacifico, M.B.A., CEC
« I am passionate about individual development and I believe each Leader can achieve what initially appeared impossible. A trusting coaching relationship allows a Leader to explore new behaviors, communication style and thinking patterns resulting in renewed performance in support of the organisations ambitions. »
Connie’s mission is to power teams’ results through individual development. She partners with senior leaders and new executives who want to excel and establish positive momentum during their first 100 days and beyond. Connie is recognised by her clients as a person with heart who encourages purposeful action-oriented reflection to create personal and professional growth.
Connie has always been involved in her community, serving on not-for-profit boards and as an active member of several business associations. She is also a member of the International Coach Federation. She gives back by mentoring MBA students, young leaders from across North America, and volunteers with JA Quebec.
Connie holds an MBA from Concordia University, a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University. She is also certified for Coaching Ourselves, a Henry Mintzberg Program, for TED* The Empowerment Dynamic and for Total SDI a team and individual assessment tool.
Anne-Marie Renaud, ACC
“I have a passion for leadership and talent development. I believe a coach can act as a catalyst to spark change and new ways of thinking for their clients, allowing them to become more effective and to push their own limits. My goal as a coach is to ensure my clients will leave better equipped to succeed and thrive.”
Anne-Marie is recognized as an inspiring leader with a coaching style that is direct and authentic. She believes it is important to bring pleasure to work and applies this principle in all her coaching relations. Her mission is to make a significant difference for individuals and organizations she works with and to inspire leaders to be the best they can be. She considers herself in the Leadership Business and enjoys working with leaders at all levels who are committed to their development and who want to thrive in their career and in their life. Having had a successful career as a woman raising 4 daughters she also has a special interest in helping young women leaders in demanding leadership positions.
Anne-Marie believes giving back is important and she has been involved for several years with United Way of Peel and The Toronto walk to conquer cancer and she now serves on the board of the Canadian Arthritis Society. She also serves on other private and not-for-profits boards and mentors young entrepreneurs and women in leadership.
Anne-Marie holds a Specialized Bachelor degree in Food Science from Laval University and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University. She holds an ICD.D designation from Rotman School of Business and she is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF) and holds a certification with Emotional Intelligence assessment tools EQi2.0/EQi 360.
Pierre Gravelle, B.A., B.Ph., LL.L, C.R.
“Coaching is about expanding a leader’s capacity to make a difference with individuals, their organizations and their world. It involves impacting people’s vision and values, and offering them a powerful opportunity to reinvent their thinking and behaviour to create high performing organizations that achieve optimal results.”
Internationally, Pierre was a consultant to and involved in projects of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. He also served as Vice-Chairman of the World Customs Organization and was the Canadian representative on the NAFTA Customs Implementation Team, on OECD committees and other international forums.
Pierre was President and CEO of Symcor Services, the document processing company established by Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank of Canada and Toronto-Dominion Bank. He also served as CEO of the Financial Services Ombudsnetwork.
Pierre was Deputy Minister of Canada’s Department of National Revenue. During his tenure with the Government of Canada, he held senior executive positions with the Treasury Board, Department of Justice, Privy Council Office and Health and Welfare Canada. Additionally he served as Secretary General of the Canadian Conference of First Ministers on the Constitution. Pierre has served as director of many private, publicly traded and not for profit organizations.
He holds B.A., B.Ph., and Law Degrees from the University of Ottawa. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1981.
Pierre has been trained as a professional coach through Career Dynamics I.C.F. recognized program. He has also studied Presence Based Coaching through the School of Presence Based Leadership Development.
Jack Harris, B.A, M.B.A., C.P.C.C.
“Executive coaching is my calling and it provides for me tremendous inspiration, energy as well as learning in supporting leaders committed to and experiencing personal growth, developing increased awareness and having greater impact in their work and their life”
He has worked with leaders in a variety of capacities including COO, CFO, SVP and General Manager in a range of sectors including financial services, investment banking, natural resources, energy, entertainment, healthcare and professional services. His passion is fueled by continuous learning and guiding others committed to and nourished by personal growth and development. Jack acts as a catalyst as individuals discover their true potential and recognize a higher level of resourcefulness, resiliency and aliveness in their leadership.
Jack ‘s earlier career in executive search provides a solid foundation in understanding the demands on leaders in navigating through the complexities of ever-changing organizations. In 1980 he co-founded Baker Harris and Partners, a highly respected executive search firm which subsequently became part of an international consulting firm –A. T. Kearney and ultimately Optimum Talent.
Jack was honoured to serve on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater Toronto and was a member of the Institute of Management Consultants of Ontario.
Jack has an MBA and an undergraduate degree in psychology from McMaster university. He is a graduate of coaches training institute (CTI) and also of The Living in Presence coaching program. He is certified to administer the EQi (Emotional Quotient Inventory).
Sara Thompson, B.A., C.C.A.M., P.C.C.
“I work with people as a professional and confidential sounding board. As a masterful listener, I hear people’s spoken and unspoken words in a way that helps leaders embrace their strengths and deal productively with their blind spots.”
Sara started her career in the airline industry and then worked in telecommunications in Canada and the U.S. She was Vice President of Call Centre Operations for Rogers Communications. More recently, she spent five years on the faculty at Adler International Learning. In this job she trained and examined new professional coaches in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. She has worked extensively abroad and gained significant experience in diverse environments.
Sara also works with people who have experienced addiction in their families both as a volunteer and through her own private practice. She knows there is a way forward for family members to detach from the fallout of living with someone with an addiction.
Sara holds a degree in English Literature from York University and has studied counselling psychology, neuroleadership and the science of addiction. She is a Graduate of Adler International Learning Inc., and holds her designation as a Professional Certified Coach (P.C.C.) from The International Coach Federation. Sara is certified to administer the Bar-On EQ-I (Emotional Quotient Inventory) and the Pathfinder Career Assessment, a tool that measures leadership behavioural style and best career fit. She is also certified to administer The Team Diagnostic and has trained at the Centre for Right Relationship Organization Relationship Systems Course (ORSC), a systems and team coaching program. Sara has also studied Presence Based Coaching through the School of Presence Based Leadership Development.