Co-Active Coaching


Do you feel stuck? Do you feel like you are being held back by someone or something in your personal or professional life? Do you want less confusion, less stress and better quality of life? Do you need help focusing to move yourself forward, up to the next level or in a new direction?

As a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC, ACC), I begin with the assertion that people are naturally creative, resourceful and whole. Each individual coaching relationship is unique and involves listening on many levels, powerful questions, trust and intuition to evoke transformation. It is a 100% focused “recharging conversation” for clients to tap into the energy they need to move forward.

What Can I Do for You?

  • Get a clear sense of what matters most to you right now;
  • Consider where you want to be, what you want to accomplish and who you want to reach;
  • Work with you to create a plan that taps into your best ideas;
  • Support you to embrace a leadership mindset to stretch and transform yourself as a leader;
  • Deliver The Leadership Circle Profile™ Self Assessment / 360 to focus leadership development goals;
  • Hold you accountable and empower you to keep moving forward to achieve your dreams and goals.

You will feel supported and inspired to achieve your personal and professional best.

Who I Work With

  • Mid to senior level managers/executives including small and medium size business owners;
  • Physicians, nurses, midwives and other health care professionals working within hospital setting, community or in private practice;
  • Individuals embarking on a new stage in life (career change, starting a business, retirement, empty nest etc).

Professional Ethics

Confidentiality is an imperative for each coaching relationship and I take this very seriously. As a CPCC and ACC accredited through Coaches Training Institute (CTI), I adhere to the Ethical Guidelines of the International Coach Federation (ICF).

About Co-Active Coaching

Co-Active Coaching is valuable to any personal or professional change initiative. Today, coaching and a coaching skill set for leaders is invaluable given the increased expectation for leaders to possess emotional intelligence and associated people skills.

About The Leadership Circle Profile™

Fabulous, at a glance (versus realms of paper) all in one Self Assessment / 360 Degree Assessment. Learn more here The Leadership Circle Profile and get your copy of Mastering Leadership which includes The Leadership Circle Profile™ Self Assessment.


Originally a skeptic of coaches, Mary-Ellen has made me a believer. Her wealth of experience, unbiased perspective, and strong editing skills have enabled me to grow as a professional and as a leader.

David Jacobs MD, FRCPC, Chair of the Section of Diagnostic Imaging OMA, Executive VP OAR

Thank you for all your hard work and making us shine.

Cohort Five Physician Coaching Group, 2014/2015 Schulich Executive Education Centre/OMA/CMA Physician Leadership Development Program

I wanted to let you know how much our coaching sessions have helped me. You have taught me skills that enable me to make clear and rational decisions, rather than ones based on emotional conditioning. You have helped me to see myself clearly and I find myself moving through my life now with much less anxiety. I have a newfound self confidence that has me hoping for the best, rather than always expecting the worst. This enables me to say ‘yes’, when I used to mostly say ‘no’ out of fear of failing or rejection. I feel grounded enough now to withstand these setbacks, and still move forward, to better evaluate what has been, in order to clearly see at least a direction I would like to go now. You have given me a great gift, and I am so grateful. Many, many thanks.

K. Herzberger

I had been dreaming of a possible career change and had a business idea for my dream job.  While confident in my ability to provide great service, I needed guidance on how to reach this goal and market myself to my customers.  Mary-Ellen coached me through a full S.W.O.T. (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) which ultimately provided the foundation to brand myself and grow my business.  She empowered me to define the “big idea” which enabled me to clearly articulate and communicate my mission, vision and unique benefits to clients and business partners.  Mary-Ellen fuelled my confidence to move forward and take the first step. She was very helpful, supportive and skilled at breaking it down into manageable steps that made it all possible. My business idea is now a reality and I couldn’t be happier. Thank you so much.

T. Lindsay

I have had the pleasure of knowing Mary-Ellen since April 2013. Mary-Ellen is dynamic and driven, and is a wonderful coach and human being. She is attentive and open-minded, and has always made me feel heard and acknowledged which is something I have also witnessed Mary-Ellen do while interacting with others. She is dedicated to her craft, and most importantly, is always interested in learning and growing. I am glad to know Mary-Ellen and proud to call her my coach and my friend.

Rebecca Fried, BHSc, MSc, CPCC, PhD Student

To tell you my day is so rockin because of your coaching! I feel like a million bucks and have more than accomplished my four non negotiables… I’m headed to the gym and feel like it has been a great great day and anything else I choose to do is icing on the cake. I can’t thank you enough!

T.S. Kogen