June 2020 Newsletter Print

Opportunities You Won't Want to Miss Out On


Leadership CoP: Exploring Bias in Coaching

June 10, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Zoom Webinar
Contact Jamie Davidoff at [email protected] or Colleen Lewis at [email protected] to register

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

June 11, 2020
starts at 4pm

Zoom Webinar


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Event Highlight


Leadership CoP: Exploring Bias in Coaching

Did you know that there are 188 known Confirmation Biases? What biases are you aware of?

Join us for a discussion of the most common biases using the SEEDS model. We’ll explore the biases of: Similarity, Expedience, Experience, Distance and Safety and some of the ways that we can identify them, for ourselves and perhaps for our clients.

If you’re a member of the ICF Calgary Chapter and would like to receive a  Zoom invitation, please send an email to Jamie Davidoff at [email protected] or Colleen Lewis at [email protected].

This event has been approved for .75 CCEU and .25 Resource Development

We hope that you can join us!

Jamie Davidoff & Colleen Lewis, Leadership CoP, ICF Calgary


Annual General Meeting (AGM): Celebrating the Past, Creating the Future!

On June 11 we will hold our Annual General Meeting. Join us along with other ICF Calgary coaches for our online AGM and bring your own beverage! Your co-hosts are outgoing President Kerry Black, and incoming President, Ed Temple.

We will present the slate, vote and welcome our new Board members and also bid a fond farewell to our outgoing Board members. It will also be a great chance to connect with our ICF Calgary coaching community! This will be a free event.

Please see special section in President’s Message below for: By-law Amendment, Proposed Slate of Board of Directors and Finances.

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Chapter Updates

June Membership Renewal

As we face an enormous global crisis, ICF coaches like you are working hard to make a difference every day for your families, your clients, your communities and the world.

We recognize the hardship that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to place on many ICF Members and your coaching businesses. To better meet your needs during these uncertain times, we announced last month that we are extending our timeline and changing the renewal process.

We encourage you to renew, indicate that Calgary is your affiliate chapter and sign-up as a Calgary Chapter Community Member in support of your local chapter and invite you to join us on our various social media platforms.

We are here to answer any questions you may have, receive your feedback, and support your involvement with your coaching community in any way we can.

For more information regarding the changes to the membership renewal process and membership benefits visit the ICF Global website here https://coachfederation.org/

Susan McGuire, Membership Director, ICF Calgary

Thank you to those who participated in #ICW2020YYC ICF Calgary Gives!

We had a very successful week of giving back to our community by providing pro-bono coaching as well as two free events with over fifty (50) attendees for the webinar: Coaching Presence in the Midst of Crisis.

Way to go!

Congratulations to our prize winners:
$50 Amazon gift card - Andrea Bye
"The Advice Trap" by Michael Bungay Stanier - Diane Rennie
$10 Amazon gift card - Janice MacPherson

Special thanks to our wonderful team of volunteers Leah Wuitschik, Robyn Holloway, Birte Kuhn, Kerry Black, Kikelola Ehuriah and Meeja Jalandoni, for their work behind the scenes to make it all happen!

Upcoming Events

July: We are trying something new this year. We are hoping to be able to continue with an in-person hike in July. We will keep you updated on this event.

Sept/Oct: The uncertainty of the months to follow is creating unique challenges for planning DWTM 2020. To mitigate the risk of having to cancel a live event, the ICF Calgary Board has made the decision to plan for two, half-day virtual Day with the Masters' events for 2020. Our goal is to showcase the knowledge and expertise amidst our ICF Calgary members.

We are pleased to have received several RFP submissions for Day With the Masters 2020. A selection committee of non-board ICF members has been assembled and will be carefully reviewing each proposal. Our goal is to announce the speakers by mid-June 2020. We are confident that the speakers selected will provide engaging experiences for our membership at DWTM 2020.

Nov: Start the holiday season with an evening of dining and festivities with your fellow coaches. This evening event will be held Nov 27 (pending) and we hope to see you there

Julie Sexsmith, Programs Director, ICF Calgary


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Updates from the Board


It has been a joy and an amazing opportunity to lead the ICF Calgary Charter Chapter for an additional six months. I am guided by this Brene Brown quote:

“We don’t have to do it all alone. We were never meant to.” – Rising Strong

Your ICF Calgary Board of Directors is focused together in providing the best possible service to our members and partners and remains dedicated to our purpose and strategic direction. It has truly been a pleasure to lead and learn from this inspiring group of Coach Leaders. 

I’d like to thank outgoing Directors (Meeja Jalandoni, Communications, Karen Sadler, Secretary and Volunteers, Sidney Craig Courtice, Director at Large: Member Engagement and Rabee Alwan, External Relations) for their time, commitment and leadership to the ICF Calgary Chapter.

As the global health pandemic continues to affect us, many of us are looking forward to safe opportunities to be present together. The ICF Calgary Board of Directors continues to monitor and discuss the implications for us as a Chapter. We plan to have an online presence continuing into the fall at least.

ICF Global Updates

 ICF Global has announced an opportunity for members to renew their membership in two instalments. If you haven’t already done so, renew your membership, and if you are a new member, remember to indicate Calgary as your chapter. A percentage of your fees to ICF Global is sent to ICF Calgary and used by the Chapter to benefit you, the members. 

Annual General Meeting

I look forward to “seeing” you at our Annual General Meeting on June 11, 2020.  This is a free online event, beginning at 4 pm.  We will elect new Directors, vote on the finances and recommended amendments to the ICF Calgary Chapter By-Laws. We have a few surprises in store as we celebrate and wrap up our year.  This will be a “bring your own beverage and snacks” event!  Please register for this event as soon as possible.

If you may not be able to attend the AGM, please send your proxy votes to Jackie Appleby, our VA to ensure that your voice is heard and your vote is counted!

I would like to thank the 2020 Nomination Committee: Bob Nogue, Chair, Sherry Matheson and Robyn Holloway, committee members, for their leadership in the ICF Calgary Director nominations.

Recommended Slate of Officers:

Ed Temple


(In office-Confirm)

Angela Braun


(In office-Confirm)

Jim Jenkinson

Vice President


Larae Pierson

Communication Director


Greg MacDonald

External Relations Director


Greg McLeod

Director at Large


The Board has two vacant Director Positions:

Secretary/Volunteer Director

Special Events Director

We will take nominations from the floor at the meeting. Please consider stepping forward for these leadership opportunities!

 By-Law Amendments

It is the recommendation of the ICF Board of Directors that the membership vote for three amendments to the By-Laws. Complete details and reports have been sent to ICF Calgary members.  The three amendments are:

Any vacancy on the Board shall be filled by Presidential appointment, subject to a majority vote of approval of the Board. The duration of such appointment shall be until the following Annual General Meeting when the seat will be filled by the normal election process.

Addition: President Elect

The President-Elect is responsible to assist the President, assume the duties of the President and Vice President in his/her absence. The President-Elect is responsible to learn the role of the President. The President-Elect shall perform such duties and have such authority as from time to time may be assigned by the President or the Board.

Addition: Director at Large

The Director at Large is responsible for a varied portfolio that is determined by the strategic plan.  The Director at Large shall assume the duties as assigned by the President.


The link to the Financial report of the ICF Calgary Charter Chapter has been sent to members, and approval will be voted on at the AGM. Our Treasurer, Marcia Benko, will be on hand to answer any of your questions.  Your proxy is required if you are not able to attend the AGM.

Kerry Black – President, ICF Calgary

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Meet Your Director

Julie Sexsmith
Program Director

In October 2019 after the Day with the Master's event, I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know two board members while on the hike in the Kananaskis. Not only did I have the opportunity to hike with the keynote speaker, Dr. David Drake, I also met several other fabulous coaches that day and felt a strong sense of community and kinship.

As fate would have it, I learned that there was an opening for a Program Director on the Board. I felt the background I have in Project Management and my desire to serve might be a good fit for the ICF Calgary Board.

Since joining the Board in January 2020, I have enjoyed getting to know the other members and meeting new colleagues to collaborate with and share ideas. I am proud to be part of such a dynamic and dedicated Board of Directors and I look forward to the year ahead!

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Volunteer Opportunities

Are you looking to build a community? Become active and get to know some really nice people? Connect with and belong to a group of like-minded individuals all excited to bring professional coaching to Calgary?

We’d love to connect with you so you can share your talents with us!

Contact Karen Sadler at [email protected] and learn more about how to get involved!

Why Join Us? Are you interested in connecting to a community of like-minded professionals who set the standard for the coaching profession in Calgary? Do you like meeting new people and building a network within the coaching community? Would you like to learn alongside other coaches and contribute to their development? You might want to work with the Volunteer sub-committee!

What will I do? We welcome coaches to the ICF Calgary Chapter and connect them with opportunities to build their network and stand out in their field. We celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of coaches in our community and find ways to make a difference through collaborating with other professional bodies! You will work with the Volunteer Director and our Virtual Assistant, so you won’t be working alone.

How much time do I commit? Most of the work is flexible to work with your availability.  We use phone and video conferencing to stay connected to our volunteers and sub-committees and match volunteers with events and opportunities. We’d love for you to help us reach out to find new opportunities for us to serve in Calgary!

Committees looking for immediate volunteers: Programs, Membership, Communications

Karen Sadler, Volunteer Director, ICF Calgary

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