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Opportunities You Won't Want to Miss Out On

Info Session on Ignite: Engaging Humanity through Education (Ethiopia/ Kenya)

Nov 13, 2019

Higher Ground Cafe
1126 Kensington Road, NW
7:00 PM

Annual General Meeting and Election of 2020 Board of Directors

November 28, 2019

Burwood Distillery
#15 4127 6 Street NE
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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Event Highlight

Ignite: Engaging Humanity Through Education (Ethiopia/Kenya)

We are excited to share an opportunity with you! Our ICF Chapter is participating in a global project in partnership with the ICF Foundation called Ignite: Engaging Humanity Through Education. The project will be in partnership with an international organization centred on clean water and sanitation. ICF Calgary will send a team of 10-12 coaches overseas to either Ethiopia or Kenya. This opportunity is a pro bono coaching program that focuses on the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goal of Education (Goal 4).  Coaches will be involved in supporting local NGO team members and leaders to enhance their individual capacity as well as the capacity of their communities to secure safe water, sanitation, and hygiene.


If this opportunity draws you, and you would like to know more, come to our information session on November 13, 7:00 pm, Higher Ground Café, 1126 Kensington Road NW. Please take a look at the criteria for coaches below and then RSVP to Sidney Craig Courtice at [email protected]. In addition to Sidney, our team includes Kerry Black and Erin Waddell. The three of us have been working together for over a year to develop this opportunity and we are excited to tell you more about the specific project and our partner.

The Calgary Coach team will be composed of coaches who will:

  1. Be able to travel to either Ethiopia or Kenya for 14 days.
  2. Ensure that they have the appropriate travel vaccinations (more info will be provided).
  3. Offer approximately five year’s coaching experience and feel confident that they can partner with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. The ICF Code of Ethics and Competencies will be applied as in all coaching engagements, highlighting our ability to be objective, non-judgmental, and an excellent listener.
  4. Fund their own travel costs, including airfare ($2500.00 per person), accommodation ($1000.00 per room), meals, and any other costs. These are approximate amounts. We can discuss funding options, including a possible fundraising event.
  5. Be physically and mentally prepared to work in very basic conditions.
  6. Honour the processes and culture of the country while supporting team members and leaders to discover the strategies and steps forward that work best for them in their context.




Thanks for making our Day With the Master’s (2019) a Success!

Seventy-two (72) ICF Calgary member coaches came together last Thursday, Oct 17 at Fort Calgary to learn from coaching master, Dr. David Drake, about the power of narrative coaching.

The day began with practices that allowed all the coaches to center and tune-in to themselves. At several times during the day, snacks were served and lunch was also delicious and healthy. The afternoon gave us all an opportunity to try new coaching techniques, that were so simple, so easy, and so powerful, many coaches left eager to try them out!

The day ended with a fun raffle prize where lucky winners took home lots of goodies.

And as a bonus, a select group of nature-loving coaches joined Dr. David Drake on a hike in Kananaskis on Friday, Oct 18. 

For those who were not able to attend this year’s annual event, stay tuned for our 2020 Day with the Master’s, coming soon! 

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Update from the Board


What is on your mind? What is important to you about that? Two simple, yet powerful questions posed to one another at the Day With the Masters. Dr. David Drake, in these two questions, drilled down to my values and core. As I think about the ICF Calgary community, I appreciated being together, learning, and being connected. It’s at the core of my being. How about you?

Now to look forward. We have two exciting upcoming events. One is our Annual General Meeting on November 28, at Burwood Distillery. A new location for us, and we are thrilled to host our AGM at Burwood. Please take the time to join us, celebrate, perhaps take a tour of the facility, and vote for our new Directors.

Do you believe that Coaching is used for good, and impacts people all over the world? Our second opportunity will IGNITE adventure. A small committee has been working over the past year to create a partnership with an NGO here in Calgary. We have created an IGNITE project that will take place in March/April 2020. Please look further for information about how you can become involved.

Kerry Black, President ICF Calgary Chapter

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Membership Updates

Connecting Calgary Coaches – Focus Groups

Twenty-nine Calgary ICF members got together in small groups from May to August this year. The largest group was seven coaches and the smallest group included just two of us. These in-person gatherings represented about 10 percent of our membership. Groups were formed based on type of coach (e.g. life coaches, business and executive coaches, internal coaches, and coaches with over 5 years of membership in ICF).

We met at coffee shops throughout the city. As expected, we had a lot of last-minute cancellations and we had a few show up unexpectedly. Some coaches were unable to meet in person and provided written responses.

Most importantly, many of our members with very similar interests met for the first time and have developed ongoing supportive relationships.

We asked six questions and sorted through all of the responses to discover what you want from ICF Calgary. The Board reviewed the results in September and agreed to focus our attention on each of the top items which are listed below. Watch for how we will put these into action next year!

On education and programming:

  • One more big event like Day with the Masters every year would be excellent. Our coaches are looking for leading-edge coaching skills, practices, and research.
  • It would be really helpful for newer coaches to attend Panel Discussions made up of experienced coaches on topics where they have been successful. Two or three of these each year would be perfect.
  • And, generally, we hear that our coaches want more intimate face-to-face opportunities, especially focussed discussions in the form of short or long term Communities of Practice.


About networking:

  • The CPA event works really well because our members say that they can meet with other member organizations and cross-market services or just learn from each other. At least one more of these every year would be good.
  • Rather than traditional “networking, our members are interested in opportunities to volunteer and “give back” with a team of other coaches (local or international work).
  • We heard from you very clearly that networking works best when there is a purpose and structure; not just socializing. Members also said that warm and welcoming hosting is really important, especially for new members.


Your thoughts on ICF Calgary’s role in your business development: 

  • If ICF had co-working space at reduced rates for coaching sessions, meetings, and other gatherings, our members would be very happy! This would be even better if it became an ICF Coaching “HUB” where you could run into other coaches.
  • ICF Calgary members would like a greater focus on advocacy and support for coaches through building bridges with other professional associations and potential industry clients. Some ways we could do this would be to reach out to local media with articles or radio spots, take opportunities at other associations’ events to talk about coaching in Calgary, and create a much larger ICF Calgary social media presence.


The value of the ICF credential:

  • A few of our members said that the ICF credential was not really important in their work, however most felt it was valuable because it provides validation and credibility, a code of ethics to follow, a high standard of competence, and it protects the integrity of the profession.


Your ideas on emerging trends in the coaching industry:

  • Our members have noticed that there are more people who are not trained or certified, yet call themselves “coaches”.
  • Many of our coaches have noticed that the “purist” approach to coaching may be getting push back from organizational clients who want more tangible results. There are a lot of questions about the different roles of “consultant” and “coach”.
  • Coaching certification bodies other than ICF will challenge ICF to be clearer on their business advantage, according to our members. 


Risks you are noticing about the coaching profession:

  • Most of our members said that It is rare that an external coach can make a good living from just pure coaching. Facilitation and consulting need to be complimentary skills.
  • There is a belief among our coaches that there is generally a lack of understanding on the value of the ICF credential.
  • The range of coaching specialties through non-ICF training organizations continues to grow and our members see that this may water down the value of coaching accreditation through an accredited ICF organization.


We would love more input on this dialogue as we begin to carry out the actions. If you want to add your voice or provide support for one of these initiatives, feel free to get in touch with Sidney Craig Courtice, Director of Membership Engagement. Sidney would be happy to meet you for coffee or chat on the phone. Contact her at 403-660-5842 or at [email protected]



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