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Board of Directors

ICF Edmonton Charter Chapter Board is a volunteer working board. If you're interested in participating on the board or volunteering on a subcommittees or project, please reach out to president@icfedmonton.com for more information.

Kelly Johnson, CEC, PCC

Kelly Johnson, MA (Leadership), is a veteran Certified Executive Coach with a PCC designation from the International Coaching Federation (ICF) who practices Leadership, Executive, Team and Presentation Coaching. Her coaching presence is described as laser-focused, energetic, feet-to-the-fire, inspiring and driven. Kelly’s personal vision is to change the world for the better from a place of joy, beginning with herself.

To date, Kelly has applied her expertise by partnering with senior and system leaders in both public and private sectors: government, education, non-profit, health, communication, publishing and business. Kelly has served as a full-time leadership coach in government, an international leadership development firm and now in private practice in Alberta, across Canada and in the U.S. She, provides one-on-one and team coaching, assessments (i.e. EQi 2.0) and professional learning related to leadership, coaching, organizational development and conversation at all levels. As a professional educator, human resource professional, real estate investor and returning Board member, Kelly brings a sense of passion and innovation to her life roles with a particular affinity for partnering with inter-disciplinary entrepreneurs, system executives and women in leadership.

Kelly is honoured to serve in the Role of President for 2024 aligning with her commitment to contribute to the growth and development of the professional practice, our calling of coaching.

Gillian MacLean, CEC, ACC, CPHR
Vice President

Gillian is grateful to assume the role of President-Elect, bringing her warmth and expertise to steer our chapter towards its next phase of success. With over two decades of leadership experience and a specialty in Executive, Team, and Leadership Coaching, Gillian offers insights into navigating growth, challenges, and change. Certified in change management and holding a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation, she combines her diverse skill set to provide strategic guidance rooted in psychological safety.

Gillian’s leadership journey reflects her unwavering dedication to cultivating exceptional workplaces. Currently pursuing a master’s degree in Executive and Organizational Coaching, she remains committed to staying at the forefront of industry developments. Known for her pragmatic and thoughtful approach, Gillian employs a systems-thinking methodology to empower individuals and teams.

As President-Elect, Gillian is eager to join the collaborative atmosphere among fellow board members, driving meaningful change and fostering growth within our coaching community. With her friendly demeanour and comprehensive understanding of leadership development and organizational effectiveness, she is poised to contribute to a vibrant and prosperous future for all involved.

Jennifer Askey, CPCC, PCC
Past President

Jennifer Askey, Ph.D. works with leaders and leaders-to-be in a down-to-earth and engaging approach that utilizes emotional intelligence, positive psychology, and mindfulness to help her clients navigate the internal and external obstacles of their professional worlds.

Jennifer brings over 20 years of working in complex academic organizations as both a faculty member and administrator to her coaching work, where she focuses on career planning and transition, as well as organizational effectiveness.

She utilizes assessments, such as DISC, EQi-2.0, Belbin Team Roles, and 360s to help her clients and their organizations gain new insights and develop forward-looking plans for change.

She is an engaging and enthusiastic public speaker and workshop facilitator. She leads workshops on emotional intelligence and team effectiveness in Alberta and virtually.

Jennifer holds a Ph.D. in German Literature, is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach with CTI, and a Professional Certified Coach through ICF. She is pursuing certification with Positive Intelligence and the International Mindfulness Teachers Association.

This is her third year on the ECC board, and Jennifer brings her enthusiasm to the role of Past President.

Leanne Anderson, ACC


For as long as she can remember, Leanne has been passionate about helping people reach their potential and achieve their goals. This led to her obtaining a degree in Human Ecology and a Human Resources diploma.

She is a certified coach with more than 9 years' in the people development and coaching space.  Leanne has extensive experience working in organizational and leadership development within the Government of Alberta. She then went on to bring her expertise to the University of Alberta as a Senior MBA Career Advisor and instructor/facilitator.

Leanne is now the Head of Coaching and Development where she works closely with leaders at Inflexion Games, a local Edmonton video game studio.

Outside of work, Leanne enjoys spending time with her lovable boxer dog and taking in beautiful sunny winter days.

Heather Thomson, CEC, ACC, CPQC
Director of Membership


I am excited to serve as the Director of Membership for the ICF Edmonton Chapter.  My formal coach journey began in 2019 when I attended Royal Roads University and received my Certified Executive Coach certification.  In 2020, I received my Associate Certified Coaching designation from the International Coaching Federation.

In June of 2022, I retired from a 29-year career in education to pursue my coaching practice full-time and am loving every moment of it.  I am the owner of Bold and Brave Coaching and co-owner of Lumilead Inc. a leadership development and training company.  

In my spare time, I volunteer for the Women In Leadership national organization and am the Alberta Chapter Chair.  I love anything to do with leadership and could spend hours talking about it.   My passion lies in supporting new and aspiring leaders as they partake in their leadership journey. I co-authored "Mind The Gap: Navigating Your Leadership Journey" which was written for new and aspiring leaders-it was the book I wished I had starting out on my leadership journey.

I have a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology.  I am accredited in Emotional Intelligence and Personality Dimensions.   I am a Certified Executive Coach and have my ACC designation from the International Coaching Federation.  In addition, I am trained as a Certified Positive Mental Fitness Coach, Rethinking Impostor Syndrome Coach Practitioner, and a Licensed Rethinking Impostor Syndrome Speaker.    

As the Director of Membership, I am looking forward to connecting with coaches and supporting members on their coaching journey. 

Kristine Trinh

Kristine is thrilled and honored to be a board member of the ICF Edmonton Chapter. In 2015, she received her leadership coach training through Essential Impact and is currently in the process of having her ACC application reviewed.  She has worked with the Government of Alberta for 22 years, twelve of which have been in leadership roles. Kristine’s educational background includes a Master of Arts degree in Leadership, and a Bachelor’s degree and Diploma in Social Work. 

Kristine’s coaching and leadership style are holistic and eclectic in nature, including values such as authenticity, integrity, reflective practice, thinking and accountability partnerships, values-based decision-making, and developing self and others. She is passionate about helping others exceed their own expectations through courage and mental mindset reframing. 

Kristine’s inner core values are kindness, respect, and love for all interactions in life.

Sarah Thomas CPC, PCC
Director of Events

Sarah is delighted to be back on the ICF Edmonton Board of Directors, having previously served as treasurer, president and past president. Sarah has been coaching full time since 2016 through her boutique coaching firm SaLT Catalyst Consulting. She is also on faculty at Erickson Coaching International training coaches since 2021.

With near 20 years of leadership experience, Sarah is an executive and leadership development coach who works with senior, mid-level and aspiring leaders seeking to expand their leadership capacity and impact. Sarah also coaches and facilitates teams and governing boards, assisting them to create the conditions for high performance and success.

Sarah’s leadership experience was forged in the field of healthcare through her service as CEO at the Professional Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta and as a member of the executive team at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta. Sarah has a long history of studying business and the brain (MBA, BSc neuroscience and MSc biomedical engineering). She has spent a considerable amount of study being inspired by the magnificent mind. Sarah's knowledge and love of the brain, science and relational intelligence flexes its way into her approach to coaching.

JP Madden
Director of Public Relations

My background is in sales and marketing and I believe passionately in the power of the message. I believe public relations begins with listening and truly hearing your audience. WIthout that, any outbound communication is at risk of falling flat. I am excited about the opportunity to support the Edmonton ICF chapter’s efforts to engage with its wider audience.

I began my coaching practice working with entrepreneurs in the area of communication and leadership. And while his practice evolves he keeps the centre of his work around helping clients improve their communication.

In working with leaders, JP is trained in EQi-2.0 assessments and leverages insights in a leader’s emotional intelligence to improve their team communications. JP is pursuing ICF accreditation and sees great value in CIF membership.

This is his first year on the ECC board, and JP is eager to assist ICF Edmonton in its efforts to grow its presence within the local coaching community and beyond!

Tammy Dunnett

With 20 years experience in working in challenging and even hostile environments like Afghanistan, healthcare, and post secondary education, Tammy Dunnett knows what leaders need to do to be successful in high stress environments. As an executive leadership coach and experienced facilitator with more than 5000 hours training and speaking on communication skills, Tammy partners with leaders and organizations to leverage the power of relationships to drive productivity. outcomes and results.

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