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Executive and Leadership Coaching

Supporting You in Reaching Your Objectives.

Compass Leadership provides executive and leadership coaching to those who are or aspire to be in leadership positions (for-profit or not-for-profit), as well as coaching for management, leadership teams and other organizational groups. Whether you’re an executive leader, someone working towards the next step in your professional development or an individual who is struggling in your current role, our time together is about moving forward, solving dilemmas and improving individual and organizational performance. Our clients set the agenda and we ensure they make progress towards their objectives.


How We Work

Ian brings authenticity, sound judgment and experience to each coaching conversation. His background includes experiential learning from the industrial settings of logging, road construction, sawmilling and pulp and paper, giving him a unique ‘mud-on-your boots’ perspective. As a former co-owner of a global engineering firm, his corporate leadership and government affairs work, as well as his leadership in the not-for-profit and public sectors, make Ian a great fit for a wide range of clients.

Marla’s coaching experience spans an extensive variety of projects from grass-roots community initiatives to multi-million-dollar organizational restructuring and technology implementations, with complicated and often competing stakeholder groups. Experience has taught her the best solution for a complex situation is to keep things simple and get back to the basics. Building relationships and trust with her clients is paramount, and in turn, her guidance assists them in doing the same with their teams and their stakeholders.


What Our Clients Have To Say

“For the past two years, I have had the pleasure of working with and learning from Ian McCormack.  His gentle servant leadership style has both challenged and supported me as I grew into my role as a CEO.  The truth is even though I have over 26 years as a manager in Children’s Services, I believe that his role in my life as both a coach and mentor continues to add value to my practice and my organization’s success.”

Diane Walker, CEO
Children’s Centre
Thunder Bay, ON

"I highly recommend Ian McCormack as a consultant, strategist or advisor. Don't let his humility fool you. He's brilliant, experienced and thankfully for me, patient.”

Rob Barrett, Executive Director
YES Employment Services
Thunder Bay, ON