About Valerie MacLeod

Valerie Macleod, Calgary Business CoachI am an experienced facilitator, coach and trainer – almost what I thought I’d be when I was a child. I always wanted to be a teacher, and decided to teach math at the high school level. However, in my last year of high school I realized I wanted to be involved in business. So I kept my university major in mathematics but switched my minor from teaching to computer science and business. After I graduated, teaching was still calling, so I taught computer courses at two organizations in addition to doing some computer programming.

I decided that a Bachelor in Mathematics was a narrow degree, so I went back to school in the evening to get an MBA. During these studies I realized that I should be teaching and facilitating in the Human Resources area, so changed jobs upon graduation. After spending almost a decade as an internal Human Resources specialist, mostly in facilitation, coaching and training, I joined the Haines Centre for Strategic Management and am still doing what I’ve always wanted to do – teaching and guiding. Now I help get people pulling in the same direction through facilitation, coaching and training in Strategic Thinking, Strategic Planning and Strategic Change.


I can say without reservation that Valerie is truly a “masterful facilitator”! As a professional facilitator, she brings a high level of technical competence and well developed skills to her clients. Valerie is a coaching facilitator who demonstrates excellent teaching and directing skills as she helps participants develop their own insights, skills and competencies. The work she did with the roll-out groups was truly inspiring to all the staff. An insightful and empathic communicator, Valerie is flexible and credible.

Mary Jefferies, Director HR, Alberta Environment