Valerie MacLeod's Bio


I have been facilitating, coaching and training for over twenty-five years. I am an enthusiastic business consultant who helps organizations achieve extraordinary financial and operational results. I am a strategic thinker, and a skilled and insightful facilitator, coach and trainer who is passionate about helping clients to “plan their work and work their plan.”Valerie MacLeod, MBA

“My goal is to help people find their own answers. My strength lies in asking the right questions.”

I am called in when people are not all pulling in the same direction or when financial and operational targets are not being met. I use considerable facilitation experience to guide clients to determine the best direction to take and the first steps to move them forward.

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Positive and approachable, I tailor my work to the unique needs of each client. As a natural teacher, I have been assisting adults learn for most of my career. I am certified in executive coaching, team coaching, strategic planning, systems thinking, managing change, Myers-Brigg Type Indicator (MBTI), True Colors and career planning. I have facilitated both private and public workshops at the prestigious Banff Centre for Management and Red Deer College; in San Diego, Cincinnati, San Diego, Chicago, Houston and New Orleans in the United States; in South Africa; for energy companies including BP, Encana, Cenovus and Devon; for municipal, provincial and federal governments; and for associations and boards.

I am proud to be a Global Partner with the Haines Centre for Strategic Management, an international team of diverse Master Consultants. I am North American Practice Leader for Strategic Planning, Global Practice Leader for Coaching and the Chair of the Executive Team. The Centre’s mandate is to assist senior executives to develop and sustain customer-focused, high-performance organizations which can successfully grow in learning and compete in the current business environment.

I was recently recognized by the Association for Strategic Planning (ASP) as a Strategic Management Professional Pioneer – a group of 24 planning professionals who created the ASP Standards, Certification Process and examination. I also use my leadership skills to make the community a better place through volunteering on various boards.

I have an MBA in human resources from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. I have published a life planning book Get Me Off the Treadmill!: Using Everyday Magic to Live an Extraordinary Life, and co-authored the business planning book Destination Thinking. I am working on my third book, “When in Rome…Getting Different People on the Same Page” about how to be successful working in other country, organization or team.

I have recently taken up photography as a hobby. I use many of my photos on my Life Planning bookblog, social media, facilitation & training.