With significant expertise in the energy, legal, and financial services industries, Mary Jo's educational and professional background enables her to provide clients with meaningful non-directive leadership coaching that impacts their ability to contribute to their organization.  

Mary Jo has spent a decade in strategic executive retained recruitment and talent management guidance from both the client and the service provider side.   She has been on the board of a number of not-for-profit organizations and has been a guest lecturer at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary.  Prior to this, Mary Jo spent 10+ years with IBM in a variety of corporate and field roles in Operations, Finance, Systems Engineering, Marketing, and Office of the President.

Mary Jo's career and life experiences have demanded a high level of achievement and she has a well-developed business acumen proven over time.

Mary Jo coaches individuals across organizations on a broad range of issues, including:


Extending already sound abilities; making your best better

Taking individuals out of ruts and potential blind-spots and on to higher performance levels

Leading more effectively (communication, delegation, accountability, teamwork, developing others, facilitating change, etc.)

Relationship challenges within the workplace

Career transitions to new roles or new teams

Supporting the development of high potential employees

Comments from 360's of Mary Jo's work as a Certified Executive Coach:

Mary Jo holds an undergraduate honours degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University. Mary Jo is a member in good standing of the International Coach Federation and is internationally accredited as a Certified Executive Coach.

Equally strong ability to recognize peoples' weaknesses / areas requiring work and communicate those in a way that is supportive and motivating

Genuine interest and curiosity about people which enables her to learn so much so quickly about a person

Capable and resourceful, accessible, dynamic, caring, trusted and courageous, ethical, non-judgmental

Respectful, pragmatic, persistent and unafraid, direct, analytical, compassionate

Quick, intuitive, nurturing, wise, astute

Excellent rigour, strong strategizing and inquiry, good action focus

Very practical and direct approach, communicates with grace & diplomacy

Responsible and strongly aware of what she is doing in the role

Respectful, yet unafraid

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Mary Jo Macdonald

Certified Executive Coach