Sam Jayasundera (she/her)
Sam has over 25 years of experience working in corporate and entrepreneurial environments as a senior HR leader. She has global experience in the financial services and technology sectors, leading HR in multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multicultural business environments. In these executive roles, she was called on to develop and implement strategic HR initiatives, global talent acquisition, DE&I strategies, pioneer large scale people and culture transformation projects, and employee engagement strategies as well as other strategic HR initiatives.
Leaving the corporate world, Sam started a new chapter in Canada after moving from Dubai in 2021. Currently, she runs a boutique HR consultancy offering DE&I assessments, culture change project management, and leadership coaching, all done with a diversity & inclusion lens.
Beyond her professional commitments, Sam is deeply committed to volunteer work, particularly in championing a bespoke program for individuals with disabilities in Dubai. Her impactful contributions involved introducing inclusive hiring practices within the banking & financial services sector for people with disabilities. This initiative encompassed training hiring managers and recruiters, fostering community engagement with special needs schools, and establishing policies and governance structures to ensure successful hiring, retention, and advancement of individuals with disabilities.
She also extends her time to newcomers to Canada with Brilliant Minds Group (BMG) in Ontario as one of their registered mentors.
With her lived experiences and a passion for fostering inclusive environments, Sam aspires to make meaningful contributions to the ICF Toronto community.
Kiyasha Naidu is a highly accomplished and versatile professional who has made significant contributions in various domains throughout her career. As a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and Project Manager with over a decade of experience in global marketing and brand experiential campaigns, Kiyasha has demonstrated her expertise in leading successful initiatives and delivering exceptional results. Originally from South Africa, Kiyasha relocated to Canada and ventured into the recruiting world ten years ago. Her transition into this field sparked her passion for understanding what helps individuals thrive, which led her to conduct three years of research, study and application on evidence-based approaches. In 2019, she founded Ikigai, a coaching and consulting agency dedicated to empowering individuals and collectives through leadership awareness and development.
Kiyasha's pursuit of excellence and continuous learning is evident in her extensive list of certifications and qualifications. Currently pursuing an MBA with a specialization in Leadership, Coaching, and Mentoring, she is committed to enhancing her knowledge and skills in these areas.
Kiyasha is an iPEC Certified Professional Coach, Energy Leadership™ Index Master Practitioner, COR.E Dynamics™ Specialist, Certified Specialist in Organizational Solutions for DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging) with a focus on Cultural Responsiveness, Certified Applied Positive Psychology Practitioner, and a Project Management Professional (PMP®). These certifications reflect her dedication to staying at the forefront of her fields of expertise.
With a talent for creating structured processes that drive performance while prioritizing the well-being and potential of individuals, Kiyasha is committed to empowering employers and skilled immigrant professionals in navigating the leadership and transitions necessary for a responsive, inclusive, and thriving Canadian workforce.
Her focus on leadership development aligns with her belief that self, situation and system awareness, responsiveness and empowerment is at the core of individual, team and organizational growth.
Recognized as LinkedIn's Top 1% PM Voice, David is a highly accomplished leader with a diverse program, project, risk, and operations management experience in fintech, healthtech, non-profits, and startups. David brings a wealth of global knowledge and expertise, allowing the creation of unique solutions to complex challenges.
David is an experienced and certified coach holding ICF PCC, Red Team, and Startup (LeanStack) certifications, specializing in optimizing the efforts individuals and businesses need to achieve success.
From unlocking potential, driving innovation, or navigating change as a certified change practitioner, David's valuable strategies, skills, insights, and perspectives have culminated from extensive hands-on experience spanning North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. This diversity and multicultural experience have woven a global perspective into his toolkit, enriching his approach with a profound understanding of multifaceted business contexts.
Denise is a certified executive coach and healthcare leader. She obtained her executive coaching certificate (CEC) from Royal Roads University in 2019. In 2022, she returned to the university, to pursue a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree. She is researching organizational factors related to burnout.
With over 25+ years working in the health and life sciences sector, she has led teams in corporate strategy, branding, market access, public affairs, and business consulting. She’s overseen the development and implementation of provincial public services from British Columbia to Nova Scotia, to reach remote and central communities, and to understand their unique experiences.
Denise is also very active in her community. She volunteers her time serving as the Board Chair to a Family Health Team, facilitating groups of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse at The Gatehouse, outreach projects at WomanACT supporting victims and survivors of gender-based violence, and facilitating educational sessions to interdisciplinary health and medical students at University of Toronto.
Denise’s interests include transformational leadership, psychological safety, sustainability, and growth.
Komal Smriti is an Executive & Leadership Coach, coach trainer, supervisor, and youth mentor. She is certified by International Coaching Federation (PCC) and European Mentoring and Coaching Council (Senior Practitioner). She studied Business Management (MBA) and received her doctorate in Relationship Marketing.
Komal worked in Global Mobility Industry for 14 years in her earlier profession. Her work enabled her deep understanding in human behavior across cultures and developed a keen interest in helping people find better ways to live to their highest potential. She calls herself the student of life and shares her learnings with a childlike enthusiasm.
She is born and raised in India amidst diverse culture and values. She calls India her motherland and considers Canada her “karmabhumi” or the land of destiny. She has a deep interest in eastern philosophy and psychology. She explores the trauma informed coach approach with her clients and as her lens in DEI work. Her vision is to bring coaching competency to people not just in workplaces but also in their personal lives and relationships.
I am honoured to have been your President since March 2022, I look forward to continuing to contribute and strengthen this amazing ICFTO community. My mission, working alongside the Board, is to deepen our sense of community, connection and belonging by embedding EDI into the fabric of our chapter. We aspire to be a chapter that welcomes and values all, who supports and strengthens the impact of our aspiring and credentialed coaches and our profession, who gives back to our community and continues to build a sustainable, thriving chapter well into the future. I joined this Board in 2019 in a newly created position of "Corporate Outreach" and as lead of our ICF Annual Awards program. During this time, we built partnerships with HRPA and ACMP, both professional associations leading change management in organizations. The ACMP partnership continues today, as I remain a member of the ICF/ACMP Global Taskforce. In 2020, we expanded our Annual Awards program to be more expansive and inclusive, adding Lifetime Achievement Award, Partner of the Year and Individual Contributor Award. Our ICFTO awards program recognizes and celebrates the impact of our members and partners across all fields of ICF certified coaching.
I am a transformation leader, PCC coach, and passionate volunteer. With over 35 years of business experience, I have worked with diverse organizations and teams to increase leadership effectiveness and impact. My business expertise draws from leading sales teams, building profitable organizations, and creating client value. That acumen has earned me swift credibility and license to inspire new perspectives, commitments and actions. My purpose is to activate the leader in all of us and help each of us be the best leader we can be - even beyond what we think is possible.
I have been an active volunteer with ICF Toronto over the years. In the early 2000s I was the Director of Marketing and Communications for two years with the ICF Toronto Board, In 2019-2020, I co-led the ICF Toronto Equity, Diversity and Inclusion strategy committee, and then joined the Board in 2021. As the Board Secretary and Co-Director of Transformation and Governance, I’ve been deeply involved in embedding EDI in our Board’s processes and governance, and leading through change with technology and culture. This is important work, and it is my hope that the membership will support my continued efforts to work with our Board.
I'm an ACC Coach and experienced executive-level business professional with extensive Canadian, US, and international experience in technology-based business gained across multiple industries.
My passion is for leaders to optimize their unique potential and authenticity.
As a person of Christian faith, a unique area of my coaching is for coachees of ANY faith to explore their leadership growth and actions while holding steady to their faith, beliefs, or principles while maintaining their personal and professional authenticity.
I coach via phone or zoom and across all international time zones!
It’s an honour to be invited to serve on the ICF Toronto Chapter Board of Directors. As a member of the EDI Committee, I’ve had the opportunity to learn more about the Chapter's EDI and anti-racism goals and commitments and to join with others to continue to move this work forward. As a coach working with established and emerging leaders, increasing the capacity of coaches to truly embody DEI and anti-racism in their coaching practices, and my own, is a priority for me. I look forward to collaborating with Chapter members and Board colleagues to more fully integrate DEI and anti-racism in all that we do in partnership with those whom we serve.
Leo Liu is a passionate soul, a loving father, and a bold entrepreneur.
His mission is to help people discover their why and realize their full potential through the journey of self-discovery.
He established Wendao International Group, a rapidly expanding global company in the field of professional training and coaching. Through Wendao, he equips coaches, psychotherapists, and business leaders around the world with cutting-edge training & coaching technologies to dramatically increase their performance and business revenue. During the pandemic period, Wendao hosted more than 100 public online events and 40 paid programs, impacting more than 10,000 lives globally.
Leo has rich management experience in Fortune 500 and is currently a Distinguished Mentor of Yanyuan Business School at Peking University. He accumulated more than 5,000 hours of coaching & training experience through Wendao and its affiliated companies.
Andy has over 25 years of experience in business development and leading teams, working with global organizations as well as start-ups and has been delivering executive coaching for over 5 years.
Andy is the Chief Relationship Officer with Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches Agency and works as an Executive Coach with DECLARE IT! He is certified with the International Coach Federation (ACC) and in the EQi-2.0/360 assessment tools.
As the former Head of Growth and Coach Network at Strategyzer, a leading boutique consultancy in Growth Innovation based in Zurich CH, Andy is trained in Strategyzer’s suite of tools and immersed in driving awareness around innovation culture and team alignment.
Much of Andy’s career has been in sales and sales leadership, focusing on complex HR Management technology solutions for large enterprise organizations. He has worked for companies such as Ceridian, Workday, TELUS Sourcing Solutions and PeopleFluent.
Andy has volunteered with many organizations including Kids Help Phone and was on the Board of Directors for an organization that runs skiing and snowboarding programs for persons with a disability.
Abirambika Ravivarman is a Life and Leadership Coach. She is the founder & CEO, of Green Minds, India. Skilled in coaching and facilitation of transformational workshops across various levels of leadership. She has over 12 years of corporate experience post which she has been running her own organisation. She has worked with many big clients in India like Daimler - Mercedes-Benz Group, Mando Corporation, a Korean organisation, Citibank, Apollo Tyres, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories and many others. Her expertise is to create custom people development solutions to corporate organisations. She is also a team coach.
She is an author and a motivational speaker too. She holds a Guinness World Record Holder for "Most Pledges received for a Campaign" with 122582 pledges taken by children and youth of Tamil Nadu.
Abi has been a member of ICF Chennai Board of Directors as the Director of Marketing and Communications and is the co-leader with ICF global for Life, Vision and Enhancement Community of Practice.
She is currently relocating to Toronto from India to start a new chapter in her life.
She strongly believes that every human being has immense potential and if tapped in the right way would take them to new heights. With this in mind she is pursuing working with many segments of people starting from children to adults. She runs an exclusive program for pre-teens and teens just to help him uncover their potential at an age that will give them a head start with their life. She does more to give back to society and to create amazing youth for the future.
After a 25-year career in finance while pursuing financial independence, Isabelle Saleh was able to leave the corporate world to follow her passion: Helping her clients become empowered with their money so they can confidently transition to the life they really want.
She is also committed to promoting coaching and financial literacy.
She is originally from France and has lived in the U.S., where she met her husband and her 2 sons were born. She loves Toronto which has been her home for more than 20 years.
She is a Certified Professional Coach from iPEC, an Associate Certified Coach from ICF, a Canadian CPA and Cornell MBA.