The Work


You are on a mission. You have big goals, inspired vision, and a lot of ambition.

Chances are, you are running into some obstacles as well. You are driving change and innovation, but progress is slow. Maybe you’re experiencing doubt and uncertainty. Most importantly, you are not getting the kind of results you know you are capable of.

You are not alone. Many high-performing leaders I work with face the same challenges. 

The work we do is custom-tailored to your personal and professional development. We look at the impact you want to make and remove obstacles that are standing in your way. Our goal is to help you:

  • Make better decisions.
  • Build mental resilience.
  • Communicate powerfully.
  • Operate from clarity and certainty.
  • Lead with confidence and authenticity.

This work translates into extraordinary improvements in productivity, and well-being for yourself and your organization.

Methodology

Leaders I work with want a trusted partner to challenge them, support them, and hold them accountable. We have a track record of measurable and observable improvement based on peer feedback and 360 reports.

What we do is grounded in mindset, behaviour science, and execution.

Mindset. Coaching reveals the conscious and unconscious mental models you use to make decisions, deal with uncertainty, how you influence, and the impact you have as a leader. Often a small perspective shift can create exponential results.

Behaviour. We leverage behavioural science and behaviour assessments to create sustainable change. Sometimes that means redesigning your environment, using mnemonic or visual triggers, and sometimes it means facing direct and unfiltered feedback.

Execution. There are thousands of books on leadership. If that was all it took, you could buy a book and retire on a beach. Our work requires leaning into discomfort, deep reflection, and commitment to the practice of extraordinary leadership.

No matter what you are facing, by the end of our work together, you will have the certainty and confidence to find a way forward.

Recent Endorsements

It’s true what they say – what got you here will not get you there. I met Ernest at a time when I was not exactly sure where ‘here’ was or where the ‘there’ that I wanted to pursue might be. Today I can comfortably and confidently say that I am exactly where I need to be.

I have loved every job that I’ve had and every organization that I worked for. Working with Ernest has highlighted that that is because of me and my approach to work. Wherever I go, there I am; this has meant that I work for organizations whose values align with my own which allows me to stay true to myself. This has enabled me to be a strong team player, to build awesome teams and for my employer to achieve great things, no matter how small or big. A year ago I had not realized the value that I bring to others. Today because of Ernest I understand and appreciate that value and I also know how to leverage it to create a multiplier effect. 

– Jelena B / Managing Director / NAIT

Ernest and I have been working together for about six months, moving me to my own HOW and WHY as well as the WHAT’S NEXT in my career.

I was exploring this on my own for over a year but it wasn’t until Ernest and I started talking that I understood the value of a coach. As a result of our sessions, I have gotten closer to putting the right career-focused pieces of my life together, instead of floundering and trying to make the proverbial wrong pieces fit.

Ernest was able to help me extract and connect themes in my work and career that I couldn’t have done alone. He is approachable, easy to work with, has your best interest at heart with accountability to the Nth degree.

– Krysta K. / CMO / CalTech

I reached out to Ernest because I felt like I was stuck in my primary business. I couldn’t seem to figure out on my own how to get unstuck. Ernest was exactly what I was hoping for. He was like the CEO whisperer and came highly recommended by some very successful people I knew. He is just the right amount of challenge and support. We were able to identify some patterns that were recurring that were not just in my business life but woven through my private life too. More interesting still, some of the things that made me successful, held my company back from getting to the next level. If you’re considering working with a coach, he will help you figure out your own answers, craft the right questions, and help guide you to the next level of your business. Navigating life and business challenges shouldn’t be done alone. 

– Steve M / CEO / Merkwood Homes

I reached out to Ernest for personal brand coaching, and that quickly evolved into Ernest becoming my executive coach. That is when my career pole-vaulted to the next level. I was promoted from VP of Marketing and Customer Experience to Executive Vice President and then five months later I was made Chair of the board for another company the same group of shareholders own. All this in the span of ten months working with Ernest.

– Steve W. / Executive Vice President / Flaman Group of Companies

Ernest’s work with my team on digital transformation, personalization and the customer journey was both informative and inspiring. Whilst planning the agenda, Ernest took the time to understand our current level of expertise and the learning outcomes we wanted to achieve, resulting in many relevant and actionable insights. He really got the team, including our leaders, thinking!

– Jacqueline Cox / Director of Strategy and Development / SAIT

I had the honour of working with Ernest in his role as an executive coach. Ernest has a natural and intuitive ability to build rapport and trust which allowed us to make great strides very effectively. His questions and insights were indicative of his ability to take in a flood of information, synthesize it, distill it to its essence and come back with insightful and thought-provoking questions. We moved the needle a LOT in a very short time If you have the opportunity to work with Ernest – I’d urge you to sign up.

– Cindy Radu / Partner, Business Transition Services / BDO Canada

With marketing shifting so quickly into the digital realm, I needed to improve my entire team’s knowledge base and enthusiasm to help push Yamaha’s online efforts in the right direction. Ernest developed a customized strategy workshop that addressed not only the team’s knowledge base, but a number of issues where we could improve. Since then we’ve greatly improved our social media messaging, developed a strategy for in-house content production, improved our SEO performance, and optimized our web platforms for better user engagement. From top to bottom, each member of the department is engaged and ready to take on these new challenges. Ernest truly helped shift the thinking of the department.

– Bryan Hudgin / National Marketing Manager / Yamaha Canada

Next Steps

I work with 4-6 private clients at a time. This work requires deliberate commitment from both of us, and our fit is paramount for your success.

Since our engagements are tailor-made, fees and available programs are disclosed after you’ve had an Executive Preview – a one-hour coaching experience with me offered at no charge.

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