Mary Stacey, M.A. Founder and Managing Director
Mary integrates her role as managing director of Context Consulting with a portfolio of client engagements in the private sector, healthcare system, and higher education. Recent engagements include strategic advisement and executive team development with a global biotech company, design of an advanced leadership program in an Ontario hospital, and faculty development in undergraduate medical education.
Mary's work is known for developing collaborative and strategically aligned leadership cultures in complex and rapidly changing environments. She has authored whitepapers on navigating complex systems and developing leadership through action inquiry. A case study of her results is published in The Change Handbook: Best Methods for Engaging Whole Systems (2nd ed. 2007).
Mary teaches executive development programs at the University of Toronto and is a faculty member in the global Authentic Leadership in Action (ALIA) Institute. She has been a faculty member at the Canadian Medical Association's Physician Management Institute and an invited speaker at the MaRS Discovery District Best Practice Series, The Conference Board of Canada, and the Society for Organizational Learning.
Mary's MA in Leadership and Learning, BA in Psycholinguistics, Diploma in counseling, and executive coaching accreditation (ACTP) are complemented by her certification in various leadership assessments and her membership in the International Coaching Federation (ICF). An active volunteer, she coaches the American Marketing Association's executive mentors as they guide the next generation of leaders. Past appointments include the Board of the Center for Emerging Leadership and the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.
Samina Hashmi, Program Director
For almost a decade, Samina Hashmi worked with Engineers Without Borders Canada, both within Canada and Overseas. As the Director of Leadership & Organizational Learning, she led initiatives related to transformational change, organizational development, social change leadership, and self-organizing communities. Having worked with technical, non-technical and multidisciplinary teams, she harmonizes a unique right and left brain approach.
Samina is an engineer by training, a change catalyst by nature and a designer by curiosity. Connected with M.I.T.'s Presencing Institute, she integrates the social technology Theory U amongst a myriad of methodologies within her work; including Appreciative Inquiry, Complexity Theory, Action Learning, World Café, Open Space Technology, and Integrated Design Process as an accredited LEED Green Associate.
Most recently Samina was recognized by the Women's Executive Network as one of "Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women." In 2006 she received the Honours Medal for Outstanding Leadership from Carleton University, and in 2005 she was the recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction Award.
Grady McGonagill, Ed. D., Associate
For 30 years Grady has been the principal of McGonagill Consulting, specializing in building capacity for leadership, learning, and change. He has been a key adviser to McKinsey & Company in the development of a culture of learning and coaching. He helped the Firm develop innovative team leadership practices that have been adopted world-wide. In addition, he designed a high-impact coaching workshop that has become part of the Firm’s required curriculum. He was recently selected by the Bertelsmann Foundation to conduct a study on “Leadership Development in the U.S.: Principles and Patterns of Best Practice.”
Grady’s workshops on leadership have been offered through M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management and the Harvard-affiliated Center for Management Research. Grady holds an Ed.D. from Harvard University, an M.A. from Stanford University, and a B.A. from the University of Texas. Grady is a contributor to the Fifth Discipline Fieldbook, edited by Peter Senge et al. (1994), the author of a chapter in Executive Coaching, edited by C. Fitzgerald and J. Berger (2002), and the co-author of Leadership and Web 2.0 (2012).
Marie Legault, Ph.D., Associate
Marie is dedicated to helping leaders and organizations develop to their full potential for a sustainable future. Since 1996 she has helped public and private organizations in diverse sectors attain their business objectives. She designs and delivers integrated organizational and leadership development initiatives that support organizations’ visions, values, objectives, and strategies. She facilitates learning and transformative processes, founded on leadership and adult development principles, to accelerate the developmental process and optimize performance.
As a leadership coach, she guides and supports leaders and executive teams as they develop on three leadership levels – personal, organizational, and systemic. Her coaching has supported leaders develop and implement strategic plans, and energize them into action to lead change initiatives, to think systemically, to communicate effectively, to build relationships and teams, and to reflect on their leadership style and its impact on others.
Marie is a dynamic bilingual speaker and has written articles for various publications. She has a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems, a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training, a Bachelor of Commerce, an Executive Coaching Graduate Certificate, and a Professional Training & Development Certificate. Marie is an Academic Supervisor in the School of Leadership Studies at Royal Roads University. As a practitioner and scholar, her interests include the development of ethical leaders and organizational cultures and transformative change.
Chris Chapman, MSc., Associate
Chris is an experienced large group facilitator, who specialises in bringing diverse groups together to develop collaborative and integrated approaches to complex problems.
Since 2005, Chris has focussed his work on moves towards greater sustainability, bringing together coaching and mentoring for sustainability leaders and support for wider cross-sectoral and cross-profession initiatives. He works particularly with Theory U as a framework model to guide transformative processes and supports organisations and networks to adapt to increasing levels of complexity and unpredictability. Chris has worked systemically across public, community and private sectors and particularly in giving strategic support to Cloughjordan eco-village (Ireland), which is recognised as world-leading of its type.
Chris is a qualified coach and has an MSc in Change Agent Skills and Strategies from the University of Surrey Business School (England). His dissertation was on how the qualities and practices of leaders active in the sustainability field vary from those of other leaders and he has followed this up with a strong phenomenological approach to his work (i.e. encouraging greater appreciation of the nature of the human experience of doing particular work in particular circumstances and the human needs that have to be met as people progress on their developmental path)
Chris was recently described by a client as “a catalyst of space-holding-and-deepening with a mastery for connecting across communities and like-minded people”
Sergio Montiel, M.S. Associate
Sergio has worked internationally with both Fortune 500 and start-ups as an organizational learning consultant, facilitator, designer and coach. He has multicultural experience and a multidisciplinary background in management, business and social entrepreneurship. He brings systems thinking, leadership and change, art and philosophy, marketing and communications into a strategic design approach. He is also a certified executive coach and a senior ontological coach.
As the co-founder of Being Essence S.C., a global collective intelligence think-tank, Sergio had the opportunity to work with thought leaders in the theory, design, and practice of transformative learning organizations. Sergio founded a boutique communications firm in Mexico City and also led the communications strategy and strategic alliances for Laborum.com Mexico, the first jobsite for Latin America. Earlier, he founded and directed of a social networking enterprise which implemented leading edge technologies in the Ibero-American marketplace.
Sergio has a B.S. in Communications from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and holds a M.S. in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) and University of Texas in Austin (UT). He recently finished his first year as a doctoral student at the California Integral Institute.
Sandy McMullen, Associate
Sandy has completed training with The Coaches Training Institute and BCoach and is a certified member of the International Consortium of Business Coaches. In 2006, she was a recipient of the International Coaching Federation's Prism Award for Coaching Excellence.
Over the past eighteen years Sandy has built recognition as a professional artist and was a founding partner in a gallery in Toronto's Historic distillery District. She integrates executive coaching with gallery and studio visits, using the arts to support personal visioning and team development. Her clients find that integrating the arts with the insight gained through assessments helps them to access the territory demanded of leaders in complex environments.
Sandy oversees Context's assessment portfolio, and is accredited in several tools including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Emotional Intelligence 360 (ECI), the Enneagram, and the Reiss Desire Profile. She holds a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario.
John Gotziaman, Associate
John Gotziaman works with individuals, groups, and organizations to achieve identified changes and goals. As a trained CTI coach, he has 15 years experience coaching senior executives and facilitating groups and workshops. He has extensive experience building effective teams and managing conflicts. John employs an integrated approach in his work with corporate clients, impacting performance, leadership skills, and organizational capabilities.
John currently divides his time between Context Consulting and the Yonge Lawrence Centre for Consulting and Counseling. Prior to consulting, he was a college professor and head basketball coach. His college team attained a national ranking in Canada. John is MBTI accredited and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Waterloo.
Susan Welt, Associate
Susan is the principal of Susan Welt Design, a New York design consultancy. She leads Context's business identity and product development team. Susan brings an extensive list of accomplishments to her projects, including two illustration awards from the Society of Illustrators Annual Show, a Grammy Award based on her work with Tokyo-based Eiko Ishioka, and Excellence Awards gained during her tenure at Reader's Digest General Books. Susan is a graduate of the Parsons School of Design, New York.
Reilly Dow, Graphic Recorder
Reilly is a graphic recorder, artist and teacher. She brings to Context her unique ability to capture and record the words, images, and metaphors of conversations and collective thinking. Through Reilly's recording, participants see the story and themes of their discussions, and have their thoughts and contributions reflected back to them. Reilly is able to work and record in both English and Spanish.
She taught at the Modern American School in Mexico City for two years, where she also volunteered at Copilco Integral Development Community, teaching English to young children from low-income families. She designed and taught the Teaching Young Children diploma course for adults at St. George College in Toronto, where she certified students from abroad to teach English to young children as a second language, and encouraged them to look at teaching and education systemically.