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About Maslow Centre

Cultivating self-actualizing leaders and self-actualizing organizations

Pioneering A New Paradigm For Leadership And Organizations

A self-actualizing organization is a purpose-driven, people-focused, high performing organization. We provide coach certification programs and consulting on coaching systems designed towards building self-actualizing organizations. We equip leaders to become coaches and build a culture of coaching into the organizations. Our programs have three main objectives:

• Unleashing people potential
• Unleashing organizational potential
• Unleashing strategic potential

We believe that there is a new leadership paradigm that leads to understanding human dynamics and corporate dynamics in order to create world-class organizations and we pioneer that.

Read our article on Why work with Maslow Centre or watch a video from our CEO explaining our purpose.  

Maslow For the 21st Century

We are working on revising Maslow’s work for the 21st century and how it applies to organizational cultures.

Abraham Maslow, the author of the hierarchy of needs, is among the top 10 cited psychologists of the 20th century. He is one of the founding fathers of the humanistic psychology movement and his work explores the farther reaches of human nature, it explores our potential.  

The characteristics of self-actualizing people are even more relevant today. Our approach builds on Maslow’s view and helps leaders and organizations understand how to be more people and potential focused.

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs provides a powerful framework to understand our potential for growth and to determine what’s preventing us from fulfilling that potential. Join us in the conversation to revise this influential model in the pursuit of building self-actualizing organizations.

Our Founders

Our founders came together with the same belief: that coaching has the power to pioneer change in the world. Through their experience, they’ve witnessed firsthand the effects of how the coaching mindset can maximize human and organizational potential. It was out of that shared vision, to teach leaders to invest in a culture where self-actualization is possible, that Maslow was founded.

Timothy Tiryaki

Timothy Tiryaki

PCC, PHD CANDIDATE, M.Ed.

Timothy is a global expert who works at the intersection of organizational culture and coaching. He is the founding and managing partner of the Maslow Centre for Executive Leadership, pioneering a unique approach of building coach leadership frameworks and “culture-actualization” to meet the workplace needs of the 21st century. Timothy has worked at large organizations such as Procter & Gamble, Intel and Index Group in Sales, Marketing and HR. He has coached C-level leaders and taught at Bogazici University Lifelong Learning Center, Global Knowledge Canada, and Simon Fraser University. He holds seven coaching certificates, is trained in multiple coaching styles and is currently writing his PhD. thesis on Wise Leadership for Organizations. Timothy has four published books in Turkish, including one on coaching, and he has worked with clients such as MEC, Telus, Aviso Wealth, Doctors of BC, and Suncor.

Diane Bonneau

Diane Bonneau

MCC, PMC

For over 20 years, Diane has inspired leaders and teams to take bolder risks, to focus their passion and to work creatively to fulfill an organization’s purpose. As an ICF Master Certified Coach (MCC) and a Professional Mentor Coach (PMC), she has mentored many coaches over the span of her career. She's a leading figure within the coaching community and her program, Mastery in Coaching, is highly sought after by coaches and leaders seeking to hone their skills and apply them within their organizations. She’s extensively involved in the coaching community as a Past-President of the ICF Calgary Chapter and in 2015, the ICF honoured her contributions by establishing the Diane Bonneau Coach Development Scholarship.

Our Team

Our team of professionals has a wealth of knowledge from diverse backgrounds and experiences but they all share one vision: to transform leadership in the 21st century by building a culture of coaching at organizations, designed to help employees thrive.

Gordon Aker

Gordon Aker

PCC, M.Eng.

Gordon is an executive coach who has a passion for the power of effective leadership to inspire exceptional performance in others and create sustainable value in organizations. He specializes in helping leaders move out of reactive and fear-based leadership styles (which we refer to as “below the line”) and towards their noble purpose using more thoughtful, responsive and creative forms of leadership. Gordon is known to bring his lighthearted humour, thoughtful perspectives and a deep commitment to professional service in support of human development.

Yene Assegid

Yene Assegid

MCC, PHD. M.B.A.

A seasoned multi-lingual transformational leadership practitioner with 29 years in the field of leadership and personal development, Yene is known for creating opportunities for sustainable intentional transformation at the individual, organizational and community levels. Her approach is based on systems thinking, understanding leadership from a holistic integral perspective based on the living dynamics and interactions between our individual realities and the many levels of collective realities that make up the world we live and work in. Yene is the founder of ELF Program, a leadership development program for young women. She also currently serves on the board of IFC Foundation.

Bob Nogue

Bob Nogue

PCC, CPA, CA

The roles of executive coach, impact trainer, and insight facilitator are all strengthened by extensive practical experience in senior management. With Bob's approach, he quickly builds trust, simplifies the complex, and offers perspectives that inspire fresh thinking. Bob has a consistent reputation for bringing passion, tenacity, optimism and professionalism to accelerate goal achievement for clients.

Laura Dowling

Laura Dowling

PCC, M.SC.

Along with energy and passion to launch transformational leadership in organizations, Laura brings a wealth of global experiences to her solution-focused coaching and facilitation practice. She specializes in strengths-based leadership (CliftonStrengths), emotional intelligence and mindset education; all tools that equip emerging and established leaders so they can maximize personal and organizational effectiveness. Laura has worked in the leadership development field for 8+ years across several sectors including non-profit, government, corporate, higher education and high-performance sport.

Melissa Casey

Melissa Casey

PCC, M.Ed.

Melissa specializes in developing inclusive, emotionally intelligent, coach-like leaders and is passionate about working with teams who are on the quest to becoming the kind of team that others aspire to be a part of. At her core, she maintains a deep commitment to diversity & inclusion and understands firsthand the powerful potential inclusion has on engagement, innovation, shared respect, and fostering excellence. To her coaching practice, Melissa brings over 17 years of leadership within post-secondary administration, with a focus on senior leadership, international partnership development, and strategic planning.

HsuanHua Chang

HsuanHua Chang

PCC, M.B.A, M.Sc.

With 20+ years of experience in technology (product management, marketing, architecture, and software) and 17 years in coaching, HsuanHua supports leaders to achieve their goals by broadening their vision, increasing their capacity and building a meaningful career. HsuanHua integrates her passion for emerging technology evangelism and business strategy together with leadership development, team building, and emotional intelligence.

George Mutendadzamera

George Mutendadzamera

ACC, BL, LLB

George works enthusiastically with individuals, groups, and companies to guide them in discovering their deepest desires, reaching their true potential, and achieving their personal and professional goals. He has a passion for coaching, helping people live happier, healthier, more abundant lives and is an intensely, growth- and goal-oriented person who is passionate about helping others fulfil their dreams. Imbued with a passion for teaching and motivating people, George has hosted programmes on social media platforms and is a regular contributor of personal development articles in various publications.

Lucy Wang

Lucy Wang

PCC, M.B.A

With more than 17years of managerial experience in hospitality at Accor, Hilton, Langham & Melia, Lucy has a passion and belief in the mission of “developing people on their unique strengths and best-selves. As a coach, Lucy supports various types of corporations on their executives and team developing to be confident in building relations and positive influence. Lucy is a also certified Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, Certified Counsellor and has an MBA.

Sophie Bonneau

Sophie Bonneau

PCC, M.A.

Sophie is a professional coach with a Masters degree in Cognitive Sociology. With over 12 years of experience supporting people-focused strategies and elevating leadership priorities in organizations, she has a passion for working one-on-one to accelerate personal growth and professional development.

Chloe Tiryaki

Chloe Tiryaki

Director of Operations & Enrollment

Chloe Tiryaki is passionate about the intersection of art, creativity and coaching. She brings 20 years of work experience in Operations & Sales across countries and worked at companies like The Bay, CWB and ADT in Canada. Chloe is trained in Solution Focused Coaching and Maslowian Coaching and is on the path of getting her ICF coach designation.

Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith

Director of Coaching Certification Programs ACC, B.B.A

With a knack for relationship building and leadership development, Lisa has the ability to make a difference in organizations by helping leaders transform their culture. In addition to Lisa’s 15 years in Human Resources roles—including talent development, culture transformation and training and facilitation—she has been recognized for her community work, having received a Paul Harris Fellow, a United Way Spirit award and BC Human Rights award.

Brianna David

Brianna David

Project Coordinator

Passionate about people and leading initiatives forward, Brianna has a background in psychology, customer service, facilitation, and social psychological research. With optimism and an enthusiasm for learning, Brianna has facilitated workshops on healthy communication, safe sexual practices, and media literacy to empower youth to take ownership of their rights and sexual health. She has also coordinated and assisted in data collection for two years at the Social and Emotional Cognition Lab at UBC.

Jackie Appleby

Jackie Appleby

Online Business Manager

Jackie’s many years of experience working for large corporations has taught her that people are what matters most. As a lifelong learner who’s always ready to assist where needed, she brings a unique talent for building teams in a way that incorporates best practices in processes and technologies while keeping in mind the human aspect of a company.

Nihan Aygun

Nihan Aygun

Marketing and Communications

Nihan has worked in marketing communications for over 25 years in Istanbul, Toronto and across Europe at BBDO, DDB and Proximity. In 2010, she became a corporate coach working with senior executives. Nihan has currently combined her two careers by joining the Maslow team as our marketing and communications consultant.

The Terms

Self-actualization | [SELF-ACTU·AL·I·ZATION] NOUN

Self-actualization is the realization or fulfillment of one's talents and potentialities, especially considered as a drive or need present in everyone.

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