About Gord Aker

Gord AkerGord Aker, PCC

Hello, I am Gord Aker

...and I am not a Millennial!  Wait...what?  How can you coach Millennials when you aren't one?  There are two important answers to that question.  The first is, coaching is about creating a safe space for profound self discovery, creating plans of action and personal accountability.  You are the expert in your life, so I don't have to be.

Secondly, there is an age old saying that says: "The person you want to help you get out of the quicksand, shouldn't be in it with you."  I am good at what I do because I am not of your generation.   As your coach, I am not your friend... you have friends for that.

Besides, this is about your life and your innate potential and fundamental talent to lead and I am extraordinarily passionate about leadership.  When people think about leadership, they often think about their "boss" or perhaps some of the world's most inspiring leaders, Gandhi, Mandela, Churchill or John F. Kennedy for example.  But what about you?

I think leadership is a talent and that everyone has some, although not the same amount.  It bothers me greatly that with authentic leadership in such demand, (yeah the world really needs more!) that many people's individual leadership capability is left undiscovered, undeveloped and unrealizedClick here to read my Leadership Manifesto.

It is about making sure each and everyone of you lives up to your full potential as a change agent and leader in your lives and in this world.

I am particularly committed to helping Millennials and young professionals develop their leadership talent for who better to influence positive change in the world than those with the greatest opportunity and the most at stake?

Credentialed Executive Life Coach

I have been trained as an Executive Life Coach by one of the best coach training schools in the world, The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) out of San Rafael California.  Their training and certification program is second to none in my opinion - but of course I am biased. To complete the core training and the six month certification part of the training program took me close to 18 months. 

The coaching profession is largely unregulated, so over 20 years ago, a group of coaches got together to create the International Coach Federation which is the largest global body for regulating professional coaching standards.  The ICF not only certifies coach training programs like The Coaches Training Institute, it also ensures coaches adhere to a code of ethics. In addition, the ICF also provides coaches with a credential based on their training and their experience.

There are three credentials available to coaches.  The first is the Associate Certified Coach or ACC.  The second is the Professional Certified Coach or PCC and the highest level is the Master Certified Coach or MCC.  I have obtained and maintained by PCC credential and am working towards my MCC.

To maintain an ICF credential requires that you reapply every three years and within that time frame a coach must document over 40 hours of coach specific (and ICF approved) additional training.  Coaching is serious business for ICF Credentialed Professional Coaches.

Coaching Experience

I am delighted to include among my clients, the Smith School of Business at Queen's University where I am an Executive Coach supporting their various MBA programs.

A bit closer to home, I am also the principal Executive Coach that supports the Maier Student Leadership Program at the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary.

And I am also the Executive Coach that supports the student leaders of the Leaders in Medicine Program at the Cumming School of Medicine, also at the University of Calgary.

Experienced Leader

I have had the great fortune of gaining over 20 years of organizational leadership experience over the course of my career.  While I was at TransCanada Corporation, I held numerous different leadership roles that included nine years in the field organization working with front line staff and supervisors.

I also ran a registered charity for two years as the President, reporting to a Board of Directors and subsequent to that, I spent two years as the General Manager of Production Reliability at Penn West Exploration Ltd.

In addition, I have held leadership roles in a number of volunteer organizations including the Calgary Chapter of the International Coach Federation.

When it comes to developing leaders, I am not only an excellent coach, I also have the experience of working in organizations and am very familiar with both the challenges and opportunities that entails.

Aren't you ready to grow into the next stage of your life?  Contact me now and let's get started!

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