About Gord Aker, MCC

I am an engineer by education and background.  This often takes people a bit by surprise as being a professional coach isn't necessarily something they associate with the technical profession of engineering.  As always, there is a story here.


My university education includes both Bachelor and Master of Engineering degrees.  After graduation, I worked in engineering research before joining TransCanada PipeLines Ltd. which has since become TC Energy.  At TC Energy I did technical work for eight years before moving to the field organization in my first formal leadership capacity.  After literally two weeks in that position, I knew something had to change...and that something was me.


It became very clear to me in my first leadership role that the eight people reporting in to me were far more knowledgeable and expert in their fields than I could ever hope to be.  It also became clear to me that my engineering approach was not going to be very helpful in my new role as a leader and so, I made a difficult but conscious choice.  That choice was to forsake my technical background and focus instead on who I wanted to become as a leader.


Fast forward ten years and four additional leadership roles of increasing responsibility and I made yet another change. This time it was to leave the corporate world and to focus on leadership development. A friend of mine introduced me to coaching and after my first training session with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) I was blown away at the impact that this approach could have in helping people achieve their dreams and aspirations.  I completed the training program and then the certification program and finally applied for and was awarded my first International Coaching Federation (ICF) credential.


I went back to industry after five years of entrepreneurship to re-test my own leadership taking on a role firstly as the President of a Registered Charity and then subsequently, a General Manager position with Pennwest Exploration, (now Obsidian Energy).  The oil price collapse in 2015 saw me back doing leadership development work again full time which continues to this day.


As for my on-going personal leadership journey, since 2019, I have been the Chair of the Board of The Military Museums Foundation which has not only allowed me to give back to the community but has also challenged me to continue to grow and develop my leadership capabilities.


I include some of the organizations I have the privilege of working with below, but of course this does not include the hundreds of individual clients I have worked with over the years.


On the personal side, I live in Calgary with my wife of 35+ years and have two grown children.


If you would like to explore your leadership capabilities in life or in your career - please don't hesitate to reach out.

I am proud to include the following organizations as clients:

  • Alberta University of the Arts
  • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG)
  • Calgary Humane Society
  • Canada Olympic Foundation
  • Canadian Orthopaedic Association
  • Gordon Food Services (GFS)
  • Intrinsic Innovations
  • Jacob's Canada
  • Maslow Centre for Executive Leadership
  • Mount Royal University
  • NOESIS Learning Incorporated
  • Pembina Pipelines
  • Petroleum Services Association of Canada
  • Queen's University - Smith School of Business
  • Richmond Strategy Group
  • Service and Hospitality Safety Association of Saskatchewan
  • Tenet Medical Engineering
  • TransCanada Corporation (now TC Energy)
  • United Farmers of Alberta (UFA)
  • Universal Geomatics Solutions Corp
  • The University of Calgary - Werklund School of Education
  • The University of Calgary - Schulich School of Engineering
  • The University of Calgary - Cumming School of Medicine
  • The University of Calgary - Graduate College


I am pleased to work with a small team of ICF credentialed coaches who bring a wide range of expertise to the development of exceptional leaders and highly effective teams. Collectively, we are positioned to offer tailored solutions to your talent needs, including coaching key and high potential leaders, leadership development programs and tools, facilitation and coaching skills training.  Highly skilled and diversely equipped, this group of professional coaches serves clients ranging from CEOs to new professionals from all sectors, including energy, technology and construction as well as education, government and non-profit.


If your organization is looking for a "one stop shop" to assist in creating exceptional leaders and powerfully effective teams, please contact me by filling in the form below.


Diane Bonneau, MCC

Diane Bonneau is a highly-skilled executive coach, professional mentor coach and facilitator who is passionate about developing people for success. For almost 20 years Diane has been challenging individuals, executives and teams to take risks, develop new skills and become authentic leaders. She routinely works with fast-growing and newly-merged companies of all sizes in industries such as oil & gas, construction, building technology and finance, facilitating offsite sessions and working with management teams and board of directors to create and execute strategies and solutions to business challenges.


Melissa Casey, PCC

Melissa specializes in developing visionary, inclusive leaders and she 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, Melissa maintains a deep commitment to diversity & inclusion and understands firsthand the powerful potential inclusion and allyship have on engagement, innovation, shared respect, and fostering excellence.


Kara Exner, PCC

Kara Exner has a passion for developing potential in others. She holds a Master’s degree in Adult & Continuing Education from the University of Saskatchewan, and has 20 years of leadership and training experience. She launched her business, Nine Lions Coaching, in 2005. Kara is a powerful coach and facilitator, and she has a proven track record of helping leaders get clear on their purpose, rediscover their confidence and talents, and take bold action to achieve their goals.

Bob Nogue, PCC

Bob Nogue is an executive coach, impactful trainer and insightful facilitator with extensive practical experience in senior management. Recognized for quickly building trust, simplifying the complex and offering perspectives that inspire fresh thinking. Consistent reputation for bringing passion, tenacity, optimism and professionalism to accelerating goal achievement for clients.


Services offered include: Coaching, Training, Facilitation, Leadership Development, Effective Communication and Change Management.

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