About Abby

About Abby


With formal qualifications in Executive Coaching, Business, Psychology, Occupational Therapy, and Yoga, I bring over 20 years of professional and personal development experience in Coaching and Leadership. I have been a faculty member with the highly regarded Integral Coaching Canada since 2014. I have worked with a range of executives from more than 20 nations. Coaching across cultures, continents, and time zones has enabled me to understand that executive leaders often face common and complex challenges. I value the opportunity to help each client surface and address personal and workplace challenges that are wholly unique to them.

Integrity infuses all aspects of my work and I have found that this frees my clients to explore and advance their own health and well-being; unearth meaning in their own lives, whether inside or outside the workplace, and to share their new-found perspective with others.

I regularly work with people, who, like me, are juggling competing demands between work, self, and home. As an executive coach on Johnson & Johnson International’s Executive Development Program for women, I had the privilege of coaching women from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. I am a continuing member on the panel of global coaches for the Global Women’s Leadership Development Program for Chevron USA. I am a member of the Epiphany Global Coaching Team where we deliver coaching to clients (Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Canadian Blood Services, Satellite Health Care, Ultragenyx, etc..) in over 70 countries. I have worked with the US Ed Tech firm 2U/edX since early 2017, coaching leaders in South Africa, the USA, and the UK, as well as running Enneagram assessments and workshops. I have coached men and women executives across the African continent through several programs led by the South African investment firm Old Mutual.  I have been an executive coach on Women in Leadership Programs at the South African Tax Authority, the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, and the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. Other clients include Prudential, Investec Private Bank, NinetyOne, Prodigy, Coronation, Accredible, and African Infrastructure Investment Managers.

I have also had the privilege of expanding my work to the nonprofit sector. My work in this area includes coaching unemployed mothers in Cape Town, South Africa to become financially and socially independent; pro bono coaching for nonprofit leaders working with refugees; and providing leadership development for Asia-based employees working for the anti-poverty nonprofit CARE USA. In East Africa, I enjoyed coaching leaders under 40 for an annual initiative funded by the Ford Foundation from 2017-2020. Other current clients include Zana Africa (Kenya) and MakeWay (Canada).

My strength is in coaching individuals in leadership roles who are at a point in their careers and personal lives where they are asking important questions of themselves and their environments around direction, purpose, and contribution. In doing this work, we also explore what it means to lead, work, and live in ways that are more compassionate and harmonious. My clients are able to do this self-reflective, often brave work because they respect and trust me and cherish my ability to create the requisite confidential space where they feel safe enough to share and to grow.

I partner with clients to make progress on what matters most to them, inviting both their personal and professional selves into our relationship. We begin by taking time to honor who the client has been up until now, developing greater conscious recognition of past ways of being, and loosening the grip of long-standing patterns that no longer serve them. Co-creating these new approaches calls for a carefully curated blend of development, letting go, progression and stretch; a unique process I have developed over nearly 20 years of coaching. We progress in a way that always aims to leave each client feeling honored, challenged, and more at ease.



Speaking personally.....

In late 2020, after 19 years of living in Cape Town, South Africa, my family and I returned to live on the west coast of Canada. I am married and we have two teenage daughters. I’ve run my own business in the field of coaching, facilitation and leadership development since early 2003. Prior to this I was an Occupational Therapist working in a variety of Adult Mental Health settings in Vancouver, Canada; as an Occupational Therapist and Professional Assistant at McGill University's School of Physical and Occupational Therapy; and with kids with learning difficulties in London, England.

I am passionate about all forms of physical activity that take place outdoors. On good days I am found trail running, practising yoga, swimming, cycling, hiking, or hiking in the forest (preferably uphill!). I love to read, write, explore new places, discover new music, walk my dog, and jump at any opportunity to spend time with my teenage daughters. I am energized by nature, sunshine, writing, time alone, and meaningful conversation.

I was born to New Yorker parents who migrated north into Canada during the time of the Vietnam War and then west to British Columbia. I was raised in a gorgeous artsy bohemian town on Kootenay Lake on the west coast of Canada called Nelson – a place I feel very proud to say I come from. As a child I traveled a lot with my parents including a 3-month journey from Canada to Australia. This trip included a 2-week journey across the Pacific Ocean (with only one sighting of land) aboard the Brigantine Soren Larsen, a 140 foot sailing ship. I’ve lived on 4 continents and in 5 countries and have traveled and explored in many more.

As my teacher and colleague once said to me, I am a ‘textured woman’. I’m an earth-child at heart – I feel most at home in nature, at outdoor music festivals, in my body and moving, at home, and with my family. I love yoga, hiking, swimming and trail running; I’m most often found wearing flip flops or running shoes and comfortable clothes; and I love rain storms, fog, and the smell of the ocean. I have a strong and rich academic background and 20 years of experience in the field of facilitation, individual and team development, and leadership coaching. I’m a spouse, mother, daughter and friend. I don’t like to miss out on anything, I try to do and be everything much to my exhaustion! I’m ambitious and sensitive and I have strong opinions. I’m fun and I’m mischievous but only if you’ve got a good eye for mischief (!) and I enjoy being different. I have big dreams and aspirations and I work hard to make them happen. I feel fulfilled by deep and ‘real’ conversations. I’m an introvert – I’m energised by my alone time but I am adventurous and enjoy meeting new people, traveling, and exploring new places.

I dream of being a writer and of one day writing my own story as well as the stories of my incredible clients. I feel honored that in my work I am able to listen to my clients share some of life’s most wonderful and most challenging moments. I consistently feel a calling to bring people together to share their stories so that they can know that they are not alone, that in fact they, no matter who they are, share many of the same fears, joys, challenges, and dreams.

My greatest joys in life include time with my family when we’re away from or outside of the routines of life, and being in nature.