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“You are what you believe yourself to be.”

Paulo Coelho

Hi, my name is Karen Calder.

I’m a transformational change leader, consultant, and coach whose life’s journey has led me to empowering women and organizations to break free from the confinement of their limitations.

I have 25 years of experience building a progressive career within several Fortune 500 companies.

In my last role I reached my goal, I became an Executive on the Leadership team at Walmart Canada. I did it!  I climbed the ladder and I reached the top, I made it.  But something was missing, I wasn’t happy…but shouldn’t I have been?

service offerings


Many leaders and employees possess more potential to excel but don’t or don’t know how. That’s why high performing organizations provide professional coaches to their employees to help with their most challenging situations. Karen Calder’s Coaching Services provide personalized, one-on-one support to help your executives, managers, and individual learners develop their leadership skills, build relationships, overcome challenges, accelerate their development, think differently and achieve their goals resulting in an increase in their and their team’s performance. 

Coaching for Every Level of Your Organization:

  • C-Suite Advisory
  • Female Leaders
  • High Potential Leaders
  • First 90 Day Leader Onboarding & Assimilation
Organizational Culture and Change Consulting

With over 25 years of experience in helping leaders and organizations transform, we will customize an approach unique to your needs that will connect the vision, culture, strategy to the expectations of leadership and employees to yield significant and sustainable results. Through measurable, coachable, accountable, and transformational development experiences, the leaders with whom we work with are better prepared to steer their organizations through the most demanding challenges.

Our unique 5D approach – Diagnose, Define, Design, Deploy and Drive is simple to follow and covers the 3 key phases of change – beginning, middle and end.  Most importantly, we will work with you until you get the result we promised.

For more information please call or email us at 416-993-7279 or


Karen has designed over 100+ programs at every level in a variety of industries and organizations. She is a skilled facilitator who leverages her Master’s in Adult Education and her 30 year career in learning, development and change to customize programs that motive, inspire and bring about the required behavior change. Karen is known for her simple design and engaging classroom experiences. 

Areas of specialization include:

  • Leading with Courage and Confidence – for women
  • Mindset Mastery for High Performance Leaders
  • Customized Leadership and Management Programs
  • Team Building
  • Leading Change
  • Personal Resilience
  • Effective Intelligence
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Celemi Decision Base Simulation 
Keynote Speaking

I will inspire, engage and motivate your audience by sharing my story, “My Life in a Straight Jacket.”

Interested in learning more or booking an initial chat with me? CLICK HERE


Karen led PCMA on a journey of leadership, employee and cultural transformation. Her coaching, leadership and insights has taken us from awareness to action in realizing our vision of being the organization that achieves global economic and social transformation through business events.


Sherrif Karamat, CAE
President & CEO PCMA

“I first met Karen at a work event where she spoke to a group of us about Personal Development. She said something that day that genuinely resonated and stayed with me ever since. “Silence your can’t.” Such a simple yet strong message. This is precisely what working with Karen is all about. Silencing your can’t.


Karen goes deep into helping you identify the negative thoughts and behaviors that are holding you back from being your best self by using cognitive behavioral techniques. She also uses her own personal experiences in making you feel comfortable in sharing yours. She holds you accountable, and in coaching this is key. She guides you in the right direction but ultimately, it is you that has to do the legwork.

Working with Karen has helped me to identify what I am truly passionate about in hopes of turning it into a career. It has also helped me identify what does not work with my values and beliefs and what I cannot continue to accept as status quo.

I am still a work in progress, but I now have the tools in place that will help guide me into a positive mindset that is worthy of whatever comes my way.”

Sabina Osadca, Branch Manager

“Karen is an energetic, compassionate and dedicated coach. Her open and non-judgemental approach helps to build trust quickly and she goes above and beyond to connect with her clients. She provides ongoing support throughout the coaching journey and holds her clients to account to achieve optimal and continuous personal or professional growth.”


Trang Phan, Senior Advisor,
Corporate Affairs and Initiatives

my life in a straight jacket

Wait for it…“My Life In A Straight Jacket”
The book and podcast are on their way!