Sue and Dan are passionate about making a difference in this world: listening, inspiring, maximizing engagement of leaders, community members, teachers and students to build a more just and sustainable society.
Dan Buchner is an award winning designer and innovator, entrepreneur and business executive, and leadership development professional. He has driven innovation in a wide range of organizations worldwide. For nearly 30 years, Dan has been developing innovative new products, creating compelling new services, and helping leaders foster innovative practices within their organizations. At the Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute Dan provided overall leadership, strategic direction, program philosophy, and design and delivery focusing on leadership for social innovation. Programming for youth included Alberta Youth Volunteers, Stoney Nakoda Youth program, and the Community Foundations of Canada Leadership Program.
Dan is a sought-after international keynote speaker and facilitator on innovation practices and organizational strategies. He has directed interdisciplinary projects for leading organizations such as Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, USAID, Shanghai GM, Center for Creative Leadership and the Prime Ministers Office of Singapore. Dan believes in the power of innovation and leadership to positively impact society. His recent work has involved using innovative thinking as an economic, leadership and social development tool in South Africa, El Salvador, Jordan, and India.
He has won numerous design and innovation awards. His perspective on innovation and leadership has been published in the Globe and Mail, Huffington Post and the New York Times. Dan is a graduate of the Co-Active Leadership Program and completed his coaching training through the Coaches Training Institute.
ACCOLADES for Dan
"After the work was presented to our Board of Governors, I can recall one board member saying, "10 years from now, we will look back at this meeting and say - that was the most significant initiatives in the history of our organization." I couldn't agree more."
EVP, Educational institution
"Your deep expertise and ability to light minds on fire were completely engaging. What a terrific way to learn. I absolutely reveled in the brain stretching exercises and involving approach. As surely many of us are, I'm eager to put my expanded skills to use immediately."
"You are an exceptional thinker, a creative soul, a luminary in bold and subtle ways, and a key creator of culture."
COO, Global consulting firm
Sue Abuelsamid is a specialist in cultivating leaders with a focus on using curiosity as a tool for engagement in authentic dialogue and designed relationship that brings about sustainable, impactful, and effective leadership. As an educator, entrepreneur, and professional certified coach, Sue brings a wealth of experience to deliver results that lead to real culture change and enables clients to design their ideal teams and lives while connecting with their whole selves.
Sue has designed and led a highly successful coaching skills training program for faculty and staff at Anne Arundel College in MD, and she has led corporate training in leadership development for Shell, Takeda, Great West Life Insurance, and ThoughtExchange. She has also partnered successfully with such organizations as The Banff Centre, Schouten Global, and the Calgary School Board. Sue is certified in The Leadership Circle 360 Profile assessment, and she also has an extensive background in outdoor education and leads backcountry women’s leadership retreats in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of Minnesota.
Sue has lived and/or worked in Mexico, Ecuador, the US and various parts of Canada. With over 25 years of experience in education and business, she creates a learning atmosphere that is powerful, engaging, and fun. Sue is a graduate of the Co-Active Leadership Program and completed her coaching training through the Coaches Training Institute. Sue is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post Blog and has recently published a book on Curiosity titled “That’s a Really Good Question”.
ACCOLADES for Sue
“My working relationship with Coach Sue has proven to be so rewarding in my personal life, I have introduced her services to my company. My staff has benefited both personally and professionally due to the results Coach Sue delivers. When I am having a bad day my staff jokes and says, it’s time to call Coach Sue.”
Founder, Restaurant Group
"Sue is brilliant, personable and can custom tailor her work on the spot. You’ll want to partner with her again and again."
Trainer, Leadership Institute
“Hi Sue, thank you so much for providing me with so much useful material and feedback. That was the best development course I’ve ever taken, I’ll be applying what I’ve learned throughout the rest of my career.”
Regulatory Professional , Energy Company