“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, do not adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”



At Coaching for Excellence, an Ottawa professional leadership and coaching firm we provide services that support you and your team as well as your organization to meet challenges at hand, spark insight, and tap into human potential and possibilities. As an Ottawa professional coaching firm, please feel free to contact us for a confidential no-obligation consultation. Within a short time, we will be able to determine whether we can be of service or whether we can recommend someone who might be more suited to your requirements. In some instances, we are able to deliver services throughout Canada and the United States and, we encourage you to ask us about what capabilities we have to serve you.

We would be pleased to discuss with you how we can work with you collaboratively and invite you to contact us or reach us by phone. Please let us know what time is best to reach you.

27 Sawgrass Circle
Ashton, Ontario
K0A 1B0

Tel: 613.794.1615



“We are dependent upon each other for the narration of our own life-story.”

Adriana Cavarero


Coaching for Excellence is an Ottawa professional leadership and coaching firm, established in Eastern Ontario, Canada in 2012. We strive to be our client’s most reliable leadership and human development coaching, custom workshops and facilitation resources. As our clients can attest, we help clients connect passion to action, recruiting and benefiting from all senses and capacities as well as cognitive insight every step of the way to bring about extraordinary capacity and performance.

Since 2018, the Coaching for Excellence team has grown with the addition of Kim Orava-Pranschke. Kim is a senior Management Consultant, who provides assistance to public and private sector organizations to recognize, develop and realize their potential. Further, she is a director on several corporate and not-for-profit boards.

Prior to consulting, during her 25-year career, she held various executive positions in the Information Technology sector where she was known for building teams and delivering results – with growth, profit and sustaining revenue.

Most recently as VP Sales and General Manager - Canada, for Emtec Inc., Kim fostered lasting client relationships by offering the finest solutions and delivering superior results in the IT Service Management niche. As well, she oversaw Canadian operations for the company including Sales, Human Resources, Finance and Administration.

Prior to co-founding KOAN-IT in 2003, Kim worked at Cognicase (acquired by CGI in 2002) as VP - IT Infrastructure Solutions, where she excelled in business development, project management, team development, and process optimization.

Kim holds a BA in Economics and Information Systems from Carleton University and was a frequent speaker at professional associations including the IT Service Management Forum (itSMF) in Canada. Kim has become certified as a NOVA Consultant and continues to share her experiences and to empower individual and organizations to excel.


“All real change begins with self change. As enterprise leaders, our capacity for organizational growth is directly proportional to our own growth.”

Kevin Cashman


Our offerings are the tools and the approaches we use for change. Develop yourself, build your team. Increase focus and capacity, reduce overwhelm and dependency, drive engagement and impact and move from doing good work to great work. As an Ottawa professional leadership and coaching firm, many of these offerings are available at the location of your choice.

Individual customized programs for leadership development to equip yourself and your team (issue specific such as collaboration and communication, interpersonal skills, engagement and combines/integrates as appropriate assessment tools).

Individual and group coaching to accelerate transformation and cultural adaptation. To learn more about Coaching Circles, please enjoy the following link: Coaching Circles

Workshop and facilitation of pre-determined programs in strategic planning and team/individual effectiveness (experiential learning programs and action learning based).

Assessments and tools to receive valuable feedback that will impact your journey to become a highly effective leader.

Take your leadership development to the next level through our Leadership Development through Sports.

For additional description, please click here.

“With our programs, leaders learn to lead with the heart, check in with the gut and organize with the brain. All essential elements of effective leadership.”

Caroline Thibaudeau


Lately, we have been curious about unpacking the topics of essential leadership traits and qualities, how these show up in our bodies, actions and habits and how sport performances can help us learn how to be better leaders.


  • Caroline Thibaudeau “Being Leaders for Today, Tomorrow and Beyond
  • Caroline Thibaudeau “Top of Mind Leadership and Life Lessons From the Hill


    The following authors, poets, leaders and organizations influence our work. We are grateful for their wisdom and teachings and encourage you to explore these as well. In many cases, there are great TED Talks and on line resources available.

  • Brian Gagzer, "A Curious Mind"
  • John P. Kotter, "8 Step Process for Change"
  • David Whyte and the Institute for Conversational Leadership
  • Wendy Palmer and the Leadership Embodiment Institute
  • George Leonard & Michael Murphy "The Life We Are Given"
  • Peter Senge, "Presence"
  • Marshall Rosenberg, "Nonviolent Communications"
  • The Enneagram Institute
  • David Goleman, Richard Boyatzis & Annie McKee, "Primal Leadership"
  • Amy Cuddy and how the body shapes who we are
  • Brene Brown, Rising Strong and her TED Talk on vulnerability
  • Benjamin & Rosamund Zander, "The Art of Possibility"
  • Stephen Levine, "A Year to Live"
  • Daniel Coyle, "The Talent Code"
  • Arianna Huffington, "Thrive"
  • Daniel Kahneman, "Thinking, Fast and Slow"
  • Marcia Hughes and James B. Terrell and Emotional Intelligence in Action
  • Fernando Flores, "Conversations for Action"
  • “We shape our self to fit this world, and by the world are shaped again. The visible and the invisible working together in common cause, to produce the miraculous.”

    David Whyte


    Caroline Thibaudeau is an accredited integral development coach and is also certified in coaching circles and peer coaching. She is also a sports coach and brings this perspective and insight into enhancing human and organizational performance. She possesses a deep passion for evolving conscious leadership. One of the ways that describes her intention and way of being is finding how to best serve that which allows potential to flourish, grow and thrive.

    As a coach, Caroline is recognized as a “highly engaged, trustworthy and innovative coach/teacher that adapts very well to challenging/dynamic environments.” She is seen as “passionate and committed to assisting organizations grow and develop” and viewed as someone who “really listens and coaches based on… strengths and challenges…”. “Caroline is able to spark insights to help individuals be at their authentic best, whether on the ski hill or in the boardroom.” Caroline brings “creativity and perceptive abilities to enhance not only executive leadership skills and workplace performance but also management of work life balance challenges faced by many in today’s workplace.” “Caroline’s skill as an integral coach stood out, helping our participants work through a “what keeps you up at night” issues.”

    She is the co-author of the Sport Leaders Program designed to empower, enrich and help Canadian sport leaders build and hone leadership skills. She is a former Leadership Coach with the Canadian Olympic Committee, CO-OP Program, a former director with Sport Canada and is a strong advocate for excellence at all levels to enable sport to be a rich tool for human and leadership development. She is the owner of Coaching for Excellence, professional leadership and coaching firm. She is a strong believer in community and as such continues to be involved in various activities that help to enrich, empower, and create environments where people can grow and thrive. This is why Caroline is a volunteer with the International Coach Federation and with women peer coaching groups.

    As a former executive with the Government of Canada and through her experience in leadership positions including the ‘inner circle’ of the Privy Council Office of Canada, she is known to be able to offer strong insights to work through challenging and complex issues.

    Caroline is a lifelong learner and graduate from the New Venture West school of Integral Development Coaching. She holds a university degree from University of Ottawa in Social Sciences. She has also taught part-time in organizational psychology and possesses a number of other certifications and accreditations including from the International Coach Federation.



    Coaching for Excellence leadership and coaching and its sole proprietor, Caroline Thibaudeau retains a privileged information relationship with its clients in coaching relationships. As a member of the International Coach Federation and as a credentialed coach, Caro-line is guided in her interactions by a Code of Ethics that outlines enforceable confidentiality standards of conduct. For additional information, please click here

    Coaching for Excellence leadership and coaching undertakes to keep confidential all information passing between the client and coach and this includes all correspondence. Information will only be conveyed to others (including the sponsoring organization) with the full knowledge and agreement of the client.

    “The only secure truth men have is that which they themselves create and dramatize; to live is to play at the meaning of life.”

    Ernest Becker


    Our clients are as diverse as their needs are and the important part in coaching is to meet them where they are. Coaching for Excellence leadership and coaching has experience in working with the public, private and non-for profit sectors. Typically, there is a strong culture in place and strong knowledge of the subject matter and the relational and people aspect of team performances is the angle of development.

    As an Ottawa professional leadership and coaching firm, Coaching for Excellence has worked in the following sectors:

  • Legal
  • Values and human rights
  • Engineering & technology
  • Health & wellness
  • Defence and public security
  • Sport and recreation

    “Caroline’s unique customized program offers senior leaders the opportunity to harness their creativity and perceptive abilities to enhance not only executive leadership skills and workplace performance but also management of work life balance challenges faced by many in today’s workplace.”
    James Papadimitriou, Partner, McCartney Tétrault

    “Caroline is a life-long learner who demonstrates passion, positive energy and self-confidence. She is a gifted executive and leadership coach. She is always energetic, balanced, calm, focused, perceptive, trustworthy, respectful, and kind. Caroline is a true professional who draws from her life experience and wisdom that has helped my motivation, mindfulness, and communication skills, enabling new possibilities that will set challenging but achievable goals in my personal and professional life.”
    Heather McKenzie, Regional Offset Manager

    “Caroline is passionate and committed to assisting organizations grow and develop. She has deep knowledge about how to raise engagement and is expert at passing that on to her clients. During her time working with my team and me, Caroline has helped us "raise the floor" on leadership so that we can improve our ability to motivate, engage, and grow our teams.”
    Claude Farmer, Former CEO, Nexsan Technologies Canada

    “Caroline is a unique and talented coach. Deeply knowledgeable and compassionate, Caroline is able to spark insights to help individuals be at their authentic best, whether on the ski hill or in the boardroom. She coaches from the heart, and is passionate about developing human potential.”
    Andrew Foti, Founder & CEO of Avvōkat

    “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”

    Viktor Frankl


    Develop yourself – Empower your team!


    One-on-One Executive Coaching:

    A program tailored to the context of the client and the issue at the source of self-renewal and growth. Programs require a minimum of 2 hours per month directed coaching conversations. Price available on request.

    Learning and Development Workshops:

    Our workshops enhance leadership skills and capabilities to inspire, motivate and prompt better collaboration and communication.

    Individual Assessment tools:

    The tools we use will lead to a better understanding of oneself, including strengths and struggles. This insight will provide a foundation for personal growth and development.


    Building Coaching Skills from Within:

    A group/peer professional leadership and coaching program that builds the capacity of individuals to become coaches. It unpacks key topics that promote workplace effectiveness and productivity.

    Team Workshops:

    Bringing a team together to focus on one area of development will maximize group effectiveness and productivity. Topics such as communication, motivation and trust are commonly requested.

    Team Profile Tools:

    Using a tool to highlight key common team characteristics can quickly help a team gel, understand strengths and struggles as well as identify blind spots.



    The NOVA Concept™ is a set of tools used for professional development and enterprise-wide change used by:

  • Individuals looking to advance their game and perform at their best;
  • Leaders to build and empower teams;
  • Teams looking to enhance their agility and effectiveness; and
  • Hiring committees to determine a candidate’s best fit.
  • The NOVA Profile™ is a unique psychometric tool that identifies preferred behaviour styles, motivations, traits and values.


    The Enneagram can be seen as a set of nine distinct personality types, with each number on the Enneagram denoting one type. It is common to find a little of yourself in all nine of the types, although one of them should stand out as being closest to yourself. This is your basic personality type. It is a great tool to get to know oneself.

    EQ – i

    The Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i 2.0) is the world’s leading assessment tool used for assessing emotional and social intelligence and an excellent way to understand the emotional competencies of an individual.

    “The human mind cannot create anything. It produces nothing until having been fertilized by experience and meditation; its acquisitions are the gems of its production.”

    Georges-Louis Leclerc Buffon


    How do you develop your talent? What is your practice to get the best of you? Did you want to bring your professional leadership skills to a different level? Are you ready to take one, two and even three days do something out of the box?



    Because knowing is no longer a skill and you are the architect of your own talent


    Because you are driven to excel in all that you do and know it starts from within


    Take command to grow and thrive and start unleashing the power of you.


    Move to action and learn how you can use the power of sports as deep practice to develop a ‘spartan like’ quality to:

    • Read the environment appropriately
    • Stay aware and work through disruptive emotions
    • Take the right action rapidly and in the midst of chaos
    • Promote renewal

    Please contact Caroline for additional information at info@coachexcellence.ca

    “The limits of my language are the limits of my world.”