MEET OUR TEAM
Glenn is the founder and lead coach developer at COACH+. He is well known for driving change, enhancing capacity and fostering excellence with local, provincial, national and international organizations. Fully committed to the idea that context matters, working in Canada’s First Nations, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and 15 other countries he has learned that listening, asking questions, and making context the leading consideration is his most effective approach. Considering context might even be Glenn’s superpower.
The owner of an incredibly robust Rolodex, Glenn believes those connections are opportunities for meaningful, long-lasting mutually beneficial relationships. An advanced programme graduate of the only Coach Developer Academy in the world (Tokyo, Japan), Glenn has since returned to instruct in the programme on two occasions.
One of Glenn’s personal and professional highlights was attending the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer in Dubai, UAE as a head coach in the Team Canada delegation.
Beth was the 2013 Fox 40 Ontario Female Coach of the Year and is the current Assistant coach of the men’s varsity rugby team at the Royal Military College. Barz is a brilliant example of the power of coach development and education.
Citing her evolving coaching philosophy, she has focussed on challenging and supporting others to reach for their potential. She continually collaborates with others in the Canadian sport community in service of continuing growth and development of sport in Canada. Beth has completed her NCCP Level 4 certification in rugby and is a Learning Facilitator and Mentor Coach for the Advanced Coaching Diploma program. She is also a Master Learning Facilitator and Evaluator in Rugby and a Multi-sport Learning Facilitator. Additionally, Beth is an International Rugby Board Trainer.
Beth plays a key role as a seasoned coach developer with COACH+. Currently working on her PhD at Queen’s University, her academic approach is critical to the work the organization does. While her contributions are founded in evidence and research, she is quick to remind everyone “I’m a coach and practitioner first”.
Jessica is a communications professional with nearly 15 years of experience in marketing, student recruitment, government, and media relations. She is passionate about holistic health, living in authenticity, and rethinking so-called known conventions. She works in the education sector at the First Nations Technical Institute in Ontario, Canada.
She has been a champion for healthy Indigenous youth and recently has supported young girls by participating in the James Bay Girls at Bat program. The program sets the goal of helping female Indigenous youth develop life skills, peer connections and to find a place where they are able to flourish.
Jessica is of Anishinaabe descent, happily married to her husband Shawn, and the proud mother of four lively teenagers.
Jamie is the COACH+ storyteller. He brings complex concepts and ideas into clear, pleasing, easy to understand, images and graphics.
When asked about his biography, he simply says “I’m a former professional volleyball player and now an animator and creative director, telling stories to a wide audience”.
Well, that didn’t take much ink.
Madie has been a recreation professional for almost a decade. She’s a proud Panther who graduated from Canadore College with a diploma in Recreation and Leisure Services. She has invested significant time and energy as an organizer in large events such as sports championships and industry conferences. Recently, the Canadore College Athletics department has been the beneficiary of Madie’s relentless and high-performing organizational skills as a Varsity Assistant. Madie is an effective leader and coach with the Special Olympics Golf and Powerlifting programs in North Bay, Canada.
Hint – Don’t get techy and try to talk her out of using her pen and notebook; a very colour-coded, tabbed notebook.
DR. STEVE NORRIS
Steve is a leading performance consultant/conversationalist and applied sport scientist who is much sought after as pivotal speaker and presenter internationally. He focuses upon the understanding and creation of sustainable systems and cultures aimed at performance and excellence. These are areas of attention for both sport and business endeavours as organizations move from early inspiration to continual implementation of specific processes, behaviours, and habits.
Steve is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Alberta SportConnection (the Crown agency responsible for sport in Alberta) and professionally works with Swim Alberta, the PGA of America, Hockey Canada, International Ice Hockey Federation and a select group of international corporations.
He joins COACH+ in its work with esport coaches and their community.