About Us

At The EQ Development Group, we are here to help leaders become more effective. We are passionate about leadership development, emotional intelligence, and building stronger organizations and teams. With more than 60 years of combined experience helping leaders to grow and develop, we have seen the impact of understanding and developing emotional intelligence and are honoured to be part of your journey. Contact us to discuss how we can help develop your leaders.

VISION

Trusted Partners, Positive Impact

VALUES

Passion
Love of Learning
Gratitude
Humour

OUR SERVICES

OUR TEAM

DREW BIRD

MSC, MA, FOUNDER, PRINCIPAL

Drew is an established leadership and organization development practitioner with more than two decades of experience coaching leaders, developing programs, and creating solutions that generate results. His broad exposure to organizations in a variety of sectors has allowed him to witness first-hand the difference that effective leaders, and effective leadership practices, can have on an organization and the people within it.

He is a Premier Partner and an approved Certifying Trainer for the EQ-i and EQ360 assessments by Multi-Health Systems (MHS), as well as the Risk Type Compass and the Hardiness Resilience Gauge. In addition, he holds certifications as an Achieve Global Master Trainer, is a qualified MBTI practitioner, and is certified in the Hogan HDS, HPI, and MVPI instruments.

Drew holds an MSc in Organizational Psychology from the University of London, England, and an MA in Leadership from Royal Roads University in Victoria, Canada. He is a member of the Canadian Psychological Society (CPA) and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

If you’d like to connect with Drew, don’t hesitate to reach out via email, or connect with him on LinkedIn or on Twitter.

KAREN BOWEN

MA, BA, CACE, SENIOR PARTNER

With over 25 years’ experience in leadership, learning, and organizational development, Karen provides comprehensive leadership curriculums and interventional organizational development services including an innovative Flagship Strategic Planning Process that helps clients define vision and direction that moves their organizations forward. Karen is a well-known and invited conference speaker at organizations including United Way, Crowe Mackay, and the Canadian College of Health Care Leaders.

Karen holds a BA in English, a Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education, and a Masters in Leadership through Royal Roads University. She is also a Master Trainer for the EQ-i 2.0 & EQ360, Hardiness and Resilience, and AQ. Her additional certifications include Multiple Brain Intelligences (Coach), Power+Systems, Clear Leadership, Human Systems Dynamics, MBTI, graphic facilitation and True Colors.  

Translating a somewhat mysterious world of personal and organizational values, leadership skills, team dynamics, and culture change into metrics, measurable trends, concrete strategy and practical objectives is a unique skill that Karen brings to her work.

 

If you’d like to connect with Karen, don’t hesitate to reach out via email, or connect with her on LinkedIn.

RACHEL MILLEDGE

MSC, OPERATIONS MANAGER

Rachel’s official title is Operations Manager, but she is more commonly referred to as the Director of GSD…that’s getting stuff done. Whether it is figuring out a technical problem, producing an online course, facilitating workshops or events, or fixing spreadsheets, she loves any problem that needs an organizational solution.

With a lifelong passion for making things more efficient and finding ways to streamline processes, she is just as likely to use a spreadsheet to track her skiing or paddling trips as she is to create one for budgeting or planning purposes.

Rachel holds an MSc in Geography and spent 10 years working in the environmental industry before transitioning to the organizational development world. She is a life long learner with a passion for personal development and taking on new challenges.

OUR COACHES

CATHY MORRIS

MA, HCS

Cathy is a leadership coach and talent development executive with 25 years’ experience partnering with professionals to build leadership capabilities and team bench strength. She is a Certified EQ Coach, ACC, Human Capital Strategist, and holds an M.A. in Sociology. Cathy is a seasoned workshop facilitator, speaker and is certified in the EQ-i/EQ360 & Hogan Assessments. 

Cathy partners with individual leaders and teams, to ignite and sustain workplace success. She helps individuals foster strategies for greater innovation, professional results, and a healthy work/life synergy. 

Throughout her career, Cathy has provided leadership in the areas of organizational design and change, team effectiveness, technical and business process redesign, and performance and learning management. She has managed P&L for Client Services and People Operations. Cathy’s experience with Fortune 500 businesses, startups, tech, financial services, higher education, and the public sector uniquely equips her to generate next-level impact with her clients. 

Cathy has served on the Board for the Greater Austin Chapter of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and serves her community through coaching and advisory support with several mission-driven organizations. Her genuine enjoyment of people, food, travel, art, family, and humor keep her senses energized and life rewarding. 

LEE CREVIER

MED, ACC

Lee is a passionate and supportive coach who loves to learn with others.  She completed her coaching program through the Co-Active Training Institute in 2013, is a certified EQ-i coach, an ACC, and has a Masters in Education.
 
She holds certifications in a variety of leadership development courses and has facilitated many programs to assist leaders to be their best, wherever they are at.  She loves the outdoors and spends time hiking, biking, skiing, kayaking, and traveling with her husband. 
 
Lee has a fun and constructive sense of humour that allows her to playfully relieve tension, while building clarity. She is cool under pressure and not knocked off balance by the unanticipated. Lee can be expected to use logic and heart to uncover hidden challenges and assist you to come up with effective solutions.

DR. KYLEEN MYRAH

PHD

Dr. Kyleen Myrah is an educator, professional speaker, entrepreneur and active member of her community. She is a Professor of Business at the Okanagan School of Business at Okanagan College teaching in the areas of marketing, management and entrepreneurship for over 20 years. 

She is also President of KyCo Management, a professional speaking and corporate training company specializing in leadership development, strategic planning and social enterprise. 

Dr. Myrah has worked with a range of clients in the non-profit, public sector and for profit arena, including Disney Interactive Worlds, Crestcom International, Windward Software, City of Kelowna and the United Way. Her strong commitment to community has led to numerous Director and committee positions with organizations including Community Futures, Central Okanagan Foundation, YMCA and Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.

In her spare time, Kyleen likes to stay active, travel & explore new places, and spend time with her family and amazing teenage children & high energy “Woodle” dog named Stella.

MAJA KARLSSON

MA. RD, ACC, CERTIFIED COACH, FACILITATOR

Maja Karlsson is a leadership coach, organizational development professional and registered dietitian with a passion for making workplace environments thrive. Her 15 years of leadership experience equip her with the knowledge, skills and insight to deliver real change when and where it is needed.

Maja is committed to personal and professional development. She has an MA in Leadership from Royal Roads University (Victoria, Canada), is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and is accredited as an ACC through the International Coaches Federation (ICF).

She brings with her an extensive leadership and management background from the health care industry. Repeatedly taking on unique roles that have not been done before by others has given her the chance to work with senior leaders in innovative ways that challenge the status quo.

Maja embraces change and works closely with senior leaders to make lasting change that supports clients, employees and the organization as a whole. She is adept at developing new and innovative programs, and has had particular success in providing leadership training and development opportunities to middle and upper level managers.

She is described by those who work with her as thoughtful, genuine, perceptive, and not afraid to “call it like it is”.