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Our Founder      

Karen Switzer-Howse is Founder and Principal of Quest’ar Pathways, a Canadian company offering executive and personal effectiveness consulting, coaching, and facilitation in leadership development, communication effectiveness, workplace relationships, dealing with change, stress management and work/life balance.

Karen specializes in assisting people to thrive by creating the “vital connections” necessary for getting ‘unstuck’ and creating more meaningful success in their personal and professional lives.  Karen uses the insight she has gained in the private, public and not for profit sectors to assist leaders to re-vitalize their workplaces and re-energize their people by re-igniting their passion for their work. Working with Karen, you'll discover how to integrate your knowing with your doing so that you can be the leader you want to be, and develop successful, productive, collaborative working relationships with others.  And not least of all - you'll re-discover how to have fun doing it!

Originally an environmental biologist, Karen's communication and interpersonal skills helped her evolve through many multi-faceted career opportunities, working in England, Canada and the U.S.. Her career encompasses work in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including research, adult education, public advocacy, policy development, facilitation, fundraising, organizational and Board development, public relations, seminar and workshop development and presentation, as well as business and alliance development and marketing.  Karen uses the knowledge gained from working  with a wide variety of professional and technical people to help professional people like yourself increase your thrivability

As Executive Director of a national not-for-profit, she worked with senior executives and government leaders and understands how both business and government operates.  She has extensive experience working with industry and governments in developing working alliances and collaborations. A key initiative resulted in increased corporate participation as well as increasing sponsorship and membership by 30% in one year.

As a “Business Development Specialist” in the Federal government she was instrumental in the development of research collaborations between government labs, private industry and others, including one project worth more than $3 million over 2 years.

Since 1998 she has operated her own business and coached business owners and sector leaders on how to improve their bottom line by creating great work environments.  She has successfully coached senior professionals in transition to leadership roles and professionals and business owners creating highly productive workplaces. One rapidly growing business redesigned itself from the ground up with Karen’s help and implemented a participatory management style which has resulted in additional hires and a 48% increase in business, with much improved  employee morale.

Ms. Switzer-Howse is an Alumnus of the University of Guelph, Coaching and Leadership International Inc., The Coaching Clinic™ and B\Coach Systems L.L.C..  She is a member of LeadU, CoachVille and the International Coach Federation, and certified as a national seminar leader specializing in stress and conflict management, interpersonal skills and communication. She is a past  Board Member of the Ottawa Chapters of both the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and the International Society for Performance Improvement. 

A believer in life-long learning, she recently graduated from the  B\Coach Performance Leadership Program after having completed both the core B\Coach Coach2 Program and the B\Coach Master Business Coach Program. She is working towards certification as a Business Coach as well as a Performance Leadership Coach.  She is currently enrolled in ongoing developmental programs at Leadership University (LeadU) and is Director of the Mentorship Program for B\Coach Systems L.L.C..

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