Accolades, Applause and Testimonials

I take this opportunity to express my appreciation for your inspiring presentation on Generational Differences. Your years of research and your ability to present the subject in such an interesting way was remarkable and it was indeed one of the most memorable presentations that I have ever attended. Thanks again and I wish I could get another opportunity to attend a future session of yours soon!

Taha H. Child Care Services Unit Social Services Branch Community & Health Services Department, Region of York

“Colleen’s workshop at the AllerGen Trainee Symposium was a highlight of our event. The feedback we received was excellent.  Her presentation was both energetic and informative. We were unsure whether or not the trainees would embrace the interactive exercises, but our concerns were unfounded. Laughter filled the room. The trainees learned a lot about themselves and the people that they work with.”

Michelle Harkness, Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) and Events Coordinator

“It was an absolute pleasure meeting you this past week at the Canadian Payroll Association conference. I have taken with me a few strategies to staying happy at the office in my Payroll Position and in life in general. My mom and I have already made a game of using positive words in our conversations. I can’t be beat…woops I mean…. I remain the victor!!! You are THE most positive person I have ever met and thank you for spreading your energy. Thank you also for opening up my eyes to the possibility of meeting new people, or my new best friend. I have attached photos of the fabulous women I befriended at the conference.”

Reba Hector — Greenlight Consulting – Office Administrator, Toronto, ON

“Colleen, your humor, knowledge and insightfulness captured our attention at the recent CPA Conference in Ottawa. It was a delight to meet you and attend your information sessions. The value of your wisdom is already showing in both the contacts I share with my work colleagues as well as my personal relationships. Thank you again for just being you! I hope that our paths will cross again in the future.”

Shirley Doucette – Central 1 Credit Union

“I was so grateful that I met our CPA presenter: Colleen Clarke – “Newcomeers’ reception” before we started our opening reception. She pointed us to the right direction and taught us how to interact with strangers/ other delegates in a precise way. With her humourous and real life exercises, I realized that her great ideas / advice not only applies to the 1st time attendees for the conference; in fact, these also apply to our day to day interaction with others. Thanks for the tips and reminders. I practiced it immediately and found my attitude changed. I enjoyed each moment at this conference and I felt so comfortable with other delegates at the dinner table and at the seminars and made many new friends. By the end of the conference, I admitted that I made the most of it!! Yeah!!

I highly recommend that any first time attendees should come early to attend this “newcomers reception”. Thank you.”

Alice Chan – Canada Post Corporation

“The coaching sessions I had with Colleen was very valuable, they helped me triggered another level of thinking and self-awareness. Each session provided me the opportunity to reflect and focus on myself and identify areas I wanted to further improve or enhance. Colleen has been instrumental in the success of the sessions. She encourages, motivates and most of all challenges you to not settle, to always raise the bar a little higher each time you try; to think differently and consider different perspective. Coaching brought out the confidence and allowed me to get acquainted with the deeper level of myself , it had been a great experience, truly an eye-opener.”

J. Tan-Reyes, Vice President, IT Development Services

“Thank you for all your insight, feedback and for asking the right questions in our initial conversations…really solidified my focus and help me put my focus in the right area. Clearly paid off. Through some networking and a much better resume J I landed a job…It’s my dream opportunity so thank you!”

Jay Park, Director of Marketing

Alpine Canada, Calgary, AB

Thank you Colleen for the highly positive workshop( The Respectful Workplace) yesterday. I have received very positive feedback from the attendees and some have actually started practicing what they learnt. I really appreciated the way you managed to get the serious points across while maintain the lighthearted atmosphere. Everyone felt comfortable and part of the process. Looking forward to having you again for the second group.

Pamela Mazzaferro, HR Manager

Your column, “Tips for Avoiding Termination: Always look out for number one;” has helped me in my career development. It has inspired me to be the very employee I can be and at the same time to be cautious. I just changed my job because it was not satisfying in any way. Your column has help to make a wise decision. I am a person who hates changes and I would have stayed and be miserable but I learned from your column that I have to put me first.

A reader

A personal thank you for helping to make our Conference a success, you were rated as our #1 educational speaker this year. The Canadian Payroll Association’s 25th Annual Conference and Trade Show, Signalling the Next Level of Professional Excellence, held July 3rd to 6th in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, was a resounding success with the highest full conference delegates in attendance. Please accept our sincere thanks for your contribution to the success of this year’s conference. The feedback has been very positive regarding all aspects of the conference and the education content in particular. Thank you again for helping to make the CPA’s Conference both educational and memorable for all participants. Best wishes for continued success.

Wendy McLean-Cobban, CMP Manager Marketing & Communications
The Canadian Payroll Association

Thank you for your engaging and productive Networking seminar. After almost thirty years as a Sales and Marketing professional, I’ve attended more than a few business presentations. Yours was definitely one of the best. The combination of strong, no-nonsense content delivered in a quick-paced yet personable style was truly compelling. It was a pleasure to meet you and enjoy an afternoon experiencing your rare blend of personal warmth and consummate business professionalism. I wish you all success for the future.

David S. Gray BA, MBA Consultant
Fulcrum Search Science

“Colleen, thank your for conducting the Myers Briggs workshop at our Annual Leader’s Retreat. Myers Briggs is obviously a topic that you are passionate about! Your energy and professionalism made this an enjoyable and enlightening experience for our team.”

Sherry Ryan, Human Resource Manager
Arcon Metal Processing INC.

“My staff enjoyed the engaging and informal style you used to present the material [MBTI]. It quickly put everyone at ease and provided the optimum environment for learning. We are already noticing some of our staff utilizing the concepts you presented. I would also like to acknowledge the preparation and thoroughness of the supporting documentation you provided the team.”

Chris Gans, Director of Sales
Philips Speech Processing

“Your insight as to the individual and organizational requirements in “The changing world of work” helped us to achieve our educational objectives.”

Brenda Boagg, Vice President’s Office
Humber College

I want to let you know how much I look forward to our meetings and to thank you for all your help. The coaching is making a real difference – to my awareness and to the way I view and handle situations.


“I sent you an email while you were on Christmas vacation in California asking for help with my husband’s resume as he had just been given notice. You helped while you were away and again when you returned to Toronto. We were so grateful for your willingness to help. I wanted to let you know that my husband landed a job last week. He passed his resume around and received an incredible amount of positive feedback and support from those he met with. Thank you for your help and support.”

M.J.wife of B.J.

“Your topic about EQ-i really hit the mark. You were enthusiastic, organized, clear and motivational. Your transparencies and handouts were helpful and useful and your examples were realistic and adaptable to our own situations. We can practice some insights now.”

Lorraine Weygman, Director of Programming

HRPAO, West Toronto

Thanks again Colleen for the EQ-i seminar. I would like to talk to you briefly about the results when I see you next. In the coming years I will probably look back on that seminar and view it as one of the major turning points in my life. (So far there are about five turning points in my life, so your seminar is right up there in rating).


I truly thank you for your advice on my resume. As a result, I was able to secure a Sr. Financial Analyst/Assistant controller role with a handsome raise.

Waqas, February 2010

Here are some of the comments from the delegates on your presentation: “inspiring presenter, well-learned, very dynamic” “great mentor/motivator” “liked her exuberance, great presentation skills” “vibrant – interesting – excellent speaker” “captivating” “great sense of humour”

Kim McElroy, Program Director
Institute for International Research