Vera Keown

I am a ...

Career Coach,
Executive Coach,
Leadership Coach,
Performance Coach,
and Team Coach.

My location

Winnipeg, MB

My bio

I have over 25 years of experience cultivating exceptional client relationships, leading and managing projects, programs, and teams, and mentoring individuals to grow and succeed in their careers. I have advised researchers, business owners, entrepreneurs, professionals, academics as well as students on various aspects of their work and careers.

I am a graduate of the Royal Roads University’s Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching, a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and hold the designation of Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with ICF. I hold a B.Sc. (Honours) in Genetics and a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS). As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, I help individuals and teams uncover their unique qualities and strengths to help them perform at their best. I believe teams are more productive and successful when each member is given the opportunity to contribute in ways that optimize their strengths and talents.

Through coaching, I empower people to realize their true potential so that they experience success and fulfillment in all their pursuits. I partner with clients so that they can become the leader they were meant to be through confidential, one-on-one executive and leadership coaching. I equip leaders with the skills, knowledge, and competencies to bring out the best in others through leadership coach training. I provide insight with assessments and tools to enhance personal and team effectiveness.

Finally, I champion innovation, collaboration, and positive change through engaging and energizing group and team facilitation and coaching.

My credentials

ACC (Associate Certified Coach)
International Coach Federation
CEC (Certified Executive Coach)
Royal Roads University
B.Sc. Honours (Bachelor of Science)
University of Manitoba
MLIS (Master of Library and Information Studies)
McGill University

My approach to coaching

I pride myself on creating confidential and trusting relationships – a positive and supportive environment to share challenges and concerns. I listen fully and provide honest feedback, and the opportunity to expand your self-awareness. I work with you to co-create solutions tailored to you. Through our coaching sessions, you will create strategies and actions that are personal and specific to your situation.

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My rates

Inquire about available coaching and facilitation packages for individuals and
teams to suit your budget.

My ideal client

I work with professionals from all industries. My clients work on challenges related to managing and leading others, mid-career change, professional performance improvement, communication, imposter syndrome, self-confidence, and taking their career to the next level.

I collaborate with organizations looking to bring a positive and empowering approach to strategic planning, change management, team development, or process improvement. With 27 years of experience as a special and academic librarian, the last 7 in a senior leadership position, I have coached library leaders across the globe. I am an enthusiastic supporter of bringing the power of coaching to libraries. I am a key contributor to the International Federation of Library Associations’ (IFLA) Coaching Initiative .


Contact me

International Coach Coalition