Why Barry?

Thirty years of being the “Go To” guy for management and the front line gives Barry a wealth of transferable education and experience that means success at every level for his clients, students and confederates.

Take a listen as Dr. Paola Lake interviews Barry on the tricky subject of how to make positive and lasting change in your life or at work: Click here to listen to podcast. (You may need to wait a minute for the episode to load. Enjoy the funky intro music before the interview begins)

Take a decade of upper and middle management experience with the Alberta Government, add his twelve years teaching mentoring and working in the human services field and then blend in years of emergency services training and experience with an International Coaching practice and what do you have? Someone who has unique and powerful skillset leading companies to the forefront of their fields, impacting not only their bottom line but keeping employees, managers and stakeholders happy as well. If you want someone who understands how government, private sector and non-profit organizations work, Barry can guide you.

As a Coach
Barry has been coaching professionally since 1996 and is both certified by Erickson College International and internationally accredited by the International Coach Federation as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC). His specialty is working with change and conflict often in extreme or hostile situations in small and large groups.

His passion is supporting committed people in transforming their lives and steadily raising their performance threshold even when overcoming deeply rooted long term issues. Barry has coached individuals, families and groups with corporate, professional and private challenges.

As a Trainer and Facilitator
For more than 30 years Barry has been extremely successful training individuals aged six to sixty-six in a diverse range of subjects. He’s taught Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice to kids, Fire Science to firefighters, to Coaching, Ethics and Clean Process to coaches and teaching mentoring to Mentor Coaches. He has also trained other service providers such as teachers, counsellors, fire instructors, members of the RCMP, and youth care workers. Barry always impassions participants to explore, challenge, and stretch to be their absolute best in that moment in time while striving to become better overall.

Barry has been part of the Erickson College International Faculty since 2007. He teaches The Art and Science of Coaching both on-line and in person. Under his own business, Pacific Change Mentors, Barry also teaches advanced graduate level coaching courses that he has developed as well as trainings for individuals and companies wanting to redevelop their relationship with time and tasks (personal and corporate overwhelm).

As a member of the business community
Barry’s experience in the business community is long and varied. He has more than 10 years experience as both a middle and upper level manager. He has extensive experience working in and with government, private and non-profit sectors.

As a Professional Mentor
Barry has been on the Erickson College Mentoring Team since 2007. He not only mentors graduate Erickson coaches as part of their training, he is also involved in teaching new mentors. Barry is also certified to mentor coaches wishing to become accredited by the International Coach Federation through the portfolio route.

As a Mediator
Although presently Barry currently only mediates in conjunction with his coaching practice, he has been a professional mediator since 1997 and has in excess of 3,000 direct mediation hours. Recently he has been asked to begin mediating Ethics Complaints with the International Coach Federation.

As a Speaker
Barry is available for keynotes, breakouts and half or full day workshops.

Professional Qualifications

  • Professional Certified Coach – International Coach Federation
  • Erickson Certified Professional Coach – Erickson College International
  • Neural Linguistic Practitioner
  • Certificate in Conflict Resolution/ Double Specialization, Mediation and Negotiation – Justice Institute of British Columbia
  • Restorative Justice Facilitator and Trainer – Arrowsmith Restorative Justice Society
  • Children Who Witness Violence Facilitator – B.C. and Yukon Transition Society
  • Trainer, Prejudice and Diversity – National Coalition Building Institute
  • Rainbows Facilitator, Grief, Children – Rainbow Society
  • Journeyman Electrician Interprovincial #K-04-003132

In addition Barry also has training in Expressive Therapies, Family Risk Assessments, Solution Focussed Brief Therapy, Sexual Attitude Reassessment, Working With Clients with Post-Traumatic Stress, Working with Sexually Exploited and Traumatized Youth and Adults, Effects of Trauma and Non-Attachment on Children in Families and is presently working on his Professional Designation as a Trainer.

Barry is an individual living life in appreciation and to its fullest. He loves spending time with his son Joshua and his wife Kim. Other joys in his life include rock climbing, cycling, sailing and giving back to his community with the Canadian Auxiliary Coast Guard.

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