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Lynda Gerty

Certified Executive Coach, Professional Certified Coach (CEC, PCC)

Master of Arts, Human Systems Intervention (MA)


Tel: 604-319-7999

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Professional summary


Lynda Gerty is a collaborative process consultant, accomplished group facilitator, and Certified Executive Coach. She specializes in catalyzing individual learning and leading participatory group processes that increase the health and effectiveness of human systems.


Lynda collaborates with clients virtually and in-person to explore challenging situations, gather new information and perspectives, analyze root causes, and design powerful interventions that catalyze sustainable change. Her approach is collaborative, data-driven, and strengths-based. Lynda is passionate about supporting people to navigate change and uncertainty, and address seemingly intractable issues.

Work experience



Lynda Gerty Coaching & Consulting

September 2014 - present

Lynda collaborates with individuals, groups, and organizations to increase their capacity and effectiveness through executive coaching, group facilitation and process consulting. She works with clients virtually and in-person, serving individuals and organizations across Canada and the US, as well as internationally. 


Recent clients projects include:

  • ArtStarts in Schools (leadership team coaching and executive recruitment)

  • Fresh Roots Urban Farming Society (strategic planning design and facilitation)

  • Rainbow Refugee (strategic planning design and facilitation)

  • Canuck Place Children's Hospice (team development and process consulting)

  • TELUS STORYHIVE (leadership coaching and team development)

  • City of Vancouver (stakeholder consultation process design and facilitation)
  • Canfor Corporation (executive coaching for Accelerated Leaders Program)

  • Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (e-team coaching, strategic renewal process, retreat facilitation)

  • Plastics Movement Alignment Project (executive coaching and recruitment)

  • Art of Leadership at Hollyhock Retreat Centre (assistant trainer and leadership coach)

  • PainBC (provincial conference co-designer and facilitation team member)

  • Canadian Blood Services (active listening & feedback, capacity building training)

  • BC Public Service Agency, Performance Management Division (provincial staff retreat)

  • BrainBoost Education (organizational redesign and strategic planning process)

  • Writers Exchange (strategic planning design and facilitation) 

Public Engagement Manager

David Suzuki Foundation

March 2015 - July 2017

Led a national team of public engagement specialists; specialized in balancing individual coaching and development with team alignment and effectiveness; managed national public engagement initiatives and the volunteer leadership development strategy; strengthened organizational culture, team capacity and internal communications; designed and delivered high impact learning activities internally and externally.


Director, Engagement
Vantage Point

July 2010 - February 2015


Co-authored The Abundant Not-for-Profit, which inspired hundreds of not-for-profit leaders to rethink and redesign their workforce planning and talent strategy. Coached, consulted and facilitated learning opportunities for senior executives and board members of not-for-profits on topics including governance, leadership, organizational development and innovative people engagement. Recruited, trained and led a high performing team of 60+ subject matter experts as knowledge philanthropist facilitators.

National Co-Campaign Manager

Nathan Cullen Leadership Campaign

October 2011 - March 2012


Worked alongside the Co-Campaign Manager to lead all aspects of the campaign strategy, management and operations. Hired, coached and aligned a diverse national team of staff and volunteers; leveraging diplomatic communication and mediation skills to resolve conflict, build trust and develop productive relationships. Led the campaign's digital strategy; created & monitored the campaign budget, resulting in a debt-free campaign.  


Team Leader and Account Manager

Flight Centre 

October 2000 - July 2007


Managed all aspects of a retail travel shop, including building a base of loyal repeat clients while leading a team of 4 – 5 consultants. Planned and monitored an annual budget, led weekly team meetings and annual performance reviews. Led several teams to internationally-recognized results.

2010 - present

2010 - present

Community Involvement


Through the diverse volunteer roles below, I have contributed leadership, engagement, coaching and governance expertise to the community. Key skills include the ability to listen, mediate, convene and support people to work more effectively individually and collectively.

Assistant Facilitator and Coach, Art of Leadership program at Hollyhock – August 2013 to present

Media Committee Member, Vancouver Folk Festival, 2010 to present

Board Member, Global Youth Education Network Society (genius), Nov 2015 to May 2018

Board President, ArtStarts in Schools, May 2013 to May 2017

Studio Manager and visual artist, Herd of Women Studios, January 2007 to July 2017

Garden Member, Ladybug Community Garden, 2010 to 2017

Board Member, HFBC Housing Foundation, March 2011 to March 2014
Member, Generation Green Public Engagement Committee, Vancouver Foundation, 2011

Recent Professional Development


Human Interaction Laboratory (Jouvence Retreat Centre) - May 2017

Art of Hosting: Meaningful Conversations & Participatory Leadership (Bowen Island) – Nov 2016

Deep Democracy CoResolve Leadership Program (with Aftab Erfan, Vancouver) – October 2016

u.lab: Leading from the Emerging Future (with Otto Scharmer, MIT via edX) – September 2016

Visual Facilitation: Speaking in Pictures (with Stina Brown, Vancouver) – May 2016

Co-Creation: Power, Process, and Conflict in Groups (with Starhawk, Vancouver) – April 2016

The Art and Craft of Effective Group Facilitation (with Julian Griggs) – Hollyhock, May 2014

Nonprofit Lifecycles (with Susan Kenny Stevens) – Vancouver, May 2014

The Art of Leadership (with Robert Gass) – Hollyhock, August 2011

Social Change Institute – Hollyhock, October 2010



Master of Human Systems Intervention

Concordia University

August 2017 - August 2019

Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching

Royal Roads University

September 2014 - April 2015

Bachelor of Arts

Simon Fraser University

1995 - 1998

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