"The only thing worse than training employees and losing them is to not train them and keep them."
– Zig Ziglar
We are experts in teams and leaders. We understand deeply the issues companies face in times of growth, succession and geographic expansion and the challenges you face developing your biggest asset: your people! Bringing learners together in online classrooms with live, instructor-led training and coaching, we’ve built a system of practical solutions and coaching that work together over the long term to help your company continue to serve, grow and profit.
Our team has come together from across the globe, and a variety of industries, and offers a modern, contemporary approach. Our diverse set of skills and global experiences give us a unique perspective and allows us to spot problems and find solutions others miss. We are united in a common goal: a deep passion and drive to create highly functioning teams in the workplace.
Over the past 29 years, Renée has worked with over 250 companies and 2000 business executives throughout North America, helping them connect and adopt new behaviours to become confident members of highly functioning teams. She firmly believes that this philosophy of connection is what ultimately drives productivity and contributes to company results.
After 11 years in the interior design business, Renée shifted careers to consult to CEO’s, COO’s, executive management teams, senior teams, associations and entrepreneurs to build more focused, engaged and results-oriented collaborative teams.
Renée is the founder and owner of Vivo Team Development, a web-based performance management solutions company that offers corporations the ability to analyze team productivity, identify areas for improvement and provide targeted team-training solutions. Vivo Team’s platform diagnoses, trains and analyzes team performance to build teams and develop leaders.
With over 40 years experience working with and training over 3,000 entrepreneurs and business leaders, Jim’s sole purpose is to Bring Out the Genius in People. Jim is the author of more than 1600 articles and 3 amazing books including “Leadership for Einstein’s: Bringing Out the Genius in People While Becoming Great Ourselves.”
Jim was originally trained and worked as a city planner, then moved on to being on faculty at the University of British Columbia. Then he went on to obtain an MA and PhD in psychology.
Dr. Jim was in private practice for 21 years before starting a business that grew to $1.2M. Early in life, Jim realized that relationships are everything, and hold endless possibilities – to be good, bad, ugly or beautiful. He also realized that the main reason relationships sour, whether in business, friendship or love, is incompetence. Time and time again, Jim has seen first hand what you get when you put a group of interpersonally incompetent people on a team and let them loose: an expensive mess. Jim cleans up messes (hopefully before they happen) by building Vivo learning content and focusing on team and individual applications that help teams become more interpersonally effective.
Thirty years ago, Graham’s imagination was opened to the possibilities the digital world offered by the keyboard of his Commodore Vic 20. His curiosity has taken him around the world, where he has led creative and digital strategy for some of the world’s most trusted brands, including M&M’s, American Express and AOL. Graham learned the hard way how innovative ideas can be destroyed by team dysfunction. Today, thirty-two computers later, Graham is still driven to discover new ways to use technology to inspire teams to create magic.
Erin has thrived in creative spaces all her life, and as the youngest child she has always had a flair for the dramatic. That led her to an award-winning career in television production, digital media and social media where she spent fifteen years managing multi-million dollar productions and digital projects and diverse teams working under heavy pressure and tight deadlines. Her ability to maintain order and keep everyone working together was her key to success. As Vivo’s General Manager, Erin’s specialty is bringing order and calm to dynamic, creative teams and projects. All roads lead to Erin. She strives to create an environment of success and accountability without stifling creativity and innovation.
Graeme thrives problem-solving, thinking strategically and seeing the impacts of change. Canadian born and raised; living across the country from coast to coast, in between, he has settled back in Vancouver. He has a degree in Business from Bishop’s University and has over 15 years experience in the local Vancouver technology and telecommunications industry. Graeme is passionate about skiing, cars and of course his family. After a successful career in business development and product management, Graeme took some time off to become a full-time stay-at-home Dad. Within this role, Graeme was really able to hone in on his leadership skills such as strategic planning, conflict resolution, negotiation and team cohesion. Graeme is the Manager of Business Development and Strategy and is ecstatic to be part of the Vivo team to help drive organizational development and bottom line results for businesses in need.
Marie has brought her passion for personal and organizational learning and development and sustainability to the Vivo team. Born in Germany, Marie’s adventures have taken her across the globe – from Europe to New Zealand – and she’s recently landed and settled in Vancouver, BC. Prior to joining Vivo, Marie worked in London, UK, with companies including Frost & Sullivan and The Hackett Group. With a degree in Economics, a Masters in International Business and a soon to be completed Postgraduate Certificate in Corporate Sustainability and Innovation from Harvard Extension School, Marie brings her vast education along with her past experience to the Business Development team. Marie is curious and motivated and would like to speak to you about how we can solve your team and leader challenges.
Since graduating from University College Cork with a Bachelor of Commerce, Amy has spent time gaining experience in Ireland and the United States. She has worked with companies in the SaaS and consumer goods industries in a range of different roles which have united her passions for technology and customer engagement. She has international experience in growing companies and voluntary groups in both the front and back end. Amy has recently arrived in Vancouver and feels right at home with all the rain.
Jennifer Deane is a Certified Professional Coach, Business Consultant and Facilitator. In 2001 she began a private coaching and training consultancy working with individuals and organizations to increase their awareness and effectiveness and provide the structure, accountability and guidance for individuals and organizations to determine where they want to go and then get there. Jennifer has worked to transform clients including Vancouver Coastal Health, BCLC, Keyano College and Ross Ramsey and Associates. With over 15 years experience, Jennifer brings her training expertise with teams to the Vivo Team.
Petra builds her wealth of knowledge on her background in corporations of all sizes mainly in the tourism and services sector and her experience as a coach and consultant in her private practice that she started in 2011.
Her expertise as facilitator of multi-national groups across multiple organizations stems from her position with the oneworld airline alliance. From 2001 to 2011 she acted as an internal consultant and facilitator within the network of leadership and project groups in marketing and e-commerce spanning all member airlines of the alliance.
Since starting her practice she has worked with numerous companies of various sizes on Business and Digital Strategy. Often she bridges the language gap between the business side and the technology side. Petra is highly committed to her customer’s success and she holds them accountable to meeting their goals while at the same time creating a safe environment for them.
Petra is fluent in German and English and has knowledge in Spanish and French. She has lived and worked in four countries on three continents and holds a degree in business from Hochschule München (1992), a Global Executive MBA (2001) from Lancaster University and is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC, 2013) from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.
As a values-based Certified Coach Monika draws from 10 years of experience from coaching business owners, teams, and professionals in transition in corporate and private practice. Before starting her coaching career Monika worked as an employee, e.g. in horticulture and tourism, in her home-country Germany, in Italy and Canada. Those corporate experiences fuelled her desire to support her clients in creating meaningful and enjoyable work and life experiences that are in full alignment with each person’s unique set of gifts, challenges, values, purpose and vision.
Having faced several major transitions in her own life, Monika knows how challenging yet ultimately beneficial and freeing change can be. Combining kindness and empathy with her eagerness to create internal and external results with her clients, Monika brings a gentle yet firm, results-focused approach to her coaching interactions that still leaves enough room for a person’s or team’s individual needs and wants.
Monika is a published author (in her horticultural years she wrote two books for hobby gardeners), an accomplished trainer, and a communication specialist, fluent in English and German. She brings a “Can do” attitude and a sense of playfulness, possibility and pragmatism to the VIVO team.
David is a relentless builder of the personal bridge that connects high potential leaders to outcomes that exceed every expectation. He has a depth of experience working closely with global, senior executives to build the skills that inspire others to align and win during challenging times. He is nimble identifying areas of individual, team and organizational need while leveraging existing strengths to achieve results. He is expert in working with leaders in the areas of organizational culture and dynamics, interpersonal communication and executive branding to bring about change. He is also a master facilitator designing process and delivering programs in strategy, innovation and succession planning. David’s talent development is grounded in his experience as a senior human resources executive and management consultant in a variety of organizations and settings. He combines both art and science in his approach to problems. He has worked extensively as a global advisor to senior management of highly competitive organizations that range from small cap to large multinational corporations comprised of thousands of employees. It has been said that “education” sets us free. David Yudis has used education to bring freedom to other lives. He never stops because he believes that all of us are responsible; that all of us have the power to create the lives that our hearts and minds most want to have.
Before branching out to the consulting business in 2009, Jens has held senior global leadership positions in Sales, Marketing and Business Development, having worked on five continents and lived on three.
With an established track record of achieving growth during significantly challenging economic periods and helping business leaders do the same, Jens believes in achieving results through a clear strategic vision and implementation through exceptional team alignment.
In his consulting business and with Vivo, Jens uses his vast experience and skill working with CEOs develop and executive their strategic plans.
Jens is chairing a number of Peer Mentoring Groups for Business Owners and CEOs with Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) providing support for a broad range of Business and Personal issues. A powerful solution to C-Level challenges.
He is fluent in English, French & Danish and has strong knowledge of German. Jens is a volunteer with the MBA Leadership Mentor Program at the University of BC, Sauder School of Business. and a member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, an opt-in research community of business professionals.
Greg Nichvalodoff provides executive coaching and leadership development, both nationally and internationally to a broad spectrum of business clients and is a requested speaker on organizational and leadership development issues. Greg specializes in Corporate & Executive Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Management Consulting, Business Diagnostics and Strategic Planning.
With a Masters of Business Administration (2005) with a specialization in Leadership from Royal Roads University, Victoria, British Columbia and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management (2003) from the University of Phoenix, Greg has achieved over twenty years of outstanding results in a wide variety of business roles, ranging from Branch Manager, Chief Operating Officer up through Chief Executive Officer, in the financial services, oil and gas, and forestry industries.
Greg is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), Professional Certified Coach, PCC (International Coaching Federation), Certified Professional Coach CPC (Erickson Coaching College) as well as a Certified MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) Consultant.
In rural Saskatchewan during the 1980s, there wasn’t much in the way of high-tech entertainment – a problem that the young Taylor solved by reading everything, and creating new stories when there was nothing left to read. An incessant why? asker, it was natural to seek answers for every question, and this ultimately led to an interest and a degree in linguistics – combining logic and creativity, facts with theories, and concrete structure with abstract thoughts. Serving multiple roles over the last five years – at times a teacher, proof-reader, editor, copywriter, creative/language consultant, or even a screenwriter and lyricist – his main goal is always the same: to figure out what you really want to convey, and to find the best way to turn your thoughts into the perfect text.
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