Christy Deere, Experiential Learning Facilitator

Christy is inspired by human and interpersonal dynamics and spends much of her life helping others become more effective in their relationships with both themselves and others. Christy has been an experiential learning facilitator since 2001, custom designing and delivering team building and development programs for leaders in profit and non-profit organizations. She has a passion for the outdoors and whenever possible will design programs that take people out of the meeting room or the office. Whether indoors or outdoors she enjoys using adventure (a unique or exciting experience) as a metaphor for learning, and believes in getting people out of their comfort zone and into the zone where learning happens.

In 2017 Christy became a certified facilitator of the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Method and is studying Integral Facilitation Techniques with Diane Musho Hamilton in Salt Lake City. Honing the art and craft of facilitation to support the design and delivery of development programs that offer innovative solutions to conflict, build relationships on a foundation of trust, define guiding principles for effective teamwork and align leaders with a shared vision.

In addition to her work with organizations, she delivers a variety of public workshops and events. She is most passionate about a self-empowerment program she has designed for women experiencing transition called The Wilderness Within. In the spring and fall Christy trains staff at camps and resorts across Canada, in effective safety management and program delivery techniques on zip lines, climbing walls and high/low ropes courses.

She currently posses the following adventure qualifications:

  • Yoga Teacher
  • Flatwater Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor
  • Flatwater Canoeing
  • Canoe Tripping Level 2
  • Bronze Cross
  • Advanced Wilderness First Aid
  • Standard First Aid/CPR Level C
  • High Angle Rescue Trainer
  • Ropes Course Trainer
  • Advanced Ropes Course Instructor
  • Adventure Education Facilitator

Tim Dixon, Learning and Development Consultant

Tim has been serving organizations for more than 20 years, by designing and facilitating experiential learning workshops.

Before joining Leap 2 Learn, Tim was a founding partner with InCourage, where he and his facilitation team provided learning programs around the world in the areas of team effectiveness, leadership development and organizational change. Tim got his start as a Senior Consultant at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s Leadership Centre where he specialized in meeting facilitation and organizational effectiveness learning programs and change processes. Previously, Tim was Director of Brock University’s Corporate Adventure Training Institute – where he hired and mentored students to provide experiential training services in private and public sector applications. While his professional roots are in experiential learning, often creating programs that are fun and action‐based; Tim believes that unless you are able to make a direct transfer to the work environment, then the experience did not achieve its full impact.

His creative workshop designs have taken him across North America, as well as to South America, Asia and Europe to deliver dynamic programs and processes for many progressive organizations.

Tim has remained an active volunteer with the Canadian Heart & Stoke Foundation and a location Cancer Assistance agency, as well as providing pro bono Suicide Prevention Training in the community through a regional Distress Center. Within the athletic community Tim has been officiating snowboard competitions at events ranging from youth development races through to World Cup events. He also coaches athletes in wrestling and grappling; yet he remains competitive as a brown belt in Brazilian ju‐jitsu and has recently won two Canadian Championships. Tim and his wife live an adventurous life with their two children in Georgetown ‐ Ontario.

Belinda Clemmensen, Coach and Program Designer

Belinda Clemmensen is an ICF certified coach and a sought after designer and facilitator of learning and development initiatives across North America and beyond. Areas of specialization include leadership development, organizational culture change, diversity & inclusion, conflict resolution, change management, and team development. The foundation for Belinda’s work with people matches respect, sensitivity and authenticity with a high degree of technical competence.

Belinda is a past winner of the Canadian Gold Award for Training Excellence for co-designing and implementing a global Supervisory Leadership Development Program for a mid-tier, Canadian-owned mining company.

Although working with organizations is her primary work, Belinda is also a skilled outdoor educator and expedition guide, having begun her career facilitating experiential education at Outward Bound Canada. From 2000-2005 Belinda co-founded and led Paddle to a Cure: Journeys of Hope, a community-based sea kayaking expedition that raised almost $1 million for breast cancer research and education. Belinda lives, works and plays in Huntsville, Ontario with her husband, Shane and son, Gabe.

Dave Dawe, Lead Facilitator

As a creative facilitator driven by client needs, Dave has worked with many of the largest companies in Canada as well as some of the sharpest mid-sized organizations. With a focus on developing individual leaders and teams Dave puts to use his 20 years of facilitating and HR experience to design programs that are fun, relevant and have lasting impact.

Along with his Masters degree in Adult Learning, Dave is a qualified practitioner for Managing Organization Transitions, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Strength Deployment Inventory, and Personality Dimensions. He uses an energized facilitation that engages participants and inspires breakthrough learning.

Being an advocate of learning by experience and moving beyond the comfort zone, Dave recently embarked on a yearlong sailing journey with his family. With next to no prior sailing experience, this proved to be a rich adventure of lifelong learning for the whole crew.

John Stevens, Story Telling Facilitator

John works with individuals and organizations to bring their visions to life. His thirty years’ experience as a writer, editor and facilitator allow him to bring a broad range of experience to bear on the task of building meaning and impact into organizational messages.

The importance of framing vision, mission and strategic messages as compelling narratives has never been more acute: “I find the most powerful connections are made when our stories intersect.”

John’s storywork helps individuals and organizations harness the astonishing power of stories as metaphors for our human experience. Metaphor draws us into the deeper meanings and functions of the choices we make, the directions we choose, the companions we travel with. These stories can range from personal memories to the ancient myths that underlie all the cultures of the earth. Combining the skills and experience of a storyteller and editor with the compassionate practices of NonViolent Communication, he uncovers the deeply-held, and sometimes deeply hidden, values underlying all that we do.

“I have always sought out the edges, the frontiers and margins where we are most alive, most creative and most engaged, whether hitchhiking through the Khyber Pass as a young man, or standing in support while passionately committed individuals find their way, without compromise, from polarized discord to inspired harmony. When that happens, anything is possible.”