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Maria Malmgren, she/her

I work with people, teams and organizations to help create deep, values-aligned, sustained change. Positive change that is internally powered and creates external value.


I am a certified coach (PCC, International Coaching Federation) with over 13 years of coaching experience and a career focused on individual and organizational development, culture change management, people services (recruitment, performance management and coaching) and organizational administration, project and event coordination. I have experience and familiarity with working at all levels of an organization ~ front line, manager, director, board member (operational and governance) and consultant.

My work is always a co-creative initiative that involves collaboration with team leaders, business owners
and HR professionals. I offer coaching and consulting services that align with and support individuals and
organizations to move forward in a clear, authentic and purposeful way.

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Professionally, I have worked in a variety of contexts (hospitality, banking, accounting, local government, administration,  an Indigenous-led organization and small business ownership), with for profit and for benefit organizations. Over my career, I have come to appreciate the immense gifts of re-imagining and re-defining, professionally or organizationally, as required by one's personal growth and/or professional wellbeing.


I am a life-long learner. I hold a joint BA in psychology and business, a diploma in accounting and a certificate in municipal governance.


In addition to my International Coaching Federation (ICF) PCC accreditation, I am a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) with the Co-Active Training Institute, and have a few specialized coaching certificates, Team Coaching, Embodied Coaching, with probably more to come. 

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Accreditations & Certifications

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Personally, I was born in Hawaii, spent my early years in Europe and moved to Canada at the age of eight. I understand the gifts and challenges of a number of roles and labels: female, immigrant, trauma survivor, working single parent, blended family and elder caregiver.

I am an explorer and lover of people, places, ideas and spirit. I am an incurable optimist, love beauty and fun, translating learning to wisdom and creating warm spaces that allow for deep conversation and leave us feeling lighter of heart and richer for the connection.

My husband Jeff and I live, work and travel between beautiful Gabriola Island and Vancouver, so we can enjoy our four wonderful adult kids and their families, our parents and extended family, dear friends and the fun, magic and beauty of both places. 

Personally and professionally, I try to live my life by following my core values and find joy in embracing my and our collective imperfect perfection.

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Importantly and humbly, I acknowledge with gratitude and respect that on Gabriola, I live on the traditional ancestral territory of the Hul'q'umi'num' speaking Snuneymuxw First Nation and in Burnaby, I live on the ancestral and unceded homelands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking peoples, who have cared for these lands for thousands of years. 

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