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Meet Maria Malmgren


I work with people, teams and organizations across North America and Europe to help create deep, values-aligned, sustained change, through leadership and organizational development.


I am a certified coach (PCC, International Coaching Federation) with over 14 years of coaching experience and a career focused on personal and professional leadership development, team and culture change management, people services (recruitment, performance management and coaching) and administration, project and event management. 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, professional services (accounting, legal), local government,  an Indigenous-led organization, a local Chamber ~ 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, professional wellbeing or organizational need.


I hold a joint BA in psychology and business, a diploma in accounting, a certificate in municipal governance and umpteen coaching certifications, such as Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) with the Co-Active Training Institute, Team Foundations Coaching, Embodied Coaching, and Trauma Sensitive Belief Clearing Coaching, to name a few.

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

My husband Jeff and I live, work and travel between beautiful Gabriola Island and Burnaby, BC. This allows us to enjoy our family, friends and the magic of both places. 

Personally and professionally, I try to live my life by following my core values (harder some days than others) and follow my joy.

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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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