About Us

Are you attracting and retaining high-performing, diverse talent?

Are you harnessing that diversity to drive profits, innovation, and growth?

We equip organizations and individuals with the strategies, training, and toolkits they need to not only diversify their talent pipeline but to nurture an inclusive and equitable workplace culture where every single employee feels that they belong.

Fostering Inclusion for Over 20 Years

We are professionals who strive everyday to live our vision of creating a better world. A world where equity is the baseline design concept for every institution and industry, from education to healthcare, non-profit to corporation, construction to agriculture. We have been working and walking hand-in-hand with historically excluded peoples globally since 1998. We are academics, researchers, coaches, strategists, and businesswomen. We are certified and experienced Inclusion Professionals who listen, learn, share, and produce results. We are partners of immigrants and moms of young children who are disrupting bias and making access to workplace opportunity equitable for the next generation of Canadians. Diversity and inclusion is not just what we do; it is who we are. 

We look forward to working with you.

Our Values

  • We believe in Truth before Reconciliation.
  • We know we have our own biases, and we challenge ourselves every day to disrupt them.
  • We are certain our differences make us stronger and that there is room for everyone. That’s why we emphasize pluralism.
  • We value lived experience and commit to amplifying the voices of the excluded.
  • We seek not only to educate, but to drive genuine, systemic culture change.

Are we a values match? Contact us.

Our Team

Sherilyn Trompetter, MBA. CCIP
Principal and Co-Founder

Sherilyn is a compassionate and authentic professional who has worked in various themes of diversity, equity and inclusion for over two decades. Sherilyn brings a trauma-informed approach to consulting organizations and coaching individuals and groups. A masterful facilitator, Sherilyn is able to elicit powerful insights and initiate transformative experiences. Sherilyn has expertise in:

  • Project management
  • Intercultural Development Inventory Qualified Administrator
  • Trauma-Informed Certified Coach
  • Stakeholder relations and engagement
  • Inclusive leadership
  • Not-for-profit board development
  • Training, facilitation and “sticky learning” 
  • Organizational development
  • Executive leadership

Sherilyn has extensive community service and volunteer experience. She co-founded ACT Alberta: the Action Coalition on human Trafficking, the leading research-based and outcome-focused human trafficking organization in Alberta. She has a passion for multiculturalism, social justice and community service and has over 15 years of board experience.

Sherilyn has extensive experience working for and with complex and hierarchical unionized environments such as the University of Alberta, the Government of Alberta, various law enforcement agencies including the RCMP, and the Canadian Red Cross. She has successfully managed projects upwards of $10 million specializing in the development and training of people and systems improvement.

Sky McLaughlin, Ph.D. CCIP
Principal and Co-Founder

Sky chose a career in diversity, equity and inclusion long before the terminology was mainstream in Canadian workplaces. Sky is a strong social justice advocate: her commitment to accessible education for women, girls and other historically excluded groups led her to working on the ground for more than a decade in conflict and post-conflict zones across the Middle East and Central Asia. With advanced degrees and nearly 25 years of broad experience in education, international development and international relations across 57 countries, Sky has cultivated expertise in:

  • Research
  • Strategic planning
  • Stakeholder relations and engagement
  • Inclusive leadership
  • Organizational learning assessments
  • Curriculum development
  • Training, facilitation and “sticky learning” 
  • Newcomer settlement support services

Sky has managed multi-million dollar projects in complex public sector unionized environments such as the University of Alberta, Indiana University, USAID and McGill University and has won awards for outstanding partnership development. 
Sky has exercised her passion for mentorship and the economic empowerment of women and girls through the founding of an Edmonton-based social enterprise, and through volunteer positions on the City of Edmonton Citizen Services Advisory Board, the Bredin Centre Board, the Alberta Immigrant Entrepreneur Mentorship Program, the Queen’s Young Leaders Mentorship Program and the Junior League of Edmonton.

Angela J. Gray

Angela J. Gray is a Senior Level Facilitator with over 20 years’ experience working within the non-profit and public sector. This includes the healthcare setting. Angela has a passion for reading which lends itself to creating content-rich workshops. She is an emerging writer with experience in writing both academic and non-fiction work centered around Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Her values are dedicated to the inclusion and participation of all. Angela accomplishes this by being committed to her own personal and professional development. She is interested in collaborating with organizations that value diversity and inclusion and are committed to this vision through social action and policy.

Claudia Gomez-Villeneuve, P.Eng, M.Eng, PMP, DTM, FEC

Claudia Gomez-Villeneuve is a professional engineer, university professor, EDI champion, and brand-new Fellow of Engineers Canada. Before switching to academia, she worked in Oil & Gas managing petroleum pipeline projects for over 15 years eventually becoming Supervisor. Today, Claudia works in 5 different universities teaching engineering, leadership, and project management in both English and Spanish. In April 2019 she shared the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) Summit Award, as a Champion for Women in Engineering and Geoscience, with the CCWESTT (Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology) 2018 Steering Committee. She is also the Founder, Principal, and two-time Chair of WES, Women in Engineering Summit Ltd, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the 30 by 30 Initiative by Engineers Canada by sharing practical solutions to keeping women happy in engineering and geoscience jobs for life. Claudia was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, and currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with her husband and their 3 children.

Brooke Leifso

Brooke is a Disabled/Crip emerging researcher, Expressive-arts based community facilitator and accessibility consultant based out of Edmonton. Her lived experience has many levels – she has lived experience of disability and disability advocacy, has facilitated support groups for parents with disabilities (Gateway Association), and adults with developmental disabilities to self-advocate and build community (Self Advocate Federation) and has worked for many years as a front-line Child and Youthcare Counsellor working with youth in government care with multiple diagnoses. She has decades of experience in community facilitation towards equity, diversity and inclusion and community building principles. In 2019, she researched and co-authored the Edmonton Performing Arts Accessibility Report, taking an intersectional approach and participant led approach to making performing arts accessible. Other publications and conference presentations include Autism CanTech! Hopeful Beginning of a Success Story (Disability and Work Conference, 2021).

As an Expressive Art Practitioner, Brooke uses a multi-disciplinary approach to facilitate therapeutic Community Art programming—how can art build social healing and cohesion? She is the Justice Artistic Director at Robertson-Wesley United Church through the Spirited Arts Program, a secular outreach initiative that creates opportunity to build community around Social Justice topics such as workshops about burn out, gender-based violence, Queer politics, conflict theories and reconciliation. She has also worked in this capacity with high risk youth, the disability community and the theatre community. Brooke has a Masters in Expressive Arts – Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding from the Swiss-based European Graduate School.

Dina Shamlawi

Dina is an Education professional and a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She follows an integrative and holistic person-centred approach to psychotherapy, informed by a culturally responsive and trauma-informed lens.

Dina has an MA in Counselling Psychology and a Master of Education, Educational Administration, and Leadership, with a specific focus on curriculum development. She has previously worked with secondary students, where she specifically taught, and assisted in the integration of, refugee children. As a Programs Coordinator at the University of Alberta, she worked with international students from the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia where she approached event development and programming from an intercultural awareness perspective. By integrating her expertise in leadership, skill development, and women and youth empowerment into her work, she also spent time focused on assisting with refugee and immigrant integration into the Canadian workforce.

Notions of equity, diversity, and inclusion have informed her approach to education and counselling, as she constantly seeks opportunities to further her own understanding of creating a safe, equitable space for the individuals with which she works. She has developed a strong social media platform focused on parenting, relationships, motherhood, and mental health, where she hopes to share her views on how to live a more authentic, fulfilling, and empowered life.

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