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The Learning Edge

Lee Knafel, Vice President, Human Resources and Administration, Nutrien

“The Learning Edge has been working with our Corporation for over five years. During that time, Denise and her team have provided training and development solutions for a wide range of needs, from individual coaching, to team building, to the superb “Managing Things…Leading People,” which has become a cornerstone of our Leadership Development Program. With a rapidly-expanding, diverse organization like ours, with a de-centralized approach to management development, any training partner must be able to respond with innovative or unique solutions. Cookie cutter won’t cut it. Whenever we’ve called upon the The Learning Edge, their response has made it clear that no need is too great or too small. Denise has made a consistent effort over the past 5 years to get to know our people and our priorities. Whenever we’ve called upon the The Learning Edge, their response has made it clear that no need is too great or too small.”

Kara Marchand, Director of Finance, First Nations University of Canada

“I have been working with Denise at The Learning Edge for well over 10 years. In the roles I have held over that time period, I have had the privilege of attending Managing Things…Leading People numerous times as well as participating in an 18-month Leadership Development Program. Anytime I have reached out to Denise and her team they have answered with a customized solution in areas like team building, individual coaching and self development from 363 assessments. 

I believe the opportunity I have had to work with Denise and her team over the past many years has greatly influenced the leader I am today.”

Donna Bailey, Director, Client Solutions and Research, Cusource

“We chose Denise and The Learning Edge because of the depth and breadth of experience and exposure using the DiSC® tool and the flexible full meal deal- everything from profiles, to customizing interventions for particular needs, train the trainer services, 363 consulting offer. We have just run our first TTT session and comments from our participants were that they were “blown away” by how open and sharing Denise was of her tacit knowledge, tips, and tools- her trade secrets from working with DiSC® profiles for so long. Behind Denise is a deep bench of qualified facilitators and consultants to support the work that needs to be done. 

We have found Denise to be totally engaged in making our partnership work, she is highly responsive, and it is just like having another person on our own team.” 

Marius Jacobs, Leadership Development Director, SSR Mining

“The Learning Edge is a group of super knowledgeable, passionate and committed people who understands how to connect with their clients.”

Somi Cheon – HR, SSR Mining

“The Learning Edge gets people culture! So exciting to partner with such an innovating organization and unlock our people’s potential.”

Donte Fears, Leadership Development Consultant, LogistiCare

“Earlier this year I had the pleasure of joining a new company after facilitating with a major bank for 15 years. This new adventure was both exciting and nerve wrecking because my expectations were high, while still being unsure. When I was brought on board, I was introduced to a very bubbly vendor by the name of Denise McIntyre. We accidentally bumped into each other at a coffee shop prior to attending my first session with her. Right off the bat, I knew I was in good hands by her professional attire, warm smile and personable attitude. Within a short time of meeting my other peers and manager, Denise realized what our team needed to be successful and made it her personal goal to deliver. Over the next few weeks, her energy never died. She was upbeat, understanding, flexible, and open to all of the ideas and suggestions my team brought to her. She asked for constant input and challenged our thought process to make sure we kept everyone at all levels in mind. She followed up between each session to make sure our momentum was still strong. Denise and I still share best practices, months after our contract ended as well as share constant appreciation around learning from each other. I will personally say that my standards are high when it comes to other facilitators, Denise not only met my expectations, she exceeded them. Thank you for the partnership and I look forward to our constant growth together.”

Jennifer McGill, General Manager, Masonite

“I have had the pleasure of working with Denise for several years and with multiple teams that I have managed in different industries. Denise is a very skilled facilitator who is able to quickly identify strengths within teams that can be built upon to help bolster exceptional results and at the same time put her finger on what is getting in the way from success. She brings a positive dynamism to every session she runs. She is able to draw out examples that are relevant to the audience and help ground the material. She is a quick and adept student of human behavior and leveraging DiSC, is able to help people at varying levels of organizations identify their strengths and blind spots so they can be their best. This has created a language in the organizations I work in so that our teams can help each other truly be their best. I have also had the privilege of working with Denise on leadership development. She is so incredibly astute at helping leaders leverage their greatest assets and personal style to truly deliver the best to their teams.”

Managing Things…Leading People

Marie Campeau, Health Program Manager, Yellow Quill First Nation

“MTLP is the best program that I am aware of for getting teams together, it challenges your own capabilities while improving team building among your team. It brings everyone together – I highly recommend this training program to everyone who wants their team to come together.” 

Tracy Thibault, Bourgault Industries Ltd

“What a life changing experience. I had no idea what I was in for and was extremely surprised and satisfied with the course Great Job!”

 

Bev Peel, Athabasca Healthy Authority

This was the most practical leadership/management training I have experienced in my 30 years of leadership with Federal, First Nations and private industries. This is a great next step for anyone at any level of management to self-improve or build their teams.”

Bobbie-Jo Porter, Recruiting Manager, Olysky LP

“This was an excellent course, very well organized and delivered. I received very valuable information which I use often. Denise is a fantastic trainer. She was very adaptable to the group and was great at keeping everyone engaged. I highly recommend this development program.”

Evan Prytula, Bougault Industries LTD

“This was one of the most exciting experiences of my adult life. I truly feel that I left here a better human being.”

Curtis Fleishhacker, Mine Construction Supervisor

“This was the most engaging and inspiring course I have ever participated in. It feels as though I can go back to work and “Move Mountains” making huge personal changes in my leadership style.”

Garth Erbach, Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Canada

“Managing Things…Leading People will change you. Forget everything you thought about leadership courses as this one hits it out the park.”

David Walker, Co-op Refinery

“Denis is the most influential speaker I have ever met. I came into the course with no role model in leadership and I have left with a hero and someone to look up to!”

Diane Hart, Sunrise Credit Union

“This has been the most inspirational 3 days. I have learned more in this course than any other leadership course I have taken.”

Megan Torrie, Co-op Refinery Complex

“The most powerful career development I have ever received – the power is that this course will allow me to continue developing long after this week.”

Keli Blazeiko, Cornerstone Credit Union

“wow, not only did Denis and all of his teachings make an impact on me professionally and personally; all of those that joined me on this learning path also taught me new things that will remain with me always.”

Judi Wearing, Cornerstone Credit Union

“It was an experience, not just a training course, and my life has been forever changed for participating. I am excited, delighted and ignited!”

Front Line Leadership

Bobbie-Jo Porter, Personnel/Recruiting Manager, Olymel

“I had the opportunity to participate in the Front Line Leadership Training from The Learning Edge. This was an excellent course, very well organized and delivered. I received very valuable information that I use daily. The Learning Edge provides great reference tools that can be easily reviewed at a later time. Denise is a fantastic trainer, she was very adaptable to the group and was great at keeping everyone engaged. Denise helped develop the confidence of the participants by using various methods of training. She is passionate and enthusiastic about the material she is teaching and very in tune with her audience. We were also able to customize the course to receive the specific training we were looking for. This course exceeded my expectations, one of the best training sessions I have attended. I highly recommend this program!” 

Lee Skifton, Bourgault Industries

“I had the pleasure of receiving Front Line Leadership Facilitator Training from the Learning Edge. My training experience was very successful and interactive. All of the components of the program that is presented to help leaders carry out their responsibilities more effectively. Denise applies the same through her Facilitator Training. She empowers you with her best practices, providing great examples, and goes beyond the program details, with her follow up extras and reassurances. 

This program compels you to look for ways to influence your performance. This is specialized skill that Denise delivers with her coaching expertise. The whole process from start to finish was superb and will be a massive help to me going forward in my consulting business.”

Sherry Edwards, Manager of Organizational Development, LogistiCare

“Denise custom designed a 4-day leadership program for the senior leaders at LogistiCare that was based on the Front Line Leadership content and provided a high level overview for senior leaders. This enabled them to support and coach the Front Line Leaders – as well as to adopt and model the behaviors themselves. Denise also facilitated the first program which received excellent ratings. 

Denise and Robert have been phenomenal. They are supportive, helpful, and resourceful – and truly professional, experienced, responsive partners. This programs design and content is excellent and highly engaging. It is a very interactive program, full of tools and self-assessments, and practical models. We absolutely loved and responded to her.”

Edwina Bateman, CEO, Avail HR Services Inc.

“I had the pleasure of receiving Front Line Leadership Facilitator Training from the Learning Edge. Denise is a fantastic trainer!

My training experience was very successful and interactive. All of the components of the program that is presented to help leaders carry out their responsibilities more effectively, Denise applies the same through her Facilitator Training. She empowers you with her best practices, providing great examples, and goes beyond the program details, with her follow-u p extras and reassurances. 

Denise’s enthusiastic engagement with her trainees compels you to look for ways to influence your performance. This is a specialized skill that Denise delivers with her coaching expertise. The whole process from start to finish was superb and will be a massive help to me going forward in my consulting business. It was an absolute pleasure facilitating this course with Denise and I will always value her personal input. 

Somi Cheon - HR, SSR Mining

“As an HR professional – I found the content highly aligned with best practice, empowering
employees and how to become a leader in life and business. Thank you.”

Marie Byington, HR Manager, SSR Mining

“Very impressed with the ability to adapt to the teams’ needs and examples that relate directly to our workforce.”

Luis Fernandez, Process Supervisor, SSR Mining

“The training will be of great value, not just for myself but for everyone within the organization.”

Jim Lindeman, Maintenance Supervisor, SSR Mining

“This is an experience, not a class you simply attend. It is engaging, thought-provoking and inspiring!”

Jairon Walk – Hub Manager – Central US – Farmers Edge

“This training has allowed me to take a step back and help me understand myself better as a leader. I am leaving today with practical tools to use in real life situations.”

Kevin Kocsak – Location Supervisor – Farmers Edge

“Learned how to be a better leader. Kept us moving and not completely sitting all day looking at powerpoint slides.”

Michael Marriott – Data Processing Manager – Farmers Edge

“Very important concepts that seem straightforward that we don’t often take time to think about on a daily basis.”

Kylee Wassenberg – Telematics Operations Manager – Farmers Edge

“Forever grateful that Farmers Edge provided me the opportunity to go through this program with Denise. The material covered will provide excellent tools for me to continue to become a great leader.”

Steve Tritle – Regional Operations Manager – Farmers Edge

“This program is well paced, yet has enough depth that it ensures I learn the skills needed to communicate, inspire and coach my employees into excellence. It is also fun!”

Connections

Cameron Chapman, General Manager, SSR Mining-Seabee

“This Connections leadership program was professional, effective, fun and designed for all Front Line Supervisors.”

Anders Carlson, Exploration Manager, SSR Mining-Seabee

“I very much respect that Denise continues to be the face of The Learning Edge by facilitating the training herself.”

Jason Cyr, Mill Manager, SSR Mining-Seabee

“Don’t change a thing about this Connections Leadership Program!” 

James Lett, Chief Engineer, SSR Mining-Seabee

“Overall Connection Leadership Program is a good system.”

Kerry McNamara, Project Manager, SSR Mining-Seabee

“Straight to the heart of the matter. We manage people and people need to be treated with consideration and respect. This course provides tools to do so.”

Coralee Kirby, Safety Health Environment and Security Manager, SSR Mining-Seabee

“The week of Connections Leadership Program went by very fast. It was a lot of fun!”

Anonymous

“Connections Program…what an experience! Riveting subject matter delivered by true professionals.”

Everything DiSC®

Donna Bailey, Client Solutions and Research, Director

“We were looking for a comprehensive suite of products with options for top to bottom roles, and which could be applied over a long period of time, through layering various interventions. This gets away from the “flavor of the month” that can be the perception when new products are introduced. The fact that there is management, leadership, 363 and the Beyond DiSC® profiles creates a continuum of development, which can be approached in no particular order, to match needs. The facilitator kits for each intervention are comprehensive, professional and allow for an experienced facilitator to hit the ground running.”

Lindsay Hayter, Human Resources Manager, Hayter's Farm

 “As a member of middle-management team in a manufacturing industry, I’m so impressed with how practical and amazing the learning was.”

Eric Tasa – Bourgault Industries

 “Highly recommend it to anyone.”

Perry Slobodzian – Co-op Refinery Complex

 “A course well presented. Everyone can relate to the material.”

Kristen Erick – Sunrise Credit Union

 “Amazing course that has made a difference in my personal life as well as my professional career.”

Lisa Watson – Strathclair Credit Union

 “Excellent tools and lessons for everyday life in the workforce and at home.”

Dave Misir - Seven Oaks School Division

 “This course will build on both work and home life!”

Jenn Mok, Operations Advisor, Affinity Credit Union

I loved the half day DiSC session. Learned a lot about myself and my co-workers. Really enjoyed looking at the comparison reports.

Cameron Meier, Operations Specialist, Affinity Credit Union

Excellent seminar. I learned a lot about myself as well as about how to work with others.

Alicia Wheels, Payroll & Benefits Team Lead, Affinity Credit Union

I have a better understanding of how to approach others in the workplace based on their DiSC style.

Allison, Loan Processing, Affinity Credit Union

Well prepared DiSC training session. Will be useful for teamwork.