Diverse, Talented and Dedicated Facilitators
Our facilitators come from diverse fields, from theatre to rock climbing, from business school to corporation. We bring our rich experience and expertise to training design and delivery. It is our synergy that makes your experience with our sessions unique.
"I have attended many training sessions for teamwork. But the one by you was very unique. I have benefited a lot from your program..." -- Sharad Bajpai
Xiaoping Li founded The Ping Way in 2000 with the intention to make a living by doing what he was enjoying: rock climbing, acting and corporate facilitating. By then, he had rock climbed in Canada, U.S. and China, acted on stage and screen, and facilitated problem solving and decision making sessions with managers in Ciba Specialty Chemicals Ltd., reducing downtime by 60% caused by a bottleneck procedure. Since 2000, Xiaoping has designed and facilitated training sessions across Canada, branching out to cover a wide range of subjects, from team building to public speaking to coaching. Xiaoping is certified to conduct personality and emotional intelligence assessments, and has helped thousands of participants to apply them to many aspects of their lives.
Joy Juckes brings a variety of skills from both the world of business and the performing arts. With a Masters degree in Fine Arts, she has been a professional actor and singer, as well as teacher and coach in acting and voice for all ages. Her years as a trainer for managers and sales staff in the retail sector have given her a real understanding of the needs of business and sales professionals.
She has provided designed and delivered courses in Voice and Speech, Presentation Skills, Dialects, and Acting for York University, Brock University, University of British Columbia, The National Voice Intensive, Vancouver Film School, Toronto Film School, Randolph Academy of Performing Arts, and Georgian College.
Keira Loughran is a professional actor, writer, director and theatre producer and is also The Ping Way's first theatre facilitator at the company's inception. She has performed in theatres across the country including the Stratford Festival of Canada. Keira weaves theatre exercises into learning that is both dynamic and insightful. Her programming focuses on developing leadership skills and confidence by encouraging the exploration and expression of the uniqueness of each individual that participates in the work. She's been fortunate to receive accolades not only for her professional work in the theatre, but also from participants in her corporate training sessions.
Brian Hibbert is a retired Elementary School principal for the Toronto District School Board and currently a Climbing Consultant for the Board. He is also a residential and commercial renovator! A founding member of the Ontario Rock Climbing Association, Brian also founded the first commercial rock climbing school in Ontario in 1970. Through such challenging activities, Brian has enabled adults to experience a mental and physical challenge, set and achieve realistic goals and enhance personal growth and leadership.
Steve Brent was The Ping Way's first corporate client, CIBC/bizSmart (a Small Business Banking offer). Steve has consulted and worked with The Ping Way since its inception in Canada. Prior to his recent "early retirement" from CIBC, Steve had worked in a series of progressive roles in the bank, from professional selling to consulting to sales, management and leadership effectiveness. Known as the "CIBC Sales Doctor", he has created, designed, written and facilitated many programs for the bank for more than 29 years of his practice within CIBC. He was the longest standing facilitator in the bank's history. He won numerous internal awards for his professional selling accomplishments. Also, Steve remains to be a national spokesperson for CIBC Run for the Cure, a role he has taken for three years, having paid the price of loosing half of his family to breast cancer. He also continues to be a dedicated warrior against breast cancer. He is an inspiring facilitator and a great asset on Team Ping Way!
Jim Gregory is a self-employed consultant and facilitator in the field of front line leadership. He brings broad experience in the fields of financial services and competitive sports to his specialities which include leadership training, performance management, business acumen and change management. Jim has delivered programs to a wide array of groups from executive teams to frontline leaders to individual contributors. He holds academic degrees and certificates from the University of Toronto, St. Francis Xavier University, HRPAO and the Ontario Society for Training and Development. His interests include work with new Canadians, gardening and community development.
Ian Shulman is a clinical psychologist who works with clients of all ages in his Oakville-based private practice. He has a primary focus in the areas of clinical anxiety and depression, but especially enjoys helping clients manage with non-clinical, everyday concerns. These include finding sustainable balances between work and non-work life, reconnecting with the person clients wanted to be, identifying personal pathways and goals, repairing problems in important relationships, creating stronger relationships, and managing with feelings of being overwhelmed. Having an energetic and creative style, Ian strives to help people understand how negative, internal dialogues affect feelings and limit behaviour. Teaching people to listen more closely to those dialogues, he assists them in discovering that they have the power to choose how they wish to respond to challenges and need not simply react in less-than-ideal but familiar ways. He takes pride when clients grow and realize that they are stronger and more self-sufficient than they thought.
If you are interested in becoming a facilitator with The Ping Way, please send your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.