Sandra Oliver, MBA

Founder, Executive Coach

Coaching Speciality:

  • Working with executive level leaders and their teams
  • Helping women leaders break through the ‘glass ceiling’
  • On-boarding new leaders – accelerating integration and productivity

Industry Specialization:

  • Professional/Financial services
  • Insurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Retail
  • Energy


Sandra launched Impact-Coaches Inc in 2003. Her objective was to create an organization built around helping people excel at work. Impact has grown to serve large multi-national corporate clients across the globe.

Sandra’s professional background includes 25 years of experience coaching senior executives, including 17 years in Corporate HR leadership roles across North America. In her past senior HR roles, she successfully built and developed an experienced recruitment team, managed the creation and development of the full senior HR team, and oversaw the implementation of the HR intranet and HRIS system. Sandra is an experienced business person and a certified coach who works strategically with Impact’s most senior clients and their teams. Sandra leads the most strategic talent programs and works with leaders and business units to develop effective succession plan strategies and evaluate future success.

Sandra holds a BA in Organizational Behaviour (University of Western Ontario), a Masters of Industrial Relations and Human Resources (University of Toronto), and an MBA (Ivey School of Business). She is an accredited coach and certified in various assessments (Team Management Profile, Hogan Inventory). She shares her expertise by writing featured articles for CareerVision, the former CA Magazine and the Conference Board of Canada, and conducting Webinars for CPA Canada on career development.

Sandra is an official member of the 2021 Forbes Coaches Council, an invitation-only community for leading business coaches. She has also been honoured in the 15th annual PROFIT/Chatelaine ranking of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneur-run firms for 2013, 2014 and 2015. Sandra was formerly involved as Chair of the Board and Honorary Board of Dress for Success Toronto. She was also a member of the judge panel for the 2018 International Coach Federation Toronto Chapter PRISM Award.

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