Bruce Elkin grinning on the beach at Ross Bay, Victoria, BC

Bruce Elkin: Professional Profile

Summary Of Professional Experience

Owner, Bruce Elkin Coaching. Life Design coaching focused on helping people create what matters most—in life, work, business, health and relationships—with whatever they have to start with.

Founder of Summit Strategies, an organizational development firm specializing in strategic design and planning, and follow-up coaching to help clients follow through to completed, high-level results.  

• Developed and ran Coach Training Programs for Peer Resources Institute.

• Nine-year student/associate of Robert Fritz, author of The Path of Least Resistance, and developer of Structural Dynamics Coaching and Consulting.

• Trained, coached, and consulted with a wide range of participants in, and subsequent to leading Fritz’s Technologies For Creating and Organizational Technologies For Creating workshops. Wrote briefing notes for Peter Senge’s Fifth Discipline Fieldbook.

• Principal: Uncommon Sense Coaching and Consulting: Designed, developed and taught generic skill-based Personal Mastery programs to thousands of individuals and employees. Coached individuals in follow-up programs.

• Designed, developed, and trained and coached staff in innovative, personal and organizational leadership programs for NGOs such as SFU, Corrections Canada, Outward Bound, the YMCA, Alberta Recreation, BC Ministry of Environment.

• Designed and implemented innovative supervisor and participant leadership programs for Environment Youth Corps, Ministry of Environment, BC.

• Designed, developed, and ran One Step Beyond Worldwide’s Executive Seminars, a world class, adventure-based Professional and Executive Development program in the Canadian Rockies. 

The south face of Mount Yamnuska with a lake and aspen forest at its base
Mount Yamnuska, AB, Canada

• Founded and directed the Yamnuska Mountain School (now Yamnuska Mountain Adventures) in Canmore, AB.  Managed and directed twenty high-level mountain guides, Everest climbers and instructors (aka herding strong willed cats).

• Member start-up team, Banff School of Environment (BSE). Faculty member, Environmental Decision-Making for Managers.

• Designed and developed National Wilderness Travel Leadership program for the Canadian Camping Association.

• Founder, Director, Earthways: Experiences In Environmental Exploration. Three-week wilderness camp for teens, focusing on life design skills, ecological awareness and understanding, and confidence building mountain adventure.

• Founding associate of the Action Studies Institute (now The Human Venture) an innovative systems approach to Life Design and Leadership. Associate for five years.

• Senior Trainer for The Institute for Earth Education, an international organization dedicated to ecological awareness, understanding and action.

• M.Ed. Student/Instructor, Educational Sociology, University of Calgary

Faculty Associate/Instructor, Professional Development Program, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby

Member, Faculty Team, SFU Summer Institute in Environment, Sechelt, BC

• Instructor, Teacher as Learner Program, Faculty of Education, U. of Calgary

• Frustrated high school teacher in Calgary, Edmonton and Springbank, AB

• Probation Officer and Court Counselor, Family Court, Edmonton


• Nine years post-grad training in Structural Dynamics coaching and consulting with Robert Fritz, author of The Path of Least Resistance, Creating, and Identity.

• Masters of Education, Faculty of Education, University of Calgary

• Masters of Environmental Design Program, University of Calgary. Completed one year.

• Bachelor of Education with Distinction, University of Alberta, 1969.

• Bachelor of Arts, University of Alberta, 1965.

Relevant Publications

A 3-D photo of the book Simplicity and Success, by Bruce Elkin. It is standing on a table, throwing a shadow. As well as the title, there is a photo of a peace pond at sunset.

Simplicity and Success: Creating the Life You Long For [Trafford, 2003]

• Emotional Mastery: Manage Your Moods and Create What Matters—With Whatever Life Gives You!  Self-published eBook, 2006

THRIVE! Creating What Matters Most In Challenging Times and Beyond, ebook

The ABCs of Emotional Mastery, ebook

• Individual and the Environment, The Queen’s Quarterly, Fall 1977

• The Individual and The Environment, Journal of Experiential Education, Spring 1982

Science, Self-Education and Personal Competence, Briefing paper for Faculty of Education publication, Simon Fraser University, 1978

• Self-Leadership: Skills and Strategies for Managing Change in Tough Times, Workbook and Briefing paper for Alberta Recreation Leadership program, January, 1986

• Numerous papers, articles, and support materials for Personal/Organizational Mastery and Life Design workshops, and coaching follow-up programs .

For a more personal, revealing history, please visit Finding Purpose—A Kind of Mini-Memoir.

Books by Bruce Elkin

Five books istting on a reflective surface, by author Bruce Elkin.
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