Bruce Elkin grinning on the beach at Ross Bay, Victoria


Professional Experience

Personal and Professional Life Coach, focused on helping people create what matters most—in life, work, relationships…—with whatever they have to start with.

President of Summit Strategies, an organizational development firm specializing in strategic design and planning, team building, results creating, and follow-up coaching to help clients put learnings into practice, and create desired results.  

Developed and ran Coach Training Programs for Peer Resources Institute

• Designed, developed and taught generic skill-based Personal Mastery programs to thousands of individuals and employees. And coached individuals in follow-up programs.

Top Trainer for Robert Fritz Group. Ten-year associate of Robert Fritz, author of The Path of Least Resistance for Managers. Trained, coached, and consulted with a wide range of participants in, and subsequent to Fritz’s Technologies For Creating and Organizational Technologies For Creating workshops.

• Designed, developed, and ran Executive Seminars, a world class, adventure-based Professional and Executive Development program in the Canadian Rockies. 

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

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

• Member start-up team, Banff School of Environment

• Faculty member, Environmental Decision-Making for Managers, at BSE.

• Founding associate of the Action Studies Institute, an innovative general systems approach to human development and leadership.  Senior Associate for five years.

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

• Designed, developed and trained 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.

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.

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Relevant Publications

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 and materials for Personal/ Organizational Mastery workshops .

Career History

• 1986 to present: Writer, Coach, Consultant, and principal of Bruce Elkin Life Design Coaching  

• 1985/86: Director, Executive Challenge program, One Step Beyond Consulting Group, Canmore, Alberta

• 1980 to 1985: Executive Director, Yamnuska Mountain School and Leadership Program, Canmore, Alberta

• 1978-1980: Faculty Associate/Instructor, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC

• 1975 to 1978: Senior Associate, Action Studies Institute, Calgary

• 1975 to 1977: Consultant and Adjunct Faculty Member, Banff School of Resource Management, The Banff Centre, Banff

• 1965 to 1975:
* Co-Director, Leadership Training Program, Rocky Mountain YMCA
• Teacher/Learning Coach, Edmonton, Calgary and Rockyview County, Alberta school systems.
• Probation Officer and Court Counselor, Family Court, Edmonton


• Extensive post-grad training in structural dynamics and coaching with Robert Fritz, author of The Path of Least Resistance, Creating, and Identity, including Structural Consulting, Advanced

• 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.

For a more personal and revealing professional history, please visit Finding Purpose – A Kind Of Mini-Memoir.


Books by Bruce Elkin

Thrive! Creating what matters most, by Bruce Elkin.
Simplicity and Success, by Bruce Elkin.
Emotional Mastery, by Bruce Elkin.
Creating Sustainable Success, by Bruce Elkin.
The ABCs of Emotional Mastery, by Bruce Elkin.
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