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Coaching Network

Community Objective

This Coaching Network is to support those who are engaging in coaching as part of their leadership practice. We define coaching as “unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them” (Whitmore, 2022: 8), and involves the “art of facilitating the performance, learning and development of another” (Downey, 1999: 15). Unlike mentorship, the context for coaching is more formal, non-directive, and often for a specified and contracted timeframe. There is focused placed on the progress towards the coachee’s own goals (O’Connell et al, 2012).

Members of this community may be in formal or informal leadership roles across the health sciences system, and supporting others in developing themselves across the areas of leadership, teaching, scholarship and advocacy.

Community Description

The Coaching Network is offered in partnership between the Leadership and Development team at Unity Health Toronto and the Centre for Faculty Development. The goals of the network are to:

  1. Create a safe learning environment for coaches to explore their coaching practice dilemmas in academic health sciences spaces.
  2. Consider models and approaches to enhance their coaching practice.
  3. Support each other in their development as coaches.

All members of the community must be  members of the Centre for Faculty Development and should create a user account, with a completed profile. *Please note that staff, physicians, patient and family partners, and learners at both Unity Health Toronto and the Temerty Faculty of Medicine have membership registration available to them at no additional cost.

The Coaching Network will meet 4 times a year via Zoom, with the last meeting of each academic year being in person to facilitate a community social event.


Latika Nirula
Community Co-Lead

Jeff Dionne
Community Co-Lead

Navaz Mistry
Community Co-Lead

Manpreet Saini
Education Coordinator, Leadership and Special Projects

Community Overview

Who should join: Formal or informal people leaders across the health sciences system who coach others across the areas of leadership, teaching, scholarship and advocacy.  Members must be registered through the Centre for Faculty Development.

Format: Virtual – with final meeting of the year being in person

Register: Please contact

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Upcoming Events

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    Best Practice in Education Rounds (BPER): Integrating Stories and Science link the theory and practice of health professions education and faculty development with invited speakers from local, national and international contexts.
    • BPER
    • Rounds
    Start 12:00 pm EDT
    End 01:00 pm EDT
    Location Online
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    This program introduces participants to the language and frameworks of anti-oppression and social justice. It explores how the Canadian healthcare system continues to participate in discrimination and oppression. It also begins to explore how health care professionals can engage in praxis, which is theory-informed action in the pursuit of social justice.
    • Program
    • Anti-Oppression
    Start 09:00 am EDT
    End 01:00 pm EST
    Location Online
  • CFD13-%20CFD%20place%20holder%20-%20White.jpg
    Stepping Stones is our foundational program at the CFD, supporting health professionals in their education roles and activities including teaching, education scholarship, advocacy and academic leadership.
    Start 09:00 am EDT
    End 12:00 pm EDT
    Location Online


Q. How do I create and/or activate my account to log into the site?

A. To create a CFD user account please click here. If you have already created an account, click here to log in. Please note you will be required to set up a new account and password for our new website. We will connect your account with your previous CFD event records.

Q. Is there a cost to attend your programs?

A. There is a cost to participate in some of our programs. The cost of each of our programs varies and in some cases, the cost varies depending on your status with the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at University of Toronto and/or in which hospital you work.

Q.I do not have a faculty appointment in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Can I still attend your workshops, programs and/or events? Is there a fee?

A. Anyone whose education activities include teaching, leading, scholarship and advocacy are welcome to attend our workshops, programs and/or events. Specific pre-requisite criteria may apply. Please refer to each workshop, program or event page for details. All fees and discounts (where applicable) can be found in the workshop, program and event pages.

Q.I am interested in having one of your workshops offered at my home site/department. Do you offer this type of service?

A. Please contact us for further information.

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Our Programs

The CFD offers a number of exceptional programs to meet current and emerging faculty development needs across the health system. View the full listing of CFD’s programs to determine which may best meet your interests and needs.

Our Programs

The CFD offers a number of exceptional programs to meet current and emerging faculty development needs across the health system. View the full listing of CFD’s programs to determine which may best meet your interests and needs.

Centre for Faculty Development
Li Ka Shing International Healthcare
Education Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital
209 Victoria Street, 4th floor

Mailing Address:
30 Bond Street, Toronto, ON, M5B 1W8


Join us tomorrow with @drellaway & @EaKinsella at 12:00pm EST as they present "What is best?: Reflecting on context and contingency in 'best' practice"!

Register for free:

Co-hosted by: @theWilsonCentre @IPEUofT
#hpe #MedEd #BPER #facultydevelopment

A huge congrats to @wong_alexandra (former practicum student, now researcher collaborator) who shared our findings on #KMb through network weaving within #HPE at #CKF22!

@Betty_EvalEd @QianWu_RE


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