Men’s Leadership Coach
Forged by Challenge
I have forged my unique perspective on human development and leadership through my own personal leadership challenges as a way of growth. This includes walking the Appalachian trail in the winter for 68 days, living homeless for months as a personal challenge, and strengthening emotional, mental and spiritual resilience through thousands of hours of meditation practice including spending extensive time in monasteries, caves and in the wilderness. Out of those experiences also poetry, articles and books have emerged.
William combines his profound personal experiences, extensive in the trenches experience working with a wide range of exceptional leaders, and an ability to connect deeply with what matters most to his clients to empower them to identify meaning in their lives, overcome modern constraints and barriers, and actualize the best, most authentic versions of themselves.
Some examples of his transformational work with leaders includes leading a client through 3 day journey of urban homelessness, having executives write and recite poetry, and inspiring his clients mindsets through physical team building activities like building an outdoor sauna and energizing hikes.
William has worked as coach, advisor and educator with diverse adult and youth populations including men, executives, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, community leaders, inmates, adolescent boys, at-risk teenagers and university students. He has coached and facilitated leadership trainings and workshops with hundreds executives and leadership teams from organizations including Standard Chartered First Bank, The Royal Bank of Canada, McGill University, ACASS, St. Royal Entertainment, Blue Rush, GC Biotherapeutics, Emergent Biosolutions and Keyturn Public Benefit Corporation. His coaching, programs and retreats are unique, humanizing and life changing.
William has worked as a management consultant at MNP, one of Canada’s top business consulting firms, as an executive coach and recruiter, and as an outdoor leadership facilitator with Outward Bound Canada and Boys to Men Canada. He has written two books on spirituality and masculinity (Walk of Honor and Stories of Sovereign Man), several articles on men’s health, organizational learning and leadership, appeared on the Fully Integrated Leadership Podcast and presented inspiring talks at international conferences and community events on topics including leadership, personal mastery, and masculinity.
William has a bachelor degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies, an MBA in Sports Management is a certified Integral Therapist, a Wilderness Medical Associates certified Wilderness First Responder, a professionally trained coach and has taught leadership and communication courses at Concordia University, Korea University and Hongik University. He currently teaches part-time in the department of Communication at the University of Ottawa.
“I am beyond grateful that I met William. He has helped me to grow in so many ways, personally, professionally, and spiritually. William cuts through the societal clutter to hone in on what is aligned with your or your organization’s purpose and mission. His differentiated empathetic approach is one that truly reflects the variety of disciplines he has mastered, from philosophy, to spirituality, to psychology, to business. William keenly addresses the fact that most business decisions are not purely rationale; they are very much emotional. William makes it clear that having awareness of your ‘needs’ will help drive better business and personal decision-making. What’s more, William does the deep work with you to figure out what those ‘needs’ are. There is simply no one like William Walker and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him.”
Entrepreneur and Investor
“I have worked extensively with William over the past few years. In particular, after the sale of Resolver in 2015, I had a great opportunity to step back, do some deep personal discovery work and align myself for the next chapter. William has been flat-out invaluable. He draws from a unique and evolving treasure chest of history, philosophy, psychology, personal experience and business texts. He builds a level of trust that creates a truly honest dialogue and he does not hesitate to call you out if you are kidding yourself. The time spent with William has made me a better husband, father, friend and business person. I highly recommend him.”
CEO Blue Rush
“William Walker spoke at Open Door in May 2015. Open Door is a weekly reintegration activity designed to help inmates and ex-inmates successfully transition back into the community at the end of their prison sentence. Since 2007 I have scheduled over 600 guest speakers from every field imaginable: professors, activists, business owners and so on. The caliber of our speakers is very high, and to Mr. Walker’s credit, his presentation on »Mythology and Finding Personal Meaning, Responsibility and Empowerment in One’s Life«, was one of the most inspirational and memorable Open Doors I have experienced.”
Coordinator, Open Door, Le Mouvement Communitas Inc.
“William helped me create alignment where alignment didn’t seem possible. It was nothing short of a miracle. It’s not possible to put a value on that. William has a unique ability to blend business acumen with the wisdom that comes from being connected to spirituality. He is passionate about helping leaders embody leadership in the most authentic way. Many people talk about wanting to create change. William lives and breathes it.”
Co-Founder/ CEO, Keyturn Public Benefit Corporation
“Thanks to William I have been able to significantly improve my leadership and communication skills which have helped me handle situations during the time of a most critical company expansion project. William has played a key role in my career success as a leader and I don’t think I would have been able to learn and adapt so quickly if it wasn’t for his excellent coaching and insights into what I needed to do to succeed. I highly recommend William as a coach. I’ve never worked with such a dedicated individual who truly cares. He will no doubt be a milestone in your career.”
VP Flight Operations, ACASS
“Working with William as a personal leadership coach has been very significant for me. I feel I have grown in confidence and clarity in my leadership. He has helped me to expand my repertoire of leadership skills and strategies, to address blocks and challenges, and to learn more about my leadership values and priorities. I have been able to make significant changes and take on new leadership roles in my work. William is a great listener and a wise mentor, and I am very grateful for his role as coach and mentor.”
Dr. Alyson Huntly
United Theological College at McGill
“To engage with William is an encounter of personal challenge that can be as radical as you want it to be. And he won’t let you go as long as you want to hang on. And while you’re there, nothing goes unnoticed in his earnest pursuit to leverage your potential: be prepared to level up. William’s ways are accompanied by many tools and, in my experience, ‘presence’ is the name on his toolbox.”
Facilitator and Ceremonialist
“William is a force of nature – gentle, accepting and incredibly perceptive and also fierce in his own integrity, which invites the same in everyone he’s with. I’ve experienced his coaching on several occasions and each time left with more clarity, more confidence, a greater sense of alignment, and an achievable plan of action.”
Author of The Age of Thrivability
“I had the pleasure of being a client William’s Leadership and Men’s Empowerment program from October 2021-February 2022. To provide some context, I was transitioning out from the Chief of Pediatrics role after a long 5 years. I was looking for guidance in re-aligning my self identity and finding a method of living with agency, as I was certainly not the best version of myself, during the last 5 years. His program not only allowed me to re-discover aspects of myself that I had lost but also explore areas of my masculinity, spirituality and character that I had never entertained. With every meeting, he provided me with not only theoretical ideals but practical day to day tools that I have incorporated into my daily life. He held me accountable and was always available. I can wholeheartedly say his program and his genuine care for my professional development has changed the direction of my professional and personal life. I am happy to discuss my experience directly with anyone who is interested.”
Chief of Pediatrics at Brant Community Healthcare System
“To anyone looking to search deep within their limitation while having a personal coach who truly listens to your thoughts and goals, William Walker is the structure you need to surround yourself with. Over the past 3 years, I have gained back my health (lost close to 50 lbs) and had an amazing listener in William that allowed me to put my thoughts and goals clearly in front of me. He always had a way of listening where he doesn’t give you the exact solutions but rather allows for the platform thru hearing you out and caring. When he adds the sharing of his wisdom in a way only he can, it’s the icing on the cake. I recommend William walker to anyone dealing with any area of his/her life.”
President, Priority Fire
“When I met William, I was taking a hard look at many aspects of my personal and professional lives and how they all fit together. His thought-provoking questions, patience, and active listening helped me get to the bottom of what was holding me back. He encouraged me to reconsider some of my fixed points of view and led me to a number of breakthroughs, which continue to serve me today. Overall, William was the perfect balance of questioning, listening, sharing, and guiding. He is a true master of his trade and I sincerely believe anyone would benefit by having him in their corner.”