About Fire Inside

 

We founded Fire Inside Leadership in June 2009 after a successful five-year collaboration between our founding partners – Cathy Jacob, Eileen Reardon and Jane Hustins. We came together around a shared passion for supporting our clients to create the conditions to inspire, motivate and mobilize the potential in themselves and the people they lead. We develop leadership potential – in you, your team and your organization.

The Fire Inside Difference

Sustainable – We support you and your organization to achieve sustainable and repeatable results by working with you over time.
Experiential - We engage you every moment we are with you. Our work is experiential and interactive.
Practical – The skills and insight you develop while working can be applied immediately, in any environment – work, community and home.
Empowering – Our strength is in creating safe, challenging and highly creative environments for you to develop your own solutions and achieve the results you want.
Collaborative – When we work with groups, we work in teams of two. This enables us to model effective teamwork and collaborate more effectively with you and your teams.

Meet Our Team

The Fire Inside team combines powerful coaching and consultation skills with practical and real-world organizational experience. We have been trained by International Coach Federation accredited training institutions in both individual and team coaching. Further, each of us has over 20 years of business leadership and consulting experience, which enables us to apply that work to very real and relevant organizational situations. Each of our coaches maintains an individual leadership coaching practice as well as a robust group practice. Further, we invest heavily in our own learning and development and sustain it within the company through peer feedback, review and routine client evaluations.

Eileen Reardon, Partner

My professional experience

Leadership in national and regional corporations as well as non profit organizations, where my primary focus has been transformational change. I draw on my roles of marketer, communicator, strategist, business operator and coach in service of my clients.

My leadership qualities

Insight, rigor, creativity, empathy and sincerity.

What I love most about my work

“The impact. It continues to amaze me that by creating safety and the right conditions in work environments, we can all do so much more challenging work together. More gets done and people feel more inspired and more valued. Why would we do it any other way?”

What I do when I am not working

Sharing in my family's pursuits of their passions - in the rinks, on the courts in the community, and on stage. Contributing my gifts to causes I believe in. Reading, gardening, writing, practicing and teaching yoga.

What my clients say...

“Eileen is very strategic, practical and smart. Through a unique combination of empathetic support and tough reality checks, she has helped me to navigate through some complex issues. Her strong commitment to my success is always evident”. - Cheryl Hodder QC, Partner and Regional Manager, McInnes Cooper

Jane Hustins, Partner

My professional experience

An entrepreneur, business operator and team leader in the private sector with years of volunteer service in not for profit. Strategic leadership and operational excellence are at the centre of my work.

My leadership qualities

Passion, energy, courage, insight, and fun.

What I love most about my work

“Imagine individuals, teams and organizations creating personal and professional lives that are meaningful and empowering. So they can do and be anything they set their mind to. That’s the heart of my passion.”

What I do when I am not working

Skiing mountains with my kids, quiet evenings with my husband, biking local trails, adventurous travel and recently the daunting challenge of learning to play cello.

What my clients say...

"Personal coaching with Jane has been the most rewarding and impactful professional experience of my career.  Jane's coaching philosophy and techniques have helped me better understand myself and what I want to accomplish in all aspects of my life." ~ Kelli MacDonald, Marketing Manager, Nova Scotia Business Inc.

Cathy Jacob, Partner

My professional experience

Coach, consultant and entrepreneur. Fields of experience include leadership, communications, human resources and strategy. I have served regional, national and international clients in a wide range of industries and sectors.

My leadership qualities

Compassion, honesty, playfulness, depth and wisdom.

What I love most about my work

“We provide the opportunity and the conditions for our clients to talk about things that really matter to them and we get to witness the powerful and transformative impact of those conversations.”

What I do when I am not working

Reading, writing, running, golfing and curling. I enjoy the symphony, theatre and spending time with friends and family.

What my clients say...

"Cathy's coaching is high impact.  Thanks to her probing, insightful and challenging questions, I have learned to 'lean into' the best of my authentic leadership style." ~ Alana Patterson, Director Physician Compensation & Negotiations, Doctors Nova Scotia

Cathy Saunders, Associate

My professional experience

A  whole-life wellbeing leadership development coach, educator, and consultant.  I bring a rich, diverse and unique background of 20+ years of experience, trainings and wisdom to my clients.  My background in health care, leadership development, organizational consulting, systems thinking and coaching skills support individuals, teams and organizations to impact both personal and professional development as powerful levers for meaningful and sustainable results. 

My leadership qualities

Caring, calm, compassionate, curious, courageous, loyal, committed, honest, playful and wise

What I love most about my work

“My passion is to support the creation of healthy, powerful systems that are built on the strengths of the individuals who fully come to the table of life from a deep sense of clarity, purpose, resourcefulness and alignment. When people awaken to their own unique potential, as whole leaders, wow, magic happens!”

What I do when I am not working

Voracious reader and life-long learner. I enjoy writing, drawing, yoga, meditation, playing golf, spending time in nature hiking, taking in movies, theatre and spending time with friends and family.

What my clients say...

"Cathy brings a rare blend of intelligence and heart to her work as a coach and facilitator. Her wholistic, whole-person approach brings out people’s innate wisdom and insight and her genuine joyfulness inspires others to connect to their own sense of joy,  creativity, and resourcefulness.”  – B.Solarz, Conflict Transformation Specialist, Halifax Nova Scotia

Julian Young, Associate

My professional experience

Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, artful facilitator, engaging public speaker, and competent strategist, supporting the transformation of people, organizations, and systems for nearly 20 years in the public and non-profit sectors. I’m also a passionate educator, with over a decade teaching in post-secondary institutions and serving as faculty in a variety of distance education and certification programs across Canada. I use these skills and experiences to help my clients create the world they want.

My leadership qualities

Courage, passion, reflectiveness, gentleness, wisdom, and compassion.

What I love most about my work

“Supporting my clients to create the conditions they need to succeed! Witnessing their transformation when they connect with who they are at their core, generating more impactful, fulfilling and balanced lives. I am privileged to play a part in that kind of transformation every day!” 

What I do when I am not working

I believe in sustaining my game by staying active and healthy, investing in my growth, and living life to the fullest with my family and a deeply connected group of friends.

I also serve my community and country by volunteering as an Auxiliary Constable with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

What my clients say...

“Working with Julian was an incredible journey of self-discovery. We all know deep down what is important to us and what we need to flourish in life, but we often ignore that knowledge. Julian has trained me to listen to myself, which has in turn made me more focused and productive at work and more present at home.”

~Jonny Stevens, Brand Strategist, Revolve

Sandi Roberts, Associate

My professional experience

Drawing on over 20 years of experience providing change management and strategic communications expertise, I bring my unique perspective from both the professional services consulting and corporate worlds to my clients.

My leadership qualities

Energy, humour, honesty, compassion and insight.

What I love most about my work

“My passion is being in service to individuals, teams and organizations as they work toward their potential – transforming.”

What I do when I am not working

Hanging out with family and friends, eating good food, going to movies and the theatre, reading, exercising, listening to music… and all things celtic.

What my clients say...

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Kelly Amirault, Business Manager

My professional experience

Building relationships, business analysis, sales, and Operations, I have served a wide range of clients in both the private and public sectors.

My leadership qualities

Authenticity, responsiveness, purposeful, sense of adventure and thoughtfulness.

What I love most about my work

“I love the breadth of the work that I do. There is always a challenge, inspirational moments, and the ability to enhance the client experience with us. A highly motivating environment!”

What I do when I am not working

I love being physically and mentally active, the great outdoors, good food, and time spent with my family and close friends.

What my clients say...

“Kelly is easy to get along with, does well in uncertain environments, and has a great sense of balance. She has a rare combination of people skills, talent, and common sense that make her a huge asset to any team.” - Brian Fitzpatrick Director, Client Care Partner Development & Support, Bell Mobility