About

Mary Houle, M.Sc.

Mary is an Executive Speech Coach in Ottawa, Canada. Combining speech science with the art of storytelling, she helps leaders convey their message with ease and conviction. On the surface, she helps people craft and deliver the words they say, but woven within that process is big, internal work connected to identity. With almost 30 years of experience in the field, Mary earned her Master of Science degree in the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Audiology and Speech Sciences at the University of British Columbia. A registered speech pathologist from 1994 to 2022, her speech coaching clients include leaders from CSIS, Shopify, Public Policy Forum, MDS Financial, NRC, the Liberal Party of Canada, ONE.org, and Health Canada. Her approach to elevating voices is grounded in science and executed with humanity: combining a spirit of empathy, an appreciation of humour, and a love of great writing.

Mary’s partners in the journey:

Adele Fedorak, M.A. 

Adele has been working and exploring story for over 25 years. Her current practice is a unique
integration of 3 different disciplines – narrative coaching, language development, and
leadership. It’s proven to be an extremely useful approach to harvesting our stories for insights
and wisdom meant to assist us in navigating our life’s journey.
If you are interested in credentials here you go… Adele is a Certified Narrative Coach and a
Certified Co-Active Professional Coach. She has a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language
Pathology (with a special interest in narrative development in children) and a post-graduate
certificate in Personal Leadership in the Public Sector from Royal Roads University.

Sarra Ismail, M.Sc.

Sarra is a Learning & Development professional with over 15 years experience working in multicultural workspaces. Growing up in 3 different countries, she was often made to feel out of place. She learned to analyze situations more deeply and leverage this into her biggest asset: effective communication. As a Black, Muslim, immigrant woman, Sarra knows all about feeling othered. She has used her experience and insight to support and coach clients, colleagues, friends, and families on ways to hack communication obstacles that immigrants can face in the workplace. Sarra is passionate about creating and fostering safe spaces at work and elsewhere for those with less privilege.