who we are

DanaeJohnson-headshot-cropped-500pxDanae Johnson, Principal

Creating positive change and greater work and life fulfillment for both individual leaders and whole organizations is Danae’s focus. She has witnessed the most significant shifts when leaders make time to expand their level of awareness, their impact on others, and focus on their strengths, therefore realizing their unique and powerful potential. As the principal of Thinking Partners and a senior associate with a select group of boutique consulting firms, the clients she works with achieve results and change through one-on-one coaching, customized leadership development, values assessments and organizational culture re-engineering.

A Certified Executive Coach (CEC), a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR), she brings over 20 years of experience in progressive people practices, leadership development, organizational culture design and executive coaching. Prior to starting Thinking Partners she worked with Intrawest Corporation, a world leader in resort operations and real estate development with 25,000 employees and volunteers worldwide as a Vice President of People Development. Within her private practice, she has coached business leaders in both the public and private sectors and designed and facilitated multiple leadership development and coaching skills workshops for leaders at all levels.

Believing strongly in community and global citizenship, Danae is an inaugural member of the Global Values Alliance, the Canadian Values Alliance, a founding member of Collaboratory 11, and recently initiated a sponsorship collective, culminating in the arrival of a refugee family to Vancouver in February 2016. She has been honoured to volunteer for a number of groups that are contributing to making the world a better place including the Minerva Foundation and the Take a Hike Foundation.

Her recent publications include A World Book of Values (co-author) and “A Values-Based Culture Takes One Company from Good to Great” (co-author, HR Voice).

Her deep appreciation for nature and the outdoors was instilled as a child growing up on the West Coast and then expanded as she travelled to other parts of the world. Building from this foundation she has learned that when individuals connect deeply with their essential core nature, they bring more of themselves to their work and lives overall. This is what fulfilment is really about!

“I feel like I’ve won the lottery working with Danae! She feels like part of the team and it’s so much easier to work with someone who knows us and gets us.” – Shannon Mcquillan, People Development, Urban Systems Limited

Our Partners

We know that our clients often have varying and complex needs. We also know enough to realize that we cannot be all things to everyone. Therefore, Thinking Partners draws upon the expertise of a select group of partners that not only share our values and vision but also provide the high caliber of service and products our clients require.