About RealizeU

RealizeU is an online multidisciplinary school that helps you realize your leadership potential by strengthening your practical skills, capacity, and confidence to lead in today's complex environments.

We're a part of Realize Strategies, a Vancouver-based global award-winning B Corp boutique consulting firm that takes a human-centred approach to help organizations achieve high performance and resilience. With decades of experience, RealizeU was created to teach the Realize methodology that has successfully helped leaders, teams, and organizations to lead with purpose and become more resilient, innovative, and creative.

Our Instructors

All of our instructors are experts in their fields and active consultants with years of experience spanning across both private and public sectors. Our education team leverages applied industry insights and experiences along with deep topical knowledge to help students gain practical tools and strategies to handle current and future workplace challenges with resilience and empathy. 

Meet our core education team below:

John Kay

CEO and Senior Instructor

John thrives on the challenge of unlocking the potential of people and organizations who are working to build a better tomorrow. With over two decades of experience, John uses his vision and expertise to look beyond limits to drive sustainable, transformative organizational change through strategy, governance, culture, and business model innovation. He has held a range of senior and executive positions in both the private and public sector and has worked on a vast range of projects spanning social services, real estate, insurance, finance, food and beverage, education, arts, tourism, and more. Currently, John serves as chair on several non-profit and co-op boards across the country such as Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC), among others.

Alison Marshall

Principal Consultant and Senior Instructor

Alison Marshall has over twenty years of consulting experience supporting public-sector and non-profit organizations in strategic planning, organizational design, and change management. With both an MBA and a BA in Psychology informing her approach, Alison is uniquely skilled at helping institutions identify opportunities, navigate challenges, and optimize strategies to support their mission. She has worked at Realize Strategies for fourteen years and is an expert in facilitating in-person and virtual sessions with Boards, leadership teams, and management groups. Alison’s people-centred method to strategy and development ensures that the most valuable resources of an organization, its employees, are considered throughout the process.

Gillian Harper

Organizational Development Consultant and Senior Instructor,
MA Organizational Psychology, CPHR

Data-expert Gillian Harper helps organizations analyze and strengthen their employee experience and overall structure to support long-term resilience and growth. She applies her training and expertise to help organizations design professional environments that foster employee engagement, development and fulfillment. As a consultant with Realize Strategies, Gillian works with clients to identify strategically-aligned leadership candidates; support development of holistic, meaningful HR strategies; and optimize organizational structure and culture. Gillian is certified in multiple leadership, performance, and culture assessments.

Brad Boyce

Senior Instructor

Through twenty years of experience in finance and procurement, Brad has accumulated a comprehensive understanding of the financial ecosystem of community-based organizations. Coupled with his intuition about all things numbers, Brad has developed the tools required to interpret financials and navigate the big picture. With a keen eye for efficiencies, Brad is an expert on building a sound organizational foundation and finding creative solutions to financial issues. Fuelled by a passion for social enterprise, co-operatives, and all purpose-driven organizations, he loves to immerse himself in the details of an organization, from top to bottom.