Our People

We are informed and resourceful people who believe in leaving their unique imprint on the programs and services that we create for growing organizations. We model through our own actions how slow and deliberate strategies result in faster more effective results. Let us help carry your business up and out of the rough waters.

iHR Advisory Services Ottawa Ontario

Karen Brownrigg, CHRL, CEC
Senior Human Resources Leader and Executive Coach

Karen is an accomplished senior human resources leader, executive coach and business strategist with more than two decades of experience leading transformational, mission-critical, security-sensitive and crisis management issues and initiatives.

Over the years, she has worked in the legal, telecommunications and not-for-profit health care sectors, with the Ottawa Police Service, and for a Federal Crown Corporation in the financial sector.


Karen's career path has required her to adapt to local, national and global environments, where she has channelled strategic, leadership and coaching skills and an advanced understanding of employee and labour relations, change management, conflict resolution, organizational health, safety and wellness, and talent management. She is bilingual and holds a Top Secret security clearance.

In 2016, Karen refocused her passion for “human resourcefulness” by launching iHR Advisory Services— providing HR and “people solutions” for growing businesses, and supported by an agile community of HR and business experts whom she enlists from across Canada.

In 2017, Karen obtained her Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University. Karen and the Certified Executive Coaches on the iHR Advisory Services team believe that leaders who are empowered through coaching are able to see personal results that they never thought possible. This provides a model for their team, including how one coaching conversation at a time improves communication, decreases conflict and increases results.

Professional Affiliations And Designations

  • Certified Human Resources Leader and member of the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario
  • Certified Executive Coach and member of the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Certified FourSight Presenter/Facilitator, Buffalo State University Centre for Creative Studies
  • Certified Change Management Professional, Prosci Change Management Program
  • Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching, Royal Roads University
  • Professional Certificate in Human Resources Management, University of Toronto
  • Professional Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Carleton University
  • Certificate in Human Resources Management, Algonquin College
  • Past Advisory Board Member for the Council on Workplace Health and Wellness with the Conference Board of Canada and the Council for Security Executives
iHR Advisory Services Ottawa Ontario

iHR Advisory Services Ottawa Ontario

Gail Burnett, M.A.
Senior Human Resources Leader

Gail is a Human Resources expert, relationship builder and integrative thinker who brings two decades of experience as a Human Resources Executive to her role as Senior Human Resources Leader for iHR Advisory Services.

With a hands-on approach and a diverse range of HR expertise in the fields of health care, engineering, not-for-profit organizations and the Federal Government, Gail leverages her skills and knowledge to help teams of all sizes identify and overcome their Human Resources challenges.


Gail is an accomplished communicator who helps her clients clearly define their vision and direction. Once defined, she provides steady support in designing and managing all aspects of innovative HR strategies. Her ability to engage cross-functional teams promotes efficiency and allows them to achieve and exceed their organizational objectives. Gail holds a Secret security clearance and is a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association.


  • Master of Arts, Leadership (with a concentration in Organizational Development), University of Guelph
  • Course Requirements for Certified Human Resources Leader with the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario
  • Certificate in Human Resources Management, Ryerson University
iHR Advisory Services Ottawa Ontario

iHR Advisory Services Ottawa Ontario

Phil Bulger, RPR
Human Resources Specialist

Phil is an energetic and driven Registered Professional Recruiter (RPR) with demonstrated experience in business management. Prior to joining iHR Advisory Services as a Human Resources Specialist, he gained valuable business management experience in the highly competitive industries of branded retail and fine dining.


Phil understands the challenges that business owners and operators face because he has faced them himself. He is hands-on for all of his projects and thrives in the pace and culture of business. Phil embraces innovative recruitment strategies to mobilize, engage, develop and retain talent, and is passionate about helping his clients create productive all-star teams.

Phil has been an active participant in multiple Joint Health and Safety Committees (JHSC) and holds Ministry of Labour approved certifications for JHSC and competent Health and Safety Management. Phil holds an Enhanced Reliability security clearance.


  • Registered Professional Recruiter
  • Health & Safety 201 Certificate
  • Joint Health and Safety Committee – Member Certification
  • DiSC 2.0 Communication Styles
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences, Psychology & Linguistics
iHR Advisory Services Ottawa Ontario

iHR Advisory Services Ottawa Ontario

Tim Fleming, BA, IAF
Innovation Catalyst, Stakeholder Engagement Specialist and Executive Coach

Tim is an innovation coach, stakeholder engagement specialist and change leader with 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur and consultant for private and public sector clients.


Tim’s impressive record of success includes facilitating well over 100 sessions with municipal, provincial and federal governments as well as with the private sector. He has extensive experience with: workplace climate and innovation auditing, conflict assessments, needs assessments and strategic planning, project management, client liaison, stakeholder interviewing, process design, stakeholder selection, report writing, data synthesis, and communications planning.

As an expert communicator and strategist, Tim has conducted more than 50 stakeholder engagement and consultation projects covering all aspects of public consultation. He has also developed and facilitated numerous workshops and seminars.

Tim achieves goals in a way that is flexible, adaptable, professional and supportive of all parties. He is passionate about being a facilitator of human and organizational transformation and an artisan of process. He holds a Secret security clearance.


  • B.A. Conflict Resolution and International Development, University of Winnipeg
  • Professional Certificate in Conflict Management, Sprott School of Business
  • International Association of Facilitators (IAF) Certified Professional Facilitator since 2010
  • Qualified Situational Outlook Questionnaire ® Administrator (An organizational innovation climate assessment tool) since 2012
  • Canadian Mental Health Association Certified Workplace Health and Safety Advisor, since 2015
  • Certificate of Public Participation, International Association for Public Participation (IAP2)
  • Board Member and Co-Chair, Ontario Workplace Health Coalition, October 2013 - present
  • Past Secretary and Treasurer, IAP2 St. Lawrence Chapter
  • Organizations Alive Practitioners Network
iHR Advisory Services Ottawa Ontario

iHR Advisory Services Ottawa Ontario

Martin Castellani, CEC
Senior Executive Coach, Conflict Coach and Human Resources Specialist

Martin joined iHR Advisory Services (Victoria, BC) in 2017 after a 21-year career in the Royal Canadian Navy. His service included two wartime tours to the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, where he deployed with the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command.

While employed with the Department of National Defence, Martin used his Project Management and Human Resources background to become fully qualified in the recruitment, training and employment assignment for new members of the Canadian Armed Forces.


Martin dedicated 10 years as an instructor at the Department of National Defence’s Alternate Dispute Resolution Centre. He subsequently became a Certified Executive Coach.

Martin has received the South West Asian Service Medal, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal and the CFB Esquimalt’s Base Commander’s Coin for his personnel management during the 2016 Duke of Cambridge’s Royal Visit.

iHR Advisory Services Ottawa Ontario

iHR Advisory Services Ottawa Ontario


Tanya Nesterenko, is a bilingual Certified Executive Coach and Registered Speech Language Pathologist who specializes in helping individuals and teams identify, develop and strengthen their unique talents in order to accelerate personal and business success.

For the past two decades, Tanya has guided high-potential and growth mindset people as they transform into more assertive, influential and impactful leaders who generate organizational results.


Her skills have had a global impact. Clients in Canada, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Qatar have benefited from Tanya’s ability to engage in complex issues involving multidisciplinary teams. Her interactive professional workshops engage groups large and small, and offer practical, energizing strategies to facilitate sustainable behaviour change.

Tanya’s coaching and consulting skills are fueled by her ability to connect easily with others. Her positive situational analysis, ability to identify individual strengths and needs, and capacity to examine points of view from multiple cultural perspectives makes her a highly creative, highly engaging resource. Tanya’s commitment to authenticity and her passion to innovate helps create an environment where leaders can become who they are meant to be.


  • Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching (Royal Roads University) and Member of the International Coach Federation
  • Maîtrise en Sciences de la Santé (Université Laurentienne) – Registered Speech Language Pathologist with the professional Colleges of Ontario and Canada
  • Volunteer Board Director for the Geneva Centre for Autism
  • Cross Cultural Coaching Certification –Rosinski & Company (Starting in December 2017)
  • Mini MBA Certification, Desautels Faculty of Management - McGill University
  • Communicate to Influence Certification – Decker Communications, NYC
  • Communicate Effectively – McGill Executive Institute
  • Violent & Threat Risk Assessment Training (VTRA Training) – Level I and Non-Violent Crisis Prevention Intervention
  • Bachelor of Art Honours in Psychology & Linguistics / Linguistiques Collège Glendon College – York University)
  • D.E.U.G. – Diplôme d’Études Universitaires Générales (Université de Rouen, France)
iHR Advisory Services Ottawa Ontario

iHR Advisory Services Ottawa Ontario

Lysa Appleton, B.A, CCUG, CCDP, CCS, CES
Certified Career Development Practitioner, Certified Career Strategist, Employment Specialist, and Leadership Consultant

Lysa is a Certified Career Development Practitioner, Certified Career Strategist, Employment Specialist, and Leadership Consultant who has been working in the field of coaching and consulting since 2006. Her goal is to support high-achieving professionals and industry leaders in their pursuit of meaningful, successful career opportunities and milestones—career paths that express their purpose, unleash their passion and realize their potential.


While always focused on the bigger picture, Lysa works with her clients to identify and achieve practical, relevant and powerful strategies that cultivate personal leadership skills, drive professional growth and initiate change that sticks.

Her working style is warm and intimate, yet effective and strategic, as she supports people through their career transition, career management and re-employment journey. Once their vision is defined, Lysa can help her clients develop their brand and execute an impactful marketing strategy that out-paces the competition.

Lysa earned her B.A. from the University of British Columbia and received her coach training and credentials from Coach U, one of the oldest and largest coach training institutes. She is a professional member of Career Professionals of Canada (CPC).


  • Bachelor in Human & Social Geography, University of British Columbia
  • Member, Career Professionals of Canada (CPC)
  • Member, Nova Scotia Career Development Association
  • Past Board Member, International Coach Federation – Atlantic Canada

You can visit her at:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lysaappleton/
Website: https://www.lysaappleton.com/


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