Frances Kirson

work experience

Frances Kirson is the Program Head of the Bachelor of Leadership and Management Degree in the School of Business. Frances has been on faculty with the degree since 2001 teaching and coaching students who hold management and leadership positions in companies across various industry sectors. Frances has over 25 years of experience as a Certified Professional Coach, Development Consultant, Planner and Educator working with clients in the private, public, non-profit and self-employed sectors. Her relational coaching approach supports learners in their exploration of self as leader in organizations and communities. She uses collaborative models, appreciative inquiry and strength-based approaches, focusing on increasing emotional-social intelligence and wellbeing. Frances has developed and facilitated innovative community based health research projects,workshops, programs, participatory action research and policy on work-life wellbeing, community economic development, Aboriginal tourism, cross-cultural relations, workplace diversity, anti-racism, corporate social responsibility, employment equity and gender and development. She has developed and taught online courses on leadership and change, and employment readiness workshops for the Native Education College and immigrant communities. Frances established one of the first one to one fitness and lifestyle coaching practices in the Vancouver area. She is a member of ICF and the IACC and is a past member of the board of directors of the International Coach Federation-Vancouver Chapter.


PhD (Candidate), Social Sciences, Tilburg University/Taos Institute (2011 - current) Topic: A Collaborative Approach to Creating Wellbeing at Work.

MA (Gender and Development & Social Planning); B.A. (Sociology); University Certificates – (Kinesiology: Fitness and Lifestyle Management) and (Early Childhood Education); Certified Professional Coach (ICF accredited Coaches Training Institute); Advanced Coach Training: (College of Executive Coaching - Appreciative Inquiry, Executive Coaching, and Positive Psychology; Newfield Network, Centre for Right Relationship, and Posi-TRAK); Certified MBTI Step I & II Practitioner; EQ in Action; EFT; Teaching Sustainability; Pacific Spirit Project.


Kirson, Frances (2004: Vol.2, No. 4) Women and Benzodiazepines in Visions,Vancouver, BC.

Kirson, Frances et al (1996) Women in Power and Decision Making and Institutional Mechanisms for the Advancement of Women in Take Action for Equality, Development and Peace, Canadian Beijing Facilitating Committee, ed., Ottawa.

Kirson, Frances L. (1995) Diversity-sensitive Gender Planning, Centre For Human Settlements, U.BC

Boucher, P. Population-Environment Linkages: A Gendered Analysis, Kirson, Frances Lynn. (Co-Researcher) (1992) in Population-Environment Linkages: Toward a Conceptual Framework, Peter Boothroyd, ed., Halifax and Jakarta: EMDI.


"Fostering Women's Emotional Well Being: Reducing Benzodiazepine Use" at Building Bridges: Creating an Integrated Approach To Women's Health, Victoria, BC. April 29 - May 1, 2000.

"Young Women and Osteoporosis: Increasing Our Knowledge and Resources" at Building Bridges: Creating An Integrated Approach To Women's Health, Victoria, BC. April 29 - May 1, 2000

"Diversity Sensitive Gender Planning"(Poster) at Made To Measure: Designing Research, Policy and Action Approaches to Eliminate Gender Inequity, Halifax, NS. October 3 - 6, 1999


Relational Coaching; Wellbeing and Social Sustainability; Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction; Calm Focus Strategy in Education and Business; Social Constructionism; Appreciative Inquiry and Positive Learning; SMART Education; Collaborative Practices; Relational Theory; Transformative Practices