Joel Shapiro

Joel Shapiro, Ph.D., is a coach, facilitator, and leadership educator with deep business experience and a broad, international consulting background.

Joel is passionate about helping organizations build leaders at all levels, improve collaborative practice, breathe new life into core values, and align culture with strategy (culture-shift) in order to create competitive advantage through people.

As the President of Advanture Consulting, Joel Shapiro has educated thousands of leaders in his open enrolment programs and has designed and facilitated customized leadership and organizational development programs for many tier one organizations, including Accenture, Apache, Atco, BC HRMA, BC Hydro, CGA/CPA, Direct Energy, Fortis BC, ICBC, LaFarge, Providence Health Care, Telus, and WestJet.

Prior to founding Advanture, Joel helped save his third generation family business in an extreme turnaround situation, and transform it from a small, non-competitive, commodity supplier into a national, highly competitive, value added service provider. While competing for its survival against a giant multi-national firm, Joel’s company more than quadrupled annual revenues, became number one in its market, and maintained high levels of customer and employee engagement and retention.

Joel is a former member of the Canadian National Freestyle Ski Team; earned a Ph.D. with Distinction in Philosophy; served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the leading edge Master of Workplace Learning Program at the University of Calgary; is Associate Faculty for the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy; and does pro-bono work for a variety of non-profits—ethnic, gender, and environmental. Joel lived in Europe for eight years and speaks French and German. If you catch him on a good day, he can still juggle, tightrope walk, and do a standing back flip.


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