Smart Move Blog
Smart Move brought tremendous energy, insight and enthusiasm to the Wye Marsh visioning process. They enabled the Marsh to engage our stakeholders in a meaningful manner, collected and consolidated specific feedback from key groups and crafted a concise and powerful vision statement for consideration. They are passionate about their work, effectively facilitated the process start to finish and have made a significant contribution to the success of our organization.
Sean Diening – President, Wye Marsh Board of Directors
“Joanna creates a safe environment in which to learn and a forum for all members of the group to be heard in. She also makes clear, sound links between the energy of the group and the content of the program.”
– Kathleen McInerney Kane, KMK Partners,(former Global Leader, Project Based Learning, Deloitte Consulting)
“Joanna’s expertise on the subjects of cross-cultural sensitivity and culture shock has prepared our students extremely well for intense overseas life experiences, and has set them off on the right foot toward becoming cross-culturally competent.”
– Brad Gillings, Founder and Director, Youth International”
“I started working with Joanna in response to some performance feedback… She suggested tools to help me identify attributes and actions that would demonstrate successful leadership…Joanna spent a significant amount of time understanding my work environment so that the exercises she chose were pragmatic and appropriate to my role at the firm.”
– Chris Murphy, Project Leader, Global Partner Matters Group, Deloitte Consulting
“Joanna Mackie exudes confidence while endearing a level of empathy unparalleled in the corporate world. Within minutes, our clients are engaged with a talented coach and consultant probing gently for the “why” behind the behaviour and working out strategies to help leaders and their organizations move through change.”
– David Eaton, Co-founder and President, Aperion Global
Today, I attended a very revealing and clarifying leadership seminar, lead by Catherine and Joanna, at the Falls Inn, which in in the gorgeous retreat setting of Walters Falls – SO worth the drive – about a half hour southwest of Collingwood.
“Cathy is a focused individual who is a pleasure to speak to and has a unique style that allowed me to open up to her and critically look at myself. Truly a rewarding experience”.
– Shoppers Drug Mart employee.
“No matter where you are in life, sometimes you just need to be inspired. Today started off like any other Thursday. After Tracy’s inspirational session, it has become an extraordinary landmark Thursday! I can go home now. I am soooo very inspired and encouraged to do the impossible! ?Thank you, so very much, Tracy, for being so warm and open. All the best in your next adventures!”
– Claudia Williams – Regional Outreach/Educator Advisor with the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD)
Top qualities: Personable, Good Value, Creative -“I have hired Ms. Schmitt a number of times to motivate my team(s). When one doesn’t think they can do it any more, any better or any other way … meet Tracy, she’ll tell you that YOU CAN! She’ll convince you that YOU WILL! She’ll finish leaving you and your team with the most positive and energetic feeling that YOU ROCK!
– The Creative Alliance Network – Bob KaneExecutive Producer/TV
“Cathy approaches each project she undertakes with a clear vision of its’ objectives and purpose. She begins with a conceptualization of the endeavor and then maps out the stages required to complete the job. She maintains a high level of focus throughout each stage of the project. All her efforts are driven by the goal at hand and as a leader she ensures that those working with her also remain on track. She leads with passion. She leads by example. She possesses a very high dedication level, energy level and a positive and pro-active attitude. Her leadership style and efforts are motivated by the desire to have a positive impact on others”.
– Past employee
“The presenter – Catherine was excellent! She made the topic very interesting. I definitely came away with a better appreciation of the subject matter (customer service for persons with a disability) and why it is important in the workplace; as well as at home”.
Employee – City of Burlington
“Fantastic coaching sessions from insightful leaders. Truly a gift”
– All About Kids Manager – February 2015
“My experience with Cathy as a leader is primarily around meetings.She is always prepared and inclusive in the sense of making sure that everyone with input has an opportunity to say their piece. She is enthusiastic, energetic and able to stay focused on the task at hand. I appreciate her ability to identify qualities in individuals and her sense of humour. What makes Cathy different is her excellent communication skills, and certainly her enthusiasm and upbeat attitude”
– M. – Town of the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce
“Thank you for the invitation and the opportunity to experience your Smart Move capabilities in action. The two of you make a formidable team. The experience was great and the Inn is a wonderful facility. I definitely intend to work the facility into Critel offerings and would appreciate any opportunity to collaborate with Smart Move in the future. Thank you”
– Gary Cerantola – Critel
“My coaching experience with Cathy has been motivating in a way that lets me see that it is alright to allow my self to go after those dreams I want in life. Revealing the tools that I have allows me to succeed. I can now trust myself to seek a career and not just a job.”
“They made it fun, motivating, VERY focused, and productive. I have no idea of the cost of their services for a day retreat, but I think it is certainly worth your while to investigate them as an excellent option”
– Linda Murphy – Royal LePage Trinity brokerage
“Although I was open to exploring my life and identifying areas in need of improvement, I admit I wasn’t sure what to expect from ‘coaching’ … for those who are in transition or who simply feel “stuck” and are motivated to make some conscious changes, coaching offers the opportunity to uncover a fuller, more satisfying life.”
– Janet Lees in On The Bay Magazine, Winter 2008
“Catherine is a very focused, dynamic, caring person and blended with genuine passion for assisting people to achieve the life they want to live, makes her any extraordinary ally and guide. My personal experience with coaching over the past several months (during a very large transtition in my life) could be described as having found a ‘port in the storm’, where warmth and the opportunity to gain clarity were waiting for me. The challenge and the gift in this process was in being held accountable for the goals I set, which required commitment on my own behalf. This ‘work’ combined with Catherine’s intuitive ability to see clearly through the stories and excuses we tell ourselves has played an integral role in finding the home of my dreams. Thank you Catherine for an excellent journey”
– Susan Chuchill, RMT – Fall 2014
“Cathy was able to bring us all together, to focus as one entity and look toward our future as partners”.
– DS – Housing Coalition – 2014
“I am writing to let you know I am still doing good and I don’t know how much I can thank you for what you did for me. I would like to know if you would ever be coming to Anguilla anytime soon; I can invite you on my boat to show my appreciation”.
– H. – 2014
‘The final report was detailed and well presented. Catherine is an extremely knowledgeable individual in the area of accessibility issues and provided accurate; up to date information in a professional manner’
– Director – Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
“Joanna is a wonderful listener and has really helped me to get clear on what my priorities are and take the steps to find a good work life balance. She has also helped with critical decision making which has been highly valuable for me in helping to reduce my stress levels. Her coaching style is relaxed but proactive which works wonders for me! Thank you Joanna”!!!
– Ellen Brakel, Soaring Heart Wellness – April 2015
“In the midst of the turbulence of transition, Joanna helps clear the muddle of confusion…I have come away knowing my ‘self’ better and am therefore freer to make the choices necessary to my well being and success.”
– Evelyn Hart, Royal Winnipeg Ballet
“Joanna helps me probe my experiences in life to bring my personality and skill sets out in the open.”
– Marc Larin, B.Eng., former Manager Telecommunications Industry, RTP, North Carolina
“I had the opportunity to collaborate with Tracy when she delivered the Leadership modules of Air Canada’s Six Sigma Black Belt training. In addition to her professionalism and expertise, she could easily energize and engage everyone in the class. She has a superb personality.”
– Yvan Corriveau -Master Black Belt, Air Canada
“…what an honour it was to see a presentation from your organization’s Tracy Schmitt. Her inspirational story to the leadership team of our Central Services Division was off the charts impressive!”
– Frank D’Onofrio -Deputy Minister and Chief Executive Officer/Sous-ministre et Directeur Général -ServiceOntario
Tracy Schmitt is an incredible individual, an amazing artist and an inspiration beyond words. To our conference conversation facilitator Tracy – you are among the best moderators I’ve seen!
– Naki Osutei, MA – Director, Public Affairs and Social Legacy – Toronto 2015 Organizing Committee -Pan Am Games : July 10-26, 2015 Parapan Am Games: August 7-15, 2015
One thing is for certain, any time, money, energy invested in Tracy will never go unnoticed. Embrace Tracy, share her dream and you’ll be the one that feels the reward!!!
– Donna Robinson – Hendry Heating
‘When they tell me about how challenging life can be, I draw from experiences that Tracy has shared with me and it helps them to see how positive life can be. All I asked her was what advice she had for teenagers as they transition into adulthood and advice for their parents. When I looked around the room to see many grateful tears and teenagers nodding their heads because someone ‘got it’. It was a resounding success and families left that day feeling hope. Tracy inspires hope in everyone and that’s what appeals to me most about Unstoppable Tracy. She is an exceptional role model for people of all ages and abilities. Her enthusiasm for living the best life is contagious and if you involve Tracy in your project it will help spread the enthusiasm.’
– Mandy Mills – Social worker with Grandview Children’s Centre
‘ You just need to spend 10 minutes in the presence of her incredible life force to be changed for the better. Tracy can be a role model to young people looking for a direction in their lives — young people both with and without disabilities. Many of us disable ourselves through lack of faith in our abilities — but not Tracy. Tracy needs to stand on the world stage to show all of us what can be achieved if only we believe in ourselves. Too often we are our only barriers.’
– Paul Dowsett, Architect – OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP – CanPHI Passive House Planner – Congress for The New Urbanism Advocate – SUSTAINABLE.TO