Colbourne Institute for Inclusive Leadership

Customized and focused solutions in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The Colbourne Institute for Inclusive Leadership (CIIL) is recognized nationally as a leader in customized equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) solutions that support individuals, teams, organizations, and communities on their unique EDI journeys. We are committed to collaborating with you to develop, support, and sustain EDI through a variety of offerings.  

Equity, diversity, and inclusion have emerged as key values and priorities in every sector. We help organizations make meaningful changes so that everyone can thrive.

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CIIL is a full-service EDI partner that combines consultation, professional development, community engagement, and applied research to support practical and impactful solutions. Our work leverages best-practice, research, the employee voice, your organizational culture, and lived experiences to ensure we meet your needs.  

NorQuest College’s Centre for Intercultural Education (CIE) was dedicated to assisting the workforce with intercultural training. With continued research and growth, the CIE grew to include training and applied research projects EDI. In 2018, the CIE was given a remarkable gift to support its growth from Dr. S. Ann Colbourne, Chair of the NorQuest College Board of Governors. Because of her leadership and generosity, the CIE was renamed as the Colbourne Institute for Inclusive Leadership in her honour. 

Our team

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Sinive Seely (She/Her), Principal, Colbourne Institute for Inclusive Leadership

Sinive is an experienced EDI thought leader, coach, consultant and practitioner. She creates safe spaces for people to show up as their whole authentic selves and engage in conversations that matter. She has spent her career committed to transforming processes, systems and cultures, grounded in the fundamental belief that as human beings we can change the world, one person at a time.

Sinive brings more than 20 years of experience in career development, learning and development, organizational development and leadership development to her role from both the public and non-profit sectors in Canada and New Zealand. As a Certified Executive, Leadership and Diversity Coach she has had the opportunity to work with clients from around the world to support them in overcoming some of their greatest challenges while leveraging their immense strengths. Through her lived experience as a Samoan/Canadian woman of colour, she understands the unique challenges of advancing, embedding and sustaining the work of equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism. 

Sinive holds an MA in Leadership from Royal Roads University, a BA in Sociology from the University of Lethbridge, and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching. She maintains numerous certifications in a broad range of areas relating to EDI, leadership, coaching, communication, change management, and emotional intelligence.

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Jacky Rivas (She/Her/Ella), EDI Education Consultant

Jacky is an EDI specialist who has facilitated, trained and conducted diversity and access processes for public, private, and not-for profit organizations. She advocates for growth and change by providing an energetic and warm environment, and creating spaces to spark dialogue.

Her facilitation methods bring both a balance between reflection and action, leading to effective engagement with one another. Jacky uses her skills as a storyteller, her passion for research, and her lived experience as a member of the Salvadoran/Guatemalan immigrant diaspora, to provide a unique perspective that helps guide deep conversations around inequality in structures, policies and practices. Her passionate yet empathetic and approachable style allows her to address complex and difficult topics with ease and practicality. Jacky’s interests lie in racial injustice and inequality. She holds an MA in Intercultural and International Communications and is currently studying towards her MA in Justice Studies.

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Candace Yung (She/Her), EDI Education Consultant

Candace is a passionate EDI consultant, coach, educator, and storyteller. She believes in the power of storytelling to deepen connections and help others find meaning in their experiences. As a second-generation Chinese-Canadian, Candace has spent her lifetime being advocate for EDI and now aims to help create inclusive environments so that everyone can feel safe, valued, and inspired to be and do their best. 

Candace has over 10 years of experience in learning and development, organizational development, and leadership development. In particular, she brings her unique perspectives to specialize in the intersection of EDI, leadership development, organizational culture, employee engagement, facilitation, and instructional design. Candace has developed and delivered custom content to thousands of individuals, teams, organizations, and communities. She holds numerous degrees and certifications in psychology, EDI, leadership, diversity and leadership coaching, change management, emotional intelligence, communication, mental health, and various psychometrics.

Our clients

Our team has worked with many innovative organizations, including Lethbridge College, Sherritt, NAIT, Alberta Medical Association, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Government of Alberta, Alberta Construction Safety Association, Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, and more.

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Colbourne Institute for Inclusive Leadership

10215 108 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 1L6 780.644.6446