Global Forum on Coaching Supervision


The International Coach Federation – Vancouver Island Chapter, hosted a global forum on an emerging trend in the field of coaching called “Coaching Supervision”. Globally, it is becoming a recognized practice for coaches at every stage in their coaching practice to improve their personal mastery through continuous development; both personally in terms of deepening their coaching presence and awareness, and professionally in terms of competencies, ethics and standards. One of the growing trends internationally for such development is engaging in the practice of ‘coaching supervision’; similar in concept to the supervision which supports many behavioral science professions. We were very excited to host this forum here on Vancouver Island, drawing international attention and global participation.

Watch the Coaching Supervision Video. Hear from this amazing panel: Damian Goldvarg, Hilary Oliver, Felicia Lauw, and Edna Murdoch as they share their insights on Coaching Supervision.


What is Coaching Supervision? Coaching Supervision is described as engaging in reflective practice in order to further develop personal efficacy. It is an opportunity for coaches and facilitators to, in partnership, reflect, increase awareness of what their patterns are, clarify and explore the Coach’s approach, process, energy, beliefs and in turn, the impact that these elements have on their coaching, in service of the client. The practice of Coaching Supervision focuses solely on you the Coach and provides you with many benefits including but not limited to expansion of your coaching competencies, ethics and standards, identification of personal development edges, presence, confidence and an increase in your overall effectiveness as Coach.

Who Did We Invite To This Global Conversation on Coaching Supervision? All of our ICF Chapter and other interested coaches. For most of you, coaching isn’t just a profession, it’s a calling. Passionate about your clients and the results they produce you are keenly aware that your own development and self-awareness runs synonymous with those you work with. This topic aligns well for those committed to continuous self-development and expanding the way of working with clients.  Just like with our own clients, as coaches we always have blind spots. This Coaching Supervision forum provided discussion in all these areas and offered possible next steps in our Coaching evolution. There has been a lot of hot chatter on the ICF Global website on this topic.

For those that attended, registration included:

  • Conversations and sessions with international guests who are globally recognized as experts in the field of Coaching Supervision
  • The opportunity to hear an expert panel of coaching supervisors weigh in on the benefits of this emerging practice and answer questions on how supervision is used in other parts of the world
  • The opportunity to collectively explore, express, question and reflect on the topic of “Coaching Supervision”
  • Multiple Networking opportunities with your peers and fellow coaches from around the world
  • Breakout sessions designed to provide you with experiential practice in “Coaching Supervision”
  • Increased understanding and experience how Coaching Supervision can expand your coaching services, increase your client pool and provide you with more opportunities to thrive in your practice
  • Access to ICF Global task force on Coaching Supervision
  • One ticket to our VIP Event Wine & Cheese
  • CCEUs for ICF Re-Credentialing purposes

Why was this event important to us? Why did we host it? We had an opportunity to engage in the discussion on the relevancy of coaching supervision to our practice. Royal Roads sponsored the event venue.

The following  joined us and graciously donated their time and travel as presenters or panelists:

  • Pat Marum, PCC, Past Charter President (Arizona)
  • Janet Harvey, MCC, Past President, ICF Global (Seattle)
  • Damian Goldvarg, MCC, Past President, ICF Global (Los Angeles)
  • Colin Brett, PCC, Owner of Coaching Development and Coaching Changes (Britain)

It was a successful event, attended by many from Vancouver Island and beyond.