Michelle Van Tol
When she was 17, Michelle picked up a book her Dad had been reading. The book was the bestselling personal development book – How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Michelle devoured the book, sparking her love of the genre and leading her down her own path of personal development. Michelle brings her passion for growth and change to others through her coaching.
Michelle is a senior business executive with over 30 years’ experience in multiple industries including technology, professional services, construction and family-owned businesses. She has garnered her experience by working as a CFO and trusted senior advisor to CEOs in entrepreneurial organizations. As an integral member of these companies, she has a deep understanding of how entrepreneur-led businesses function on both an individual and systemic level.
Michelle created her consulting company, Cashia Consulting Corp., to provide virtual CFO services and later became a founding partner of Van Tol Kelly. During this time, she also focused on mentoring the next generation of businesspeople through teaching in the MBA program at the University of Ottawa and working as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Invest Ottawa. Inspired by the coaching aspects of her previous positions, Michelle made the decision pursue her newest ventures – MVT Coaching and TEC Canada.
Energetic, driven and thorough, Michelle brings her personality to every project she tackles. Her coaching style is direct and analytical while still warm and full of enthusiasm. Michelle is passionate about self-development. Having first taken an interest in the area in the beginning of her career, she remains proficient in the literature and research to date. She continuously applies her learning to both her own life and the lives of her clients, making her an especially engaged coach.
A Chartered Professional Accountant, Michelle also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Carleton University, an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Ottawa as well as her Personal and Professional Coaching Certificate from Concordia University.