Our Team

Ryan Chopin, Director of Training & Coaching

Ryan Chopin, BSW, RSW, CYCC, is an executive and personal coach, facilitator, and organizational consultant who empowers clients to find their driving force, and become more engaged in their work. Ryan holds a Professional Coaching Certification through the International Coaching Federation, a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of British Columbia, and is Certified in Child and Youth Care. He also brings expertise in Crisis Intervention and Mental Health First Aid. Over the course of his career, Ryan has worked in non-profit and for-profit environments, including in the health care system, and has held front line, management, quality assurance, and coaching roles. His career has brought an understanding of the impact of team development, effective management, and the processes required to assist leaders to establish meaningful goals and a shared vision for their teams and organizations. Along with this, Ryan has gained significant knowledge of effective organizational systems interactions.  

Ryan Chopin has been coaching and facilitating workshops since 2011. Ryan is an engaging presenter with a thought provoking style, leading participants through the processes taught by the company, and using his experience in various fields to draw on practical examples improve the impact of the processes taught in our workshops. Ryan leads SFM's Coaching and Training areas, offering expertise in human interaction, leadership, and coaching. He combines his areas of expertise to deliver a person-centered and impactful experience for individuals and teams who take advantage of the services offered by the company.

Nicola Chopin

Nicola Chopin, Director of Research & Communications

Nicola Chopin, BSc, MA, brings a strong evaluation, monitoring, research, and project management background, with a focus on process improvement. She holds a Masters in Applied Social Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan and has worked in the private and academic research sectors since 2003. She has been coordinating research projects since 2008, including as Project Manager of the 7-year, $3 million dollar Sustainability and Education Policy Network, based out of the University of Saskatchewan. She is familiar with a wide variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods including literature reviews, systematic reviews, meta-analysis, surveys, interviews, and focus groups. Nicola has worked in a number of research areas including sustainability education, policy, health science education, quality of life, poverty, homelessness, crime prevention, and community perceptions of crime. She specializes in developing research-based relationships with organizations, designing plain language research communications, and encouraging research uptake in organizations.

Nicola has worked with SFM in a research consulting capacity since 2003, and believes strongly in the positive impact of the company's processes on individuals and teams. She was instrumental in developing the company’s 360 Degree Assessments, and in developing and designing SFM's workshop materials. Nicola leads SFM's Research and Communications areas, and offers organizational and workflow evaluation and research in addition to the data analysis and report writing of 360 Degree Assessments