About The Leaders Circle

Headquartered in Calgary, Canada and with certified affiliates around the globe, The Leaders Circle (TLC) is a cutting-edge Leadership Development consultancy with a niche for providing customized Diversity, Equity & Inclusion solutions that achieve measurable outcomes and sustainable change.

Our purpose is to unleash people’s natural ability to be extraordinary leaders – for themselves and in their organizations. Our work is ultimately about transforming people and cultures, with the mission of achieving extraordinary results at work. To say we love what we do is an understatement. It is truly inspiring to bear witness to meaningful transformations.

Brian Lanier


Brian helps executives reimagine and achieve their goals. He aids them in addressing a variety of performance issues by altering the context and expanding their leadership and communication practices.

Brian holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and studied journalism at the University of Houston (Texas). He serves as Vice-Chair of the Advocacy Committee of a non-profit group of Black Professionals, Academics & Entrepreneurs who are committed to ending systemic racism for Blacks and People of Color.

Before forming The Leaders Circle, Brian was a Regional Vice President of Operations for Starbuck’s Coffee Company and a Director of Operations for KFC – Canada (then a division of PepsiCo). Brian has coached and led programs for CEOs, business leaders and staff from a wide range of industries across North America and Europe. Key reference accounts include Shaw Communications, the Earls and JOEY Restaurant Groups, ExxonMobil, and ING Insurance.

Brian lives in Calgary, Canada with his spouse, Yvonne, their “Velcro” dog, Fletcher, in their forever-home with a breathtaking view of the Rocky Mountains as their backyard. Together, Yvonne and Brian are parents of an extended “modern family” that regularly gather for meals, real conversation and to remind Brian that he’s not nearly as funny as he thinks he is.

Otis Dominique

Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

Highly innovative and goal-driven, Otis Dominique is a well-regarded leadership consultant who has been empowering others to reach their full potential since 2007. He is a passionate professional who has committed himself to overcoming systemic racism through the power of communication, diversity, and inclusion.

He holds a BS in Healthcare Management and earned a Juris Doctor (law degree) in 2001. He has produced several social justice documentary films and launched a judgment-free online racial discussion town hall series, called Transform Race, in 2020.

Though Otis loves what he does, when he is not working, you can find him spending time with his wife Maya, who is a respected physician.

Kelly Townsend

Chief Leadership Development Consultant

Kelly Townsend has over 25 years business experience and over 20 years coaching and training clients in Ontology (the study of being).

She helps executives, entrepreneurs and corporations across North America benefit from her expertise in leadership development, team building and management effectiveness.

Kelly leads seminars and workshops for thousands of people in organizational transformation, vision, integrity and communication. She is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences.

Kelly is a graduate of Collier Leadership Institute, Past President of the Rotary Club of Marco Island Florida, Current Board Member for the League of Courageous Women, Current Board Member and a regular contributing writer for è Bella Magazine.

Jon Ouellette


Jon Ouellette has more than 30 years’ experience as a leader and CEO of large organizations in the insurance, financial, oil and gas engineering and real estate industries.

He has a rare ability to create and lead teams to embrace change and deliver on a vision. His approach focuses on increasing bottom-line performance through exceptional employee engagement and development of superior management teams.

He helps foster dedication, entrepreneurialism and accountability that builds trust, enhances communication effectiveness and increases productivity.

Jon and Brian have a long history of success together- first partnering in 2003 when Jon hired the Leaders Circle (TLC). After years of working together, Jon joined the Leaders Circle team to help transform a wider range of corporations.

Tomas Thundiyil

Tomas Thundiyil

Academic Advisor

Tomas Thundiyil is a university professor with a PhD in organizational behaviour. He is a multiple award-winning scholar, and teacher, who has caused innovation, transformation, and breakthroughs for people and organizations.

After many years of effectively leading transformation for people and organizations, he went into academia to shift the paradigm of scholarship on leadership, diversity, and change.

Tomas has spent the past 10 years observing, researching, and implementing change. He has witnessed and supported the development of what is lauded as one of the most effective change programs, with close to 100% efficacy for change, innovation, and transformation.

He has witnessed and participated in the deep levels of inclusion, innovation and profitability that emerge from the process of change.

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