Clearday Communications is a consulting firm that specializes in helping our clients become strong and confident communicators, presenters and facilitators.

CLAIRE CARVER-DIAS  Founder and Lead Consultant


Founder and Lead Consultant

Claire’s professional life has straddled the worlds of sport, business and academia. A PhD in English, Claire has also won medals in synchronized swimming at the Olympic, Pan American, World Championship and Commonwealth Games. In 2003, she launched Clearday, her own communications coaching consultancy, combining her appreciation of effective business coaching techniques, and keen understanding of teaming, performance management, L&D and communications, to help corporate leaders become better communicators and achieve their full potential. Her corporate clients include KPMG Global, KPMG US, Johnson Controls, Goodmans LLP, and Royal Bank of Canada.

Since 2007, Claire has also run presentation skills group coaching sessions for Olympians and corporate teams. In the past, Claire worked as the Practice Leader for Impact-Coaches, a top-tier executive coaching firm. Formerly, Claire was a Director on the board of the Coaching Association of Canada, and President of AthletesCAN. Currently, she is a Director on the board of Commonwealth Games Canada, and led Team Canada to the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, as its Chef de Mission. She holds a coaching certification from the International Coaching Federation, and is certified in administering several psychometric assessments.

ROSS EMERSON  Senior Coach & Consultant   London, UK


Senior Coach & Consultant

London, UK

Ross is an executive coach and consultant well positioned to support senior leaders facing complex challenges. With over 30-years of business experience drawing from international roles in Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, Monaco, and India along with his breadth of global experience, Ross was selected to be part of a Global Expert Coaching Team for senior executive leaders at some UN Agencies. In addition to owning his own private client coaching business serving clients around the globe, Ross has provided senior executive coaching and consulting services through the LHHP International Center for Executive Options and the Senior Directors Unit EMEA hub in London; and has also coached senior executives in the Kellogg-Schulich EMBA program.

During a successful career in financial services spanning over 25-years, Ross held senior roles in banking strategy, operational risk management, learning and development, global payments products, corporate sales, wealth management, and enterprise leadership. In 2003 Ross relocated to England and worked as Deputy Fundraising Director at the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. He has served as Non-Executive Director on the boards of two UK charities in the past, and served on the board for the Canadian Centre for Diversity.

In 2018 Ross will complete INSEAD’s Executive Master degree program in Consulting & Coaching for Change. The program focuses on successful Organizational Transformation and Change Management and comprises the disciplines of Organizational Psychology, Organizational Development, and Systems & Complexity Theory. Ross previously achieved a Master of Business Administration degree at the Schulich School of Business with specializations in strategy and marketing, an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in International Politics from Western University, and a Graduate Certificate in International Business Management. Ross has also successfully completed his UK Investment Management Certificate, the Canadian Securities Course, and held the Personal Financial Planner designation in Canada.

DEREK PLEWES  Curriculum Design & Coaching Associate   Toronto, Canada


Curriculum Design & Coaching Associate

Toronto, Canada

Derek is a learning and development professional whose dynamic background has spanned corporate and classroom environments. He believes that effective learning comes down to well-crafted goals, clear communication, actionable feedback, and consistent assessment of growth.

He has implemented this philosophy while managing the intern programs and overseeing the training of entry-level staff at mineral exploration companies such as Discovery Harbour Resources and Western Potash in Vancouver. Derek moved to Australia in 2013, where he developed the education program for a renewable energy company in Sydney. After developing the program, he coached a team to deliver the program content to clients along the East Coast. He returned to Canada in 2015 and has since turned his focus to a combination of curriculum, experiential programming, and online model development for a top-rated international high school called MEI International Academy. In addition, he taught the programs across four continents in order to assess the effectiveness of the programming and refine the school’s delivery methods.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria. He formalized his career in education by earning a Graduate Diploma in Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Additional course work and current studies include community engagement and corporate social responsibility, business management, and GIS technology.

SHEILAGH CROXON  Coaching Consultant   Toronto, Canada


Coaching Consultant

Toronto, Canada

Sheilagh understands the world of coaching. She knows how to work with clients to identify their needs and work with them to develop a plan to overcome their challenges and achieve optimal performance. For over 25 years, she has been one of Canada’s top sport coaches. A visionary leader, she co-coached the Canadian Olympic team to a silver medal in Atlanta. Four years later, as head coach, her team won an Olympic bronze medal. At the 2008 Beijing Games, she coached New Zealand’s pair. In 2009, her coaching legacy was recognized with an induction into the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame.

A chartered professional coach, Sheilagh’s coaching resumé includes dozens of international podium successes at major competitions and numerous coaching excellence awards. Her coaching expertise is sought by sport and business organizations around the world. She regularly mentors other coaches and shares her knowledge through workshops and clinics.

As a consultant with the Coaching Association of Canada’s Women in Coaching program (2004-2012), Sheilagh developed and championed strategies to improve conditions for women coaches. She continues to advocate for the profession of sport coaching as Past Chair of the Coaches Association of Ontario.

SARAH FOKKENS  Administration Manager   Toronto, Canada


Administration Manager

Toronto, Canada

Sarah is a project management expert who thrives in a fast-paced and varied work environment. She worked over ten years at The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario in the Accounting, Medical Review Committee, and Public and Physician Advisory Services departments before taking time off to dedicate to growing her family. After an extended break from the corporate world, she re-entered the workforce by taking on administrative support roles in various start-ups. She now manages a roster of exciting projects, supporting Clearday coaches and clients. Sarah’s experience has given her a keen understanding of, and appreciation for, the struggles of moms returning to work, and she lends that knowledge to the Clearday team.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in Biology and Classical Civilizations, with offshoot studies in Computer Science, Human Resource Management, and Business.

KARA HEALD  Research Specialist   Burlington, Canada


Research Specialist

Burlington, Canada

With a background in program and project management for a variety of provincial and national sport organizations, Kara has successfully delivered various research and data analysis initiatives; developed and led programs and project implementation; and worked collaboratively with clients to produce strategic and operational plans. Her innovative support work has helped organizations secure grants and increase project delivery efficiency.

As Clearday’s research specialist, Kara has demonstrated a knack for sifting through articles, statistics and various literature to ensure we have the most thorough and relevant material to bring to our client programs.

Kara holds an Honours Bachelors of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.