donnerwheelerBuilding Career Capacity

We create professional development strategies to maximize potential, realize goals, build capacity and grow success. Our well established career development, coaching and mentoring programs assist health care organizations attract and retain talent, and health professionals design meaningful and rewarding careers.

Learn about what we do


Congratulations Mary!

Mary just had an article published in Choice Magazine, the magazine of professional coaching, entitled
Working With vs Doing For: A Coach Approach to Healthcare Practice. (To view this article click here).

Saint Elizabeth

We are very pleased to be working with Saint Elizabeth Health Care, co-creating a Coach Approach to Practice initiative which will include coaching skill development across the organization.

Honorary Lifetime Member Award

Gail and Mary received the 2016 Honorary Lifetime Member Award at the RNFOO Gala on May 4th in recognition of their contribution to the nursing profession over the past 25 years. To be acknowledged by one's peers for a job well done is an amazing measure of success for donnerwheeler.

Congratulations Janice!

Janice Waddell has had three articles on Integrating a Career Planning and Development Program at Ryerson University published in the International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. (Read: Part I, Part II, and Part III)

What we do

Innovation and collaboration are priorities for donnerwheeler. We are most proud of our career, coaching and mentorship models; our evidence informed practices and processes; our customized programs and services, both onsite and online; and our numerous publications. All these resources have enabled us to assist our clients move from idea, to commitment, to action.

Career Development

Career development is a dynamic process that can help you take control and have a career by design and not by drift. Organizations can use career development programs as a professional development strategy that will enable you to recruit, develop and retain the best staff.

Career Development...


A coach can help you explore possibilities within your professional or personal life. You will be supported as you discover opportunities, overcome barriers and realize goals. Organizations can use coaching programs to assist staff to fulfill potential and enrich practice both for themselves and their patients.



Finding a mentor is one way to continuously improve your performance, explore career options and increase career satisfaction. Organizations can use mentorship programs to build capacity, support your staff to achieve their professional goals, and as a succession planning strategy.


What we do for organizations

We work with organizations who know that developing and investing in their employees is a key factor in their success. Our consultation process is flexible and client-centered. We will work with you to:

  • assess and identify talent management needs
  • develop and deliver customized programs and services to build capacity
  • integrate the programs and services with other offerings in the organization
  • support and coach the designated champions of the project
  • evaluate the programs and services
  • embed and sustain talent development into the culture of the organization

What we do for individuals

We help individuals create meaningful careers through a process of reflection, self-discovery, and renewal. Whether you are a student, new graduate, mid-career professional or nearing retirement our programs and services can help you:

  • reflect on where you are in your career and where you want to go
  • market yourself (including networking, resume and interview skill development)
  • learn career coaching skills to help others

Our services were created and customized for the health professional but we have found that they are often applicable for any professional. They are offered one-on-one or in a group setting. 

Our Publications

Our articles have appeared in numerous professional journals and we have published several books focused on career planning and development.

More about our Publications

Who we are

Since 1992 donnerwheeler has been designing, implementing and evaluating career, coaching and mentoring programs and services. Together we speak, write, do research, facilitate workshops, offer individual and group coaching, and consult on professional development strategies. We have provided consultation services in Canada, the United States, Europe and Africa.

Gail J. DonnerRN, PhD

Gail brings to the partnership expertise in education, research, and health policy.

Mary M. Wheeler RN, MEd, PCC

Mary is an expert consultant in organization and human resource development and a professional certified coach.


Janice Waddell RN, PhD - Senior Associate

Janice is the lead for our student career programs. Janice is also Associate Dean Faculty of Community Services and Associate Professor School of Nursing, Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario.

Michelle Cooper RN, MScN, ACC

Michelle assists with our coaching and mentoring programs. Michelle is a certified coach, Partner in Courage Group and has appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University School of Nursing in Hamilton, Ontario.

Chris KebbelRN, BScN

Chris assists with our strategic and effective online solutions. Chris is a Partner in Cecktor Limited and is also a technical informatics specialist for University Health Network in Toronto, Ontario.


Get in touch with us

Contact Us

It’s not about us, it’s about you and what you need to be successful. So what do you need? How can we help?

We look forward to hearing from you!

1 Belvedere Crt-1207
Brampton, ON Canada
L6V 4M6