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


Gail Donner to be inducted as Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Nursing.

On October 15th Gail will be inducted as a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Nursing. Fellowship represents the highest honour for Canada’s most accomplished nursing leaders. Congratulations Gail! You can watch the induction online. Register today!

Mary and Gail Interviewed by Shiyen Shu

Mary and Gail are featured on a video interview with Certified Executive Coach and Leadership Expert Shiyen Shu. Click here to watch and listen!

Coaching Program for College of Nurses of Ontario

We are are working with the College of Nurses of Ontario to develop a Coaching Skills Development Program.

Nurses' Voices

Gail and Mary are proud to announce they are launching a unique new video and audio series that will amplify the voices of nurses to help them adapt and excel within these changing and uncertain times. Nurses’ Voices will feature conversations with a diverse group of Canadian nurses from a variety of workplaces. Nurses’ Voices is generously supported by the Canadian Nurses Foundation and the Canadian Nurses Association.

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Gail and Mary Interviewed for podcast: Insight Edge with Amy

Gail and Mary discuss with Amy Vodarek how they brought their entrepreneurial joy and fire together to build a successful 30 year-long business! Click here to listen!

Retirees Paying It Forward: A Mentorship Program for Faculty

Mary is providing the intervention for a pilot study in the Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University: Retirees Paying It Forward: A Mentorship Program for Faculty. Janice Waddell is the principal investigator.

WeRPN and Online Health Coaching Program

We are working with WeRPN to help them develop an Online Health Coaching Program for Health Literacy and Health System Navigation.

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

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


Janice Waddell RN, PhD - Senior Associate

Janice is the lead for our student career programs. Janice is also Professor, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Ryerson University.

Michelle Cooper RN, MScN, PCC

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