Meet Our Coaches

Dawn Zivanovich

Founding Partner
ICF Associate Certified Coach


Dawn coaches young professional people, typically between the ages of 25 and 45, who are dealing with the stress of life and work.  She helps them find balance while becoming more productive in the areas where they feel stuck. These areas could include issues with their personal, relationship, career and creative selves.

Co-founder of Brainstorm Coaching and founder of DAWN ASSOCIATES, Dawn recognizes that young professionals are constrained by the demands of work and home.  So, coaching happens virtually via Face-time, Skype, Google Duo, and Zoom (as well as other virtual platforms) which means you can connect from anywhere in the world you happen to be!  This saves time and the stress of driving to meetings. In person or telephone coaching can also be arranged according to individual needs.

Dawn is an experienced clinician and Certified EMDR Therapist (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).  Dawn has worked with a variety of clients and groups.  She understands the blocks & barriers that get in the way of your goals like emotional challenges.  She gets the struggles that everyone goes through.  Her aim is to help you create healthier, happier relationships & a richer, more fulfilling life.

Her experience running an Employee Assistance Program company contributed to her skills and experience.  Dawn provided consultation to managers and supervisors regarding employee issues and concerns.  She offered group consultation to employees and executives around complex issues and incidents.  She has facilitated group workshops in a variety of public and private settings.

Dawn’s sensitivity, skills and knowledge of other cultures and ethnicity comes from her experiences working with many cultures and nations. Her dedication to continuing education and skill-building has enabled her to carry on with her own journey of personal growth under the auspices of ICF (International Coach Federation).  Dawn’s ability to focus in on the essentials allows her  to help individuals and businesses to make successful changes and transitions by tapping into their own strengths and abilities.

If you are looking for someone who understands personal and professional challenges and are ready to take your personal, career or business goals to the next level, contact Dawn for a complimentary coaching session.  She provides video and telephone coaching as well as in-person coaching in Hamilton and Caledonia.

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Gordon Green

Founding Partner

Gordon started his own public relations and advertising agency in 1990 after a 15-year career as a journalist in Hamilton, ON and Calgary, AB.

He founded JAG Communications as a ‘sweat equity’ venture, and soon established a solid reputation with key clients such as Laidlaw, Fortinos Supermarkets, Pioneer and Sunoco to mention a few.

With a focus on helping its clients develop and nurture strong brands, JAG grew successfully alongside the businesses of its clients. Fortinos, for one, experienced exponential growth with JAG as its advertising agency of record throughout the ‘90s and early 2000s. Since selling the business in 2006, Gordon tried his hand in the restaurant-bar industry before re-establishing JAG Communications a few years later.

Borrowing on the lessons he learned throughout his career, Gordon then looked to a new vocation. Trained as a professional coach under the auspices of ICG (International Coach Federation), his focus is on helping entrepreneurs as well as individuals contemplating or already moving into retirement.

Did you know that eight out of 10 business start-ups will fail in the first five years? Of those that survive, another 80 percent will fail in the next five years. Gordon brings 30 years’ of business experience to his role as a small-business coach, working with entrepreneurs to help them successfully grow their businesses while enjoying a satisfying personal life. “I wish I had had a professional coach beside me when I was in business,” says Gordon, who has experienced the highs and lows of building a business. “It gives me great pleasure to help others avoid common pitfalls that can take the joy out of entrepreneurship while robbing individuals of a rich and fulfilling personal life.”

The concept of retirement has changed dramatically in the 21st century, with many people retiring earlier and living longer.Financial stability is just part of the picture.Waking up without the structure of a job, or a sense of purpose and feeling of status, leaves many retirees feeling out of sorts.  Gordon works with individuals to help them plan a successful transition into this new phase of life. It’s not about stopping something – it’s about a new beginning.

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What is coaching?

At Brainstorm Coaching we follow the principles of Co-Active Coaching, recognizing that individuals are creative, resourceful and whole – our job is to help you reach goals, make changes in your life with an understanding of what’s most important to you.

As your coach, we help you:

  • Get crystal clear on what you really want in your life
  • Uncover what’s holding you back from achieving your vision for yourself
  • Take action steps to achieve your vision by supporting you and keeping you accountable

Here’s how we do it:

  • get you moving forward
  • support you in taking action
  • keep you accountable
  • ask you a lot of questions
  • help you find your own answers
  • challenge you
  • give you permission to follow your dreams
  • teach you how to make the right decisions for yourself
  • give you the tools you need to reach your goal
  • allow you to stay true to yourself in the face of challenges

We also help you:

  • discover the changes that you really want to make
  • move through any blocks or obstacles
  • navigate your path into the unknown future
  • consider alternative approaches

And here’s what we don’t do:

  • just give you advice and tell you what to do
  • tell you what they want you to do
  • act as a therapist

Achieving Your Goals

We are here to serve you, to help you get from where you are in your life now, to where you want to go.

Book A FREE Sample Session

If you are interested in exploring how coaching can transform your life, contact us today for a complimentary session with Dawn or Gordon.