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About Coach Davender


As a Venture Catalyst, Davender guides passion-driven entrepreneurs to develop the clarity, the confidence and the discipline to successfully execute on their ideas. He has an extensive technology background, initially as a military aerospace research and development engineer in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1980 to 1995, followed by a consulting business and participating as part of a fast-growth startup team in the late 1990s. He obtained his professional coaching credentials in 2000 and has been working with entrepreneurs of all types across Canada and overseas ever since.

Among his many activities, Davender serves as Vice-President of the Board at the Centre local de développement (CLD) de Québec, an organization supporting over 1000 entrepreneurial projects a year in the Québec City area. Davender is also the facilitator and head coach of FastTrac TechVenture Québec, a program to identify and prepare the next generation of Québec City technology startups, and is a member of the National Advisory Board of Startup Canada.

Davender holds a B.Eng.(Engineering Physics) from the Royal Military College of Canada and a M.Sc.(Imaging Science) from the Rochester Institute of Technology.



After 18 years of high profile, high-tech jobs, I sensed something was not quite right. My personal life and my work life were taking two different paths, one in search of meaning and purpose, and the other grasping at stability and security. It took a major personal crisis for me to realize that I needed to reinvent, for myself, a livelihood that expresses all of me.

As a business leadership coach, my passion is to develop in my clients the discipline and leadership skills to succeed.

Trained as an engineer, I integrate practical project management principles with cutting-edge leadership concepts, equipping people to move to action and create powerful and profitable results. I build 21st Century Leaders.

Born in the US of Indian and Dutch immigrant parents, I grew up in Quebec City, Canada before joining the Canadian Forces as a military aerospace research and development engineer. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from the Royal Military College of Canada (Kingston, 1984) and a Master’s in Imaging Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, 1990). After 15 years of service, I left the military to launch a technology consulting business, then was involved in a major software development startup at the end of the 1990s.

A decisive, soul-searching moment in 2000 triggered a career change which led to the founding of the Visioneering Institute, which in 2011 became Startup-Académie. I have since helped hundreds of entrepreneurs across the US, Canada and Europe develop the leadership foundations of clarity, commitment, confidence and courage, always keeping an eye on tangible, profitable results.

My initial professional coaching training was with Thomas Leonard and CoachU. I also have extensive experience in personal development courses and studying with several notable authors, experts and leaders. I also am a voracious reader of books and blogs, keeping current with such thought leaders as Seth Godin, Guy Kawasaki, Dan Pink, Doc Searls, Malcolm Gladwell, and the new generation of startup authors such as Eric Ries, Steve Blank, Brad Feld and Alistair Croll.

I am very active in my local business community, as Vice-President of the Board at the Centre Local de Développement de Québec (Quebec City Local Economic Development Centre), Head Facilitator of FastTrac TechVenture Québec, and on the National Advisory Council of StartupCanada.

I am an Accredited Trainer with Emploi-Québec (Quebec Ministry of Employment).

Come visit my blogs and social networking pages!

From Passion to Profit Blog
: http://www.frompassiontoprofit.com
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