Deborah Nixon

Work History

Work History
Jun 2007 - Present


Trust Learning Solutions
I provide consulting and advisory services focused on learning and development, ethical business practices and on building, repairing and maintaining trust and incorporate the principles of trust in the work I do with organizations. I am a Certified Hogan Assessor which I use in my coaching and development practice. I also work with organizations to assist them in succession planning. I have developed the Trust Intelligence Program. This program takes the intangibles of trust, reputation and integrity and works with leaders and managers to make them tangible and practical. I partner with senior executives who provide our clients with a roll-up your shirt sleeves problem solving session in conjunction with coaching and training on Trust and Engagement. I have also developed a series of proprietary and statistically valid assessment tools which measures the tangibles and intangibles of trust and engagement at the individual, 360 and team level. I have served in the capacity of interim Executive Director for the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Executive Education Program, during which time I started the DeGroote Women's Breakfast Series. I am always developing new partnerships and alliances. Some of my clients: Astra Zeneca, Context with Lorna Dueck TV, Bank of Montreal, Conference Board of Canada, Institute of Governance, and Rogers Communications
Jan 2008 - Present


"Getting to the heart of money matters" is the credo of my company. I run workshops for women which focus on your money and your emotions. Most of us don't realize how much our emotions play into our money decisions and that by building our awareness about this, we can get control of our financial lives. My goal is to help women to gain confidence and competence about everything money. MyMoneyMindset consists of an online assessment tool, workshops, resources and coaching. Building trust with my clients is my number one goal and helping them to achieve their dreams is the best outcome possible!
Oct 2013 - Sep 2014

Senior Associate

Leading the Organizational Effectiveness practice, I specialize in organizational reviews and restructuring, leadership assessment and development, executive coaching, Human Resource practices and processes, strategic and business planning, team development and executive coaching and advising. Much of my work is focused in Canada's North, especially Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. Additionally, I am responsible for business development and firm recruitment strategies and implementation.
Jan 1994 - Dec 2007


DNI Group
DNI Group is a Canadian consulting and research firm that was founded in 1992 by Dr. Deborah Nixon and Nicholas Ignatieff. DNI offers a full range of consulting services from the initial stages of organizational assessment to shaping a strategic vision for growth through to the development of practical plans for implementation. DNI provides services to government and to business in research, strategic planning, policy analysis, program design and evaluation, environmental scanning, human resource management, design and delivery of change management strategies including decision-making strategies and group processes. Some of DNI's clients: WSIB, Ontario Ministry of Labour, George Brown College, Canadian Policy Research Network, Conference Board of Canada, Institute of Public Administration of Canada
Jan 1986 - Aug 1991

Executive Search Consultant

Mandrake Management Consultants
Focused on senior marketing and communications positions in packaged goods industry. Career transition coaching, job analysis and compensation consulting to key clients.
Jan 1982 - Sep 1986

Brand Manager

Ralston Purina and ED Smith and Sons
Brand manager in packaged goods. Responsible for Lea and Perrins, HP Sauce at ED Smith. For professional and consumer pet food brands.



Masters in Environmental Studies

York University


Concordia University


University of Toronto
Associate: Centre for Leadership and Values



Strategic Thinking

Culture Change

Business Coaching

Mergers & Acquisitions

Financial Services

Executive Search

Executive Development

Personnel Management

Workshop Facilitation

Small Business


Strategic Partnerships



Thought Leadership

Hogan Certified Assessor

Money Management

Trusting Relationships

Business Planning

Strategic Consulting



New Business Development

Team Building


Succession Planning


Performance Management

Strategic Planning

Organizational Design


Public Speaking

Business Process Improvement


Executive Management

Program Management



Organizational Effectiveness

Organizational Development

Business Ethics

Change Management

Management Consulting

Change Leadership

Executive Coaching


Employee Engagement

Leadership Development

Business Strategy

learning and development


Feb 2013 - Present

Hogan Assessments

Hogan Assessments
I'm certified to administer all Hogan Assessments.