Vania Sakelaris is a seasoned executive and the founder of VAS & Associates Inc. (VAS) a management consulting firm which provides customized advisory, coaching, facilitation and training services to corporate executives, their boards and their teams. The firm supports systems, organizations and people in managing transformation, including strategy development and implementation at the corporate and individual levels with a focus on leadership development. As a solutions catalyst, Vania has supported hundreds of individuals through impactful change and growth. The firm specializes in service industries including healthcare, financial and education.
Vania is a respected senior executive, who has been consistently recognized as a strategic, collaborative and values-based professional throughout her 25+ year career. Vania’s portfolio includes a decade as CEO of healthcare organizations in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. It advanced to a decade of executive leadership within a provincial crown agency where she was accountable for engaging with senior leaders and funding partners to design and implement healthcare strategies at the system and regional levels.
Vania’s lifelong passion for capacity building has been reflected throughout her career and inspired her coaching work and the launch of her business which supports leaders and emerging leaders in their professional journeys. Vania shares her extensive experience as a public speaker, as an adjunct university lecturer and as a case writer with a focus on strategy, leadership and entrepreneurship. She provides business coaching in collaboration with various Canadian Universities including the Ivey School of Business, the University of Toronto and the Sauder School of Business at UBC.
Vania holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School and is a graduate of Rotman’s Executive Leadership Program, and Not-For-Profit Governance Program. She is a Certified Executive Coach, and has also been certified as a Health Executive by the Canadian College of Health Leaders.