Who Are Our Coaches?
An outstanding speaker with a degree in psychology, Aaron won first place in the 2019 District 96 Toastmasters Evaluation Speech Contest and second place in the 2019 District 96 Toastmasters International Speech Contest, competing with many of the best speakers from BC and Yukon. Aaron gives clear and concise feedback for each student. His teaching, full of humor and passion, invigorates the entire class.
Connor is an award-winning public speaker with over 6 years of experience in leading classes, clubs, training sessions, and events. His confidence, attention to detail, and charisma allow him to lead, educate, and entertain consistently, irrelevant of situation. Connor has significant experience teaching in both English and Mandarin, allowing him to connect with audiences almost anywhere.
After being almost homeless several years ago, David Fisher is now an award-winning international speaker and author. He has over a thousand hours of stage time and has spoken to a variety of organizations including: Cirque Du Soleil, Be Inspired, TEDx, IM Communications in Indonesia, Toastmasters Conferences, Supply Chain Canada, Transition and Orientation Professionals, and Create Change Now. He has coached other speakers for events such as Future V, Get Inspired, TEDx Stanley Park, and Tony Robbins Power of Success.
Gwen of One Conversation Coaching & Facilitation helps people resolve issues to achieve personal, professional and relationship goals. Her public-speaking engagements include “Happiness is a Paradigm Shift” for TEDxBCIT and she was the Head Speaker Coach for two cohorts of TEDxECUAD at Emily Carr University. Gwen taught Communication and Public Speaking Courses at Langara College and the Vancouver School Board. She was the National Mentorship Program Developer and Coordinator with the Women in Leadership Foundation. Gwen began her career in Social Work and Coaching Life Skills, working with youth at risk and their families. Gwen cares for her students and happily goes the extra mile for them.
Alison worked with BBC in UK for more than 10 years. After moving to Canada, she worked as the Provincial Judgefor “BC Communities in Bloom” for 9 years. Alison was the coach of TEDx@WhiteRock, and she has been teaching public speaking for children and youth for years.
Kevin is a lawyer called to the BC Bar in 2016. He has received numerous awards and achievements, including the Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP Prize in Canadian Constitutional Law, the Begbie Trophy for mooting in BC, the J.S.D. Tory Prize for Advocacy, and the Dr. Ira Dilworth Prize in English. He designs and teaches the Canadian Law and Moot Court Program at Future V Institute.
Why Future V?
In our increasingly globalized world, the ability to confidently communicate is becoming more and more important as time goes on. The next generation of leaders will rely more and more on the ability to speak to find the success they seek. Future V understands this implicitly, and has designed its curriculum and classroom around the need to communicate. All our teachers are expert speakers and educators, bringing years of experience into the classroom, and passing along their skills and insight to our students. On top of being powerful speakers, our teachers are skilled childhood educators, making classes fun and informative for students. One of our goals is to make sure that not only to students benefit from coming to class; they want to come to class. With our small ten student classes, all of our students get the attention they deserve, with personalized feedback delivered by our teachers in an empathetic and engaging way.
When students leave our program, they aren’t just capable of writing a well crafted speech; they’ve grown in maturity, and as leaders. Additionally, they’re trained in how to improvise speeches quickly and effectively, meaning that even if something unexpected happens, they’re always prepared. Students are also taught a variety of other speaking styles and techniques, including motivational speaking, evaluation, persuasive speaking, and more. By giving our students such a broad skillset, we ensure that there’s no situation they will face that they will struggle to speak in.
However, at Future V, we don’t just think about the students, we know that the parents need to be a part of the process. Our committed administrative team maintains close relationships with parents, both online and offline, ready to provide any support necessary. We strive to keep the parents informed of and engaged with their child’s progress, compiling report cards at the end of each term prepared by our teachers who are trained to record students progress every class. On top of that, outside of the classroom we do our best to give our students speaking opportunities on larger stages, so they can hone their skills further. We’ve had students appear in national and international contests, as well as on TEDx stages, and more! We even hold our own annual public speaking contest together with the Warm Heart of Africa Foundation, which raises money and resources to help promote education in the African country of Malawi.