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Nova Nicole

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Performance Coach & Inclusive Facilitator

Nova Nicole is a leader in tech with international experience as a learning & performance coach and facilitator. She focuses on leadership development and bringing humanity to work via self-awareness & self-management.  Her efforts are to improve mental health and self leadership skills, with an emphasis on social and emotional intelligence in organizations. She has been named one of the Top 5 Life Coaches in Toronto, and is a certified facilitator with the global organization, Mindfulness Without Borders.

Keynote Speeches

Virtual Keynotes & Webinars
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Workplace Wellness for a Better Bottom Line

Within the workplace, the process of executing towards a goal can feel all-consuming. When burnout sets in and productivity declines, passion is snuffed out by resentment, dread, and stagnation. In this presentation, Nova shares the 5 main workplace complaints along with the solutions to dealing with them. Audiences will learn to proactively identify red flags at work and use various techniques to create boundaries & prioritize self-care. Nova’s actionable takeaways will help audiences get more out of their personal and professional relationships, while organizations will learn new ways to encourage wellness at work.


Mindful at Work

This customizable presentation is focused on social and emotional learning at work. Nova shares some tools and techniques to better the audiences ability to deal with difficult emotions, stress and anxiety. Audiences will learn how to improve individual resilience, critical thinking, conflict resolution and stress management. Nova will guide you through the process of developing and the use of social awareness and leadership skills to be more thoughtful, engaged and effective in the workplace



“You teach people how to treat you.” But many people hesitate to ask for what they want because of a fear rooted in the hypothetical of “what if?”. This silence can lead to breakdowns in relationships, career paths, peer pressure and more all because nothing was said. Nova worked in the hip-hop industry for over a decade. It is often seen as a space where wallflowers get stomped out. Speaking confidently becomes easier once the voice of your ‘inner evil twin’ is identified. Learn how to give a solid first impression with body language, speak mindfully, project authentically and start getting what you want!


Campus | Student Mental Wellness

Statistics show that 90% of students feel overwhelmed by the pressure of academics, finances, health and relationships. Without proper coping tools, the life of a young person can be sent into a tailspin of depression, anxiety, substance abuse or end in suicide. We start by shifting the focus from ‘what they do’ to ‘why they do it’, encouraging personal accountability. Next, discuss the potential of a health culture on campus, where young people can connect over shared experiences, release shame and isolation, resources. Nova has been that depressed student and candidly shares her process of getting out and going on with life.


Campus | Ladies Night on Campus

Ladies Night’s on campus create an opportunity for women to see each other, instead of watch one another. When they realize they are more alike than different, cliques fizzle, comparisons stop, experiences validated and the hugs and tears come organically. By reflecting on lessons learned with vulnerability and humour, audiences connect on topics of Self-Care, Toxic Relationships, Girlfriend Drama and Trauma Survival. Nova speaks with the love and frankness of a big sister, and as a survivor, she creates a space that is safe to reveal and heal.

View more of Nova’s Youth & Campus presentations here.


Platform Plus Presentations

Unique formats and ways to connect with audiences.
Nova brings her upbeat, funny, energetic presence to her hosting duties. She summarizes the key-takeaways & learning's throughout the day to make sure audiences leave the event inspired to take action.

Audience reviews:

  • Nova seamlessly takes on a coach AND facilitator role. Within the first 20 mins of the first meeting, we were having relaxed honest conversations. It was amazing to watch.

    Nova, thank you for ALL the hard work you put into this quarter, it has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. You are a force and absolutely putting in all the time you have into making each one of your sessions incredible. Thank you for going above and beyond and for still staying positive and welcoming through it all. Thank you thank you thank you!!! - Shopify Team
  • Nova was exceptional and I have heard nothing but the best feedback on her presentation. She knew how to read the crowd, respond to their needs (both verbal/non-verbal), manage the day with humour, provide practical skills for attendees to walk away with, and weave it together with research and storytelling. Perfect fit for the day given our topic of Wellness and Resiliency.

    - PLEA Community Services
  • Mental Health has become a concern on campus due to the enormous stressors students carry; finance, health, relationships, and academics. COCA has invited Nova to showcase at both National and Regional conferences because she shares an impactful message of transforming pain into progress. Nova's lecture and workshops are an important starting point for what could be a life-saving conversation.

    - Director of the Canadian Organization of Campus Activities (COCA)
  • Her exciting stories of highs and scary lows in Hollywood, had students glued to their seats! Nova used clear and impactful exercises to involve the audience - staff saw many 'lightbulbs' going off in the crowd! Her's is a message of self-care crucial to the well being of college students at any age.

    - Centennial College Student Association
  • Social media is stripping young people of their empathy. Nova's humour, candour and frank nature instantly create a safe space for students to reflect and share on taboo topics that need addressing. Even faculty had their heads nodding. Nova tackles the pressures students carry like a 'big sister', and the audience leaves feeling heard.

    - UWO, University Students Council
  • Amazing. Nova did an absolutely wonderful job and the kids loved her. One of the biggest comments we repeatedly got was that students felt they were able to connect with her and that what she said hit home. Nova was wonderful. And for the first time ever, my client says that they are going to keep Nova on the list for next year.

    - Green Bay Packers Community Outreach

Speaker Biography

Nova Nicole masterfully weaves life lessons she’s gathered from her career in Hollywood  and her experiences as a Performance Coach & Inclusive Facilitator to to deliver instantly relatable presentations.

She helps spark a renewed sense of confidence and empowerment over one’s own life. Audiences walk away with a fresh appreciation for their past, a bold affirmation of their power to transform their current experience, and effective tools to manifest dreams into future success.

On stage Nova shares stories that offer penetrating insights into the human condition. Her presentations are authentic, compassionate, and tell-it-like-it-is, while at the same time offering a touch of humour. Nova is a speaker who shares a dialogue with her audience. Her presentations are often accompanied by longer Q&A’s with audiences put to ease, and eager to engage in a deeper conversation around the topic at hand.  She’ll provide pre and post event content to engage your audiences fully in the content and make a difference in their personal and professional lives. 

Her roles have included that as a Workplace Mental Health Advisor and Leadership Development Facilitator at Shopify. Nova personified the ‘Digital by Design’ workplace philosophy at Shopify and “Own your Own Development.”  She’s also launched and led an ongoing leadership program for racialized leaders around the world. Nova’s also been a fixture on the internationally syndicated talk show CTV’s “The Social”, and has been profiled in outlets like Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Chatelaine, CBC and CTV.

Professionally, Nova also spent over a decade working behind the scenes in Hollywood in marketing and promotions. Tales of the music business pique the interest of pop culture junkies, while her witty quips, heartfelt anecdotes and candid vulnerability drive every point home. Nova masterfully weaves the life lessons she has gathered from her interactions with celebrities and the downtrodden alike to deliver relatable workshops, motivational talks, and results- driven coaching sessions.  She’ll help with tools for resilience and recovery for personal and professional life management that enhance psychological safety. 

Nova has presented to audiences such as the United Nations Association, YWCA, NAACP, COCA, Oprah Winfrey Network, University of Toronto, City of Toronto, Toronto District School Board, Dufferin-Peel School Board, Historica Canada and many others.

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