Our Principal Facilitator and Coach

The team dynamics workshop that Sylvia facilitated far exceeded my expectations.  Sylvia is an engaging and skilled facilitator who effectively encouraged an atmosphere of participation, creativity, and optimism.  Participants explored important aspects of teamwork for themselves and their colleagues, and ultimately co-created a vision for moving forward as an even more cohesive team.  The session was energizing and collaborative, and was identified by the team as one of the best training sessions we’ve had!

Lisa Veit, Associate Director, Guelph Humane Society

Sylvia Plester-Silk is the principal facilitator and coach at On Purpose Consulting, where she offers team dynamics solutions and skills based learning. After 20 years in human services, Sylvia knows what it takes to create inspired workplaces based on communication, collaboration, and cooperation.

Sylvia Plester-Silk comes to On Purpose Consulting with a unique approach based on her personal and professional experiences working with teams. For over 20 years, she worked as a therapist and addictions counsellor both in community agencies as well as in her own private practice. Sylvia’s experience and expertise in mental health and workplace dynamics give her a valuable perspective on what inspires individuals to make team dynamics work.


She has a unique ability to help people find a deeper purpose in their lives and work. Combined with her playful and direct approach, Sylvia brings out team dynamics issues and facilitates a swift collaborative resolution. She is an important catalyst for engagement and performance improvements leading to high performing teams.

Sylvia believes in giving back to her community and has sat on several boards including:

  • Guelph Youth Music Centre,
  • CAPS (Canadian Association of Professional Speakers), Toronto Chapter (Chair of Pro-Track Speakers Academy 2012)
  • Guelph Women in Networking (Past President),
  • Community for Offender Reconciliation and Diversion (Executive Committee).

Her qualifications include:

  • C-IQ™ (Conversational Intelligence) Enhanced Skills Coach
  • Certified Coach Practitioner, Certified Coaches Federation
  • Professional Member, Canadian Association of Professional Speakers
  • Pro-Track Speakers Academy
  • Improvisation Program at Second City, Toronto
  • Ryerson with a B.S.W. (1988)