Our Principal Facilitator and Coach

“I had a coaching session with Sylvia where she helped me to understand my value - and to raise my rates by 30%. Not only that, she helped me to communicate the increase with my clients - and instead of getting pushback from my clients, they were actually excited about what I was doing and what it meant for them. Sylvia’s help had been invaluable in this move for my business.”

Courtney Wilson, Creative Director, MoonSoar Services

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)