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  • Career planning and assessment
  • Resume development and optimization
  • Creating your professional online profile
  • Networking training and events
  • Interview preparation

Our Team

Nicola R. Johnson, PCC
Executive Coach

613.238.6266 ext. 2260

Nicola joined Optimum Talent in May of 2015 as an Executive Coach and Director of Business Development for the Ottawa Region.  In her role, Nicola is committed to developing relationships that will lead to innovative, customized and high quality Talent Management Solutions for individuals and organizations.

For over 20 years Nicola has developed businesses and worked with individuals and organizations to improved both personal and business leadership skills.  Her career started in the field of Corporate Fitness and Wellness and evolved into Leadership Development and Coaching. Nicola has led national initiatives to build and integrate leadership development programs for organizations including Executive and mid level coaching.  As an Executive Coach to a national clientele of Corporate Leaders in the public and private sector she has assisted individuals and teams build strong working relationships, communicate with impact, increase productivity and achieve their own definition of success.

Nicola’s business experience in leadership gives her an exceptional breadth and depth of knowledge of organization and interpersonal dynamics combined with a profound understanding of life in business and as a leader. Nicola holds a Masters Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University and is an alumni coach for current Royal Roads Masters students.

James Reid
Senior Consultant

613.238.6266 ext. 2240

James is a consultant, facilitator and trainer known for enabling individuals to shape meaningful career road maps.

He has 20 years of career transition and human resources consulting expertise in union, non-union, public and private sectors.

Skilled in facilitating change with diverse individuals and groups, James has designed and delivered workshops covering the full spectrum of career transition topics. He is effective at partnering with organizations in planning and carrying out workforce restructuring exercises, as well as training leaders on notification processes.

James obtained certification as a Professional Career Management Consultant at the University of Montreal, where he studied Industrial Relations and Human Resources Management. He is qualified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Birkman First Look motivational and behavioural tool, as well being experienced with the Strong Interest Inventory and Jackson Vocational Assessment Instrument.

Christine Martinelli, ACC
Executive Coach

613.238.6266 ext. 2238

Christine, is a trainer and professional consultant, brings significant years of relevant experience to her clients. Having worked in both large and small organizations, ranging from unionized establishments to high tech start-up operations, Christine has participated in company acquisitions, mergers, and restructuring. Assisting management and staff through organizational change has been a common component throughout Christine’s career. She has coached displaced employees to assist them in their transition to new opportunities.

With a strong background in recruiting, Christine is also able to share with individuals in transition the elements and finer points of resume preparation and interviewing techniques. Through collaborative exercises and exploration, she has seen her clients transform as they recognize their value and authentically define themselves.

An enthusiastic and receptive facilitator, she believes strongly in helping individuals help themselves by providing them with the necessary tools, training and confidence to successfully manage their career progression.

Christine holds a BA from Trent University, a Certificate in Human Resource Management and her Professional Coaching designation.

Lyn Densmore
Manager, Client Services

613.238.6266 ext. 2229

Lyn is usually the first point of contact for employers, providing information regarding the range of services offered by Optimum Talent.

She advises on transition and career management matters, gathers information on the client and the situation, and arranges planning meetings and on-site support for individual dismissals as well as large-scale downsizing.

An important element of Lyn’s role is to match the individual with the most appropriate consultant, taking into consideration the employee’s needs as well as the consultant’s current workload and availability.

Lyn’s career encompasses work in the federal government, engineering, corporate real estate, insurance, and in the entertainment field. She joined Optimum Talent (formerly KWA Partners Ottawa Limited) in 1987. She has made a major contribution to the growth and development of the firm and has earned a reputation among clients for her appropriate and timely responses to requests and for reliable and thorough follow-through.

Lyn is a member of OHRPA and has served on the nominating committee of The Vision Awards.


Donna Eden

613.238.6266 ext. 2247

Donna joined Optimum Talent in 1997, bringing with her an extensive background in business education, real estate, banking and people management.

Donna uses her people and organizational skills – as well as her optimism and confidence – to ensure that each client and staff member has all the tools necessary to effectively manage their work in a positive and supportive environment.

Donna is responsible for the successful organization and administration of all office administrative activities and is the primary support to the executive team. She also co-ordinates major projects that benefit both clients and staff alike.

An avid reader and committed to ongoing professional development and lifelong learning, Donna is a wealth of knowledge on human dynamics and on virtually all aspects of the career management and executive leadership business.

Rob Notman
Managing Director

613.238.6266 ext. 2224

Rob is responsible for the leadership and overall direction of the Ottawa office.

During his career, he has held numerous senior management positions in the areas of marketing, business development and human resources across numerous industry sectors. Rob has counseled a wide range of individuals and executives through career transition choices. He has developed and implemented policies related to dismissal and has personally managed individual career transitions and group downsizing.

Prior to entering the field of career transition consulting, Rob was Director of Marketing Programs at one of Canada’s leading defense electronics firms. For more than 10 years, he directed the efforts of Human Resources Departments within both unionized and non-unionized environments in the high technology industry. During this time, Rob gained extensive practical experience in dealing with the needs of senior executives in fast-paced, rapidly changing organizations. In addition to his business management experience, Rob also has experience in the areas of strategic planning, recruitment, employee relations, training and development.

Rob holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Carleton University, has his Certified Human Resources Professional designation, and has earned a Certificate in Strategic Marketing from Duke University.

Doug Tansley
Vice President

613.238.6266 ext. 2226

Doug has worked with Optimum Talent since 1998, and primarily works with Clients from Senior Manager to C-Suite levels. Before joining Optimum Talent, he was Senior Consultant and then Vice-President of Consulting for another large career transition consulting firm. Going ‘way back, he was a member of the management team for a major high-tech manufacturing plan, and he also has an entrepreneurial side, having owned his own human resources consulting practice for a number of years. Fun facts: Doug used to play the Blues with Dan Aykroyd (also ‘way back!), and he has his Sommelier designation.