William Walker has studied human development intensely for decades through ongoing self-transformation and personal and professional action research, within business, community, and spiritual contexts and has gained substantive practical wisdom of to how support personal and team development in individuals, groups and organizations. An experienced leadership mentor, William has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and leaders internationally in private, public and non-profit sectors. William has been exposed to many of the challenges facing both small and large organizations at the leadership level and the core challenge for leaders to act in integrity while simultaneously optimizing business performance. His mentoring has benefited leaders in such corporations and institutions as The Royal Bank of Canada, Keyturn Public Benefit Corporation, St. Royal Entertainment, Adapt Pharma, Blue Rush, Lexis Nexis, University of Laval, United Theological College at McGill University, Standard Chartered Bank, as well as in non-profit organizations, start-up companies and grass-roots community initiatives.
William has worked as a human resources and management consultant, youth mentor, English as a Second Language teacher to students of all ages, executive coach, university professor, academic researcher, outdoor educator, and is a committed action research practitioner. Beyond these contexts he has researched the competencies that encompass his approach through wilderness adventure, personal experiences of urban homelessness, and professional work as a carpenter.
William is a graduate of the Leicester University MBA program in the UK and holds a Bachelor's degree in Leisure Studies from the University of Ottawa. He has published peer reviewed articles on coaching and leadership and taught university graduate courses on leadership and adult learning at Concordia University in Montreal and Korea University in Seoul.
“William Walker spoke at Open Door in May 2015. Open Door is a weekly reintegration activity designed to help inmates and ex-inmates successfully transition back into the community at the end of their prison sentence. Since 2007 I have scheduled over 600 guest speakers from every field imaginable: professors, activists, business owners and so on. The caliber of our speakers is very high, and to Mr. Walker's credit, his presentation on "Mythology and Finding Personal Meaning, Responsibility and Empowerment in One's Life", was one of the most inspirational and memorable Open Doors I have experienced.”