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Gaining a new perspective can be life-changing. I know it has been for me when I did work with great coaches such as Michael Bungay Stanier, Jose Stevens, and others.

Following are a number of testimonials from clients who have gained new perspectives while working with me. As a result, they began experiencing adventures in growth in their lives and businesses.

From teaching to a new career in my own business

I was stuck and frustrated in a college teaching job and going nowhere. Richard helped me to see myself in a new light.

With a new perspective I launched my own consulting business. I am happy and earning more money than ever.

But be forewarned that gaining a new perspective can be disrupting and uncomfortable. Richard may challenge your self-view – I once slammed my computer shut and walked out of our meeting. Hahaha. What an aha moment.

Ken B – Marketing Consultant IT – Toronto

From Syria to a new life in Montreal

My uncle introduced me to his friend Richard just after I arrived in Montreal in 2019 from Syria, after 3 years in Turkey.

I wasn’t sure what some old guy like Richard (71) could do for a young guy (27) like me.

Wow! Before even meeting me he had arranged for me to share the Wi-Fi with someone in my building. I could talk with my friends again.

He invited me out for coffee. He was so easy to talk with. The coffee shop closed. Where had the last 2 hours gone?

Even though I was coming into a community in Montreal where I could connect with an extended family, and the church, having someone like Richard to open my eyes to Canadian, and Montreal, and Quebec culture has been wonderful.

I was feeling lost. My Arabic and English skills would not help me get a computer job in Montreal. I am now taking French classes.

I have been gaining new perspectives about myself. Of course, as that happens everything in my world looks different and I now feel hopeful about my future.

Thanks Richard.

George N – Montreal

An off-the-wall Sounding Board

Over the years Richard’s off the wall thinking and insights have helped our business to find areas of income and profit that would never have occurred to us.

Harvey S – Venture Capital – Halifax

Out of chaos & tears a new career

A new and wonderful life unfolded for me when Richard helped me to look at myself from a new perspective.

From decades of apparent chaos I saw myself in a new light.

I went back to school. Got a degree. I have started a new career that has drawn on, and integrated, my healing skills to help people hear their world in a new way.

I now own a house. Who would have thought?

KS – Audiologist – Toronto

Great sounding board

Over the years our management team has come to rely on Richard’s insights when hiring – or not hiring – technical and sales professionals to join our teams.

Kevin T – President – Software manufacturer – Toronto

From China to new career and life in Canada

Since coming to Canada from China, Richard has helped me to appreciate and adopt to the cultural differences in Canadian culture. Of course the fact that he lived in Beijing and travelled throughout China means that he understands aspects of Chinese culture.

He advised me as I was looking for work as I was graduating from university.

His resume advice got me interviews. He then guided me through the offers I received. I have a wonderful new career.

He also introduced me to a qualified and thoughtful immigration consultant who has been instrumental in getting my application back on track.

I seek his advice and counsel monthly as a sounding board.

CY – SAP Consultant – Halifax

From chaos in Yemen to a new life

I don’t know how I would have navigated the past 12 months since I arrived in Montreal from Yemen without the advice and counsel of Richard.

A mutual friend introduced us and we easily connected. He was interested in my Muslim culture and my experience.

He has provided me with cultural insights about Canada, Quebec, and Montreal that have helped me to gain a new perspective on my new home. And related it to where I have come from.

Richard’s resume advice helped to get job interviews, and job offers, and a new job.

Meeting him has been a blessing.

Thank you Richard.

FA – Student – Montreal

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Working Together

When we are working together, our time together is precious.

Over the decades I have developed some basic terms and conditions for managing our scheduled Sounding Board Career Coaching Sessions so that our time together provides you with maximum benefits.

Being in the moment, when we meet is our goal – no matter how elusive that can be.

Let’s be fully present for our time together.

Let’s be fully present for each other during our time together. If you are calling during your work day hours I recommend finding a quiet place away from your office.

  • No interruptions.
  • No phone calls.
  • No text messages.
  • No emails.
  • No one else present.

Life happens and perhaps an interruption is unavoidable.

But our goal is to be fully present together. In the moment. To connect with intuition.

My Time With You

My time with you actually begins 15 minutes before you are scheduled to call as I prepare for our time together.

And, my time with you continues after our session has finished as I reflect on our time together.

Basic call guidelines

As the old saying goes, “if you are not early how can you be on time?”

With that idea in mind here are some basic guidelines for our calls.

  • Clients call me.
  • Punctuality is crucial.
  • Each session is booked for 45 minutes.
  • The clock begins at the time scheduled and ends after 45 minutes.
  • If you are late for our session together the session will still end at the scheduled time.
  • A session can be rescheduled only if requested 72 hours (3 days) before.

I look forward to our time together.

Ask Me! Intuitive Consulting Career Life Coaching

Ask Me! Intuitive Consulting Career Life Coaching - Richard Edward Ward

Free Introductory Conversation

You can get new perspectives and experience adventures in growth leading to a more productive and fulfilling life for you.

Our first 15 minutes together are FREE.

Our Introductory Conversation serves as the starting point and foundation for us working together with Intuitive Consulting Career Life Coaching.

Your Introductory Conversation with me is free. Let’s talk.

Let’s talk with each other. Let’s explore if, and how, we can work together.

Tell Me About Yourself

As soon as I have received your contact request I will send you an email address.

Tell me about yourself.

Before we begin our conversation I want to get to know you so that our conversation can be focused and productive.

We only have 15 minutes so let’s make each minute count.

Send Me the Following Information About Yourself

Before we talk I will need the following information.

  1. Tell me what do you need help with?
  2. a current colour photo
  3. your birth date, birth time and place of birth
  4. family information such as marital status, children and so forth.
  5. a copy of your resume.
    The longer the better. A 1 or 2 page resume does not contain very much detailed information.
    Read my resume writing advice “Your IT Resume – 15 Basic Components“.
  6. your personal website or your blog
  7. your LinkedIn link
  8. your Facebook link


The Introductory Conversation is free. There is no charge.

Let’s Talk

The best way for you to connect with me is by email via the Contact Form below. After receiving your message I will send you my email address and your can send your information to me so that we can setup a conversation time..

Ask Me! Intuitive Consulting Career Life Coaching

Ask Me! Intuitive Consulting Career Life Coaching - Richard Edward Ward

Ask Me! Intuitive Consulting Career Life Coaching

Intuitive Consulting Career Life Coaching. Get new perspectives and experience adventures in growth leading to a more productive and fulfilling life with your career, in your business, and in your life in general with Richard Edward Ward.

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Step outside your mind and take a look at your world from a new perspective.

Dive into your heart and follow your dreams.

Intuitive Consulting Career Life Coaching can help you to tap into your intuition and see your story, and to see your environment, in a new way, and from different perspectives.

New Perspectives

A new perspective can help anyone to experience an adventure in growth leading to a more productive and fulfilling life with their career, in their business or finding a job.

You may be able to find new and innovative ways to solve problems as we work together. Let’s bounce some ideas around. Let’s look at things differently. Let’s explore.

You may become unstuck, get out of the rut you may be in and find that you can now follow your path to achieve your dreams.

15 Possible Adventures in Growth

We are all unique.

Clients of mine have found that Sounding Board Coaching Sessions have unlocked adventures in growth for them. Do any of the following resonate with you?

  1. Break out of deadlocked problems and find original solutions
  2. Develop strategies to cope with rapid change
  3. Follow your curiosity
  4. Stimulate your creativity
  5. Become attuned to your inner self
  6. Become more aware of your environment
  7. Make more skillful use of your energy so that you can realize your full potential
  8. Inspire thoughts and feelings
  9. Stimulate creative thinking
  10. Develop a values system
  11. Empower yourself as an individual
  12. Create a time investment portfolio
  13. Enhance personal growth and work performance
  14. Develop strategies for fighting boredom by changing your routines and expanding your interests
  15. Discover strategies for conserving inner energy by cutting down on criticism and defensiveness

Experience Your Own Adventure in Growth

Experience your own adventure in growth with Sounding Board Career Life Coaching.

If this resonates with you contact me.

I look forward to working with you to help you to get new perspectives and experience adventures in growth leading to a more productive and fulfilling life with your career, in your business, and in your life in general.

Ask Me! Intuitive Consulting Career Life Coaching

Ask Me! Intuitive Consulting Career Life Coaching - Richard Edward Ward

Sounding Board service launched

I am very pleased to announce the launch of my Sounding Board service.

A Sounding Board is defined as

when one person listens intently and provides feedback to another person, they can provide perspective that otherwise would not be available through introspection.

This is not therapy!

When I act as your Sounding Board I am not acting as a traditional counsellor, a personal coach or life coach. If you find the results useful you may at some point want to consult me again but there is no need to do so.

This is an exciting step for me as it allows me to continue to provide a form of personal coaching to people while at the same time allowing me to work around the issue that keep arising for me from the Traumatic Brain Injury sustained in a car accident more than 10 years ago.

I have been providing this type of service to friends and acquaintances over the years. People have often commented that I had been a great “sounding board”.

I am excited!

Richard E. Ward
Personal Coach, Guide & Sounding Board

About Richard Edward Ward

Richard Edward Ward provides services as a Intuitive Consultant and Career Life Coach. He is a Reiki Practitioner with training in the I Ching, Shamanic practice, Druidry, Tantra, and other esoteric arts therefore Intuition and Synchronicity play an important role in his work.

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A few words about Richard Edward Ward by Richard

I was born in Montreal, Quebec on February 20, 1948, and moved back in 2016.

For those of you who follow astrology, as I do, I am a Pisces with Moon in Cancer and Gemini Ascendant. According to Vedic astrology I am an Aquarian.

I am born in the year of the Rat according to Chinese astrology.

I am the eldest of 3 kids with a younger brother and sister.


Places Lived

I have lived in various cities and towns across Canada including Brockville, Burlington, Grimsby Beach, McBride Lake, Oakville, Ottawa, Toronto, Willowdale, Pictou and Halifax.

I have also lived outside of Canada in London and Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England; Tangier, Morocco and Beijing, China.


I have travelled extensively throughout Canada, every province, from coast to coast as well as The Northwest Territories and the Yukon.

Foreign travel has included visiting the United States (and visiting many states), Mexico, England, Wales, Belgium, France, Spain, Morocco and China.


In China, I have travelled to the cities of Beijing, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Kunming, Shanghai, Urumqi, Wuhan and Yantai.

I am very interested in China, Chinese culture and Chinese people.


After graduating from St. Andrew’s College in Aurora, Ontario, Canada I studied Commerce and then Theology at McGill University. Some years later I studied in the Department of Communication Arts at Loyola College (Concordia University) in Montreal.

Work Experience

My first job was as a milk boy helping to deliver milk on Saturdays when I was in Grade 4.

As a kid, I delivered newspapers, mowed lawns, shovelled snow, taught swimming, lifeguard, worked on factory production lines, worked in a lumber mill on the green-chain, worked as a bouncer, waiter and bartender in a Montreal bar on Crescent Street.

Special Assistant

I have worked as a Special Assistant to a federal cabinet minister from Westmount, Quebec in the 1970’s and been an election campaign advisor in various ridings across Canada both federal and provincial. Over the years I was active in local politics in residents associations.

As a public & government relations consultant in Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax my clients included mutual fund and investment companies, international shipping group, dance company, international nightclub chain, real estate developers, manufacturing companies, government agencies and others.

Softel Incorporated

The software development and consulting company – Softel Incorporated – that I co-founded in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia was partnered with Scientific Atlanta and US West Communications working on bleeding-edge VSAT and mobile communications projects, as well as complete accounting systems including inventory management.

The Reiki Store

In 1993 I co-founded The Reiki Store in Toronto, Ontario, Canada teaching Reiki, offering workshops in yoga, tai chi, shamanism, mediumship, and other subjects as well as selling books, CDs, crystals, and jewellery.

IT Headhunter

IT Headhunter provided headhunting and recruiting services in the IT vertical.

Rebuilding My Life

After a car accident and then a heart attack I have had to rebuild my life.


I am a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) Survivor. In 2000 my car was rear-ended by a truck while I was stopped at a red light resulting in head injuries causing Traumatic Brain Injury and subsequently turning my life upside-down. Memory loss and cognitive issues seriously interrupted my career as a recruiter and headhunter.

Heart Attack

In 2004, 4 years after the car accident, I had a heart attack resulting in an angioplasty. As a result, recovery became a priority and I had to shut down the online job board that I had created, which was just starting to gain traction generating a steady monthly revenue.


I have studied Reiki with Reiki Masters in Minneapolis and Toronto including Komyo ReikiDo with Master James Wells, and Usui Reiki with Master Dee Millard (Level 1 & 2) and Master Anita Levin (Level 1).


Studying Tantra with Lucy Becker, and Dr.Jonn Mumford (Swami Anandakapila Saraswati) was a wonderful and enlightening experience.


Although shamans had been holding workshops in my centre/store, The Reiki Store, I didn’t really connect with shamanism until after the heart attack in 2004. I have studied shamanism with Jeannette McCullough, Martha Lucier, and Sharon van Raalte who have all studied extensively with Michael Harner and The Foundation for Shamanic Studies; as well as Mandaza Kandemwa. I have also been studying the work of Sandra Ingerman, don Miguel Ruiz and Jose Stevens.

I highly recommend the book Medicine for the Earth by Sandra Ingerman. This work is foundational to the practices of Jeannette McCullough. I doubt that I would be alive today without the healing work that I have done with them.