Erin Thorp, P.Eng., ACC, CPQC

Navigating the Storm: Effective Conflict Management

    Erin Thorp, P.Eng., ACC, CPQC

    Erin Thorp (she/her) is an empathic keynote speaker, writer, and coach for leaders who struggle with conflict, communication, and performance during high-stress times. She supports leaders in navigating difficult conversations, building powerful teams, and communicating with empathy so they can lead confidently.

    Erin holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Calgary and two coaching certifications: one through Integral Coaching Canada and one through Positive Intelligence.

    Having spent 20 years in the masculine-dominated engineering and construction industries leading teams and delivering projects, Erin took notice that her colleagues were highly skilled and cared deeply about their work, but most were incapable of fully holding their own emotions and therefore unable to hold the emotions of others.

    After being told time and again she was “too emotional” and to “pull herself together” she realized there was a big gap in what was being taught to technical leaders. She knew that skills often categorized as “soft” — connection, empathy, vulnerability — are actually the most difficult to learn but are key to creating leaders who make an impact in their personal lives, their companies, and the world.

    Erin currently resides in Calgary, Alberta with her husband and their three children.