The Solacium Group

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Founder & Principal

Brenda Marshall, PhD, CT


Dr. Brenda Marshall is a well known speaker, coach and facilitator.  Her interest in grief work came after the sudden death of her younger brother in 2006.  At the time, she was a senior level business consultant at a busy management consultancy.  Recognizing the challenges she faced grieving her brother’s death while continuing a busy professional life, she created Solacium as a resource to help others.


Brenda now splits her time between FLOW Learning Group, Solacium, and a busy writing and speaking schedule.  She is a sought after expert in the field of Adult Sibling Loss and Grief in the Workplace, speaks at events across North America and consults with professionals and individuals dealing with loss. She is a published author and currently working on her third book.

Brenda holds a Ph.D. in Adult Education from the University of Toronto, an M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning from Brock University, a BSc. in Psychology and Criminology from the University of Toronto and has advanced training in Solution Focused and Narrative approaches to coaching and counselling.  In addition she is a certified thanatologist, a designation held by fewer than 900 practitioners in North America.


Member of: Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists & Psychotherapists (OACCPP), Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC)


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Lesley Parrott

Lesley Parrott is a facilitator, a leader, a humanitarian and a friend to many.


She has a consultancy, Lesley Parrott Consulting focusing on individual, team and organisational development, presentation skills training and is an executive coach and a keynote speaker.  


Prior to this, Lesley was Senior Vice-President, Director of Education and Development at MacLaren McCann and for the previous twenty five years  held senior leadership positions in broadcast production and creative services management at both MacLaren McCann and J. Walter Thompson.  


She’s been widely recognized for her professional and community contributions including the prestigious 1990 Spiess lifetime achievement award for outstanding contribution to the art of the television commercial.  She received the 1999 YWCA Women of Distinction award for Communications and Community Service and the 2001 Paul Mulvilhill /Nabs Humanitarian Award. In 2003 she was appointed a fellow of the Institute of Communications and Advertising.


In 1986 she lost her 11 year old daughter, Alison, to murder.  As a result she has reached out to help others experiencing tragedy and loss and often speaks publicly of this journey and the challenges and issues she has faced.


Her passions in life are her family (especially her new grandson, Malcolm), her wide circle of friends, and the young people she loves to mentor.  She enjoys playing bridge, sipping a good glass of the grape and is Chair of Member Engagement at Verity Women’s Club.


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