Ellen Melis

Associate faculty

Executive Education

Dr. Ellen Melis is a leadership development consultant, facilitator and systems thinker with a focus on fostering healthy leadership for healthy organizations. Her four areas of work include change leadership, nurturing organizational culture and learning, innovation, and enabling quality team work.

Melis’s doctoral work focused on organizational culture in long-term care. Her ongoing research work is focused on leading change and empowering leadership and innovation in healthcare. A scholar practitioner, and the founder of Unlimited Potential and co-founder of Deliberate Shift, she combines research and practice in her work with clients.



Melis provides leadership development, strategic planning and coaching services to a variety of clients. She has developed online and in-person leadership programs that combine personal and organizational learning and helps participants evaluate and choose from existing information, practical approaches and the multitude of suggested ‘best practices’ that exist in the field of organizational leadership. She is strategic advisor and program developer for LEADS Canada and delivers programs in English and French.

Memberships and Committees
  • LEADS Certified Coach and Facilitator, 2010
  • Certified Professional Facilitator – International Association of Facilitators (2012)
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC) – International Coach Federation (2013)
  • Certified Level II Strength Deployment Inventory® Facilitator (2010)


PhD in Leadership and Change

Antioch University

MA in Leadership and Change

Antioch University

B.Sc. Physiotherapy

McGill University

Graduate Certificate Executive Coaching

Royal Roads University


Melis, E.H. (2020). Understanding the Context and Social Processes that Shape Person- and Family-Centered Culture in Long-Term Care: The Pivotal Role of Personal Support Workers. (Electronic Thesis or Dissertation). Retrieved from https://etd.ohiolink.edu/

Melis EH. (June, 2020) Empowering the Invisible and Undervalued Nursing Aide Workforce in Long Term Care. 5th Women in Leadership Conference. International Leadership Association. Albany NY.

Letts L, Lammi B, Melis E, Moll S, Bosch J, Michetti J, Gewurtz R, Perrett L.  (May, 2020) Equipping future leaders: Integrating LEADS into the occupational therapy curriculum. Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Conference 2020. Saskatoon, SK.

Melis EH (1995). Biomechanical study of the interaction between ambulatory assistive devices and spinal cord injured subjects gait-trained with functional electrical stimulation. M.Sc. Thesis, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University, Montreal, QC (R. Torres-Moreno, supervisor).