The Kyosei Core Team

Andrea Jacques

Founder

Andrea is a dynamic author, speaker, facilitator and coach with a gift for helping people and organizations to thrive. Her 25+ years of experience in coaching and consulting bring a seasoned perspective to what your organization needs to grow outgrow good enough and become truly legendary. Andrea lives to unlock the performance of individuals and teams, inspire employee engagement, and transform workplaces into environments with the ability to grow and sustain passion, vitality, creativity and fulfillment in their employees.

Andrea began her career in workplace transformation with academic, government, and health care institutions in Canada, but honed her innovative “east-meets-west” approach (which forms the core of Kyosei’s coaching and consulting offerings) while working in Japan with major corporations like Chase Manhattan, Disney, Fuji, NEC, and the Center for International Communication and Management. She continues to enjoy working with a variety of organizations including multinational corporations, government and academic institutions, non-profits and entrepreneurs as it allows her to cross-pollinate best practices and design innovative systems and programs that build strong foundations for sustainable success.

Her new book, Wabi-Sabi Wisdom: Inspiration for and Authentic Life is available on Amazon.

Boyan Blocka

CEO

Boyan started his first company (a computer training and support business) while still in University. On graduation, he sold that firm and learned to design and code — skills that came in awfully handy for building bespoke CMSes (Content Management Systems) for small and medium-sized companies in the days before WordPress.

Swayed by life (namely the .dotcom crash of 2000), Boyan came to Vancouver on the coattails of a film scholarship and job as a Television Producer. From there, he pivoted into Advertising, quickly earning his stripes as a coveted technology, copy and speech writer for agencies and clients like Alteryx, Box, Cossette, Crystal Decisions, DataSift, Google, Nokia, and SAP/BusinessObjects. Along this journey, He’s written captivating speeches for fortune 500 CEOs, ghost-written tons of technical white papers for many well-known companies and created extremely high converting copy for more than a handful of US firms. Merging his firm with Kyosei in 2003, Boyan today leads our company in the dual roles of CEO (for Kyosei Consulting International) and Creative Director (for our boutique creative arm, Kyosei Creative).

Boyan’s superpowers are his ability to aggregate and absorb disparate data to arrive at strategic conclusions, translate geek into english and learn and roll-up his sleeves on virtually any impossible task he chooses to fixate on. When not fixating on operations, marketing, or designing business systems and products for clients, he enjoys time with his family, cooking, taking yet more courses and writing.

Most recently, he completed his first short animated film for the VSA (for which he wrote, directed, edited, animated, supervised VFX and narrated).

Boyan holds a B.Sc. in Archaeology and Neuroscience from the University of Calgary.