About Us

Leading Edge Seminars Inc. was founded in 1993 by Michael Kerman, MSW, to provide training to Human Services professionals. The topics, speakers and presentation styles are on the “leading edge”, giving you an edge in your work with people. Whether you are a counsellor, therapist, manager, social worker, health care professional, or educator, you will find that there is something for you.

After a day at one of our workshops, you will have learned some new skills, gained a fresh perspective, and had an enjoyable time spent with leaders who know their stuff and know how to present. We guarantee that our workshops will deliver as promised.

  • All of our workshops are highly relevant, and on the “leading edge” of professional practice.
  • Our instructors are experts in their fields, and have established reputations as stimulating and engaging presenters.
  • Our training is always practical and skill-focused.
  • Most of our workshops are one or two days in duration, and provide you with skills which you can readily apply when you return to work.

Leading Edge Seminars has also taken a prominent role in helping to organize “Conversation Cafés” in Ontario.

Our track record:

  • Since 1993 Leading Edge has offered over 500 workshops presented by leaders in the fields of mental health and management.
  • Feedback from our workshop evaluation sheets indicates an overwhelming number of satisfied participants.

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Michael Kerman started Leading Edge Seminars in 1993. He’s always been curious about the latest developments in the world of helping people change. After receiving his MSW from the University of Toronto in 1976 he began working  as a counsellor for teenagers and families at a adolescent mental health program, and ended up staying …becoming executive director, leaving the agency 18 years later. He misses his passions of Contra dancing and Irish Set Dancing currently on hold during Covid19. American-born he loves Toronto and eats too much ice cream during warm weather.

Emily joined the Leading Edge team in 1994 in a variety of different roles. She loves the challenges, variety and educational experiences she has gained through her work with LES.  Her formal education is in teaching and she has found many connections between teaching children and young adults and the seminars we provide. When she is not working, she enjoys spending her time with her husband and 4 children.

Kim studied Linguistics and has worked through careers as a grade 1 teacher and a computer technician before landing at Leading Edge in 2004. When registrations are running smoothly, Kim splits his time between posting cat photos on social media and campaigning for a better world.

Angela has worked with Leading Edge Seminars since 2007. Before that she was a reporter in Hong Kong, an ESL teacher, a yoga teacher, an assistant cabinet-maker, and a community economic development worker specializing in communications. When not working at Leading Edge Seminars, she is a licensed Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncturist working at Nguistyle Integrative Medicine Clinic in Richmond Hill.

Sharon is the newest member of the Leading Edge team. She is a seasoned Administrative Manager with experience spanning more than 20 years. She has worked for a range of companies across Europe & North America – specializing in areas such as: finance, business management, education and health care.  Sharon has managed a range of responsibilities including: recruitment, administration, team management and executive team support. Outside of work Sharon enjoys yoga, cooking and snuggling with her dog Bodhi.