Carina McDonald brings over a decade of experience in academia as an academic development specialist and award-winning university instructor.
Certified in multiple psychometric instruments and a learning specialist by training, she implements techniques that enhance critical and creative thinking.
Carina holds an advanced Professional Coach designation from the International Coach Federation. She has worked with hundreds of clients on executive coaching, optimizing mindset, complex problem solving, stress management, team dynamics and personality assessments.
Carina holds a Master of Strategic Studies from the Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies. Funded by the Department of National Defence and the Government of Canada, she conducted cutting-edge research into Islamic extremist use of social media and online radicalization.
An expert practitioner in social media and online engagement, she has worked at both the tactical and analytical levels, acquiring extensive online investigative skills and employing novel techniques. She has shared her findings internationally.
Her goal for clients is to help them develop the ability to shift between operational and analytical mindsets. She works to ensure clients have the tactical and strategic mental tools needed to exploit rapid technological change, and the creativity to stay ahead of a constantly shifting threat landscape.
With Toddington International, Carina develops and facilitates Critical Thinking and Social Media Intelligence training courses for a wide range of agencies.