Executive Coach

 Communications Consultant

 End-of-Life Doula Consultant

Denyse Burns is the founder of Madison-Burns & Associates, a Toronto firm specializing in executive coaching, communication consulting, and End -of -Life Doula consulting  (working with people who are dying and their families).


With over 25 years of experience in business consulting and executive coaching in Canada and the US, Denyse has worked with audiences ranging from Fortune 500 vice presidents and CEOs to middle managers and salespeople. An accomplished consultant and speaker, Denyse has developed and led numerous workshops and guest-lectured in the Executive MBA (EMBA) program and in the MBA program at Columbia Business School. She has also guest-lectured in: the EMBA program at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management; the MBA program at Fordham University; New York University – Continuing Education Division; Simon Business School, University of Rochester; Woodsworth College, University of Toronto; and the Human Resources Association of New York.


End-of-Life Doula Professional Certificate: The University of Vermont

Certificate of Achievement End of Life Care: Challenges and Innovation- The University of Glasgow

Certificate of completion: Grief Support Intensive : Essential Theory and Interventions for Working With Grief

Advanced Care Planning and Goals of Care and Consent Certificate

Certificate -Grief First Aid

Certificate-Grief on the Frontlines: Fostering Healthy Grief in Ourselves and Those who we Support

Certificate-End -of Life Care for People with Dementia , Monash University

Hospice Palliative Care Training Program

Certificate :Maintaining a Mindful Life , Monash University

Masters of Education, Coaching and Counselling, University of Ottawa,

Bachelor of Education, University of Ottawa,

Bachelor of Psychology, Carleton University

Certificate in Transformational Coaching, Insight Principles,

Certified to administer and interpret MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Inventory); Wiley’s DiSC 363® for Leaders; Tracom Social Styles, Human Synergistic “LSI” Lifestyle Inventories, FIRO-B and COI (Cultural Orientations)


Fluently bilingual in English and French

Volunteer Positions            

Volunteer at Kensington Home Hospice

Volunteer at Dying With Dignity-GTA Chapter

Volunteer and advocate for the intellectually disabled

Career Mentor- Tri-Mentoring Program ,Ryerson University

Board member – Christian Resource Centre Self Help

Volunteer Consultant – Management Advisory Services

Board member – VIVA Singers of Toronto

Board member and former chair of L’Arche Toronto