Empowering Change Executive Team

Empowering Change is a leading training organization in Canada. Empowering Change is owned and operated by Roxanne and George Sawatzky.


Roxanne Sawatzky

Roxanne has successfully managed a 3 year 1.3 million dollar research study for the Provincial and Federal Government with 2400 individuals participating. She is experienced in project management, program development, implementing processes, curriculum writing and best practices development. Roxanne has her M.A. in Leadership and Organizational Change, she also holds a certificate in addictions counselling and case management.

While there are many good Motivational Interviewing trainers, membership in the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) is the only status accorded to training professionals. It is acknowledged by the MINT organization and can only be granted through direct train-the-trainer work with the model originators Dr. William R. Miller & Dr. Steve Rollnick. Roxanne went to Spain in June 2009 and as a result of the training she is now a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.

Roxanne’s passion is working with marginalized individuals. She started her career at the age of 12 when she decided her brother needed to be “fixed”. She has since learnt that she can’t “fix” anyone but she can definitely help people get “unstuck”!

George Sawatzky

George is Co-owner and Manager of Empowering Change Inc., George took his level 1 Motivational Interviewing Training from Dr.’s Miller, Rollnick and Moyers in March of 2010 and his level 2 Training from Steven Berg Smith in October 2010, and has had extensive training with Roxanne Sawatzky.

Earning Honors in Accounting, Business and Financial Math from Success Business College, George joined Empowering Change with nearly two decades of experience in the leadership capacity. Taking on the responsibility of overseeing business’s operations, George currently employs his skill set to specialize in managing the company’s
financial initiatives and contract negotiations.

George is also a member of LinkedIn, Trainers Network Group and was inducted into and
is a member of the black book of Stanford Who’s Who.