Phelan, John

Adjunct Associate Professor

Mr. John Phelan is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Business (Area - Organizational Behaviour), Queen's University. His area of study is ethics and authentic leadership. he is also a consultant, as a Mental Skills Coach (Sports Psychology and Team Effectivenss) for the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL.

He has been recognized for his teaching skills, winner of Smith School of Business Commerce Society President's Award Class of 2005 and also again in 2006, which recognized the professor's overall contribution to the graduating class.

He has been involved in the Queen's Executive Development program since 1989 and he is well-known for his view on the importance of personal philosophy of life and lifestyle balance. A very simple version of his being - "Life is a choice and I choose to be happy!".

John Phelan is in high demand for his approaches to leadership, coaching and team effectivenss. John has been involved as a Mental Skills Coach (Sports Psychology and team effectiveness) for the past 12 years with several NHL teams including, Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers, New York Rangers and currently the Vancouver Canucks.

John has worked with many other organizations including, Team Canada Men's Ice Hockey 2006 Olympics, Team Canada Fall 2004 (the Canadian World Cup winning hockey team), Canadian Olympic Sailors (Tornado Class - 2004 - Greece Games) and the Canadian Men's Olympic Gold Medal winners in Salt Lake City as well as numerous amateur high performance teams in rugby, hockey and rowing. In addition, John has worked with such varied organizations as Suncor Energy, Canadian Military (J.O.G.), Canadian Dental Association, Limestone School District, Multi-Laser and others.

John has coached at a high level (1994-96) - PEI Senators of the American Hockey League). John has taught at Queen's School of Physical & Health Education in the area of Psychology of Coaching and Leadership (1989-1994). He has coached for over 25 years, including Men's and Women's Elite Rugby teams, Queen's University Men's Ice Hockey and English Professional Ice Hockey League.

He is a former member and captain of the Canadian National Rugby team and still plays rugby and is always looking for a squash partner.

  • Subject: Organizational Behaviour
  • Room: Goodes Hall Room 226 West Wing
  • Phone: (613) 533-6348
  • Extension: 36348
  • Fax: (613) 533-6847
  • Email: jphelan@business.queensu.ca
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