President & National Director
Tim Schindel is a determined and proven leader who lives life as an adventure! He loves to cast vision, build teams, set goals and reach them while having a lot of fun along the way. If you’re viewing the world through Tim’s eyes, you’ll see opportunities, possibilities and experience the magnetic pull that a fresh challenge brings.
Seeing the need and an opportunity to serve, Tim founded Leading Influence in 2006 to fulfill the vision of providing excellence in pastoral care to politicians across Canada. Under his leadership, Leading Influence has grown to a National ministry with a chaplain team that reaches from Victoria, BC to Quebec City. Tim serves as the National Director for Leading Influence and serves as our Ottawa chaplain.
While his primary career focus has been in faith-based ministry, his experience also includes community leadership, life and business coaching and sales. In the summer of 2020, ‘just for fun,’ he envisioned and led ‘The Big Spend’ campaign to support locally owned businesses seeking to recover after the initial COVID lockdown. The project generated nearly $90 Million in economic activity across Canada and attracted national news attention.
He is happily married to Barb, proud dad to Brittany, Zack and Tyler. He is part owner of Maverick, who knows how to ‘play dead’ when he wants to. Tim and Barb live in Victoria, BC.
In his free time, Tim loves to cycle and enjoy ‘road therapy’ on his Harley.
Blair was born and raised in Central Alberta. In his words, it’s ‘the best place in the world to live, raise a family, run a business and have fun!’Through serving and leading in his local church and running a small business, Blair has developed a deep passion for seeing people grow and thrive in every part of their lives.Before joining the Leading Influence Team,
Blair worked with LeaderImpact, a division of Power2Change, where he had the opportunity to work alongside business and other marketplace leaders to develop strategies to help foster growth personally, professionally, and spiritually.
Blair is married to Jessica. They are proud parents to three children. Together, they enjoy opportunities to head to the mountains or hit the lake.
Renee grew up in the Eastern interlake region of Manitoba and has been living in Winnipeg since the age of 19. She is a high-energy, married mom to 5 children. Renee is a homeschooler and a business owner. After one of the snowiest winters in Winnipeg’s history, she’s also become a ‘snow removal specialist!’
Renee joined the Leading Influence team in 2018 as our Prayer Coordinator for Manitoba. In 2021, she enquired about our opening to have a Spiritual Care provider in Manitoba. When you meet Renee, you’ll immediately pick up on her heart for people and her willingness to walk with people through whatever life struggles they may be facing. She holds an associate’s degree in Biblical Studies and is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree in the same field.
Renee has been heavily involved in her local church serving in children’s ministry, bible studies, prayer and worship ministries. She is currently involved in Stephen Ministry with her local church.
Renee is married to David. They enjoy the great outdoors. Their newest hobby is ice-fishing, and she promises a celebration when she catches her first one! They also love working on their home and garden.
National Prayer Director
Heather Prendergast was born in Edmonton and raised in Red Deer. She has travelled coast to coast in Canada several times throughout her life, enjoying the many people she has met and their personal stories they have shared. Heather is an ordained minister invested in marketplace ministry. She also has experience in other sectors: oil and gas, hospitality and services, education. A lifetime of learning has helped Heather to bridge a variety of cultures as she meets with neighbours, making friends wherever she goes.
Heather is also a Gallup Clifton’s StrengthsFinder coach and mentor, enjoying the affirmative process of people growing their top talents into strengths they can rely upon in their personal and professional lives. Heather and her husband, Steve, live near their extended families in Central Alberta, after a sojourn on Vancouver Island for thirteen years.