Who we are

DropOcean is intended to be a vital point along your journey that supports you to mine what needs to be discarded, what needs to stay, and what new wants to emerge. In nature, this looks an awful lot like an estuary*.

*An estuary is that middle place where the rivers meet the ocean. Estuaries become traps for sediments – mud, sand and gravel. They also provide vital nesting and feeding habitats for new life.

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are an entire ocean in a drop.”

Mevlana Rumi

Hello, I am Samina Hashmi.

founder of DropOcean

Our name was inspired by Mevlana Rumi’s poetry, “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.We believe these transformational times are calling upon each of us to step into our fullest leadership. DropOcean was born to serve that vision. 

I am an engineer, turned executive coach, facilitator and strategist. Prior to founding DropOcean, I held senior leadership positions within the private and not-for-profit sectors, spanning a fifteen year career in the arena of culture transformation. 

We all have a unique story. Below is a window into mine.

I am deeply in awe of the potential of human beings.

It’s an awe that I’ve held from a young age; often without even knowing it. With a slight naiveté I eagerly pursued a career in Engineering to solve pressing societal challenges; namely global poverty. I spent a bulk of that time with the national management team at Engineers Without Borders; Canada’s fastest growing international development organization at the time. I quickly learned the layers of complexity involved and began moving deeper into the space of organizational development and culture transformation. 

Blessed with mentors, coaches and a predisposition to grit, I swiftly moved upward into senior roles. I received a few notable recognitions along the way; I was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network, received the Honours Medal for Outstanding Leadership from Carleton University and awarded the YWCA Women of Distinction Award by the National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA. 

In a defining moment of my career I took a sabbatical to research, study and journey within Eastern parts of the world. This resulted in an extraordinary complement to my then mainly Western-centric approach to leadership and psychology. This proved to be a step that deeply shaped and harmonized my life and work.  

And now, as the founder of DropOcean, and particularly in the role of leadership coach, this sense of awe has landed in a place with the most alignment and felt-sense. I am a seasoned coach and skilled facilitator who draws from the fields of developmental psychology, complexity theory, leadership, mindfulness, somatics, and interpersonal neurobiology. I support individuals and teams in aligning with their unique talents, able to deliver what’s needed, and to do it well.

I am a certified coach by the International Coaching Federation as well as a core practitioner with the renowned Presence-Based© Coaching, where I also serve as an Advisory Board Member.

As well, I have the absolute joy of teaching leadership to engineering students at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.

I invite you into exploring a future partnership together. 

How can we support your leadership?

Executive Coaching

Evolve your leadership capacity

Facilitation & Training

Nurture your teams to thrive

Strategic Shifts

Transform your organization

We are a Toronto-based, virtually-global, boutique consulting practice that specializes in executive coaching, team development and strategy.

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