About Maria Kliavkoff

Maria is a native New Yorker who moved to Calgary in the summer of 1988.  For the past 30 years Maria has been a duel citizen working in both Canada and the US.  As a professional keynote speaker and facilitator, Maria has been committed to the personal and professional development of her clients on both sides of the border.  For the past six years she has been the founding Executive Director of the Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley.  While in that position she obtained her Death and Grief Studies Certificate from the Center for Loss and Life Transition.  While studying with Dr. Alan Wolfelt, Maria discovered the epidemic of buried and carried grief that is spreading through North America.  Maria has stepped down as Executive Director of the Hospice in order to return to keynote speaking and facilitation so that her message may reach a larger audience.  Maria is dedicated to fostering compassionate communities throughout North America by teaching healthy mourning as a pathway to happy living and joyful loving.

                            WSN Speaker            


  • BA, Theatre Arts/Psychology,
    Hunter College, NY
  • MFA, Theatre-Directing,
    University of Calgary, AB


  • PDFT Program – Vision Mountain with  Christopher Moon
  • Death and Grief Studies Certificate – Center for Loss with Dr. Alan Wolfelt