The Training Oasis Inc. - A Personal Note About Our President

About Anne Thornley-Brown, MBA

Our Founder & President

Facilitator & Instructional Designer, Experiential Learning & Accelerated Learning

Meet Our Founder & President

Anne Thornley-Brown, Anne was born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Montreal. She is a born again Christian. High ethical standards and integrity are at the core of all of her work.

When she is not running her consulting and training companies, Anne works as a professional actress appearing in film, on TV and in TV commercials. She is a member of ACTRA and Canadian Actors' Equity. As a member of the Parole Board, Anne had the privilege of working with Giancarlo Esposito on an episode of the Showtime TV series Street Time. Anne was in the "All Around the Town" episode of the Mary Higgins Clark Mysteries. She appeared as Nurse Royed on the "Complicated" episode of the TV series Doc starring Billy Ray Cyrus, and in Cheating Death, for which she received a complete makeover to play Maureen, an elderly woman.

You’ll also recognize Anne from Louis Del Grande's made-for-TV movie Sanity Clause and as Spike’s counselor on the international Emmy award winning TV series "Degrassi Junior High". You can see some of Anne's acting credits at and IMDB

Anne has written Back A Yad, the screenplay for a feature length, coming of age story set to a reggae beat, and Moneylenders, a TV pilot with goes behind the scenes in banking.

The travel bug bit Anne when she worked as a summer flight attendant for Air Canada while attending McGill. She has travelled extensively both for business and pleasure.

She has been to 24 countries including, Singapore, Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, Kamukura), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Penang, Melaka, Genting, Cameron Highlands), Thailand (Bangkok), India (Bombay), Dubai, Jamaica (of course), Barbados, Bermuda, The Bahamas, Trinidad, Mexico (Acapulco, Riviera Maya, Zacatecas, Tepoztlán, Morelos), Belgium (Brussels), Germany (Frankfurt, Mainz, Bacharach), London (England), France (Paris, Versailles, Giverny), and all over Canada and the USA.

One of a kind presenter and definitely knowledgeable and made the participants very much involved through out the 2-day workshop. Pleasant and warm person to work with and always a pleasure to work with Anne.

Nida Hamid, Project Director (Malaysia)

"Anne is very thorough in her work, uses creativity in putting together presentations, and follows though on her commitments in terms of quality and time. Anne is a positive asset on a training and development team."

Jeannette Lalonde-Bard, Vice-President Human Resources, Bell Mobility

If you want boring, don't call Anne!

Miguel Gonsalves, Director, Continuous Learning, Telus Mobility (formerly Clearnet)

Anne was the light at the end of the tunnel, when I was in my corporate rat race. She stood for excellence, creativity and personability. I was surrounded by red tape, goverance and systems. I owe much of my success to teachers along the way and Anne was one of the early pioneers who are unforgettable, impressionable and represent a "life defining moment" in my journey.

Tracey Parnell, C.O.O., Executive Coach, Author & Speaker, Creativity Guaranteed

If you want boring, don't call Anne!

Miguel Gonsalves, Director, Continuous Learning, Telus Mobility (Toronto)

"You deliver a Cadillac when a Volkswagen will do!"

Donna Edgar, Human Resources Manager (Former), Bell Mobility (Toronto)




Volunteer Work

  • Polo for Heart
    1995 - 2001, 2003
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Sunday School Teacher, Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Childen, Montreal
  • Camp Counsellor, Teen Ranch



Personal Interests

Anne keeps herself busy with her many interests, activities and pursuits. Anne is passionate about polo and she is taking horseback riding lessons so that she can play one day. Her other interests include:

  • Genealogy
  • Classical Music
  • Reggae
  • Salsa Dancing
  • Chess
  • Tennis
  • Canoeing

In addition to finally identifying some African ancestors, she has traced her family tree to the 1750s, in Jamaica, and, unexpectedly, to 1590 in Scotland, and 1613 in England. Along the way she discovered that Bram Stoker is her 2nd cousin 3x removed and that one of her cousins is married to the actor Blair Underwood. She shared tips in The Huffington Post based on her experiences.