Episode 43 | Managing Culture Through a Merger | ft. Krista Pell
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by Dr. Ryan Todd
8M ago
The finale of Season 2 of Beyond the Checkbox features Krista Pell, VP HR at Cenovus Energy, who had the herculean task of leading employee culture during Cenovus and Husky Energy's merger, which nearly tripled their total employee population. For this episode, Krista speaks on the unique challenges of managing and building culture through a merger of two large organizations, including how to accommodate long established practices of both organizations ..read more
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Episode 42 | Living an Olympic Dream | ft. Shannon Abeda and Patricia Phillips
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by Dr. Ryan Todd
9M ago
Shannon Abeda is a 2x Olympic athlete in Alpine Skiing, and the only Winter Olympian to represent the country of Eritrea. Just two weeks before the Olympics in Beijing, after three and a half years of training and preparation, Shannon got the devastating news that his funding through the Eritrean National Olympic Committee had fallen through, all but ending his hopes of returning to the Olympics. Enter Patricia Phillips, CEO of PBA Group of Companies, who spearheaded a last-minute sponsorship of Shannon to make his Olympic dreams a reality. This special episode covers Shannon’s amazing story o ..read more
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Episode 41 | Building a Culture of Psychological Safety | ft. Samantha Coker
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by Dr. Ryan Todd
10M ago
Samantha Coker is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Apache Industrial Holdings, a Houston-based company the industrial services industry with an industry-leading commitment to safety. Not unlike other industrial organizations who’ve experienced high rates of turnover during the pandemic, Samantha unpacks these issues her industry has faced and some of the unique challenges experienced the past two years. She also talks about building a culture of psychological safety and how that is factoring into retention.   ..read more
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Episode 9 | The Importance of Mental Fitness | with Dr. Bill Howatt
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by Dr. Ryan Todd
11M ago
Dr. Bill Howatt is one of the most influential thought leaders in workplace mental health today. Dr. Howatt is the Chief of Research and Workforce Productivity for the Conference Board of Canada. He also runs Howatt HR Consulting which has worked with leadership groups on addiction and mental health for over 25 years, is the co-creator of the Your Life at Work initiative through the Globe & Mail, and is a multi-book author, including his most recent entry 'Stop Hiding and Start Living'. Dr. Howatt discusses his fascinating back story, how we should be prioritizing our Mental Fitness, and t ..read more
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Episode 40 | How Purpose Has Evolved Through the Pandemic | ft. Katherine Salucop
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by Dr. Ryan Todd
11M ago
Katherine Salucop is the Vice President of Organizational Development at Alberta Innovates, a purpose-driven organization that has thrived through the pandemic. From her extensive background in elevating employee experience, Katherine discusses how purpose has taken a front and centre role during the pandemic, detailing some of the strategies that have helped build a winning culture in her organization.  ..read more
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Episode 39 | The Influence of Positive Psychology on Leadership | ft. Craig Dowden
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by Dr. Ryan Todd
11M ago
Craig Dowden is an award-winning author, a renowned speaker, and a thought leader when it comes to progressive leadership styles and positive psychology in today’s workplace to take organizations to the next level. From his 20+ years consulting business leaders on best practices, Craig shares some tips from his methodology that help leaders and organizations get through turbulent times, which has been especially instructive during the COVID-19 pandemic.  ..read more
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Episode 38 | Tackling Suicide in Construction | ft. Zeke Smith
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by Dr. Ryan Todd
1y ago
As the son of a superintendent, Zeke Smith literally grew up in construction. Now as the head of the People Operations at a large Houston commercial construction company, Satterfield & Pontikes, he’s seen the ugly side of construction rear its head in recent years: suicide. Suicide is now the leading cause of fatality in construction, an industry that prides itself on worker safety. This episode dives into why construction has been hit so hard with suicide, and some ways Zeke is lending his voice to build awareness of mental health in the industry.  ..read more
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Episode 37 | Dealing with Burnout in High Performance Cultures | ft. Leigh-Ann Ing
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by Dr. Ryan Todd
1y ago
Leigh-Ann Ing is the Director of Global Wellness and Benefits Strategy at OMERS. Beyond her professional experience in employee mental wellbeing, she has lived through burnout at various points in her career. In this episode, she walks us through handling burnout in high performance cultures and how organizations can better support employees dealing with excessive stress to build a culture of psychological safety ..read more
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Episode 36 | Piecing Together the Mental Health Impact of COVID-19 | ft. Dr. Scott B. Patten
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by Dr. Ryan Todd
1y ago
Dr. Scott B Patten is a professor at the University of Calgary and one of the leading Psychiatric Epidemiologists in the world. Dr. Patten’s research focuses on Major Depressive Disorders, and in this episode he talks about how machine learning is influencing his field, how the pandemic has impacted his work, as well as the research around how our mental health has been affected through the pandemic.  ..read more
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Episode 35 | Supporting Mental Health Through Peer Support | ft. Stephane Grenier
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by Dr. Ryan Todd
1y ago
Stephane Grenier is a Canadian veteran, Mental Health Innovator, and author of "After the War: Surviving PTSD and Changing Mental Health Culture". Stephane is known for his efforts to rehumanize workplaces through peer support, as well as for coining the term Operational Stress Injury to describe psychological injuries caused by military service. In this episode, Stephane discusses his transition out of the military, social support and its impact on mental health, how to develop a support network within your organization, and shares more details about his experiences.  ..read more
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