Bill Howatt HR Consultant


With over 25 years of experience, Bill Howatt Ph.D., Ed.D., Post Doc Behavioral Science, University of California, Los Angeles, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, RTC, RSW, ICADC, is highly skilled and qualified in strategic HR, mental health and addictions, and leadership. He has published numerous books and articles, such as: TalOp®: Taking the Guesswork Out of Management, the Howatt HR Elements Series, the Wiley Series on Addictions, Human Services Counselor’s Toolbox, The Addiction Counselor’s Desk Reference, and The Addiction Counsellor’s Toolbox. He is the author of Beyond Engagement: The Employee Care Advantage and the creator of the Quality of Work Life (QWL) methodology and survey. He is also the co-author of behavioral engineering, a strategy that is aligned to the QWL that provides guidance on how to lead employees to facilitate behavioral change.

Dr. Howatt founded and authored the Certificate in Management Essentials program and Pathway to Coping, a nine-week coping skills training program for the University of New Brunswick. For five years he authored Coach’s Corner, a monthly business column in The Chronicle Herald. Today he is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail’s 9 to 5 business career column Leadership Lab. He has also partnered with The Globe and Mail for the national Your Life at Work Study, Quality of Life Survey, Quality of Student Life Survey and publishing of 360 In Vivo, and 13 PHS Factors on-line assessment tools. He is co-creator of V1, an interactive software program used to facilitate the executive coaching process.

Dave Veale


Dave Veale, is truly passionate about coaching. He thrives on challenging people to be bold, to take risks and to realize their biggest dreams. This philosophy guided Dave as a competitive hockey player and has served him well throughout his career.

Dave co-founded Profiles Global (Atlantic) Inc. in 2000. Profiles Global is a human resource consulting firm specializing in behavioural assessments in the workplace. Dave was intrigued when his clients repeatedly asked about executive coaching and proceeded to earn his Executive Coaching Certificate (CEC) from Royal Roads University in Victoria, Canada.

In 2005, Dave founded Vision Coaching Inc., which now boasts a roster of professional executive coaches who share Dave’s vision and passion for coaching leaders one-on-one or in teams.

Tyler Hayden HR Consultant


Tyler Hayden is an international leadership and team consultant, elected government official, and founder of the Message In a Bottle book series. He has over two decades of experience as a speaker and organizational consultant and is the author of more than a dozen books and measures on personal development, leadership, and team building. Tyler is regularly chosen for leadership and team events internationally. And while you may meet Tyler as your keynote speaker solution, you may, like many, engage him in helping to build customized solutions in the areas of leadership development, virtual and on-site team building, personal development, structured mentoring, and staff retention and engagement.

Jesse Adams management consultant, behaviour modification, employee health


Jesse has a MSc in Kinesiology, a BKin (Honours), is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) and part owner of Vendura Wellness. Over the last 10 plus years Jesse has worked in the field of health and performance with elite athletes, business professionals, and companies striving to achieve a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. As an OD physical health and wellness consultant, Jesse helps develop specialized solutions for employee physical activity, nutrition, hydration, and sleep behaviour(s) within and outside of the workplace. Jesse is a contributing author to an innovative behaviour modification model known as Behavioural EngineeringTM, this model attempts to provide a framework for an individual’s behaviours, motivation, and cognitive processing when engaging in pro-health and un-health decisions and actions. Jesse is also active in developing various corporate wellness solutions such as, EvolveTM designed to aid employees in developing and managing their physical, life and psychological health. Finally, Jesse has an interest in health related business analytics, regarding the impact of employee health on a company’s productivity, performance and safety.

Darren Steeves


Darren Steeves is CEO of Vendura Wellness, a company dedicated to increasing the productivity of an organization through enhanced employee wellness. Darren worked 12 years for Dalhousie University and still holds an adjunct professor position with the School of Health and Human Performance. For 20 years,he has been involved in high performance sport consulting with national team athletes including national champions, Olympic medalists and world champions, such as the Canadian Women’s Hockey team, Canadians National Sailing team, Men’s Softball, Canoe Kayak Canada and Olympic medalist and world champion Mark de Jonge.

Darren is a highly skilled, sought after physical health presenter. He has written articles for Canadian Living and Men’s Health magazines, and was a column contributor for the Nova Scotia Wellness Association. He has had regular TV and radio appearances on CBC Maritime Noon, Breakfast Television, and the Life Networks Taking it Off. Under the umbrella of Vendura Wellness, Darren is a contributing author to an innovative behaviour modification model known as Behavioural Engineering,TM which will lead to exciting products for the corporate wellness market in 2015.

Dr Kelly VanBuskirk, Howatt HR  Team


Dr. Kelly VanBuskirk is a lawyer with over two decades of experience in the litigation of labour, employment and human rights disputes.

Always searching for better ways to solve workplace disputes, Kelly has studied the subject extensively. His PhD research examined the motivations of employees who sue their employers. In addition, Kelly compared Canadian and U.K. employment law damages principles in his LL.M. research and he has achieved a Chartered Arbitrator designation through his work as an arbitrator in occupational health & safety cases. He has also taught employment law, human rights law and trial practice at two universities.

In his practice, Kelly has represented hundreds of clients, including many employees, companies, unions and commissions. For several years, he was the regular business law columnist on CBC’s former national business report, “The Business Network”, and has been asked to provide commentary on CBC’s nationally broadcasted “The Current” and on CTV, Global TV, in the Globe & Mail and in other media. Always willing to discuss workplace dispute resolution, Kelly has been an invited lecturer for organizations including: the Canadian Industrial Relations Association; the Canadian Bar Association; the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies; the Certified General Accountants’ Association; the Atlantic Customer Contact Centre Association; the High Technology Crime Investigation Association; and the International Personnel Management Association.


Dr. Chris Levy is a young talented researcher and a budding data scientist. He finished his PhD in applied mathematics from Dalhousie University in the spring of 2015. During his time as a student he received $200,000 in grants and scholarships to pursue research in mathematical models of biological cell signalling. He received top tier awards such as the NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Award as well as a Killam Predoctoral Scholarship which is the most prestigious award offered by Dalhousie. Since graduating Chris has been a part time professor at Dalhousie as well as an instructor on the online learning and teaching marketplace Udemy. Chris has also been been in a transition stage out of academia and into a more industry related career. Over the last year he has been working as a data scientist through private consulting. Chris is passionate about machine learning, statistical modelling, predictive analytics, natural language processing, and visualization.

Marc Pelletier, MD, MSc, FRCSC


Dr. Marc Pelletier is a cardiac surgeon in the division of cardiac surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. He joined this group in April of 2016 after 9 years as head of cardiac surgery at the New Brunswick Heart Centre, which followed a period as assistant professor at Stanford University. Dr. Pelletier trained at McGill University in cardiac surgery and Stanford University in cardiothoracic transplantation and ventricular assist devices. His areas of specialty include TAVI procedures, minimally invasive valve surgery, aortic valve and aortic root surgery, surgery for heart failure and minimally invasive coronary bypass surgery. He has authored over 55 peer reviewed publications, with over 100 abstracts accepted at scientific meetings and over 100 invited and local talks. He is currently chair of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada’s examination board in cardiac surgery.

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