Our mission is to reduce human suffering, bring people together and increase access to science-based information.
We use science to empower individuals and change the systems in which they work so employees and organizations can flourish.
We provide evidence-based workplace interventions for leadership, burnout, conflict resolution, diversity and inclusion, and workplace restoration.
Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley is a Registered Clinical and Organizational Psychologist in Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta with reciprocal agreements for clients in Atlantic Canada and Quebec. She has extensive applied experience and research knowledge on behaviour change, team functioning, conflict resolution, workplace restoration, diversity, equity, inclusion, trauma informed workplaces, restorative justice, and organizational change. She is on faculty at Dalhousie University in Family Medicine and at Saint Mary’s University in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She is also a Registered Psychologist in Clinical and Organizational Psychology. She has the lived experience of being a bi-racial daughter of an Asian immigrant. She strives to make training meaningful and safe using evidence-based methods and processes. She was the recipient of the 2017 Women of Excellence Award for her contributions to Health, Sport and Wellness (Canadian Progress Club Halifax Cornwallis). She is the author of the book “Healthy Habits Suck: How to get off the couch & live a healthy life…even if you don’t want to.”
Mr. Ronald E. Pizzo is a labour and employment lawyer. His work includes human rights law, workplace harassment investigations and occupational health and safety law. Mr. Pizzo is a certified facilitator, mediator, and coach. He is certified in the ACT Prosocial Communication process, an evidence-based approach to address toxic workplace communications. Since 2015, he has been recognized by his peers as being among the best lawyers in Canada in the field of labour and employment law. He is often hired to help leaders and individuals reconcile their differences to restore productive workplace relationships.
Dr. Bill Howatt, founder and CEO of Howatt HR, Sc, BA., MEd, MSc, PhD, EdD, Post Doctorate Behavioral Science, University of California, Los Angeles, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. He has 30 years of experience in workplace mental health and understanding how employees and employers can work together to reduce mental harm and promote mental health in the workplace. He is known internationally and is one of Canada’s top experts in workplace psychological health and safety. Dr. Bill has published over 50 books, such as The Globe and Mail bestseller, The Cure for Loneliness, and Stop Hiding and Start Living. He is a regular contributor to Talent Canada, OHS Magazine, and The Chronicle Herald and has published over 350 articles with The Globe and Mail.
Shannan Grant PDt/RD, MSc, PhD (Registered Dietitian, living and practicing in Nova Scotia). Ms. Grant has 18-20 years experience working with individuals, families, and communities in urban, rural, and remote settings, including hospitals, public health, industry, and research. She is passionate about person-centered education and creating a relationship where co-learning is at the core of nutrition assessment, diagnosis, and intervention. Informed by and trained in several models of counseling, Ms. Grant’s practice is best understood described as a combination of shared decision making, evidence-based medicine, acceptance therapy, risk reduction and body inclusivity. Ms. Grant recognizes that change at all levels of society is necessary to achieve inclusive wellness and disease prevention for all but works with her clients to navigate the current food and nutrition environment NOW. She aims to arm her clients with evidence-based information and approaches, and the confidence and tools to make informed choice and advocate for themselves. Ms. Grant is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Applied Human Nutrition, at Mount Saint Vincent University, an Affiliate Scientist at IWK Health (Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pediatrics) and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University.
Dr. Tiffany R. Shepherd PhD, Clinical Psychology (Registered Psychologist in Nova Scotia). Dr. Shepherd provides clinical health psychology services to diabetes, obesity, and GI patient populations using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, and Motivational Communication. Her research interests include improving accessibility to psychosocial interventions for chronic disease self-management; chronic disease distress; obesity and weight management; sleep, stress, and health; health behaviour change; and health promotion.
Dr. Clair Barefoot PhD, Clinical Psychology (Registered Psychologist in Nova Scotia) Dr. Barefoot is a clinical psychologist who provides clinical health psychology services to individuals with traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurodegenerative disorders, and other chronic conditions. She aims to tailor therapy to the needs of the person using a combination of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Brief Solution Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Her research interests include psychosocial interventions for individuals or groups with chronic health conditions and the use of neuropsychological tests during a pandemic in an inpatient setting.
Dr. Nicolle Vincent PhD, Clinical Psychology (Registered Psychologist in Nova Scotia). Dr. Vincent works with pain patients as part of a multidisciplinary team. She is the associate director and health psychology track coordinator of the Halifax Clinical Psychology Residency Program. She holds an assistant professor appointment in the Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine at Dalhousie University. Her clinical interests and training are in health psychology, which involves assisting individuals cope with medical illness and injury. She is interested in research that explores programs and interventions for chronic illness, professional resiliency, and knowledge translation.
Dr. Sulaye Thakrar PhD, Clinical Psychology (Registered Psychologist in Nova Scotia). Dr. Thatkrar works at with patients in Cardiology, Respirology, and who have Burn injuries. His therapeutic orientation is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based therapies, Motivational Interviewing and Communication (MI), Behavioural Change Strategies, and Systems Approaches. His research interests include how people adapt to Chronic Illness or Injury, and how to train Health Care Providers in managing the Psychosocial Aspects of injury.