Dr. Marie Helene Pelletier

Dr. Marie -Helene Pelletier, PhD, MBA

Bilingual Leadership Resilience and Burnout Prevention Expert, Work Psychologist

Dr. Marie -Helene Pelletier, PhD, MBA

Managing the intersection of business strategy and workforce psychology has never been as critical for organizations. The pandemic’s new context has heightened the need for incorporating both in workplace actions and planning.

Dr. Marie Helene Pelletier brings these elements and more to both her work and her presentations. A bilingual practicing psychologist with experience in clinical, counselling, and advisory workplace psychology, Marie-Helene holds a Ph.D. in counselling psychology from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from the UBC Sauder School of Business.

Throughout her career in Business Management and Psychology, she has spearheaded a national and international dialogue on the crucial issues of Leadership Resilience and Workplace Mental Health including burnout prevention.

Drawing on her extensive experience, including head of workplace mental health strategy at Sun Life Financial and her teaching at the University of British Columbia Business School, she brings workplace expertise on mental health and on resilience as a key pillar of overall health and sustainable innovation.

She is a Member of the Global Clinical Practice Network of the World Health Organization, and past Director on the boards of the Canadian Psychological Association and the International Association of Applied Psychology.

She has presented, authored and co-authored a number of industry and academic publications and was won numerous academic and industry awards, including the Industry Leadership Award from Benefits Canada.

Dr. Pelletier is fluent and can present her keynotes in both French and English

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  1. Creating a Hybrid Workforce Resiliency Strategic Plan

    Navigating a new hybrid workforce can create transformational changes in the present and in the future, and impact leaders and their teams in unique ways. The potential detrimental outcomes, whether it is exhaustion or professional errors, are numerous and significant.  But the opportunity it brings can only reach it’s potential if you’re prepared to leverage it.  What’s your plan?

    With her experience as both a business leader and workplace mental health expert, Dr. Marie-Helene shares proven strategies that can boost the resilience, creative power, and mental agility of leaders, their teams and their organizations particularly as they face the transition and demands of a hybrid workforce.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand the links between your mindset, resilience and mental health during the hybrid workforce transition

    • Distinguish what factors are contributing to mental agility and health, as well as to fatigue and burnout

    • Construct your hybrid workforce resilience strategic plan

  2. Change, meaning, and renewed energy – Your opportunity now and beyond

    In an era of transformational change, workers and the workplace are experiencing the impacts in multiple ways. Some impacts are an acceleration of pre-existing trends. And some are new. But one thing is clear – many of these changes are far-reaching.

    In this presentation, workplace mental health expert Dr. Pelletier brings together her weekly work as a practicing work psychologist with current research in workplace psychology to challenge your assumptions and help your organization understand these changes at individual, team and organizational levels.

    More importantly, she highlights the ways that organizations and individuals can both manage these changes and turn them to an advantage. By approaching this moment in time with curiosity, agility and renewed energy and purpose, we can not only adapt to change, we can thrive.

    • Identify key forces impacting the mental agility of individuals, teams and organizations and warning signs
    • Understand psychological implications and opportunities
    • Learn practical, research-based ways to improve how individuals, teams and organizations can nourish renewed energy and purpose
  3. Beyond positive thinking: Creating your growth mindset through self-cognitive coaching

    Are your thoughts helping you or making things worse? For many of us, challenging times can bring thoughts that become our own worst enemy.

    In this keynote Dr. Marie-Helene challenges assumptions about how much you can influence your thoughts (and support those around you). The mental short-cuts, cognitive distortions and biases that can often derail our plans and intentions can be influenced. If not, these can lead to bad feelings (for you and others), sub-optimal performance, costly mistakes and missed opportunities.

    Being able to pick-up cognitive biases and untangling unhelpful thoughts result in having more clarity, more creativity, more mental agility.

    • Understand what cognitive biases are and how they operate in your brain
    • Identify the types of cognitive biases that you may experience most often
    • Learn how to increase awareness of how cognitive biases influence behaviours and what you can do to change their impact towards mental agility.
  4. Mental health through dynamic events: Best practices for your own, your team’s and your organization’s mental health

    Mental health is everyone’s business – a statement that’s never been truer. Team members and team leaders who take an active role reap benefits that radiate in their work and beyond. When protective factors are activated and resources are utilized, great benefits can be achieved.

    In this keynote, Dr. Marie-Helene shares how to balance the day-to-day management and operational responsibilities while establishing a system of best practices that supports better resilience and mental health.

    • Identify key protective factors in workplace mental health
    • Understand the multi-faceted, dynamic processes of resilience and workplace mental health
    • Learn best practices to implement proactively, during adversity and after


  5. The creative power of resilience for leaders and managers: Your own resilience strategic plan

    Dynamic events that create transformational changes, whether in the past, present and future, impact business leaders and managers in unique ways. The potential detrimental outcomes, whether it is exhaustion or professional errors, are numerous and significant, and the opportunity is even deeper. What’s your plan?

    With her experience as both a business leader and workplace mental health expert, Dr. Marie-Helene shares proven strategies that can boost the resilience, creative power, and mental agility of leaders and managers.

    • Understand the links between your mindset, resilience and mental health, and your professional and personal life satisfaction
    • Distinguish what factors are contributing to mental agility and health, as well as to fatigue and burnout
    • Reconstruct your strategic plan for the creative power of resilience based on strategies that work
  6. Front line mental agility: Preventing and managing compassion fatigue and burnout

    Given your high-pressure role in a culture of always putting others first, it is not surprising that compassion fatigue and burnout represent prevalent occupational and mental health challenges for front line workers. Informed by her psychology, business, and her workplace mental health practice, Dr. Marie-Helene shares both the contextual aspects and the individual opportunities you need to see, so you can set meaningful goals that align with your values and protect your health.

    • Distinguish what factors belong to the context, to you, and how these interact
    • Understand how your professional beliefs are impacting your resilience
    • Reconstruct your plan for mental agility
  7. The way forward is upstream: Turn leaders, managers, and co-workers into advocates and mentors for mental health disability management

    If there was ever a time for mental health prevention, this is it. Everyone has a role to play, but one that’s not well ingrained and often overlooked particularly as it relates to the most challenging part of the mental health continuum, disability management, is the role of leaders, managers and co-workers. Dr. Marie-Helene will challenge your assumptions and share the latest research and practice experience on the key role that managers, leaders and co-workers can play in supporting workplace mental health. She’ll also explain why now is the time to “raise the stakes” on prevention, with short, targeted training sessions that can provide significant long-term benefits.

    • Understand why the role of managers, leaders and co-workers can be effective in supporting employee mental health
    • Identify the benefits of mental health training for managers/leaders and co-workers
    • Learn some key signs of employee distress beyond absence or job performance


  8. Improving the outcome: how to support someone on a mental health disability absence (today, regardless of your role)

    Despite the best support efforts of colleagues, teams and organizations, some employees will need a mental health disability absence. That can raise questions. What actually happens during these leaves? What factors are linked to a better recovery? What influence do you have to improve the outcome? Dr. Marie-Helene shares the biggest myths as well as the latest psychology research and practice experience on how you can support someone on a mental health disability absence.

    • Understand what contributes to effective recovery when on a mental health disability absence
    • Identify the biggest myths associated with mental health disability absence
    • Learn how you can influence the outcome


Virtual Keynote 2020 I had the chance to be at that conference and learn about Dr. Marie-Helene Pelletier perspective on mental health in the workplace during and after the pandemic. She provided numerous advices. They were clear and applicable, but most importantly they help us to better understand the context and have a glimpse of what we can expect in the near future.
Medavie Blue Cross
Virtual Keynote Feedback Nov 2020 Marie-Helene – your presentation was timely, informative, engaging, and stirred up plenty of conversation for us at FW – thank you for this much needed presentation on resilience! I will personally bringing back to my team the prompts to have a discussion about our ongoing team resilience needs and status – to help normalize the conversation.
First West Credit Union
I had the distinct pleasure of working with Marie-Hélène to – very quickly – convert her face-to-face program to a fully online one as we pivoted in response to changes caused by COVID-19. We essentially were asking MH to do something in a matter of days that would normally be done over a number of months. Not only did she agree, she enabled us to complete the project ahead of time. Perhaps the best part for me was that, because MH is such an accomplished presenter, having her record the foundational pieces ahead of time, so that she can focus on interactive group work and discussions during the live sessions, was a complete breeze, and all done in one take. And although all I really had to do during this time was to make sure the wifi didn’t cut out, I actually found myself taking notes as MH talked about leadership resilience. Her style is engaging, her energy exhilarating, and her content relevant and research-based. I can see why MH is in high demand as a speaker, an advisor and an educator.
Executive Education | UBC Sauder School of Business
The feedback from our physicians for Dr. Pelletier’s Resilience workshop was overwhelmingly positive. We have rarely if ever received as many 10 out of 10 in our physician engagement events. The group appreciated how informative, supportive and eye-opening her content was as well as Marie-Helene’s engaging and energetic style. They reported leaving with a specific action plan and commitment to incorporate research-based resilience-building strategies in by the following week. Many commented on the need to bring this workshop to other physicians - colleagues and leaders included, which I fully agree with.
Co-Chair, Vancouver Physician Staff Association
Dr. Marie-Helene Pelletier to present a bilingual keynote address at the annual Symposium of the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX) in 2015. This is a group of over 600 executives, some who were in the room, most attending via videoconferencing from other Canadian cities. To this day, I still put Dr. Pelletier’s name forward when asked about compelling speakers on workplace mental health and resilience. Working and interacting with Marie-Hélène in preparation for the event was effortless and professional. Her session was one of the best received of the entire event. Participants had noted her as being a thoughtful and well-prepared speaker, who delivered a highly relevant presentation with clear mastery of the subject and practical take-aways.
Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel, Environment Legal Services Department of Justice Canada
Inspiring, effective, engaging – those are just some of the comments we received from participants after Dr. Pelletier’s presentation. Many commented on how they gained a better understanding their own behaviours and thought patterns, and were motivated to take action on some of the tangible real-life strategies she provided. As an event planner, it was great to see our audience engage with her presentation while also experiencing personal learnings and benefits from her session.
Associate Director, Alumni Engagement at Beedie School of Business Simon Fraser University
Over a year ago at a SunLife event I met Dr. Marie-Helene Pelletier who is a practicing psychologist in Canada and experienced senior leader with over 20 years of experience in clinical, counselling, and workplace psychology. She is one of those rare experts who truly grasps what it takes for us (both individually and organizations) to achieve goals that we may only dream of. As a colleague I am impressed with her speaking abilities. She inspires participants to take action that leads to results and does this with passion, knowledge, experience and joy. I encourage all who are truly interested in achieving optimal health for themselves and their organization to visit her website at www.drmhpelletier.com. I encourage you to follow her on https://twitter.com/drmhpelletier and if you see her on the schedule at a conference, don’t miss the experience of hearing and meeting her.
President Brigham and Associates, Inc. US
We thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Pelletier's participation in our event. Her professionalism yet approachability was palpable during both the keynote sessions as well as the panel. The subject matter is obviously something that she is comfortable with and passionate about. We would not hesitate in recommending her for similar events, and or asking her back for one of our future events.
Events Coordinator | Coordinatrice d’événements, The Association of Canadian Financial Officers (ACFO-ACAF)
Dr. Pelletier, I wanted to personally thank you for your well received keynote address on mental health resilience during our Labour Program Town Hall on February 16. I am still awaiting for official survey results but the feedback I’ve been hearing, with which I fully agree, has been that employees felt the content of your presentation was relevant and informative, while your delivery was engaging, inspiring and energetic. Myself and the Labour Program employees are especially happy to be leaving our Town hall with concrete, research-based strategies and tools to help build resilience in such unprecedented difficult times and for that, I am truly grateful.
Acting Deputy Minister, Labour Program (ESDC)

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