Dr. Marie Helene Pelletier

Dr. Marie -Helene Pelletier, PhD, MBA

International Bilingual Leadership Resilience and Burnout Prevention Expert, Work Psychologist

Dr. Marie -Helene Pelletier, PhD, MBA

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

Drawing on her extensive experience working in corporate, insurance, governance and public sectors, she brings national and international perspectives and expertise on mental health and on resilience as a key pillar of overall health.

A bilingual practising psychologist with over 20 years of 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.

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.

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    Our ability to be psychologically resilient significantly influences our mental health and how we are able to recognize and manage stress, anxiety, how we communicate and interact, how we manage our physical wellbeing and ultimately recognize if we are close to burn out. So how mentally resilient are you?

    In this keynote Dr. Marie- Helene shares how to determine your level of mental health resilience and provides research-based tips to help you grow your mental health resilience by applying the basic principles of cognitive behavioural research.


    • Identify warning signs that your resilience is low and the potential implications for you, your team and the organization
    • Understand links between physical, financial and mental health
    • Learn practical, research-based tools to both build and retain your resilience and mental health.

    We all do it – wonder what others are thinking.  But the question we do not ask ourselves often enough is, what am I thinking?  And most importantly, is it helping or making things worse?

    In this keynote Dr. Marie-Helene shares that when we think, we use a combination of mental short-cuts, cognitive distortions and biases that can often derail our plans and intentions. This can lead to bad feelings (for you and others), sub-optimal performance, costly mistakes and missed opportunities. She shares the good news that we can change how we think and become more resilient.  Being aware of how our brain currently performs and responds, we increase our understanding of our own cognitive biases. Untangling our thoughts results in having more clarity, more creativity, more personal resilience.


    • Understand what cognitive biases are and how they operate in our 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 we can do to avoid, mitigate, or change their impact.



    On average, about 30% of long-term disability claims are mental health related and this number is going up.  Leaders are challenged to meet organizational goals and support employees struggling with mental health.

    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 employee mental health and organizational resilience.


    • The issue – understand the definition of mental health continuum, including mental illness and disability
    • The system – identify types of resources available to you and your team members
    • The actions – learn best practices when taking preventative action, and when a situation occurs.


  4. THE RESILIENCE WORKOUT: Preventing Compassion Fatigue and Burnout

    Health professionals are in an industry that requires both personal and professional resilience yet suffers the highest and increasing levels of burnout. Given their role as caregivers and culture of always putting others first, it’s not surprising that compassion fatigue is a very close second, mental health challenge.

    In this keynote Dr. Marie-Helene shares how health professionals need to implement the resilience workout into their daily lives. We all do! But Health professionals must implement as a most powerful way to avoid behavioural practices that can lead to compassion fatigue and burn out.


    • Understand how your professional beliefs are impacting your resilience
    • Learn the Resilience work out to build the Resilience muscle
    • Discover how to be a self-managed leader and how to create a new approach that brings results
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

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