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Dr. Marie-Hélène Pelletier

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Vancouver, BC, Canada

Leadership Resilience & Burnout Psychologist

Dr. Marie-Helene works with leaders and various professionals whose responsibilities have generated new demands with each stage of growth in their career.

She is also a bilingual, practicing resilience and anxiety psychologist and experienced senior leader with over 20 years of experience in clinical, counselling, workplace psychology. One of her key areas of focus is leadership resilience. She holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and an MBA from the UBC Sauder School of Business.

Dr. Marie-Helene Pelletier’s virtual and in-person keynote speeches and workshops guide successful professionals to achieve health and happiness through resiliency practices.

Keynote Speeches

Virtual Keynotes & Webinars
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Resilience and change: Harnessing the opportunity of the moment

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
Post-Covid-19 workspace resilience: The new working world

Millennials + Gen Z now make up the majority of the global workforce. Many in this group share priorities that are distinct from other generations, and many workplaces are working to adapt to this shift. However, in recent months, all generations have seen priorities and the ways they work shift due to Covid-19. Beneath the surface, many of your coworkers, team members and leaders approach their work situation, and work location preferences, differently than before the pandemic. And not everyone has realized the scope of these changes.

For both leaders and team members, the new approach to work may, or may not, be aligned with business needs. For everyone, the changes may challenge their resilience in new ways. Our collective ability to recognize, navigate and adjust to these changes will help shape the new working world and organizational success.


  • Identify the data-based workspace shifts that are at play today – and the trends moving forward
  • Translate these changes into psychological and workspace implications
  • Learn how to actively support your own and others’ workspace resilience
Beyond positive thinking: Creating your growth mindset

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.
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
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
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
The financial industry imperative: Harness the psychological resilience opportunity of transformational change
Financial organizations must balance short and long term strategies to succeed. This involves a focus on short-term results and profitability while also investing in your organization’s future success. But this short-long balance is also critical for psychological resilience at an individual and team level. This is particularly so during a time of change and industry disruption.

Leadership resilience and workplace mental health expert Dr. Pelletier brings together her insights as a practicing work psychologist with the most recent research in workplace psychology and financial industry management. She will challenge your assumptions – and highlight the ways you can both manage these transformational changes and turn them into a growth opportunity, for both the short and long term.

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 in the financial industry
  • Understand the warning signs of distress and burnout
  • Learn practical, research-based ways to improve how individuals, teams and organizations can nourish renewed energy and purpose

Platform Plus Presentations

Unique formats and ways to connect with audiences.
Specialized workshops
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. o Understand why the role of managers, leaders and co-workers can be effective in supporting employee mental health o Identify the benefits of mental health training for managers/leaders and co-workers o Learn some key signs of employee distress beyond absence or job performance
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

Audience reviews:

  • Her style is engaging, her energy is 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. - Director, Digital Learning
  • 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. We should not hesitate in recommending her for similar events, and or asking her back for one of our future events. - Events Coordinator
  • Dr. Pelletier presented a bilingual keynote address at the annual Symposium of the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX) in 2015 (600 executives). To this day, I still put Dr. Pelletier's name forward when asked about compelling speakers on workplace mental health and resilience. Her session was one of the best received of the entire event. - Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel Environment Legal Services

Speaker Biography

Dr. Marie-Helene Pelletier is an award-winning workplace mental health expert, psychologist, advisor and speaker. Fluently bilingual in English and French, she’s one of only a handful of work psychologists holding both a PHD and MBA.

Marie-Helene brings a signature mix of business and clinical expertise to the groups she works with. She translates psychology research (about health, resiliency, and overcoming challenges) into strategies professionals, business leaders and their teams need to thrive.

  1. Provides expertise for boosting performance. Marie-Helene shares what psychologists know but other professionals and businesspeople may not. She has a robust understanding of the intersection between business success and strong workplace mental health. She led workplace mental health strategy in senior leadership roles at several companies, including Sun Life, one of the world’s leading financial institutions.
  2. Builds leadership and organizational resilience. Through her speaking engagements and workshops, Marie-Helene provides business leaders with concrete steps to prevent fatigue and burnout – and gain energy, even in tough times. She can help your leaders and their team members shift perspectives and regain and retain their passion.
  3. Helps your organization manage change. Marie-Helene provides business leaders and their team members with the psychological tools needed to adapt to, and embrace, transformational change. She equips them to respond quickly, make good decisions, and maintain stamina for ongoing productivity.
  4. Combines style with substance. Marie-Helene is a dynamic speaker and workshop facilitator. She has an engaging style, exhilarating energy, and a warm sense of humour. With this relatable approach, she brings the latest research and proven best practices to her talks, inspiring participants to take action and get results.

In her presentations and workshops, Dr. Pelletier draws from what clients call a “clear mastery of the subject matter.” She speaks with authority to engage and inspire participants with passion, knowledge, expertise, and joy. And she shares this expertise in many ways, from keynote speeches, to panel moderator roles, to more informal fireside chats.

Over the course of her career, she has participated on the boards of the Canadian Psychological Association and the International Association of Applied Psychology. She has also been an active member of the Global Clinical Practice Network of the World Health Organization, a role that she continues to this day.

She’s been featured in publications like Forbes and Thrive Global and her work has been published in academic journals such as Behaviour Research and Therapy, Journal of Anxiety Disorders, and Organizational Dynamics. Marie-Helene is currently working on a new book to redefine and guide new strategies for resilience and mental health in workplaces.

She has won numerous academic and industry awards, being described as a top industry leader with “credentials that make her uniquely suited to help guide the continued evolution of psychological health in the workplace”.