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.
Marie-Helene Pelletier provides expertise for boosting performance. She shares what psychologists know but other professionals and business people 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.
She 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.
Marie-Helene helps your organization manage change. She 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.
Marie-Helene Pelletier 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.
Dr. Pelletier authored The Resilience Plan: A Strategic Approach to Optimizing Your Work Performance and Mental Health (2024). She has also 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”.
In an era of transformational change, teams and team members 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.
Diverse teams have the potential to bring a breath of perspectives and generate innovative ideas. Yet, that potential is not always observed. A key moderator in this equation is psychological safety. While every team is different, most teams need psychological safety to unlock their potential.
In this keynote, workplace mental health expert, psychologist and experienced leader Dr. Pelletier brings together her weekly work as a practicing work psychologist with current research in psychological safety in the workplace to clarify what we know makes a difference in teams and organizations. She highlights how psychological safety connects with resilience and workplace mental health, and the impacts of psychological safety on adaptation to change, action-orientation and other benefits that may surprise you.
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.
Given the many demands of your role in a culture of often putting others and others’ demands first, it is not surprising that compassion fatigue and burnout represent prevalent occupational and mental health challenges – in all industries. 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.
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.
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.
If done right, strategically planning for your resilience can be a game-changer. Yet, with busy schedules and multiple variables, it’s not surprising that most professionals and leaders often just plow ahead without giving their own resilience due attention.
This 90-minute workshop will change that. Through hands-on exercises and discussion, participants will be able to craft a focused personal plan to support their resilience in their life and career.
In this workshop, Dr. Pelletier guides participants to:
Your team and your organization already include a probably large but hidden neurodiverse population. This likely leads to even more creativity, innovation, productivity and resilience. A more conscious effort to create and support such diversity would benefit everyone – individuals, teams and the organization. If you increase your literacy and framework, then you create the potential for positive outcomes. Organizational climates that connect neurodiversity with inclusion and ethical climates do even better.
In this talk, Dr Marie-Hélène covers what neurodiversity is, how it differs from and intersects with mental health at work and its significance. She guides a research-based reflection on where we are currently at and how to move forward to support even better psychological health and safety for a neurodiverse population.
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“We had Dr. Pelletier present at one of our recent events and she delivered a truly customized, informative, engaging and inspiring talk. Not only did she share her knowledge in a way the audience could relate to, but she also provided supportive and helpful strategies that the audience could implement immediately. We received a lot of positive feedback from the audience and I am very pleased with how the event went.”
FCPA, FCA, PwC
“Marie-Helene 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.”
Medical Doctor and President, Brigham and Associates (U.S.A)
"We wrapped up our session yesterday afternoon, and your segment was one of the highlights of the week. The entire team enjoyed your messages, and we frequently referenced points you’d made throughout the rest of our program. You definitely made an impact!"
Head of Digital Industries Sales, Siemens US
"Dr. Pelletier is an excellent speaker! She gave a virtual presentation in French for our conference and she was professional and prepared from start to end. She tailored her speaking points to ensure they were relevant to our audience and her presentation was very well received. I felt she did an especially great job of captivating the audience in a virtual environment with her energy and her use of visual aids. Thank you again, Dr. Pelletier, for sharing your expertise at our event!"
Manager, Corporate Partnerships and Marketing, Coaching Association of Canada
"Dr. Pelletier recently kicked off our first in-person event in over two years, and we are so glad she did! Her talk on resilience and workplace mental health was so engaging for our audience and very helpful. We are looking forward to working with Dr. Pelletier again in the future."
Charmaine Crockett, Director, Stakeholder Engagement, Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWach)
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