Joel Gervais has worked in the private and public sector in the area of mental health and addictions for over 25 years. His experience includes 15 years with the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM) where he worked as a both a Rehabilitation Counsellor and Prevention Education Consultant. Joel’s last ten years of specialization at AFM was in the area of Workplace Services. In that time Joel provided consultation and training to private and public workplaces in the area of substance abuse and workplace intervention. Joel has also worked on several National substance abuse initiatives including 4 years with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) where he provided consultation and support to the Canada’s National Alcohol and Drug Strategy.
Joel is currently the Program Manager with Vital Life Inc.’s Mental Health and Addiction department. The department provides addictions management services, drug testing and substance abuse training to large and small organizations in the province of Manitoba. Joel also works with many First Nations in Canada and is currently the lead Addictions Consultant with the Keeyask and Keewatinook projects in northern Manitoba. Joel is a nationally recognized speaker and a regular presenter at local and national safety and HR conferences. Joel’s education includes a 4 year advanced BA in Psychology as well as graduate work in the are of Family Studies. Joel is also holds the designation of Substance Abuse Expert (SAE).
Melanie Vipond focuses her practice on labour and employment law, human rights, privacy and administrative law. She advises both private and public sector employers on issues relating to unionization, collective agreement negotiation, disability and harassment, workers compensation as well as general employment law issues, including wrongful dismissals and employment contract negotiation. She provides training on those issues to the employer community. She has appeared before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as the BC Labour Relations Board, arbitration boards, human rights tribunals, and other administrative tribunals.