Chronological Work History
From 1979-1987, Vic’s passion for building motivated him to start a construction company. This morphed into an engineering contracting firm that specialised in evaluating remedial action for structural deficiencies and carrying out the necessary work. During these years, his collaboration with Dr. Eric Burnet from the University of Waterloo’s new Building Science Division enabled the new developments in building preservation and design improvements.
In 1987-1999, Vic founded and lead Columbia Group, a human resource consulting firm. During its final four years, the company focused on supporting mental health agencies improve internal processes and clinical outcomes.
During 1999-2004, Vic became CEO and publisher of Alive Publishing Group, garnering Canada’s largest readership of a health publication that ultimately reached 1.2 million monthly readers. Alive won four IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ for its publications on neural plasticity in the brain and the greater value of the Emotional Quotient relative to the Intelligent Quotient.
Vic’s work in publishing led him to be confident that people have the capacity to bring about change in their life and to become their best self. This led to the creation of the Alive in-patient program in 2004. The target population for this program were those suffering from depression, anxiety and PTSD. Vic and his wife Farida continue to operate Alive in Kelowna BC. (www.aliveforwellness.life).
From 2008-present, Vic and his team partnered with Dr Scott Miller and co-founded MyOutcomes (MyOutcomes.com), a clinical tool that helps mental/behavioral health clinicians increase their clinical effectiveness. MyOutcomes has been the recipient of the national United Kingdom’s Mental Health Innovation of the Year award. MyOutcomes is currently used in over 24 countries by private and government mental health clinics and addiction centres. Users include the US Military and over 28 universities in their graduate training programs. Over 13 randomized clinical trials confirm that using MyOutcomes can double the effect size of mental health clinicians.
In 2015, compelled to make advanced neural, behavioral and social science more affordable and accessible to all people, Vic assembled a group of thought leading academics, clinical professionals and educators and founded The Resilient Mind projects (TRM). TRM is a resilience training program that supports and trains people who exhibit a readiness to change and wish to increase their resilience (www.theresilientmind.life). Vic and his co-workers pursue their work in their Kelowna, BC, Canada and Bangalore, India offices.
A web interactive book, commissioned by clients to highlight and offer insights and tools to encourage individuals to take ownership of their personal health and reap the benefits of adopting healthy choices to enhance mental, emotional and physical health, ultimately impacting individual productivity.
A book commissioned by the client to promote healthier eating habits combating obesity, heart disease, type two diabetes among other health issues.
An interactive resource that provides support through educational material based on advanced health sciences tailored to the client; includes wellness portal interactive tools, monthly lunch-and-learns, and access to health-care professionals.
A manual to support small businesses toward increasing leadership and management skills. The program is supported by business consulting – implemented in more than 80 businesses.
A manual and training program to increase the health of the workplace cultural and the management of Human Resources – implemented in more than 120 businesses.
THE RESILIENT MIND:
FOUR WAYS TO BUILD RESILIENCE TO BE YOUR BEST SELF
Stress Free Fantasies:
Many people daydream about living a life absent from stress – I know I once did. But the reality is that stress walks beside us every moment of our lives. Yes, stress takes the occasional nap, but, like an eager-to-play toddler, it eventually awakens. One of the great ironies is that a stress-free life is incompatible with living. Still, it is possible to reduce the spike of pain that comes from stress. In the season of my life when I struggled with stress, I learned two fundamentals principles.
Play and Laughter:
George Bernard Shaw said, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing”.
This health guide takes a serious look at play and laughter and the importance of including these as important parts of our lives. The benefits of incorporating play and laughter into our lives are well documented. Play and laughter are important at all ages of life, contributing to good emotional, mental, and physical health and well-being.
Play at leisure and at work have been known to improve relationships, team work, creativity, productivity, focus, and stress management. Laughter yields benefits of increased immune system function, decreased stress hormone production, emotional regulation and enhanced learning. This guide provides you with insight into how much you play and laugh, why you may not play and laugh enough, and how to bring play and laughter back into your life in healthy ways. Are you ready to become a FunMaker?
Most of us have never spent time creating awareness of our psychological functions. Nor have we spent the time learning the skills needed to optimize our mental health. This leaves many of us at increased risk for developing mental health issues. New discoveries about your brain’s neuroplasticity, along with the development of web-based distance education, are bringing new hope by teaching people how to enhance their mental health or overcome a mental illness. Your Psychology is a short manual that will help readers to learn skills developed out of the advanced behavioral sciences and apply them to their lives.
Fatigue makes us more susceptible to psychological pain. In a Netherlands workplace study on people who suffer from fatigue, 43% reported experiencing fatigue only, whereas 57% experienced fatigue along with psychological distress. This The Resilient Mind guide will teach participants how unhealthy thoughts, emotions, and desires deplete their energy levels. It will show participants, not only how to avoid these unhealthy behaviors, but also how to replace them with healthier thoughts, emotions, and desires. Written in a practical and relatable style, participants of this The Resilient Mind session will begin implementing new behavioral health principles that can have an immediate effect upon conserving mental and physical energy.
GET MORE HAPPINESS & JOY:
Becoming a student of how to bring more joy and happiness into your life is a conscious choice. It is possible, regardless of your life circumstances and situation, to become such a student and learn the skills needed to bring these things into your life. The first step is to understand what the differences are between happiness and joy:
Happiness is getting a promotion at work. Joy comes from being thankful for your work.
Happiness is a white wine paired with the perfect dessert. Joy is being conscious you have access to food and water at all times
Happiness is irregular; it comes and goes. Joy can come and go, but it’s always a choice
“United Nations’ second annual International Day of Happiness was established to promote the idea that cheerfulness improves mental and physical wellness.”
From birth, most people begin forming connections with their mother, father, siblings, and, eventually, friends. Our need for healthy friendships is so strong that behavioral experts are discovering a direct correlation between our lack of true friends and our susceptibility to mental illness. This lack can impact our ability to cope with life’s challenges as well.
The irony is that we live in a knowledge-based society that provides us the resources to develop the skills needed to perform all sorts of complex tasks. But, when it comes to those relationships which are essential to our psychological health, we are often left to muddle through them on our own.
People need people. In The Resilient Mind session, we train participants on how to become skilled in the 17 attributes of being a good friend and holding onto their relationships. Participants may also develop lasting relationships as they practice their skills with others in the group.
Mental/Relationship Health Guides
Quarterly Health Guides provides laypersons content on the advanced behavioral, social and neural sciences. These booklets incorporate web interactive links that allow readers to engage with interactive web and social media tools and play a vital role to employee wellness initiative since 2004.
Events that occur in our childhood can impact our ability to develop and maintain healthy relationships. Furthermore, developing relationships is so integral to our human nature that in the absence of real ones, our mental health can be negatively affected. This guide shows how mental illness can result from relationship fractures. It will train participants to recognize fractures in their early stages and how to avoid deepening them, as well as show how to repair our fractures with significant people, such as our family and friends.
We can do this the easy way – or the hard way. We live in a fast-paced,
ever-changing world. Information is coming at us at a high speed with value placed on immediacy. Change affects everyone and is inevitable. In a shrinking global village, with a rapid influx of information, we are literally inundated with daily change, both close to home and around the world. For most of us, change causes stress. However, we can learn how to effectively manage change and increase our resiliency to it.
Canada’s most-read health publication with more than 1.2 million monthly readers.
Alive Book Publishing
Healthy Living Guides: A 32-book series on diverse health topics and 34 books published from targeted health experts commissioned to write on pertinent health subjects. Alive books are distributed in 13 countries.
Academy of Health
A distance education program consisting of 12 courses sold in 14 countries.
A 20,000-page Corporate Health & Wellness program used by over 65,000 employees to support improved lifestyle and mental emotional health.
A series of discussions on emotional intelligence, its practice and productivity value in the workplace and home.
Encyclopedia Of Natural Health:
A five year project garnering experience from over 30 accomplished academics and professionals in 8 countries.
Relationship Fractures…how much do they cost you?
An appraisal tool to determine the emotional, social, career and financial cost to you.
How to enhance emotional intelligence to improve work and home relationships.
Health Risk Assessment:
A performance assessment tool designed to measure individual/corporate health using the Framingham algorithms.
Creating a Healthy Home
An appraisal to create awareness on how healthy is your home.
Interactive Web Tools (Distance Education)
An interactive self-administered online workshop to help individuals build stress resilience.
Focused on integrating applied behavioral sciences with innovations such as distance education technology and social media platforms for the purpose of advancing mental health.
A multimedia e-learning platform used by groups of 12 people who desire to overcome emotional and addictive eating.
An e-dashboard platform to help therapists/coaches create efficiencies in one on one client work and increase effectiveness.
An interactive web tool to help psycho-therapist measure therapeutic alliance and effectiveness.
An e-learning platform to support therapists in the International Center for Clinical Excellence (ICCE). Currently in development.