Lauren A. Nickel, B.A., M.E. Des., ICD.D
Lauren’s career has included senior executive roles and directorships in both the business and public sectors. She has had leadership roles with responsibility for business strategy, policy development, stakeholder relations and corporate governance, as well as human resource development and currently consults and finances private entities. Lauren has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary. Lauren was an elected member of her professional association in Alberta and a national member of a board formed through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to enhance economic partnerships with China. She has also served as a director for publicly traded and other commercial company boards as well as non-profit and charitable boards including the Calgary Region Arts Foundation, the Calgary Heritage Advisory Board, the LEAF Endowment, the United Way and most recently, IMPACT BC. Lauren has earned the Institute of Corporate Directors professional designation, qualifying in 2005. As Chairman of The Resilient Mind Project Board of Advisors, Lauren provides leadership and guidance to helping private and public sector organizations implement resilience policy into their health care practices.
Dr. Lyle Oberg
A physician and politician by profession, Dr. Lyle Oberg is known in his research and study of social services delivery with specific populations such as in children and persons with disabilities. Born in 1960 in Alberta, Canada, Dr. Oberg was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as a Progressive Conservative (a provincial centre-right party in Alberta) in 1993. As an influencer and advocate, Dr. Oberg was appointed in 1997 as the Minister of Family and Social Services. Specifically, Dr. Oberg launched an initiative to address health, substance-use and abuse called the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) which occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy which results in conditions that could affect the baby including low body weight, poor coordination, and behavior problems. Dr. Oberg thus implemented an interprovincial strategic planning and application to broaden resources and implement better approaches for addressing FAS. Not only is Dr. Oberg a well-known physician, he is also very much involved in health and politics. Dr. Oberg introduced the Alberta Child Health Benefit Program; and was a key stakeholder and developer of the Protection of Children Involved in Prostitution Act. Family and Community-focused, Dr. Oberg’s participation and involvement in support and research in health, behavior, and law shows his skill and utmost strategy in helping and reaching various populations.
Dr. Oberg was appointed as the Minister of Learning in May 1999, a post he held until November 2004. In addition to his engagement and participation in politics and medicine, Dr. Oberg also is involved with educational initiatives. He was an active member of the Canadian Ministers of Education and led the Canadian delegation to an International Group of 8 (G8) Education Ministers meeting, which is an inter-governmental and political forum. He served as an overseer of the creation of Alberta’s Commission on Learning, with a focus and study on health and physical activity programs. In 2004, Dr. Oberg was appointed as the Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation. In December 2006, Dr. Oberg was named Minister of Finance in Premier Ed Stemach’s cabinet. In June 2010, Dr. Oberg created and opened the first private DNA testing facility in Canada called C2DNA which is located in Edmonton.
Dr. Lyle Oberg’s research, study, and work in community-based settings with various populations such as children and persons with disabilities greatly impacted the research and application of evidence-based practice of The Resilient Mind Project. Both in the health and political setting, Dr. Oberg’s mindset revolves in initiatives and approaches in the mental and behavioral health programs in Canada. He now serves as one of the Board of Directors for The Resilient Mind Project.
Alex Berland RN, BSc M.Sc
Alex’s career has been focused in the mental health care sector. With clinical experience as a Registered Nurse in mental health, psycho-geriatrics and addictions. (1983-88) As Vice President Clinical Operations at Vancouver General and UBC Hospitals with responsibility for in-patient and out-patient psychiatry and all other clinical areas. (1992-1997 He then moved in the position of Provincial Director Adult Mental Health and concurrently CEO Riverview Hospital, provincial tertiary psychiatric hospital, responsible for implementing the BC Mental Health Plan (1998-2000). Alex was also involved in the evaluation review of BC’s Child and Youth Mental Health Plan (2008).
Now retired from public service Alex works as a consultant on numerous consulting projects related to mental health and addictions throughout BC. His Role as an advisory board member of the Resilient Mind Project is to ensure the clinical advisory board and product development team are aligned with government short- and long-term mental health prevention program.
Chris Sherback, CA
Chris began his career as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche LLP, where he learned how various businesses approach the same problem with different system designs and varying levels of success. Having developed a flexible approach to problem solving, he then moved into the healthcare field by joining Ormed Information Systems, where he designed accounting and business management systems for hospitals and clinics. Chris soon became President & CEO of Ormed, which initially had only one product that ran in a handful of hospitals and clinics in Western Canada. Over the course of the next 20 years, he used his role to guide Ormed into becoming an industry leader, with 25 products running in over 280 healthcare organizations throughout Canada and the United States. Chris plays a critical role in The Resilient Mind project by helping current and prospective clients move from a disease management model to a disease prevention model through the use of resilience training. (www.ormed.com)
Board Director and President
Vic has spent the past 28 years of his 38-year career in health care product development with a focus in behavioral health. His personal vision statement best reflects his focus:
“To close the gap that exists between advances in mental, social, behavioural health sciences and individuals that need the support.”
Since 1987, Vic has been focused on program development to improve individual self-care within populations, through group work and eventually integrating interactive web-based tools. In 1987 as a Business Consultant, he developed emotional intelligence and resilience training implemented in the workplace. In 1999 as CEO of Alive publishing group, he published information on the brain’s neuroplasticity and the link between relationship and mental health with a readership of 1.4m a month.. Alive also distributed health-based accredited training courses in 3 continents.
In 2004 he founded the Alive for Wellness 30-day in-patient program for people desiring to overcome a mental health struggle and a 60-day app/telephone after care program which still operates today (www.aliveforwellness.life). In 2008 he partnered with Dr. Scott Miller and Dr. Barry Duncan and co-founded MyOutcomes (www.myoutcomes.com), a clinical tool that helps behavioral health clinicians increase their clinical effectiveness and was a recipient of the national United Kingdom’s Mental Health Innovation Of The Year award. MyOutcomes is approved by the US Joint Commission and certified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; MyOutcomes is currently used in over 24 countries by private and governmental mental health clinics, 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, motivated to make advanced neural, behavioral, and social sciences more affordable and accessible to all people, Vic assembled a group of thought-leading academics, clinical professionals, and educators and founded The Resilient Mind Project that supports and trains people who exhibit a readiness to change and wish to increase their resilience (www.theresilientmind.life).
Farida Contractor, B.Com, CHRP
Farida Contractor oversees the information technology (IT) and software development team for the The Resilient Mind project. Her responsibilities include developing web-based/smart phone tools and insuring compliance with confidentiality acts. Farida has more than 30 years of experience leading and implementing a multitude of large IT and software development projects. She was a member of the development team at Winfax that created the first digital fax software. Farida also worked in Deloitte and Touche’s IT division and as Chief Technology Officer of The Resilient Mind project Her leadership skills and commitment to service excellence are an invaluable resource in helping to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the client-mentor relationship. Farida is currently leading secondary research into the role AI (artificial intelligence) plays in helping expand our vision to make advanced behavioural, neural and social science affordable and accessible to all.
Ammar M. Ayesh, MBA
Ammar has spent his career as vice president of marketing for business consulting firms. His experience in educational consulting processes, has provided him with the skills to help organizations understand the logic resilience training provides in today’s hyper competitive work environment and the return on investments realized.
Ammar’s represents The Resilient Mind Project in the international communities that include Europe, Middle East and Africa. From these alliances, Ammar reports to our research and development team new perspectives and approaches to ensure resilience training is attuned and culturally sensitive to achieve typical outcomes realized in western nations. Additionally, Ammar oversees translating the resilience programs in new languages for version 3.5 release.