Rehabilitation and Clinic Team

Joel Gervais

Joel Gervais

Addictions & Training Specialist

Phone: 204-987-3044 Ext: 28368

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 both a Rehabilitation Counsellor and as a Prevention and Education Consultant. Joel’s last 10 years of specialization at AFM were 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 of Substance Abuse (CCSA) where he provided consultation and support to the Canada’s National Alcohol and Drug Strategy.

Joel is currently an Addiction and Training Specialist with Vital Life Inc.’s Mental Health and Addiction department. The department provides addictions management services, drug testing and training to large and small organizations across Canada. Joel also works with many First Nations in Canada and is currently the lead Addictions Consultant with Manitoba Hydro’s Keeyask and Keewatinohk Dam projects in northern Manitoba.

Joel is a nationally recognized speaker and a regular presenter at local and national safety and HR conference. Joel’s education includes a 4 year advanced BA in Psychology as well as graduate work in the area of Family Studies. Joel is a DOT certified alcohol and drug collection professional. He also holds the designation of Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor and Substance Abuse Professional.

British Columbia

Renee Canevaro

Renee Canevaro

Rehabilitation Consultant (Kelowna, BC)

Phone: 250-868-3172

Renee received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Victoria, and her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of British Columbia. She is a Registered Social Worker with the British Columbia College of Social Workers, with a Clinical Designation, and a registered clinical counsellor as well as a registered clinical social worker. Renee has worked with the Interior Health Authority, specializing in individual and group outpatient assessment, diagnoses, counselling and support services to clients dealing with complicated loss and grief, depression and anxiety spectrum including PTSD and its sequelae, complex personality disorders, adjustment disorders with complicated psychosocial stressors and complex stages of life and transition issues. She has over 30 years of mental health training/experience and community service.

On a broader note, she has conducted research and analysis projects for the City of Kelowna, Community Futures Development Corporation, the Downtown Kelowna Association, the Economic Development Commission, Okanagan College, he Okanagan Hi-Tech Council, the University of British Columbia and various non-profit groups to study marketing, economic impact, business recruitment and socio-economic issues. The recommendations from these projects have led directly to community partnerships for innovative community capacity building, job creation and industry contract development. Renee has chaired the UBCO Program Advisory Board for the Faculty of Health and Social Development and is currently an Adjunct Professor with UBCO’s School of Social Work.


Laura Riffel

Laura Riffel

Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant (Saskatoon, SK)

Phone: 306-715-2227

Laura graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor's Degree in Education. Ms. Riffel then went on to further her professional career in Special Education. She embraced 19 years of successful, strong, positive leadership roles throughout the Saskatchewan Education System. Her strengths are in the areas of case management, crisis intervention, program development, behavioural management, and mental health. Laura is currently working towards a Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology. Her natural passion in life is creating an open door to bring healing and health to people who have been through a traumatic or stressful experience.

Laura genuinely understands that no single approach is the right one for every individual. She is most definitely outgoing and truly enjoys working together with all parties to set attainable goals and achieve them. Her in-depth interaction and experience includes working with Clients, Directors, Employers, Human Resources Personnel, Counselors, Psychologists, Doctors, Members at Large, Union Representatives, Addictions Counselors, Physiotherapists, Elders, Police Officers and Corrections Officers. She specializes in all areas of return to work planning, TSA (transferable skills analysis), long/short term disability, employment counselling, job skills training, and early intervention.

Laura loves spending time with her husband Brad, three sons; Dylan, Brody and Mitch. She is very athletic and values the benefits, specifically of Yoga and Spin biking. Laura is actively involved in the community, some activities include; teaching certified cooking classes and coaching competitive club volleyball. Additionally, Laura holds a regular volunteer position as Public Outreach Coordinator for Al-Anon in Saskatoon, Sk.

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Vital Life Inc. recognizes that our competitive advantage is a direct result of our ability to attract and retain the best in the business. We offer a competitive remuneration and benefits package along with flexibility and opportunities for professional growth.

We are always looking to expand our team of professionals across Canada and welcome your inquiry. To view current openings, please visit CBI Careers.




LOCATION: Winnipeg

We are currently seeking Resource Aides to work within our Specialized Community Solutions program. Specialized Community Solutions provides quality community based care to individuals living with complex cognitive, behavioural and physical challenges. Click Here to view more details.



LOCATION: Cranbrook, BC

We are currently seeking a Health and Wellness Consultant, Contractor to develop comprehensive rehabilitation plans and facilitate work based programs for the regions of the East Kootenays. Travel is required. This is a home-based position that offers professional autonomy and excellent remuneration.  Click Here to view more details.

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