Director of Operations
Phone: 204-779-1887 Ext: 28355
Tracy is the Director of Operations for Vital Life in Winnipeg. An industry expert with more than 15 years of successful experience in Clinical Rehab, Business Administration and Client Services, Tracy has a proven ability to foster relationships and develop solutions to achieve client satisfaction and improved business performance.
With a background in Business Administration, Physical and Nutritional Therapies, her education and experience in a wide range of disciplines are instrumental in focusing on key areas of client relations, defining and achieving strategic goals and performance targets, people management, training and development, and process improvement. Embracing the core values of integrity, honesty and balance, Tracy is passionate about working to continually grow our organization and her own knowledge and skills. Tracy is proud to be a part of a strong and diverse multidisciplinary team who work well together to achieve innovative and effective solutions for our clients and customers. A health and wellness enthusiast, she enjoys keeping an active lifestyle, travel, gardening and spending time with family and friends.
Manager of Clinical Services and Certified Athletic Therapist
Phone: 204-779-1887 Ext: 28365
Stacey Bulat is a Certified Athletic Therapist who graduated from the University of Manitoba and certified with the Canadian Athletic Therapist Association in 2009. In 2014 she certified in anatomical Acupuncture. Prior to joining the Vital Life team she owned a successful Athletic Therapy clinic in Winnipeg. Stacey continues to learn; developing and sharing her skills and knowledge with her clients and as a mentor to students.
Stacey is also a Red Cross First Aid and CPR instructor and medical coordinator for Hockey Manitoba. She has worked with a vast variety of sports and continues to be Therapist for U18 Women’s Manitoba Team.
Previously she has been the Head Therapist for Team West in the U17 World Hockey Challenge, the AAA Winnipeg Wild and did an internship with the NHL’s New York Rangers.
Stacey believes that a major role in rehabilitation is client education of their own injuries, as well as addressing all aspects of their lifestyle.
In her spare time, she enjoys snowboarding, swimming, ultimate Frisbee and reading. She hopes one day to be a member of the medical staff for the Canadian Olympic Team.
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.
Mental Health and Addictions Counsellor
Phone: 204-779-1887 Ext. 28377
Dan has worked in the private and public sector in the area of mental health for the last 30 years. Dan's Areas of expertise include Mental health and Addictions Supportive Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing and Crisis Intervention. Prior to joining our team, he worked as a Regional Manager for Great-West Life for the past 16 years. Dan has a Master's degree in Social Work and is a certified Substance Abuse Professional. Prior to working with Great-West Life, Dan worked with the Occupational Rehabilitation Group of Canada over the course of 12 years as both a leader and as a rehabilitation consultant. Dan has experience in providing individual and group counselling within the insurance context as well as through the University of Manitoba Psych Services department and through the Department of Corrections, Province of Manitoba. Dan has extensive experience in providing direct services for people with a diverse range of mental health challenges including:
- Psychiatric issues
- Brain injury
- Chronic pain/Chronic pain syndrome
- Substance abuse
Sr. Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant
Phone: 204-779-1887 Ext. 28374
Trish Penner has worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant since 1998. She is a physiotherapist who started her career working in a multi-disciplinary setting at CBI. She has been an ergonomic consultant for the past 20 years working with both private industries and government agencies. Trish’s vocational rehabilitation work experience includes: rehabilitation counselling, disability management, transferable skills analysis, labour market research, employment services, ergonomic assessments and managing the multi-disciplinary team. Trish also has experience providing education regarding professional ethics and interpersonal communication skills. Trish enjoys an active lifestyle and traveling with her husband and three children. She has been the chair of the board of assessors with the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba and a volunteer with the Manitoba Marathon and in her local church.
Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant, Training Specialist
Phone: 204-779-1887 Ext: 28375
Rehabilitation & Return to Work Consultant/Intake Coordinator
Graham Tabor is a dedicated professional with over a decade of experience providing a client-centered, supportive approach aimed at reaching the individual’s established goals related to recovery, returning to the workforce, and improving quality of life.
Graham is experienced in working with a wide variety of clientele, including individuals living with mental illness, with physical disabilities, persons with cognitive disabilities, new immigrants, and at-risk youth. He has worked in partnerships at the community-based, government, and corporate levels by providing expertise and direction on disability management-related issues, and has developed programming specific to the needs of the individual.
His background includes having studied sociology and disability and community support, and Graham has earned a practitioner’s certificate in Foundations of Neurolinguistics Programming, as well as Trans-Theoretical Model of Change and Motivational Interviewing certificates, and is a certified Career/Employment Coach.
Disability and Claims Management Specialist
Phone: 204-779-1887 Ext: 28366
Teaghan Kuly has over eight years of human resources experience, specializing in disability management for the last four years. Teaghan currently provides return to work coordination, disability management and account management services for organizations in health care, services, and manufacturing industries. Teaghan has an extensive background assessing, developing, and implementing disability and health management programs with a strong commitment to continuous improvement. Teaghan has worked in unionized and non-unionized environments, and has experience mediating and providing guidance to stakeholders throughout a variety of human resources ussies, grievances and negotiations. Teaghan has a passion for data and analytics, and focuses on identifying and preventing occupational injury and illness. Teaghan has successfully developed incident management databases to streamline processes, allowing for improved reporting and prevention efforts. She enjoys employment legislation and applying her knowledge of WCB policies to appeal and contest claim related decisions.
Teaghan is currently studying Human Resources at the University of Manitoba and plans to pursue her CHRP designation. Teaghan enjoys playing soccer, snowboarding, and spending time with family.
Phone: 204-779-1887 Ext: 28376
Kinesiologist, Occupational Health Technician
Phone: 204-779-1887, Ext: 28360
Myles Whitford has worked as a Kinesiologist and Occupational Health Technician since December 2016. Myles graduated from the University of Winnipeg in June 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology – Athletic Therapy. As a kinesiologist, his specialties include preventing/managing injuries and chronic disease, predominately through exercise and he is proficient in functional capacity evaluations and office ergonomics assessments. With Experience as an Occupational Health Technician, Myles also conducts pre-employment tests such as: Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT), Audiology, Drug & Alcohol testing and Post Offer Employment Testing.
Myles has volunteered with various sport teams over the years, including acting as the head therapist and exercise specialist for Manitoba Blizzard Lacrosse 2015. He is an NCCP Multi-Sport coach and was previously a part of the coaching staff for the Powerview High School lacrosse team. Myles enjoys an active lifestyle including gym and home fitness routines, mountain biking, running, playing hockey, soccer and lacrosse. He loves the outdoors and is always looking for a new woodworking project to create.
In his practice, Myles strives for excellence and to build meaningful and trusting relationships with his clients.
Occupational Health Technician
Rehabilitation Consultant (Kelowna, BC)
Yun completed her post-secondary education at the University of British Columbia (Bachelor of Human Kinetics) and the University of Alberta (Masters of Science in Physiotherapy). Over the course of her professional career, Yun has worked as a registered physiotherapist in a variety of settings including hospital, private clinic, and has completed additional training to offer specialized care including Pilates-based Physiotherapy and acupuncture. Yun has more recently moved into Rehabilitation Consultant roles, with Healthcare Benefit Trust and Great West Life since 2013.
Yun enjoys an active lifestyle in her free time including trail and snowshoe racing, paddleboarding, hiking, skiing, and biking. Yun is also a Stott-certified Pilates Instructor and trained fitness instructor, substitute-teaching Pilates, spin and Bootcamp-style classes when her schedule allows.
- Bachelor of Human Kinetics/BHK (2002)
- Masters of Science of Physiotherapy/MScPT (2006)
- Rehabilitation Consultant since 2013
Rehabilitation Consultant (Nakusp, BC)
Terri has over 30 years of experience in the field of health and wellness, and vocational rehabilitation. She holds a Master of Social Work, (Counselling Psychology), and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counsellor. She specializes in vocational rehabilitation counselling, mental health, and employment services. Terri is also a current 500 hour trained registered yoga teacher.
Rehabilitation Consultant (Kelowna, BC)
Susanne has worked as a rehabilitation consultant since 2005, working with clients in five school districts, as well as working with clients from WorkSafe and insurance companies. Other work experience includes individual and group counselling in a 28-day residential treatment centre. Susanne has a Masters of Social Work and a Diploma of Fine Arts. She has 5 years working as group and individual Therapist in Addictions and Substance Abuse. Susanne enjoys gatherings with family and friends and outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, swimming and golf. Creative outlets include painting, photo book-making, and other artistic pursuits.
Health & Wellness Consultant (Okanagan Region, BC)
Laurie has been working as a registered nurse in the Okanagan Valley for the past 23 years. She has specialized in the field of community rehabilitation for Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and providing interventions and resources for optimal neurological outcomes. She is adept at providing instrumental support and direct to people with the co-occurring conditions of mental health and addictions issues as they relate to ABI.
Laurie utilizes a holistic, strengths based approach to health and wellness. Her passion lies in helping people to actualize their potential and regain their functional abilities and physical health.
When not advocating for her clients, Laurie enjoys travelling the world, hiking the Okanagan Valley and singing in a band.
Rehabilitation Consultant (Kelowna, BC)
Jennifer is a Registered Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from The University of British Columbia Okanagan and a certificate in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Victoria. She also holds a Brain-Based Coaching certificate from the NeuroLeadership Institute. With a 21-year history in counselling and mental health, Jennifer utilizes cognitive behavioural, solution-focused and positive psychology approaches to assist clients to achieve their full potential. As a “Brain-Based” coach, she helps individuals discover new insights and possibilities to inspire them towards their life dreams.
Over the years, she has designed and facilitated anxiety, depression and insomnia groups for military personnel and civilians. Additionally, Jennifer worked as the provincial trainer and consultant for a school-based resiliency program. She also worked as a military social worker, assessing members’ readiness for deployment and return to work in addition to providing counselling and individualized treatment plans.
In her spare time, you will see Jennifer riding her tandem with her husband exploring the trails or enjoying a cup of coffee at a new café. She loves to spend time experimenting in the kitchen, hanging out with friends and volunteering in her community.
Allison Hampton (ON LEAVE)
Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant (North Okanagan)
Allison Hampton graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University. Allison has worked in the field of Disability Management for almost 15 years. Her work experience includes vocational rehabilitation, ergonomics, wellness programs, work place mediation, CBT and chronic disability management. She has extensive experience facilitating recovery for clients with chronic pain, mental health, injury and illness.
Allison is a Certified Progressive Goal Attainment Program provider; and has training in ergonomics, cognitive and physical demands analyses and Functional Capacity Evaluations. Allison has experience providing programs and services to numerous agencies including insurers, unions, ICBC, WorkSafe and Employers.
Allison enjoys a very active lifestyle - running, biking, and snowboarding with husband and her three children. She volunteers to support her children's interests with school and sporting activities.
Anders Johnson(ON LEAVE)
Rehabilitation Consultant (Kimberley, BC)
Graduated with a bachelor of management degree in Human Resource Management 15 years working in the Vocational Rehabilitation Management Specialize Voc Rehab Counselling, employment services, job placement and disabilities management developing rehabilitation and disability plans, personal care assessments, return to work action plans for various service providers, employers and clients. Conducted vocational / cognitive testing, job placements, labour market research, training plans and employability assessments.
- Past Director for Kimberley and District Community Foundation
- Past President of the Kimberley Bavarian Society Chamber of Commerce.
- Past Director for 2010 Kimberley Olympics Opportunity Committee
- Past Vocational Director for the Kimberley Rotary Club.
- Past chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Youth for Kimberley Society.
Rehabilitation Consultant (West Kootenays, BC)
Jane Byers has worked in the fields of disability management and ergonomics since the mid-1990’s. She is a full member of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists as well as the Vocational Rehabilitation Association. She competed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Hon) in 1990. She has prevented injuries and facilitated return to work with firefighters and construction labourers, truck drivers and office clerks. She is focused on injury prevention through good ergonomic design and fostering resilience in workers with disabilities.
Rehabilitation Consultant (Nelson, BC)
Martha Clark has worked as a registered occupational therapist in various settings for over 25 years. Work experience includes rehabilitation of clients with acquired brain injury: vocational rehabilitation and disability management; and working with clients with chronic pain, injury and illness, and mental health challenges to regain function for a meaningful life. Martha has advance training as a Work Capacity Evaluator (RMA) and as a Cognitive Functional Capacity Evaluator. She has also completed post graduate training Ergonomics, Life Care Planning, and is a Certified Progressive Goal Attainment Program provider. Martha enjoys working with complex clients assisting them to optimize independence and resume their usual life roles. Martha has experience providing education and services to numerous agencies including insurers, unions, ICBC, WorkSafe, and employers. Martha enjoys an active lifestyle in her mountain community of Nelson, BC – skiing, hiking, gardening and exploring with her children. She recently completed a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with a goal of exploring mindfulness and meditation. She volunteers to support her children’s interests with Scouting, school and sporting activities.
Rehabilitation Consultant (Kelowna, BC)
Patricia is a Registered Social Worker with a Master of Social Work Degree from University of Toronto, Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from University of Victoria and Diploma in Addiction Studies from McMaster University. Her employment history includes comprehensive experience developing vocational rehabilitation plans and assisting clients overcome barriers, enhance quality of life, improve well-being and achieve goals. She also possesses extensive addictions treatment, crisis intervention and counselling experience assisting clients with physical, social, emotional and mental health issues. Patricia believes in a holistic approach providing personalized, compassionate, respectful, ethical, non-judgmental client-focused support and services. She grew up in Kelowna and enjoys an active lifestyle including water and snow skiing, cycling, running, hiking and yoga.
Patricia is actively involved in her 2 children's numerous sporting activities and is a volunteer board member for the Apex Ski Club.
Occupational therapist (Cranbrook, BC)
Jessica Callele has worked as a registered occupational therapist in various settings for 15 years. Jessica has curated skills in a variety of areas such as mental health, neuro rehabilitation, ergonomics and work related injuries and rehabilitation. She believes the role of an occupational therapist and Rehabilitation Consultant is to use her expertise in helping others achieve their best possible self. Jessica has experience providing services to numerous agencies including insurers, unions, ICBC, WorkSafe, and employers. Jessica loves exploring the Kootenays in both work and play. She loves to express the beauty she sees in the people and environment she encounters through art and song.
Blair Weber graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. Following completion of his degree, Blair become involved in all things involving Occupational Health and Safety. His early involvement in a clinical role working with WCB clients convinced him that in order to make a change in the industry, he had to take a proactive role in prevention of injuries, not in simply treating the injuries that already occurred. With that in mind he acquired his certification in 2010 as a National Construction Safety Officer in Alberta, then took the next step in 2018 in his professional development by writing for and passing his examinations to receive the prestigious designation as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional. Through the course of his career, Blair has worked in claims and process management, substance abuse and occupational fitness to work testing, health and safety consulting, policy and procedure development, ergonomics, field safety supervision, rehabilitation, and injury management. Over the past decade, Blair has worked in production and distribution facilities, natural resource acquisition sites, office buildings, and medical clinics. Blair’s experience in claims management have given him valuable insight into the processes involved in vocational rehabilitation and the importance of keeping people at work in a safe and productive manner.
Regional Manager, Sr. Consultant (Regina, SK)
Laura Derkach has been working in the long term disability field for over 17 years, focusing on vocational rehabilitation with Vital Life for the past 10 years. Ms. Derkach's educational background includes obtaining a diploma in Nursing, currently registered with the province of Saskatchewan, additionally achieving current designations as a Registered Vocational Professional (RVP) and a Registered Community Support Specialist (RCSS). The experience working at Vital Life has allowed Ms. Derkach to become exceptionally skilled in vocational rehabilitation and disability management, specifically focusing on early intervention with a focus on mental health illness.
Ms. Derkach's expertise includes vocational rehabilitation management, disability management, mental health illness claims, job search support, transferable skills analysis and early intervention.
Ms. Derkach is the Senior Consultant of Vital Life's Saskatchewan team, and enjoys providing support, training and mentoring to the team members. Ms. Derkach is a strong believer of work-life balance, recently developing a new career with her spouse and family in the agriculture industry. With the love of agriculture, the outdoors and nature, Ms. Derkach is looking forward to taking on this new career challenge with her family.
Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant (Regina, SK)
Josh has worked in claims/safety fields for the last 15 years. This has included Case Management regarding WCB and Disability claims as well as a Safety Director for a private company. Josh has also worked with the Workers Compensation Board covering a Maternity Leave as a Health Care Facilitator. Josh is a registered Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP) through the Saskatchewan Kinesiology and Exercise Science Association (SKESA). Josh keeps busy with coaching his 2 active boys in ball, hockey and flag football. Josh also tries to find time to stay active himself by playing competitive men's fastball in the summer along with curling and hockey in the winter.
Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant (Saskatoon, SK)
Arlis has worked in the public sector in the Addictions and Mental Health field for the last 18 years. He has been a front-line Addictions worker in the Downtown East Side of Vancouver and in Saskatoon's core neighbour. Arlis has worked in a variety of Mental Health and Addictions roles including Case Management, Withdrawal Management, as an Addictions Counsellor in Methadone Assisted Recovery and as an Addictions and Mental Health Outreach Worker. Arlis has received training in Non-violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). He is certified to administer the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI-4). Arlis uses a client-centered and holistic approach in working with clients to help regain a renewed sense of function and purpose for a meaningful life. Arlis has a four year bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan. Arlis keeps an active and adventurous lifestyle with hiking, camping and fishing throughout the year. He also has a passion for photography and fine arts.
Marwa Meerwali (ON LEAVE)
Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant (Saskatoon, SK)
Marwa has been working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant for several years with combined working experience in Saskatchewan and Ontario. She specializes in coordinating return to work programs, attendance management, short-term/long-term disability claims, job coaching, job search training, TSA (transferable skills analysis), labour market survey (LMO) and employment counselling. In addition to Marwa’s working experience, she has her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Saskatchewan.
Marwa enjoys spending time at the lake with her family during the summer months. She has an extravert personality and enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.
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.
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LOCATION: Cranbrook, BC
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