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Is there a way to balance a healthy lifestyle, nutrition, work, creativity and natural living, all the while having fun doing it? I’m on a journey to find out, seeking expert advice along the way. I write about progressive work strategy, digital communications, philanthropy, the latest in health and wellness and more. Join me in my journey.

Gutsy at Work

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I always knew I felt better eating hearty vegetables, whole grains, and cutting out refined sugar and carbohydrates as much as possible. But now I know why. Essentially, I’m feeding the healthy microflora in the lower intestine. Tiny, invisible organisms that do so much work to keep us healthy. A diet high in processed food, refined carbohydrates and sugar, and low in fiber goes straight into the bloodstream, essentially starving those healthy little microflora down…

Afternoon Work Bliss

Man working on a laptop on a rustic wooden table next to a window

A lot’s been written about morning routines lately. How famous, productive people may start their day with the peace and quiet of dawn, latté or tea in hand, thinking creatively with five to 10 minutes to map out their day and perhaps week. And while morning habits are great, if you’re like most people the first hour or two of your day is spent shuffling the kids to school, greeting coworkers as you prep your…

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Exploring Human Dimensions: Stephen Archer

Queen’s University, Office of the Vice-Principal (Research), Spring 2014

Heart to Heart

In his day-to-day life, Dr. Stephen Archer wears two hats – two extremely large and important ones. On the administrative side, Dr. Archer is the Head of Medicine at Queen’s and affiliate hospitals. With 13 divisions, Medicine is the largest department in the Faculty of Health Sciences. He expertly balances this with his role as an internationally-respected clinician scientist and cardiologist who has made discoveries in oxygen sensing, mitochondrial dynamics, and new therapies for pulmonary hypertension and lung cancer.

Recently, Karen Richardson sat down with Dr. Archer to discuss his research successes and how he is working to promote medical innovation and ensure that Kingston elevates its international profile in medicine, research and education.


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Technological Disruption and the Danger of “Dusty Ideas”

Published in Social Media Week, September 2013

Is your idea or your industry “dusty”? Will a new trend in technology come along and affect your industry and turn the idea and product you are using into a “Kodak”?

“You and your future industries have dusty ideas. They’re there — whether you recognize it or not,” said Paul Barter. As VP of Research at T4G Limited and a Technology Strategy Professor, he works with business unit leaders to determine the current and future state of the market.

Technology is taking off at an “exponential rate” and new trends will affect the day-to-day lives of individuals and corporations, he said. “Technology is on an exponential curve — it’s taking off. The power of exponential growth means it’s changing really quickly.”

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Elective C-sections may not be optional

Published in The Medical Post, March 2004

OTTAWA – For patients inquiring about C-sections, ob/gyns may need to reinforce the message that for most women vaginal delivery poses a lower risk, said Dr. Jan Christilaw, a past-president of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC).

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Conditions in Pregnancy: Women cautioned about advisory from Health Canada

Published in The Medical Post, 2003

Experts concerned pregnant patients may overreact to antidepressant warning issued

TORONTO – Canadian experts are concerned about pregnant women being treated for depression who may hastily stop antidepressant use following the release this month of a Health Canada advisory on the potential adverse effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and other antidepressants on newborns.

“Under no circumstances should women be tapered off or stopped ‘cold turkey’ in pregnancy if they really need their medication,” said Dr. Gideon Koren, director of the Motherisk Program at the Hospital for Sick Children here.

The advisory applies to bupropion, citalopram, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, mirtazapine, paroxetine, sertraline and venlafaxine, and suggests the danger is greatest when women take newer antidepressants during the third trimester of pregnancy.

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Recruit Your Media-Savvy Gen-Ys

Published in Your Workplace, September 2011

Gen Ys (or “Millenials”), known as those born between the mid 1970s to the early 2000s, are a valuable asset to any organization. They are keen, talented, energetic and tech-savvy. As you will likely hire them in the upcoming years, you need to “market your jobs like a media buyer,” says Kim Peters, founder of Workopolis, Past-President of Eluta.ca, and the current President of Net Advertising Solutions. Peters showed some dynamic examples of companies using social media to attract talent (check out Cirque du Soleil’s recruitment video posted on our blog at www.yourworkplace.ca).

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What Makes Microsoft Canada a #1 Place to Work? President Eric Gales reveals the keys to their success

Published in Your Workplace, May 2011

What makes a great workplace?

Being a great workplace has to start with leadership. There is a philosophical acknowledgement in our company that we know that every employee has a choice about where he or she works.Therefore we need to work hard to be that choice.We need to understand what we need to do to create a great environment.We want the best people to come work for us and we want the best people to do the best work they can. And that fundamentally requires leadership from the top down.

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Best Workplaces

Published in Your Workplace, October 2011

What makes an “attractive”, healthy employer?

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd was awarded “most attractive employer” by the recruitment firm Randstad Canada last week. RIM topped six of the 10 “attractiveness categories”, including pleasant work atmosphere, career progression and quality training. “It’s exciting to see Canadians recognize companies that focus on the future,” Randstad Canada president Jan Hein Bax stated in a release.

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Bridging the Gap

Published in Kingston Life, Nov/Dec 2012

When David Girard initially moved to Kingston to pursue an MBA at Queen’s School of Business, he had no plans to stay here after graduation. Nor did he plan to find a job in the city after completing his program. But when he graduated on a Friday this past April, he began work the following Monday as a project manager of the Cancer Program at Kingston General Hospital.

“We didn’t realize it, but it kind of snuck up on us that we liked the city,” says Girard, 30, who is originally from Mississauga, Ontario. “The idea of going back to a big, busy city, after coming from one — my heart wasn’t in it. As it came towards the end of my year at Queen’s, my partner, Lyndsay, and I realized we had come to like Kingston.”

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