Lisa Belanger

Dr. Lisa Bélanger

Behavioural Change Expert | Researcher

An organization’s greatest asset is its people. Award-winning CEO Dr. Lisa Bélanger shows leaders and teams how insights from behavioural science research can be applied in the workplace to optimize the performance, productivity, and innovation of leaders and teams. She helps close the gap between intention and action resulting in long-term change and a competitive advantage.

With a PhD in Behavioural Medicine, Dr. Bélanger is the CEO and founder of ConsciousWorks, a consulting firm that helps everyone from executives to entrepreneurs apply the findings from leading-edge scientific analyses to maximize their mental and physical well-being at work and at home.

On-stage, Dr. Bélanger has presented to clients throughout North America, such as Collins Barrow, the University of Alberta, and CEBS Canada.

Dr. Bélanger is also a Certified Exercise Physiologist; a past Honorary Research Associate at Swansea University, Wales; researcher at the University of Calgary; instructor at the University of Alberta Executive Education, and the author of Inspire Me Well: Finding Motivation to Take Control of Your Health. Additionally, she is the founder of Knight’s Cabin, a national non-profit offering no-cost wellness programming to cancer survivors.

Change Starts from the Top: Leading a Healthy Workplace

A healthy workplace starts from the top down. The first step in an effective corporate health strategy is for the leaders to be all in, and to recognize the influence they have on their team. Dr. Bélanger shares key techniques leaders can use to inspire and facilitate a corporate wellness culture, and shares case studies on how leaders who model healthy behaviours at work have a direct, positive impact on an organization’s bottom line.

She also explores challenges leaders may face – including gender differences and generational differences – and explains the strategies to overcome these obstacles to establish a healthy and productive workforce.

A Cup of Mindfulness for the Busy and Restless

The science supporting mindfulness and meditation is overwhelmingly contributing to both performance and health benefits. The practice is linked to everything from decreased blood pressure and better sleep, to increased focus, and productivity. This talk examines how mindfulness changes the brain, behaviour and why practicing it can provide a competitive advantage.

The struggle: how to fit into an already busy day. Dr. Bélanger discusses what you can do during your coffee break — and other short practices — that can increase your mental health, help you to effectively deal with challenging people, and to create the optimal cognitive situation for you to make tough decisions. Don’t worry, there will still be coffee.

In this interactive keynote, Dr. Bélanger also explains the psychology and neuroscience research behind how to incorporate small mindfulness and brain training practices during your day. These techniques can work for everyone, the skeptic, the busy and the restless.

Activate Health Habits to Fuel Optimal Performance: Turning the Best of Intentions into Real Action

There’s a world of difference between knowing what to do, and actually doing it! Even with the best of intentions and armed with the best information, most people fail to make the changes necessary to create sustainable, long-term improvements in their health – a mistake that can lead to chronic illness, workplace absenteeism, and long-term burn-out.

Dr. Bélanger focuses on the four key health behaviours people have control over physical activity, nutrition, stress management, and sleep.

She shares immediately implementable tips – such as strategic ways to practice mindfulness and regular exercise for a busy schedule — that have an incredible impact on mental and physical health, to increase overall resilience and well-being and decrease stress and sickness.

Make Brain Health Your Competitive Advantage: A Proactive Approach to Mental Health

Most corporations’ greatest asset is the productivity, creativity, and innovation of their employees. Dr. Bélanger explores the behaviours and practices leaders can encourage to help their staff be in the best condition to think clearly, make better decisions, and to be more productive and resilient.

Drawing from psychology, behavioural science, and neuroscience, Dr. Bélanger also explains what employees can do to cope well in high-stress situations; when under long-term stress; how they can use simple tools to increase their mental strength (and thereby, their performance); and how organizations can work to prevent burnout, empowering team members to live well and age well.

Brains At Their Best: Thoughts & Behaviours for Peak Performance

Increase Energy. Decrease Burnout. A proactive approach to mental health.

Most corporations’ greatest asset is the productivity, creativity, and innovation of their employees. What can we do to promote brain health and performance? Our brain functions best when it alternates between intense productivity and rest. Dr. Bélanger empowers the audience to take control of the behaviours and daily practices to be in the best condition to think clearly, make better decisions, to be more productive, resilient and to have more energy.

Drawing from psychology, behavioural science, and neuroscience, Dr. Bélanger explains the most effective ways to manage short term and long term stress. In this workshop, we examine practical exercises with a low investment of time and huge gains in mental strength.

This workshop establishes a science-based, proactive plan to take these seemingly small habits and establish them into daily routines. The audience walks away with a personalized habit development plan that can work for even the busiest schedules.

Key Takeaways:

  • What behaviours we have control over that impact our brain health
  • How daily habits influence brain health, productivity, and performance
  • How our thoughts change our brains and which simple changes can have a meaningful impact
  • Key concepts that establish long-term behaviour change
  • A personalized habit development plan

This workshop runs 1.5-2 hours.

Focus on Safety: The Science of Avoiding Distraction

Have you ever driven home and not remembered making all the turns? Left the house and couldn’t remember if you turned off the stove? Started looking for something that was sitting right in front of you?

May I have your attention please?

Paying attention is the most important safety skill you can develop. What you pay attention to can be the difference between life and death. With practice, you can improve your skills to switch your conscious attention, so you stay focused, avoid hazards, and prevent injuries.

In this practical, highly entertaining talk, Dr. Bélanger presents the latest research in psychology and neuroscience, in a clear and easy to understand way. She shares practices that will help anyone improve their ability to focus and, more importantly, how to ensure those practices become daily habits. These techniques will work for everyone!

The talk covers…

  • How to incorporate short, daily brain practices to improve focus
  • Understanding the different levels of attention and when to use them
  • Research-based strategies to take breaks to improve safety
  • How to pay close attention – even when the task is repetitive or becomes a habit
  • Techniques to help manage stress, improve performance, and enhance mental health