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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 psychology, neuroscience, and behavioural science can be applied in the workplace to optimize performance, productivity, and innovation. She helps close the gap between intention and action, resulting in long-term change and a greater competitive advantage.

Bélangerholds a PhD in Behavioural Medicine, and is a Certified Exercise Physiologist, a researcher at the University of Calgary, and an instructor at the University of Alberta Executive Education. She is also the CEO and founder of ConsciousWorks, a consulting firm that shows how insights from behavioural science can strategically improve habits of both corporate leaders and their employees.

On-stage, Bélanger has presented to clients throughout North America and across the globe, including Collins Barrow, the University of Alberta, and CEBS Canada. Her dynamic keynotes share practical insights and strategies to help audiences learn how to take control of their habits and, as a result, take control of their life.

Bélanger is the author of two books — Inspire Me Well: Finding Motivation to Take Control of Your Health, and her upcoming release, A Cup of Mindfulness for the Busy and Restless. She is also the founder of Knight’s Cabin, a national charity offering wellness programming to cancer survivors.


Habitual Behaviours: The Science of Creating Lifelong Habits

We are the sum of our daily habits, these seemingly small behaviours over time define our health and performance, and have a profound impact in achieving our goals. In this talk, Dr. Lisa Bélanger establishes a research-based framework people can use every day to push towards their goals and design the life and career they dream of.

Drawing from psychology, neuroscience and behavioural medicine, Bélanger introduces practical strategies to help audience members develop desired habits, break bad habits, and ensure these changes stick, even when facing periods of stress and change. She shares insight into how to create an environment and social network, both at work and home, that will make cultivating successful habits easier and explore the impact these small changes can have over time to help us close the gap between what we intend to do and what we actually do.

Audiences will walkaway with immediately implementable skills and an understanding on what habits have the highest ROI when it comes to health, productivity and performance. Take control of your habits, take control of your life!

Brains at Their Best: Behaviours for Peak Performance and Proactive Mental Health

Most corporations’ greatest asset is the productivity, creativity, and innovation of their employees. What can we do to promote brain health and optimal performance? Our brain functions best when it alternates between intense productivity and rest.

In this keynote, Dr. Lisa Bélanger draws on psychology, behavioural science, and neuroscience to empower her audiences to take control of their behaviours and daily practices to help cultivate the best conditions to think clearly, make better decisions, be more productive, build resilience, and have more energy.

Bélanger will explain the most effective ways to manage short-term and long-term stress, and provide practical exercises with a low investment of time that provide huge gains in mental strength. Audiences will walkway with a science-based, personalized habit development plan incorporating daily routines of small habits that can work for even the busiest of schedules.

Change Starts from the Top: Leading a Healthy Workplace

A healthy workplace starts from the top down. Behaviours do not happen in a silo — what we do, and how we do them has a cascading impact on the networks of people who surround us. As a leader, that impact is amplified.

Dr. Lisa Bélanger travels the world speaking to leaders on how and what they can do to support their own health. She shares key techniques leaders can use to inspire and facilitate a corporate wellness culture, drawing on case studies and the latest research to illustrate how leaders who model healthy behaviours at work have direct, positive impact on an organization’s bottom line.

Bélanger 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.

Pay Attention! The Science of Avoiding Distractions and Emphasizing Safety

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-on your conscious attention, so you stay focused, avoid hazards, and prevent injuries.

In this practical, highly entertaining talk, Dr. Lisa 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 work for everyone!

Audiences will learn:

  • How to incorporate short, daily brain practices to improve focus.
  • 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.

Your Brain on Change

Learn how to thrive in and help manage rapid change.

Change is the only constant. Our brains are designed to function best with a delicate balance of monotony and change. This is, of course, not what work and life throws at us. So how can we set ourselves and our teams up to thrive in periods of change?

Dr. Lisa Bélanger explores the behaviours we can use to put us in the best condition to think clearly, be more productive, build resiliency, stay driven, and not become overwhelmed.

Drawing from psychology, behavioural science, and neuroscience, Bélanger shares practical insights to help us set up our environment, community, and teams to perform well even in high-stress situations. She provides simple tools to help us increase our mental strength and enhance our performance, even in periods of change.

Pay Attention! The Science of Avoiding Distractions

Are you trying to work within chaos? Can’t stop reading the news? Having a hard time separating home and work — especially when they are in the same place?

We are often asked for our attention, yet rarely taught how to pay attention. With practice, you can learn how to better switch-on your conscious attention, so you stay focused, avoid distractions, and become proactive with your mental well-being.

Drawing from the latest research from psychology and neuroscience, Dr. Lisa Bélanger shares practical and actionable strategies to help anyone, no matter the circumstances, improve their ability to focus and turn these practices into daily habits.

Audiences will learn:

  • How to incorporate short, daily brain practices to improve focus.
  • The different levels of attention and when to use them.
  • Research-based strategies on when and how to take breaks to improve performance and mental capacity.
  • 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.

This is a one-hour virtual presentation via Zoom that includes a 45-minute keynote, plus Q&A.

Your Brain on Change: How to Thrive in and Help Manage Rapid Change

Change is the only constant. Our brains are designed to function best with a delicate balance of monotony and change. This is, of course, not what work and life throws at us. So how can we prepare ourselves and our teams to thrive in periods of change?

Drawing from psychology, behavioural science, and neuroscience, Dr. Lisa Bélanger shares practical tips to helps teams to perform well even in high-stress situations. She provides simple tools that build resilience, enhance performance, and improve our ability to handle stress and pressure in periods of rapid change.

Audiences will learn:

  • How to establish behaviours and thought processes required to thrive in both monotony and change.
  • How to design and implement specific habits to improve focus and manage attention.
  • Steps to set up an environment and community to facilitate mental well-being and promote healthy behaviours.
  • How to effectively manage mindsets and maintain a positive mindset.

This is a one-hour virtual presentation via Zoom that includes a 45-minute keynote, plus Q&A.

The Science of Creating Habits That Last: Turn the Best of Intentions into Real Action

We are the sum of our daily habits. The right habits can contribute to a framework for success while poor habits result in unhealthy, unproductive, and unsafe environments that lead to burnout.

This interactive workshop will show participants how to develop science-based, personalized action plans that encourage behavioural changes for increased wellness, productivity, and overall success in both their personal and professional lives. These small daily habits can fit into even the busiest of schedules to help us all better manage disruption.

Audiences will learn:

  • How to close the gap between intention and action to perform.
  • Behaviours for proactive brain health.
  • The leadership role needed to encourage behaviour change in team members.
  • Habits for peak performance, brain health, and preventing and recovering from burnout.

This interactive, virtual workshop via Zoom can range from 60-90 minutes depending on a client’s need.