27 episodes

A podcast to help HR professionals and CEO's create healthy workplaces by eliminating harassment and discrimination.

The Harassment Free Workplace Podcast April Terreau

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 18 Ratings

A podcast to help HR professionals and CEO's create healthy workplaces by eliminating harassment and discrimination.

    Flora Vineberg - Sexual Assault and Harassment Investigations Lawyer

    Flora Vineberg - Sexual Assault and Harassment Investigations Lawyer

    Join us as we dive into another subject that takes bravery to tackle head-on. Meet Flora Vineberg who is a lawyer specializing in sexual assault and harassment. She has dedicated her life to advocating an end to gender-based violence. Learn what you need to know to help make your organization less likely to experience gender-based violence. 

    Flora is a formidable advocate specializing in labour and employment law, with a specific focus on sexual assault, harassment, human rights litigation, and workplace investigations. Employing a client-centred and trauma-informed approach, Flora's background in both criminal and civil law enables her to represent clients from all walks of life with compassion, tenacity, and focus. In turn, she uses these skills to provide informed and thoughtful legal advice, while incorporating strategic or creative solutions to myriad workplace and human rights-based issues. Flora recognizes the value of a healthy and productive workforce and works alongside both employees and employers to achieve positive, sustainable legal outcomes predicated on trust and professionalism.

    With a focus on gender-based violence, Flora has worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, received training in The Hague to conduct international criminal investigations, and is currently also an Investigator with the province’s Special Investigations Unit. Flora has volunteered for and participated in myriad forms of community-based advocacy including the Toronto Police Services Sexual Assault Advisory Committee, and the Missing and Missed Implementation Task Force as part of the LGBTQ community. Flora regularly writes and speaks publicly regarding all aspects of sexual assault, centering a feminist approach to legal advocacy and an enduring commitment to building client trust.

    Outside the office Flora loves the outdoors, playing ice hockey, spending time with any/all animals including her rescue dog, playing music, and sharing meals with loved ones.

    To get in touch with Flora or April Terreau - Workplace Investigations and Assessments or to be a guest on this podcast:

    www.niassociates.ca

    april@niassociates.ca 

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aprilterreau/


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    • 32 min
    Erin Alexanders - What We Can Learn From A Complainant's Point of View

    Erin Alexanders - What We Can Learn From A Complainant's Point of View

    Listen in as I talk with Erin Alexanders as we discuss what employers can learn from a complainant's point of view. Erin was sexually harassed in the workplace and the investigation and processes were not dealt with effectively. What can we learn from her point of view? How do we make sure that those who have experienced harassment in the workplace are supported, heard, and treated with respect and dignity?

    A brief synopsis of Erin's story

    "I have been a part of the trucking industry since 2015. I have witnessed and been a part of the female growth which brings a unique perspective to an industry that has been heavily dominated by male workers.

    In June 2020 my employer in the federal public service terminated me during their investigation process (terminating employees during an investigation is a violation of their harassment-free policy) after reporting sexual harassment and an assault at work in the spring of 2020 among three separate coworkers. Not only did the events that transpired change the trajectory of my life, but the mistreatment I faced by both my employer and union amplified the trauma of what should have been a supportive process. Instead, I am learning that victimization and gaslighting in workplaces is not an isolated issue; there are systemic fractures across many employers that first allow misconduct in the workplace, and second, post-incident internal processes that leave complainants feeling alienated and with limited trauma-informed resources to handle workplace harassment. I hired my own legal counsel (after months of rejections due to being unionized) while navigating a corrupt system that employees are told is actually designed to guide and provide empathy to complainants.

    Two years later, and after multiple substantiated complaints, there have been no reported corrective measures imposed in the workplace I was harassed and assaulted in. Ultimately, no closure. After being terminated, it took me 21 months to return to the trucking industry due to psychological trauma and being forced to self-navigate the complaint system and being terminated in the process. Since

    For several months after my losing my employment, I suffered mentally by blaming a federal, unionized system that appeared to strive to silence complainants. Today, I prioritize owning my adversity—finding meaning in what I can control. The circumstances I have faced empower me to stand with survivors of workplace trauma and to educate employers on what it can look like when they are not impartial, supportive or trauma-informed. Some decisions I have had to make are risks that complainants should never have to make.

    My advocacy is formed around promoting compassion in workplaces that spans beyond policies, legislation and collective agreements. I work to help employers understand that there is no shame in embracing the power of employees who find the courage to use their voices for safer, more inclusive workplaces; to confront workplace misconduct and systemic malpractice rather than ignoring complaints or failing to seek appropriate resources to handle workplace matters."

    To find Erin:

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/erinmalexanders/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/NavgtHarassment 

    Website: https://navigateharassment.ca/



    How to find April Terreau - Workplace Investigations and Assessments or to be a guest on this podcast:

    www.niassociates.ca

    april@niassociates.ca 

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aprilterreau/


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    • 31 min
    Leena Sharma Seth - Making Diversity, Equity and Inclusion a Foundation of Your Organization

    Leena Sharma Seth - Making Diversity, Equity and Inclusion a Foundation of Your Organization

    We invite you to push your edges and embrace this conversation. Join me as Leena and I discuss ways to make Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion a living, breathing part of your organization. 

    Leena Sharma Seth (She/Her) is a racialized settler, a daughter of Punjabi, East Indian immigrants, and Founder of Mending the Chasm, a firm committed to working with communities, clients, and organizations that are committed to building inclusive cultures, from the inside out.

    With over twenty years of experience in various leadership roles, in Canada and in Asia, Leena has worked in non-profit, consulting, education, philanthropy, and supplier diversity spaces.

    Leena has a Masters in Conflict Analysis & Management from Royal Roads, achieved her Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (CCIP) designation with the Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion, is trained as a Circle Way facilitator and recently completed the Pride at Work LGBTQ2+ Workplace Inclusion Certificate.

    Leena’s work in community-building has been recognized by the 2021 Mayor’s Community Service Award through the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, Karina Gould’s Sesquicentennial Citizenship Award, as well as the Women’s Centre of Halton - 150 Years of Exemplary Women Award. Leena has served as a Community Mediator for more than a decade with Community Conflict Resolution Services of Halton.

    Leena is a passionate foodie and enjoys reading. She is raising two social justice warriors with her partner Sanjay and is proud to call Burlington home.

    To find Leena:

    Website: https://www.mendingthechasm.ca/

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leenasharmaseth/

    How to find April Terreau - Workplace Investigations and Assessments or to be a guest on this podcast:

    www.niassociates.ca

    april@niassociates.ca 

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aprilterreau/




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    • 32 min
    Phil Kriszenfeld - Family Business Advisor and Mediator - How To Avoid Family Conflicts in the Workplace.

    Phil Kriszenfeld - Family Business Advisor and Mediator - How To Avoid Family Conflicts in the Workplace.

    To all of our listeners far and wide THANK YOU  for making 2021 a successful year for The Harassment Free Workplace Podcast. We have been streamed in over 44 countries worldwide and have surpassed 2400 listens so far. If you find value in this conversation please spread the word. As we are in the end of year holiday celebrations I thought it would be good to talk about families and how families can cause some conflicts in the workplace. I reached out to my good friend and colleague Phil Kriszenfeld, as he is a Family Business Advisor and Mediator to help us all navigate the family drama. 

    Listen in to Phil and I discuss his experience as a family business advisor and mediator and what he's learned to help reduce harassment in the workplace. Phil sees conflict in family businesses all the time so listen in to gain some pointers on how to avoid it. 

    Phil Kriszenfeld is a Family Business Advisor and Mediator. BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, Q.Med (Qualified Mediator) and FEA (Family Enterprise Advisor) graduate from the UBC Sauder School of Business. Transitions Mediation and Consulting Group focuses on improving communication for family enterprises in transition and mentoring the next generation to determine the optimal outcomes for the family and the family business. This includes managing conflict amongst the family members both inside and outside of the workplace. He has recently completed his CEA designation as a certified executor advisor to guide families through estate closure while maintaining family harmony.

    To find Phil Kriszenfeld:

    Website: www.transitionsgroup.ca

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/philip-kriszenfeld-b-a-q-med-fea-1489632a/

    How to find April Terreau - Workplace Investigations and Assessments or to be a guest on this podcast:

    www.niassociates.ca

    april@niassociates.ca 

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aprilterreau/


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    • 28 min
    Hilda Gan - REV UP Your Potential - Effective leadership through REV UP principles

    Hilda Gan - REV UP Your Potential - Effective leadership through REV UP principles

    Listen in to learn how Hilda has created success in her companies and how she helps other leaders lead with her REV UP principles. Let's create healthy cultures where people are excited to go to work every day. 

    Hilda Gan - 

    The President and Chief People Officer of People Bright Consulting, Hilda Gan and her team provide employee engagement, manager and team training and HR policies and procedures to organizations that recognize that people are their greatest assets.

    A serial entrepreneur, she has built four companies – in Healthcare, HR, Management Consulting, and Engineering. The latter, she co-founded with her husband. iTRANS Consulting was an award-winning, national Engineering consulting Firm that was recognized as a "Best Workplaces in Canada®" – top ten twice and a finalist in Canada’s Best Managed Companies. She was recognized by the BWNYR for her work in promoting HR literacy to Businesses.

    She created the Connect with REVUP™ Program to help organizations build stronger teams, managers, and respectful work cultures through training, mentoring, and coaching. Based on the successes of iTRANS, the program provides a proven roadmap to develop an inclusive work culture so employees can feel inspired, safe and motivated.

    Where to find Hilda:

    Website: https://www.peoplebrightconsulting.com/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pplbright

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pplbright/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/pplbright



    How to find April Terreau - Workplace Investigations and Assessments or to be a guest on this podcast:

    www.niassociates.ca

    april@niassociates.ca 

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aprilterreau/




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    • 31 min
    Linda Crockett - Bullying and the Bystanders

    Linda Crockett - Bullying and the Bystanders

    In this episode, we focus on bystanders. What keeps bystanders from coming forward and how can we encourage them to do so? What are the effects on the bystander? How do we support bystanders who have been witnessing harassment? 

    Linda Crockett is known for pioneering the first and only full-service workplace bullying and harassment resource center in Canada (2010). And for spearheading regional and national awareness with active government leader endorsement since 2010. She has won awards from our Government and the University of Calgary for her services.  Linda’s clinical and professional training includes a master’s degree specializing in workplace bullying and trauma. She is a certified trauma therapist and social worker with 33 years of experience in her profession. Linda has designed two aspects of services for all professions and industries. One is for leaders offering consultations, coaching, and training. And the other is her repair and recovery clinic.  Linda offers a safe, nonjudgmental, confidential space for services of education, training, advocacy, coaching, and/or treatment. Wearing many hats allows Linda to provide a wide breadth of knowledge and services saving employers and employees time and money e.g., consultant, trainer, coach, educator, investigator, advocate, and counsellor. All of these hats are necessary to appropriately serve the complexities of these cases. For example, for individuals or groups (complainants, witnesses, or respondents), or internal and external workplace services e.g., HR, Leaders, insurance, unions, legal, mediation, safety officers, and investigators. Linda is an active member of the International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment Association, and a proud alumnus of the Workplace Bullying Institute in the USA.



    How to find Linda:

    Twitter https://twitter.com/BullyingAlberta

    Instagram  alberta_bullying_expertise

    LinkedIn   www.linkedin.com/in/ciwbh

    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/workerssafety

    Website: instituteofworkplacebullyingresources.ca



    How to find April Terreau - Workplace Investigations and Assessments or to be a guest on this podcast:

    www.niassociates.ca

    april@niassociates.ca 

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aprilterreau/




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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

DainaBP ,

Very useful information

April explores topics thoughtfully with knowledgable guests in each episode. Things many employers turn a blind eye to April is determined to highlight. As she should! Thank you for bringing such important workplace issues to the forefront of discussion.
Looking forward to many more episodes.

Creative U ,

Excellent information

I love Aprils style and the topis are always on point

CDawson1121 ,

Very Informative

These podcasts are filled with amazing information!

I listened in my office with my Boss and we took away some great ideas on engaging with our team, and many other ideas.

Way to go April!

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