My full name is Joseph Robin Jean Levesque. I was born in a small town in Eastern Ontario located on the US border and very close to Quebec border. Yes, I speak French.
I grew up in a very caring and close-knit family. I worked hard at an early age … always with teams. Like most of us, I had good bosses and bad bosses. Some were positive; some were negative. I held my first supervisory job at the age of 13.
I married into a full-grown family and a very colourful extended family in Northern British Columbia. My wife is my best friend; and my daughter is my inspiration and hope for future generations. We now call the Canadian Rockies and the Pacific Northwest our very own and special backyard.
My formal leadership journey started 18 years ago in a program led by faculty at the Royal Roads University out of Victoria, British Columbia. This is where I became fascinated with personal mastery, team building, and organizational development. Eleven years later, I graduated from the same university with a Master of Arts in Leadership. Although an important milestone, this was by no means an end to the journey.
The last job I held was the six years I spent as the manager of the largest land developer in Southeastern Alberta. This is where I got to ground truth and practice my leadership skills, knowledge and tools: in particular the DREAM MK + Leadership System, ME.WE.US + Leadership, and the PACE framework.
As a result, our team was recognized for its best practices in sustainable land development and team leadership (Urban Development Institute Alberta Conference 2012, Canada Green Building Council Alberta Conference 2012, Alberta Professional Planners Institute Conference 2012, Abbotsford Agri-Energy Forum 2013, Ecocity World Summit 2013, Royal Roads University Society of Leadership Conference 2013, Medicine Hat Building Communities That Create Health 2014, and Bard MBA in Sustainability 2014).
During this time, I got to observe the effectiveness of more good bosses and bad bosses and the impact of positivity versus negativity in the workplace. Also, I was able to witness firsthand that people don’t leave organizations, they leave their bosses. Therefore, leadership does matter; and leadership is a learnable skill.
After twenty years of dedicated public service, I am now living my dream of serving my teams, businesses and communities as a full time corporate trainer on the topic of positive leadership. More specifically, I help organizations co-create positive leadership at every level. My workshops inspire managers and their teams co-create healthy workplaces and a sustainable future.
Positive results include less stress, a healthier workforce, increased productivity, higher employee engagement, better alignment of people and resources, progress on meaningful work, happier employees and customers, and less cynicism, absenteeism, and turnover.
Less stress in the workplace starts with positive emotions and building on your strengths. Scientific research in the fields of Positive Psychology and Neuroscience concludes that personal growth requires three positive emotions for every negative emotion on any given day. Positive emotions include joy, gratitude, serenity, interest and hope amongst others; examples of negative emotions include anger, fear and remorse. This is very important for managers because emotions are contagious. What managers feel, employees feel. What front line employees feel, customers feel.
Building on your strengths means first discovering your strengths and then building work around those strengths so that each individual can contribute their very best to their team and organization. Co-creating is where managers build, capture and deliver value with their team and others. This leads to shared ownership, which results in buy-in and superior execution. Healthy workplaces are void of toxicity. Employees are engaged, respected and appreciated. People and resources are aligned with a shared vision so that together we are better.
It is with these principles that I continue to learn, teach and lead with great passion and enthusiasm.
Purpose & Vision
To learn, teach and lead by being my best and giving my best to my clients, my family and friends, my teams and my communities.
To help organizations co-create positive leadership at every level. My workshops inspire managers and their teams to build healthy employee engagement in the workplace. I also coach high performers to help them discover their strengths, clarify their personal vision, and develop effective personal learning and resiliency plans.
I believe in setting goals and SMART (specific, measurable, action-oriented, reasonable and timed) objectives and the power of positivity in line with my personal values:
My leadership goals are to:
I taught Project Management and Contract Management Extension Certificates that are offered at Medicine Hat College in partnership with Mount Royal University. I also developed the Certificate in Positive Leadership comprising three core modules Resonate to Co-Create: Positive Leadership for Personal Mastery; Integrate to Co-Create: Positive Leadership for Team Building; and Innovate to Co-Create: Positive Leadership for Organizational Development. Special topics include sustainable development, innovation, and win-win negotiation.
Strategic Real Estate Services (SRES) is a branch the Ministry of Citizens’ Services’ Real Property Division that tracks, oversees and reports on the cross-governmental approach to sales of property valued at >$1M. Branch was responsible for generating $250M in revenue for fiscal 2017/18. SRES also leads consultations with First Nations related to the disposition of property. As Executive Director for this Branch, leading a culture shift toward corporate social responsibility that includes: • Enhanced First Nations engagement built on past successes. • Partnerships with Local Governments to create, capture and deliver value at the community level. • Increased social benefits including education, housing, health and childcare. • Opportunities to model sustainable development and measure success with triple bottom line. Other accomplishments included: • Co-creating Team Charter, Business Model and Business plan with the SRES Team and in collaboration with Corporate Services’ Planning and Performance Branch. • Collaboration with the Office of the Auditor General on the two-year long audit of SRES to the completion of the Final Report. • Founder and Chair of the Culture Crafting Committee for the Real Property Division: an employee engagement committee collaborating on culture transformation across the Division. • Developing and facilitating workshops (Building on Strengths, Project Management, and Strong Admin) for SRES and the Administrative Assistant Team. • Leading the closure of $250 million in sales.
I instructed four modules in the Environmental Faculty's graduate Project Management for Planners course (Fall Trimesters 2013 and 2014) led by Professor Tom Harper. The modules varied from year to year and have included: leadership in sustainable development, stakeholder and communication management, human resources management, procurement, risk management, and the creative project manager.
Senior Manager and team leader for a multi-disciplinary team that identifies, plans, designs, builds and markets residential, commercial and industrial subdivisions on behalf of the City of Medicine Hat. Represented the largest land developer in Southeastern Alberta and led a major culture shift to develop a learning team that co-creates sustainable communities while generating $60M in gross revenue. The team’s vision, to be a learning team that co-creates innovative, healthy and complete communities resulted in many innovations including developing a Business Model and policies that united Council’s vision of Land & Properties with that of the community and industry. The Land & Properties Department has been featured as a best practices land developer and team at the Urban Development Institute Alberta Conference 2012, Canada Green Building Council Alberta Conference 2012, Alberta Professional Planners Institute Conference 2012, Abbotsford Agri-Energy Forum 2013, Ecocity World Summit 2013, Royal Roads University Society of Leadership Conference 2013, Medicine Hat Building Communities That Create Health 2014, and Bard MBA in Sustainability 2014.
Keynotes, workshops, breakouts and facilitation in leadership, sustainability, project management, negotiation, team building and change management. A regular contributor to conferences, I have spoken in 14 cities across Canada (and the United States) in both official languages. My work has been featured at: ProjectWorld Business Analyst World (Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal), Buildex (Vancouver, Edmonton, Seattle), Urban Development Institute (Alberta), Canada Green Building Council (Alberta), Ecocity World Summit (Nantes, France), Bard College (New York City)
Senior management position with project management office for the Province of British Columbia responsible for training other government staff in project management, promoting project management culture across government agencies, providing project management capacity and expertise to ministries across government, and developing project management tools for use by PMCOE and other ministries. The Project Management Centre of Excellence won second place for Project Management Institute’s GovSIG (Government Special Interest Group) Project of the Year in October 2007.
Senior management position responsible for developing partnerships with local government and First Nations, identifying developable Crown land, planning and marketing. I led the business case for a collaborative approach to planning between the Province, local governments and First Nations. Titles included Manager, Crown Land Opportunities (Oct 2005 to Apr 2007), Manager, Planning and Local Government (Apr 2005 to Sep 2005), Manager, Major Projects (Jun 2004 to Mar 2005), Regional Manager, Southern Interior Region (Aug 2002 to May 2004), and Project Manager, Development & Marketing Division (Sep 2000 to Jul 2002).
" Robin is a dedicated professional speaker with the exemplary work effort and passion to make your training event a success. He will come prepared, stay aware of the audience during the event and follow up to ensure all of your training needs were met. "
" Robin is an energetic force whose passion for learning himself benefits anyone who works with him on a project or takes one of his courses. Because of his deep understanding and belief in his work, Robin breathes life into concepts in a way that makes learning seem easy. "
" Robin is a passionate educator who cares deeply about delivering the highest quality sessions for his students. "