Transforming the Landscape of Mental Health
Everyone talks about physical fitness.
Why not mental fitness?
Just as you can go to the gym to strengthen your body, you can leverage the power of neuroplasticity to gain mental resilience. Your brain has “mental muscles” too!
At AIR, we urgently want the message of mental fitness to reach the world. During uncertain times, a pathologized outlook on mental health is insufficient. We all are all human; we experience grief, loss, rejection, anger, sadness… etc.
We all need mental fitness to live our best lives.
And that’s why we’re here.
Dr. Jackie Kinley
Founder, CEO and AIR Faculty Lead
Dr. Kinley is a Psychiatrist, Associate Professor at Dalhousie University, and Honorary Fellow of the Canadian Association for Group Therapy, Training and Facilitation, and the Canadian Psychiatric Association. Her expertise in psychiatry and research in the neuroscience of resilience led her to found AIR in 2015. Dr. Kinley is passionate about developing innovative and upstream solutions that target resilience skill building and optimize health and performance.
Chief Operating Officer
Tim is an expert in helping companies navigate growth. His professional background includes considerable experience with high-growth tech start-ups. Prior to working with AIR, Tim spent 10 years working with SAS as Manager of Data Science, and more recently, wore many hats at Kinduct. Before transitioning to VP of Technology at Kinduct, he served as VP of Strategy and Innovation, and VP of Revenue. Tim’s background has equipped him with the skills to oversee AIR’s business operations, and particularly to leverage data and utilize analytical techniques to support product development and client experience.
Andrea specializes in integrative health, mental fitness, leadership, and conflict and relationship management. Andrea is trained and certified by Duke Integrative Medicine as a health coach and is certified by the US National Board of Health & Wellness Coaches. Andrea comes to AIR with a passion for being a positive change agent and her most personally valued experience was designing and delivering training modules for the Government of Canada (DFO) focused on Reconciliation and relationship building with Indigenous Peoples.
Shawna holds a degree in HR and is an MSc candidate at King’s College London, where she studies the psychology and neuroscience of mental health. Shawna is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation and works with clients on a deep level to unlock personal insights. Shawna has 10 years of coaching experience in more than eight countries and brings with her many engaging antidotes from global facilitation in some of the world’s biggest firms including Microsoft, Intel, and KPMG.
Tony has over 20 years’ executive coaching experience in the United States, South America and Canada. His expertise spans the financial, healthcare, real estate and manufacturing industries. He is a successful leadership consultant, coach, and facilitator with an extensive track record of enhancing executive development, performance, and growth.
Tony has provided executive coaching and consulting to a diverse group of clients including: Harley Davidson, AT&T, Coors, Kodak, Hewlett Packard, Ascension Health, Catholic Health Initiatives (Common Spirit Health), Amita Health, Christus Health, Royal Bank, TD Bank, Exxon, IWK Health Centre, Michelin, Lafarge NA, High Liner Foods, and Emera and affiliates (US and Caribbean). ]
Tony has also co-designed and co-facilitated Envision Halifax, which is a community-based leadership development program. He is an adjunct faculty member at St. Mary’s University and teaches CEO Performance Management & Succession for the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), part of the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
Tony has a Ph.D. in Organization and Management from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN. His research was a qualitative case study that explored the way new leaders and CEOs learn and adapt in their new role in their first year. Tony also has a Master of Science in Management from Regis University in Denver and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto. He is certified in MBTI, FIRO-B, Social Styles, Personal Directions, LEA 360, Hogan Leadership assessments, Birkman Assessments, Assess, and the Denison Organizational Culture assessment
Sr. Product Manager
Kyle holds an undergraduate degree from Mount Allison University with a major in psychology and minor in political science. His honours thesis on optimizing attentional focus to improve motor performance earned him a Certificate of Academic Excellence from the Canadian Psychological Association and a publication in Frontiers in Psychology. Kyle is passionate about leveraging his psychological research background and entrepreneurial drive to develop engaging and innovative ways of building mental resilience.
Yannick is currently pursuing a PhD in Organizational Psychology at Saint Mary’s University and is a part-time faculty teaching statistics. At AIR, Yannick uses an evidence-based approach to solve problems and applies strong methodologies to promote health and well-being in the workplace. Yannick is passionate about using his background in conducting research and statistical knowledge to ensure that AIR delivers reliable evidence-based assessments and training to clients. As the world around us is ever evolving, Yannick continuously strives to refine and further improve the way resilience is defined, measured, and understood.
Client Success Specialist
Jillian is a graduate of Dalhousie University’s Health Promotion program (with a focus on community), and a recent graduate of NSCC’s advanced diploma program in Addictions and Community Outreach. As part of her study requirements, Jillian was involved in the creation and organization of harm reduction programs and frameworks to be used across Nova Scotia, including those involved with smoking cessation and suicide prevention. In addition, Jillian has experience with affordable real estate construction and design for youth at risk of homelessness.
Office Manager and Administrator
Prior to joining AIR in 2017, Monica was an entrepreneur with more than 20 years’ experience specializing in commercial and residential rental property management. Before owning her own property management business, she worked for several years as office administrator for a high voltage electrical supply company and the Automation Controls division of Harris & Roome. Monica ensures we are a well-oiled machine and assists AIR clients with navigating our services.
Business Development & Legal
Marketing and Sales Specialist
Martha studied at the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University where she received her BSc. Martha’s studies focused on the applications of recreation and leisure to facilitate skill building and promote healthy coping skills. Martha has experience working in acute mental health care, psychosocial rehabilitation, and community-based services to support clients working towards their treatment goals and maintaining their wellness. Martha leverages her background working on political campaigns and disseminating party platforms via social media to support content creation and messaging for AIR’s marketing channels.