Our Why

There’s so much unnecessary suffering in the world…

Resilience training can help change that.

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.

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Our vision is to transform the landscape of mental health.

Our goal is not to simply disrupt. We want to fundamentally shift attitudes away from health and disease towards mental fitness and performance.

Life is stressful.

Everyone can benefit from building resilience.

The Team

Dr. Jackie Kinley, MD

Founder, President and Air Faculty Lead

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Dr. Kinley is a Psychiatrist, Associate Professor (Dalhousie University), and Honorary Fellow of the Canadian Association for Group Therapy, Training and Facilitation and a Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. Her expertise in psychiatry and research in the neuroscience of Resilience was the inspiration behind Air-Institutes, which delivers programs to enhance mental fitness, performance and resilience.

Jackie has provided resilience assessment, coaching and training to corporate clients such as Emera, Air Canada and Stewart McKelvey, as well as to professional associations such as the National Judicial Institute and Doctors Nova Scotia. She has worked with the different departments in the public sector including Health Canada and the NS provincial Public Service Commission. She has providing resilience training for new recruits and the peer support team at Halifax Regional Fire Department and partnered with non-profits that include the Canadian Mental Health Association, NS Division as well as the YMCA,

Dr. Kinley has published many research articles on the neurobiology of resilience, presents internationally on the subject of personal and organizational resilience, and has had multiple media appearances on CBC, CTV and been featured in popular magazines including Atlantic Canada Business Journal and Optimzye, a national women’s health periodical.

Tim Trussel

Chief Operating Officer

Andrea Carew

Air Faculty

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Born and raised in Newfoundland, residing in Nova Scotia, Andrea is an experienced health and resilience coach, advisor, facilitator, and instructor. She has extensive breadth of experience in both private and public sectors (Federal Government of Canada and UK government] where she specialized in public, industry relations and Indigenous consultation.

As a skilled and passionate agent for positive change, Andrea designed and implemented training modules for the Government of Canada focused on Reconciliation and relationship building with Indigenous Peoples: a key government-wide priority and mandate here in Canada.

Having diversified her career over 6 years ago, Andrea is certified by Duke University’s Integrative Medicine as a behaviour change practitioner and coach. She has also been recruited as a clinical instructor for the School of Nursing and Student Health Services at Dalhousie University.

Proud to be part of the Atlantic Institute for Resilience (AIR Institutes) team as resilience coach, Andrea supports strengthening mental fitness and wellbeing in the workplace and individually through facilitation, workshop delivery and one-on-one coaching.

Tony Case

Air Faculty

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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.

AJ Case

Business Development & Legal

Jenna Macinnis

Program Manager

Kyle Milley

Product Manager

Monica Cooke

Office Manager and Administrator

Gord Cooper

Business Advisor

Colin Conrad

Technology Advisor

Barbara Campbell

Strategy Advisor

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AIR® Head Office

The Atlantic Institute for Resilience

5943 Spring Garden Rd.

Halifax, NS, B3H 1Y4

Phone: 902.404.3768

Email: [email protected]