Dr. Karen MacNeill
Dr. Karen MacNeill has the unique experience of having both competed and consulted on the World Stage. A registered psychologist and performance consultant, she has over 18 years of experience helping Olympians, organizations and business leaders consistently bring their best in high pressure situations.
Dr. MacNeill has worked with athletes competing at the last 4 Olympic Winter Games and competed herself at the international level for over a decade. Applying her knowledge and expertise in her capacity as Manager of Sport Psychology Services for Vancouver Olympic Committee’s medical team at the 2010 Olympic Games, she was also the Lead Mental Health Counsellor for Team Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Dr. MacNeill thrives on having a broad scope of practice. She is a psychologist at the Copeman Healthcare Centre, helping individuals working through issues related to mental health, transition and interpersonal effectiveness. Additionally, she has also fulfilled contracts with Canadian Olympic Committee, Compete to Create (a mindset and culture Accelerant Company founded by Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and Dr. Michael Gervais) and multiple fortune 500 companies to name a few. Furthermore, Dr. MacNeill has been a sessional instructor for the Haskayne School of Business MBA Programs teaching a course on High Performance Leaders and has coached many top-level executives towards consistently executing in their leadership roles. More recently, Karen has become a partner and Chief Product Officer with a digital health media company, Headversity, which offers innovative education through a blended learning program (on-site and on-line) to help people to build mental resilience and thrive.
Dr. MacNeill provides leadership and contributes to her professional community having acted as the chairperson for Sport Psych Alberta, served on the Managing Council for Canadian Sport Psychology Associations, is a trustee for Canadian Athletic foundation, and a member of Tourism Calgary’s Calgary Sport and Major Event advisory committee. Her career achievements and volunteer efforts have been publicly recognized, as she was a recipient of the Avenue Top 40 under 40 Award and was a finalist for the 2018 Women of Inspiration award. Her passion and drive for helping others be their best also translates into her life as a mother, wife, and outdoor enthusiast.
Dr. MacNeill will discuss mindfulness as a key element to building resilience, mental performance and mental health in business environments. Based on Dr. MacNeill’s work designing and implementing a program that measures and trains resilience in the workplace, she will present a model for building resilience and discuss the effects that mindfulness has on stress tolerance, mental performance and resilience.