Are you an entrepreneur, business owner or leader? Are you struggling to prioritize yourself  while keeping your company going? Is your personal wellness suffering because of the endless  demands for your time and energy? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we invite  you to watch “Keeping It Together” – a series of recorded conversations about why we need to  reframe the topic of self-care from being a reward to being a requirement. 

Self-care has many proven benefits including improved immunity, increased positive thinking  and makes us less susceptible to stress, depression, anxiety, and other emotional health issues. In the context of the pandemic self-care has never been more important, especially for business  owners and leaders who are juggling so many competing priorities. Different than most  conversations about self-care, however, we focus on practical and inexpensive strategies for  self-care in the areas of time management, finances, and company culture – issues that we  know are causing stress for business owners and leaders.  

With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, we thought it was timely to share our conversations on this topic of self-care for business owners and leaders. Being entrepreneurs  ourselves, we understand and want to share our data, resources, tools, and personal  experiences to help our community thrive as people so that they can support their companies  and employees to flourish too.  


Hosted by Geneviève Lagacé-Gore from Marquee Benefits and Jackie Faulkner from Thrive State.

Jackie Faulkner
Thrive State 

Creating psychologically safe workplaces is my passion. I have also been told that my reputation is for  being an exceptional people manager and skilled group facilitator who can transform toxic groups into  high-performing teams. 

With my background as a Social Service Worker and Art Therapist, I excel at creating strong, authentic relationships. I am deeply observant about the subtleties of relationship dynamics and use my insights to guide others towards healthier interactions in their own lives-whether personal or professional. 

Being part of 2 family businesses I am also skilled at navigating the delicate nature of these dual relationships and have successfully helped others to do the same. 

My work has involved: 

  • diagnosing employee engagement issues and providing strategies to improve productivity 
  • mediating conflict conversations between family / employees  
  • coaching senior leaders to prepare for difficult conversations 
  • creating HR policies and employee handbooks to align a business’ values with their operational needs 
  • facilitating workshops in the areas of employee engagement, mental health, and communication 

In my spare time you will find me playing all sorts of outdoor activities or spending time with my family  and friends. I also love to read, bake, and make crafts.

Geneviève Lagacé-Gore Marquee Benefits

Geneviève leads group benefit solutions at Marquee Benefits. Having been in the benefits industry since 2007, she has built a career out of a passion for identifying risk and developing strategies for improving her clients’ organizations. She strives to bring each client a personal experience because relationships matter to her. 

Geneviève seeks a strong, cooperative relationship with every client she works with. Clients benefit from Geneviève’s superior knowledge, including of funding strategies, analytical underwriting, benchmarking studies and active drug management. Her goal is to create a strong foundation for each client that helps ensure the sustainability and evolution of their benefit offerings over time. 

Originally from Quebec, Geneviève moved to the Barrie area, at a young age with her family, to pursue her figure skating career. This taught her a lot about dedication, resilience, and perseverance which she carries with her in her career. Geneviève holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University. 

In her personal time, Geneviève is a busy soccer mom. She is happily married with 2 sons and enjoys golfing with family and friends.

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