Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas - the Rainforest podcast

Pete Lafontaine Hosts Karen Judge on the LIBI Podcast

December 24, 2019

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After starting in business administration at college Pete Lafontaine came to Alberta as a fur trader with the Hudson Bay Company in 1977, seriously! He took an interest in early microcomputers went to UofA computer programing then joined Apple Computers where he was awarded “salesperson of the world”. He has worked with other industry leaders like Microsoft but has enjoyed much of his career as an entrepreneur and focused on bringing new products and services to market. Pete is an investor, entrepreneur, founder, CEO of Zymeta Media Systems and a long time enterprise technology expert. Currently, Pete is a strong community contributor using technology and business skills to improve people’s lives. He is an active member of Rainforest Alberta, Data for Good, ECL Choppers for Charity, and is Chairman of Rainforest Energy Corp. Pete is also a contributor to many provincial initiatives focused on making Alberta an even greater place to live, including using technology to Democratize Mental Health Services. Pete is practical and down to earth and a firm believer that the journey is the reward.

Karen Judge is an entrepreneur who works with organizations that want to take mental health from stigma to solutions and people who want to enhance the health of their mind. Karen reinforces Mind Health, meaning she works with organizations to build proactive wellness solutions for their unique workplace, culture and mental health concerns. Karen supports wellness programs, employees and management from principal through to facilitation. Karen is also the founder of The Happiness Collaborative, a place that ignites HAPPINESS and wellness of the mind through educational training, products and services.

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Episode Summary:
Don’t wait, be proactive and learn about mental health. There is science behind happiness and we have the knowledge now to understand being happy. Technology has the ability to help us, but can also be very damaging if people are not aware. It is also important to know when to leave technology aside and getting out into the community and into nature can improve your well being.


"Mental health challenges usually show up when we are in crisis.  That’s when we realize the health of our mind."

"The saddest person can be walking around with a smile on their face, and you may never know what they are going through."

"Understanding your own brain, is understanding yourself."


This Episode Sponsored By: Capturing Legacies Inc.

Episode Audio Editing: Kate Day - KD Sound Design

Graphic Design: Mackenzie Bedford

Episode Music: Tony Del Degan

Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 

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