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EOV Wellness Project® is a comprehensive online wellness program (emotional, physical, and mental wellness) aimed at providing easy-to-implement and affordable well-being practices that have been deeply researched, fact-based and supported by medical studies.

A few words from EOV’s Medical Director

Rooted in research and facts

Led by our Medical Director, Dr. Chris Stewart-Patterson, our commitment is to distill the best medical information we have available to us today, and to create a program that is rooted in research.

Multi-disciplinary and global

Our contributors are doctors, academics, musicians and visual artists. All of them bring their particular lens – whether it is the healing power of music, or the effect that sleep has on our mental wellness.

Not a miracle cure

EOV Wellness Project® isn’t one of those ‘disruptive’ programs that surprise you with a new concept that no one’s ever heard of before. What we give you is affordable and easy-to-implement wellness advice created specifically for EOV and based on in-depth research.

Meet EOV’s Medical Director

Dr. Chris Stewart-Patterson, MD is Occupational Medicine expert. As our Medical Director, Dr. Stewart-Patterson has been fundamental to the development of EOV Wellness Project®. Thanks to his leadership, EOV has been able to distill the best medical information we have available to us today, to create a course that is rooted in solid research.

About Dr. Stewart-Patterson

Dr. Stewart-Patterson received his MD from the University of Calgary in 1988 and has practiced Occupational Medicine since 1989.

He has provided occupational medical services to police, fire, corrections officers, and Canadian Armed Forces, among other organizations where he clinically assesses the effects of stress. He has counselled corporate executives on stress management and wellness for years.

As a long-term educator he has lectured internationally on medical and psychiatric fitness, including a series of lectures at Harvard Medical School. He has also been a lecturer at the Wellington School of Medicine at the University of Otago in New Zealand and is the program director of a Stress Management course at Harvard Medical School.

He is faculty and a scholar at the Harvard Macy Institute where he has taught Health Science faculty on medical educational principles.

About Dr. Stewart-Patterson

Dr. Stewart-Patterson received his MD from the University of Calgary in 1988 and has practiced Occupational Medicine since 1989.

He has provided occupational medical services to police, fire, corrections officers, and Canadian Armed Forces, among other organizations where he clinically assesses the effects of stress. He has counselled corporate executives on stress management and wellness for years.

As a long-term educator he has lectured internationally on medical and psychiatric fitness, including a series of lectures at Harvard Medical School. He has also been a lecturer at the Wellington School of Medicine at the University of Otago in New Zealand and is the program director of a Stress Management course at Harvard Medical School.

He is faculty and a scholar at the Harvard Macy Institute where he has taught Health Science faculty on medical educational principles.

Why employers need to prioritize employee well-being – in all forms

Over the course of my medical career, I’ve seen the toll that stress can take on every facet of our lives.

After working in emergency rooms and intensive care units early in my career, I became more and more interested in what we could do to prevent some of these problems in the first place. That led me to occupational medicine, working to help people in intense jobs better manage their stress, from firefighters and armed forces members to my fellow physicians and executives in high-stakes positions. As I’ve built a career on championing preventative wellness in all aspects of life, I’ve only seen the need become more important in the corporate world.

Today, some of the burnout I’ve seen is apparent even in fields and jobs that traditionally may not be considered high stress. Increasingly, I’m seeing business leaders in organizations of all sizes contend with stressed out employees – and the consequences that come with it. The pandemic has unquestionably accelerated wellness challenges the corporate world was already facing. We’ve been living with greater risks of serious illness, coping with physical and social distancing and in many cases, adjusting to new ways of working. All of that has taken a toll on our well-being.

Combined with that – and maybe because of it – employers are struggling with retention and what the “Great Resignation” trend might mean for their businesses. While there are numerous reasons and nuances behind why people may be leaving their workplaces, showing you value your employees’ wellness is more important than ever.

As organizational leaders look ahead at what work will be like post pandemic, employee wellness in all forms must factor into the plan. Giving employees the tools that they need to take care of their well-being shouldn’t be a perk – it should be the status quo and a fundamental to how you operate. Not only will it support your business, but it’s the right thing to do for your employees and your communities.

While we’re seeing significant health and well-being challenges in the COVID era, the positive news is that there’s also a renewed interest in public health and an appreciation for wellness that is long overdue. Employers have already been taking notice, which is encouraging. A report from Aon earlier this year, for example, found that most employers expressed the need to rethink their mental wellbeing and virtual care benefits for employees.

Many employers already recognize that prioritizing employee wellness and lifestyle benefits is smart for the bottom line. Mental health illness alone costs Canadian businesses $6 billion a year in lost productivity. That’d be astounding on its own, but that was also before the pandemic – when mental health challenges, such as anxiety and depression, are now on the rise – and doesn’t include the impact of physical illness.

On the flip side, research has shown that strategies to improve well-being and preventative health help create more vibrant workplaces, better morale, fewer sick days and higher productivity. When it comes down to it,

How a person feels about their happiness and satisfaction with life, emotionally, physically, and psychologically, is important for individuals, workplaces, and our society more broadly.”

So, what can employers be doing better?

In my mind, it goes beyond simply promoting wellness to actively empower employees with tangible services they can use to live their best lives. Physicians and medical professionals have always struggled with getting patients to take the actions they know they should. People don’t always do what’s good for them, even when they know it’s the right thing to do. Take exercise – only about 15 per cent of people exercise the recommended amount.

That was one of the central ideas behind our team creating EOV Wellness Project. It’s a personalized wellness plan that provides research-based, practical advice, at an accessible price through immersive virtual modules, which include videos and reflections. Crucially, it’s about wellness in all areas, not just physical health. We take a comprehensive approach that helps to improve all aspects of life, from sleep to finances to fitness – plus strengthen ties to community.

We knew we needed to make it easier for people to work wellness into their everyday lives, in a tangible way. Our program provides the building blocks to create your own action plan that makes sense for your needs and the steps you need to take right now. Each video in EOV Wellness Project ends prompting the employees take actionable steps for their well-being, whether that’s changing their sleep habits or their approach to money. In a way, it’s almost like providing a prescription after an appointment – an actionable step that makes it easier to know you’re doing something good for yourself.

By giving employees access to this kind of service, employers can not only promote well-being, but actively empower it. And as more do, we’ll all be able to weather any storms to come more successfully.

If your employees could benefit from a comprehensive wellness program, I encourage you to visit our website [URL] and sign up for a 30-day free trial, which will give you access to our program introduction video and one the eight chapters of the program.

About Robert Sutherland

Robert first took interest in business at an early age from his mentor and late father. At 24, he became a director of Tuff Tug Winch Systems Ltd. He was also promoted to one of three Managing Directors at W.C. Holdings Ltd., a property holding company based in Sechelt, BC. Its mission was to develop the Eco Village Sechelt—a village designed and engineered to meet high functional and environmental standards and to encourage economic growth in the community.
Robert studied business at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and Camosun College. Prior to this, Robert studied music at the Vancouver Community College, Selkirk College. He considers himself very fortunate to have worked and learned from so many talented individuals throughout his career.

Meet EOV’s Founder

Robert Sutherland founded EOV Ventures in 2013, as part of his work in developing Shared Value initiatives. Robert’s interest in this area started in 2011, when he was introduced to the Creating Shared Value (CSV) model outlined in The Harvard Business Review. His interest in developing this model led him to co-found a company with a focus on bringing the Shared Value concept to businesses in Canada. EOV was born as a continuation of that work, and Robert has gone on to gather an international team of experts and creatives to build EOV Wellness Project®.

About Robert Sutherland

Robert first took interest in business at an early age from his mentor and late father. At 24, he became a director of Tuff Tug Winch Systems Ltd. He was also promoted to one of three Managing Directors at W.C. Holdings Ltd., a property holding company based in Sechelt, BC. Its mission was to develop the Eco Village Sechelt—a village designed and engineered to meet high functional and environmental standards and to encourage economic growth in the community.
Robert studied business at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and Camosun College. Prior to this, Robert studied music at the Vancouver Community College, Selkirk College. He considers himself very fortunate to have worked and learned from so many talented individuals throughout his career.

It’s the right moment for shared value and employee wellbeing

EOV Wellness Contributors

Our contributors are doctors, academics, musicians and visual artists. All of them bring their particular lens – whether it is the healing power of music, or the effect that sleep has on our mental wellness.

Gwenael Lewis

Art Director / Film Director

Gwenael is an award-winning filmmaker who has worked for brands like Chanel and Louis Vuitton. He brings his finely-honed sensibility to EOV’s visual expression and has been deeply involved in the design of the program.

Edo Van Breemen

Composer/Sound Designer

Edo is a highly regarded composer who works on immersive sound therapy for meditation and trauma recovery. His scores for EOV create a healing musical dimension to the program.

Sirish Rao

Chief Storyteller

Sirish Rao is a writer, recognized among other things, for his award-winning re-tellings of Greek plays for the J. Paul Getty Museum. He is responsible for the way in which EOV expresses itself to the world.

Douglas Toews

Creative Director

Douglas Toews (former Chief Creative Officer at Coty), was EOV’s founding Creative Director, and was integral to the conception, direction and expression of EOV Wellness Project™. We mourn his passing in 2019 and are thankful to have had his vision and dedication to the project.

Cristina Belmonte

Writer

Cristina Belmonte is a sociologist and global communications professional working across different continents.  She brings her broad expertise to develop useful foresight based on current trends, events, and systems thinking. She helps EOV to distill the message in a clear and concise manner.

Terra Slade

Director of Marketing and Client Relations

Terra is a marketing veteran and the former Director of Marketing and Client Relations at EOV. She showed future clients the value of investing in the overall well-being of employees by helping them achieve a better, more balanced life in and outside of the office.

Recording the EOV Wellness Project Soundtrack with live instruments.