work from anywhere

Advisory Council

Supporting our community in the new world of work with expert insight, thought leadership and informative content to work smarter, learn more and grow everyday.

Who are we?

Our Work from Anywhere Advisory Council is a collective of industry experts and thought leaders who are providing us with valuable insights and practical solutions for the new world of work.

Member overview

Clare Kumar

Speaker and executive coach, Clare helps professionals achieve sustainable performance - improving productivity and well-being while avoiding exhaustion and burnout. She draws on a diverse corporate career that took her from Toronto to Tokyo and Montreal, with equal experience as an entrepreneur. She is a sought-after contributor to news and lifestyle media including the Huffington Post, Fast Company, the Globe and Mail, CBC, The Social, and the Marilyn Denis Show.

Winy Bernard

A creative media personality Winy focuses on the intersectionality between diversity, culture and tech. A Canadian of Haitian descent, she enjoys telling the stories of underrepresented communities through digital media. She founded Deux Creative, a bilingual consultancy agency specialised in project ideation, hosting, moderating and digital marketing that has quickly stood out from the increasingly crowded agency landscape by placing people at the focal point of their work and focusing on creating meaningful impact. A natural communicator, Winy’s fluency in both English, French and Haitian Creole have allowed her to gain a keen understanding of cultural nuances and challenges, and skillfully uses this strength to enrich her role as a speaker, moderator and media personality

Joe Mimran

Joe Mimran has devoted his entire life to art, simplicity, and constant adventure. He is known as a retail, fashion, and business pioneer who has helped build some of Canada’s most recognized apparel and lifestyle brands. Recognized universally as having a sharp eye, impeccable attention to detail, and insight into emerging trends, Joe is always on the forefront of what’s next.  As a leading contributor to the fashion and design industry, Joe is best-known for creating a succession of visionary brands and retail concepts that elevate everyday style, and thus, everyday living.

John Trougakos

John Trougakos is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and HR Management at the University of Toronto.  His research explores the dynamics of employees’ daily organizational life, seeking to provide insights into current organizational challenges as well as those of the rapidly evolving workplaces of the future. He focuses specifically on leadership, employee well-being, methods of working & productivity, emotional labour, and workplace social interactions. John's award winning research has been published in numerous leading academic outlets and he has served as a member of the editorial boards for a number of top scientific journals.  His industry collaborations include Staples Corporation, Hellenic Pharma, Deloitte, HP Canada, Bell Canada, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the Canadian Securities Trader Association, among many others.

Dr. Gillian Mandich

Dr. Gillian Mandich has a PhD in Health Science from Western University. She a happiness researcher, the founder of The International Happiness Institute of Health Science Research; co-lead investigator of The Canadian Happiness At Work Study; and is a part of the Meant2Prevent research team at SickKids. Dr. Mandich is a media personality, two-time TEDx speaker, and top-rated virtual and in-person keynote speaker. As a happiness researcher, Dr. Mandich knows there is no secret to happiness, but there is a science to it. Research has found that happiness can not only improve mental and physical health, it can also raise educational and business outcomes - from productivity to sales to creative thinking and improved memory.

Joe Jackman

CEO of North America’s leading customer engagement reinvention company, Joe has over 30 years experience as an adviser to entrepreneurs, private equity partners, consumer brand executives and retailers. Joe’s thought leadership has lead to businesses successfully sharpening strategy and orchestrating insight-led transformations that result in revenue and growth. Throughout his career as designer, strategist, creative director, marketer, and now Reinventionist, Joe has helped companies create the most powerful and relevant versions of their brands and businesses in record time. In June of 2020, Joe was inducted into the American Marketing Association’s ‘Marketing Hall of Legends’.  

Rachel Mitchell

Rachel Mitchell is a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist (CCPE) and Registered Kinesiologist with over 19 years experience. As the Managing Ergonomist for ERGO Inc., Rachel works with corporations to develop effective ergonomics programs to reduce workplace injuries and improve productivity. She holds a Masters of Science in Human Factors Engineering and is the current President of the Canadian College for the Certification of Professional Ergonomists (2019-2021). Her work includes office assessments, return to work planning & coaching, evaluations of new designs, ergonomics risk assessments, Physical Demands Analysis (PDAs), Cognitive Demands Analysis (CDAs), as well as developing and delivering custom training programs.