Helen Patterson

Helen is a workplace expert who has worked with top Canadian brands including CIBC, ADP Canada, Foot Locker, Champs and the Northern Group. She now focuses on growing SMBs who want to increase their revenue and build the culture to drive that.

As the Founder of Life Works Well, Helen Patterson brings 20 years of passion and experience to creating high performance heart-centred cultures that deliver proven results and increased revenues.

Helen is an employment lawyer, human resources professional and business consultant – all rolled into one. She is known for leading National firsts and has helped increase market share and brand awareness by up to 400%. She’s also helped these companies with millions of dollars of cost-savings through innovative people strategy and risk mitigation. With a law degree from Western and a Masters of Labour Relations and Employment Law from York, Helen’s passion is informed by human-focused business practices.

In addition to leadership roles in HR and employment law, Helen held senior business positions in product management and marketing where she built innovative and first- to-market initiatives.

She is the lead editor and author for two Thomson Reuters HR publications – Employment Policies that Work and Best Practice Terminations. She is also the author of an upcoming book, Creating a Mentor Culture. As a sought-after speaker, she has engaged a captive audience at DisruptHR, and the CPA and HRPA annual conferences. Her passions are culture, mentorship and work-life integration and she believes that delivering HR with heart and helping organizations put the heart and soul into their people will impact customers, the community and the world.



  • Everyone deserves a lift: How to create a mentor culture in your workplace
  • Never hit “send” at 10 pm: How leaders can model positive work-life integration
  • Sidestepping the spin cycle: How to identify, promote and celebrate a healthy workplace


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