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From The Peak

From The Peak

By Howie Outerbridge and Peter Saulnier
Join Howie Outerbridge and Peter Saulnier in this HR focused podcast as they chat with innovators, thought leaders, and just plain old awesome people.
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Behind the Scenes of the Pandemic – Is there a Silver Lining? With former PHSA CEO in Vancouver, Benoit Morin

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Julie Powell's Career Pivot: From HR Director to Vintner w/host Howie Outerbridge've always wanted to quit your day job and buy a vineyard?  In this episode, Julie Powell talks about her journey, and shares reflections from what she has learned over the last 5 years running Alderlea Vineyard. Alderlea Vineyards is one of Vancouver Island’s oldest and most respected vineyards, nestled in the Cowichan Valley, near Duncan on Vancouver Island. The estate-grown grapes produce a mix of dry white wines including Bacchus, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. Red wines comprise Pinot Noir, Clarinet made from old vine Marechal Foch, Merlot, and a Cabernet Foch blend known as Matrix. The character and style of Alderlea wines are a product of the geographic location, grape varietal characteristics, and winemaking techniques employed. Alderlea whites are made in stainless steel tanks using extended lees contact, resulting in wines that are dry, crisp, clean, and aromatic. The reds are barrel-aged, fruit-forward, balanced, and bold. All Alderlea wines pair exceptionally well with food, particularly our local west coast cuisine. Award-winning Alderlea wines are available at our Wine Shop and at the following locations: Restaurants and Liquor Stores.
July 05, 2022
Children of the Peak with guest Julie Veloo and host Howie Outerbridge.
Join Julie Veloo and Howie Outerbridge discuss Julie's historic ride across Mongolia in an effort to raise funds for her charity, Children of the Peak. To get the latest updates, visit the Blue Wolf Totem Expedition FB page. The following is an excerpt of the podcast: HO: I know you are somewhere in Mongolia, but tell us exactly where you are, and what the heck the Gobi Gallop and Blue Wolf Totem Expeditions are! JV: Thanks! I am currently in the northernmost province of Mongolia, Khovsgul, having just ridden 1,800 kms across half of Mongolia on the Blue Wolf Totem Expedition - a 3,600 km / 84-day adventure that I am 41 days into. This is a charity ride supporting the children and families who scavenge to survive whom we help with Veloo Foundation's work here in Mongolia. The Blue Wolf Totem is likely the longest charity expedition in history and is the result of holding the 700 km / 10-day Gobi Gallop Charity ride every year for the past 10 years.  HO: Just as with Terry Fox, there is more than just the stunning scenery and sense of adventure driving you and many people will have connected your ride to the cause – Children of the Peak.  Tell us more about your charity. JV: I can talk all day about this. In a nutshell, the charity is about stopping scavenging to survive before it becomes generational here in Mongolia. It is a relatively new issue here and with winter temperatures dropping regularly into the minus 40 category it really is a brutal way to survive. We have undertaken the following initiatives to address the problem: 1.  2 kindergartens serving approximately 350 children from families living on or around the largest garbage dump in Mongolia 2.  Gandy’s Kids Campus Community Library & Community Centre 3.  Soaring Crane Summer Camp 4.  Fran London Centre for the Fabric Arts 5.  A variety of community outreach programs HO: It is amazing that you are able to make a difference to these families in so many ways. How can our listeners help out? JV: Please just visit or @VelooFoundation on Facebook and see what we are up to. Lots of links there for donations in cash or in kind and of course, you can always donate to a rider page for the Blue Wolf Totem rider. HO: Logan HR will be making a donation and we certainly encourage others to do so. Is there anything else that you want to share before we let you go? JV: Just thank you for doing the interview, glad the timing worked out. Seeing as I had never ridden before I was 50 and am now leading this record-setting expedition, I would just like to challenge folks to go for their dreams. If your dream is to come and ride Mongolia, just message me at and I can let you know about all the treks (most of which are just wonderful treks for regular people) that we have ...all of which support our work at Veloo Foundation. HO: Thank-you again, Julie, for joining me from the road. All of us wish you the very best on your trip and thank-you for the difference you are making. For more information about Julie’s work, the trek, or how to donate to Children of the Peak, visit
June 24, 2022
A Job Seeker's Survival Guide w/ guest Cristina Rucci & host Howie Outerbridge
In this episode, Cristina shares her job seeker survival guide and how it came to be.  “Stay busy and surround yourself with positive people who believe in you; love, support, kindness are so motivating. Believe in yourself and try not to feel crushed when things don’t work out, or you lose your are amazing! One day you will tell your story of how you’ve overcome what you’re going through now, and it will become part of someone else’s survival guide.” Cristina Rucci.
June 03, 2022
Indigenous Empowerment Coaching with Dallas Pootlass and host Howie Outerbridge
Dallas Pootlass of Indigenous Empowerment Coaching (, and new member of the Logan Coaching team joins host Howie Outerbridge to talk about the work he does in the coaching field. Topics include Indigenous coaching practices, intergenerational trauma, and what people can do to support truth and reconciliation. 
May 13, 2022
Behind the Scenes of the Pandemic – Is there a Silver Lining? With former PHSA CEO in Vancouver, Benoit Morin
Join Peter Saulnier and former PHSA CEO in Vancouver, Benoit Morin( as he considers the devastating impact of the pandemic, but also some of the previously unforeseen positive outcomes.
February 11, 2022
Behind the Scenes of the Pandemic: With former PHSA CEO in Vancouver, Benoit Morin
Join Peter Saulnier and former PHSA CEO in Vancouver, Benoit Morin ( as he gives a behind-the-scenes peek into the early response to the pandemic before anyone really understood what they were dealing with.
February 03, 2022
More than just swinging a pulaski
From The Peak host Howie Outerbridge interviews John Davies, Wildfire Management Specialist. John shares his views on the transferable skills gained from working as a wildland fire fighter.
December 20, 2021
A Conversation with a Rising Star – Allison Greaves
Allison Grieves is CPHR BC & Yukon’s 2021 Rising Star Award Winner. She shares the growing value of HR within construction and the recruitment challenges facing the industry. We hear about how her HR perspectives have grown and shifted in her career and the network that has supported her to achieve success.
October 15, 2021
Post COVID HR insights and interesting stories with guest Kartik Bharadwa
Join Howie and Kartik for an exploration of the collision of HR strategy/practice and COVID-19.
August 06, 2021
Navigating Return-to-work with guest Giselle Blackman
Are we prepared to return to the office? Giselle Blackman, respected thought leader within the HR industry speaks with Peter Saulnier about protecting culture, management biases, and other considerations for a thoughtful and effective return.
July 09, 2021
People, Organizations and Resilience with guest Leigh-Anne Stitt
Subject matter expert Leigh-Anne Stitt shares her expertise on resilience, and what this means for people and organizations enduring a global pandemic.
June 14, 2021
Introduction to From The Peak -
In this episode, Peter Saulnier and Howie Outerbridge talk about the podcast, where the name came from, and the reasons behind launching the series.
June 14, 2021