Meet Our Team

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Hugh Pelmore

President, CEO, Senior Training Specialist

Hugh is the founder of ARETE Safety and Protection Inc. and is recognized as one of the most knowledgeable and experienced violence prevention experts in Canada. He has personally facilitated thousands of customized workplace violence prevention training sessions throughout North America, in virtually every industry sector. Hugh is often requested as a desired speaker on a variety of subjects related to violence and conflict at professional conferences and conventions throughout North America. He has also been an expert guest on local and national TV, radio, and print media. Hugh is a key member of the ARETE safety training team.

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Suzanne Powell

Senior Training Specialist, National Programs

Suzanne successfully completed the ARETE Trainer’s Intensive Certification program in 2007 and has since facilitated workplace violence prevention training for upwards of thirty thousand employees from a variety of industry sectors. Suzanne’s previous employment involved managing extremely challenging clients in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and her real-world experience in managing extremely challenging people and circumstances is second-to-none. From British Columbia to Newfoundland, her quick wit, thorough knowledge, and ability to connect with participants makes her a truly great trainer, consistently getting the results that ARETE clients have come to expect with each and every ARETE program and safety training team member.

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Haley Whishaw

Senior Training Specialist

Haley joined the ARETE team in 2016 and has fast become another sought-after ARETE training specialist. She has facilitated customized workshops for a broad range of low, medium, and high-risk employee groups in social work, recreation, enforcement and beyond. She fully understands the risks and various challenges frontline workers face when interacting with customers and clients. With her animated delivery, energy, and ability to connect with participants of all ages, she is a hit in every workplace she trains.

Flora Karas

Training Specialist

Flora is certified to facilitate both ARETE’s OnSideTM Workplace | Bullying and Harassment Prevention as well as Service to SafetyTM | Workplace Violence Prevention & De-escalation. Being a professional actor, paired with her B.A. in psychology, makes her an outstanding Training Specialist who continues to engage and entertain participants from a number of, industries including Universities, Colleges, Hospitality, Energy, Maintenance, Municipal Governments, and many more.

Janine Fabian

Director Online Training Solutions

Janine supports the continuing expansion of ARETE’s highly sought-after online courses and webinar services. She brings years of client-facing and digital experience from education and pharmaceutical markets. She is passionate about solving complex problems and providing world-class service to her clients. Whether you’re looking for a solution to your employee challenges, or just want to chat about the latest trends in the industry, she is always happy to hear from you.

Samantha Pelmore

Training Solutions Advisor

Samantha has long been our Training Solutions Advisor, but has been working with ARETE much longer as the face of our young-adult-led training series, Safety with SamTM. After the creation of this popular online training series, she continued to take on various acting roles in our eLearning programs. With Samantha’s people skills, creativity, and knowledge of our training, she is happy to answer any questions regarding our training programs, and is determined to find and/or create options for each individual or organization to ensure that they are getting the best possible outcome from working with ARETE.

Reena Bassi

Online Support Advisor

At the forefront of our commitment to unparalleled customer support is Reena, our esteemed Online Support Advisor. With a robust background in marketing and customer service, Reena plays a pivotal role in not just resolving technical issues but elevating the overall client experience through expert enrollment into transformative training programs. Armed with a foundation in marketing, Reena possesses a unique blend of skills that seamlessly integrates strategic communication with a deep understanding of client needs. The result is a smooth onboarding experience that instills confidence in clients and sets the stage for their online training journey.

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