Dr. Wayne Hammond

Dr. Hammond is the president and executive director of Resiliency Initiatives. He holds an adjunct status with the School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Over the past twenty years, he has primarily worked with high-risk youth and their families with a focus on substance abuse and violence issues, as well as other related mental health concerns. He has served in clinical supervisory capacities, worked in a comprehensive residential treatment centre and has provided clinical services in an inpatient/outpatient forensic setting as well as an adolescent addiction program based in a hospital setting. He has published several scientific articles and has been an active lecturer with regards to various mental health concerns and the implications of strength-based practice related to working with complex adolescents and families as well as First Nation youth and their families. 

Rob Zimmerman

Rob is a Senior Consultant with Resiliency Initiatives. He has over twenty years of experience in residential, treatment, mental health and community settings working with children, youth and families. Rob has been involved in developing and implementing a strength-based, relationship-focused and evidence-informed approach in treatment settings while working with those struggling with addiction, domestic violence, criminal activity, family and peer relationship discord, sexual exploitation, abuse, mental health concerns, low self-esteem and social marginalization. Prior to his work at Resiliency Initiatives, Rob worked as a Program Therapist and consultant with several treatment programs in Calgary and area where he helped to establish a strength-based practice and outcome protocol using the Resiliency Initiatives assessment and evaluation model.

Mat Halton

Mat is the Edmonton and Area consultant for Resiliency Initiatives. A passionate Child and Youth Care worker, Mat has spent over 10 years mentoring in a variety of settings, from Community, to School and Residential care. Mat has worked extensively with First Nations youth as well as with those with an FASD and other mental health diagnosis’. He has been involved with a number of high profile youth initiatives in Edmonton, from piloting a successful School-Based program, to a multi-disciplinary paramilitary intervention program, and recently a creative new bike mechanics mentoring course. Mat has extensive professional speaking experience having combined his passion for mentoring with song writing to create a moving keynote presentation. An active community advocate and volunteer in his Inner City community in Edmonton, Mat applies his belief that every person has a story, and when given the chance, will tell it.

Karl Feltmate

Karl has worked extensively as a program director for the past 15 years with non-profit and community based organizations who have a focus on positive youth development and character leadership. As part of the Resiliency Initiatives team, Karl takes the lead with setting up and supporting the implementation of our services with many of our community-based programs and faith-based projects. He also engages in supporting the IT development and resources Resiliency Initiatives draws upon in response to an expanding client base and their evolving practice and evaluation needs.