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Tardigrade Talks

30 EpisodesProduced by Dr. Joti SamraWebsite

Welcome to Tardigrade Talks!This is a podcast for anyone interested in cultivating greater psychological health, wellness & resilience. In each episode, I’ll share authentic and thought-provoking conversations with inspiring guests along with evidence-based skills, strategies and approaches you can … read more

30 Episodes | 2021 - 2022

Mike Harnett - Like a Girl: Fighting fatigue (& the boys) for a safer workplace

January 19th, 2022


In this episode, Mike Harnett, an international expert and award-winning keynote speaker on the science of fatigue who has consulted for numerous …

Karen Lee - Caring is the New Cool: Overcoming Disaster & Understanding Good Business

December 1st, 2021


In this episode, Karen Lee, entrepreneur, and co-founder of LEZÉ The Label, talks to Dr. Joti Samra about finding the courage to leave a salaried job to start a business and all the fights, fires, failures (and even …

Dr. Vanessa Lapointe - “Growing Up” in a Pandemic: How to Raise Healthy & Resilient Kid

November 17th, 2021


In this episode, the founder and director of The Wishing Star Lapointe Developmental Clinic and author of two best-selling parenting books, Vanessa Lapointe talks with Dr. Joti Samra about child mental health and …

Mandy Gill - Healthy Habits: Staying Strong & Resilient During the Bad & Busy Days

November 3rd, 2021


In this episode, health and wellness advocate, athlete, entrepreneur, and media personality, Mandy Gill chats with Dr. Joti Samra about her work and mental health journey. She recalls her struggles with an eating …

William Higginson - Painting to Survive: Art Therapy & Creative Resilience

October 20th, 2021


In this episode, award-winning surrealist artist and entrepreneur William Higginson speaks with Dr. Joti Samra about how early life challenges brought him to where he is today. He recalls that as a child dealing with …

Susi Bolender: Overcoming Shame & the Power of Vulnerability

October 6th, 2021


In this episode, registered clinical counsellor Susi Bolender chats with Dr. Joti Samra about a career in counselling, the role of humour in therapy, …

[BONUS] Dawn Bergot: Humanizing Human Resources

September 23rd, 2021


In this week’s BONUS episode of the CPHR BC & Yukon’s HR Conference & Expo, Vice President, Client Solutions at Optimum Talent, Dawn Bergot, …

Jonny Staub: Confronting the OUTrage; First One Out: A Brave Man’s Fight Against the OUTrage

September 22nd, 2021


In this episode, Canadian radio and television personality Jonny Staub, talks about the good, bad, and ugly of coming out as a gay man in the world of media, and how he came to be the first person to come out on air …

Michael Mankowski: Filmmaking and Flames: The Importance of Coming Back Home Again

June 30th, 2021


In this episode, writer, producer, owner-operator of Alien Kow Inc., and creator of Back Home Again, Michael Mankowski chats with Dr. Joti Samra about the beginning of his career in filmmaking and his many …

Kevin Mooney: Safety First: Talking About Mental Health is More Important than Ever

June 23rd, 2021


In this episode, Kevin Mooney, Canadian Registered Safety Professional and Vice President of Prevention & Employer Services Saskatchewan, talks …

Wing Tse: "Wear" a Smile: Overcoming Adversity, Finding Resiliency & Giving Back

June 16th, 2021


In this episode, psychology student, firefighter, member of the Canadian Armed Forces, and co-founder of Smileage Wing Tse talks to Dr. Joti Samra …

Tina Ruysseveldt: Trust Your Truth: An Everyday Choice to Live Well

June 9th, 2021


In this episode, ICU nurse, motivational speaker, author of The Courage To Be True, and creator of the LiveWell Recipe Tina Ruysseveldt, chats with Dr. Joti Samra about childhood adversity and navigating stigma and …

Dr. Aaron Genest: Saying ‘No’ for the Right Reasons: Workplace Gender Equality

June 2nd, 2021


In this episode, applications engineer manager at Siemens Dr. Aaron Genest, chats with Dr. Joti Samra about his experience with a small startup …

Michael Lavis - A Culture of Gentleness: Inspiring Change, Engagement, and Loyalty

May 26th, 2021


In this episode, the CEO of Creative Options Regina (COR), Michael Lavis, chats with Dr. Joti Samra about how his non-profit charitable organization focuses on supporting people with disabilities. He speaks to their …

Justine Kennedy: Fighting for Families: Overcoming Adversity Through Purpose

May 19th, 2021


In this episode, 24-year-old Indigenous woman with a Master of Social Work Justine Kennedy, talks with Dr. Joti Samra about her experiences with …

Sarah Liverance: Making Headway: Mental Health Awareness and Leadership in The Workplace

May 12th, 2021


In this episode, Sarah Liverance, partner at Sklar Wilton & Associates and the founder of Headway, chats with Dr. Joti Samra about an incredible movement to enhance awareness of mental health and the availability of …

Steve Farina: Men, Meat & Mental Health: How to Face Your Trauma

May 5th, 2021


In this episode, Vice President of the BC Firefighters Association and member of the BC First Responder Mental Health Steering Committee, Steve Farina, chats with Dr. Joti Samra about the impact of years of exposure to …

Zahra Alani: Strengthening Your Roots: Cultivating Passion, Values & Social Supports for Resilience

April 28th, 2021


In this episode, CTV and CBC meteorologist and climate change activist Zahra Alani talks with Dr. Joti Samra about her passion for the planet – from …

Maureen Shaw: Mother Knows Best: Caring, Compassion & Other Ingredients for Workplace Mental Health

April 21st, 2021


In this episode, Canada’s mother of health and safety, Maureen Shaw talks with Dr. Joti about her involvement in and deep passion for health and …

Jeeti Pooni: Because We Are Girls: Sisterhood & Truth to Heal Childhood Trauma

April 14th, 2021


In this episode, motivational speaker, author, and the passion behind Because We Are Girls, Jeeti Pooni talks with Dr. Joti about her heartwrenching story of childhood sexual abuse; the complexities of navigating and …

Krissy Vann: Motorcycles for Mental Health: How Journaling & the Wind Inspire Self-Empowerment

April 7th, 2021


In this episode, accomplished TV broadcaster and blogger, Krissy Vann, talks about perseverance and gratitude; happy accidents and the incredible experiences that come from them; what female empowerment can look like …

Victoria Maxwell: That’s Just Crazy Talk: Making the Uncomfortable of Mental Illness More Comfortable

March 31st, 2021


In this episode, award-winning keynote speaker and performing artist Victoria Maxwell, talks about mental illness and strategies to counter the …

Michele Brunoro: Breast Cancer & Big Dreams: Living Your Passion & Being A Voice

March 24th, 2021


In this episode, award-winning CTV reporter, Michele Brunoro, shares how she spent her childhood listening to talk radio and daydreaming of becoming a reporter. The Emotional impact that comes with experiencing and …

Jessica Holmes: A Comedian’s Trek Through Depression: Surviving with Journaling, Laughter & Choice

March 17th, 2021


In this episode, famous comedian Jessica Holmes chats with Dr. Joti Samra about a mother’s honest experience through depression and how impactful and …

Carla Catherwood: Dancing with SASS: Shifting from CEO to ME-EO

March 10th, 2021


In this episode, Carla Catherwood chats with Dr. Joti Samra about the impact of unexpected life experiences and how they can be traumatic and yet the start of something magical. How embodying confidence and femininity …

Ria Kitsch: Briefs & Barrels: Starting a Winery with Reason, Opportunity (& Underwear)

March 3rd, 2021


In this episode, entrepreneur Ria Kitsch, talks about the value of communication and opportunity focused interactions, while navigating an entrepreneurial lifestyle intertwined with family. How balancing business and …

Atish Ram: Suing McDonald’s & Surviving Covid-19: Turning Adversity into Meaning & Purpose

February 24th, 2021


In our second episode, actor, producer and filmmaker Atish Ram, chats with Dr. Joti about his 54 day hospital stay in the ICU with COVID-19, the cruel acts of racism he faced as a young immigrant child, initiating a …

Mia Gordon: From Tennis to Twisters: Finding Acceptance Through Nature & Journaling

February 17th, 2021


The award-winning journalist, Mia Gordon, tells her story about her varied roles and careers – from tennis player to sports broadcaster, award …

Introductory Episode: Why "Tardigrade Talks"?

February 10th, 2021


Hello & welcome! My name is Dr. Joti Samra. I’m a practising registered clinical psychologist - and also the Clinic Founder of Dr. Joti Samra …

Tardigrade Talks Trailer

January 15th, 2021


Hello and welcome to Tardigrade Talks!

I’m your host, Dr. Joti Samra, and this is a podcast for anyone interested in cultivating greater …

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