We are thrilled to bring to you this 3-webinar series this fall. 

These workshop-style webinars are for the staff of ARAISA member organizations only, and places are limited. Register now!

Michael Edward Petitpas will help supervisors, managers, and employees build respectful workplaces.

  1. Difficult Conversations and COVID-19 (Nov. 3) 
  2. Respectful Workplace and COVID-19 (Nov. 17) 
  3. Harassment and the Complaint Process (Dec. 1) 

1. Difficult Conversations and COVID-19 

This workshop will take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. AST.
It will assist participants to prepare for and engage in conversations that they typically might avoid. By changing our approach to conversations, we can change the outcome and our reality. We can help resolve the issue and keep the working relationship in tact! In this session, we will discover how!

The workshop will help individuals prepare and engage in conversations by:

  • Defining what a Difficult Conversation is and what makes it difficult
  • Discovering how NOT having the conversation will impact individuals, teams & the organization
  • Learning what tools, processes, skills and approaches are helpful
  • Communication skills to use during COVID-19 that help to:
    • Establish trust
    • Resolve the situation and keep the relationship in tact!
    • Preparation for conversations
    • Healthy Communication online (ie. Zoom, e-mail, texts, messenger, etc)
  • Team Dynamics during COVID-19 (online, in-person, blended)
  • Giving helpful feedback

2. Respectful Workplace and COVID-19

This workshop will take place on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. AST.
It will help supervisors, managers, and employees build the basic components necessary to achieve a workplace that is respectful and effective.

Since the arrival of COVID-19, workplaces have undergone significant challenges. Now that people are moving back into the workplace, even more, challenges await. Preparing your team and workplace to be a place of respect and effectiveness will be more challenging than ever.

Here is what the workshop will cover:

  • What a Respectful Workplace looks like
  • How to get back on track when things surface
  • How to rebuild trust
  • Creating a safe environment
  • Respecting people by listening to their concerns
    • Cultural Communication (awareness of Unconscious Bias & Discrimination)
    • Communicating with Authority Figures
  • How to Respond instead of React
  • How to reach out when needed.

3. Harassment and the Complaint Process

This workshop will take place on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. AST.
The workshop will help leaders and individuals become more aware of their options when a situation develops, what options they have, and what to consider before choosing a plan of action.

Even when people work together to make a strong and respectful workplace, sometimes things can go off the rails and escalate quickly into challenging and difficult situations. Sometimes, people are not sure how to react, what to do, or where and who to turn to for advice and information.

Participants will discuss:

  • Defining Harassment
  • What impacts it has on people and the workplace
  • Responsibilities of leaders and employees in dealing with it
  • Resources available for leaders and employees
  • Processes and Choices
  • Sexual Harassment – Resources & The Complaint Process

More on the speaker

Michael Edward Petitpas is the owner of Clear Resolutions, Conflict Management Services and recently retired enior ADR Practitioner (Mediator) at the Conflict Resolution Centre, DND Atlantic Region, Halifax, and Previous Acting Director of the Conflict Resolution Center, Veterans Affairs Canada.

He has a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the University of Prince Edward Island.

He also holds the following professional certifications:

  • Teaching Negotiation in Corporations, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Conflict Coaching (Cinergy, Cinnie Noble)
  • Taming the Abrasive Manager: Exec. Coaching: The Boss Whisperer Institute
  • Transformative Justice Australia Group Processes, Vancouver
  • Group Intervention and Circle Healing Processes, Ottawa
  • Instructional Techniques for Classroom Instructors and Facilitators, T& D Canada

Michael integrates powerful lessons from personal and professional experience with proven techniques in his interactive workshops. He engages participants in experiential learning activities including case studies, role plays, and discussions that create deep connections and impacts.


  • 2001 Director’s Certificate of Appreciation; for Enhancement of the Work Environment, Revenue Canada, Summerside Tax Center
  • 2008 Deputy Minister’s Commendation, for Significant Contribution to Employee Well-being and a Respectful Workplace. Veterans Affairs Canada


Please note that this event is for the staff of ARAISA member organizations only and that places are limited.