Meet Our Team

Laura Hambley

Ph.D., R. Psych

Laura is an experienced consultant and entrepreneur who helped develop and launch Work EvOHlution, due to her passion for enhancing distributed worker success. Laura holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Calgary, specializing in the human dynamics of distributed leadership and teamwork. She has completed and published extensive research on the critical success factors for effectively leading distributed teams. Laura also coordinated a major telework research project through the Haskayne School of Business in Calgary (2004-05), and has co-authored a book on the topic (Growing the Virtual Workplace, 2008). Further, she has developed and delivered seminars on distributed teams for organizations and universities.

Laura is an entrepreneur who also founded Canada Career Counselling and co-founded the Leadership Success Group, a Calgary-based leadership consulting firm. She is currently an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary, and enjoys actively participating in research and supervising/teaching students.

Steve Smit

Vice President, Business Development

Steve leads Work EvOHlution’s sales, marketing, and channel partner development. He has over 20 years of sales and marketing experience in varying sizes of organizations that include business start-up’s, medium-size enterprises and large technology companies such as Kenexa (IBM), Microsoft, SAP and Ricoh. Steve has achieved success in many different industries by focusing on helping the customer solve their business challenges. He has proven himself as a strategic business thinker, trusted advisor, solid relationship builder and dedicated leader. Throughout his career, Steve has developed a passion for helping others reach their potential. Steve graduated from The King’s University in Edmonton, Alberta, with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.

Tom O’Neill

Director of Research

Tom leads the research design, measurement, statistical analyses, and algorithm development underlying Work EvOHlution’s suite of assessments. He is involved in the ongoing refinement and enhancement of the predictive algorithms that make Work EvOHlution’s assessments so powerful. His background is in the field of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, in which he received his undergraduate degree in 2005 from the University of Calgary and PhD in 2011 from the University of Western Ontario. He currently holds a position as a full-time faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary, specializing in the psychology of distributed work, team effectiveness, and personality assessment.

Tom launched his research lab in 2011, which has received over $1M in grant funding to support knowledge creation and application in his areas of expertise. Tom has contributed to industry in several areas such as team assessment (e.g., Encana, Husky), distributed work (e.g., Alberta Treasury Branch, City of Calgary, Alberta Health Services), personality assessment (e.g., Sigma Assessment Systems), and performance assessment (e.g., A large Health Information Network; Jackson Leadership Systems).

Madyson Huck

Administrative Assistant

Madyson is a recent graduate of the University of Calgary and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She joins Work EvOHlution with several years of experience in administrative and research settings and is passionate about studying methods that help individuals attain success in their lives. She supports the organization’s growing team of researchers and consultants by assisting with all aspects of the daily administration needs of the business. She is also responsible for generating Work EvOHlution’s suite of assessments. In addition to her role at Work EvOHlution, Madyson works with Canada Career Counselling and the Leadership Success Group. She began as a volunteer in March 2015 and quickly moved into a permanent role where she provides administrative support to the organization’s counsellors.

April Dyrda

BA (Hons), M.Sc. (Cand.)
Administrative Assistant

April is currently attending the University of Calgary as a graduate student pursuing her Master of Science degree in Counselling Psychology. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with Honour’s in 2014, and conducted her thesis research on the career preparedness and decision-making processes of first year university students. April has worked as a research assistant and office administrator at The Leadership Store and Calgary Career Counselling since 2012. She has been involved with Work EvOHlution since its inception, and has specialized training in the administration and analysis of this innovative assessment tool. April is also a member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta and holds a position on Calgary’s Psychological Healthy Workplace committee.

Julie Choi

M.Sc., Ph.D. (Cand.)
Consultant and Project Coordinator

Julie is an Industrial and Organizational Psychology Consultant with a broad range of skills. She integrates empirically based evidence, and best practice to help organizations reach their potential. She has worked on several independent consulting projects with different organizations, and has facilitated sessions with teams in order to identify their key strengths and weaknesses. She brings her research and practical knowledge to Work EvOHlution where she provides support throughout all project stages. She is involved with data collection and analysis, as well as the effective translation of psychometric data to help organizations make practical use of scientific results.

Julie received her M.Sc. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Calgary, and is currently completing her Ph.D. with a focus on prejudice, implicit biases, and identifying how a leader’s preference for hierarchy and dominance influences their followers. She has published peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented at international conferences.

Eloise Moodie

Change and Leadership Consultant

Eloise Moodie is a Management Consultant with over 14 years of experience supporting small and medium sized businesses with their people and organizational development initiatives. Eloise enjoys working closely with her clients as a trusted and strategic advisor to identify and develop methods that support the highest levels of organizational and individual performance. She is known for combining her business acumen with her specialized training in Industrial/Organizational Psychology to develop practical, valid and reliable human resources solutions.

While Eloise has a broad range of consulting skills that are relevant to supporting the implementation of distributed work arrangements, her particular areas of interest are: the selection and administration of psychometric tests; working with leaders in the effective management and communication of organizational changes; and the design of organizational climate surveying techniques. Eloise earned a Master of Arts degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Calgary. Eloise has been an Associate with The Leadership Store since 2009.

Avra Davidoff

M.C., R. Psych
Associate Consultant

Avra is a Workplace Psychologist specializing in leadership, career development and diversity. She has worked as a consultant for a variety of public and private sector clients and provides a number of professional services to improve productivity and effectiveness, including leadership assessments, coaching, career counselling, team building, and workshop design and facilitation. Avra enjoys helping organizations and employees successfully adapt to the changing nature of the workplace and facilitating improved talent attraction and retention and work life integration through distributed work.

Avra holds a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in psychology from the University of British Columbia, and also holds a Master’s in Counselling Psychology, with a career counselling specialization, from the Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology at Athabasca University. Avra is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and is also a member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta.

Michael Sorsdahl

C.D., Ph.D. in Education, C.C.C., R.C.C., G.C.D.F., R. Psych (p)
Associate Consultant

Michael Sorsdahl combines his experience from senior leadership positions over 20+ years in the Canadian Armed Forces with his entrepreneurial work in health and wellness in working with nationally and internationally distributed teams. Michael uses both informal and formal assessments in several modalities with clients, including leadership and workplace assessments, that help explore how organizations and individuals can better function in the workplace, ultimately creating a positive corporate culture for people to thrive in. His knowledge of working with teams and distributed team management in the government provides a unique perspective when combined with the academic background and theory of team and group dynamics.

Michael completed his MA in Counselling Psychology at University of Victoria, and his PhD from the University of British Columbia in 2010 where he specialized in Counselling Psychology and Education, which supports his current work as a Provisional Psychologist in both Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Clinical/Counselling Psychology. He is a sessional instructor at the University of Victoria in their Counselling Psychology program, and is the psychological assessment instructor for Life Strategies Inc. He also works with Canada Career Counselling and the Leadership Success Group, focusing on helping individuals and teams maximize their personal potential in career and the workplace.

Christianne Varty

M.Sc. (Cand.), BA (Hons)
Research and Product Development

Christianne is a Research and Development Associate at Work EvOHlution. She applies her research and project coordination skills to support the development of Work EvOHlution’s suite of assessment tools. In particular, she is actively involved in the development and refinement of the Distributed Team Diagnostic. In addition, she led the research and development of the Distributed Leader Profiler. She also plays an active role in communicating Work EvOhlution’s research findings to the public via blog and magazine articles and presentations.

Christianne is passionate about applying a rigorous research approach to enhancing workplace outcomes. In addition to her work with Work EvOHlution, she has worked on several research projects in the Haskayne School of Business and the University’s Department of Psychology examining different forms of leadership, and individual and team performance. For example, her honours thesis focused on the leader’s role in improving workplace safety outcomes. Recently, she graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) in Psychology. She is now pursuing her Master of Science degree in Organizational Behaviour at Wilfrid Laurier University (Ontario, Canada).

Travis Schneider

M.Sc., Ph.D. (Cand.)
Product and Marketing Consultant

Travis Schneider is an Industrial and Organizational Psychology Consultant who ensures that the right employees are working in the right places by leveraging his expertise in employee selection and development assessments. For Work EvOHlution, this means ensuring that an employee is capable of working well away from the office, and, when warranted, training/coaching that employee, their colleagues, and their supervisor to prepare that individual for successful distributed work.

Travis received a M.Sc. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, and is currently completing his PhD on the topic of how new technologies, such as social media, can be used as part of an organization’s hiring process. His graduate and consulting work on assessments has ranged from focusing on the design, or psychometrics, of assessments to the validation and administration of these assessments, and finally to the delivery of assessment feedback to clients. With his experience and skills, he understands the importance early employee assessment has on future work performance, turnover, and team processes.

Stephanie Paquet

Change & Leadership Consultant

Stephanie Paquet is a Senior Consultant with over 12 years of experience consulting with organizations in a variety of industries in the area of talent management, including the design of selection systems, facilitation of leadership development initiatives, succession planning, leadership coaching, 360 feedback, psychological and behavioural assessments for selection and development. She has worked with leaders at all organizational levels by becoming a trusted partner and coach. In addition, she is fluent in both English and French, having facilitated workshops, coached leaders, and conducted various assessments in both languages. She offers sound technical knowledge in the area of industrial and organizational psychology, combined with solid business experience in a variety of industries and sectors- from oil & gas to financial institutions, retail and government.

A sought-after presenter, Stephanie has spoken to members of the HR Institute of Alberta on maximizing leadership capacity within their organization. She has also presented at several national and international conferences and published in local and national magazines and journals.

Stephanie is a graduate of McGill University. She also completed her MSc. and Ph.D. in Industrial Organizational Psychology at the University of Calgary. She has recently taught at the University of Calgary in the area of Organizational Psychology. She has been a Certified Human Resources Professional since 2004 and is currently chair of the Strategic Capability Network’s Calgary chapter.


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