Re-entry: Transitioning Your Workplace and Your Work Culture

This session is part of a 3 part series called 
Recovery Post COVID-19: Re-entry, Remodel and Rebuild.

For more information and to register for the entire series please click here.


Navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath will be one of the biggest organizational challenges of our time. Organizations across the globe are struggling with a difficult decision: when and how to return to workplaces and how do we create a thriving work culture? 

Unlike other disasters, a global health pandemic does not have a definitive “end” that signals that it’s safe to resume operations.Returning to work after COVID-19 is a complex task that needs a plan to maintain safety, manage resources, and rebuild morale. 

How can we put safety first?
How can we lead through risk?
Who do we bring back onsite, and when?
What do employees need to manage this change?
And what is the board’s role?

In this workshop we will share our journey and what we have learned through our planning for the transition from response to recovery, including the following: 

  • A work plan that is flexible to adapt to evolving recommendations and guidelines 

  • Effective change management 

  • A communications and marketing strategy before, during and after recovery plan

  • Tools for leading through risk

And when it comes to re-entry for work culture:

  • How can you create a safe environment physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually for all staff, board and volunteers?

  • Importance of understanding staff’s personal situation and their attitudes/perceptions towards health and hygiene in the current climate 

  • What does ongoing, honest and transparent communication look and feel like? 

With this transition we also have an opportunity to reevaluate and/or create what we want our organizations to look and feel like as we transition back. How can you adopt decent work practices to help your organization be better able to meet your mission and contribute to thriving communities?


Michelle Baldwin
Michelle Baldwin is Executive Director of Pillar Nonprofit Network and helped to co-create Innovation Works and VERGE Capital in London, Ontario. She has extensive experience in nonprofit management, social enterprise, social innovation, social finance, communications and fundraising. In the development of Innovation Works a 32,000 sq ft co-working space for social innovators, Michelle was involved in bringing innovative social finance tools including a 1 million dollar community bond and 1.2 million in social finance loans to make the project possible. 

She currently serves as Chair of the Board for the Ontario Nonprofit Network and Vice Chair of the Board for Atlohsa Family Healing Services. Michelle will be co-teaching a Governance Leadership Ethics course at Huron University College in the coming school year. 

Michelle holds a Master of Educational Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, as well as a Communications & Public Relations Professional Certificate from Western, Volunteer Management Certificate from Fanshawe College and completed the Maytree Policy School and Banff Centre for Creativity & Arts Foundations of Purpose program.

Lore Wainwright
Lore Wainwright sees the impact of social innovation daily in her role as Director of London’s only co-working space intentionally designed for social innovators.  Formerly supporting emerging and existing social enterprises in London, running this social enterprise is a natural fit for Lore, encouraging co-tenants to connect and spark ideas and drive change into the world. 

Lore brings over 25 years of experience from the telecommunications industry as a project manager, communications and people change management specialist leading many national business initiatives. This, along with her experience as an entrepreneur lends to the knowledge she brings to others.

Passionate about getting involved, sharing her knowledge and making a difference in the lives of others, Lore is Program Manager of ONERUN, a third party charitable organization focusing on breast cancer patient care that has raised over $749,000 over a four year campaign. In her spare time, Lore is a fitness instructor providing clients with increased health knowledge and attention to personal needs.

Paul Hubert
Paul Hubert has served as the CEO of Pathways Skill Development in London, Ontario, for 19 years assisting individuals to overcome barriers to employment.  A recognized community leader in social enterprise development and organizational growth, Paul is a highly sought-after consultant who assists clients in achieving strategic team alignment for long-term sustainability. As an innovator, Paul has successfully launched four social enterprises that have employed hundreds of people. 

Paul served as the Deputy Mayor of the City of London bringing thoughtful leadership to the public realm for 12 years.  He has served on numerous boards of directors, establishing strong governing accountability and excellence.  Paul currently serves as Senior Fellow at Western University’s Network of Economic and Social Trends.

Paul holds M.A. in psychology focused on the process of change.  Paul brings pragmatic service delivery together with a robust theoretical and evaluative framework.  Paul engages people in his presentations with passion and pragmatic insights.


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Fanshawe Corporate Training Solutions and Western Continuing Studies

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