Charles Benayon, Hon. BA, MSW
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Charles is the Founder & CEO of Aspiria Corp., now in its 10th year of delivering quality Employee and Student Assistance Programs to over 50,000 individuals and family members. With over 25 years of experience in providing direct mental health and consultative services to organizations in the public and private industry, Charles brings a wealth of expertise, wisdom, and passion to lead Aspiria’s team in helping organizations reach maximum performance through progressive employee and student mental health solutions.
From 1985 – 1990, Charles obtained his clinical training in the Crisis and Psychosomatic Medicine Units at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry as well as in the Regional Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care Units of Sunnybrook Hospital where he clinically assessed and treated a diverse patient population. It was in these settings that Charles shaped his passion and vision for clinical crisis intervention work.
From 1990 – 2002, Charles was employed at Warren Shepell Consultants, where he applied his program development skills to the area of trauma response and his business skills to the management of EAPs. In 1991, Charles’ expertise in Critical Incident Stress programs led to the development of the Trauma Response service at Warren Shepell Consultants. Charles’ knowledge of the trauma field has provided solutions to organizations in response to disaster planning challenges, emergency personnel policy development, change management, restructuring, assessment and delivery of trauma response systems, and, training emergency personnel in trauma response.
Charles has held numerous senior management positions in health care companies as Executive Vice President, Vice President of Business Development, and Vice President of Client Services. He has worked with companies such as Delta Hotels & Resorts, Sysco Canada Inc., Deloitte & Touche, KPMG, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, William M. Mercer, Towers Perrin and, Marsh & McClelland, as well as Queen’s University, Kingston General Hospital, York Region Board of Education, Revenue Canada, George Brown College, Hospital for Sick Children, and the Ontario Securities Commission, to develop high quality health and wellness programs within their organizations.
Charles holds a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto (1987) and an Honours BA degree in Psychology from York University (1985). Charles is a published author on International EAPs and has been a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto.
Charles takes an active role in the community helping causes close to his heart, including donating his time at Toronto East General Hospital and The John Howard Society, sitting on the Executive Board of his community’s co-operative Kindergarten school, managing his son’s rep hockey team, and for the past 6 years, Co-Chairing the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament while being an active Board Member of the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada.
Eric Rubel, M.A., M.Ed., OACCPP, Reg. Psychotherapist
National Director, Clinical Services & Organizational Health
Eric is the Director of Aspiria’s national clinical network, ensuring the quality of the EAP’s service delivery. In addition, Eric manages the suite of programs under Aspiria’s Organizational Health Services, including disability management, substance abuse, and Aspiria’s Monitored Referral Program.
Eric is a Registered Psychotherapist who specializes in addictive behaviours. Eric has over 20 years experience in the addictions and mental health field. He has provided expert clinical and consultative services on addictions and mental health issues to organizations and their employees across all industry sectors and levels including those involved in safety-sensitive positions. Eric has published research and has given numerous presentations and lectures on addiction and mental health related topics to both corporate and academic audiences.
Eric is keenly aware of the rise of mental health and addiction disability claims over the past number of years, and the impact they have on the employee, the employer, and the insurance provider. He has worked closely with all of these groups in addressing disability issues from prevention, intervention, and maintenance approaches. Proper assessment, treatment matching, effective treatment, return-to-work plans, aftercare, and ongoing case management are key areas of Eric’s focus in the disability management field. Much of Eric’s expertise in disability management has directly come from his years of experience, working in the group disabilities departments of leading international insurance providers, as an expert consultant in the areas of addictions and mental health.
Eric holds a Masters degree in Clinical Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto, a Masters degree in Environmental/Organizational Psychology from York University, and an Honours B.A. degree in Psychology from York University. Eric’s formal training is in cognitive and motivational therapies with a specialization in the assessment and treatment of mental health disorders and addictive behaviours. Eric’s community involvement includes being an active member of Cystic Fibrosis Canada – Toronto Chapter, where he sat on the Board of Directors for 5 years and currently participates in various fundraising activities.
Manon Dulude PhD, PCC, BCC, Reg. Psychotherapist
Director, Quebec Clinical Services
Corporate Coach & Trainer
Manon manages Aspiria’s French clinical network in Quebec as well as Aspiria’s national coaching program.
Manon is the founder of Forge Coaching and Consulting, a Board Certified Coach (BCC), and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation. She also holds certification in the area of Life Coaching and Career Management Coaching. She has a doctorate degree in Human Development and Coaching from the International University of Professional Studies in Maui, Hawaii.
In her work as a Life & Executive Coach, Manon brings her many years of experience as a Registered Psychotherapist and clinical consultant. She has twenty-five years of solid and extensive experience working with individuals and groups.
Manon consults with numerous corporations in the area of leadership and team development, organizational culture change, effective communication, alternative dispute resolution, change management, and wellness management.
In addition to her role as coach, Manon is a successful counsellor with expertise in the field of trauma recovery. She has worked with many individuals and corporations where life-threatening situations such as workplace mishaps, accidental death, and armed robberies had taken place. Manon was involved in supporting the search & rescue personnel of the Canadian Coast Guard during the Swissair crash operation, as well as the surviving victims.
Robert Gould, BA, PGM, MACT
Director, Account Management
Robert joined Aspiria in September of 2009 as an Account Manager, and now serves as Director of Account Management, assuming responsibility for managing a portfolio of key national accounts and acting as the primary liaison between the client organization and Aspiria.
Robert studied at York University, Humber College and Michigan State University, and has continued his education focusing on Critical Incident Stress Debriefings, Stress Management, and Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace.
Robert is a versatile and resourceful marketing, sales, and customer service professional with a distinguished career working in the education and hospitality industries all over the world.
He contributes to formulation of policy and strategy and participates in overall business planning for Aspiria to ensure quality-driven and accountable delivery of EAP services to their clientele across Canada.