Rachelle Kay

Rachelle Kay

Chief Operations Officer | Project Manager | Facilitator

Vocalist | Mom | Artist | Explorer


Rachelle is the Chief Operations Officer and Project Manager at VĪV Mental Health. Her client-centred approach and passion for innovation keeps the VĪV team focused on their goals, guiding clients from assessment to the delivery of exceptional resources and training. She is a skilled facilitator, developer, and detail-oriented action-taker.

Prior to joining VĪV, Rachelle completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Alberta and contributed to high-achieving teams in performing arts, publishing, personal finance, non-profit, and public sectors. Most recently she spent 10 years leading the Government of Alberta and Alberta Mentoring Partnership’s efforts to raise the profile of youth mentoring.

Some of Rachelle’s career highlights include: learning through Indigenous Cultural Teachings and Ceremony, participating in the Fort McMurray Wildfire Emergency Response, owning and operating a small business with 14 employees, performing in a professional vocal ensemble, receiving an award for superior crisis management, being appointed Director of Knowledge Mobilization for the Canadian Centre for Mentoring Research, and developing a mentoring program for youth in government care.

Her passion for mental health education and creating psychologically safe environments stems from her own lived experiences as well as personally navigating Alberta’s mental health system.

Rachelle is an active volunteer in her community and has been a board member for Today’s Innovative Music Edmonton and Kenilworth Community League. Currently she is serving as Chair of the Board of Directors for Momentum Counselling Society supporting equitable access to therapy.

Rachelle can always count on her precocious daughter and energetic puppy Suki to keep life interesting! In her spare time she enjoys singing with friends, traveling the world, gardening, binging on murder mysteries and period dramas, and creating art through painting and pottery.


“Kris and Rachelle facilitated two leadership workshops for our global workforce and they fulfilled all expectations! The presentations were highly engaging, fostering an environment where our staff felt comfortable sharing their insights and experiences. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and we eagerly anticipate future sessions!”

Mary Oguntoyinbo

IntouchCX - Global EX Strategy

“The training was amazing – I’d like a full day next time! Kris was very responsive to the room and sparked some great conversations. As a mom and as well as a leader in my workplace I will definitely be implementing what I learned both at home and with my teams. Thank you for exploring these topics through so many different lenses.”

Leadership Training Participant

Mental Health Summit 2024

“Incredible. Kris was the perfect facilitator. The pace was great – and how he shared details about his personal journey throughout made me feel like I could share my thoughts more. There was so much to take away from this workshop, I’m so happy I took this.”

Workplace Training Participant

Explore Edmonton

“When you work with Kris and Rachelle you get realness. This consulting team is so thoughtful in their design, approach, and delivery with clients. Kris brings charisma, heart and I love the work they are both doing in the community. I would recommend them to any company for training and facilitation about mental health!”

Tara Langan

Career TLC

“I have had the pleasure of working with Kris and the VĪV team on a number of occasions – I highly recommend! Kris is genuine, authentic, and an excellent leader and collaborator. He brings so much value to every piece of work and creates strong, healthy environments to work in.”

Tiffany Connauton

Beyond Diversity Inc.

“Kris is compassionate, resourceful, and his sessions and conversations are always so thoughtful and relevant. His superpower seems to be that he can draw out the best in people, helping others feel comfortable with their own vulnerability and creating a safe space for folks to exist freely without judgement.”

Justin Lessard

Mental Health Therapist

“I’ve been listening to your podcast and I love it. It’s so good! Thank you so much for being so vulnerable and sharing your story. It makes it so much easier for people to open up and help remove the stigma behind mental health struggles. Thank you so much!”

Podcast Listener

“Kris is a true professional. From the start of his presentation to the end, he had the full attention of my students. A talented speaker with a wealth of knowledge on the subject. I highly recommend!”

Nick Foley

Professor, Loyalist College

“One of the best podcasts I’ve ever heard. Amazing job.”

J.J. Richard


“I just wanted to reach out and thank you for speaking to our class today, it really resonated with me. As someone who’s struggled with mental health for a long time, hearing you talk about you personal struggles felt so relatable and less lonely. I appreciate your candour.”


Graduate student