Brad Hestbak

Brad Hestbak is a community engagement strategist, fundraiser, and writer. His career has encompassed leadership roles at several post secondary institutions across the province, including the University of Alberta, Athabasca University and Medicine Hat College.

Brad was born and raised in Edmonton. After graduating from the U of A, he worked for the university as a technical illustrator, administrator, and marketing consultant. During that time, he was at the forefront of implementing digital communication tools for presentation, publication, and the initial design of the University’s brand on the internet.

Moving to Athabasca in 2002, Brad soon became familiar with the challenge of doing business and providing services outside of a major urban centre. These matters were amplified when his work took him to smaller, remote communities across the north, where issues like the lack of cellphone and internet services, many transportation barriers, inferior educational facilities, and few employment opportunities, posed a daily struggle for many.

Inspired by these challenges, Brad partnered with industry and community stakeholders to raise more than $10 million for education in rural Alberta. In doing so, Brad has excelled in working with governments, business, non-profits, post-secondary institutions, and Indigenous communities. His work has included brand development, strategic partnerships, and corporate communications for both large and small organizations. He is passionate about living and working in
the north and making a difference in rural and remote communities.

Brad lives on a small farm alongside the Athabasca River, approximately 225 km. north of Edmonton with too many dogs, horses, and donkeys.

Articles by Brad Hestbak


10 Effective Mental Health Tools To Improve Your Employees’ Resilience & Job Performance 10 Effective Mental Health Tools To Improve Your Employees’ Resilience & Job Performance 10 Effective Mental Health Tools To Improve Your Employees’ Resilience & Job Performance 10 Effective Mental Health Tools To Improve Your Employees’ Resilience & Job Performance


Mental health is a key component of productivity that cannot be overlooked. These 10 effective tools will ensure your employees are...

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Many people know about the negative health implications of sitting all day. A standing desk seems like the perfect solution — however, even...

The Differences Between FEME Urine Drug Screening and Urinalysis The Differences Between FEME Urine Drug Screening and Urinalysis The Differences Between FEME Urine Drug Screening and Urinalysis The Differences Between FEME Urine Drug Screening and Urinalysis


Urine can tell a lot about what's going on in your body, which is why urine screening is such an effective tool. Whether you're an employer...

What Is Reasonable Suspicion Training And Does Your Company Need It? What Is Reasonable Suspicion Training And Does Your Company Need It? What Is Reasonable Suspicion Training And Does Your Company Need It? What Is Reasonable Suspicion Training And Does Your Company Need It?


Reasonable suspicion testing can help ensure your workplace is a safe space for employees and the public.

Medical Marijuana: The Potential Impact on Your Workplace Medical Marijuana: The Potential Impact on Your Workplace Medical Marijuana: The Potential Impact on Your Workplace Medical Marijuana: The Potential Impact on Your Workplace


While marijuana has been legalized in several states, there is still a great deal of confusion around medical marijuana in the workplace.

What are the Regulations Covering Maintenance of Way (MOW) Employees? What are the Regulations Covering Maintenance of Way (MOW) Employees? What are the Regulations Covering Maintenance of Way (MOW) Employees? What are the Regulations Covering Maintenance of Way (MOW) Employees?


Employers and employees in the maintenance of way industry must take note of several regulations regarding the use of drugs and alcohol.

Introduction To OSHA Required Medical Evaluations For Workers Who Use Respirators Introduction To OSHA Required Medical Evaluations For Workers Who Use Respirators Introduction To OSHA Required Medical Evaluations For Workers Who Use Respirators Introduction To OSHA Required Medical Evaluations For Workers Who Use Respirators


Respirators are an integral part of workplace safety — and medical evaluations are crucial to ensure they're being used properly.

What Is CCDAPP Certification And Why Is It Important? What Is CCDAPP Certification And Why Is It Important? What Is CCDAPP Certification And Why Is It Important? What Is CCDAPP Certification And Why Is It Important?


CCDAPP certification is the highest credential available for drug and alcohol administrative professionals and is the most recognized...

A Review Of TPA Best Practices A Review Of TPA Best Practices A Review Of TPA Best Practices A Review Of TPA Best Practices


A Consortium/Third-Party Administrator can be an essential component of your company's drug and alcohol testing program. However, you need...

Everything You Need To Know About The FMCSA Clearinghouse Final Rule Everything You Need To Know About The FMCSA Clearinghouse Final Rule Everything You Need To Know About The FMCSA Clearinghouse Final Rule Everything You Need To Know About The FMCSA Clearinghouse Final Rule


Still trying to figure out what the new FMCSA Clearinghouse Final Rule requires of employers? This will help you make sense of the new...

What is an FTA Drug and Alcohol Compliance Audit? What is an FTA Drug and Alcohol Compliance Audit? What is an FTA Drug and Alcohol Compliance Audit? What is an FTA Drug and Alcohol Compliance Audit?


The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) takes safety seriously. That's the reason they make this formal review a necessity for all...

6 Up and Coming Drug Testing Technologies You Need To Know About 6 Up and Coming Drug Testing Technologies You Need To Know About 6 Up and Coming Drug Testing Technologies You Need To Know About 6 Up and Coming Drug Testing Technologies You Need To Know About


Drug testing has been around for ages, and the methods are proven to be effective. However, there's always room for improvement — and these...

Fit-for-Work Testing: How to Fit the Employee to the Job Fit-for-Work Testing: How to Fit the Employee to the Job Fit-for-Work Testing: How to Fit the Employee to the Job Fit-for-Work Testing: How to Fit the Employee to the Job


Fit-for-work testing provides employers with an added level of confidence that both new and return-to-duty employees are ready for the work...