Frederick M. Weston
Rick's vision and funding resulted in the creation of the AMS Smoking Management System. The System has received international acclaim and more than 100,000 smokers have "chosen" to use it to earn former smoker status.
For 2017 and beyond, his vision includes a 4.0 digital/internet version of The AMS System. It will provide the behaviour change methodologies tens of millions of smokers worldwide desperately need to end their habit/addiction.
Prior to AMS, Rick co-founded and was CEO of Metson Research Ltd., Hybrid Electronics, and the Canadian Technical Publications, publisher of "The Engineering Times", the largest circulation, privately owned newpaper in Canada.
David J. Howell
David shares Rick's passion to help smokers change and extend their lives by living a more healthy lifestyle. David has worked with Rick Weston over the last year in a marketing capacity and accepted the role as President of AMS in March 2016.
For 2017, David will continue in an operations and marketing role pursuing avenues to reach as many people in Canada and the U.S. with an eye for a roll-out to countries just realizing the cost of health care with more smokers per capita than North America.
Prior to AMS, David founded Associate Marketing International, a boutique consultancy group, Pandemic101 Corporation, which helps provide business continuity, when Pandemics strike, driving absenteeism in the workplace. David also co-founded AMI-TEK Solutions in 2016
Ken's family has been touched by the issues from smoking and so he is a strong advocate of reducing smoking globally. Ken has worked with David within the AMI Group of Companies and joins him again in this noble effort.
Ken will represent AMS in the Quebec market which is known to have a much larger smoker market. Ken will pursue large organizations with the AMS Corporate Progam that has helped 100's of thousand of smokers enjoy former smoker status.
Prior to AMS and his on-going association with AMI, Ken was the co-founder of Nuvollo, a successful data hosting and managed service company. Prior to that, Ken founded Three Men, a company imbedded in the network market in Quebec, working with large telecom clients.
Bruce has had a diverse career in the financial services industry. He was most recently Executive Vice President of BMO Nesbitt Burns Financial Services where he was responsible for creating the Pension division, Group Insurance division, assumed responsibility for the Canadian and U.S. Insurance Brokerage divisions and The Trust Company of Bank of Montreal Corporate Trust division. His responsibilities included developing business plans for all divisions, setting and managing budgets, developing strategy, monitoring the execution of that strategy and managing all staff issues.
Gord has worked in the Insurance industry for over 29 years – 22 of those with the company he founded. His extensive consulting expertise has a special emphasis on comprehensive and integrated management solutions designed to maximize the productivity of an employer’s workforce while maintaining an emphasis on maximizing the employee’s well being. With a well-deserved reputation for integrity, Gord applies proactive solutions in the areas of healthcare claims management, absence and disability management, as well as workplace wellness/lifestyle programs.
Warren Shepell Ph.D.
Dr. Shepell is a pioneer in Employee Assistance Programs. He was Founder and CEO of Warren Shepell Consultants Corp. Warren’s innovative initiatives have been beneficial to thousands of employees. He introduced and made mental health treatments mainstream and an integral component of EAP’s. His company provided EAP services to more than 2,000 companies and organizations and was the recipient of two 50 Best Company and a Benefits Canada Lifetime Best Company award.
Mark is President of Mercantile Mergers and Acquisitions, a leading mid market M&A firm. Since 1987, Mercantile has focused exclusively in the divestiture of mid market Canadian companies; selling to strategic or private equity buyers or investors.
Ted has spent the past 20 years recruiting for high tech vendors primarily into the Canadian market. This followed a career of Sales, Sales Management, and Sales Training within the high tech vendor world. Previous employers include IBM, Xerox, Keyword and ICL with roles including Sales Trainer at Xerox and VP Sales Canada with Keyword. These roles provided Ted with a unique perspective that has elevated his ability to empathize with clients and understand their business requirements when choosing and developing quality candidates.
The purpose of our program is to provide the AMS System Training to manage behavioural change for smokers who are psychologically ready to re-start* and complete the quitting process (70%**).
We also provide the same AMS System Training for smokers not psychologically ready to make the sacrifices necessary to complete the process but, require help to learn to control when they smoke, to avoid/eliminate power smoking, to comfortably cope with workplace smoking restrictions (bans) without the need for extra*** outside smoke-breaks.
The bi-product of what we do avoids/eliminates the productivity loss, increased absenteeism & prescription drug use caused by workplace smoking restrictions/bans.
The AMS System Training reduces smoking-related health and medical costs.
The AMS System Training eliminates negative and costly behavior changes among smokers not willing to participate in conventional QUIT or FAIL cessation programs.
The AMS System Training equips managers and supervisors with smoking management skills that enable uniform management of workplace smoking restrictions/bans.
* 82% have tried to quit, 67% have tried more than once - Angus Reid Group poll - April, 1998
** The American Medical Association-June 2001
*** Three weeks per year, per smoker- Smoking and the Bottom Line, - The Conference Board of Canada-January 1997