We Believe Mental Wellness Is A Right, Not A Privilege

Our Story

With a return to his psychotherapy practice in Waterloo, Ontario,  Paul's first contribution to solving this problem was through the development of 'Life Recovery Program', which has since gone on to receive multiple awards and gain impressive recognition. More importantly, the program has served thousands of individuals and families, and has helped save jobs, relationships and lives. 

Inward Strong (formerly Life Recovery Program) was created by our founder Paul Radkowski, a clinician who spent time working in the Northwest Territories. It was here where he observed, first-hand, how treatment barriers increase illness and early death. His idea was that, if you could not bring someone to resources like a counsellor, agency or other helpful option, then you should bring the resources to them.

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Today, with the support of a team that is passionate about mental health and technology, we are building upon this passion project to get therapy and mental health support into all organizations, big and small. To stay true to Paul's original vision, we have also launched our not-for-profit, BIS (Be Inward Strong). Our collective mission is to make mental health therapy and support accessible to anyone who needs it.

 

We strive to be the community where charities, outreach organizations and companies that support mental health - and breaking the stigma around it - can easily leverage each other to make the most impact.

Meet Our Team

Samantha May

Marketing Executive

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Monique Peats

Co-Founder + Chief Experience Officer

Paul is an internationally-awarded therapist, entrepreneur and speaker, with over 20 years experience, sought out for his expertise in mental health/addiction recovery and resilience training. Tired of seeing people fall between the treatment gaps, Paul developed Inward Strong (formerly 'Life Recovery Program') to respond to this need.

Paul Radkowski

Founder, CEO + Clinical Director

Paul is an internationally-awarded therapist, entrepreneur and speaker, with over 20 years experience, sought out for his expertise in mental health/addiction recovery and resilience training. Tired of seeing people fall between the treatment gaps, Paul developed Inward Strong (formerly 'Life Recovery Program') to respond to this need.

Laura Milne

Chief Strategy Officer

Laura is a multi-time entrepreneur and business strategist, with 15 years' cumulative experience developing and implementing new technologies and leading HR practices. As a long-time advisor to the original Life Recovery Program, with expertise in innovation and operations, Laura is integral to the company's next chapter as Inward Strong.​

Paul Radkowski

Founder, CEO + Clinical Director

Paul is an internationally-awarded therapist, entrepreneur and speaker, with over 20 years experience, sought out for his expertise in mental health/addiction recovery and resilience training. Tired of seeing people fall between the treatment gaps, Paul developed Inward Strong (formerly 'Life Recovery Program') to respond to this need.

Robert McKay

Chief Operations Officer

Robert is a highly accomplished project leader who has directed multiple system-wide transformations across the Ontario healthcare system. He was additionally charged with leading the development of the first publicly funded and jurisdictional-wide psychotherapy initiative.

 

In addition to his corporate involvement in healthcare, Robert has 15 years of private practice experience as a psychotherapist.

Jacqueline Stein

Director, Communications

Jacqueline is a communications leader whose career has been shaped by an interest in bridging gaps to drive change in the communities she’s worked in around the world. She has overseen communications for a renowned organization providing capital and mentorship to innovative start-ups, and has used her expertise to bring enterprises to new markets.

Charles Vachon

Director of  Business Development

Charles is a seasoned business strategist with 25 years' experience. His work is rooted in relationship building and he has built, advised and mentored a variety of teams, across industries, through encouragement, feedback and purpose, to achieve organizational success.

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We're Award & Recognized  

Inward Strong (Formerly 'Life Recovery Program')

Best Health Technology Innovator Award (McMaster University)

Outstanding Service in Mental Health (OAMHP/OACCPP)

Outstanding Contributions in Addiction (ACA)

80% of users report reduced symptoms and significant improvement in coping (CAMH)