Andrew Middleton, CEO of Shift, stopped by the CIOE 97.5 FM studio to take part in the Mental Health – Let’s Talk About it! series. Hosted by Charlene Pickrem, the owner of Pick Empowerment, this series highlights various guests from all walks of life who share their awareness, perspectives and strategies on mental health.

Here’s an inside listen into Andrew’s journey, philosophies and future plans for Shift.

Part 1 – The journey – how it all began (12:40 min)

Part 2 – Experiential learning – a gateway to self-discovery (13:36 min)

Part 3 – Creating a culture of balance at Shift (13:51 min)

Part 4 – What’s next for Shift? (11:42 min)

More about Andrew

Born and raised on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, Andrew is the founder and CEO of Shift and the developer behind all of Shift’s experiential learning programs and youth care centres. Andrew is an award-winning Child and Youth Care Worker, entrepreneur, facilitator, public speaker and consultant who in 2014 was named as one of ‘Atlantic Canada’s top 50 most inspiring entrepreneurial leaders under the age of 40’ by 21inc.

In the past two decades, Andrew has worked all over Canada with youth and adults alike in schools, care programs, group homes, custody centres, families, community organizations, wilderness programs, and has a specialized focus on supporting Indigenous communities. A skilled facilitator, Andrew has a distinctive and fun teaching style that incorporates storytelling, enjoyable games and unique activities to increase the impact and entertainment of his sessions. Through this he has created over 20 unique programs and workshops, which have been facilitated to well over 100,000 people.

In 2019, Andrew was selected into the 12th cohort of the Wallace McCain Institute’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program (ELP).