Emergenetics Canada

Our Founders

Emergenetics Canada Inc. is the official country representative and Master Licensee for Emergenetics International products.

Emergenetics International was founded in 1991 by Geil Browning, Ph.D., who formed the company based on her extensive research into the field of brain-science, psychometric evaluation and organizational development.

Emergenetics Canada Inc. is owned by Deanna Werklund, President and CEO, and Bridgit Parise, COO and Master Associate of Emergenetics International.

The Emergenetics Canada team is a dynamic team of individuals committed to facilitating personal growth and assisting organizations in the development of positive and productive work environments.  Learn how to join the Emergenetics Team by becoming a certified associate.


Deanna Werklund MBA, ICD.D

President & CEO, Emergenetics Canada Inc. – Emergenetics International Canada

Member of the Premier’s Council for Alberta’s Promise

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A visionary leader with an entrepreneurial spirit, Deanna Werklund is founder of Emergenetics Canada Inc., a new corporation that is the Canadian franchisee for Emergenetics International.

Drawing on 15 years of experience in financial management in the Oil & Gas Engineering sector, Deanna joined Werklund Capital in 2006 with a mission to find a better structure to manage the organization’s wealth.  Her interests included understanding the dynamics of the ‘family office’ model, a professional entity designed to manage the investments, business affairs, and philanthropic interests of high net-worth individuals and families.  In 2011, after she studied a number of world-class examples, the Werklund Family Office was created to encompass both the wealth management entity of Werklund Capital and the Werklund Foundation.

As Deanna worked to manage the wealth of Werklund Capital through strategic investments, she never lost sight of their most important investment – giving back in our communities. Drawing on her experience as a successful businesswoman and her passion for helping others, Deanna helped found the Werklund Foundation in 2006 with her father, who now directs all of the Werklund Family Office companies.

Like Werklund Capital, Deanna envisioned the Werklund Foundation as highly entrepreneurial in nature, investing in (and growing) initiatives with the capacity to yield the highest returns on our most important asset: our youth.  Deanna’s bold vision for excellence in leadership education has led to the Werklund Foundation’s support of youth leadership initiatives in Alberta. Through multiple partnerships and collaborations in Calgary – including the Telus Science Centre, and the Werklund Foundation’s Centre for Youth Leadership Education at the University of Calgary – the mission of the Werklund Foundation is to make a difference in the lives of youth by supporting educational opportunities that will assist them as they achieve their highest potential.

Deanna graduated from Queen’s University EMBA program in 2013.  Deanna is also a graduate of the Institute for Corporate Directors, a Master Graduate of Rapport Leadership International, and a graduate of the highly distinguished Judy Project – an initiative led by the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

A mother of two (super great) children and keeper of a small zoo of pets, Deanna enjoys spending time vacationing anywhere there is a beach and warm weather.

Bridgit Parise

COO, Emergenetics Canada

Master Associate, Emergenetics International

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Bridgit is the COO of Emergenetics Canada and a Master Associate for Emergenetics International.

As one of only 13 Master Associates worldwide, Bridgit facilitates Emergenetics Certification workshops and advises organizations on best practices to strategically incorporate the Emergenetics concepts. In this consulting capacity, she helps organizations address challenges such as change management, leadership development, fostering a culture of collaboration, alignment, trust, and developing dynamic teams.

Prior to joining Emergenetics Canada In 2013, Bridgit founded Renascent Consulting Group, an innovative and relevant management consulting company. Bridgit has extensive experience working with a wide range of businesses and specializes in the design, development, and implementation of progressive business solutions.

Prior to founding Renascent Consulting, Bridgit spent 8 years with Rapport Leadership International, an International training and development organization that redefined performance-based training. During her time with Rapport, Bridgit’s roles included President of Rapport Education, Vice President of Training and Development, and Master Trainer.

Prior to Rapport, Bridgit worked for an International Consulting Company, IPA, and visited small and medium size businesses to analyze operations and formalize a strategy. Her experience also includes 5 years with the world’s largest gaming manufacturer, IGT, as a Senior Financial Analyst and she received her Bachelors in Accounting. In her free time, Bridgit’s passion for life is seen in her active pursuits new learning opportunities and outdoor adventures.

Alexis Paproski

Operations Manager Emergenetics Canada Inc.

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Alexis started working at the age of 14 as a receptionist at her dancing school. That was the start of her career in Customer Service and Administrative Support. Through her experiences she has learned to be adaptable, proactive and learn new skills quickly and efficiently. It is important to Alexis to create clarity through interactions and communications.

Alexis has been supporting classroom and online training programs for adults for over 20 years. Her certifications include Human Resource Management, Adult Learning Education, Project Management, Business Process Management, and Emergenetics Certification.

Alexis considers her 10 years at Work-Life Resources to be the best experience she could have asked for. Working with some of the top leadership facilitators in the world, Alexis learned so many valuable lessons and insights that she continues to pass on to her clients to this day. She believes in being solution oriented and diffuses difficult situations quickly.

Alexis’ specialties include Organization Specialist, Process Management, Coordination, Facilitation, Coaching, HR Management, and Customer Service.

To unwind Alexis enjoys hiking in the summer and working in her yard. In the winter she is off to the mountains to snowboard. No kids, but she has 2 wonderful cats that keep her on her toes!

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