Celebrating 25 years of building custom training solutions

About Us

Whether your organization is large or small, in its start-up phase or in full growth, Fairwinds Training and Development will work with you to identify and achieve your objectives.


The Fairwinds team has expertise in many different fields, ranging from human resources and operations to sales and marketing, and everything in between. Each of our team members acquired multiple years of experience prior to joining Fairwinds.

Fairwinds Training and Development Team

Our Team

Brenda Fair, CPHR

Senior Consultant
Brenda has been a principal of Fairwinds Training and Development since 1995 and in that time has worked with many local and national businesses and organizations.

Rick Fair, B Ed

Senior Consultant
Rick has been a principal of Fairwinds Training and Development Inc. since 1995. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree as well as a Bachelor of Education degree.

Sylvie Thibault, MBA

Senior Consultant

Sylvie is a leadership capacity builder and seasoned management professional with a proven track record in developing teams and businesses.

John Zettler, MBA

Senior Consultant

John delivers customized and interactive training and people strategy solutions to individuals, teams and organizations.


Senior Consultant

Stéphanie is the newest bilingual associate of Fairwinds Training and Development Inc. Stephanie is happy to call Moncton, New Brunswick home.

Chris Giddens, MBA/LLB


Chris Giddens is a legal and business professional who combines management expertise and business development acumen with legal and contractual expertise.

Frank Garner, BA, B Ed


Frank Garner is well known and respected in international sport, recreation and government circles.

Customized Solutions

We offer you a comprehensive range of training programs and consulting services in French as well as in English. Each is tailored to your specific needs and includes customized material designed for your organization. This provides a consistent approach throughout the organization.

Measurable Results

We use an outcomes-based approach that allows you to know what you need to achieve and measure it along the way.

Multiple Points of Delivery

Because every organization has different needs, we offer you multiple points of delivery:

  • In-house: at your office
  • Off-site: at a location of your choice
  • Long-distance: using an interactive multimedia approach

Free Initial Consultation

We conduct our needs assessments using our ASDR approach.

Our approach (asdr)

Step 1:


Discover and assess where you are


Increase consciousness


What is happening to make things go right / wrong?

Step 2:


Dream the ideal situation


Map out the journey ahead


What does the situation call for?


What improvements could be made?

Step 3:
Design a new way


Design a new way


Build their capacity and competence


What is the ideal way I / we should be thinking?


What actions should I take?

Step 4:


Deliver on your dream


Reap the benefits and the rewards


What will I be getting?


What is the return on the actions that I / we took?

Our Approach (ASDR)

"I have personally used a number of the services offered by Fairwinds Training and Development in 5 different organizations and with their assistance have witnessed substantial improvement in each organization."

"Fairwinds is now providing direction & structure in Alpha's succession planning process. We have experienced exceptional support and trust Fairwinds in providing sound advice."

Eric Efford, President and CEO
Alpha Chemical

"I have relied on Sylvie for almost 10 years for my translation requirements and never once have I experienced a problem or missed a deadline."

Andrew J. Enns, President
NRG Research Group

“Rick Fair heads up the training for my staff, with great detail focusing on working as a team, completing the job 100% and on time, taking responsibility for your job and the others around you.”

"We definitely recommend Fairwinds Training to anyone looking for a highly effective, customized training program!"

Heather Hines - Human Resources Manager
Tirecraft (Atlantic Canada)

"We will continue to partner with Fairwinds Training Development with a shared goal of enhancing the skills and programs within the workplace."

Trevor Bent, Human Resource & Risk Manager
Eassons Transport Limited

"Sylvie is a master facilitator who provides her participants with the ability to transfer skills directly to their workplace thus impacting the culture of the organization."

Renette Muise, Workplace Education Coordinator
Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education

"The results have been heralded by staff as amazing. As well as being great trainers Brenda and Rick provide that special touch with follow up and helpful input."

Chuck Bezanson, Divisional Chief Training
Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency

"We would highly recommend her services to anyone at any stage of their business, from start-up to mature, they would benefit from the experience."

Pam Murray and Peter Andresen
Invisible Fence Brand of Annapolis Valley

"Everyone who participated in training with her was enthusiastic about the experience."

Peter MacInnes, Quality and Training Supervisor
Minas Basin Pulp and Power

"Sylvie was able to offer engaging and relevant material that had the additional benefit of bonding the participants during the challenging time of a plant closure."

Alice MacDonald, HR Manager
Larsen-Maple Leaf

"At HBM we have had successful partnerships with Fairwinds on HR, Corporate Strategy and Sales initiatives over the last 15 years."

"Rick Fair’s session with us was very informative and best of all lots of fun!"

Bonnie Boyd Reid
United Way Halifax

"Rick has helped me understand and excel in sales and service."

Paul MacKinnon, Sales Representative
Bluewave Energy

"The leadership program that they were instrumental in implementing will ensure that our employees are developing the necessary competencies and skills required to thrive in a highly competitive marketplace."

Janet Sutherland Tam, Human Resources Manager
Peter Kohler - Windows and Entrance Systems

"Brenda is a skilled facilitator with a solid background of experience and accreditations. Participants tell us that she has a winning combination - knowledgeable, engaging and organized."

"I have relied on Sylvie for almost 10 years for my translation requirements and never once have I experienced a problem or missed a deadline."

Andrew J. Enns, President
NRG Research Group

"We have recommended Fairwinds to other organizations which have had great results from their planning work."

Gordon Stewart, Executive Director
Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia

"Mr. Fair has a way in his teaching technique that easily draws the participants into discussion on the subject at hand."

Linwood Hupman, Executive Director
NB Merit Contractors Association

Our Clients

Halifax Chamber of Commerce
United Way Halifax
Port Authority
Scotian Gold Co-operative Limited
Casino Nova Scotia
Heritage Gas
Medavie EMS
Sport Nova Scotia
NSCC Kingstec
Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources
Domaine de Grand Pré
Tii Network Technologies
Green Imaging Technology
Atlantic Lottery Corporation
Invisible Fence
Durty Nellys
Saint Mary's University
centre for women in business
Bluewave Energy
JW Lindsay
minas basin
Recreation Nova Scotia
Construction Association of Nova Scotia
Jetco Contracting
Property Valuation Services Corporation
Premiere Entertainment Group
Infinity Employment Solutions
Sport Centre Atlantic
Merit New Brunswick
Alpha Chemical
Russell House Marketing
Graybar Canada
Royal K9
Miller Tirecraft
EMC Canada

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