Exciting Change for Arete


We’re thrilled to announce that, effective September 1, 2022, Shandy McLean has been named President of Arete. Also effective September 1, Allan Stordy, former President and CEO, will transition to his new role of Founder and CEO.

With nearly a decade of strategic senior management experience, and more than 20 years in the mental health, wellness and benefits sectors—Shandy is perfectly positioned to guide Arete into a new era. Her rigorous commitment to mental health and health promotion coupled with her well-developed business acumen has ensured her success as the leader of Arete.

“I couldn’t imagine handing the Arete reins over to anyone more competent and worthy of the role,” said Allan. “Shandy’s dedication to Arete staff, the business and all our clients is aspirational, and the Arete Board and I are eager to support her through this exciting transition to secure our ongoing success. I’m also looking forward to my new role that will allow me to step back from the demands of day-to-day operations while continuing to help guide Arete’s organizational strategy and future accomplishments.”

To coincide with the change in leadership, Arete has secured new opportunities and investments that will ensure the business can evolve into new areas while continuing to deliver all the top-quality supports and services clients have come to rely on.

“This is such an exciting time for Arete and I’m honoured to be at the helm of such a wonderful, human organization that puts people first,” said Shandy. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be leading Arete into all the many new and interesting pursuits we have in front of us. The future is very bright and it’s a fantastic time to be a part of this organization.”


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Arete builds resilience within people and the organizations that support them through its excellent Canadian employee, member and business assistance programs.

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