Focused. Creative. Resilient.
These are traits that come naturally to us as humans, but they don't come easily in today's distracted world. We're here to change that.
We exist to maximize human potential and help people live richer and more productive lives.
In the information age, we’re rewarded for the quality of our focus, creativity, and our mindset. Yet we spend our days in distracted workflows where creative thinking is almost impossible. We’re overwhelmed and we’re underperforming.
As organizations, we rely on the fluid intelligence and resilience of our teams, yet the habits we reinforce and the work environments we create go against decades of evidence-based research on how to optimize for cognitive performance and support the wellness of our people.
Nature of Work helps individuals and teams regain ownership over their time and technology, and learn new practices in order to optimize productivity and creativity and live healthier, more fulfilling lives.
CEO & Founder
Steve Rio is a visionary entrepreneur, leader, futurist, philosopher, investor, transformational coach, and musician. He is the Founder of Nature of Work and Briteweb, and the host of NOW with Steve Rio, a podcast that explores what it means to live a good life.
Steve’s passion is helping individuals and teams expand their consciousness and realize their full potential.
Steve thrives at the intersection of social impact, culture, and consciousness and is an expert in exponential organizations, remote and distributed teams, and workforce wellness and performance. He has real-world experience leading remote and distributed digital teams as well as implementing technology systems for over fifteen years. It’s through the lens as a business owner, leader, and entrepreneur that he thinks about performance and wellness for modern workers.
When Steve moved to Bowen Island, a small community off the coast of Vancouver BC, he experienced a revelation about the impact that his work and technology habits were having on him and on society as a whole. He began researching and developing a framework on how to optimize work, increase performance, and lower stress and anxiety in a way that allows our natural wisdom, intelligence, and abilities to thrive. This research, which started as a personal passion project, evolved into Nature of Work.
Austin Love Austin
Co-Founder / Creative Director
Austin has been designing and developing products for over 15 years. She is an expert in tea, nootropics and natural supplementation. She is passionate about creating products and rituals that transform ordinary moments into unforgettable experiences.
Coach / Operations / Content Design
Yasmeen’s career is focused around performance, wellness, human potential, and cognitive & neuropsychology. She is a soon-to-be certified coach (CTI) and a personal trainer in multiple disciplines. Yasmeen holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Psychology & a minor in Applied Ethics.
Administration / Research
Audio & Video / Creative
Dr. Lawrence Cheng
MD, CCFP(EM), MPH, Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner
Dr. Cheng is the co-founder/director of Connect Health Care Centre for Integrative + Functional Medicine. Dr. Cheng is trained in Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine and has a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University.
Dr. Cheng believes in the innate capacity for the body to heal and the importance of integrating mind, body and spirit.
Dr. Maia Love
MD, FRCPC, ISAM, YTT250, IHEM
Dr. Love is Founder and Director of BrainTalks@UBC, Certified in Mindfulness and Certified Internationally in Addiction Medicine and Yoga, is a doctor and psychiatrist with a specialized practice ranging from wellness and optimization to trauma recovery and addiction.
Maia’s practice is rooted in the key values of kindness, respect, and possibility.
Dave has almost 25 years of progressive hands on finance experience and is currently the Director of Finance for Lush Handmade Cosmetics Ltd, a company dedicated to the practices of fair-trade sourcing, supporting sustainable communities and giving back to grass roots organizations making a difference.
Evaleen Jaager Roy
MBA, BBA (Hons)
Evaleen Jaager Roy advises CEOs on talent and strategic HR and coaches executives for top performance. Prior to starting her own company, she served as Vice President of Human Resources for Electronic Arts, helping to build the industry for a decade in its early high growth years in Vancouver, across Europe and globally.