Dr. Helpard is originally from Welland, Ontario. He attended the University of Western Ontario where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. He then completed dental school at McGill University where he was a gold medal recipient. Following university Dr. Helpard spent three years with the Canadian Military before pursuing orthodontic specialty training at the University of Iowa.

Dr. Helpard is actively involved with the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies Team of B.C. He works at Children's Hospital once a month to provide consultation services and interdisciplinary treatment planning with numerous medical specialists. He is a member of the Canadian and American Associations of Orthodontics, the British Columbia Society of Orthodontists as well as the Canadian and British Columbia Dental Associations. He is a Fellow and examiner of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and he has completed the multistage examination process to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

Outside of the office, he likes to spend time with his wife, Christine and their three beautiful children, Benjamin, Amelia and Sammy. He enjoys participating in many community and athletic activities.