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NEW VENUE:
Venue has changed to the Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel.

Message from the Program Developer

John Brewer

Our 2011 workplace mental health conference was a huge success. The Conference Board’s original research provided great new insights, while also reinforcing many of the community’s …

Conference Overview

Employee mental health and wellness has a major impact on performance.

Wellness has become a priority for public and private sector employers, as senior leaders recognize the impact employee wellness has on enterprise performance. Health and wellness issues also continue to grow in importance as the workforce ages and skilled talent shortages become more common and persistent.

Employee wellness must include mental health.

Many organizations have taken major steps on workplace mental health. In 2010, Bell Canada announced a five-year $50 million initiative to enhance awareness, understanding, and treatment of mental illness. Canada Post launched its Foundation for Mental Health in 2008 to increase awareness and help frontline organizations, caregivers, and family members who support people with mental health issues.

These and other organizations recognize the importance of mental health and well-being. Find out why these pioneers are committing significant resources to mental health, and how they have measured mental health’s impact on performance and productivity.

Supporting workplace mental health is a sound business decision and a legal responsibility.

One in five Canadians will have a mental health challenge that will affect their work performance and their lives. The direct and indirect costs to the Canadian economy of mental health and addiction are now estimated at almost $30 billion! Financial rewards for damages caused by mental injury at work have increased dramatically, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada anticipates a perfect legal storm over employer responsibility for a psychologically safe workplace.

Understand the impact and opportunities of employee wellness.

In 2011, we focused on workplace mental health. Delegate input from this successful event prompted inclusion of broader wellness issues for 2012, with exclusive research and in-depth cases of organizations that are succeeding in both wellness and mental health.

Learn from two new Conference Board research studies.

This year’s event features two new studies, the Conference Board’s respected economists’ report The Costs of Poor Mental Health on Productivity and Competitiveness, and a special report on the return on investment (ROI) of wellness programs. These two insightful studies demonstrate the business case and performance potential of superior health and well-being, and will help you focus your spending to achieve maximum impact.

Building on success.

The Conference Board is Canada’s most respected independent research and conference development organization, attracting leading innovators and providing an insightful and enlightening learning experience for conference participants.

Connect with your top prospects!

Sponsor this event, and collaborate with senior executives, practitioners and thought leaders. Connect your brand with the solutions, and position your organization as a leader in its field.

To learn more about exhibiting, reception and luncheon sponsorship, and exclusive sponsor benefits, please contact Rhonda at (416) 481-1904 or bradbury@conferenceboard.ca.

Past Attendees

Here’s what your colleagues said about our past Workplace Mental Health conferences:

Excellent research, solid information! Congratulations on including the voices of people with substantive content knowledge, credibility, and experience (lived) with mental illnesses.

—Margaret Tebbutt, Canadian Mental Health Association

All presentations were exceptional. Appreciated the openness and honesty of the speakers relating personal experiences both professionally and personally – lots of great information I can use to build a business case.

—Judy Bridgman, Ford Motor Company of Canada

This was time well spent. What a privilege to hear from such a diverse group of professionals all coming together to share their expertise. For too long no one has been speaking up enough on these very important topics. I applaud the team on bringing these issues to the forefront and their work on putting mental health issues out in the open.

—Kate Tilsley, Stables Canada Inc.

Enjoyed the conference. It was very informative and I feel I gained a lot of information to share at work. As the message that open communication is necessary when it relates to mental illness, I totally commend our three presenters who openly spoke of their journey with their mental health issues. Learned a lot!

—Hannah Greeley, Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Government Services

One of the best Conference Board conferences I’ve attended. So well done, such wonderful speakers! Many thanks.

—Stephen Brown, Ontario Ministry of Government Services

Sponsored By

Morneau Shepell Ltd.

Manulife Financial

Pfizer Canada Inc.

Scotiabank

The Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada

Homewood Human Solutions

Canadian College of Health Leaders

Canadian Mental Health Association

Mental Health Works

Diversity! In the Workplace

Mood Disorders Society of Canada

Natural Health Care Canada

Tri Fit Inc.

Special Contribution By

Mental Health Commission of Canada


The details of this event are subject to change. Please revisit this page periodically for updated information.

Workplace Wellness Agenda Cover

The full agenda for this event is now available!

Video From The 2011 Event

Karen Seward, Executive Vice-President of Business Development and Marketing at Morneau Shepell, speaks on Mental Health as a business issue at our Workplace Mental Health 2011 conference.

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View Our Sponsors’ Websites

Morneau Shepell Ltd.
Manulife Financial
Pfizer Canada Inc.
Scotiabank 
The Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada
Homewood Human Solutions
Canadian College of Health Leaders
Canadian Mental Health Association
Mental Health Works
Diversity! In the Workplace
Mood Disorders Society of Canada
Natural Health Care Canada
Tri Fit Inc.

Special Contributor

Mental Health Commission of Canada

Earn Continuing Education Hours!

Certified Disability Management Professionals (CDMP) and Certified Return to Work Coordinators (CRTWC) who attend the conference program will receive 12.5 Continuing Education Credit hours. For more info, please contact NIDMAR at 778-421-0821 ext. 210, or nidmar@nidmar.ca