Sapna Mahajan

Director, Centre of Expertise on Mental Health in the Workplace

Sapna Mahajan recently joined the Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer as the Director leading the Centre of Expertise on Mental Health in the Workplace, and supporting the development of the Centre for Wellness, Inclusion and Diversity.  

Sapna joins Treasury Board on a two year interchange from the Mental Health Commission of Canada, where she was the Director of Programs and Priorities. She joined the Commission in 2009, leading and directly accountable for the Commission’s priorities in the areas of workplace mental health, peer support, post-secondary student mental health, e-mental health and cannabis. She helped lead the development of the first in the world National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, and since then has been working with organizations globally to drive widespread adoption and implementation. She is currently part of the Canadian mirror committee to develop an international Standard based on Canada’s psychological health and safety Standard, and co-chairs the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Workplace Wellness and Resilience Focus Area Work Group.  Prior to joining the Commission, Sapna worked at the Queen’s Center for Health Services and Policy Research. She has also worked with the William J Clinton Foundation and the Centre for International Health and Development.

Sapna holds a Masters in International Public Health – Health Policy and Management from Boston University. She is a Canadian Healthcare Executive and a Project Management Professional. In 2015, she was chosen to participate in the Governor General Canadian Leadership Conference. She is an active community member volunteering with several charities and not for profit organizations, including as a Board member of the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, VoiceFound, Mindful Employer and the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.


  • Opening remarks - Committing to mental health


  • Moving the markers on workplace mental health at the Government of Canada