Bill Howatt

Bill Howatt

Chief of Research, Workforce Productivity, Organizational Performance
The Conference Board of Canada

Bill Howatt, PhD is the Chief of Research, Workforce Productivity at The Conference Board of Canada, leading the Board’s applied research programs in workplace wellness, mental health, and workforce productivity.

Dr. Howatt, a behavioural scientist, is known as one of Canada’s top experts in mental health issues in the workplace and has more than 30 years of experience in the field of mental health, addiction, and HR consulting. As a highly-respected columnist for the Globe and Mail, author, clinician, consultant and speaker, he effortlessly engages and inspires both individuals and groups.

Prior to joining The Conference Board in 2018, Dr. Howatt worked as Chief of Research and Development, Workforce Productivity at Morneau Shepell where he launched a total health consulting strategy designed to improve health engagement and productivity in Canadian organizations.

As a highly sought-after international speaker, Dr. Howatt openly shares his personal story and experiences of living with mental health issues since childhood. He engages and enlightens audiences as he works passionately to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace. His career has taken him across Canada and the United States including 12 years working on Wall Street in New York City supporting large financial firms. He has been a frequent and popular speaker at Conference Board of Canada events from coast to coast.

Dr. Howatt has published numerous books and articles, including: The Coping Crisis, Pathways to Coping, the Wiley Series on Addictions, Human Services Counselor’s Toolbox and The Addiction Counselor’s Desk Reference.