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Operationalizing Workplace Mental Health: Strategy to Action

Tuesday April 9 2019 Chateau Laurier Ottawa, ON

Now is the time to introduce, enhance, and innovate your organization’s approach to workplace mental health. From the front-lines and the bargaining table, right to the CEO and board of directors; organizations are hearing from every direction that workplace mental health is a top priority. To enhance the priority of workplace mental health for Canadian organizations, the Conference Board of Canada research shows that improved treatment of depression and anxiety are costs too large to ignore. This workshop will empower you to implement, improve, and challenge mental health initiatives within your organization.

Register Now! Take this opportunity to join The Conference Board of Canada and our partners for this highly engaging session that will give you the tools to implement and improve your workplace mental health initiatives.

New This Year! The Conference Board of Canada regularly convenes workplace health professionals through our Council on Workplace Health and Wellness and the Health and Safety Leadership Centre. Drawing on this expertise, participants will be encouraged to openly discuss challenges and how to move forward, share successes and how they can be translated in other organizations, and identify opportunities to innovate and take action.

Discussions will include:

  • Adapting to the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.
  • Building coaching and leadership tools to positively support a mentally healthy workplace.
  • How to move forward workplace mental health into everyday operations.

About the Facilitator:

Bill HowattThis workshop is led by Dr. Bill Howatt, Chief of Research, Workforce Productivity for The Conference Board of Canada. He has over 25 years’ experience in strategic HR, mental health and addictions, and leadership.

Bill Howatt is the creator of the online Certificate in Management Essentials (CME) program, and Pathway to Coping, courses offered through the University of New Brunswick. He created the Quality of Work Life (QWL) tool that has been converted into the Morneau Shepell Total Health Index, and was the co-creator of The Globe and Mail and Morneau Shepell’s Employee Recommended Workplace Award. He is also co-creator of The Globe and Mail Your Life at Work Initiative that touched more 14,000 Canadians.

Bill is an experienced workshop facilitator and brings several years of experience. He has published numerous books and articles, such as The Coping Crisis, Pathway to Coping, the Wiley Series on addictions, The Human Services Counseling Toolbox, and The Addiction Counselor’s Desk Reference. He is a regular contributor to The Globe and Mail 9 to 5 and Leadership Lab columns and The Chronicle Herald.

Who should attend:

  • Employee Benefits professionals
  • Employee and Labour Relations
  • Disability Management
  • Health and Safety
  • Learning and Leadership
  • People Leaders
  • Talent Management
  • Wellness

About the workshop series: Since 2014 we have partnered with the Mental Health Commission of Canada to host workplace mental health workshops across the country. In this time, we have delivered 26 workshops to over 800 participants with an average satisfaction score of 4.4/5.


We’d like to thank our generous sponsor for their contribution to this event.


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

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