Psychologically Safe Workplace Awards

The winners of the Psychologically Safe Workplace Awards & OHS Honours will be announced at a special gala on Sept. 15, 2022, at the Globe and Mail Centre in downtown Toronto.

It all starts at 2 p.m. with a half-day conference – The Psychologically Safe Workplace Summit. Then, at 5:30 p.m., doors open for the Psychologically Safe Workplace Awards & OHS Honours with a cocktail reception followed by a gala dinner and awards ceremony.

Tickets are available in packages, including:

  • Summit Only (Individual or Team Registrations)
  • Summit and Gala (Individual or Team Registrations)
  • Gala Only (Individual or Team Registrations, including half tables and full tables)


Psychologically Safe Workplace Summit – Agenda

2 p.m. – Opening Remarks

Speaker: Todd Humber, Group Publisher, Talent Canada & OHS Canada

2:05 p.m. – 3 p.m. Secrets from Psychologically Safe Workplaces

We’ve gathered senior leaders from 3 of the organizations that won the Psychologically Safe Workplace Awards last year. In this panel discussion, you will get the inside scoop on some of the best real-world workplace mental health practices in the country. It’s a unique opportunity to hear directly from organizations that are leaders in this space.
Moderator: Therese Castillo, Associate Editor, Talent Canada & OHS Canada


  • Erika Santarossa-Harris, EHS and Responsible Care Specialist, BASF Canada
  • Dave Upper, Fire Chief, St. Catharine’s Fire Department
  • Christine Vigna, Chief People Officer, Dejero

3 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Networking Break

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. The Transformative Power of HOPE: Exploring the Science of the Positive Framework

Jeff Linkenbach

Session Description: The Science of the Positive is the study of how positive factors impact culture and experience. This transformational leadership framework focuses on how to measure and grow ‘The Positive’ and has been successfully applied for decades. The Science of the Positive is also the foundation of HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences) – a newly emerging framework which is revolutionizing the science and practices of preventing trauma and it deleterious effects. In this engaging keynote, Dr. Linkenbach will guide participants through the Cycle of Transformation and the four domains of Spirit, Science, Action, and Return. Key takeaways will focus on how workplace leaders can apply this emerging prevention science, as well as restore our passion for the vital work that we all do, so that we may support psychological safety, mental health, and well-being in our workplaces.

Speaker: Jeff Linkenbach, Ed. D., Director and Research Scientist at The Montana Institute.

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Networking Break

4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Fireside Chat with Dr. Bill Howatt

Session Description: Dr. Bill Howatt digs deep into the Mental Fitness Index (MFI) assessment tool and reveals some of the most important trends impacting workplace mental health. Dr. Howatt will discuss some of the data his team has uncovered during this year’s Psychologically Safe Workplace Awards competition. And he will talk about some practical solutions for business leaders and human resources professionals that can make a real difference at organizations. It’s a unique opportunity to hear directly from one of Canada’s leading experts in workplace mental health.

Speaker: Dr. Bill Howatt, Founder of Howatt HR and co-founder of the Psychologically Safe Workplace Awards

5:15 p.m. Closing Remarks

BONUS – Stick around for the cocktail reception and gala dinner celebration as we unveil the winners of the 2023 Psychologically Safe Workplace Awards and celebrate the winners of OHS Honours. Get your discounted ticket today!

Psychologically Safe Workplace Awards & OHS Honours

For 2022, we’re hosting the Biggest Night in Safety as we bring the winners of the Psychologically Safe Workplace Awards together with OHS Honours. Powered by Canada’s leading workplace media brands, Talent Canada and OHS Canada, it’s a can’t miss-night of celebrating the very best in occupational safety and HR.

5:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception

This is a unique opportunity to not only celebrate with your team, but to network and rub elbows with some of the best minds in psychological safety and occupational health and safety.

6:30 p.m. Dinner Starts

Grab your seat for a fantastic dinner celebration. During dinner, you’ll hear from some of Canada’s leading experts in mental health and OHS.

7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Winners Announced and Called to the Stage

Join professionals from across Canada as we announce the winners of this year’s awards, including:

  • Psychologically Safe Workplace Awards
  • OHS Honours
  • OHS Canada’s Top 25 Under 40 Professionals


Our Speakers

Erika Harris

Erika Harris is an Occupational Safety and Industrial Hygiene (OSIH) Specialist within BASF Canada Inc, Global Business Services. Her responsibilities include providing Occupational Safety and Industrial Hygiene (OSIH) Support to all sites and employees within the Canadian organization. She is also the Responsible Care Coordinator for BASF Canada ensuring their Responsible Care Management System meets both internal and external expectations and works to drive continuous improvement through the Canadian organization in the areas of environment, health, safety, security and sustainability. Most recently, Erika has accepted the chair role in the newly formed Psychological Health & Safety Committee (PHSC) that is working to end the stigma around mental health and enhance internal management systems by adapting to aspects of the CSA Z1003 Standard.

Harris holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor, in which she specialized in Ergonomics and Human Factors.

Outside of work, Harris is a mother of 2 young children, who likes to take every opportunity to get outside and explore the world around her with her family.

Christine Vigna

Christine Vigna. As Chief People Officer, Christine is responsible for the creation and execution of programs and services that deliver on Dejero’s people strategy – to provide an exceptional employee experience and continue to grow and develop its corporate culture. Prior to joining Dejero, Christine held a diverse range of roles in human resources, as advisor, and project management-focused roles in the not-for-profit, regulatory body, and technology sectors.

Christine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Conestoga College, and she is a Certified Human Resources Leader. Christine is active in the Waterloo Region community. She serves as President on the Board of Directors of a local charitable organization and she also mentors HR professionals in the early stages of their career.

Jeff Linkenbach

Dr. Jeff Linkenbach is Director and Chief Research Scientist at The Montana Institute and has developed national award-winning programs to change social norms. He pioneered development of the Science of the Positive process and the Positive Community Norms framework, which are being utilized by tribal, federal, state and local organizations to achieve positive change and transformation around issues including child maltreatment, substance abuse, suicide, and traffic safety.

Dr. Linkenbach holds a doctorate of education and a master’s degree in counseling, and has over 30 years of experience in the field of public health leadership. He lives in Bozeman, Montana with his wife, Cindy, and their two children who bring joy and meaning to his work and life.

Dr. Bill Howatt

Dr. Bill Howatt. Dr. Bill’s resilience has been challenged time and again, yet he’s managed to achieve success in the academic and professional worlds. Through adversity and setbacks, he has learned nothing comes easily. For example, Bill took four years to become a starter at Acadia University, where he won “Most Improved Player.”

His challenges ranged from adoption, failing the 2nd grade, and navigating life with ADHD, Dyslexia, Trauma, and Anxiety. Bill understands the daily struggle of being a human being. Bill’s life experiences have shaped his approach to working with employees, leaders, and employers to improve psychological health and safety in the workplace. He has a deep passion for evidence-based outcomes and applies a Plan – Do – Check – Act approach to all his work.

Dr. Bill has over 30 years of clinical experience in the mental health field—especially workplace mental health—and addictive disorders. These last 30 years, he’s earned credentials and achieved career milestones that position him as an expert in workplace mental health solutions.

Todd Humber. Todd is the group publisher for Talent Canada and OHS Canada at Annex Business Media. An award-winning journalist, he has covered the workplace for more than two decades.

He won the Kenneth R. Wilson award for Best Editorial in 2015 and 2016 at the Canadian Business Media Awards for his regular column in a national HR trade publication. In 2019, he launched Talent Canada at Annex Business Media. Talent Canada makes the business case for great people practices to C-suite professionals, business leaders and the HR community.

He studied history at the University of Windsor and holds a journalism degree from Durham College.

For more information, contact Todd Humber, publisher of Talent Canada, at