The Mental Fitness Index (MFI) is the backbone of the Psychologically Safe Workplace Awards. This tool gives employees access to individual, personalized assessments and powers the dashboard that employers use to gauge where they are on their journey to creating a better workplace.
In addition to the tool, we have also put together a panel of industry experts to review individual submissions to ensure they qualify for an award. A big thanks to our volunteers who help ensure the awards are credible, accurate and something all employers can be proud to participate in.
Implementation Specialist, Workplace Mental Health at the Mental Health Commission of Canada
Tiana is passionate about educating communities and individuals about the importance of positive mental health. She has focused her career on helping individuals, by taking a background approach and working with mental health systems and how they interact with the law. This perspective has given her an in-depth knowledge of some of the needs of Canadians and areas that we can improve for positive mental health, as a society.
Tiana is currently working with the Mental Health Commission of Canada as a Workplace Implementation Specialist helping to develop and deliver services to support employers with implementation of workplace mental health strategies that align with the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.
Previously, Tiana was self-employed as an independent Mental Health First Aid instructor and communication and conflict management consultant with a dedicated focus on community development. She has a demonstrated history of working in the mental health services industry and a vast amount of experience in the mental health and judicial systems in Alberta, having served on the Alberta Mental Health Review Panel, a quasi-judicial decision making board, for the past 6 years. She has experience working with people who have been in contact with the Mental Health Act, along with front line experience with people experiencing mental health crisis. Through her work with Legal Aid Alberta, Tiana is familiar with issues related to human rights, workers’ compensation and other workplace matters. She is also certified in mediation and conflict resolution as well as workplace fairness restoration.
Vice-President, Market & Product Innovation with Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Kiran Kapoor is VP, Market & Product Innovation with Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS), a health and safety association in Ontario that provides health & safety expertise, insight and solutions for creating healthy work environments to businesses, large and small, in the agriculture, service and manufacturing sectors.
Kiran is a senior leader focused on a data driven approach to inform strategy and business decisions that create customer value and maximize impact. She leads the Market & Product Innovation division that is responsible for strategy and go-to-market planning, business intelligence, product development, marketing, communications, and events.
Prior to her current role, she has worked in both the public and private sector focused on research and program evaluation, stakeholder consultations, and as a consultant building health and safety management systems. She actively participates in speaking engagements at conferences, events, and with academic programs.
Kiran completed her undergraduate honours degree in biology from McMaster University and her Master’s degree in Health Science at the University of Toronto. She holds the Certified Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), and Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designations, and a previous Board Member for the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability. She has a keen interest in leading data science initiatives and using AI to solve business problems, and is currently working on her specialization in Executive Data Science and AI for Business Leaders with John Hopkins University/Udacity.
Director, Employee Experience and Organizational Development, CAMH
Paula Harrington is the Director of Employee Experience and Organizational Development at The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Paula leads workplace mental health strategy consulting and education on behalf of CAMH. She has completed the Workplace Mental Health Leadership Certificate Program at Queen’s University and is a Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor through CMHA. Paula is an advocate for building resilience and mental wellbeing in the workplace and a strong supporter of a system of care that recognizes that Mental Health is Health.
Founder, Jewell Works
Jennifer is the Founder of Jewell Works, a management performance suite designed to assess workplace health and productivity problems, reimagine people and leadership policies, and help high performing organizations build momentum during unpredictable times. A recognized business and HR leader specializing in transformational change, Jennifer has led the design and delivery of integrated, technology enabled, and data-driven workplace health models for some of North America’s most progressive brands. She has influenced Canadian and global HR teams to adopt an agile approach to employee health and engagement strategies, leading to award-winning programs and improved performance.
Jennifer is a vibrant strategist, leader, and lifelong learner. In 2020 she joined Excellence Canada in the newly created position of VP, Future of Work where she supports organizations in their journey towards Excellence, Healthy Workplaces, and Mental Health.
Jennifer has a degree in Health and Psychology from Queen’s University, a certificate in Workplace Health and Wellness from Centennial college (where she is a Program Advisor), and a certificate in Human Resources Management from Sheridan College. She is a Director of the Foundation Board at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences and an Advisor to The Inclusion Project, a social innovation network and resource hub focused on Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI).
Group Publisher, Annex Business Media
Todd is an award-winning journalist who has been covering issues of importance to employers, senior leaders and the HR profession since 1998. He is the publisher of Talent Canada, a national media brand with 40,000 subscribers that makes the business case for investing in people. Prior to joining Annex Business Media, Canada’s largest B2B publisher, he was the editor-in-chief of a national HR trade publication.
He has a keen interest in mental health and providing senior leaders, HR professionals and front-line managers with the tools and information they need to create better workplaces. Todd is trained in Mental Health First Aid and also completed The Working Mind Manager’s course through the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Todd was awarded the Kenneth R. Wilson Gold Award for Best Editorial and also received an honourable mention in the same category. He was one of the founding members of the Vaughan Chapter of DisruptHR. He also serves on the board of directors for the Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) and has spoken at numerous conferences and events, including Canada’s Safest Employers, the Employee Experience Summit, the National HR Awards, Canada’s Top 100 Employers and more.