The inaugural Psychologically Safe Workplace Awards were held on Oct. 20, 2021.
Due to the pandemic, the celebration was hosted virtually this year. View highlights from the day below.
KEYNOTE SESSION: Dr. Bill Howatt
Speaker: Dr. Bill Howatt, Howatt HR
Dr. Bill Howatt is the President of Howatt HR. Bill’s life has not been an easy path. He understands the daily struggle of being a human being. Bill has had some major setbacks that have challenged his resiliency, such as being adopted, failing grade two, and living with a mental health illness. If it were not for his positive experience at Acadia University he may not be where he is today. He has over 30 years’ experience in mental health and addictions, HR and leadership. He is a regular columnist for The Globe and Mail and Chronicle Herald, Instructor for the University of New Brunswick, and has published over 400 articles and 40 books.
Moderator: Todd Humber
Speaker: Sandra Koppert – Director, Mental Health Advancement, Mental Health Commission of Canada
Sandra has extensive experience in strategic planning, outreach and promotion, and stakeholder relations within the national non-profit health sector and research consulting. During her time at the MHCC, Sandra has developed strategies and led projects to promote awareness and facilitate action for psychological health and safety in workplaces across Canada. This included leading the national By Health for Health Collaborative of health leaders to advance workplace mental health in health care settings. Under Sandra’s leadership, the MHCC championed the development, release and now ongoing promotion and uptake of the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students. Sandra also oversees other population-based initiatives related to the justice system, older adults and youth.
Speaker: Lisa Dodwell-Greaves – Manager, Organizational Well-Being, WestJet
Lisa (she/her) is the Manager of Organizational Wellbeing at WestJet leading WestJet’s Wellbeing strategy bringing meaningful mental wellness advocacy for everyone in WestJet’s world. With over 15 years expereince working in various areas of HR, she has learned that people are their best at work when they have a psychological safe work environment where they can bring their authentic selves to work.
Speaker: Andrew McCartney – Senior Director, Client Management at Inkblot Therapy
For over 14 years, Andrew has directly supported clients in the mental health space. Working as a business development leader and account manager for clients ranging from start-ups to multinational organizations, he understands both the employee and employer experience. Before joining Inkblot, Andrew worked as a client relationship partner, providing integrated account management to some of Canada’s largest employers with multiple programs. Andrew’s specialty is in finding synergies among varied solutions and building strategy with clients to ensure ongoing alignment with larger mental health priorities.
Speaker: Kareen Clattenburg – VP, Total Rewards & People Strategy at PointClickCare
Kareen is a strong and proactive and results oriented Total Rewards leader with extensive experience developing and implementing creative and strategic solutions which drive results. Kareen has over 20 years’ experience within HR in many different industries including retail, finance and pharmaceutical and has launched a variety of Wellness programs during this time. She is passionate about Wellbeing and utilizes the programs she and her team design to make a positive impact on employees, increase engagement and productivity and ensure a culture of Wellness. Kareen, her husband, three kids and dog reside in the Greater Toronto area.