Psychologically Safe Workplace Awards

The inaugural Psychologically Safe Workplace Awards are being held on Oct. 20, 2021.

Due to the pandemic, the celebration will be hosted virtually this year. We’ve put together an incredible lineup of speakers to dive into critical issues on workplace mental health.

Following the keynote and panel discussion, we will name this year’s winners. Reserve your free spot and join us as we celebrate the best workplace mental health practices in Canada.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the awards.



3 p.m. to 3:05 p.m. ET — Opening Remarks

Todd Humber, Group Publisher at Annex Business Media and publisher of Talent Canada

Todd Humber is a group publisher at Annex Business Media and the publisher of Talent Canada. An award-winning journalist, he has spent the bulk of his career covering issues of importance to employers, senior leaders and HR professionals. He studied history and political science at the University of Windsor and received a diploma in journalism from Durham College.

Lynn Brownell, Chief Executive Officer, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

With a career spanning more than 20 years in Ontario’s prevention system, Lynn Brownell is the President and CEO of Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS).

Ms. Brownell continually seeks new ways to extend WSPS’ reach to the approximately 4 million employees working in the manufacturing, agriculture and services sectors across Ontario. Dedicated to identifying emerging areas in health and safety, she is the driving force behind WSPS’ new 3-year strategic plan, which advocates “Bringing prevention to life” for Ontario workers. Through her strong leadership of WSPS’ CEO Health + Safety Leadership Network, she has deepened the commitment of an ever-growing group of industry leaders to creating healthy workplace cultures in Canada. She has also co-led initiatives to bring health and safety to first nations’ communities through collaborations with the Nokiiwin Tribal Council and system partners.

A natural “people connector”, Lynn prioritizes building community relationships and creating value for customers. Through her work with boards of directors and industry/prevention system leaders, she has established a reputation as a strong collaborator with a passion for good governance, and a champion of research-based innovation.

Lynn resides in Flamborough, Ontario, with her husband and two sons.

3:05 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET — Opening Keynote

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.

3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. ET  — Panel Discussion

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.

4:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET — Break

4:30 p.m. to 4:55 p.m. ET — Awards Ceremony

Todd Humber and Wendy Serrao to announce award winners

Wendy Serrao  – Account manager for Talent Canada and Design Engineering at Annex Business Media

Wendy Serrao is a marketing and sales professional who thrives on helping B2B companies meet their marketing goals. She is currently the account manager for Talent Canada and Design Engineering at Annex Business Media, Canada’s largest B2B media company. Before joining Annex’s digital department in 2017, Wendy worked in the music industry as a marketing executive, where she had the opportunity to work on promotions of album launches and festivals.

4:55 p.m. to 5 p.m.  ET – Closing Remarks

Todd Humber and Bill Howatt