Chair, Bottom Line Conference; Director, Workplace Mental Health, Sun Life Financial and Registered Psychologist
Why are you a champion of mental health in the workplace?
In my early days of practice as a psychologist, I had the chance to be part of an employee and family assistance program. I realized this was a wonderful opportunity for psychology to bring results in a very positive and practical way. It alerted me to the tremendous reach available through the workplace.
The work environment has an impact on the lives of all the employees who work there. When the environment is psychologically healthy and safe, everyone wins, from both a health and a bottom line perspective.
Why do you commit your time and energy to planning the Bottom Line Conference?
The Bottom Line Conference is a leading, pioneering conference. It is one of the rare conferences that was already talking about Workplace Mental Health 12 years ago, and it continues to surface workplace mental health topics that are innovative, provocative and of real importance to employees and employers.
Over the past 11 years, what was your favorite Bottom Line moment?
Each year, it is the personal stories – those that remind us that there is a person behind the statistics. Those stories guide and enrich the presentations and conversations. It’s through these shared, personal narratives that the attendees can get a true understanding of the effects good mental health can have on an individual, a workplace, and an organization. By bringing a variety of additional voices to the conversation, from industry, research, and other perspectives, participants can collaborate and apply to their own context towards solutions that bring real results.