National CEO, CMHA (ex-officio)
Why are you a champion of mental health in the workplace?
We spend significant time at work and our mental and physical health are interconnected. As a result, it is important that workplaces support employees in maintaining and improving their mental health in order to improve society’s overall health and well-being.
Why do you commit your time and energy to planning the Bottom Line Conference?
The conference is an important annual nation-wide gathering of employers, unions, employees, human resource and other specialist/practitioners, and mental health and addiction experts that share best and promising practices, learn from each other and collectively improve psychological health and safety in the workplace.
Over the past 11 years, what was your favourite Bottom Line moment?
I have had many favourite Bottom Line Conference experiences focused on the workplace leaders/champions (e.g. union member, employee, supervisor, HR specialist, etc.) that have blazed new trials in improving workplace mental health and supporting employees with mental health issues.
Why is workplace mental health personal for you?
I share the same challenge as all employees in today’s workplace environments (e.g. with new technologies, do more with less, fast pace, additional workplace stress and an imbalance between work and living life to the full). As a result, it is important that I focus on maintaining and improving mental and physical heath in order to improve my overall quality of life and well being.