September 2019

Race, Mental Health & the Workplace

11:30am-1:30pm | The Hilton Hotel - 145 Richmond Street West, Toronto

Canada is one of the most diverse countries in the world. More than 20 per cent of people living in Canada were born outside of the country, approximately 20 per cent belong to populations that are racialized, and, on average, more than 200,000 immigrants and an estimated 25,000 refugees come to Canada each year. Racialized communities make up a significant portion of Corporate Canada. But systemic challenges and barriers in the workplace, such as racism and discrimination, can have significant negative health impacts, including on mental health. And while progress has been made in speaking about mental health and the workplace, and inclusion and diversity in the workplace has been championed – the conversation about how race and mental health intersect in the workplace is missing.

On Tuesday, September 17, 2019 the Economic Club of Canada in collaboration with Wellesley Institute will host Race, Mental Health and the Workplace. Featuring corporate leaders, health experts and diversity and inclusion professionals as panelists, this conversation aims to increase collective awareness about the intersections between racialization, mental health and workplaces. This solutions-focused conversation can be used by guests to map out strategies, resources and build supports to increase mental health and well-being in their own workplace.

In this panel, guests will learn about the 'emotional tax' on well-being and productivity of women of colour in the workplace. Guests will also consider the way citizenship status (such as being a new immigrant) intertwines with racialization. Findings and experiences of real-life case studies will be shared that highlight the use of specific frameworks and accommodation practices employers can use in their workplaces. This panel will also feature a wide-ranging discussion of progress made to date on workplace mental health for racialized workers and the challenges that remain.

Note: This panel focuses only on immigrant, refugee, ethno-cultural and racialized (IRER) populations and does not include First Nations, Inuit and Métis (FNI-M) peoples. Although Indigenous peoples and IRER populations may share experiences of racialization and discrimination, past and ongoing colonial processes have contributed to a unique set of urgent circumstances that greatly affect the mental health of FN-I-M peoples in Canada. Locally developed, culturally relevant and tailored responses are required to address the needs for mental health and wellness of FN-I-M populations. We recognize and acknowledge these significant differences, but do not address them in this panel.

-Lunch will be served-

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

- For information about accessibility, please email julia@economicclub.ca
- Dietary restriction notes and meal requests must be submitted to julia@economicclub.ca.
- Refunds/credits: We require three business days notice in advance of the event date for ticket cancellations

*The views expressed on the Economic Club platform are not that of the Economic Club or its affiliates but of the speakers alone and the organizations they represent*

Derek Quashie

PwC Canada

Derek Quashie

Derek Quashie is a Partner in the Immigration Practice at PwC Law LLP working out of the Toronto office.Derek has over 10 years of experience practicing US immigration law in the capacity of outside counsel providing services to large multinational corporations as well as in-house counsel for a large global media conglomerate. His additional experience in law includes several years practicing employment litigation in New York City. He has also spent many years as a strategic corporate human resources partner for several large organizations in both Canada and the US.

Derek received his Bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of Toronto and his Juris Doctorate degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in both New York and Ontario.

Because of his extensive and diverse employment history, Derek is known by clients to provide well-rounded and practical legal and business advice that not only complies with the law but adapts to various business practices and cultures.

Dr. Kwame McKenzie

Wellesley Institute

Dr. Kwame McKenzie

Dr. Kwame McKenzie is CEO of the Wellesley Institute. He is an international expert on the social causes of illness, suicide and the development of effective, equitable health systems. He serves as a commissioner on the Ontario Human Rights Commission , a Professor of Psychiatry at University of Toronto and Director of Health Equity at the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health.
He is a policy advisor, clinician and academic with over 200 papers and 5 books. He works across a broad spectrum to improve population health and health services.

He sits on the Board of United Way, Ontario Hospitals Association and Community Food Centres Canada.
A Southampton University Medical School graduate, Dr McKenzie trained as a specialist at the Maudsley Hospital, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London and Harvard University. His early clinical and academic work focussed on developing community informed innovative strategies to increase access and quality of services. This led to advisory roles to the UK Government and election to the Executive of the Royal College of Psychiatrists UK. His more recent work has investigated the social determinants of health and how they can be used to decrease illness and improve wellbeing.

In addition to his academic, policy and clinical work, Dr McKenzie is a past BBC Radio presenter and columnist for the Guardian, Times-online and most recently The Star.

Dr McKenzie holds an African Canadian Achievement Award for Science, Harry Jerome Trailblazer Award, the Dominican of Distinction Award, is a former Harkness Fellow is Health Policy and a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, (UK).

Hannah Sung

Manager of Digital Video and Podcasts

Hannah Sung

Hannah Sung is Manager of Digital Video and Podcasts at TVO. Previously, she worked at the Globe and Mail where she was the co-creator and host of Colour Code, a podcast about race by the Globe and Mail.

Karlyn Percil

CEO of KDPM Consulting Group INC
Founder of the SisterTalk Leadership and Wellness Academy Group

Karlyn Percil

Karlyn is the CEO of KDPM Consulting Group INC, & Founder of the SisterTalk Leadership and Wellness Academy Group which has been featured on Oprah’s Lifeclass, Cityline, Globe & Mail, CNN Money, Essence & Forbes.

A native of St. Lucia, Karlyn after a 23 -year career in Technology & Operations in the Financial Industry, decided to pursue her passion of helping Organisations increase B.R.I.P.E - Belonging, Retention, Inclusion, Productivity & Engagement whilst helping women fearlessly realize their full potential.

She is a Growth Mindset & Emotional Intelligence Leadership Strategist & Coach & holds a Certificate in Neuroscience Coaching, Positive Psychology, is trained in Positive Neuroplasticity and holds a Masters Certificate in Adult Training & Personal Development from the Schulich School of Business.

The science -backed transformational tools her Leadership & Wellness Academy provides results in an increase in the organization’s retention, inclusion, productivity and engagement along with the individual’s overall well -being, leadership impact, and the ability to lead meaningful, productive and fulfilling lives.

Karlyn has worked with Porter Airlines, BMO, RBC, Deloitte, Expedia, Telus, Hershey Canada, Scotiabank, and others. An advocate for Gender Equity, Karlyn was a key contributor to UNICEF’s Break The Silence Campaign and is a huge advocate for Gender Equity. She and her team recently launched AMPLIFY 2020 -a digital campaign highlighting the voices, and stories of Black, Indigenous and self -identifying women of color. More on her services and daily mindset shifts can be found at www.karlynpercil.com

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