February 2018

Walking the Talk: Revolutionizing Workplace Wellness

11:30am-1:30pm | The Omni King Edwards Hotel - 37 King Street East, Toronto

Every week 500,000 Canadians miss work due to a mental health problem or illness, costing the Canadian economy close to $50 billion per year.

In celebration of the fifth anniversary of Canada’s home-grown workplace mental health Standard, join industry leaders as they reflect on how addressing mental health at work has changed their organizational culture for the better.

Introduced by Mental Health Commission of Canada President and CEO Louise Bradley, and moderated by CivicAction CEO, Sevaun Palvetzian, the panel will delve into how unlocking a mentally healthier workforce can boost the bottom line while enhancing recruitment, retention and organizational reputation.

CivicAction invites you to complete the free online MindsMatter/SoutienBienEtre assessment at http://www.mindsmatter.civicaction.ca or http://soutienbienetre.civicaction.ca and assess how well your workplace supports mental health. You will receive a confidential email with three simple actions to better support your workers’ mental health, with links to additional resources.

- 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

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- Dietary restriction notes and meal requests must be submitted to dickinson@economicclub.ca by Monday, February 19th, 2018

*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*

Brad Henderson

President & CEO
Sotheby's International Realty Canada

Brad Henderson

As the President & Chief Executive Officer of Sotheby's International Realty Canada, Brad brings over 30 years of diverse business experience to the team. Brad is regularly sought out by local, national and international newspapers and magazines and is a frequent guest on BNN TV as a real estate commentator.

Brad began his career in real estate and has held senior executive roles at CBRE and Royal LePage. He has also enjoyed successful ventures in technology having held executive roles at TELUS and Gibraltar Solutions.

Brad serves as Volunteer Member of CivicAction’s Champions Council for Mental Health in the Workplace.

In the past, Brad has also served as a board member for TELUS International, Toronto Regional Board of Trade, CIO Summit, SMART Toronto, Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance (also co-founder), Society of Office and Industrial Realtors (also Canadian chair), Canadian Real Estate Forum (chair), Toronto Real Estate Board, Industrial Development Research Council, International Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives and Junior Achievement.

Brad studied business at York University and has a degree in Economics. He also holds the Institute of Corporate Directors’ designation ICD.D.

Chris MacDonald

AVP, Wellness, Absence and Disability Solutions
Manulife Financial

Chris MacDonald

Chris MacDonald is the Assistant Vice President, Wellness, Absence & Disability Management Services, Group Benefits and Retirement Solutions at Manulife.

Chris has worked extensively in group wellness, absence and disability management for over 30 years.
In her current role, Chris and her National Wellness, Absence and Disability Management Consulting team work closely with employers, plan advisors, and consulting firms to deliver practical program strategies that support improved employee health as well as managing health and disability costs.

Louise Bradley

President & CEO
Mental Health Commission of Canada

Louise Bradley

Louise Bradley, BN, MS, D.Sc (h.c.), CHE, has dedicated her professional life to improving the mental health of Canadians.

Ms. Bradley’s own deeply personal experience with recovery has informed a leadership style that is both compassionate and courageous. Unwavering in her commitment to reimagining a recovery-oriented, person-centred mental health system, Ms. Bradley has influenced improved patient care through large-scale hospital administration and pioneered recovery within a forensics and corrections setting.

An impassioned advocate, Ms. Bradley feels her professional perspective is enriched and authenticated by her lived experience. In her current role as President and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), Ms. Bradley oversaw the development of Canada’s first Mental Health Strategy, undertook the signature Opening Minds anti-stigma initiative, and created a globally recognized Knowledge Exchange Centre. A tireless advocate for workplace mental health, Ms. Bradley has overseen the creation of the world’s first workplace psychological safety standard, which has gained international acclaim.

Lauded as a transformational leader by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), Ms.Bradley received the 2017 Humanitarian Award for her work to enhance the psychological wellbeing of Canadians. Ms. Bradley is also the recipient of the Innovation Award for Health Care Leadership, bestowed by the Canadian College of Health Leaders, as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

She holds degrees from Dalhousie University and Northeastern University in Boston, and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia. She is frequently called upon to speak and write nationally and internationally on various mental health topics.
Ms. Bradley uses her platform to urge increased mental health funding, and highlight the need to work inclusively to address the mental health needs of vulnerable and at-risk populations.

Ms. Bradley has a passion for nurturing emerging mental health leaders, and prioritizes the mentorship of young champions in the hope of inspiring the next generation of transformational leaders.

Mala Dorai

Deloitte Canada Healthcare Consultant
2017 CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow

Mala Dorai

Mala Dorai is a healthcare consultant with Deloitte Canada, 2017/18 Studio Y Fellow with MaRS Discovery District and 2017 CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow. She has global experience in public health and mental health, and has previously worked with the World Health Organization, numerous academic hospitals in the United States, and Health Quality Ontario. Mala is passionate about using innovative methods, such as design thinking and behavioural insights to improve quality and access to healthcare and social services in Ontario. She volunteers with The Job Centre, an employment support agency, which identifies sustainable employment opportunities for individuals with physical, mental health and developmental disabilities and sits on the Board of Directors for Indus Community Services, providing culturally-sensitive healthcare and social services to the South Asian community in the Peel Region.

Mala holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science and Neuroscience from the University of California San Diego.

Sevaun Palvetzian

CEO, CivicAction

Sevaun Palvetzian

Sevaun Palvetzian has been CEO at CivicAction since January of 2014. Under her leadership, the organization has launched the CivicAction Leadership Foundation and two new initiatives focused on youth unemployment and mental health in the workplace. Before CivicAction, Sevaun held several senior executive roles within the Ontario Government where she championed the next generation of leaders launching the Youth and New Professional Secretariat – a government-wide strategy to attract and retain future generations of leaders which included launching the award-winning Learn and Work Program for at-risk youth.

Prior to her work in government, Sevaun held positions at the University of Toronto, the World Bank Group, and Presidential Classroom, a Washington D.C. -based civic education organization.

Sevaun frequently contributes to city-building efforts including serving as a member of the Premier’s Community Hubs Advisory Group, The Toronto Police Service Board Transformational Task Force, and as a member of Mayor John Tory’s Advisory Panel for International Hosting Opportunities. She also sits on the Board of Directors for both Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), NPower Canada, Waterfront Toronto, and is a member of Ivey Business School Leadership Council.

She completed the Ivey Executive Program at the Ivey School of Business and has an M.A. in history from the University of Western Ontario.”

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