June 2015

WELLth Management: Mental Health at Work Challenge - Calgary

11:30am-1:30pm | Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire - 255 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary

500,000 Canadians will not go to work today because of mental illness and that is a staggering number.

In an effort to raise awareness about mental health in the workplace, the Economic Club of Canada has partnered with Lundbeck Canada to bring an educational event series with a call to action to get employers involved with a national mental wellness corporate challenge. It is part of a coordinated assault to change the face of healthcare in Canada.

Many organizations are unaware of the massive hit to their bottom line caused by factors directly resulting from mental illness, such as increased drug costs, absenteeism, presenteeism, disability claims and decreased productivity. In fact, for Canadian companies, mental illness and mental health related problems impact 4% of the working population and equate to $20 billion GDP in lost productivity.

Following a successful launch in Toronto last fall, we look forward to building dialogue about reducing the stigma of mental illness in Calgary.

Member Pricing:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $801 +HST

Guest Pricing:
Individual: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

WELLth Management: Mental Health at Work Challenge - Calgary

André Picard

Health Columnist
The Globe and Mail

André Picard

André Picard is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff writer since 1987.

He is also the author of five books. His current bestseller is a collection of columns entitled “Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada.”

André is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University and has received honorary doctorates from six universities, most recently the U of T.

Dr. Pratap R. Chokka, MD, FRCPC

Founder and CEO, Chokka Center for Integrative Health
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry University of Alberta

Dr. Pratap R. Chokka, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Chokka graduated with a Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Alberta in 1990. He subsequently completed his specialist training in Psychiatry and obtained a Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1995. He is currently a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta and a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His main area of interest is in mood and anxiety disorders, reproductive psychiatry, ADHD and has been the principal investigator in over 60 clinical trials and published several papers in these areas.

Dr. Chokka is also a committee member for the establishment of the Anxiety Disorders Guidelines in Canada. In addition to research and clinical practice, he has a keen interest in medical education and is the preceptor for residents, interns, medical students and has been a supervisor for graduate students. He also was an examiner and served on the Royal College Examination Board of Canada in Psychiatry. Dr. Chokka has lectured nationally and internationally and presented his research at major conferences.

Dr. Chokk established the Chokka Center for Integrative Health which embraces an integrative and mutltidisciplinary team approach in the assessment and management of mental disorders by applying conventional medical treatments with complimentary and alternative therapies. The Chokka Center has also developed the Integrative Medical and Evaluation Treatment (IMET) program to improve assessment, reduce stigma and treat mental health disorders in the workplace

Orlando Da Silva

Ontario Bar Association

Orlando Da Silva

Orlando studied economics at the University of Waterloo before attending law school at the University of Toronto. He graduated in 1993.
After being called to the bar in 1995, Orlando joined Borden Ladner Gervais LPP practising corporate commercial litigation. He became a partner in 2001.
In 2005, Orlando moved from private practice to join the Ministry of the Attorney General, where he works as a lead civil trial lawyer.
Orlando has been a member of the OBA since his second week of law school. In the 22 years that have followed, he chaired the Civil Litigation Section and served as Chair of the Advocacy, Government Relations, and Communications Committee, as well as holding the offices of Treasurer, Second Vice-President, and First Vice-President.
Orlando became President of the OBA in August 2014. Since that time, he has spoken publicly about his own struggles with depression in an effort to reduce the stigma of mental health issues for lawyers and other professionals.

To learn more about the OBA’s work to promote openness about mental health among lawyers, www.oba.org/openingremarks.

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