June 2015

WELLth Management: Mental Health at Work Challenge - Ottawa

11:30am-1:30pm | Fairmont Château Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

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 Ottawa.

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 - Ottawa

Dr. Ash Bender, MD, FRCPC

Staff Psychiatrist and Medical Head of the Work, Stress and Health Program (WSH), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Dr. Ash Bender, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Bender is a staff psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He is the Medical Head of Work, Stress and Health (WSH), which is a multidisciplinary program specializing in assessment, treatment and research of occupational disability.

Dr. Bender is an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and has several publications in the area of workplace mental health. He has conducted research focused on the management of psychological trauma in the workplace and is actively involved in education and training to health care providers, insurers, government and corporations.

Dr. Bender has performed numerous independent assessments for Worker’s Compensation, private insurers, employers and the Criminal Courts. As part of his practice, Dr. Bender is involved in the management of common mental disorders affecting working adults.

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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