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Monday, May 13th 2019 - Tuesday, May 14th 2019

Roadmaps to Resiliency: Investing in Mental Wellness for Ontario’s Workplaces

Camille Quenneville, Hon. Laurie Scott, Hon. Raymond Cho, Dr Jonathan Douglas, Dr Bill Howatt, Brainstorm Revolution, Addie Greco-Sanchez plus panelists (employer and employee panels)
presented by CMHA

Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre

Roadmaps to Resiliency: Investing in Mental Wellness for Ontario’s workplaces, is CMHA Ontario’s workplace mental health conference. We invite you to participate in a two-day event that will highlight emerging best-practices and provide you with skills you can take to work! This is the perfect opportunity for people leaders, managers, and employees to come together in order to discuss resiliency in the workplace.

CMHA Ontario is working with its partners to offer a workplace conference focused on resiliency, how to build it and how to manage it in the workplace. Learn from experts and researchers in the field, while being provided with practical on the ground skills you can take to work with you.

Full Agenda -

Dr. Jonathan Douglas, PhD, CPsych
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Preventing Sanctuary Trauma: Building Resiliency through Compassionate Care

Resiliency is often viewed as the capacity of the individual to withstand stress. However, the disabled individual inevitably interacts with numerous systems in which they have to prove their disability. Could these systems be causing the problems they are meant to address? Could resiliency be enhanced through responsible, compassionate care?

Since 2004, he has been in full time private practice in Barrie, where he has developed a focus on working with trauma-related disorders, particularly in Veterans and First Responders, but also in those traumatized by crime, in other fields of work, or in childhood. He is fascinated by the potential for technology to enhance psychotherapeutic outcomes.

Dr. Bill Howatt
Conference Board of Canada, Globe and Mail Contributor
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A Pathway to Building Mental Fitness

Dr. Bill Howatt will facilitate a discussion on what resiliency is, as well as, what we can do with the intention to build our mental fitness. This discussion will examine how mental fitness builds resilience and improves mental health.


• Defining what mental fitness is
• Explore the link between distress, mental health and mental illness
• Clarify the difference between mental health and mental illness
• Examine the positive benefits of stress
• Discuss the link between resiliency and mental fitness

Bill Howatt, Chief of Research, Workforce Productivity for The Conference Board of Canada, is the former chief research and development officer for workforce productivity, Morneau Shepell, and founder of Howatt HR Consulting. He has over 25 years’ experience in strategic HR, mental health and addictions, and leadership.

The Brainstorm Revolution Troupe
Non-profit organization
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.


Heather Down
Jason Down
Natalie Harris
Katherine Hambleton
Mattthew Heneghan
Shelley Hofer

The Brainstorm Revolution Troupe has a mission to raise awareness, educate, and increase understanding of mental health through storytelling of lived experiences. Each presentation uses hand-picked members who are tailored to the audience and topics, picking stories most appropriate from the book Brainstorm Revolution.

Addie Greco-Sanchez
President, AGS Rehab
3:45pm to 4:45pm

Build Your Resilience – 5 Minutes at a Time

Researchers have discovered the formula for living a good life, so why is depression still the world’s leading disability and anxiety the most common mental health disorder in North America? Most people don’t know what will truly make them happy, and far too few make proven wellness practices a part of their lives. To cope with all the stresses we encounter, we need to actively care for ourselves, which includes heeding our ancient programming that demands that we move our bodies, connect face-to-face and get enough sleep. These important factors build our resilience.

In this entertaining and interactive keynote address, Addie Greco-Sanchez will demonstrate how investing as little as five minutes of self-care goes a long way in building resilience and decreasing absences related to stress and mental health challenges. Based on the book she co-authored, The 5-Minute Recharge, 31 Proven Strategies to Refresh, Reset and Become the Boss of Your Day, Addie will provide useful strategies for thriving at work and in life.

Addie is a recognized industry leader with over 25 years of experience and a contagious passion in the field of disability management and mental health. She founded AGS in 1999 and has led the company’s growth; surrounding herself with like- minded professionals who share a passion for helping clients by providing solutions that maximize productivity with a focus on abilities. As President, she is responsible for overseeing corporate and strategic vision.

Employer Panel
Monday, May 13th, 11:00am to 12:00pm

Our employer panel is designed to feature workplace mental health from a variety of employment sectors. The moderated panel discussion and question and answer period will provide participants a unique cross-sectoral learning experience.

The complex nature of mental health, mental health concerns and mental illnesses presents a challenge for workplaces and employers. Our panel will discuss key topics that include supporting employees experiencing a mental health-related concern, advancing efforts to address employee well-being, building-psychologically safe workplaces and the role of management and leaders in further advancing psychological health and safety.

Employee Panel
Monday, May 13th, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Our employee panel is designed to feature workplace mental health from a variety of employment sectors. The moderated panel discussion and question and answer period will provide participants a unique cross-sectoral learning experience.

Sharing a mental health or mental illness concern with an employer has traditionally been associated with apprehension and fear for employees. Our panel will share their experiences with workplace mental health and provide thoughts on the way forward for workplaces to develop and maintain a culture that promotes both good mental health and enables staff to share mental health related concerns with management.


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