WorkSafe’s Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace Event

Over the last three years, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has seen a 75 per cent increase in mental health claims accepted. In response, WorkSafe Saskatchewan hosted a one-day learning event for employers, human resource professionals and mental health experts in Saskatoon on December 6, 2018 to bring awareness to psychological health and safety in the workplace. With over 325 attendees registered, the sold-out event featured mental health experts from both industry and academia.

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8:30 AM Registration & continental breakfast
9:30 AM Opening remarks
9:45 AM

Michael Lavis, Executive Director, & Rory McCorriston, Director of People & Culture, Creative Options Regina

Creative Options Regina (COR) is a non-profit, charitable organization that develops personalized support services for people experiencing a disability. Rooted in the philosophy of Gentle Teaching, COR strives to strengthen the fabric of companionship and community for all those we serve.

Michael Lavis completed graduate studies in Human Security and Peacebuilding, Values Based Leadership and Corporate Social Innovation. He is passionately committed to strengthening the disability services sector in Saskatchewan and forging new beginnings for the province’s most vulnerable citizens.

Rory McCorriston completed his Bachelor of Business Administration (majoring in Human Resources) and Professional Leadership certificate at the University of Regina and is currently working toward his CPHR designation. Rory is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of COR employees and is actively leading the development of a holistic wellness strategy for the organization. 

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10:45 AM Break
11:00 AM

Dr. Rakesh Jetly, Head of the Centre of Excellence in Mental Health

The war in Afghanistan increased the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) requirement to address the psychological burden of mental illness in the men and women that serve. Attention was drawn to issues such as suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder. Concurrently, the mental health needs of first responders came to the forefront. This presentation will describe the CAFs efforts over the past two decades, many of which can also be adapted to the first responder community.

Dr. Rakesh Jetly is a psychiatrist and Head of the Centre of Excellence in Mental Health, Directorate of Mental Health and associate professor of psychiatry at Dalhousie University and the University of Ottawa. He has authored numerous articles published in professional journals and frequently presents nationally and internationally on such topics as Mental Health in the Workplace, post-traumatic stress disorder, and occupational psychiatry.  

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12:00 PM Lunch program
1:00 PM

Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk

This presentation will provide an overview of the Bell Let’s Talk initiative with a focus on workplace mental health, sharing the lessons learned that are relevant to other organizations implementing their own workplace health and wellness programs.

Mary Deacon is the Chair of the Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative, following a long and successful career in the philanthropic sector. Over the last 25 years, she has held a series of senior positions in the not-for-profit sector, including the inaugural President of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation at Canada’s largest mental health hospital. A passionate advocate and leader in the mental health community, Mary has an established track record of bringing people and ideas together for positive change.  

2:00 PM Break
2:15 PM

John O’Connor, Canadian Mental Health Association (SK Division)

You already know that a business case is important for a decision of this magnitude, but you might be surprised by what you can learn from a strongly prepared case related to psychological health and safety. This session will focus on what a business case should tell you about your organization. John will walk attendees through a fictitious company’s business case for moving forward with the organization’s plans to address psychological health and safety in the workplace.

John O’Connor is a CMHA Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor for the National Standard CAN/CSA-Z-1003, following a 45-year career in the Arts, Entertainment and Media industry. He is currently working in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association (SK Division) in partnership with the Service and Hospitality Safety Association of Saskatchewan to help their members improve the psychological safety of their working environments.  

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3:15 PM Closing remarks