Conference Program

March 13–14 2018 at the Westin Bayshore Vancouver

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Time March 13 – Day 1
8:00 Registration and Breakfast
8:45 Opening and Welcome
Kathryn Gretsinger, Conference Emcee
Bev Gutray
9:15 Living and Working in a Digital World – Rob Cottingham
Rob Cottingham is a digital strategist, a speechwriter and executive communications coach, and a stand-up comic in his spare time. He’s also the creator of Noise to Signal, a cartoon about social media, business and how we live and work in a digital world.
9:30 What’s New? Experiences Across the Workplace
A panel of workers from diverse backgrounds share their experienes
10:00 Women Changing the Workplace – Madame Justice Michele Hollins
As women rise in male-dominated fields, things change. Eleven years ago, litigation lawyer Michele Hollins was partner at her Calgary law firm, busy and happy with twin daughters when depression struck. A decade later she’s been named Madame Justice to the Court of Appeal in Alberta and she says the workplace needs to change.
10:30 Break
11:00 Workshops A
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Workshops A (continued from morning)
2:00 Break
2:30 What Does It Mean to Say “We all play a part?”
More and more people are improving their mental health through the tools of resiliency and self-care. But leadership from employers, government, and help from community social services are critical. Who is responsible for workplace mental health? And what about peers, co-workers and their unions? Speak up with your views at this moderated Town-Hall discussion.
3:00 Keynote—Work-Life Balance: Rhetoric vs. Reality – Dr. Linda Duxbury
“Inspirational, powerful and riveting,” is how professor, author and workplace expert Dr. Duxbury is described—as well as Canada’s leading speaker on work-life balance. Her call to change workplace culture is backed up with a practical roadmap for success.
4:30 Day 1 Closes

Time March 14 – Day 2
8:00 Registration and Breakfast
9:00 Opening
Kathryn Gretsinger, Conference Emcee

Julie Menten, Chair, Conference Advisory Committee
Dr. Patrick Smith, CEO, CMHA National
9:30 Keynote—How to Get Ready for Cannabis in the Workplace – Dr. Dave Hepburn
“Medutainer” and award-winning syndicated columnist Dr. Dave Hepburn is the author of the hilarious The Doctor Is In(sane). He is a medical researcher and a leading voice on how governments, organizations and employers should deal with the reality of cannabis use. Dr. Hepburn will walk you through the change to come in July 2018, when cannabis becomes legal in Canada.
10:15 Break
10:30 From Moral to Medical: The New Approach to Substance Use in the Workplace
Canada’s opioid overdose crisis has forced people to take a hard look at the traditional moral approach to substance use and addiction. Experts urge a shift to treat addiction as a health issue, not a personal failing. This panel will bring perspectives from medicine, public policy, the law, human rights and the lived experience of substance use to help you make the shift in your workplace.
11:15 Lunch
12:00 Mental Health in the Future Workplace
This facilitated World Café discussion is an opportunity for deeper, more meaningful conversations. World Café is a group discussion format that combines small, intimate conversations with shared questions and big ideas.
1:30 Workshops B
3:00 Break
3:15 CMHA’s 100th Anniversary Celebration and CM Hincks Award Presentation – Patrick Smith
3:35 Learning from First Responders – Worksafe BC
3:45 Into the Fire and Out Again – Vancouver Fire Chief Darrell Reid
Vancouver Fire & Rescue Service’s Chief Darrell Reid has been there and back. He’s led research for firefighters in Toronto, tackled high firefighter suicide rates in Strathcona County, Alberta, and is championing mental health for firefighters in Vancouver. He says that workplace culture can be a strength of the job, and it can also be a barrier to mental health that needs to change
4:15 Closing
4:30 Conference Ends

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