Time February 23 – Day 1
8:00 Registration and Breakfast

Opening Shane Pointe, Musqueam Nation 

9:00 Welcome  Bev Gutray, CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division
9:10 Welcome from Business Jock A. Finlayson, Business Council of BC

Canadian Workplaces – Painting the picture Sarika Gundu and Julia Kaisla, CMHA

In 2015, as part of their sponsorship of the Bottom Line Conference, Lundbeck Canada funded a survey to be sent to workplaces across the country to find out about where they are in their journey to psychological health and safety and how the current programs and services are supporting them. This presentation will paint a picture of the psychological health and safety of today’s workplace and who are the heroes that are championing change.


Worker Panel: Champions of Change We will hear from workers who transformed their own experiences of mental health issues in the workplace to champion change  – Facilitated by Kathryn Gretsinger

Panelists are: Patricia Doiron, Veterans Affairs, Bruce Taiji, BCGEU, Carolyn Unsworth, HEU and TC Carling, Vancouver Canucks

10:15 Tribute to Kevin Hegarty – Mike McNamara, Surrey Fire Fighers’ Association
10:30 Break

Breakout Sessions 

Breakout session 1: Championing Wellness in Canadian Mining, Construction and Resource Sectors – Fionna Blackman, BC Healthy Living Alliance, Samantha Hartley-Folz, BC Healthy Living Alliance, Debbie Corrigan, DeBeers, Cara Benoit, Diavik, and Gord Menelaws, CMHA BC

Breakout session 2: A Discussion with Future Heroes: A moderated discussion with emerging leadersJonny Morris (Facilitator), CMHA BC, Matthew Edwards, Demonware, Mike Tan, Change Makers, Ginger Gosnell-Myers, City of Vancouver, Tiffanie Lai, Hootsuite and Emily Rousseau, Stantec

Breakout session 3: A Working Session on Suicide and the WorkplaceDr. Kathleen Stephany, Douglas College and Katie Hughes, CMHA BC

Breakout session 4: Where Efficiency and Psychological Health Meet: A discussion on the intersection of LEAN and Psych Health and SafetyAnne Kinvig and Sarah Freno, Pacific Blue Cross

Breakout session 5: Accommodating Addiction: Where case law is leading usJulie Menten, Roper Greyell, and Jonathan Chapnik, Hospital Employees’ Union

12:30 Lunch

Awards Presentation  


Teamsters Canada – Make it MandatoryBrigitte Sottile and Jordan Madarash

On October 15, 2015, Teamsters launched a national campaign to raise awareness and to make mental health support mandatory in workplaces across Canada. With a series of episodes online and a social media campaign, they want help to spread the word by sharing our videos on social media, tweeting and emailing politicians and policy makers and letting other Canadians know that together, we can make a change when it comes to mental health. If we make enough noise, they have to listen.

1:50 Keynote: Addictions, Recovery, Reckonings Michael Bryant
2:50 Break
3:05 Keynote: Our Love Affair with Alcohol – Ann Dowsett Johnston, author and journalist
4:05 Q&A with Michael and Ann
4:25 Closing – Kathryn Gretsinger
4:30 Day 1 Closes

Time February 24 – Day 2
8:00 Registration and Breakfast
8:45 Welcome from Chair Janet Crowe, Chair, Bottom Line Conference Advisory Commitee
8:55 Welcome from Labour  Irene Lanzinger, President, BC Federation of Labour

Employer Panel: Healthy and Safe Relationships – Creating inclusive workplaces An exploration of the role of values in creating trusting, healthy and safe relationships

Panelists are: Jacki McPherson, Osoyoos Indian Band, Brenda Baptiste, Aboriginal Tourism BC, Rob Neilson, BC Hydro, Claire Marshall, Aboriginal Relations Consultant and Allison Beardsworth, First Nations Health Authority

10:00 Break

Breakout Sessions 

Breakout session 1: Psychological Health and Safety: Making the business caseSarika Gundu, CMHA National, Melanie McGregor, CMHA Halton and Sapna Mahajan, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Breakout session 2: When Your “Liability” Becomes Your Greatest Asset: An award-winning peer support program Lyne Wilson, NAV Canada

Breakout session 3: Dollars Well Spent: How to optimize your employee assistance plan – Paula Allen, Morneau Shepell

Breakout session 4: Culture and the Bottom Line: How positive cultures create high performing organizations – Lori Charvat (Facilitator) Sandbox Consulting, Lisa Ryan, Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers, Kristin Bower, Vancity and Ric Matthews

Breakout session 5: An Introduction to Psychological Trauma: Tools to strengthen mental health and build resiliencySteve Fraser, Vancouver Firefighters, and Seia Roots, Vancouver-Fraser CMHA

12:00 Lunch

Breakout Sessions

Breakout session 1: Psychological Health and Safety: An OHS perspectiveAl Bieksa, BC Federation of Labour

Breakout session 2: The National Standard: A Presentation on the Case Study Research Project – Nitika Rewari, and Sandra Koppert, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Breakout Session 3: Creating Change in First Responder Organizations: Innovative approaches to workplace mental wellnessKim Conroy (Facilitator), CMHA Vancouver-Fraser, Patricia Doiron, Veteran Affairs, Maryse Neilson, CFB Esquimalt and Suzanne Robitaille, Correctional Services Canada

Breakout session 4: Mental Health WorksMark Henick, CMHA ON

2:15 Break

Keynote: Silver Linings: Living the Up Side of DownSilken Laumann, Olympic Hero

Challenge, loss, and change are hard, but there are huge lessons in the experience. Silken shares her story with strength and honesty and inspires us all that we can not only overcome anything that life throws at us, but that we can live a life of passion, contribution and meaning.

3:45 Closing Ceremonies

Conference Ends

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