TORONTO, Feb. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Leaders from a wide range of industries
are meeting in Canada's three biggest cities tomorrow to discuss the
burning issue of mental health in the workplace. Morneau Shepell, in
partnership with Bell Let's Talk, will host Employers Connect, a multi-city event for workplace mental health in Toronto, Vancouver and
"Mental health does not carry the stigma that it once did, but our
research shows that that there is definite evidence of stigma in the
workplace," says Paula Allen, VP Health Solutions & Practice Leader,
Consulting, Morneau Shepell. "There are several important drivers for
organizations to address this issue strategically, and with practical
and meaningful steps. We are urging employers to get involved in the
discussion regarding how."
Allen says that Employers Connect still has space available for organizations that want to attend the
discussions in the three locations. She also says the meetings will
explore in detail the practical actions that employers can take.
Each local event will feature a keynote speaker, as well as experts from
both Morneau Shepell and Bell Canada. In Toronto, the keynote speaker
is former Toronto Maple Leaf Ron Ellis, who will speak about his battle
with depression after retiring from hockey. Ellis has been involved
with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, drawing attention to
the stigma associated with depression. He is currently director of
public affairs for the Hockey Hall of Fame, and the Founder of the Ron
Ellis Team Canada Foundation, a charity that supports various
In Vancouver, the keynote speaker is TC Carling, a leader from Canucks
Sports and Entertainment who will speak about their work on raising
awareness of mental health in the workplace. Carling will also talk
about Mindcheck, an initiative involving the NHL's Vancouver Canucks,
which helps young people identify and understand mental distress.
In Montreal, the keynote speaker is Georges Sabongui, a former military
psychologist who has done extensive stress-related research with
Canada's Armed Forces. Once a senior Naval officer, Sabongui will talk
about the military's approach to mental health.
Other speakers include:
Toronto - Jean-Marc Mackenzie, Senior Vice President, Health Management,
Morneau Shepell; and Alida Fallavollita, Senior Consultant, Workplace
Health and Wellness, Bell Canada.
Montreal - Claudine Ducharme, Director, Health Solutions and Consulting
Services - Benefits, Morneau Shepell; and Lucie Dutil, Vice President,
Human Resources, Corporate Services, Bell Canada.
Vancouver - Karen Seward, Executive Vice President, Business Development
& Marketing, Morneau Shepell; and Paul Luca, Human Resources Regional
Director, Bell Canada.
Organizations that wish to attend Employers Connect should register at: www.morneaushepell.com/EmployersConnect.
Morneau Shepell is the largest Canadian-based firm offering
industry-leading benefits and pension consulting, outsourcing, as well
as health and productivity solutions. The company works with clients to
develop end-to-end insights and solutions that integrate with their
business strategies to achieve results. Through Benefits and Health
Solutions Consulting, Pension Consulting, Health Management,
Administration Solutions and Shepell•fgi's Employee Assistance Program,
Morneau Shepell helps clients reduce costs, increase employee
productivity, and improve their competitive positions by supporting
their employees' financial security, health and well-being.
Established in 1966, Morneau Shepell serves over 8,000 clients, ranging
from small businesses to some of the largest corporations and
associations in North America. With approximately 2,500 employees in
offices across North America, we provide services to organizations
across Canada, in the United States and around the globe.
Morneau Shepell Inc. is a publicly traded company on the Toronto Stock
Exchange (TSX). For more information, visit www.morneaushepell.com.
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