Media Advisory - Conference Board of Canada Hosts Workplace Mental Health Conference

TORONTO, June 12, 2017 /CNW/ - A recent Conference Board of Canada report indicated that almost a quarter of Canadians living with a mental illness are unable to work because of their symptoms. Depression and anxiety alone cost the Canadian economy at least $32.3 billion a year and $17.3 billion a year, respectively, in foregone GDP due to lost productivity.

The Conference Board of Canada's Workplace Mental Health 2017 conference will bring together mental health experts to discuss how to improve mental health in the workplace. Topics of discussion include:

  • The role of managers on mental health;
  • Depression in the workplace;
  • PTSD and first responders;
  • The mental health needs of an aging workforce;
  • Screen time addiction and mental health.



June 14-15, 2017               


The Old Mill Toronto, 21 Old Mill Rd., Etobicoke, ON


Speakers include:

  • Louis Thériault, Vice-President, Industry Strategy and Public Policy, The Conference Board of Canada

  • Dr. Marie-Hélène Favreau, Director Mental Health, Disability Management and Workplace Practices, Bell Canada

  • Dr. Cynthia Mathieu, Professor, Human Resources Department, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

  • Dr. Marie-Hélène Pelletier, Assistant Vice-President, Workplace Health, Sun Life Financial Canada

  • Dr. Ami Rokach, Clinical Psychologist, York University

  • Karla Thorpe, Director, Prevention and Promotion Initiatives, Mental Health Commission of Canada


For the full schedule and times visit:

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Media Accreditation is required.

This conference is sponsored by Mental Health Commission of Canada, Sun Life Financial, Homewood Health, and Lundbeck.


SOURCE Conference Board of Canada

For further information: or media accreditation, contact: Natasha Jamieson, Communications Coordinator, The Conference Board of Canada, Tel.: 613- 526-3090 ext. 307, E-mail:; or Juline Ranger, Director of Communications, The Conference Board of Canada, Tel.: 613- 526-3090 ext. 431, E-mail:


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