Morning Guided Meditations (30-min)
Daily at 8:00am
Begin your day with ease, focus and insight with a 30 minute guided meditation, led by these meditation teachers!
- Tuesday, May 4th – Paul Baranowski will guide you to begin your day with clarity
- Wednesday, May 5th – Jennifer Grant will help you discover curiosity and courage
- Thursday, May 6th – Mike Stroh will inspire your creativity
- Friday, May 7th – Reza Zahouri will spark your compassion
How to implement best practices in workplace mental health
Daily at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
In these sessions, you will learn about a variety of best practices that can transform your workplace and begin creating mentally healthy teams that are connected, effective and purpose driven. Our goal is to help you simplify the complex landscape of workplace mental health and clarify how business leaders can conceptualize and implement strategies to meet the needs of our modern workplace. Toggle Content
In today’s economy, many companies are now charged with caring not only for the physical health of their employees but also their mental well-being. Current training for HR people in workplace mental health strategies is insufficient or non-existent. As a result, those charged with handling these issues lack the training required to create excellent outcomes for the organization and its employees.
Ultimately, companies face these problems:
- Work quality suffers because of mental health issues.
- The workplace cannot effectively manage mental health problems.
- Leadership lacks the effective knowledge and training to integrate psychological safety & well-being into the organizational structure.
The national standard for psychological health and safety in the workplace set the foundation to help improve the mental health of the Canadian workforce. In this session, Mike Stroh will discuss why he thinks the standard has not gained traction within the Canadian workplace. He will present the Starts With Me 5’C program—How to create mentally healthy teams that are connected, effective, and purpose driven. It is an inviting method that blends the purpose of the national standard and leverages the particular competences and qualities of each workplace. Ultimately, we want workplaces to encourage individuals to increase their capacity for wellbeing and resilience.
Mike Stroh, MACP, RP Qualifying
Festival Founder & Director
- Current engagement statistics
- Engagement defined
- Benefits to engagement
- Engagement drivers
- Building and maintaining trust
- Building and sustaining motivation
- Keeping employees connected to the team and company
- How Managers can support employees
Debbie Pearmain | One Stop HR
This session is designed to help HR professionals in supporting their organizations mental health strategies by going beyond just offering training. Learn the top 5 hidden opportunities (from benefits to how to integrate with your EDI strategy) that must be in your plan, will be welcomed by your C-Suite, and will truly allow your organization to show up for its employees and their families.
Case Studies: Innovative Practices in Workplace Mental Health
Daily at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
These sessions explore the implementation of innovative practices from different perspectives and positions of influence in workplace mental health. From HR leaders, startup founders, CEO’s and marketing teams, we learn how some organizations are leading the way in how to conceptualize, develop, and implement novel ways of improving workplace mental health.
In this session, Tim Masson Chief Steward & CEO at The Ian Martin Group along with colleague Carla Tancredi will share their beautiful story of connecting over mental health and how the impact of sharing that story with the company. The other speakers are Tim Lytle, Community Manager for Arc’teryx Toronto, Madhu Nagaraja and Rachel Sklar two Arc’teryx community ambassadors will share how they have approached providing opportunities and solutions to the emergent challenge of workplace mental health and how community engagement extends to “Outer Peace”.
Community Marketing Manager
at Acr’teryx Equipment
Ultra Runner &
Community Ambassador Arc’teryx, Rachel Sklar
Madhu Nagaraja, Long Distance Swimmer,
Ultra Marathon Runner, Arc’teryx Community Ambassador
Chief Steward & CEO at The Ian Martin Group
Carla Tancredi, Recruitment Specialist at the Ian Martin Group
Celese Fletcher, Certified Human Resource Executive, will share a case study of working with a large organization to implement a compelling wellbeing strategy. She will detail the process, the challenges, the successes, and what she sees as a potential path forward to improve workplace mental health.
Celese works with senior leaders, management, employees and unions to create productive workplaces. She conducts workplace investigations, resolving workplace disruption and by leading the change through strategic planning and organizational design.
Celese Fletcher, CHRE
The Fletcher Consultancy
What are we missing when we’re not present? What would be possible if we transcended power struggles towards a clear and united purpose? What would we pursue if we could tame the self-doubt that holds us back? What decisions would we make if we were not racing through our day with cortisol pumping out of our every pore?
Imagine a workplace where people are kind, happy, focused, and highly productive. One where teams are built on trust, respect, and authenticity rather than ego, politics, and power moves. Peak organizational performance is greatly hindered by social friction and individual agendas but a mindful workplace creates a set of possibilities that is truly remarkable.
My research and training have shown me what is possible when we are truly present at work. When we begin with a practice of self-awareness and self-mastery, true transformation emerges that inevitably impacts the team, and the wider organization. When we can identify and embrace our own discomfort, stress and anxiety begin to hold less power over us. Learning to care properly for ourselves enables us to lead, deepen our relationships, and live more meaningful lives.
Dr. Ellen Choi
Panel Discussions: Brave Conversations
Daily at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Over the past five years, there has been a lot of talk and promotion surrounding the value of improved mental health in the workplace. The question we want to understand is—why are things not getting better? And, how do we move from talking into action?
To progress we need to move beyond slogans and nice sounding awareness campaigns and toward a more compassionate, honest, responsible, and self-aware workplace environment. These panels inquire into the complexity of our minds and how that relates to our mental health in the workplace. We will also explore potential solutions, strategies, and the next steps we can take in the short, medium, and long-term.
Mike Stroh, Debbie Pearmain, and Sean Raible discuss their perspectives on the barriers and challenges facing workplaces and employees, including how to implement effective and noticeable changes to the workplace mental health landscape.
Mike Stroh, MACP
Keri Topping, Sr HR Leader, Amazon Web Services Sales & Marketing Canada, Celese Fletcher CHRE, and Aileen Crown, MSW, CMF, ACC will discuss these difficult situations and provide their wisdom and insights on how to navigate these difficult situations.
Sr HR Leader, Amazon Web Services Sales & Marketing Canada
Aileen Crown, MSW, CMF, ACC
Celese Fletcher, CHRE
The Fletcher Consultancy
Just as we see an increase in mental health struggles across Canada, it is also a serious concern for our athletes and the organizations and communities that support them.
During this brave discussion, you will learn impactful strategies on how to meet the resistance to having these types of tough conversations in the locker room and in the corporate meeting room.
Learn through these athletes how to identify the warning signs and symptoms of deteriorating mental health and patterns of addictive behaviour at your organization:
Daily Inspiration: Transformative Stories and Essential Teachings
Daily at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Learn from our inspiring speakers about their trials, tribulations, triumphs and how they’ve transformed their experience to help others do the same!
Details Coming Soon.
Let’s talk diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. More info coming!
In this interactive session, Amy Saltzman M.D, author ofA Still Quiet Place for Athletes: Mindfulness Skills for achieving Peak Performance and Finding Flow in Sports and in Life will share powerful practices for dealing with intense feelings and distracting or negative thoughts, strengthening resilience, and developing the ability to respond compassionately rather than react critically in crucial moments.