Vancouver Mental Health Summit

December 12, 2019
Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver

2019 Vancouver Mental Health Summit

According to The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, by the time Canadians are 40 years of age, one in two have – or have had – a mental illness.

CAMH has also attributed mental health as the leading cause of disability in Canada. So, why are employees often still hesitant to come forward with personal struggles?

Vancouver’s 2019 Mental Health Summit will discover new ideas on how to approach mental health in the workplace – including how to remove the stigma of mental illness and what plan sponsors can do to facilitate positive return-to-work transitions.

This half-day event will serve breakfast; it will end before lunch time.

How much does it cost?
$159 plus tax.

Should I attend?
If you’re an employer responsible for your organization’s drug plan, benefits, wellness, human resources and/or corporate health – or a broker, benefits consultant, group insurer or advisor – then this summit is where you want to be.

Continuing education (CE) credits will be offered at this event.

Looking for the Toronto Mental Health Summit?

LINK TO THE TORONTO MENTAL HEALTH SUMMIT

 

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Vancouver Mental Health Summit

December 12, 2019
Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver

Please note: this agenda is subject to change.

7:30 – 8:25 AM
BREAKFAST AND REGISTRATION




8:25 – 8:30 AM
OPENING REMARKS




8:30 – 9:00 AM
SESSION ONE
Workplace 2020: Looking forward at mental-health RTW
As we leave 2019 behind, it’s clear that a significant evolution of workplace mental health has taken place over the past 10 years. What does this mean for 2020 and beyond? This session will look at some of the most significant changes affecting how we look at mental health and workplace accommodations.

Speaker:
Carmen Bellows, senior consultant, mental health, Sun Life Financial




9:00 – 9:30 AM 
SESSION TWO
Workplace solutions for mental-health action plan
At any given time, eight per cent of all Canadian workers are dealing with a mental-health issue. Each week, half a million people across the country miss work for reasons related to their mental health. If the mental health of workers isn’t a key concern for your organization, it should be. Addressing mental-health issues in the workplace will deliver measurable benefits: reduced absenteeism, lower employee turnover and fewer disability claims. Plus, there are other less measurable but equally important benefits: improved morale, greater collaboration and higher productivity within your team. But where to start? In this session, three specific and strategic areas that can help organizations safeguard employees’ mental health will be presented. By doing so, plan sponsors can mitigate financial risk and help plan members reach their full potential as employees – a company’s greatest strength.

Speaker:
Nir Yahav, mental health specialist, national disability best practices, Manulife




9:30 – 10:00 AM
SESSION THREE
The impact of migraine on the individual and society
Migraine patients bear significant physical and emotional challenges and reductions in quality of life. Those with migraine have increased rate of depression, anxiety and suicide compared to healthy populations. Migraine interferes with relationships with family members, friends and colleagues – and affects people during the years when employment is most productive and family demands are highest. Join Dr. Amoozegar while she discusses the burden of migraine and value of new treatments to plan members and plan sponsors.

Speaker:
Dr. Farnaz Amoozegar, neurologist and clinical assistant professor, University of Calgary

(This session has been made possible by Eli Lilly.)


10:00 – 10:30 AM
NETWORKING BREAK 


 

10:30 – 11:00 AM
SESSION FOUR
How nutrition contributes to better mental health and organizational wellness
What we eat affects who we are on a day-to-day basis. And yet, among all the factors contributing to mental health and corporate wellness, nutrition may have the lowest profile. Research shows that when dietitians intervene with people with mental-health conditions and their care providers, the targeted intervention can reduce the nutrition-related side effects of psychiatric medications, improve cognition, support better self-management of concurrent and co-morbid conditions and enhance overall occupational, social and psychological functioning. Furthermore, these positive outcomes are cost-effective. What educational content, policies and services in nutrition can organizational leaders implement to support the mental health of their people and help reduce mental health claims?

Speaker:
Charmaine Alexander, senior advisor, disability management, Desjardins




11:00 – 11:30 AM
SESSION FIVE

Session details to come.




11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
SESSION SIX
Mental health in the workplace – how can employers really show up?
Through his personal journey to current position at Vancity overseeing health and well-being, Sean will speak to why mental health matters on many levels and ultimately what companies can do to authentically ‘show up’ for their employees. Learn about the link to the larger inclusion and diversity strategy at Vancity and the related work covering areas of education, awareness building, advisory and data-driven program integration. The ultimate goal being addressing both the organizational and individual sides of workplace mental-health issues.

Speaker:
Sean Raible, director, total rewards, health and well-being, Vancity




12:15 – 1:20 PM
CLOSING REMARKS


 

More details coming soon.

Vancouver Mental Health Summit - Speakers

Vancouver Mental Health Summit

December 12, 2019

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

 

Charmaine Alexander

Derek Weir

Charmaine Alexander is a senior advisor in disability management at Desjardins. She has more than 20 years of experience in group disability management, spanning a variety of industries and working for employers as well as insurance carriers. Within her client base, Alexander promotes a focus on prevention and challenges employer groups to encourage their employees to take charge of their health. She believes the future of group disability plans will require a collaborative approach between all stakeholders. As part of the best practice and innovation team, Alexander partners with several organizations within Desjardins’ portfolio of clients to deliver educational presentations to employers, employees and union leaders across Canada with an aim to strengthen best practices in their management of disability claims. In July 2018, Alexander became the first insurer-sponsored mental health first aid instructor certified by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. She continues to deliver this course to client organizations and their workforces. Alexander holds a fellow in life and health claims from the International Claims Association. She also completed studies at York University (BA, English) and George Brown College (nursing).  


Dr. Farnaz Amoozegar

Michael Koehn

Dr. Amoozegar is a neurologist and clinical assistant professor at the University of Calgary. She completed sub-specialty training in the area of headache and facial pain in 2009 and a masters degree in clinical epidemiology in 2014. She practices at the Calgary Headache Assessment and Management Program, is involved in clinical research, and in teaching of fellows, residents and medical students in various settings. She is passionate about increasing awareness of various headache conditions and their significant impact on the patient, family and society.


 

 

 

Carmen Bellows

Derek Weir

As senior consultant, mental health with Sun Life Financial, Carmen is responsible for coaching and training the western regional disability management team. Her focus is to improve case management skills and understanding of mental illness in order to optimize duration. She is also instrumental in the integrated health solutions group in delivering training and support to plan sponsors in order to optimize their workplace mental health. This has a direct impact on the quality of support for disability claimants coping with mental illness and in turn, has a positive influence on workplace mental health. She is also a contributor to the mental health strategy at Sun Life and a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Psychological Association. Carmen is a registered psychologist and holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology. She has extensive experience in the field of psychology, including community and workplace mental health. Her clinical experience includes working with survivors of torture and newly arrived refugees, critical incident response, large employee and family assistance programs, outpatient psychiatry departments and private practice. Carmen prepares and delivers psycho-educational presentations on topics such as depression, caring for aged family members, dealing with difficult people in the workplace and she is a presenter of workshops on stress and resilience and other topics relevant to workplace mental health.


 

Sean Raible

Derek Weir

Sean is an experienced total rewards/HR leader who has worked in several industries over his nearly 20 years in the field, including retail, aviation, financial services, consumer products, high tech, construction, telecom, etc. – including global experience across Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe. He currently is the director of total rewards, health and well-being at Vancity, volunteers with Variety, a children's charity, and chairs the local Vancouver Total Rewards Roundtable. Learning from his personal journey with mental health issues, and the stories he has witnessed/experienced in the workplace, he’s passionate about impacting mental health individually, where he works and in his community.


 

 

 

Nir Yahav

Derek Weir

Nir Yahav is a registered clinical counsellor and a mental health specialist with Manulife’s national disability best practices, where he guides and coaches case managers and disability benefits operations teams on mental health claims as well as implements best practices for mental health disability management. Yahav has 13 years of counselling experience working with clients with mental health conditions and addictions, trauma, domestic violence and parenting/co-parenting difficulties. Yahav’s been a presenter on the topic of workplace mental health. He’s also spoken about domestic violence and has written articles on the topic of anger management.


 

More details coming soon.

Event Location: Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver

Contemporary accommodations bring more fun to travelers staying at 489-room The Fairmont Waterfront, a luxury hotel set in a prime location in Vancouver where lots of fun destinations are within reach. A wide array of delicious food choices are featured at ARC Restaurant + Bar, with guests and locals invited to indulge in the local and handcrafted cuisine offered throughout the day


Address:

900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver, BC V6C3L5


 



FOR SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
FOR AGENDA
INFORMATION
FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Francesca Allman
francesca.allman@tc.tc

Cassandra Williamson-Hopp
cassandra.williamson-hopp@tc.tc
Katerina Galkina
katerina.galkina@tc.tc

Join the conversation! @BenCanMag #MentalHealth19


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