Day 1 - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

8:00
Registration Opens and Refreshments are Served
9:00
Remarks from the Co-Chairs: Defining Mental Health Accommodation
9:15
Deciphering Duty to Accommodate: Practical Perspectives
10:00
Networking Refreshment Break
10:15
Working the Return-to-Work Policy
11:00
Safeguarding against Toxic Work Environments and Strengthening Team Dynamics
11:45
Navigating Privacy Compliance – What You Need to Know
12:15
Networking Luncheon for Speakers and Delegates
1:30
Starting the Conversation – How to Talk about Mental Health
2:15
Examining the Changing Legal Landscape
2:45
Networking Refreshment Break
3:00
Substance Use, Abuse and Self Medicating
3:30
Proactively Addressing Mental Health Issues: Reducing Absenteeism
4:00
Closing Remarks from the Chair Conference Adjourns

Day 2 - Thursday, June 2, 2016

8:30
Refreshments are Served
9:00
Remarks from Co-Chairs
9:15
Alberta’s Mental Health Review – An Understanding for Employers
9:45
Finding Operational Savings by Investing in Employee Mental Health
10:30
Networking Refreshment Break
10:45
Coping with Mental Health Issues within the Family
11:30
Managing Stress and Stigma – A Cross-Sector Look at Canada’s High-Pressure Industries
12:30
Closing Remarks from the Chair Conference Concludes

Post-Conference Workshops

Intervening Responsibly: Resolving an Employee’s Personal Crisis in the Office

Jun 2, 2016 5:30pm – 

Speakers

Jennifer Yelland
Senior Health & Wellness Advisor, Workplace Health and Safety
Alberta Health Services

Katie Stuckey
Wellness Advisor, Workplace Health and Safety
Alberta Health Services

Building an Effective Accommodation Plan at All Stages

Jun 2, 2016 7:15pm – 

Speakers

Marjorie Munroe
Co-Director
Workplace Fairness West

Michelle Phaneuf
Co-Director
Workplace Fairness West

Day 1 - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

8:00
Registration Opens and Refreshments are Served
9:00
Remarks from the Co-Chairs: Defining Mental Health Accommodation

Michelle Phaneuf
Co-Director
Workplace Fairness West

Marjorie Munroe
Co-Director
Workplace Fairness West

PANEL

9:15
Deciphering Duty to Accommodate: Practical Perspectives

Kelly Mac Vicar
HR Manager, Heavy Oil Region
AECOM

Julie Menten
Legal Counsel
Roper Greyell LLP

Matthew Murphy
Senior Advisor, Labour Relations
Alberta Health Services

  • Understanding discrimination as laid out by Canadian Human Rights legislation
  • Managing poor performance, discipline issues and patterns of negative behaviour when mental health is a consideration
  • Assessing stress leave entitlement in the absence of mental/physical disability diagnosis

10:00
Networking Refreshment Break
10:15
Working the Return-to-Work Policy

Clark Glassford
Manager of Human Resources
Metro Vancouver Transit Police

  • Building tailored, employee-specific strategies versus a one-size-fits-all policy
  • Keeping employees on the job and in the workplace versus paid leave

CASE STUDY

11:00
Safeguarding against Toxic Work Environments and Strengthening Team Dynamics

Sari Sairanen
Director Health and Safety
Unifor

  • Mitigating the stress and the increased workload of employees who are accommodating co-workers
  • Establishing a positive work environment – handling bullying, harassment and rumours

11:45
Navigating Privacy Compliance – What You Need to Know

Marija V. Bicanic
Privacy Officer & Senior Counsel, Corporate
Shell Canada Limited

  • Examining what information the employer may be privy to in an employee’s medical assessment
  • Privileged information – exploring compliance issues when sharing it with, or safeguarding it from, managers, supervisors and other employees

12:15
Networking Luncheon for Speakers and Delegates
1:30
Starting the Conversation – How to Talk about Mental Health

Sharla Zalmanowtiz
Registered Psychologist
Calgary Counselling Centre

Pam Cooper
Manager Health Services
ConocoPhillips

  • Recognizing the signs and symptoms of an employee with a mental health issue
  • Taking respectful steps to get the person the help they need and maintain productivity

LEGAL SPOTLIGHT

2:15
Examining the Changing Legal Landscape

L. Frank Molnar Q.C.
Partner
Field Law

  • When does a company ask for an independent medical review? Examining Bottiglia v. Ottawa Catholic School Board
  • Considering drug and alcohol addictions as part of work-related issues. Examining Stewart v. Elk Valley Coal Corporation
  • Comparing the procedural versus the substantive component of the duty to accommodate

2:45
Networking Refreshment Break
3:00
Substance Use, Abuse and Self Medicating

Nicholas Ellegood
Senior Corporate Counsel, Employee Relations
Best Buy Canada Ltd.

  • Calculating the cost of substance abuse and addiction-related workplace injuries
  • Distinguishing the difference between a weekend habit and an employee disability
  • Understanding the therapeutic uses of medical marijuana and the current regulatory information

3:30
Proactively Addressing Mental Health Issues: Reducing Absenteeism

Kristin Bower
Advisor, People Innovation and Impact
Vancity Savings Credit Union

  • Facilitating and developing a healthy work environment
  • Understanding front-line managers’ roles in preventing mental illness and reducing absenteeism
  • Training your managers to identify early warning signs, key risk factors and conduct indicative of mental illness

4:00
Closing Remarks from the Chair Conference Adjourns

Day 2 - Thursday, June 2, 2016

8:30
Refreshments are Served
9:00
Remarks from Co-Chairs
9:15
Alberta’s Mental Health Review – An Understanding for Employers

David Swann
Co-Chair, Mental Health Review Committee
and Interim Leader, Alberta Liberal Party

A review of Alberta’s addiction and mental health system was requested in June 2015 and the final report was provided to the Minister of Health on December 23, 2015. The scope included increasing access to services, improving continuity of care across an integrated service delivery model, in-patient support services, addiction, geographic challenges, and ensuring services are inclusive of, and culturally appropriate for, Alberta’s diverse population.

CASE STUDY

9:45
Finding Operational Savings by Investing in Employee Mental Health

Dr. Adriana Celser
Chief Psychologist/Manager, Psychological Services Division
Calgary Police Service

  • Customizing your company’s benefits plan to highlight a positive approach to wellness
  • Improving functional adaptability to facilitate accommodations and cost efficiencies
  • Employee and Family Assistance Programs (EFAP) and the advantage of an autonomous model of care
  • Building organizational accountability through regulatory compliance, assessments and programs that drive continuous improvement

10:30
Networking Refreshment Break

SPECIAL CO-PRESENTATION

10:45
Coping with Mental Health Issues within the Family

Joanie Malarchuk
Skating Coach

Clint Malarchuk
former Goaltender & Coach
NHL

  • Examining the added pressures and roles family members take-on when assisting someone with a mental health issue
  • Recognizing when an employee’s family life may be impacting their job performance and how to handle it affectively

11:30
Managing Stress and Stigma – A Cross-Sector Look at Canada’s High-Pressure Industries

Dennis Malayko
Health & Safety Representative
AUPE

Bob Rich
Chief Constable
Abbotsford Police Department

  • Understanding how the effects of shift work, isolation work, and burnout can lead to, or exacerbate, an employee’s mental health issue

12:30
Closing Remarks from the Chair Conference Concludes