Monday, May 13th, 2019

Dr. Jonathan Douglas, PhD, CPsych


9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Preventing Sanctuary Trauma: Building Resiliency through Compassionate Care

Resiliency is often viewed as the capacity of the individual to withstand stress.  However, the disabled individual inevitably interacts with numerous systems in which they have to prove their disability.  Could these systems be causing the problems they are meant to address?  Could resiliency be enhanced through responsible, compassionate care?

Since 2004, he has been in full time private practice in Barrie, where he has developed a focus on working with trauma-related disorders, particularly in Veterans and First Responders, but also in those traumatized by crime, in other fields of work, or in childhood.  He is fascinated by the potential for technology to enhance psychotherapeutic outcomes.

While his primary focus is on his clinical work, he also serves as an independent examiner for lawyers and insurers; he is committed to fair and impartial assessments, in which he draws upon his clinical acumen and experience to provide an objective opinion.  He also provides pre-employment assessments for police services.

Dr Douglas is a member of the Canadian Association of Psychologists in Disability assessment, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the Canadian Society for Clinical Hypnosis.  He is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario as a Clinical and Counselling Psychologist.

He has a passion for increasing equitable access to psychological services, and this has led him to serve on the Board of the Ontario Psychological Association for many years, and served as President (2015-2016).

Dr. Douglas currently serves on the Board of Directors of Badge of Life Canada, an organization dedicated to supporting First Responders with occupational stress injuries.

Dr. Bill Howatt

Conference Board of Canada, Globe and Mail Contributor

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A Pathway to Building Mental Fitness

Dr. Bill Howatt will facilitate a discussion on what resiliency is, as well as, what we can do with the intention to build our mental fitness. This discussion will examine how mental fitness builds resilience and improves mental health.


• Defining what mental fitness is
• Explore the link between distress, mental health and mental illness
• Clarify the difference between mental health and mental illness
• Examine the positive benefits of stress
• Discuss the link between resiliency and mental fitness

Bill Howatt, Chief of Research, Workforce Productivity for The Conference Board of Canada, is the former chief research and development officer for workforce productivity, Morneau Shepell, and founder of Howatt HR Consulting. He has over 25 years’ experience in strategic HR, mental health and addictions, and leadership.

He is the creator of the online Certificate in Management Essentials (CME) program, a senate-approved leaders program that offers 18 courses through the University of New Brunswick. He is also the creator of Pathway to Coping, an online course at the same university that is grounded in the cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) approach.

He created the Quality of Work Life (QWL) tool that has been converted into the Morneau Shepell Total Health Index, and was the co-creator of The Globe and Mail and Morneau Shepell’s Employee Recommended Workplace Award. He is also co-creator of The Globe and Mail Your Life at Work Initiative that touched more 14,000 Canadians.

He has published numerous books and articles, such as The Coping Crisis, Pathway to Coping, the Wiley Series on addictions, The Human Services Counseling Toolbox, and The Addiction Counselor’s Desk Reference. He is a regular contributor to The Globe and Mail 9 to 5 and Leadership Lab columns and The Chronicle Herald.

Bill Howatt, is Ph.D., Ed.D., Post Doctorate Behavioral Science, University of California, Los Angeles, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, RTC, RSW, ICADC.

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

The Brainstorm Revolution Troupe

Non-profit organization

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.


Heather Down
Jason Down
Natalie Harris
Katherine Hambleton
Mattthew Heneghan
Shelley Hofer

The Brainstorm Revolution Troupe has a mission to raise awareness, educate, and increase understanding of mental health through storytelling of lived experiences. Each presentation uses hand-picked members who are tailored to the audience and topics, picking stories most appropriate from the book Brainstorm Revolution.

Presenters range from everyday folks with extraordinary stories to city councillors to award-winning authors to famous Canadian comedians to TEDx presenters to members of the Order of Canada.

The three founding members and directors of this nonprofit organization are Natalie Harris, former advanced care paramedic, founder of Wings of Change Peer Support, author of Save-My-Life School and Barrie City Councillor, Shelley Hofer, mental health advocate and the engine behind the “Zach Makes Tracks” campaign that raised over $125,000 for youth mental health, and Heather Down, owner of Wintertickle Press, a company specializing in Canadian non-fiction and true mental health stories.

Addie Greco-Sanchez

President, AGS Rehab

3:45pm to 4:45pm

Build Your Resilience – 5 Minutes at a Time

Researchers have discovered the formula for living a good life, so why is depression still the world’s leading disability and anxiety the most common mental health disorder in North America? Most people don’t know what will truly make them happy, and far too few make proven wellness practices a part of their lives. To cope with all the stresses we encounter, we need to actively care for ourselves, which includes heeding our ancient programming that demands that we move our bodies, connect face-to-face and get enough sleep. These important factors build our resilience.

In this entertaining and interactive keynote address, Addie Greco-Sanchez will demonstrate how investing as little as five minutes of self-care goes a long way in building resilience and decreasing absences related to stress and mental health challenges. Based on the book she co-authored, The 5-Minute Recharge, 31 Proven Strategies to Refresh, Reset and Become the Boss of Your Day, Addie will provide useful strategies for thriving at work and in life.

Addie is a recognized industry leader with over 25 years of experience and a contagious passion in the field of disability management and mental health. She founded AGS in 1999 and has led the company’s growth; surrounding herself with like- minded professionals who share a passion for helping clients by providing solutions that maximize productivity with a focus on abilities. As President, she is responsible for overseeing corporate and strategic vision.

A visionary leader, she ranked on the 2015 PROFIT/Chatelaine’s W100 Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs. Addie is often called upon as a subject matter expert in the area of mental health and is an avid national speaker. She is co-author of the newly released book, The 5-Minute Recharge, 31 Proven Strategies to Refresh, Reset and Become the Boss of Your Day. She has authored many articles in the field of vocational rehabilitation and disability management and has qualified as an expert witness as a vocational evaluator. Addie holds a Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) designation from the Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA) of Canada, as well as a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional (CVRP) designation from the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals. She is Past President of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA) of Canada. AGS Rehab has been an active participant in the recently concluded three-year Case Study Project created by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. In 2017 AGS achieved Canada Awards for Excellence Gold recognition in the category of Mental Health at Work®.

Employer Panel

Monday, May 13th, 11:00am to 12:00pm

Our employer panel is designed to feature workplace mental health from a variety of employment sectors. The moderated panel discussion and question and answer period will provide participants a unique cross-sectoral learning experience.

 The complex nature of mental health, mental health concerns and mental illnesses presents a challenge for workplaces and employers. Our panel will discuss key topics that include supporting employees experiencing a mental health-related concern, advancing efforts to address employee well-being, building-psychologically safe workplaces and the role of management and leaders in further advancing psychological health and safety.


Camille Quenneville

CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division

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Orlando Da Silva

Senior Crown Counsel, Serious Fraud Office

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Kimberley Greenwood

Chief of Police, Barrie Police Service

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Brian Osler

Director of Legal Services, OMVIC

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Kristine Remedios

Chief Inclusion & Social Impact Officer, KPMG Canada

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Employee Panel

Monday, May 13th, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Our employee panel is designed to feature workplace mental health from a variety of employment sectors. The moderated panel discussion and question and answer period will provide participants a unique cross-sectoral learning experience.

Sharing a mental health or mental illness concern with an employer has traditionally been associated with apprehension and fear for employees. Our panel will share their experiences with workplace mental health and provide thoughts on the way forward for workplaces to develop and maintain a culture that promotes both good mental health and enables staff to share mental health related concerns with management.


Syd Gravel

Staff Sergeant (ret’d.) Sylvio (SYD) A. Gravel, M.O.M.

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Lawrence Blake

Manager, Mental Health Works

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Katherine Hambleton

Healthcare Professional

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John Holman

Fire Fighting

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Hilary Hagerman

Managing Editor, Yahoo Lifestyle Canada

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Rick Young


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