Mental Health in the Workplace Champions Council and Advisory Group


Champions Council

The Mental Health in the Workplace Champions Council is comprised of nearly 30 senior and rising leaders from across the GTHA that are committed to making workplaces a better resource for colleagues who are struggling with mental health issues. We’re also drawing on mental health experts through an advisory group, listed below.

Paula Allen

Vice President of Research and Integrative Solutions, Morneau Shepell

Kim Bellissimo

Vice President Human Resources, CAMH

Celina Caesar-Chavannes

Member of Parliament, Whitby, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development

Pat Capponi

Author, Mental Health Advocate, Lead Facilitator, Voices from the Street

Ashley Challinor

Director, Policy, Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Meredith Cochrane

Executive Director, A-Way Express

Mary Deacon

Chair, Bell Let’s Talk Mental Health Initiative, Bell Canada

Rupert Duchesne

Former Group Chief Executive, Aimia Inc.

Emmanuelle Gaudette

 Senior Consultant, Absence, Disability & Health Management, Willis Towers Watson

Phillip Haid

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Public Inc.

Tracy Hanson

President and CEO, Canadian Society of Association Executives

Brad Henderson  

President and CEO, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada 

Mark Henick

National Director of Strategic Initiatives, Canadian Mental Health Association (National Division)


Ken Hunt

Publisher, Toronto Life

Karen Jackson 

Senior Advisor, Healthy Workplace Strategies, Excellence Canada

Adrian Lawford

Associate Vice President, Retail Products, TD Bank Group

Sheldon Leiba

Professor, The Business School, Humber College

Terri Lohnes

Vice President, Health Care and Not-For-Profit Group, OPTIMUS SBR

Shanin Lott

Managing Director, Talent and Professional Resources, Stikeman Elliot LLP

Jason Maghanoy

Director, Sales Strategy and Partnerships, NOW Magazine and Independent Playwright

Jaipaul Massey-Singh

Executive Director, Wise Elephant Family Health Team

Andrejka Massicotte  

Director, Canadian Benefits & Wellness, RBC

Dr. John Meyer

 Department of Psychology, The University of Western Ontario 

Patrick Mitchell

Executive Lead, Mental Health and Addictions, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Evan Luke

Marketing Specialist 

Jeff Moat

 President, Partners for Mental Health

Abdul Nakua

Director of Community Initiatives, The Muslim Association of Canada


Jake Norman

Head of Agency Development Canada, Facebook

Tracy Paterson 

CEO, Ajax-Pickering Hospital Foundation

Dr. Marie-Hélène Pelletier

Assistant Vice President, Workplace Mental Health, Sun Life Financial

Josephine Petcher

National Representative and Toronto Area Director, Unifor

Peter Sloly

Partner – Risk Advisory, Cyber, National Lead – Security & Justice, Deloitte, and CivicAction Board Member

Paul Smetanin

President and CEO, Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis

Gillian Smith

Member Engagement Consultant, Toronto Region Board of Trade

Peter Sweers

Senior VP, GTA Banking and Global Wealth, CGI

Karla Thorpe

Director, Prevention and Promotion Initiatives, Mental Health Commission of Canada 

Bonnie Wong

Executive Director, Hong Fook Mental Health Association 

Advisory Group

Mary Ann Baynton | Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace | Program Director

Dr. Kwame McKenzie | Wellesley Institute | CEO

Dr. Barbara Mildon | Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences | Vice-President, Professional Practice and Research, and Chief Nursing Executive

David Higgins | St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton | President

Bill Wilkerson | Mental Health International | Executive Chairman