Champions Council


The Mental Health in the Workplace Champions Council is comprised of close to 40 senior and rising leaders from across the GTHA who are committed to making workplaces a better resource to support people’s mental health. We’re also drawing on the expertise of mental health experts through an advisory group, listed below.

See what they and others have to say here.

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Paula Allen

Vice President of Research and Integrative Solutions, Morneau Shepell

Kim Bellissimo

Vice President, People and Organizational Development, William Osler Health System

Jessica Brcko

Diversity and Inclusion lead, Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG)

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.

Jennifer Elia

Assistant Vice President, Integrated Health Solutions, Group Benefits, Sun Life Financial

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 

Ann Hubbell


Ken Hunt

Publisher, Toronto Life

Karen Jackson 

Senior Advisor, Healthy Workplace Strategies, Excellence Canada

Stacey Kennedy

Program Director, Mental Health Initiative, The Co-operators

Greg Kyllo

National Director of Program Innovation, Canadian Mental Health Association

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

Chief People Officer, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Sapna Mahajan

Director, Programs and Priorities, Mental Health Commission of Canada 

Jaipaul Massey-Singh

Executive Director, Wise Elephant Family Health Team

Andrejka Massicotte  

Senior Director, North American Benefits & Global Wellness, RBC

Patrick Mitchell

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

Evan Luke

Marketing Specialist 

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

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

Jenny Winter

Vice President, Human Resources Canada, CGI

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

Bill Wilkerson | Mental Health International | Executive Chairman