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, Research, Analytics and Innovation, 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, House of Commons

Pat Capponi

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

Ashley Challinor

VP, Policy, Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Mary Deacon

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

Rupert Duchesne

Retired Group Chief Executive, Aimia Inc.

Jennifer Elia

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

Phillip Haid

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Public Inc.

Tracy Hanson

President and CEO, Canadian Society of Association Executives

Brad Henderson  

Former 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, Investment Specialist Program, 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

Evan Luke

Marketing Specialist 

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

Serafina Morgia

Director, Health & Benefits Consulting, Willis Towers Watson

Abdul Nakua

Director of Community Initiatives, The Muslim Association of Canada

Tracy Paterson 

CEO, Ajax-Pickering Hospital Foundation

Micheal Pietrus

Director, Mental Health First Aid and Working Minds, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Peter Sloly

Partner, National Security and Justice Leader, Deloitte

Paul Smetanin

President and CEO, Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis

Stephen Westfall

Interim Executive Director, A-way Courier 

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

Kwame McKenzie | Wellesley Institute | CEO

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