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Building a Happier, Healthier Workplace

October 13, 2020 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET
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“How’s everybody (really) doing?”

2020 has us navigating uncharted waters, and many of us are stuck in survival mode when we’re at work. It’s time to flip over the “mental health iceberg” and see what’s happening under the surface with your people. Talking about mental health with your team is vital, both for their peace of mind and your organization’s health, and we want to help you get the conversation started.

We’ve put together a panel of mental health professionals to share some best practices and practical advice for leaders looking to start or expand their workplace mental health programs. Join us for this collaborative discussion and come away with ideas and tools for a happier, healthier team.

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Devon Silvers

Wellness Coordinator
Forensic Psychiatric Hospital
BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services

Devon Silvers, M.A, R.C.C has been working in forensic psychiatry for approximately 18 years. Currently she holds the position of Clinical Coordinator of Health & Wellness Counselling Department. Ms. Silvers has extensive trauma experience / training, and is the Forensic Hospital CISM team leader after serving on the CISM team since 2011. She is a member of the Canadian Critical Incidence Stress Foundation. Ms. Silvers also provides services to victims of crime through the Vancouver Police Department Victim Services Department within private practice. She is a certified Psychological First Aid instructor and teaches throughout BC for Disaster PsychoSocial Services. Ms. Silvers has a passion for workplace mental health, and leads wellness initiatives in the workplace.

BC Mental Health

Greg Swaine

Corporate Wellness Advisor

In 2018, Greg Swaine led Canada's first Developmental Services Agency to sign The Declaration of Commitment to Psychological Health and Safety. Since then, he has inspired dozens of other organizations worldwide to follow his lead and change how they approach psychological safety in the workplace.

Greg has been recognized as one of "Canada's top 15 Leaders Leading Change in Mental Health at Work" by CivicAction. His story has also been told in a three-part series "Lead from Any Position" written by Workplace Strategies for Mental Health and again by Silken Laumann's Non-Profit Organization, Unsinkable under the title "I Am A Stoutheart."

Greg Swaine is a Mental Health at Work Subject Matter Expert for Metrilife INC., a CMHA Certified Psychological Health Advisor, Chair of the Board of Directors for NoStigmas Canada, and an established Mental Health Advocate.


Stephanie Woodward

Psychological Health & Safety Adviser
Agency II Change Inc.

Stephanie has spent the bulk of her career as an Executive and Coach to C-Suite and senior leadership teams during times of significant organizational change – helping them to manage themselves and lead their teams through uncertainty. This work solidified her passion for creating thriving workplace cultures and led her to found Agency II Change Inc. Agency II Change is on a mission to embed psychological health and safety in workplaces to create the optimal conditions for innovation, creativity and engagement.

Stephanie is a Certified Personal Resiliency Practitioner through the Resiliency Alliance and a Certified CMHA Psychological Health and Safety Advisor, qualified to design and deliver workplace culture programs that align with the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. She’s also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) accredited with the International Coach Federation (ICF); and certified in the globally-recognized leadership assessment tools, The Leadership Circle Profile and iEQ9 Integrative Enneagram Solutions.

Agency II Change



Dessalen Wood

Chief People Officer

Dessalen Wood is an innovative HR executive, seasoned speaker, and coach. She specializes in leading Learning and Development and Human Resources teams at some of North America’s most-respected organizations. In 2019 she left her role as Vice President, Talent Development at Cineplex Entertainment to join ThoughtExchange in the newly created role of Chief People Officer.

Throughout her career, Dessalen has been passionate about creating work environments that bring out the very best in people. The connection to ThoughtExchange - the product and the team -was instant, and made the decision to join feel like a natural fit between like minds.

Dessalen is based in Montreal with her husband, three children and her dog.

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