The modern workplace is unlike any other. The scale and speed with which businesses need to recruit, support and transition the most diverse work force in history to meet the demands of today’s high-tech, global economy is unprecedented. Add to this the enormous task of managing the unique needs of underemployed millennials; the en masse retirement of Baby Boomers; and the rise in cases and increased awareness of mental illness in the workplace.

On June 21, 2017, The Globe and Mail will convene a diverse group of business leaders, HR practitioners and mental health researchers who have made significant progress in solving workplace challenges in the modern economy. They’ll show you how they did it, what they’ve learned, what to watch out for and how you can implement practical strategies to help meet your company’s business objectives by leveraging your most valuable asset – your people. 




Sean Stanleigh is managing editor of Globe Edge, the content marketing studio at The Globe and Mail. His team blends audience data with journalistic intuition and experience to craft great storytelling on behalf of brands, positioning them as thought leaders with influential audiences across multiple platforms. He is also co-chair of Lab351, the company’s internal business incubator.


Katherine Scarrow is The Globe and Mail's digital content strategist where she helps clients reach their objectives through storytelling. Previously, Ms. Scarrow was the small business editor where she wrote about entrepreneurs, startups and government policy towards small business. Before coming to The Globe she was a news editor at Yahoo! Canada, a radio producer at CBC and also worked at the United Nations. She holds an MBA from Ivey Business School and Masters of Journalism from UBC.

Andre Picard is a health reporter and columnist at The Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff writer since 1987. He is also the author of three bestselling books, an eight-time nominee for the National Newspaper Awards, Canada's top journalism prize, and past winner of prestigious Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism. He was named Canada's first "Public Health Hero" by the Canadian Public Health Association and as a "Champion of Mental Health" by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health.



Louise Bradley became President and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada in 2010 after serving as Senior Operating Officer for the University of Alberta Hospital, one of Canada’s leading clinical, research and teaching hospitals. She holds degrees from Dalhousie University and Northeastern University in Boston, where she received a Master of Science with a specialization in mental health. She also received a Psychiatric Nursing Diploma with clinical practicum at Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Harlow campus in Essex, England.


Mary Barroll, President of TalentEgg, is an online business executive and lawyer with a background in media, technology and IP law.   In 2013 she was appointed General Counsel & VP Media Affairs at, Canada's largest job portal for charities and not for profits in Canada.   In 2016 Mary took the reins as President of, Canada's No.1, award-winning job board and online career resource that connects top employers with top students and grads.   


Dr. Lisa Couperthwaite is a Clinical Psychologist working at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH),  Work, Stress and Health (WSH) program, where she incorporates the use of evidence-based diagnostic assessments and treatment with clients experiencing psychological impairments stemming from prior traumatic experiences. Dr. Couperthwaite also participates in research and holds a Lecturer academic appointment with the University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry.


Eileen Dooley is vice president of national career transition and management company VF Career Management, as well as its Alberta partner Gilker McRae.  As part of the career transition, and executive/leadership coaching team, she oversees aspects of management, operations, marketing and business development. She is a certified coach, speaker and published writer, who helps clients and customers embrace opportunities. Prior to career management, Eileen spent 15 years as a corporate communications professional focusing on public affairs and strategic communications. She is a periodic writer for The Globe and Mail.

Dr. Bill Howatt is the chief research and development officer of work force productivity with Morneau Shepell in Toronto. With more than 25 years' experience in academic research in human behaviour, Dr. Howatt is internationally known for his work in Human Resources strategy, mental health, organizational learning design, leadership development, and the treatment of addiction issues, and has authored several books on these topics. He is also the president of Howatt HR Consulting and founder of TalOp, in Kentville, N.S. His websites are: and

Jacqueline Foley is Chief Marketing Officer for Odgers Berndtson – a leading global executive search firm. In 2013, she led the Canadian launch of CEO X 1 Day – a unique program that recruits and matches top undergraduate students with CEOs for a day of job shadowing. The program now runs in 10 countries worldwide. Jacqueline also mentors millennials through programs such as U of T’s The Entrepreneurship Hatchery and Futurpreneur Canada. 


Lisa Taylor is the President of Challenge Factory and the Centre for Career Innovation. Lisa offers a dynamic perspective on how demographics, the freelance economy and new market dynamics present organizations and individuals with opportunities to gain strategic advantage. Lisa is the author of “Retain and Gain: Career Management for Small Business”, a unique playbook published by CERIC and designed for the busy Canadian business owner, as well as a second book to be published by University of Toronto Press (UTP-Rotman imprint) in 2018 with a working title of “The Talent Revolution”.


Dave Wilken is the founder of, the world's largest mentoring platform. Wilkin and his team enable companies and their leaders to connect with the next generation - one coffee conversation at a time. Through the 10KCoffees Enterprise Platform, Wilkin has launched more than 100 successful mentoring and networking programs inside of companies and schools, creating hundreds of thousands of coffee matches for career, entrepreneurial, and education outcomes.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Registration: 12:30-1:00pm

Panel Discussion: 1:00-1:45pm

A New Frame of Mind: How mental health is affecting your workplace

A positive dialogue around mental health at work.

Panelists: Louise Bradley, President and CEO of the Mental health commission of Canada; Dr. Lisa Couperthwaite, Clinical Psychologist at CAMH; Dr. Bill Howatt, chief research and development officer of work force productivity with Morneau Shepell.

Moderated by: Andre Picard, Globe and Mail health reporter and columnist

Panel Discussion: 2:00-2:45pm

A Fine Balance: Finding the right Millennials based on skills and fit

The right Millennial for the job: Insights to make the right hire

Panelists: Mary Barroll, President of Talent Egg; Jacqueline Foley, CMO Odgers Berndtson Canada; Dave Wilkin, Founder of

Moderated by: Katherine Scarrow, Digital Strategist, The Globe and Mail

Panel Discussion: 3:00-3:45pm

A Graceful Exit: Transitioning Baby Boomers into retirement

Expertise and knowledge: retaining the Boomers' legacy.

Panelists: Eileen Dooley, Vice President of VF Career Management Calgary; Lisa Taylor, CEO of Challenge factory.

Moderated by: Sean Stanleigh, Managing Editor of Globe Edge

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