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Maintaining Mental Fitness Season 3
The Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association (AMHSA) is hosting season 3 of our free webinar series to support mental fitness for organizations and individuals in an endemic world. AMHSA is partnering with the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), Alberta Municipalities and Howatt HR Consulting to produce this educational series.

Social and political events have shaped and redefined many workplace cultures during the COVID-19 pandemic. As people experience the collision of differing perspectives, behaviours and states of mental health that have emerged over the past two years, organizations are challenged to adjust to these new realities.

Season 3 of Maintaining Mental Fitness will feature discussions examining the key strategies and behaviours that leaders and employees can practice to maintain mental fitness during the transition from a pandemic to an endemic work environment. Webinars are presented and moderated by mental health subject matter experts from across Canada. Topics include how to manage stress by proactively tackling issues, being prepared to deliver bad news, communicating decisions with empathy, and modeling behaviours that will help everyone move forward towards a shared purpose.

01 Creating Space for Discomfort (Sept. 20, 2022)
02 Incorporating DEI in Your Renewed Culture (Sept. 27, 2022)
03 Learning from Discomfort (Oct. 4, 2022)
<1 week break>
04 Leading with Humanity (Oct. 18, 2022)
05 Excelling Through Compassion (Oct. 25, 2022)
06 Moving from Control to Influence (Nov. 1, 2022)
<1 week break>
07 Tapping Into What Really Charges Your Battery (Nov. 15, 2022)
08 Finding Your Why (Nov. 22, 2022)
09 Finding Your Shared Purpose (Nov. 29, 2022)
10 Wrap-Up – Amplifying Impact (Dec. 6, 2022)
Oct 4, 2022 10:00 AM
Oct 18, 2022 10:00 AM
Oct 25, 2022 10:00 AM
Nov 1, 2022 10:00 AM
Nov 15, 2022 10:00 AM
Nov 22, 2022 10:00 AM
Nov 29, 2022 10:00 AM
Dec 6, 2022 10:00 AM
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This interactive web-based program is for information and education purposes only and should not be considered therapy or any form of treatment. We are not able to respond to specific questions or comments about personal situations, appropriate diagnosis or treatment, or otherwise provide any clinical opinions. If you think you need immediate assistance, call your local emergency number or the mental health support hotline at 1-866-585-0445 or visit the Canada Mental Health website


Jesse Adams
COO @Howatt HR Consulting
For the last 10+ years, Jesse has worked in the field of corporate health and performance as a senior consultant and National Lead for Morneau Shepell's Total Health Index Analytics team, an exercise physiologist for Olympic athletes and business professionals. Along with leading the THI, Jesse was a key contributor to the development of the Employee Recommended Workplace Award.
Daena Douglas
Senior Advisor @Howatt HR Consulting
Specializing in psychological health, safety, and wellness Daena brings a conscientious approach to individual and organizational health needs with intention to align our values and goals. She believes that healthy organizations and communities are made up of healthy individuals and works to facilitate transformation of out-dated individual and organizational systems.
Norah March
Director of Education @Durham District School Board
Norah Marsh is the Director of Education/CEO for the Durham District School Board. It is one of the largest school boards in North America with over 10,000 employees and 75,000 students. In 2021 Forbes Canada awarded the board as one of the top ten employers in Canada and number one of all school boards. Norah is a highly respected leader in Ontario’s public education sector with a proven track record of change management, modernizing business infrastructure, and organizational cultural restoration. She has completed the Human Rights Certification program at the University of Toronto in support of her continued learning of how to lead with Indigenous and human rights at the centre of her work.
Nicole Stibbe
Diversity, equity, and inclusion expert @Soul Work Alliance
With over 25 years in the corporate space as a leader, mentor, trainer and strategic advisor to organizations of all sizes, Nicole challenges companies to leverage their focus and pay attention to what matters most – developing a culture of belonging and wellbeing so employees can thrive. Nicole holds certificates in Leadership and Inclusion, Inclusion by Design, and Disability Management and is a Qualified Assessor of the Intercultural Development Inventory. She is also a certified Coach and is working towards her certificate in Race-Based Workplace Investigations. Nicole is a BSc. graduate from the University of Toronto.
Dave Upper
Fire Chief and Director of Fire Services @City of St. Catharines
As the City of St. Catharines Fire Chief and Director of Fire Services, Dave Upper leads 166 fire service team members with over 30 years of fire service experience under his belt. Dave has always been passionate about the importance of mental health and the role it plays in emergency response. In his previous role as the City of St. Catharines Deputy Fire Chief, Dave strengthened the health and wellness program within the St. Catharines Fire Department with a focus on creating a psychologically safe workplace through prevention, intervention, and recovery. Key components of the program are mental strength and resilience, peer support and counselling services to continue to assist members in getting and staying healthy.
Michael Prowse
Chief Administrative Officer @City of Barrie, Ontario
Prior to becoming the CAO in 2017, Michael is likely best known as a Member of Council, having served as City Councillor for Ward 6 for more than 13 years. Through his work managing growth and related issues in his ward for many years, Michael has gained a reputation as a pragmatic and visionary municipal leader. Likely lesser known is that Michael also has 21 years of management experience in the private sector, leading to his last role as an executive with G&K Services Canada Inc. Over the last few years, Michael led the city through the COVID-19 Pandemic stepping into the role of incident commander for the City of Barrie’s Emergency Operations Control Group, with a focus on moving the community forward by driving innovation and focusing on customer services in the ever-changing health and working climate. During this time, under Michael’s leadership the City was able to achieve financial stability unlike most other public sector organizations.
Lilian Riad-Allen
Senior Director, Workplace Health, Safety, and Wellness @LCBO
A Masters prepared Neuroscientist, with over 15 years of experience in the fields of Health Promotion, Harm Reduction, and Mental Health and Addictions, Lilian has supported a number of organizations in developing workplace programs, and initiatives that foster a healthy, safe, and inclusive workplace culture. With prior experience leading large transformational culture change efforts at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), and most recently as the Senior Director, Workplace Health, Safety, and Wellness at the LCBO; Lilian brings thoughtful and collaborative approaches to fostering measurable improvements that support holistic wellbeing, safety, and inclusion while driving operational outcomes.