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Professional Learning Programs, presented by the University of Toronto Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources with Lancaster House

Promoting Mental Health: Implementing and maintaining a comprehensive workplace psychological health and safety management system

October 20 - 26, 2020 (3 sessions over 2 weeks)
Virtual Program • 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. EDT

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Upon completion of this program, participants will receive a certificate of completion from the University of Toronto's Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources (CIRHR).


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In support of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Lancaster House and our partners at the University of Toronto have worked closely to move the Professional Learning Program online. Our virtual program will meet the same high standards to which all Lancaster House events are held.

Program Leaders

Emile Tompa
Senior Scientist
Institute for Work & Health

Dr. Emile Tompa is a senior scientist at the internationally respected Institute for Work & Health and Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP). His research focuses on identifying effective workplace strategies that improve the health and wellbeing of workers and the bottom line of employers. His expertise in this area was instrumental in the development of an important new standard

for Canadian workplaces, CSA Z1011, Work Disability Management Systems, for which he chaired the technical committee. The standard will help workplaces reduce injury recurrences and absences due to disability, improve operational performance, increase worker productivity and engagement, and reduce workers' compensation costs.

Emile also teaches occupational health and safety at the University of Toronto's Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources and holds appointments as associate professor in the Department of Economics at McMaster University and assistant professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Emile holds an M.B.A. from the University of British Columbia, an M.A. in economics from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in economics from McMaster University.

Prof. Dionne Pohler
Associate Professor and Acting Director,
Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources,
University of Toronto

Dr. Dionne Pohler is the Acting Director at the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University of Toronto, where she holds the CIBC Chair in Youth Employment. She is also cross-appointed to the Rotman School of Management and a research fellow with the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan,

where she previously held positions at both the Edwards School of Business and the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

Dionne's prior research is on the impact of employment laws, organizational governance, unions, human resources practices, and employment systems on employee and organizational outcomes. Her current research projects investigate labour and social policy implementation, the gender earnings gap, the impact of COVID-19 on businesses and workers, and co-operative economic and social development.

Dionne was a founding board member of Co-operatives First, a non-profit organization dedicated to working with rural settler and Indigenous communities to address the needs identified by community members.

Dionne holds a BComm. from Dalhousie University and a Ph.D. in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Alberta School of Business.

Program Faculty

Dr. David Brown
Corporate Medical Director
Alec Farquhar
Coordinator, Asbestos Free Canada, and Chair, Engagement
Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy
Andrew Harkness
Strategy Advisor
Workplace Safety and Prevention Services
Julie Menten
Employer Counsel
Roper Greyell LLP
Morgan Rowe
Union Counsel
Raven Cameron Ballantyne & Yazbeck LLP
Drew Sousa
Executive Director
Ontario Occupational Health Nurses Association
Terri Szymanski
Health and Safety Officer
Ontario Public Service Employees Union


Too often, workplaces deal with mental health in a reactive way. Workers with mental health conditions may be accommodated under human rights policies and legislation, and workers who have experienced traumatic events may be granted workers' compensation benefits. Yet it is now recognized that a reactive approach is inadequate. Given the changing nature of work and developing legal obligations, proactive approaches to employee mental health are increasingly called for.

With this in mind, Lancaster House and the University of Toronto's Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources have developed a professional learning program for labour relations professionals who are interested in implementing and/or improving a comprehensive workplace psychological health and safety management system in their workplace.

This program, led by Emile Tompa, a senior scientist at the internationally respected Institute for Work & Health and Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP), will provide participants with the latest evidence-based guidance on ensuring workplace psychological health and safety, emphasizing collaborative union-management strategies.

View a detailed agenda for each session below:

View the October 20 agenda

View the October 21 agenda

View the October 26 agenda

You should register for this intensive training session if you want to

  • reduce the financial and human hardships associated with poor mental health in the workplace;
  • be prepared to meet emerging legal obligations regarding worker mental health;
  • enhance worker mental health knowledge and promote mental health resilience;
  • promote a workplace culture that is supportive of worker psychological health and safety;
  • establish early intervention programs for workers developing mental health problems;
  • help workers with psychological health problems stay at work and remain productive;
  • ensure managers and supervisors have the knowledge and skills to address worker health needs;
  • create a roadmap for implementing the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace;
  • improve worker experience and engagement; and
  • apply the best and most recent research to your workplace.


E-mail Harinder Punia or call (416) 977-6618 for more information.

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