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     Keynote Address – Wednesday, January 24

    The Power of Human Interaction

    Stéphane’s presentation will be a lively discussion of what are some of the universal rules of success that you can use to increase your effectiveness in achieving safety excellence, both personally and within your organizations and companies.

    In hopes of challenging society’s traditional outlook regarding mental health, Stéphane has spent much of his career redefining how workplaces and individuals should care for and support those affected by mental health problems. By developing, implementing and managing peer-based programs aimed at reducing stigma, Stéphane provides leaders and managers with a firm understanding of how to deal with the fast-growing realities hindering today’s brain-based economy.

    Stéphane’s non-clinical approach offers simple and pragmatic ways of giving purpose to the lived experience of members of workplaces and allows organizations to start down the path of systemic wellness and re-humanized workplaces where mental health stigma is no longer a barrier to recovery.

     Assembly Day – Tuesday, January 23

    Innovation in Workplace Psychological Health & Safety – Become a Workplace of Choice

    During this interactive workshop, participants will be introduced to the CSA Psychological Health and Safety Standard and the presenter will provide ideas as to how meeting the standard may be within reach.

    Critical Incident Stress Management has been the subject of a great deal of debate and studies over the last two decades. While, for some people, a single event may severely impact their mental health, most are impacted by the “thousand paper cut” phenomenon. Organizations who enhance how they support their people through both these realities will be the ones who stand out in the workplace of tomorrow and be the employers of choice.

     Biography

    Stéphane Grenier is a former member of the Canadian Military who retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving for just over 29 years. He participated in several Canadian missions overseas, most notably nine months in Rwanda in 1994/95 and six months in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2007, as well as numerous shorter deployments to Cambodia, Kuwait, the Arabian Gulf, Lebanon, and Haiti, to name a few.

    Faced with his own undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) upon return from Rwanda, he took a personal interest in the way the Canadian Forces was dealing with mental health issues. In 2001, he coined the term Operational Stress Injury (OSI) and conceived, developed, implemented and managed a government-based national peer-support program for the Canadian military.

    In 2007, he was entrusted with the task of creating a Canadian Forces-wide workplace mental health education program. His work led to the launch of a second highly successful non-clinical mental health program that now delivers “peer-based” mental health education to over 20,000 military personnel per year. As demonstrated through performance indicators, this is a highly effective mental health prevention initiative that significantly contributes to fostering organizational and attitudinal change regarding mental health within the Canadian military.

    In 2009, Stéphane conceived a corporate mental health awareness campaign that was recognized and endorsed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health as an example of corporate leadership in reducing mental health stigma in the workplace.

    Stéphane was presented with a Commendation for his collaborative efforts and his outstanding leadership during the post-war humanitarian disaster caused by the Rwandan genocide. He was also awarded a Meritorious Service Cross by the Governor General of Canada for taking the concept of peer support and driving it from the grass-roots up into a formal federal government program. In 2009, he was awarded a national Champion of Mental Health Award by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health.

    From April 2010 to April 2012 he was with the MHCC on assignment from the Canadian Military. Stéphane’s work with the Commission was primarily aimed at advancing mental health peer support in Canada. He continues to formally provide advice on peer support to the MHCC. He is also a member of the Workforce Advisory Committee of the MHCC and a member of the Advisory Board to the Tema Conter Memorial Trust. In addition, he is a founding Board member of Peer Support Accreditation and Certification (Canada).

    In the spring of 2012, Stéphane retired from the military and created Mental Health Innovations Consulting (MHIC) in order to dedicate his full attention to developing non-clinical mental health interventions as a complement to traditional clinical care.

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