MHA Bearpit Session 4: The Mental Health Commission of Canada and HealthCareCan: Improving Mental Health in Canada’s Healthcare Settings to Improve Quality of Care

Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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Louise Bradley

President & CEO

Mental Health Commission of Canada


Ed Mantler

Vice-President, Programs and Priorities

Mental Health Commission of Canada


Jennifer Kitts

Director of Policy and Strategy




As emerging leaders in healthcare management, your perspectives and drive will help transform Canada’s current system.  You are going to have the capacity to shape better, more responsive and more progressive workplaces.


Tonight, Louise Bradley, President and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, will challenge you to embrace a fresh way of working – by putting the mental health and wellness of care providers at the top of the agenda.


In this frank and compelling discussion, you will hear about a made-in-Canada solution to improving mental health at work. The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace has been embraced by healthcare organizations across the country. Empirical evidence points to significant improvements in everything from days absent to patient engagement.


Joined by Ed Mantler, MHCC’s Vice-President of Programs and Priorities, and Jennifer Kitts, Director of Policy and Strategy at HealthCareCAN, tonight’s discussion will centre on how the improved mental wellness of care providers translates to increased productivity and better patient care.


In a talk supported by cutting-edge research, Louise, Ed and Jennifer will inspire you to think differently about mental wellness – both your own, and that of the clients you will ultimately serve.


Please note that there is no cost for this event, but you must register before January 8th, 2017.



N. Louise Bradley, MS, RN, CHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Commission of Canada

A proud Newfoundlander, Louise started her career as a registered nurse in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, where she discovered an immediate passion for mental health.

Louise’s work has taken her across the country, where she has held a range of positions across the health sector. From front-line nursing, to forensic and corrections care, to research, teaching, and large-scale hospital administration, Louise has seen mental health issues on the ground and at the highest administrative level.


Louise 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.


In June 2015, the Canadian College of Health Leaders presented her with the Innovation Award for Health Care Leadership for her work with the MHCC in encouraging future mental health pioneers. She was also given the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her outstanding contributions to Canadian mental health.


In her years of work, Louise has heard from hundreds of Canadians living with mental health problems and illnesses. Their stories are her inspiration to spark leading and lasting change for mental health care in Canada.


Ed Mantler, CHE, MSA, BGS, RPN, Vice President, Programs and Priorities, Mental Health Commission of Canada

A highly motivated visionary and an expert at building partnerships, engaging stakeholders, and inspiring change, Ed has led innovation and improvement in healthcare for over two decades.


As Vice President of Programs and Priorities at the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Ed is dedicated to promoting mental health and changing the attitudes of Canadians toward mental health problems and illnesses. By collaborating with stakeholders to improve mental health services and supports, he leads the way for change. Ed pays particular attention to reducing stigma and increasing mental resiliency through innovative measures like Mental Health First Aid, the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, the Mental Health Strategy for Canada, the Knowledge Exchange Centre and Prevention and Promotion activities.


Ed is accustomed to wearing many different hats. He was CEO of the Physician Recruitment Agency of Saskatchewan and Senior Operating Officer of the University of Alberta Hospital. As an Accreditation Surveyor with Accreditation Canada, he contributes to quality and safety in healthcare across Canada and internationally. Ed is also a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, holds a Master’s of Science Administration, and is a Certified Health Executive.


Jennifer Kitts, BA, LLB, LLM, Director, Policy and Strategy, HealthCareCAN

Jennifer Kitts is the Director of Policy and Strategy at HealthCareCAN, the national voice of Canada’s hospitals and healthcare organizations. HealthCareCAN – in collaboration with the Mental Health Commission of Canada - has been working to advance workplace psychological health and safety in healthcare settings. This work dates back to 2013 when HealthCareCAN released a position statement calling on all health system stakeholders to adopt the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. Jennifer represents HealthCareCAN on the Canadian Alliance for Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH).

Jennifer has over 25 years’ experience as a legal and health policy advisor, advocate, strategist, coalition-builder, research and writer. Over her career, Jennifer has worked for a wide range of governmental, non-governmental, and healthcare organizations (both Canadian and international) to advance key Canadian and global health policy and human rights issues. She has been actively involved in numerous United Nations initiatives, international negotiations, and global coalitions.


A past adjunct professor of health law at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Jennifer is the author of numerous publications in the areas of health policy and law, both domestic and international. She holds a law degree from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Laws in international and comparative law (with a focus on health and human rights) from the University of Brussels, Belgium.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Telfer School of Management
Desmarais Building
DMS 4140
55 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
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RSVP deadline:
Sunday, January 8, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

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