AIP Week 2020 focused on the invisibility of mental illness and how we can all be more mindful of our mental health, and how you can improve yours and others. The aim was to bring awareness to factors such as stress, fatigue, concussion, that have an impact an individual’s mental health and how this, in turn, affects the arts and entertainment industries. 

To read about the history of AIP Week, click here. 

Please take a moment to watch this 2020 AIP Week message from Hon. Minister Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health & Addictions.

Sick and Tired: A Conversation About Stress and Fatigue

In the world of pandemics, racism, riots and economic crisis, it’s not unusual to feel like we’re barely hanging on. The unending loop between stress and fatigue is not an easy one to jump off. This session will address the relationship between these two as they battle for our attention, with emphasis on what matters most to control us from spiralling out of control.

Speaker: Mike Harnett

To watch the recorded session, click here.

Session slides can be found here.

An Overview of Concussions and their Impact on Mental Health

This fast-paced 90min workshop is led by an experienced health care practitioner and focuses on sharing the latest medical and scientific information around brain injuries and it’s impact on your mental health. The instructor will lead participants through best practices in understanding brain injury, sport risk factors, prevention techniques and concussion management guidelines as it best relates to mental health within the performing arts and production sectors. There will also be a section which talks about concussion prevention & mental health strategies, and a list of valuable resources is provided. The workshop will ensure that there is ample time for specific questions from the audience.

Speaker: Philippe Saucier

To watch the recorded session, click here.

For session slides, click here.

Creating a Supportive Workplace: How Managers, Stewards, and Supervisors can support Mental Health

If you manage, direct, or oversee the work of others, you can help create a culture of safety, actively supporting the mental health of your team or crew. Learn how to counter stigma, recognize mental health risks and issues, and provide appropriate support.

Panelists

Lyndsay Sieger, Gregg Taylor, Lorrie Ward.

Presented by:

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To watch the recorded session, click here.

Support for Performers’ Mental Health Before, During, and After COVID-19: The Professional Society of Canadian Intimacy Coordinators and Directors

The “new normal” for productions working during a pandemic has increased the awareness of the impact of mental and physical stressors upon cast and crew. How can we create a healthier set dynamic that not only supports the performer but the production as a whole? How can we enter into this new way of working with a stronger understanding of what we ask performers to do and the potential consequences of those asks? What heightened awareness do we need when approaching intimate scenes? Intimacy coordinators discuss past and present protocols that are designed to help performers and productions alike.

Panelists: Sonya JF BarnettSiobhan Richardson, Amanda Liz Cutting, Megan Gilron, Phay Moores

For session slides, click here.

To watch the recorded session, click here.

COVID-19 Prevention Strategies Intimacy Scenes & Performer Safety Handbook can be found here.

Helpful Links 

Returning to Work and Life in the Era of COVID-19

As Canada begins to slowly open up and lessen the restrictions on physical distancing, many people will be expected to go back to work and regular routine, requiring them to leave the comfort and safety of their house. Having to go back to work during these times can leave many with understandable and increased feelings of stress and anxiety. In this session, attendees will gain useful skills and knowledge for dealing with stress and anxiety about going back to work, and will gain knowledge about how to effectively communicate and manage their concerns – both personally and in the workplace.

Speaker: Dr. Joti Samra

For session slides, click here.

To watch the recorded session, click here.

Maintaining Work-Life Harmony During Demanding Times

We have all heard about the idea of work-life balance. Typically we think of a scale, and imagine putting more weight on the ‘personal’ side to balance the scale. But the reality of our modern-day work lives and structure, combined with life demands and factors such as the increasing cost of living makes balance often impossible. Instead, we should be thinking about how to create harmony between our work and personal lives – where the two are integrated. In this session, attendees will gain useful skills and strategies for cultivating increased harmony, or integration, between their work and personal lives, with the aim of enhancing overall psychological well-being.

Speaker: Dr. Melanie Badali

For session slides, click here.

To watch the recorded session, click here.

What Would Don Do? AIP Week Special feat. Anand Kanna

Join Don Parman and Anand Kanna for a special edition of WWDD to discuss mental wellness in the arts and entertainment industries. We will share our experiences and look to our participants for their tools and tips for managing your mental wellness while working in our dynamic industry.

Speakers: Don Parman, Anand Kanna

To watch the recorded session, click here.

Financial Stress & Impacts on Mood: Understanding our Emotions around Money & Learning to Effectively Communicate about Money in our Families

For many Canadians, money worries pose more stress than work, personal health, or relationships. Almost half (48%) of Canadians say they’ve lost sleep because of financial stress, and 44% say it would be difficult to meet their financial obligations if their pay is late. We are living in a fast paced world, managing stressful jobs to be able to pay for all of our expenses and live the lives we want to live. This type of sustained stress can have negative impacts on our mood, impacting our work and home lives. However, money is a taboo topic that many of us don’t know how to talk about, even with our partners and families. In this session, attendees will understand their emotions around money, and gain useful skills and strategies for effectively communicating about money.

Speaker: Dr. Joti Samra

For session slides, click here.

To watch the recorded session, click here.

Creating a Psychologically Healthy & Safe Workplace

In any given week, approximately 500,000 employed Canadians are unable to work due to mental health problems. The current pandemic has added additional stress on our workforce. Therefore, having a workplace that encourages not only physical safety, but also mental wellbeing will help the workforce to pass the current hurdles successfully. Creating a psychologically healthy and safe workplace helps in enhancing worker health and contributes to the overall organizational excellence. In this session we will look at the various indicators of psychological hazards. We will discuss the 13 factors that impact psychological health and safety and how to create a psychologically healthy and safe workplace.
 

Speaker: Manu Nellutla

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To watch the recorded session, click here.

Your Mental Health in Entertainment Production: Taking Care of Yourself and Your Peers

Motion Picture and Entertainment Production work is unique, stressful and demanding – and the effects of the pandemic have simply increased the challenges. Now, more than ever, we each need to be focused our mental health and self-care, and supporting that of our peers, friends, and fellow crew and team members. This session will provide practical ideas, insights, and strategies for you to maintaining your own mental health and support that of your peers. Panelists Shauna Green, Christina Kasperczyk, Gregg Taylor Presented by: For session slides, click here. To watch the recorded session, click here.  

Calltime: Mental Health Video

Psychological Toolkit for Works and Employers

Actsafe is a supporting association of Work to Wellness and BC Municipal Safety Association’s Psychological Support Toolkit for Workers and Employers: COVID-19. The Psychological Support Toolkit includes a 5 Part – Virtual Summit that brings together industry experts and creating an intimate dialogue on their recommendations in light of COVID-19.

To find out more about the toolkit and to view recordings of the virtual summit, click the button below.

Posters

Please distribute these posters amongst your productions.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Our Speakers

Dr. Melanie Badali

Registered Psychologist

Dr. Melanie Badali is a Registered Psychologist with MyWorkplaceHealth  and has over 20 years of experience working as a consultant, clinician, researcher, instructor, and knowledge translator in the field of psychology…

…Dr. Badali helps leaders clarify their vision and put their values into action using effective psychological strategies. She has extensive experience in the field of psychology as a consultant, clinician, researcher, and instructor. She uses effective psychological techniques and principles to coach executives, help them to prioritize their values, achieve their goals, and realize their full potential. Dr. Badali is passionate about workplace health because she believes we spend too much time working not to thrive in this area of our lives. Scientific knowledge can be applied to help us cultivate the best within ourselves and create healthy workplaces. Workplace health is not only an issue at work – it is related to general happiness and quality of life overall. Investments made in workplace health have the power to pay dividends beyond the world of work. Dr. Badali is known for her skills in psychology, psychological assessment, psychotherapy, knowledge translation, research, coaching, public speaking, instructing, writing, problem solving, and communication. 

Dr. Badali is certified in the practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) by the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, and is a registered psychology provider for Veterans Affairs Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the Canadian Forces.  

As a Board Director for Anxiety Canada, a non-profit organization that increases awareness, promotes education, and provides resources for people dealing with anxiety, Dr. Badali’s role includes strategic direction, advocacy, research, knowledge translation, and speaking to the media. Dr. Badali trains and supervises in psychology and other disciplines. She is Associate Faculty (Part-time) in the Master’s of Counselling Psychology Program at Yorkville University and a Licensed In-House Tutor for The Association for Psychological Therapies. 

As a researcher, Dr. Badali has been involved in knowledge generation, synthesis, and translation. She has published research in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented her work at national and international conferences. Dr. Badali has been interviewed or quoted in various print, radio, television, and online media outlets, including the CBC, Global News, Reader’s Digest, Chatelaine Magazine, and Today’s Parent. She is listed as a mental health expert for media on Informed Opinions and 500 Women Scientists. 

When she is not wearing one of her many psychology-related hats, Melanie enjoys spending time with her family and friends on Vancouver’s beautiful North Shore. 

 

…Dr. Badali helps leaders clarify their vision and put their values into action using effective psychological strategies. She has extensive experience in the field of psychology as a consultant, clinician, researcher, and instructor. She uses effective psychological techniques and principles to coach executives, help them to prioritize their values, achieve their goals, and realize their full potential. Dr. Badali is passionate about workplace health because she believes we spend too much time working not to thrive in this area of our lives. Scientific knowledge can be applied to help us cultivate the best within ourselves and create healthy workplaces. Workplace health is not only an issue at work – it is related to general happiness and quality of life overall. Investments made in workplace health have the power to pay dividends beyond the world of work. Dr. Badali is known for her skills in psychology, psychological assessment, psychotherapy, knowledge translation, research, coaching, public speaking, instructing, writing, problem solving, and communication. 

Dr. Badali is certified in the practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) by the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, and is a registered psychology provider for Veterans Affairs Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the Canadian Forces.  

As a Board Director for Anxiety Canada, a non-profit organization that increases awareness, promotes education, and provides resources for people dealing with anxiety, Dr. Badali’s role includes strategic direction, advocacy, research, knowledge translation, and speaking to the media. Dr. Badali trains and supervises in psychology and other disciplines. She is Associate Faculty (Part-time) in the Master’s of Counselling Psychology Program at Yorkville University and a Licensed In-House Tutor for The Association for Psychological Therapies. 

As a researcher, Dr. Badali has been involved in knowledge generation, synthesis, and translation. She has published research in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented her work at national and international conferences. Dr. Badali has been interviewed or quoted in various print, radio, television, and online media outlets, including the CBC, Global News, Reader’s Digest, Chatelaine Magazine, and Today’s Parent. She is listed as a mental health expert for media on Informed Opinions and 500 Women Scientists. 

When she is not wearing one of her many psychology-related hats, Melanie enjoys spending time with her family and friends on Vancouver’s beautiful North Shore. 

Sonya JF Barnett

Intimacy Coordinator

Canada’s only IPA-Certified Intimacy Coordinator, Sonya (she/her) has been working in the field of sexuality for over ten years. She founded Toronto’s esteemed Keyhole Sessions as a safe and welcoming community for artists to experience the union between sex and art…

… In early 2011, she co-founded SlutWalk as a way to combat victim-blaming and sexual profiling, for which she was named one of UTNE Reader’s Top Visionaries. Sonya recently completed a specialist degree in Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto, and is pursuing her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology, with a focus on sex therapy. She is also a feminist erotic filmmaker, with her short films touring world festivals and each winning multiple awards. A certified sexual health educator, Sonya is also a member of the queer community and is kink-friendly. She is currently working as the intimacy coordinator on Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming feature film Nightmare Alley and SEE (Season 2) for Apple TV+.

Amanda Liz Cutting

Actor, Director

An award-nominated actor and director, Amanda Liz Cutting (she | her) has been active in both professional and semi-professional theatre, film and television for 22+ years…

…Amanda has worked as an actor advocate and Intimacy choreographer/ coordinator for the last six years and is a certified Intimacy Coordinator and Director with IDC. She has a variety of certifications including but not limited to basic firearms for film, stage combat, mental health first aid, and BECU Creative Industries Health & Safety Passport. Amanda works internationally assisting in creating safe workplaces for artists on both stage and film sets; recently, she was hired as Bollywood’s first Intimacy Coordinator for the production Mastram. She is one of the few Intimacy Coordinators that also specialises in youth intimacy and safety. Alongside her team (listed below), Amanda works with the Professional Society of Canadian Intimacy Coordinators and Directors with a goal of setting national standards for intimacy in performance across Canada. She has worked for shows such as Game of Thrones Prequel (HBO) The Magicians (NBC/Universal), The Bold Type (Freeform), The Good Doctor (ABC), and Radio Nowhere (CBS). 

Amanda has worked as an actor advocate and Intimacy choreographer/ coordinator for the last six years and is a certified Intimacy Coordinator and Director with IDC. She has a variety of certifications including but not limited to basic firearms for film, stage combat, mental health first aid, and BECU Creative Industries Health & Safety Passport. Amanda works internationally assisting in creating safe workplaces for artists on both stage and film sets; recently, she was hired as Bollywood’s first Intimacy Coordinator for the production Mastram. She is one of the few Intimacy Coordinators that also specialises in youth intimacy and safety. Alongside her team (listed below), Amanda works with the Professional Society of Canadian Intimacy Coordinators and Directors with a goal of setting national standards for intimacy in performance across Canada. She has worked for shows such as Game of Thrones Prequel (HBO) The Magicians (NBC/Universal), The Bold Type (Freeform), The Good Doctor (ABC), and Radio Nowhere (CBS).

Megan Gilron

Actor’s Advocate, Sexuality Educator, Intimacy Coordinator

Megan Gilron (she | they) currently lives and working on the unceded traditional territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/ Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations (known as Vancouver, BC.) …

Megan is an actor’s advocate, human sexuality educator, and intimacy coordinator. She has trained in the 5 pillars and Intimacy Choreography modalities popularized by Intimacy Director’s International and IDC (Intimacy Directors and Coordinators) and is part of the startup collective developing the Professional Society of Canadian Intimacy Coordinators and Directors. and assisting with workshops.  She has an extensive background in theatre costume design, acting, and directing; film and TV costuming (IATSE 891 member); and youth facilitation (with Safeteen International). Her work is diversely informed by training and experience in mental health first aid, assertiveness skills, conflict resolution, consent and boundaries negotiations, alternative sexual practices – including kink and BDSM, and facilitation of somatic bodywork. She currently works on film and TV productions in Western Canada (IMDb). 

…Megan is an actor’s advocate, human sexuality educator, and intimacy coordinator. She has trained in the 5 pillars and Intimacy Choreography modalities popularized by Intimacy Director’s International and IDC (Intimacy Directors and Coordinators) and is part of the startup collective developing the Professional Society of Canadian Intimacy Coordinators and Directors. and assisting with workshops.  She has an extensive background in theatre costume design, acting, and directing; film and TV costuming (IATSE 891 member); and youth facilitation (with Safeteen International). Her work is diversely informed by training and experience in mental health first aid, assertiveness skills, conflict resolution, consent and boundaries negotiations, alternative sexual practices – including kink and BDSM, and facilitation of somatic bodywork. She currently works on film and TV productions in Western Canada (IMDb). 

Shauna Green

Clinical Counsellor, FSEAP

Shauna Green is an EAP Counsellor providing intake, counselling support and training for fseap client groups. After years of experience researching and designing healthcare technology, Shauna pursued further education in counselling psychology from Yorkville University and became a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BCACC…

Shauna has gained clinical experience at Peak House and Three Bridges Community Health Centre and has supported individuals struggling with problematic substance use and relationship issues. She has worked with youth and adults in both one-on-one and group settings. Shauna takes a warm, humanistic approach to counselling. She has additional training and experience in therapeutic yoga, crisis support, workplace wellness, and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT). 

Mike Harnett

President

Mike Harnett is President of Solaris Fatigue Management, a consulting firm that specializes in optimizing worker health, safety and performance.  She is regarded as a subject matter expert on the science of fatigue and ergonomics and has been a consultant to various government agencies including the Canadian Standards Association, the Rail Association of Canada, US Department of Transportation, and NASA

In 2019, Mike co-authored a Literature Review and Environmental Scan of Workplace Fatigue in Canada for the CSA. She will also be participating in the development of the world’s first fatigue management standard for first responders beginning later this year. 

With a background in human factors and sleep neurobiology, Mike is recognized for her ability to take complex subjects and deliver their content in a simplified and innovative manner for all to understand. An award-winning speaker, she is an internationally sought-after presenter and educator.

In 2019, Mike co-authored a Literature Review and Environmental Scan of Workplace Fatigue in Canada for the CSA. She will also be participating in the development of the world’s first fatigue management standard for first responders beginning later this year. 

With a background in human factors and sleep neurobiology, Mike is recognized for her ability to take complex subjects and deliver their content in a simplified and innovative manner for all to understand. An award-winning speaker, she is an internationally sought-after presenter and educator.

Anand Kanna

Manager, Motion Pictures Programs and Services

After 18 years of working in all aspects of motion picture and television production, Anand moved to Actsafe where he took on the role of…

…Communications Manager. In early 2017, Anand added the Industry Advisor role to his portfolio, and is now responsible for managing education and outreach programs for the motion picture, television and commercial industries. Considered the “funny one” in the office, Anand is also an avid foodie, and enjoys cooking for family and friends alike. He also spends time as a volunteer coach for his son’s soccer team, and is still active in producing his own motion picture projects.

Christina Kasperczyk

Int’l Cinematographers Guild 669

Christina Kasperczyk is a Vancouver based camera operator and photographer. From camera trainee to camera operator she worked her way through film’s competitive ranks. Christina has been extremely active in the film community for over 30 years. She Is as proud member of ICG 669, including having served on the 669 executive board for 22 years and she is a strong advocate for healthy and safe work environments.   

Phay Moores

Intimacy Director

Phay Moores (she | they) currently lives on the unceded traditional territory of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlim) Nation and working on the unceded traditional territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/ Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Phay is an intimacy director, intimacy coordinator trainee, director, internationally- trained actor combatant, and professional actor based in what is now known as Vancouver…

She is English, French, and Assiniboine. She was introduced to the world of intimacy in performance by IDI co-founder Siobhan Richardson and IDC ID and IC Rachel Flesher in 2016. She recently completed an internship as an artistic associate and producer for Full Circle: First Nations Performance and the Talking Stick Festival. She has intimacy directed various projects around Vancouver and is a content creator and editor for the Professional Society of Canadian Intimacy Coordinators and Directors. Phay’s goal is to continue to provide and advocate for safe practices in our theatre, film, and other creative spaces.  …..

…She is English, French, and Assiniboine. She was introduced to the world of intimacy in performance by IDI co-founder Siobhan Richardson and IDC ID and IC Rachel Flesher in 2016. She recently completed an internship as an artistic associate and producer for Full Circle: First Nations Performance and the Talking Stick Festival. She has intimacy directed various projects around Vancouver and is a content creator and editor for the Professional Society of Canadian Intimacy Coordinators and Directors. Phay’s goal is to continue to provide and advocate for safe practices in our theatre, film, and other creative spaces.

Manu Nellutla

Executive Director

Manu has CMHA Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor (CPHSA) and Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist (CCPE) designations and is the Executive Director at Actsafe Safety Association. He has a varied background and extensive experience…

…in the fields of physiotherapy, ergonomics, education and not for profit management.

He is very active in promoting Ergonomics and has been a speaker at various conferences including TEDx. Manu is an ISO18001 lead auditor and has contributed to drafting the OHS legislation for Govt. of Rwanda. He also sits on the board of the Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute.

Don Parman

Manager, Performing Arts Programs and Services

Don’s twenty-year career has taken him from student, to crew, to supervisor and now Manager of Performing Arts Programs and Services. Along the way…

…he has worked with some amazing organizations: The Massey Theatre, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Royal City Musical Theatre, The Canadian Institute for Theatre Technologies, to name just a few. Don now brings all of that experience and love for live performance to Actsafe. From ladder safety to air quality, Don has experienced it first hand and can help you navigate the world of performing arts safely. Outside of work, Don enjoys exploring North America by riding his mountain bike and goes camping with his family. He has camped the entire of the West Coast, and most of Canada, only failing to cross into Mexico! Don also lives and breathes theatre so he loves to help out in any production that can use a helping hand. Don’s favourite show of all time is The Phantom of the Opera.

Siobhan Richardson

Intimacy Director

Always infusing joyfulness into the work,  Siobhan Richardson  (she/her) is a pioneer voice in the Canadian theatre industry for intimacy in performance… 

A co-founder of Intimacy Directors International, her work as an Intimacy Director has appeared at the National Arts Centre, The Canadian Opera Company, The Shaw Festival, The Stratford Festival, Soulpepper, Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre, and at numerous theatre training institutions across Canada. Most recently, she was the first ACTRA contract as an Intimacy Coordinator when working with Ubisoft. Also a certified Fight Director, she is the preferred director and instructor for a number of theatre companies, actors and directors. Instruction for both stage combat and intimacy has taken her across Canada, the USA and Europe. She has been a guest artist in high schools for almost twenty years. Meanwhile, she continues to perform as an actor/fighter/singer/dancer.

Dr. Joti Samra

CEO & Founder,
MyWorkplaceHealth

Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych. is a national thought leader on issues relating to psychological health, wellness and resilience. She is the CEO & Founder of MyWorkplaceHealth, a full-suite national workplace consulting firm and Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych & Associates, an in-office and online (virtual) clinical counselling practice with offices located throughout BC… 

Dr. Samra is a highly-regarded expert in psychological health and safety (PH&S). Over the past two decades, she has been involved in numerous national initiatives that have contributed to policy change in Canada, and is a Founding & Ongoing Member of the CSA Technical Committee that developed the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace (CAN/CSA-Z1003-13/BNQ9700-803/2013). This Standard is the first of its kind in the world, and is shaping policy development for workplace PH&S at the international ISO level. 

 

Dr. Samra is the lead Research Scientist who created Guarding Minds at Work: A Workplace Guide to Psychological Health & Safety, in which the psychosocial factor frame adopted by the Standard was developed. She is also the developer of the Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment, an assessment and action planning resource that aligns leaders’ skills with the requirements of the Standard. Dr. Samra and her team have extensive expertise in helping organizations implement initiatives related to workplace PH&S including implementation of the CSA Standard; providing leadership development, training & coaching services across a broad range of areas, including emotional intelligence, psychologically safe leadership and mental health awareness; and, providing a breadth of services to enhance employee psychological health, wellness and resilience. 

 

Dr. Samra has received a number of awards and accolades for her clinical and research work. She is proud to be the recipient of the Canadian Psychological Association’s New Researcher Award and the British Columbia Psychological Association’s Advancement of the Profession of Psychology Award. She is also the former President of the BC Psychological Association and past Chair of the BC Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards Committee. 

…Dr. Samra is a highly-regarded expert in psychological health and safety (PH&S). Over the past two decades, she has been involved in numerous national initiatives that have contributed to policy change in Canada, and is a Founding & Ongoing Member of the CSA Technical Committee that developed the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace (CAN/CSA-Z1003-13/BNQ9700-803/2013). This Standard is the first of its kind in the world, and is shaping policy development for workplace PH&S at the international ISO level.  

Dr. Samra is the lead Research Scientist who created Guarding Minds at Work: A Workplace Guide to Psychological Health & Safety, in which the psychosocial factor frame adopted by the Standard was developed. She is also the developer of the Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment, an assessment and action planning resource that aligns leaders’ skills with the requirements of the Standard. Dr. Samra and her team have extensive expertise in helping organizations implement initiatives related to workplace PH&S including implementation of the CSA Standard; providing leadership development, training & coaching services across a broad range of areas, including emotional intelligence, psychologically safe leadership and mental health awareness; and, providing a breadth of services to enhance employee psychological health, wellness and resilience. 

 

Dr. Samra has received a number of awards and accolades for her clinical and research work. She is proud to be the recipient of the Canadian Psychological Association’s New Researcher Award and the British Columbia Psychological Association’s Advancement of the Profession of Psychology Award. She is also the former President of the BC Psychological Association and past Chair of the BC Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards Committee. 

Philippe Saucier

Manager of Sport Safety and Event Services, SportMedBC
Philippe Saucier is the Manager of Sport Safety and Event Services with SportMedBC and the Team BC Medical Manager. Philippe is a graduate from Concordia University in Montreal, Québec where he received a Bachelor of Exercise Science specializing in Athletic Therapy…

Philippe is also a certified First Responder through the Canadian Red Cross. He has worked extensively with youth, amateur and professional sporting populations, providing injury prevention training, on-field medical coverage, and injury rehabilitation. Philippe moved to BC in 2010 to work full-time as the assistant athletic therapist with Trinity Western University Spartan Athletics. Since joining SportMedBC full-time in the fall of 2016, Philippe has taken on the role of Team BC Medical Manager, continued to create sport safety education opportunities throughout the province and has delivering medical event services to provincial, national and international sporting events in BC. He currently resides in Surrey, BC with his wife and three children. 

Philippe is also a certified First Responder through the Canadian Red Cross. He has worked extensively with youth, amateur and professional sporting populations, providing injury prevention training, on-field medical coverage, and injury rehabilitation. Philippe moved to BC in 2010 to work full-time as the assistant athletic therapist with Trinity Western University Spartan Athletics. Since joining SportMedBC full-time in the fall of 2016, Philippe has taken on the role of Team BC Medical Manager, continued to create sport safety education opportunities throughout the province and has delivering medical event services to provincial, national and international sporting events in BC. He currently resides in Surrey, BC with his wife and three children. 

Lyndsay Sieger

Clinical Services Manager, FSEAP

Lyndsay Sieger is a Clinical Manager at FSEAP, developing and delivering workshops and training on workplace mental health and psychological first aid, and also providing clinical supervision to a team of counsellors…

Lyndsay has worked for 25 years as a counsellor in the private and social service sector with adults, children and families. Working as a therapist and advocate, her career includes work in violence prevention, trauma resolution, parenting, child development, and family counselling, among others. After completing her undergraduate degree, Lyndsay studied psychology and counselling psychology at Saybrook Graduate Institute and Yorkville University and has post-graduate training in Trauma Counselling and Clinical Intervention, EMDR, Family/Filial/Expressive Therapies and Leadership. 

Lyndsay has worked for 25 years as a counsellor in the private and social service sector with adults, children and families. Working as a therapist and advocate, her career includes work in violence prevention, trauma resolution, parenting, child development, and family counselling, among others. After completing her undergraduate degree, Lyndsay studied psychology and counselling psychology at Saybrook Graduate Institute and Yorkville University and has post-graduate training in Trauma Counselling and Clinical Intervention, EMDR, Family/Filial/Expressive Therapies and Leadership. 

Gregg Taylor

President, FSEAP

Gregg is passionate about protecting and improving people’s mental health and wellbeing. He is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a leader in the field of workplace mental health and wellness, specializing in Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace, Workplace Mental Health, and evidence-based positive psychology practices that contribute to healthy and effective workplaces… 

Gregg has been a subject-matter advisor to the Calltime: Mental Health campaign since its inception, and FSEAP, which he leads, is the Employee Assistance Program provider for IATSE 669 and Teamsters 155. Gregg and his team at FSEAP provide services that help support healthy, resilient people and positive, effective workplaces. 

Lorrie Ward

Secretary Treasurer and Principal Officer of Teamsters Local Union No. 155 / Principal voting member of the BC Council of Film Unions / Movie Division Director Teamsters Canada / Chair of Calltime Mental Health / Board of Directors Together We Can Addiction Treatment Recovery and Education Society