#200 – Keynote: More Than Unlocking the Doors: Psychological Safety Tips as Your Teams Return

HR Power Lunch

The last year has been hard on your teams. Remote work, child and elder-care issues, economic uncertainty and fear of getting sick has taken a toll. As employers prepare to welcome workers back, HR Professionals need to be cognizant of mental health issues and how they can prepare their business’s leaders for the potential of competing demands for their employees’ time and attention. Todd Humber, publisher of Talent Canada, and Dr. Bill Howatt, one of the country’s leading experts on workplace psychological safety, will offer practical tips to navigate this complex issue.

Todd Humber Publisher, Talent Canada ​Todd Humber is a group publisher at Annex Business Media in Toronto.

As a journalist, he has spent more than 20 years covering issues of importance to HR professionals and employers. In 2019, he launched Talent Canada — a cutting-edge media brand designed to educate senior leadership about the importance of investing in people. Before that, he worked at Thomson Reuters where he was the publisher and editor-in-chief of a national human resources publication.

Dr. Bill Howatt, Ph.D., Ed.D Founder and President, Howatt HR Consulting

​​Bill Howatt is Ph.D., Ed.D., Post Doctorate Behavioral Science, University of California, Los Angeles, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, RTC, RSW, ICADC.  He is Founder and President of Howatt HR www.howatthr.com. Dr. Howatt is known as one of Canada’s top experts in mental health issues in the workplace and has more than 30 years’ experience in the field of mental health, addiction, and human resources consulting. Dr. Howatt has published over 40 books and 400 articles, such as Stop Hiding and Start Living and The Coping Crisis. He is the former Chief of Research, Workforce Productivity, at The Conference Board of Canada, leading the board’s applied research programs in workplace wellness, mental health, and workforce productivity, and Chief of Research and Development, Workforce Productivity, at Morneau Shepell, where he launched a total health consulting strategy designed to improve health engagement and productivity in Canadian organizations. Through the University of New Brunswick, Dr. Howatt has created the senate[1]approved Psychological Safe Leader Certificate in Certified Management Essentials, Pathway to Coping and Mental Fitness.Dr. Howatt is the Chair of CSA Standard Z1008: Management of Substance Related Impairment in the Workplace and sits on the CSA OHS Strategic Steering Committee.