Jorgen Gullestrup | CEO, MATES in Construction
Jorgen Gullestrup is the founding CEO of MATES in Construction, Australia’s ground-breaking mental health campaign in the construction industry. MATES in Construction has reduced suicide deaths in the construction industry from over two times the national average.
Gullestrup advocates a strengths-based approach that has resulted in a program with wide acceptance across the industry. He is a passionate voice for co-design that starts with listening to the audience. “I am first and foremost a plumber, and my qualifications to do this work are that I am a plumber,” says Gullestrup. The project has drawn from extensive qualitative and quantitative research, with powerful results.
A licensed plumber by trade, Jorgen migrated to Australia in 1988. He was an elected official of the Plumbers union for 13 years, six as the Queensland state secretary. He became the founding CEO of MATES in Construction in 2007. He holds a Masters in Suicidology, Grad Certificate in Suicide Prevention, a Diploma in Community Welfare and Development and an Associate Diploma in Labour Studies.
Megan McPhee | Principal, Kim Spencer McPhee Barristers PC
Megan B. McPhee is a principal with Kim Spencer McPhee Barristers. Practising in both the prosecution and defence of class actions, Megan acts on a wide range of cases including securities, competition, insurance, medical product liability and pharmaceutical class actions. She has served as counsel before all levels of court in Ontario and at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Megan appears in the Thomson Reuters 2012 and 2013 issues of the US/Canada Guide to Leading Cross-border Litigation Lawyers as a Litigation Lawyer to Watch and was named a 2012 Lexpert Rising Star, Leading Lawyers Under 40. Megan’s significant retainers include representing the plaintiff in a class action against the Attorney General of Canada alleging gender- and sexual-orientation based discrimination, bullying and harassment of female RCMP members.
Megan is Co-Editor of the Kim Spencer McPhee Class Action Monitor, a reporter published by Thomson Reuters. The Kim Spencer McPhee Class Action Monitor provides bi-weekly updates on material developments in the class action practice across Canada. A regular publisher, she has also appeared as a panelist at several class action conferences.
Victoria Maxwell | BFA/BPP, Crazy for Life Co.
Since being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, anxiety and psychosis, Victoria has become one of North America’s sought after speakers on the lived experience of mental illness, recovery and work. Her one-person shows tour across North America and have garnered awards in both the United States and Canada. You will also find Victoria blogging for Psychology Today under ‘Crazy for Life: Escapades of a Bipolar Princess’
Since 2004, she has been presenting keynote performances and workshops to conferences in Canada and the States helping health professionals, individuals and families better understand the ‘insider’s’ experience of mental illness and recovery. Her programs and shows offer tools and hope to build wellness and reduce stigma of this, one of the very last taboos.
*Bachelor of Fine Arts / Bi-Polar Princess
Jordan Friesen | National Director, Workplace Mental Health, Canadian Mental Health Association, National
Jordan is an enthusiastic, committed, and forward-thinking leader at the helm of CMHA’s workplace programs and services across the country. He draws experience from a wide variety of roles including clinical service delivery, case management, education, and organizational development to ensure that CMHA remains at the forefront of workplace wellness trends and in tune with the needs of Canadian workplaces. Jordan brings a strengths-based approach and focuses on long-term, sustainable change in order to improve the health of today’s evolving workplaces.
Emma Ashurst | Senior Occupational Health & Safety Specialist and CCOHS Mental Health Champion
As senior occupational health and safety specialist at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), Emma provides technical advice and guidance through the Inquiries service to employers, employees and government officials on a variety of workplace health and safety topics such as mental health, ergonomics, how to address physical hazards, health promotion and wellness initiatives, violence and bullying prevention strategies and building comprehensive health and safety programs.
Emma works on various projects at the Centre such as researching and writing OSH Answers fact sheets, and providing client support for the Guarding Minds at Work web tool. Emma travels the country speaking on workplace mental health and is a media spokesperson for CCOHS. She is also widely involved in many of the Centre’s internal initiatives, and is one of two appointed mental health champions at CCOHS with responsibilities that include implementing the CSA Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace at the Centre.
Emma received both a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Post Graduate Degree Diploma, in Occupational Health and Safety Management from the University of Western Ontario.
Lucette Wesley | CIM, CMHA Certified Trainer
Lucette is a certified trainer for Mental Health Works and Psychological Health and Safety Advisor for the Canadian Mental Health Association. She understands the impact presenteeism, absenteeism, and disability has on an organization and the challenges managers face in addressing these, particularly in the area of workplace mental health.
Lucette has over 25 years of experience as Manager/Director of large disability claims operations responsible for up to 200 staff. Her expertise in disability management and her broad understanding of related fields is the foundation for providing support and innovation in disability management programs with employers, including large corporate, union and municipal plans. She was selected as one of the top 50 Women of Influence in the Canadian Insurance Industry by The Insurance and Investment Journal in 2014.
Lucette has been a long-time supporter of the CMHA as a Steering Committees member for the Bottom Line Conference and Women & Wellness events. She has trained in Mental Health First Aid and the Community Gatekeeper Program (Suicide Prevention). She is the Past President of the BC Collaborative for Disability Prevention and the BC Lymphedema Association where she was an Editorial Board member for the national magazine Pathways. Lucette has actively promoted and supported mental health initiatives in her current and past workplaces and the external community.