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Lunch & Learn Panelists




Jodi Butts Photo Jodi Butts, Executive Director, Rise Asset Development

Jodi Butts is the Executive Director of Rise Asset Development, a charity that provides small business loans, training and mentorship to individuals with a history of mental health and addictions challenges. She holds a Master’s degree in Canadian History (University of Toronto) and is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. She was called to the Bar in 2000. Following her articles, she was one of three lawyers who founded the boutique litigation firm, Brannan Meiklejohn Butts LLP. Her practice primarily focused on assisting clients who suffered from health conditions that impacted their relationships with disability insurance carriers, employers and/or health care providers.

Jodi left private practice to join Mount Sinai Hospital, where she served for more than eight years in multiple progressively more senior roles, her final being Senior Vice-President Corporate Affairs and Operations. In that role, Jodi had responsibility for the Hospital’s capital infrastructure, governance, legal and ethical affairs, as well as corporate and hospitality services. She is a member of the Board of Directors and serves as Chair of the Governance Committee of the Wellesley Institute, a research and policy institute established to advance urban health, with a special focus on the social determinants of health, and is a member of the Board of Governors and Audit Committee of the University of Windsor.

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Gina Di Giulio, PhD, C. Psych, LLM, Director, Psychology, Medcan

Gina Di Giulio is a clinical psychologist who obtained her PhD at the University of Ottawa. She also completed a L.L.M. Masters Degree in Law (Health Specialization) from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. Her past professional appointments include Clinical Psychologist at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program; Research Fellow at the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research, Stress and Anxiety Clinical Research Unit; Adjunct Clinical Faculty and Lecturer, Queen’s University, Department of Psychiatry; Clinical Psychologist at Markham Stouffville Hospital, Outpatient Mental Health Program and Practicum Supervisor of graduate students, York University, Faculty of Health.

Gina Di Giulio has been an active member of various committees in hospital settings. She has been involved with teaching, clinical research, published in peer reviewed journals and presented at conferences. She currently has an active clinical practice focusing on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) therapy, individual adult therapy and evidence based treatment strategies for weight management/behaviour modification. Her practice covers a wide range of conditions including depression, bipolar, panic disorder, health anxiety, generalized anxiety, post-traumatic stress, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, social anxiety and adjustment disorders.



Sarah LindsaySarah Lindsay, mental health advocate & student at Rotman’s Rise Asset Development program at UofT

Sarah Lindsay began her work in mental health advocacy with a spot as the first writer in the Healthy Minds Canada Supportive Minds blog series in 2014. Since that time, Sarah has become a sought after speaker at mental health events around Toronto, including fundraising gala dinners, industry panel discussions, and on college campuses. Diagnosed with a Mood Disorder in 2005 at the age of sixteen, she has been involved the Canadian mental health system for over a decade, and knows intimately what it means to be chronically ill and still find success at both school and work. Following a serious episode of illness in 2015 which highlighted the need for more proactive wellness policies in Corporate Canada, Sarah attended Rise Asset Development’s Entrepreneurship program at the Rotman School of Management to build a plan for a workplace wellness business. In 2016 Sarah is launching Polar Wellness Consulting, which will offer workshops and training sessions to companies looking to refresh their approach to mental health in the workplace.


JanetOzembloskiJanet Ozembloski , Vice-President, Legal Counsel, Privacy Officer, Medcan

As the in-house counsel and privacy officer at Medcan, Janet advises on all legal matters in the corporate and medico-legal context. As privacy officer, Janet assists in policy and protocol development and the management of patient privacy at Medcan. Janet provides guidance to Medcan’s Human Resources department in all aspects of employment law. Janet also works closely with Medcan’s doctors, health practitioners, nurses, and psychologists, and has gained first-hand experience in the day-to-day management of a health clinic. Prior to joining Medcan, Janet’s practice focused on the fields of employment law, insurance, and litigation.



Loretta Brill  - PhotoLoretta Brill, Chief Executive Officer & Founding Partner, Nxknowledge Corporation.

Loretta has worked in partnership with her clients in designing and implementing processes to help boards, leaders and employees come together, sense and actualize emerging futures, find solutions to complex dilemmas and craft successful strategies. Over the past 25 years Loretta has supported both public and private organizations in shifting the culture and building organizational, team and individual wellness. Nxknowledge’s Breaking the Silence programs and services employ best practices in manager’s level of comfort and skill at having sensitive conversations about mental health challenges in the workplace. She supports leaders to have candid, productive conversations, where undiscussables are raised and stigma/assumptions are challenged in order to develop shared practices that bring value.

Loretta holds a Master’s degree in psychology and has held faculty positions at the Health Leadership Institute at DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University and the Canada School of Public Service and has co-authored a research paper for the Royal Commission for the Walkerton Inquiry: Why do people and Organizations Produce the Opposite of What They Intend? She has spoken at a number of conferences on this topic.