Lunch & Learn Panelists
Jodi Butts, Executive Director, Rise Asset Development
Jodi is an experienced lawyer, strategic advisor and senior executive focused on guiding organizations towards optimizing both their bottom line and social impact. She is currently the Executive Director of Rise Asset Development, an innovative social enterprise working to empower men and women with a history of mental health challenges through business. Previously, Jodi was the Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs and Operations, Mount Sinai Hospital. Here she led the organization’s capital redevelopment, legal affairs, corporate and hospitality services. Jodi sits on the governing boards of the University of Windsor and the Wellesly Institute. She holds an LLB and MA from the University of Toronto and a BA Hons from the University of Windsor.
Alicia Raimundo, Mental Health Superhero
Alicia Raimundo has been described as a “mental health superhero”, battling serious bouts of anxiety, depression and a suicide attempt since the age of 13. More recently, she used her move to the University as a catalyst to seek help, and eventually, to help others. Since then, she has, given two TEDxTalks, was named one of 2012 “faces of mental illness”, spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative, headlined UN’s international youth day 2014 at the UN headquarters in New York, and represented Canada in Thailand at one young world . She loves writing, shown by her newly minted Huffington post blog and her book: red carnation, a book on suicide prevention that will be used in grade 8 classrooms across Canada.
Lydia Beck, OT & Co-Founder of L&L Consulting
Lydia is an occupational therapist and co-founder of L&L Consulting, focused on improving mental health in the workplace. L&L Consulting provides mental health audits and education to organizations in various industries. Lydia believes the health and wellness of employees and the work environment are affected by a variety of interacting factors, and this concept informs her every day work at L&L Consulting. Lydia completed her undergraduate degree at Queen’s University, where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts (Honours) in Psychology and Drama. She completed her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. Lydia has extensive and diverse professional and volunteer experience working with individuals of all ages, with physical and mental health challenges.
Danielle Stewart, Service Delivery Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
Danielle completed her Undergraduate degree and Master’s degree in Kinesiology at Wilfrid Laurier University. While studying, Danielle founded Laurier’s first mental health awareness program entitled “Burst Your Bubble”. The program was later adopted by the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto at the Mississauga campus. As a co-op student at Waterloo North Hydro Danielle adapted Burst Your Bubble to apply to workplace mental health. Danielle currently works as a Service Delivery Consultant for Workplace Safety and Prevention Services where she is a member of the Organizational Health Team which provides mental health resources to clients to create psychologically safe workplaces.
Donna Marshall, CEO, BizLife Solutions
Donna Marshall is the CEO of BizLife Solutions, a Social Enterprise committed to promoting Mental Health and Psychological Safety in the workplace. With her business partner, Dr. Stephanie Bot, Ms. Marshall developed the HEART™ (Harassment Education Advisory Response Team) program to effectively manage and prevent harassment and bullying in the workplace. It has been updated to include Bill 132 Sexual Violence and Harassment legislation. The HEART™ Program has been endorsed by the Ontario Psychological Association as the Gold Standard for promoting psychological safety and mental health in the workplace. HEART™ is currently running in over 1000 businesses in Ontario and across Canada as well as throughout the US.
Ms. Marshall leads a team that consults and trains on mental health, psychological safety, interpersonal and communication skills and creating a respectful work culture. Her company also conducts workplace harassment investigations, online culture surveys to assess psychological health and safety in workplace, counselling for victims of bullying and harassment, a self help program for victims of workplace bullying and harassment as well as a rehabilitation program and counselling for people who bully and harass.
Together with Dr. Bot, Ms. Marshall innovated and realized the BizLife Institute, an online training library that offers organizations cost effective training programs that focus on creating mentally healthy, psychologically safe and respectful workplaces.
Ms. Marshall is on the faculty of the Ontario Psychological Association’s Certificate Program in the Management of Mental Health and Psychological Safety in the Workplace. She is also on the faculty of Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and the Canadian Management Centre.
As a recognized expert in workplace bullying, mental health and psychological safety, Ms. Marshall was recently published in the HR Reporter. Her article, The Toxic Workplace and Employee Mental Health: Two Sides of the Same Coin, received strong readership interest and endorsement. Ms. Marshall has appeared on the CBC affiliate program Life by Design, hosted by Denise Merrick, addressing Workplace Bulling and Dealing with Difficult People in the workplace and lectured to 500 participants at a Mental Health Commission of Canada sponsored webinar.
Ms. Marshall has her Masters degree in Counselling Psychology and continues to also provide private coaching and counselling through Dr. Stephanie Bot and Associates psychological practice.
Lidia Pawlikowski, Senior Consultant, Health & Wellness at Morneau Shepell
Lidia Pawlikowski is a Senior Consultant at Morneau Shepell , with 10+ years of wellness industry experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating strategic health-related programs in the workplace.
As part of the Health & Benefits team, Lidia has successfully worked with many national organizations of all sizes and all industry sectors to implement best practice Total Health wellness programs. These programs assess and recommend actions to increase employee engagement, mitigate risk and enhance operational efficiency, all of which contribute to improving ROI.
Currently Lidia is leading the design and implementation of a Mental Health strategy for the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) in support of Morneau Shepell’s Mental Health sponsorship of the COC.
Lidia has a passion for educating others and has the pleasure of teaching at Centennial College in the Post-Diploma Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion Program.