Gearing Up for Workplace Mental Health

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 -
8:00am to 1:00pm

Trucking HR Canada will host its first symposium on mental health in the workplace, October 30th in Mississauga.  The event is open to all trucking and logistics employers interested in learning about best practices and receiving practical tools on how to address the topic in their workplace.

The symposium, entitled Gearing Up for Workplace Mental Health, is a first step in increasing understanding and raising awareness on the importance of mental and psychological health in the workplace.  As part of Trucking HR Canada’s larger initiative to support employers on this evolving issue, the event will provide guidance on the implementation of practical resources and strategies for all occupations within the sector. 

The half-day event will take place at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation in Mississauga, running from 8am to 1pm.  

Gearing up for Workplace Mental Health Opening Speaker:

David Henry

David has a story to tell.  With 30 years behind the wheel, he has been an owner-operator, fleet manager, company owner, and division manager; has 3.2 million kilometers with a clean driving record to his name; a 3-time Moving Billboard winner; is the current Manitoba Super B Driving Champion, and was a driver in the special Olympics convoy. David has experienced severe mental health challenges that have impacted his work as a driver. Having suffered through multiple head injuries, he experienced compounding mental health issues which directly impacted his ability to work. Today he is a high performing driver averaging 9000 kilometers a month hauling oversize RGN’s and step decks for REK Express in Oak Bluff MB. 

Trucking Talks Mental Health Panel Discussion:


Sonia Straface

Sonia graduated from Ryerson University’s journalism program and has been covering the Canadian trucking industry since 2014. She enjoys writing about health and wellness and HR issues surrounding the transportation industry. She has moderated past events such as the Women with Drive Leadership Summit and we welcome her as the moderator at the Gearing Up for Workplace Mental Health Symposium.



Andrew Harkness

Andrew Harkness is the Strategy Advisor-Organizational Health Initiatives at the Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) of Ontario. 

He has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Labour Studies and a post graduate diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from McMaster University. Andrew is a Certified Health and Safety Consultant and a Professional Member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering.

He leads WSPS’s Healthy Workplace and mental health initiatives and solutions teams related to WSPS’s business model for creating organizationally safe and healthy workplaces in best practices-oriented firms. 


Linda Corkum

Linda Corkum is the Executive Director for Nova Scotia Trucking Safety Association (NSTSA), a non-profit, membership-based organization that provides health and safety education, training, safety certification programs for the trucking industry in Nova Scotia.

She holds a Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSH) designation through the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), is a Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor (CMHA) and is a facilitator of The Working Mind Program (MHCC).

She was recently recognized as a leading mental health advocate winning the Workplace Mental Health Award through the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) Champions of Mental Health Awards.


Miguel Mangalindan

Miguel Mangalindan is an Associate Lawyer at Monkhouse Law, a Toronto Employment & Labour Law boutique firm. His particular areas of practice include workplace, human rights, and disability insurance law, representing both employees and employers, including federally regulated employers such as trucking companies. In his disability insurance practice, he has represented many employees with mental health issues, advocating for their benefits entitlements.


Tammy Whelen

Tammy Whelen is a Mental Health Educator for Canadian Mental Health Association and has dedicated her career to raising awareness for mental health issues. She faced a difficult battle with cancer at just 25 years old, and has experienced firsthand the anguish of losing a loved one to drugs.

As a Certified ASIST Trainer (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), certified safeTALK Trainer, certified Compassion Fatigue Trainer, and certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer, Tammy is determined to demystify mental illness and fight the stigma surrounding it. 


Yvone Defreitas

Yvone Defreitas is the Director of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) where she is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring the centers human resources plans and programs.

She is also a training and development skills-oriented instructor at Continuing Education at McMaster University, and is a certified member of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).



Geoff Topping 

Geoff Topping has been in the Trucking Industry for over 25 years and has held many roles in that time. Geoff started his career as a Driver and has since held positions in Operations, Sales, Recruiting and Human Resources. Currently, Geoff is Vice President of Human Resources including Safety, Recruiting and Risk Management for Challenger. Geoff has also served industry associations such as the Truck Training Schools of Ontario where he acted as the Chair of the Carrier committee and is currently co-chair of the Recruiting, Retention and HR committee at TCA.


Health Break Leader:

Andrea Morley

Andrea is the lead Nutritionist & Health Coach with Healthy Trucker, where she educates and motivates drivers and office staff scross the industry to improve their health through simple, consistent changes in their diet and exercise routines. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Guelph, and is passionate about wellness and helping others reach their goals. 

At Healthy Trucker, she coordinates and administers various health programs and interactive challenges in order to provide wellness education and resources to the industry. 



Delivered in partnership with the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association



Tickets are available now for $99 per person.


Registrations for events are refundable up to one week before the scheduled date, and a $25 cancellation fee applies. Registrations are transferable up to one day before. Should you not contact us within these timelines, and should you not participate, no refund will be issued. Topics, guest speakers and content may be subject to change without notice. 

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