Let's Talk Mental Health in the Construction Industry

Let's Talk Mental Health in the Construction Industry

June 13, 2023 (8:00 AM - 11:30 AM) (PDT)


If you are a business owner, manager, supervisor, site superintendent, project manager, or team member in any segment of the homebuilding industry, this is an important seminar you can't afford to miss.

Mental health affects everyone and your bottom line.  Take the lead and learn how you and your organization can effectively address mental health in the workplace.

Mental health affects everyone, so for the first time ever, HAVAN is presenting Let's Talk about Mental Health in Construction -- a full morning event with a focus on supporting members and their employees around mental health in the workplace.

Starting with keynote speaker, Corey Hirsch, former NHL Canucks player, this session brings together a line-up of engaging speakers who will have a real conversation about mental health in the construction industry, its commonality, understanding perspectives and responsibilities for both employers and employees, and sharing resources to ensure members have the tools and strategies to support mental wellness in the workplace.

Thank you to our sponsors, who have shown leadership as supporters of the industry and the mental wellness of our most important asset - the people:

Interested in sponsoring this event? Click here to download the available sponsorship packages.

7:15 – 8:00 am
Registration Open

Buffet breakfast, sponsored by RBC Royal Bank

8:00 – 8:10 am

Kevin Hatch
Twin Lions Contracting
Event host and moderator

Welcome and opening remarks, thank sponsors

Introduce presenting sponsor, FortisBC

8:10 – 8:15 am
Chris Gardner
ICBA (Independent Contractors and Businesses Association)
Speaker Sponsor

Remarks then introduces Corey Hirsch
8:15 – 9:00 am
Corey Hirsch
Former NHL goaltender, coach and Olympic Games silver medalist

The Save of My Life
9:00 – 9:10 am
Q & A with Corey

9:10 – 9:20 am
Kevin Hatch
Mental heath on the jobsite in the residential construction industry, as an employer.

9:20 - 9:50 am
Mitch Hermansen
Director, Development
Can We Talk?

• Factors that drive poor health outcomes for men's mental health

• Understand the link between traditional masculinity norms and their impact on male help-seeking behaviour

• Review a framework that can empower employees to start conversations and support those in our lives who we think might be struggling 

9:50  – 10:00 am
Sponsored by: Bellrock Benchmarking Inc.

10:00 – 10:20 am
Jelissa De Torres
Co-Founder, Tools to Empower
Secretary, BC Tradeswomen Society
• Be More than a Bystander
• Being a Women in the Trades
•How companies can positively impact the company culture to support mental wellness and support of diversity, equity and inclusion:
     • Psychological Safety
     • Communication
     • Systems
10:20 – 11:20 am
Panel Discussion:

Dr. John Oliffe
Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Men’s Health Promotion at the School of Nursing
University of British Columbia

Ted Lewis, Associate, Kuhn LLP

Eric Tupholme
Prevention Field Service Supervisor

Amy Burden, Human Resources Manager
Qualico Developments (Vancouver)

- Understanding masculinities as it influences men’s health behaviours and illness management, and in organizations
- How to identify potential mental health issues
- How to support employees

- Employer Responsibilities Under the Employment Standards Act, and  Employee Rights.
- Practical aspects 

OHS requirements for employers, stats/what you are seeing on construction sites/companies in terms of mental health challenges and perhaps claims and preventative measures and available resources (links, services, other) that would help employers in supporting a safe and healthy workplace.

Mental health policies, programs and strategies to identify and support Employees with mental health struggles.  Building a top-down approach to build open culture.  Challenges/opportunities with mental health in the workplace, what members (employers, leadership/site supers) should be aware of, and even resources to help companies build their own programs.
11:20 – 11:30 am
Q&A and Closing Comments

The Westin Bayshore Vancouver
1601 Bayshore Drive
Vancouver, BC V6G2V4 Canada

Stanley Park Ballroom (Salon 1)

Event Contact
Wendy McNeil
(778) 373-9781
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June 13, 2023 (8:00 AM - 11:30 AM) (PDT)
Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. Program is 8:00 - 11:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required.
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