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The Change Manager & Workplace Psychological Health
Thursday 28 February 2019, 08:00am - 12:00pm
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Change is inevitable, mental anguish is not!

Canada, along with most high-income countries, is currently in the grip of a silent epidemic of mental illness. In this workshop, participants will learn about some of the root causes of this crisis and its impact on individuals and organizations.

There are in fact thirteen identified workplace factors affecting employee mental health and together we will explore whether organizational change efforts should include mental health strategies aimed at mitigating negative psychological outcomes. Participants will be challenged to assess personal biases and assumptions around mental illness, stigma and whether they notice suffering occurring in their own workplaces. Together, we will review several change management practices (e.g. identify stakeholders affected by the change, assess readiness to change and evaluate change impact) then collectively discuss strategies that incorporate psychological health and safety principles.


  • 8:00 am - 8:30 am: Networking and light breakfast
  • 8:30 am - 8:45 am: ACMP Manitoba Chapter Update
  • 8:45 am - 11:30 am: The Change Manager and Psychological Health by Geoffrey Thompson
  • 11:30 am - 12 noon: Questions and Networking

Geoffery Thompson

Geoffrey Thompson, RN, MPH, BSN

MFL Occupational Health Centre (OHC)

Geoffrey works as an occupational health nurse at the OHC and is the program lead for the agency’s workplace mental health strategic initiative. His primary role at present is to promote, educate and assist in the implementation of the Canadian National Standard for Workplace Psychological Health and Safety in organizations across Manitoba. He has a background in asset-based community development, cross-cultural health, public health informatics and quality improvement. Geoffrey is an advocate for responsible change efforts that minimize harm, empower stakeholders and grows resilient capacity in individuals, teams and organizations.

Event Professional Development Units (PDU's) = 4

About the OHC

The Occupational Health Centre (as it is commonly known) is a small provincially funded community health centre that began its work 35 years ago during the labour movement of the early 1980s. As a publically funded agency, OHC has a provincial mandate to provide free medical treatment to any injured worker, conduct community outreach and training and respond to specific information requests. OHC also works with partner agencies such as Safe Work Manitoba and the Canadian Mental Health Association to increase awareness and commitment to improving workplace psychological health and safety.


444 St Mary Avenue - 2nd Floor Conference Room, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3T1, Canada