Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

October 04, 2011 15:11 ET

Media Advisory/Business Takes Action's 4th Annual Conference: The True Cost of Workplace Mental Health, October 19, 2011

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 4, 2011) -

Attention: HR Professionals, Executives, Health and Safety Professionals, Small Business Owners

Stress and depression are on the rise in the workplace and are estimated to be the cause of more lost working days than any other work-related illness. Mental illness is responsible for 500,000 Canadians missing work every day costing the economy an estimated $51 billion in terms of health care and lost productivity.

On Wednesday, October 19, Business Takes Action (BTA), a best practices program of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) will host a conference to guide businesses from all sectors to manage mental health issues in their workplace. Delegates will learn how to better manage absenteeism, gain innovative strategies to achieve successful and sustainable outcomes, and learn how to develop and implement an optimal early return to work.

Designed to keep delegate costs as low as possible, the program will be delivered over one day at the Mississauga Convention Centre for only $49 (+ HST) for BTA members and $99 non-members (+HST). This is by far the best value for a conference this year. Delegates can choose from nine workshops and earn nine Human Resources Professional Association recertification credits.

Who:

Business Takes Action's 4th Annual Conference: The True Cost of Workplace Mental Health

"The Healing Power of Work", Rona Maynard, Author and Former Editor-in-Chief of Chatelaine Magazine, Keynote address

Workshops

Balancing a Healthy Workplace with Bottom line Results, presented by: Hydro One

The Social, Business and Economic Reality about Mental Illness, presented by: Healthy Brains - Healthy Business and Dan Lawrie Insurance Brokers

Accommodation in Action: Effective Employment Practices, presented by: Your Workplace, Scotiabank and Wescast Industries Inc.

Sick Today / Well Tomorrow. Managing Episodic Disabilities, presented by: Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation

Workplace Accommodation and Return to Work Planning for Physical and Mental Disabilities, presented by: Scott & Associates

Performance Management: What to Do When Things Go Wrong, presented by: Ministry of Community and Social Services

Peer Support Programs: An Innovative Delivery Model for Mental Health Services in Workplace, presented by: Peer based Mental Health Services

Managing Workplace Termination: How Not to End Up on the Wrong Side of the Law, presented by: Gowlings

An Award Winning Business Model: 2011 Innovation Award Recipients Dolphin Digital Technologies, presented by: Dolphin Digital Technologies

Note: Photo and interview opportunities with presenters may be arranged in advance, on site or after the conference by contacting Carolina Perrotti.

Partners and Exhibitors

Your Workplace, Gowlings, Bellwood Health Services, Desjardins - Payroll and HR Services, Dice Assessment, Organizational Solutions Inc., Able Translations and Community Living Burlington.

When:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where:

Mississauga Convention Centre, 75 Derry Rd W, Mississauga, Ontario

About BTA

Business Takes Action is a program of choice that offers a human resources guide and support tools; serving as a one-stop forum for small to medium-sized businesses in Ontario on employing people with disabilities and highly sought after for their comprehensive knowledge of best practices and legislation concerning the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Launched in 2007, the program showcases the benefits of hiring and retaining candidates with disabilities to promote employment inclusivity to small and medium-sized businesses in all sectors. BTA is a Best Practices program of CME and is funded by the government of Ontario. www.businesstakesaction.ca

About CME

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters is Canada's leading trade and industry association, and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada.

The association directly represents more than 10,000 leading companies nationwide. More than 85 per cent of CME's members are small and medium-sized enterprises. As Canada's leading business network, CME - through various initiatives, including the establishment of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition - touches more than 100,000 companies from coast to coast, engaged in manufacturing, global business and service-related industries.

CME's membership network accounts for an estimated 82 per cent of Canadian manufacturing production and 90 per cent of all exports. www.cme-mec.ca

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