Mental Health and Addictions in the Workplace

Mental Health and Addictions in the Workplace: Key People

Speaker Biographies

Ian Arnold, MD, FRCP
Chair, Workplace Committee - Canada Mental Health Commission

Dr. Arnold completed his M. D. at Queen's University at Kingston in 1968 and was certified in general surgery in 1973. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine (FCBOM); a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC - Occupational Medicine); a Certified Environmental Auditor (CEA), and a Registered Safety Professional (CRSP). He is also a past president of both the CBOM and the OEMAC.

Mark Attridge, PhD, MA
President, Attridge Consulting, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN USA)

Mark is an independent research scholar and president of Attridge Consulting, Inc. He is a co-recipient of the 2009 Member of the Year Award from the Employee Assistance Society of North America (EASNA). He has a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a Masters of Arts in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Merv Gilbert, PhD, R. Psych
Partner, Gilbert Acton Ltd. (Vancouver, BC Canada)

Dr. Gilbert has worked as a psychologist for over twenty years. He is active in teaching and research, and has consulted, published, and lectured extensively. He holds academic appointments at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, and serves in an advisory capacity for various not-for-profit bodies.

Chris Hylton, MA
Principal, Hylton & Associates (Calgary, AB Canada)

Chris has over 20 years of experience in benefits and pensions, Chris is ready to tackle the toughest issues. Chris has appeared on CBC's The National discussing the funding of the Canada Pension Plan and has been often quoted in the media on HR and benefit issues.

Ann Malain, PhD
Regional Director and Practice Lead Substance Abuse Services, Human Solutions (Toronto, Canada).

Dr. Malain is a licensed psychologist who has over 20 years of experience in the areas of EAP, community mental health, substance abuse services, private practice, and college counselling. Dr. Malain is currently the National Manager, Substance Abuse & Assessment Service for Human Solutions in which she oversees Human Solutions' substance abuse services, fitness to work assessments and return to work treatment services

Roger Palmer, PhD
Professor, School of Business, University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB Canada)

Dr. Palmer earning a BSc (Honours) from the University of London, a Graduate Certificate in Education from Cambridge University, and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Alberta. In 2001, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Alberta Environment. In 2002, Dr. Palmer was appointed Deputy Minister of Alberta Health and Wellness. In 2009 he returned to the Business School at the University of Alberta as Director of the MBA Public Management stream.

Cathy Pryce, RN
VP, Addictions and Mental Health, Alberta Health Services, University of Calgary (Calgary, AB Canada).

Catherine Pryce holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Nursing degree from the University of Calgary. Cathy is responsible for providing the vision and leadership to a diverse team in the development, design and implementation of provincial Addiction and Mental Health in support of the vision, mission and business plan of Alberta Health Services.

John Sproule 
Senior Policy Director, Institute for Health Economics (Edmonton, AB Canada)

From 1998 to 2005 John worked with Merck Frosst Canada Ltd in health and industry policy planning (including secondment to Merck Sharpe & Dohme Australia). Prior to that John worked with Alberta Health and Wellness as Director of the Office of the Deputy Minister of Health, working with the Ministry from 1987 to 1998 in managing significant policy and legislative changes in the Alberta health system. He has served on many federal/provincial committees in health and as a Board member with a number of health policy academic associations including Canadian Health Economics Research Association and the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research.

Angus Thompson, PhD
Researcher, Institute of Health Economics (Edmonton, AB Canada)

Dr. Thompson has contributed over 30 years as a clinical psychologist, research scientist, senior administrator, and university professor. He completed his doctorate in psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry in the University of London. Employment history includes affiliations with the Alberta Department of Health, the University of Alberta, Flinders University in Australia, and currently, the Institute of Health Economics.

JianLi Wang, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Community Health, University of Calgary (Calgary, AB Canada).

Dr. Wang has a PhD in Epidemiology. He is a CIHR New Investigator Award recipient and has been doing research in the epidemiology of mental disorders in workplaces, prevention and mental health literacy.