Date Time Speaker Room
Friday, February 03, 201210:25 AM - 11:15 AM
Paula Allen, VP, Organizational Solutions and Benefits Consulting


In 2010 Bell Canada partnered with Morneau Shepell to undertake an enormous and very exciting mental health initiative. Bell was determined to break the stigma associated with mental health—a stigma that creates a barrier preventing employees from getting the help they need. This session will demonstrate how your organization can profit from Bell’s lead in managing the impact of mental health problems on the workplace.


  • Better understand and build awareness about mental health
  • Examine the impact of mental health in the workplace and how to break the stigma
  • Explore best practices in managing the problem—pre-disability, during disability and on employees’ return to work
  • Identify available resources for support
  • Learn what your organization can do to enhance resiliency around mental health problems


Paula Allen, BSc, DCS, RRP, vice-president, organizational solutions and training, currently oversees Shepell•fgi’s organizational solutions and training division. This includes the data and research analysts of the Shepell•fgi Research Group, workplace health consultants, project managers, mediators and over 600 trainers. The division is dedicated to supporting workplaces with fact-based decisions, interventions and services that address the organization as a whole as well as workplace groups. Paula completed both undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Toronto. She focused on health and research psychology, advanced statistics and survey design, development and validation, as well as neuro-psychological assessment.  Prior to joining Shepell•fgi, Paula worked for the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. At Shepell•fgi, Paula was integral to the development of their disability management, attendance support and health coaching services, bringing almost two decades of experience in disability management and occupational health management.