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Virtual Event
Future of Work: Mental health supports in the digital era
January 22, 2021 at 1:00pm EST

Practical mental health solutions for the workplace

Nigel Branker, president, health and productivity solutions, Morneau Shepell
Kristen Coady, vice president, client experience, health and productivity, Morneau Shepell
Chris Taylor, chief human resources officer, Best Buy Canada

Our expert panel will discuss mental health solutions, including strategies for workplace mental health and disability management. Cognitive behavioural therapy will also be explored – how it works, how it can be offered digitally and its effectiveness as a return-to-work tool.

Nigel Branker

Nigel Branker is Executive Vice President, Morneau Shepell and President, Health and Productivity Solutions. In his role, he leads the teams responsible for providing absence and disability management services, and for delivering Morneau Shepell’s internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy solution, AbilitiCBT. Nigel also leads the firm’s efforts to help clients create the business case and identify solutions to address mental health in the workplace.

Kristen Coady – Vice President, Client Experience, Health and Productivity Solutions

Kristen Coady is a Vice President in Morneau Shepell’s Health and Productivity Solutions line of business and has been with the organization since 2005. Since joining us, Kristen has held a number of roles, progressing from service delivery to training and account management to business developer in the Absence and Disability Management business, before taking on a client growth and relationship management role in the Health and Benefits Consulting business.

Kristen has a proven record of delivering great client experiences and driving growth. She has worked with some of Canada’s largest employers in the public and private sector to help them achieve better outcomes. She is a speaker and contributor to many industry presentations and publications on absence, disability, recovery support and well-being. Kristen is now using her unique combination of disability management knowledge and experience, exceptional focus on client experience, and tireless work ethic in her role as national client experience leader in the Health and Productivity Solutions business.

Kristen has a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa.

Chris Taylor – Chief Human Resources Officer, Best Buy Canada

Chris Taylor is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Best Buy Canada. In this role, he oversees the wellbeing of more than 12,000 employees across the country, leading the HR teams supporting all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores, distribution centres, and the corporate headquarters in Burnaby, B.C. Chris joined the company in 2004 as a Human Resources Manager and has served in a breadth of human resources, talent development and employee relations leadership roles since, most recently as Vice President, Human Resources. A natural innovator and champion of corporate culture and change management, Chris has led the company through key growth and rewards initiatives over the years that have advanced Best Buy Canada to becoming one of the top employers in Canada. Prior to joining Best Buy, Chris held leadership roles with The Home Depot and Office Depot. Chris holds a CPHR designation, along with an MBA from the University of Fredericton.


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