As someone who struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) Stéphane Grenier knows the toll mental health issues can take on individuals firsthand. Upon his return from landing in the midst of the Rwandan genocide, he took a personal interest in the way the Canadian military dealt with mental health issues and helped his own workplace transform the support given to people struggling with mental health challenges. Following a two-year secondment to the Mental Health Commission of Canada leading a national project, he retired from the military and created Mental Health Innovations (MHI). In 2018, Stéphane was appointed to the Order of Canada and in 2015, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Guelph and Humber College, for his contributions in the field of workplace mental health.
In today’s modern workplace, mental health problems have become the leading cause of disability claims, accounting for 70% of workplace disability management costs in Canada. Anchored in decades of experience in improving the way large, public- and private- sector organizations support their employees, Grenier provides pragmatic advice on how to support workplaces in developing corporate cultures of open, non-stigmatizing approaches to mental health and well-being.