ABOUT: Stephane Grenier is a powerful speaker who provides a nice blend of evidence base, personal experiences and humor, allowing audiences a firm understanding of how we need to re-humanize the healing and recovery process.

 Phone: 1-613-715-4652 (Canada)                  Email: speaker@stephanegrenier.com

Keynote Abstract:

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. Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) Stéphane Grenier knows the toll mental health problems can take on individuals and workplaces firsthand. Traditionally, mental health difficulties in the workplaces have been principally viewed through two lenses: the performance lens and the clinical one. Clinicians treat symptoms and leaders manage behaviours.

Anchored in almost 20 years of experience in improving the way large, public- and private- sector organizations support their employees, Grenier provides his audiences with pragmatic advice on how to support workplaces in developing corporate cultures of open, non-stigmatizing approaches to mental health and well being.

Blending lived accounts, riveting corporate case studies, leading-edge research and passionate arguments that the status quo is no longer acceptable in the field of workplace mental health, Grenier makes us ask ourselves, how did we miss the obvious? How did we miss our people?

Speaker Profile:

Stéphane Grenier is a nationally known mental health innovator, advocate, speaker and entrepreneur who was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2018. He retired from the Canadian military as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving 29 years. He participated in several overseas missions, most notably nine months in Rwanda in 1994/95, and six months in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2007.

Faced with his own undiagnosed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) upon return from Rwanda, he took a personal interest in the way the Canadian Forces was dealing with mental health issues. In 2001, he coined the term Operational Stress Injury (OSI) and conceived, developed, implemented and managed a government-based national Peer Support program for the Canadian military.

In the spring of 2012, he retired from the military and created Mental Health Innovations (MHI), a social enterprise dedicated to developing non-clinical mental health interventions as a complement to traditional clinical care.  More recently, in 2016 he launched a second company that is now charged with implementing and delivering peer support services within inpatient mental health units at the provincial healthcare system level.

His autobiography, After the War: Surviving PTSD and Changing Mental Health Culture, was published by University of Regina Press and released in February of 2018.

What others have said about Stephane’s keynotes >>

“Franc, honest, no BS, it’s about time! Amazingly insightful fellow beyond his personal journey! Past victim – moved to advocate – takes a strong, confident person. Please bring Stephane back, I want everyone to hear this! Fantastic.”
Ontario Nurses’ Association Meeting 

“He spoke powerfully, compassionately and with great clarity—all from his heart. He was able to describe his personal experience in a manner that included context and possible solutions.”
Executive Director, Sky Works Charitable Foundation

“He’s personable, energetic, and funny, so he was very interesting to listen to. I also enjoyed the reflection that Stéphane was proposing in his presentation, the why we should have such a program, what it is and what it is not.”
Corporate Human Resources Advisor, Employment & Social Development Canada / Government of Canada

“Stephane is an excellent speaker who fosters a sincere understanding of mental health challenges. A true inspiration! Thank you!”
Annual Labour Law Conference

“It was the most heart wrenching and eye opening talk I have ever heard anyone give.”
Inspector Animal Health, CFIA

DOWNLOADS:   Standard Contract

Notes: Charity and Non-profit rate available. Photo and introduction script provided.
Can amend keynote to different duration.
Bilingual: English and French

Contact for Initial Consult

Email: speaker@stephanegrenier.com
Phone: 1-613-715-4652 (Canada)

YouTube: Speaker Sample
Website: StephaneGrenier.com
Website: MHI Consulting
Twitter: @s_grenier


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