letter from the editor
As HR professionals, you undoubtedly are aware
of the importance of taking care of your mental
health. We’ve previously explored the issues surrounding
mental health in the workplace in HR
Professional, and the May/June 2015 edition is continuing
We know that, in some cases, the best option for an employee
is to take a leave of absence to focus on their mental health
or to deal with issues arising from a mental illness. What may
go unconsidered, however, is how to successfully reintegrate
that employee back into the workforce once they’re able to return.
In our extended cover feature, writer Melissa Campeau
explores how HR can step in to better the chances of a more
positive outcome when an employee returns to work after a
mental illness-related leave, including accommodation strategies.
To read more, flip to page 16.
In this issue’s other feature article, Cathy Gallagher-Louisy
of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion fills us
in about Canada’s looming talent shortage, and how HR
can try to avoid that crisis. By tapping into Canada’s underutilized
talent pools – skilled immigrants, Aboriginals and
people with disabilities – we can better prepare for the future.
HR is in the position of building more inclusive work environments
and increasing the diversity of their workforces. To
read Gallagher-Louisy’s article, turn to page 22.
I’m always excited to put together a new issue of HR
Professional because of the wealth of interesting and engaging
topics we can include – I hope that you enjoy this edition
and that you learn something new from it. I’m looking forward
to your feedback – please send me an email or tweet to
@HRProMag. The digital edition is available for viewing at
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THE MAGAZINE OF
Michael Bach, Canadian Institute of
Diversity and Inclusion/Institut canadien
de la diversité et de l’inclusion
Mary Ann Baynton, Great-West Life Centre
for Mental Health in the Workplace
Christine Burych, StarlingBrook Corporation
Eric Cousineau, OCG Strategy &
Joseph (Val) D’Sa, York Region
District School Board
Bonnie Flatt, Master Coaches
Mandy Hanlon, Oakbridges Labour
Relations Consulting Inc.
Jennifer Laidlaw, CIBC
Norm Sabapathy, Cadillac Fairview
Dr. Parbudyal Singh, York University
Sandra Smith, Southlake
Regional Health Cenre
Melissa Sonberg, McGill University
Christine Thomlinson, Rubin
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