20-Apr-2021 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM - Facing Change with a Psychological Safety Approach

Change can introduce many risks into an organization and this past year has certainly been a year of change. Minerva’s 2021 webinars will be dedicated to discussing change management and actions that organizations can take to thrive through many types of changes. This webinar series will consider change in various sectors including energy, agriculture, mining, automotive, chemical and education.

 Management of change is a critical element in health and safety management. How does it relate to managing psychological health and safety in the workplace, particularly in the face of the changes caused by the pandemic?  Join Liz Horvath of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Steve Sproule of Husky Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cenovus Energy, and Karla Kochan of Agriculture Financial Service Corporation, as they explore what we have learned about living and working through the pandemic and share some ideas that participants can use in their organizations to help workers navigate their changing world and support their success.

Liz Horvath, Manager Workplace Mental Health

Mental Health Commission of Canada

 Liz currently leads the Workplace Mental Health program at the Mental Health Commission of Canada, where she helps organizations implement workplace mental health strategies that align with the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

 For nearly 25 years, Liz has helped numerous organizations achieve better business outcomes by keeping workers healthy, safe and productive. Known for her expertise in health, safety and wellbeing, management systems integration and her interpersonal skills, Liz has empowered people with varied interests to achieve important goals.

 Liz is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and is a member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Ontario Workplace Health Coalition, the International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment (IAWBH), the Crisis and Trauma Research Institute (CRTI), and the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). 



Steve Sproule, Manager of Health, Benefits and Retirement

Husky Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cenovus Energy

 A University of South Carolina graduate, Steve has worked in the employee benefit industry since 1986. The past 14 years he has been responsible for health, benefit and retirement programs at Husky Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cenovus Energy, where initiatives introduced include Mental Health First Aid, Men at Risk and, in conjunction with Alberta Health Services and the Mental Health Commission of Canada, The Working Mind. Volunteer experience includes chairing the Lindsay Park Sport Society, sitting on the Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health Awards Selection Committee and the Calgary CPBI Board and Program Committee. Steve became a member of the CMHA Calgary Board in 2017. A former National Team swimmer, he resides in Calgary with his wife Leslie and has two grown daughters.



Karla Kochan, Chief People Officer

Agriculture Financial Services Corporation

 An authentic and values based leader driving cultural change and strategic continuous improvement. As the Chief People Officer, Karla leads a team that encompasses areas that drive culture change, continuous improvement, change management and all things people services. With close to 20 years in leadership and Human Resources, bringing empathy, compassion and inclusion to our workplaces is key.

 Putting people first is the ultimate goal at AFSC and under Karla’s leadership, AFSC has launched their People Strategy, Continuous Improvement Department, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategy and most recently the Mental Health Strategy “It’s Okay Not to be Okay.”

 Karla holds an MBA from Royal Roads University in Executive Leadership; a certificate in the Executive Leadership Programme from Said Business School, University of Oxford; Strategic Human Resources from Cornell University and Human Resources Management from the University of Alberta. She is certified in EQi-2.0 Emotional Intelligence and a certification in Predictive Index®. She is currently acquiring her North American designation with the Society of Human Resource Management, SHRM-SCP.


 Webinar Highlights / Objectives

-Learn about the elements of change management specifically related to psychological safety.

-Hear how a psychological safety approach can mitigate psychological risks and better prepare your organization for change.

-Gain specific tips of how organizations implemented practical evidenced-based psychological safety solutions to support their people.

-Engage with influencers in the energy and agriculture sectors who are working every day to make their workplaces psychological safer


Who Should Attend:

-Business and Academic safety and risk managers

-Workplace wellness and health and safety practitioners

-Government and NGO leaders


 About Minerva Canada Safety Management Education Inc.

Minerva Canada Safety Management Education Inc. is a not-for-profit volunteer organization dedicated to advancing Health and Safety education in post-secondary institutions and the only organization of its kind in North America. It develops teaching modules, case studies for academia, sponsors student projects as well as conducts professor Learning Forums and student award programs. Minerva has developed an online certificate program in Health and Safety for engineering and other post-secondary students with its university partners. To learn more please feel free to reach out via   [email protected]

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