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Speaker Series: Attraction and Retention of Talent via a Meaningful Mental Health Culture

7 March 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

If you want a good challenge to think differently about mental health in your organization, this is the presentation for you! Denis Trottier is often dropped in-front of CEO’s, Directors and Board members to help them think differently about mental health.

At this unique Okanagan School of Business Speaker Series luncheon, Denis will help facilitate a fire-side chat discussion with the hope of inspiring action – with each member walking away with the tools they need to attain “A meaningful Mental Health Culture”. Denis regularly teaches at the Ivey School of Business and in a recent presentation he highlighted that organizations will be left behind in attracting and maintaining talent if they are not more involved in the overall wellness of their teams. Denis will open with a video that highlights his own journey with mental health and will describe his career path from KPMG Partner to his current role as KPMG’s first Chief Mental Health Officer. Laura Thurnheer, Associate Dean, Okanagan School of Business and ICD Okanagan Executive Member, will facilitate the fireside chat with Denis followed by plenty of time for questions.

Due to the relevance of this topic to all levels of the organization including board members, the Kelowna Chamber and Okanagan chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors have collaborated on hosting this event. It will be a great meeting of the minds and a chance to dialogue on this important and timely topic.


Speaker Bio

Denis Trottier, FCPA, FCA – Chief Mental Health Officer, KPMG in Canada

Following a 31-year career as auditor, most recently as the partner leading the Ottawa KPMG Enterprise private company practice, Denis is now Corporate Canada’s and KPMG’s first Chief Mental Health Officer.

He and his wife Yolande are recipients of the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Inspiration Award. Denis was recently named a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants,  principally for his contribution to improving mental health in the professional milieu. Denis is the Mental Health Lead on KPMG’s National Inclusivity and Diversity Council. During Covid, Denis participated in Canada’s Top 100 CEO’s roundtable discussions, where he was an active voice in driving change to the benefit of Corporate Canada. Success in Denis’ role as been defined as “making himself redundant-being the day where we can talk about mental health at the water cooler just like any other illness”. Denis is a sought after speaker from coast to coast and always does a good job at helping us populate our individual mental health toolbox.

Registration opens at 11:30AM with the event to begin at NOON.

Purchase Deadline: Tickets MUST be purchased before NOON on Thursday, March 2.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received 5 business days prior to the event.


Kelowna Chamber of Commerce
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Coast Capri Hotel
1171 Harvey Ave
Kelowna, BC V1Y 6E8 Canada
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