Real conversations.
Stronger communities.

Working Minds invites Ottawa’s start-up and tech communities to#GetLouder about mental health care in the workplace. It’s an afternoon that focuses on transparent, honest discussions and led by a diverse group of industry leaders and future influencers.

All event proceeds will be donated to DIFD at the Royal. An initiative backed by SnapClarity will also be launched that very same night.

Help us take the conversation to the next level. Join us on June 21st, 2018 and be part of the solution.


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Eli Brown

Founder of Shine the Light On

Some of us just need a little help finding our light.

Now over 3 years clean and sober, Eli is the founder of Shine the Light On. A clothing company that shares a message of positivity and donates a portion of their proceeds to mental health initiatives. As a leader and mental health advocate, it is through sharing his story that he hopes to bring an end to stigma.

Program Agenda

Master’s of Ceremony

Sonya Shorey, VP Marketing and Communications, Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards
Jamie Petten, President & Executive Director, Kanata North Business Association


2 PM

Registration and social

2.30 PM

Opening Remarks

MCs Sonya Shorey and Jamie Petten


2.45 PM


Eli Brown, founder of Shine the Light On

Eli Brown CEO & CoFounder of Shine The Light On Clothing Company, designed to bring a voice to social issues impacting youth, will share his story of athletic superiority and dedication which evolved into a downward spiral of denial, loneliness, and hitting rock bottom. A detailed account of his journey toward personal wellness which ultimately became the driving force behind his success.


3.15 PM

Panel 1

Balancing, Achieving with Mental Health

Moderated by Jennifer Thake MA MA PhD, SnapClarity

Often those attributes that make us successful are those that can contribute to a neglect of our mental health. These attributes can include over-achieving, perfectionism, and drive. This panel discusses this phenomena, as well as ways to strike a greater balance.

Erin Blaskie, Director of Marketing, L-Spark
Trisha Cooke, VP Marketing, You.i TV
Dipalli Bhatt, Marketing Lead, MindBridge
Ryan Gallant, DevOps Grand Master, Klipfolio
Sarah Nichols, Manager Customer Success Team, Survey Monkey


3.45 PM

Featured Company: RBC

Moderated by Jamie Petten, President & Executive Director, Kanata North Business Association

A one on one interview looking into the efforts RBC is taking to tackle mental health in the workplace.

Jorge UsecheVP Ottawa Specialized Commercial Markets, RBC


4.10 PM

Panel 2

Approaching Mental Health

Moderated by Michael Trembley, President and CEO, Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards

From time to time we will notice signs that people we work with are struggling with mental health concerns – including those who mentor, lead and inspire us. Even when the signs are obvious and problematic for the workplace, many people are still hesitant to approach others to offer support. This hesitancy can be based in fears about the conversation being awkward, inappropriate, or not helpful. This panel will discuss helpful and unhelpful ways to approach the people we work with about their mental health.

Jason Flick, CEO, You.i TV
Amy MacLeod, VP Communications, Mitel
Susan Richards, CEO, NumberCrunch & Givopoly
Terri Storey, CEO, SnapClarity
Steve Cody, Founder, Rucktify & The Better Software Company


4.40 PM

Concluding Remarks

Thank you
SnapClarity Announcement
Donation Presentation


5 PM


Our Panelists


Dipalli Bhatt

Marketing Lead


Erin Blaskie

Director of Marketing


Trisha Cooke

VP Marketing

You.i TV

Jason Flick

Chief Executive Officer

You.i TV

Ryan Gallant

Dev. Ops Grand Master


Amy MacLeod

VP Communications


Susan Richards

Chief Executive Officer

NumberCrunch & Givopoly

Terri Storey

Chief Executive Officer


Steve Cody


Ruckify & The Better Software Company

Sarah Nichols

Manager Customer Success


Jorge Useche

VP Ottawa Specialized Commercial Markets



Master’s of Ceremony

Sonya Shorey

VP Marketing and Communications

Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards

Jamie Petten

President and
Executive Director

Kanata North Business Association

Panels Moderated By

Jennifer Thake



Michael Trembley

President and CEO

Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards

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