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Benefits3 speakers to share innovative strategies that bridge mental health gap

September 26, 2018

Toronto (ON) – Medavie Blue Cross will host its annual Benefits3 conference, bringing together key leaders from Ontario’s health benefit and human resources fields for important conversations on mental health, the number one cause of disability in Canada. Conversations will be led by some of Canada’s top experts and speakers on this issue including well-known mental health advocate Margaret Trudeau and founder Eric Windeler, who will share their personal stories of tragic loss and hope.

Now in its 5th year, Benefits3 is a highly focused event that promotes workplace health, productivity and leadership.

“As a pioneer in introducing treatment services to support employees with mental illness, having introduced one of the first psychiatric early intervention programs in Canada in 2012, Medavie Blue Cross is committed to developing psychologically healthy and safe environments for everyone,” said Alaina MacKenzie, Market Leader, Medavie Blue Cross. “The goal of our conference is to bring together some of Canada’s leading minds on this issue to offer innovative strategies and best practices that will improve mental wellness.”

Benefits3 will take place at the Islington Golf Club in Etobicoke and will lead off with a talk by Eric Windeler, president of, a national not-for-profit that’s empowering youth leaders to take action and effect change on university campuses across Canada. Eric will be joined by two of those leaders, Yasseen Tasabehji, and Shayan Yazdanpanah.

The conference will also feature a panel discussion, moderated by Marc Avaria, Vice President, Group Life & Disability Management, Medavie Blue Cross, that will explore prevention, treatment solutions and key trends that are certain to dominate industry thinking over the next five years. Panelists will include Mary Lou Ackerman, VP Innovation, Saint Elizabeth Healthcare, Chris Anderson President, Medaca Health Group, and Travis Kelly, Director, Group Life & Disability, Medavie Blue Cross.

Canada’s former First Lady, Margaret Trudeau, will close the conference by sharing her personal experience with bipolar disease.

To view the conference program, visit the Benefits3 website and follow the conference live on Twitter at #benefits3.