COVID-19 Conversations: Maintaining a Respectful Workplace as Businesses Re-open - Feed Your Brain Lunch and Learn Series

Publication Type: 
Webinar Presentations

Business leaders share their experience

On August 26, 2020, Workplace Safety North hosted a webinar, “COVID-19 Conversations: Maintaining a Respectful Workplace as Businesses Re-open,” as part of the free monthly Feed Your Brain lunch and learn webinar series to discuss the most pressing issues we are all facing.
In this webinar you learn from community business leaders who share their return to the workplace plans, and discuss how they will foster a respectful and inclusive workplace during the pandemic.


YouTube video: 
COVID-19 Conversations: Maintaining a Respectful Workplace as Businesses Re-open
  • Helen Francis, CEO and President of the YMCA of Northeastern Ontario
  • Paul Andre, CEO and President of Workplace Safety North
Topics discussed:
  • Maintaining respect in the workplace for businesses re-opening
  • Importance of organizational values and vision to guide expectations
  • Demonstrating commitment to employees’ mental health and wellbeing
  • Preventing harassment and discrimination
  • Tangible takeaways and lessons learned
The webinar is hosted by Angele Poitras, WSN Community Engagement Specialist and Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor.
About WSN Feed Your Brain Lunch and Learn Series: Once a month from May to October, the ‘COVID-19 Conversations’ series features a webinar on issues related to the current global pandemic, including; leadership and workplace culture, mental health and wellbeing, and back-to-work planning.


COVID-19 Public Resources – Public Health Ontario  
Right to refuse or stop work where health and safety in danger – Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) 
Ontario employer legal responsibilities under Ontario law, employers have the duty to keep workers and workplaces safe – Ontario MLTSD 
Mental health and wellness:  
Workplace Mental Health Resources – Workplace Safety North  
COVID-19 and Mental Health @ Work – Government of Canada   
COVID-19 Resources – Mental Health Commission of Canada   
Wellness Together e-mental health supports and access to virtual counselling services to everyone in Canada – Government of Canada  
Past COVID-19 Conversations recordings and resources: