Emotional Health at Work: How to be a Psychologically Safe Leader – February 10, 2021


Optimum TalentIn collaboration with Optimum Talent, the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX) is proud to offer this session under its Leadership Series.

APEX Leadership Series


Cost: FREE (costs covered by APEX)

What: Emotional Health at Work: How to be a Psychologically Safe Leader


  • February 10, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST (60 min) (repeat)

Audience: Executives of the Public Service (EX-01 to EX-05 or equivalent) across Canada and internationally.

Where: Virtually – available via webinar or teleconference across Canada and globally to Federal Executives abroad. A meeting link will be sent once you are registered.


This session will be delivered primarily in English however participants are invited to submit their questions in the official language of their choice.


Opening Remarks:

    • Jacqueline Rigg, Chief Executive Officer, APEX


    • Jocelyn Bérard, Jocelyn Bérard is the President, Central Region at Optimum Talent



About this Event:

The World Health Organization defines mental health as a state of well-being where every individual realizes their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively, and is able to make a positive contribution to their community.

Every person is likely to experience a mental health challenge at some point in their life, and supporting mental health is a shared responsibility of individuals and organizations. In any given year, at least one in five Canadians experience a mental health issue or problem. In the past, 20% of individuals left roles for mental health reasons. This number is 50% for millennials and 75% for Generation Z.

It is not easy for many managers to provide feedback or deal with performance issues, let alone dealing with emotional and mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and burnout.

When personal and professional lives collide, leaders need to know how to handle these situations. This is not about asking the leaders to be psychologists; it is about creating a psychologically safe environment where employees and colleagues will be open and feel safe to talk to their leaders.

Amy Edmondson, Harvard Business School professor, defines psychological safety as “a belief that one will not be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns or mistakes.”

The purpose of this session is to learn how to be a psychologically safe leader, explore why we should care and discuss the positive impact.

Speakers’ Bio:

Optimum Talent

Jocelyn Bérard
President, Central Region at Optimum Talent

Jocelyn Bérard

Jocelyn Bérard is the President, Central Region at Optimum Talent. Previously the National Practice Leader, Leadership Assessment and Development at Optimum Talent. He is responsible for the organization business planning, revenue growth and profitability while providing a level of quality services that sets the firm apart in its field and maintaining a team of proficient professionals that can meet the needs of its clients.

Jocelyn has extensive Canadian and international experience in the areas of human resources and business management in Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Asia, in a variety of industries such as telecommunications, auto manufacturing, health care, retail, public sector and banking. His interventions focus on Talent Management, especially in the area of leadership assessment and development, performance management, succession management, and selection of best practices.

Fluently bilingual in French and English, Jocelyn holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Human Resources, a Master’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and an Executive MBA. Jocelyn’s book, titled “Accelerating Leadership Development”, was published by Wiley and focuses on leadership assessment, leadership development, and succession management.

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