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Psychologist | Speaker | Media Expert | Workplace Consultant | Researcher

Dr. Samra serves in a number of leadership roles at the provincial, national and international levels.

Program Lead, Centre for Psychological Health Sciences

University of FrederictonUniversity of Fredericton (online)

The University of Fredericton offers a range of online courses and certificate streams in the area of psychological health and safety in the workplace, developed by Dr. Joti Samra. These courses provide workplace leaders, managers and employees with evidence-based approaches and strategies that they can utilize to enhance the psychological health and safety of their work environment, and support employees who are experiencing psychological health issues or disorders. All courses and certificates are offered online and are designed to be student-led in terms of pace of completion. The course and certificate content is consistent with the
National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (CSA Z1003/BNQ9700)
, and is endorsed by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), and the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace.

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Technical Committee Member, Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group)

csaNational Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (CSA Z1003/BNQ9700)

Developed through the convergence of workplace safety experts, researchers, legal and business experts, and clinicians, the Standard comprises a systematic, voluntary set of guidelines, tools, and resources designed for promoting employees’ psychological health and preventing psychological harm due to workplace factors. The Standard is designed to assist organizations and their employees with improving workplace psychological health and safety. The Standard is championed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), and developed by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) and the CSA Group.

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Clinical Expert Spokesperson

bell let's talkBell “Let’s Talk” Day

Bell Let’s Talk is a multi-year charitable program dedicated to the promotion and support of mental health across Canada. This multi-million dollar initiative supports a wide range of programs that enhance awareness, understanding, treatment of mental illness, and promote access to care and research across Canada.

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Global Expert Panel Member


WellteQ offers a range of corporate wellness strategies targeting physical and psychological health, and is a leading digital wellness solution for employee health engagement and HR data analytics. WellteQ’s suite of innovative engagement programs includes activity challenges, mental wellness, financial wellness, HR onboarding and virtual coaching for employees. WellteQ is an innovative platform that utilizes technology to help people overcome their complacency and inertia around health. By engaging with employees, WellteQ helps to create better environments to work in every day, and helps people and their employers truly thrive through better health.

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President (Past)

BCPABritish Columbia Psychological Association
Since 1938, the BC Psychological Association (BCPA) has represented psychologists in British Columbia. It is a voluntary body that is committed to advancing psychology and the psychological well-being of all British Columbians. BCPA provides leadership for the advancement and promotion of the profession and science of psychology in the service of our membership and the people of British Columbia.

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Chair (Past)

phw awardsBC Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards Committee

The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award (PHWA) was founded by the American Psychological Association and brought to Canada in 2004. BC was the first province to offer such an award – presented by then Minister of Health, Colin Hansen, at the Vancouver Board of Trade. The committee is comprised of psychologists, business leaders, academics and informed professionals who volunteer their time, commitment and expertise. Recognition has been given to large and small, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations for excellence in promoting psychologically healthy workplace practices, policies and programs.

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Steering Committee Member (Past)

Bottom Line conferenceCanadian Mental Health Association’s annual National Bottom Line Conference for Mental Health in the Workplace

The Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) annual National Bottom Line Conference brings together business leaders, policy-makers, researchers, and workers to improve mental health in Canadian Workplaces.

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Awards Development Committee Member (Past)

Excellence AwardsExcellence Canada’s Mental Health at Work® Award

Founded in 1992 by Industry Canada as the National Quality Institute, then rebranded as Excellence Canada in 2011, Excellence Canada is an independent, not-for-profit corporation that is dedicated to advancing organizational performance across Canada. The Mental Health at Work® category was introduced in 2011.

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