About

Mary Ann BayntonMary Ann Baynton works with employers, organizations, unions, teams, and associations who wish to improve, address or resolve workplace issues related to individual or organizational mental health issues.

As a workplace relations specialist Mary Ann helps resolve issues for individuals, teams and organizations including those involving mental health, psychological safety, conflict or performance concerns. She focuses on helping people get unstuck, move beyond problems, reclaim dignity, preserve civility, restore productivity, and improve working lives.

She has served as the co-chair of the Technical Committee for the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, a member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Workforce Advisory Committee, and a member of the Employment Standards Committee for the AODA.

As the former Director of Mental Health Works, an initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association of Ontario, Mary Ann helped to create a national, bilingual, multiple-award winning workplace training program.

Mary Ann also proudly serves as the Program Director for the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace which provides free, practical ideas, tools and resources to help with the prevention, intervention and management of workplace mental health issues.

She has presented keynote addresses, presentations and workshops at hundreds of conferences and events across Canada for audiences that include government bureaucrats, politicians, unions, senior executives, human resources, occupational health, small business, healthcare workers, emergency responders, hydro workers, lawyers, physicians, accountants, educators, engineers, information technology workers, researchers and others.

Mary Ann strives to reduce workplace stress, distress or conflict in order to improve working lives. Her latest initiatives are not-for-profits called Mindful Employer Canada which helps to highlight organizations that support positive workplace mental health and Mindful Manager which supports those who manage, support or lead employees.

Sarah Jenner

Sarah Jenner does double duty as Executive Assistant to Mary Ann Baynton and National Mindful Manager for Mindful Employer Canada. She is a recent graduate from the University of Guelph with a degree in Sociology and History (overachiever!). Her role is to help ensure the good mental health of staff, clients and associates by ensuring that day-to-day operations run smoothly and efficiently. This is no easy task in this busy office, but Sarah is up to the job. She keeps smiling through it all and provides excellent service and support.

Sarah says that there is never a dull moment at the office and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Susan Jakobson

Susan Jakobson is an associate of Mary Ann Baynton & Associates. As a nursing leader, human resource professional, and the former Director of Health, Safety & Wellness at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, Susan has helped developed healthy workplace programs as well as mental health and diversity strategies and programs. She specializes in organizational assessment and planning to improve workplace mental health, human resources consulting, and workplace mental health strategies for the public sector, especially in the field of healthcare.

Susan is proud to volunteer support to the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Workforce Advisory Committee and serve as a Director on the Ontario Healthy Workplace Coalition.

Susan is the also the owner of her own consulting business, Jakobson Consulting & Analytics, which offers investigation and health analytic services.

Leanne Fournier

Leanne Fournier’s impressive creative writing and editing skills have helped us to the finish line on some of our most complex projects. She collaborates closely with other team members to help develop training guides, articles, web content and various materials to help our clients achieve and maintain psychologically healthy and safe workplaces. Her work with Mary Ann includes a continued commitment to expanding knowledge and awareness through the free resource, Workplace Strategies for Mental Health.

Leanne and her life partner Michael also run MightyWrite where they combine their talents to provide content, marketing and branding solutions for a variety of business clients.