About Us

Mary Ann Baynton, MSW, RSW

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 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.

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.

Sarah Jenner, B.A.

Sarah JennerSarah has been associated with Mary Ann Baynton & Associates since 2012. She is the Executive Director of Mindful Employer Canadaand a a published author. Sarah provides support to those who support employees, including supervisors, managers, occupational health professionals, human resources, and union reps.  She hosts workshops on a wide variety of topics related to workplace mental health including emotional intelligence, accommodation strategies, and conflict resolution. Sarah is one of the founding CMHA Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisors and can help organizations and teams address and improve workplace issues.

Sarah is a remarkable talent who really is improving working lives.


Tiffany Paglia

TiffanyTiffany Paglia is the Office Manager at Mary Ann Baynton & Associates. She has been with us since April 2015. Tiffany works to ensure the day-to-day activities run smoothly.

She is responsible for organizing and managing Mary Ann Baynton & Associates affairs. She also works with staff to brainstorm future products, programs and initiatives.

Susan Jakobson

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

Leanne Fournier

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 co-writing The Evolution of Workplace Mental Health in Canada and a continued commitment to expanding knowledge and awareness through free resources featured on 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.