About Us

Our Mission

“We help inform businesses and other organizations as to how to create and sustain psychologically healthy workplaces, as well as publicly recognize companies and agencies exemplifying psychologically healthy practices.”

The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Committee is comprised of psychologists, business leaders, academics and informed professionals who volunteer their time, commitment and expertise.

We are a Standing Committee of the British Columbia Psychological Association (BCPA). The BCPA has represented psychologists since 1977. It is a voluntary body, committed to advancing psychology, the interests of its members, and the psychological well-being of all British Columbians. The BCPA is a proud sponsor of the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards program.

The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award was founded by the American Psychological Association and brought to Canada in 2004. British Columbia was the first province to offer such an award – presented by then Minister of Health, Colin Hansen, at the Vancouver Board of Trade. Recognition was given to large and small, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations for excellence in promoting psychologically healthy workplace practices, policies and programs.

PHWC Core Committee

Merv Gilbert, PhD, RPsych (Ret), Chair; (phw@psychologists.bc.ca)
Merv Gilbert is a Registered Psychologist and Director of Vancouver Psych Safety Consulting Inc. He has expertise in the development and implementation of tools to create psychologically healthy and safe workplaces.

Yuk Sheun (Sandra) Wong, PhD, RPsych
Dr. Sandra Wong is a Registered Psychologists and a BCPA board member.

Owen Garrett, PhD, RPsych
Owen Garrett is a Registered Psychologist whose practice is focused on psychological health and wellness.

Brooke Owen, MA, RPsych
Brooke Owen is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist who provides support to organizations and individuals in a range of workplace health areas, such as building healthy workplaces, respectful workplace, stress management, building resilience, conflict resolution, bullying and harassment, team building and more.

Adam Hunter B Eng, MBA (Web and Technical Support)
Adam Hunter is President of the Vancouver-based consulting company Verita Strategy Group Inc.  and a Partner at Vertia HR Services where he provides his expertise on online project development and administration, employee surveys (engagement surveys) and other related services.

Jane Li, RN, (Student Affiliate)
Jane is a registered nurse and current Masters of Occupational Health candidate at Simon Fraser University. She has a strong interest towards improving and promoting psychological health and safety in the workplace.

Patrick Bensen, MA, Work and Organizational Psychology
Patrick is a registered psychologist specialized in work and organizational psychology services.
He is also a United Nations expert in vocational training. Patrick is strongly motivated to bring a wind of change in organizations/ institutions for a better employee-employer relationship, a win-win solution between work-life balance and productivity and the better well being of the workforce at large.


Rick Gambrel, B. Comm., LLB.
Executive Director, BCPA

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