Dr. Bill Howatt is the Founder and President of Howatt Human Resources Consulting. He refers to himself as a behavioural scientist passionate about guiding employees and employers in creating psychologically safe, inclusive, and thriving cultures.
Dr. Bill has over 30 years of clinical experience in mental health and addictive disorders. He is known internationally and is one of Canada’s top workplace mental health experts.
He regularly contributes to workplace mental health research such as: Moving to Action: Implementing the Workplace Safety& Prevention Services’ Mental Harm Prevention Roadmap and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Part 1: Investigating employers’ practices in response to COVID-19 for safeguarding employees’ psychological health and safety in the workplace and Part 2: Employees’ perceived psychological health and safety experience during COVID-19 through an inclusion lens.
Dr. Bill is the Chair of the CSA Technical Committee on the Management of Impairment and is a member of the CSA Strategic Steering Committee on Occupational Health and Safety. As the former Chief of Research, Workforce Productivity, at The Conference Board of Canada and the former Chief of Research and Development, Workforce Productivity, at Lifeworks (formerly Morneau Shepell), Dr. Bill has created the senate-approved Certificate in Psychologically Safe Leadership & Certificate in Management Essentials, Pathway to Coping and Mental Fitness Practice through the University of New Brunswick. [expand]
He is a co-founder of the B-to-B mental health app, MFIQ, designed to facilitate two-way accountability between employers and employees for protecting and promoting employees’ mental health. He regularly contributes to the WSPS Trusted Leadership blog, OHS Magazine, Talent Canada, and The Globe and Mail, where he has over 300 articles.
Dr. Bill has published over 60 books, including, The Globe Mail bestseller The Cure for Loneliness, Stop Hiding and Start Living, and most recently, No Regrets. He publishes a weekly newsletter, Exploring Workplace Mental Health. He is the co-developer of the Workplace Psychological Safety Assessment (WPSA), used to facilitate a Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) approach to workplace mental health, and is the creator of the Master Class for How to Become an Impactful, Psychologically Safe Facilitator (PSF).
Dr. Bill is a 5-Star Safety Trainer, awarded in 2021 by Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine and was named Top 10 Admired Leaders of 2022 by Industry Era Magazine.