Dr. Bill Howatt

Founder and President of Howatt HR

Dr. Bill Howatt, Founder and CEO of Howatt HR, refers to himself as a behavioural scientist with a keen curiosity for how employees and employers can work together to reduce mental harm and promote mental health in the workplace. He is known internationally and is one of Canada’s top experts in workplace psychological health and safety. Dr. Bill is on the CSA OHS Standards Steering Committee and the Chair of CSA Standard Z1008: Management of Substance-Related Impairment in the Workplace. He is the co-creator of the Psychologically Safe Workplace Awards.


Dr. Bill regularly contributes to workplace mental health research such as Canada Pandemic Pulse Check: COVID-19’s Impact on Canadians’ Mental Health with the Mental Health Commission of Canada; Moving to Action: Implementing the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services’ Mental Harm Prevention Roadmap and Canada Standards Association Investigating employers’ practices in response to COVID-19 for safeguarding employees’ psychological health and safety in the workplace. He has 30 years experience in clinical experience in mental health and addictive disorders. 


Dr. Bill is the former Chief of Research, Workforce Productivity, at The Conference Board of Canada. As well he is the former Chief of Research and Development, Workforce Productivity, at Lifeworks. Dr. Bill has created the Senate-approved Certificate in Psychologically Safe Leadership &  Certificate in Management Essentials, Pathway to Coping and Mental Fitness through the University of New Brunswick. He is the co-creator of the Psychological Health and Safety Facilitator Certificate.


He is a regular contributor and co-authors a blog with the CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada for WSPS Ontario CEO Health and Safety Leadership Network. Dr. Bill has published over 50 books such as The Globe Mail Best Seller: Cure for Loneliness and Stop Hiding and Start Living. He is a regular contributor to Talent Canada, OHS Magazine, The Chronicle Herald and has published over 350 articles with The Globe and Mail.

Bill has been contributing to the Globe and Mail for over seven years.


Mental Fitness

Dr. Bill Howatt is a behavioural scientist and is known internationally as one of Canada’s top experts in workplace mental health. With his 30+ years of experience in the field, Bill is just the expert you want to work with. In his keynote, Bill will help your team explore and learn about mental fitness, coping skills and resiliency. Bill can help members of your team cope and improve their mental health. 


Bill also can speak on his newest books that can be ordered with special BULK pricing for participants in both hard and e-book form directly from the publisher:

  • Stop Hiding and Start Living: how to say F-it to fear and to develop mental fitness.
  • Cure to Loneliness: How to feel connected and to escape isolation.

Psychological Safe Leaders 

How do you create a psychologically safe workplace? Mental Health expert, Dr. Bill Howatt, has the answers. Bill can provide guidance for how leaders can become more inclusive and psychologically safe. Dr. Bill is the author of the UNB Senate approach Certificate in Psychologically Safe Leadership.

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