Managing Stress and Mental Health During COVID-19 Pandemic

Originally Presented: Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 2:00 PM (EST)


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The foodservice and hospitality industry is facing unprecedented change as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As restaurant operations focus solely delivery or takeout or in some cases, make the decision to close their doors for business, anxiety, stress, financial concerns, isolation, and uncertainty can take a toll on the physical and mental well-being of those affected.

This webinar will summarize the latest impact of Coronavirus on the Canadian foodservice industry's wellness and facilitate discussion between a diverse panel of experts who will share their insights on controlling stress and preserving mental health in this shifting landscape.

This webinar will provide insights into:
 • Understanding how the mental health of employees and operators alike may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic 

• Actionable advice on how to combat stress and anxiety  
 • Knowing what government programs have been announced to help alleviate the stress caused by COVID-19

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Our Speaker

Hali VanVliet

Hali VanVliet, BA, CHRL

Senior Manager, Human Resources Advisory Services


Hali is a Senior Manager and a Certified Human Resources Leader at BDO Canada, with more than 15 years of HR experience. 

Liz Horvath

Liz Horvath, B.A.Sc., CRSP

Manager, Workplace Mental Health,
Opening Minds

Mental Health Commission of Canada

Liz is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and is a member of the Conference Board of Canada Health and Safety Leadership Council.

Chef Kees

Kees Van Erp
Global Executive Chef

Unilever Food Solutions

As the Global Chef for Unilever Food Solutions, Chef Kees van Erp oversees Chefmanship™ activities around the
world. He inspires others as trainer and mentor; and leads teams in developing new products.



Unilever Food Solutions

Presented with Fair Kitchens and Unilever Food Solutions

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