Dr. Ashley Spetch

Chief Mental Health Officer


Dr. Ashley Spetch is WorkSafeBC’s chief mental health officer — the first position of its kind for any workers’ compensation board in Canada.

As part of her role, Ashley is devising a broad and innovative evidence-based strategy to support B.C.’s injured workers, and weaving together programs and services to meet their needs — with a goal of ensuring mental injuries don’t lead to needless disability.

Prior to joining WorkSafeBC, Ashley was the vice-president of workplace health and research at Homewood Health. She holds a PhD in consulting psychology and has an extensive background in helping employers develop programs to cultivate return to work, employee well-being, and a psychologically healthy and safe workforce and workplace.

In the rise in mental health concerns and claims across the province, no industry is immune. Learn from experts—B.C. Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, the Honourable Sheila Malcolmson, WorkSafeBC Chief Mental Health Officer Dr. Ashley Spetch, and Canadian Mental Health Association of BC CEO Jonny Morris—about the scope of the issue and key takeaways for BC employers.