About Us

Mindful Employer Canada is a not-for-profit social enterprise launched by Mary Ann Baynton in appreciation for the employers, union reps, and managers across Canada who strive to support employees with mental health concerns. It provides a way to show their commitment to supporting employee and workplace mental health.

Mindful Employer is not about always “doing it right”. It signifies an awareness of the impact we have on the mental health of others in the workplace and an intention to support a mentally healthy workplace.

Mindful Employer Canada is licensed, inspired and supported by the original Mindful Employer in the United Kingdom and is part of a growing international group that includes:

The licence and the logo can only be used by signatories to the Charter for Canadian Employers Supporting Workplace Mental Health or by those who qualify as Mindful Managers as outlined in our terms of use.

What our clients say…

“I was really impressed with the program, going through the workshops and am excited to be a part of the group. Excellent work and my sincere compliments to all who put this together!”

“I love your last line – I look forward to making a difference together too!”

“Thank you Mary Ann. You do such wonderful work.”

Our Team


Mary Ann Baynton

Position: Founder & Executive Director
Email: maryann@maryannbaynton.com

Mary Ann Baynton is a workplace relations specialist who helps resolve issues for individuals, teams and organizations. Her area of expertise includes workplace mental health, psychological safety, resolving conflict, and addressing performance concerns. She focuses on helping people get unstuck, move beyond problems, restore productivity, and improve working lives. She found that she could not personally meet the level of demand for these services and that small business owners were often unable to afford these services, even though they employ the majority of employees with mental health concerns. Through Mindful Employer Canada’s webinars and materials Mary Ann will be able to reach out and support all of those who strive for positive workplace mental health in a timely and cost-effective manner.

In another role, Mary Ann proudly serves as the Program Director for the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health which provides free, practical ideas, tools and resources to help with the prevention, intervention and management of workplace mental health issues. Many of the resources are featured on the Centre’s website www.workplacestrategiesformentalhealth.com.

Mary Ann is the author of Resolving Workplace Issues, Keeping Well at Work, Mindful Manager, and co-author with Dr. Martin Shain of Preventing Workplace Meltdown: An Employer’s Guide to Maintaining a Psychologically Safe Workplace.


Sarah Jenner

Position: National Mindful Manager
Email: info@mindfulemployer.ca

Sarah has been with Mary Ann Baynton & Associates since 2012. She is a published author and speaks about emotional intelligence, accommodation strategies and workplace mental health. Sarah is one of the founding CMHA Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisors and can help organizations and teams address and improve workplace issues.

Sarah also acts as the National Manager of Mindful Employer where her responsibilities include supporting those who support positive workplace mental health. Sarah can lead sessions from the Mindful Employer In-House program, including those on performance management, conflict resolution, mental health awareness and more. It is a regular occurrence for Mary Ann to receive praise for the helpful and positive approach that Sarah takes in all of her interactions.

Sarah is your primary contact for all things Mindful Employer. She is someone who works very hard while always mindful of the impact she has on others.

Sarah can help you with signing the Charter, registering for webinars or placing orders and can be reached at 905-689-5551 or info@mindfulemployer.ca.

Shauna Pallante


Shauna Pallante

Position: Executive Assistant

Shauna Pallante has been working with Mary Ann Baynton for over 5 years in a variety of roles. She is energetic and creative in all that she does. She shares her positive energy with everyone that she comes in contact with.  Shauna’s title is Executive Assistant, but what that really means is that she protects the mental health of all of our staff and clients. She keeps us on track and helps us when it looks like we might derail. So far there has not been anything she has not been able to do…we continue to test her.


Tiffany Paglia

Position: Office Manager

Tiffany Paglia is the Office Manager at Mindful Employer Canada. She has been with Mindful Employer Canada since April 2015. Tiffany works to ensure the day-to-day activities run smoothly. She is responsible for organizing and managing Mindful Employer affairs. She also works with staff to brainstorm future products, programs and initiatives.


François Legault

Position: Principal Advisor and French Language Consultant

François has been working with employers and employees improving workplace and individual mental health and productivity for over 30 years. He has led the largest internal Employee Assistance Program in Canada for the last 13 years, and has been President of the Employee Assistance Society of North America.

François is one of the authors of the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace and a Certified Instructor on Mental Health First Aid. Francois has experience as a teacher, mediator, counsellor, clinical and executive director. He believes in people’s resilience, adaptability and creativity given the right support and opportunity.


Marie-Josée Michaud

Position: Consultant to Employeur consciencieux Canada

Marie-Josée is a specialized consultant in human resources mobilization. She has over 15 years’ worldwide experience as a production management consultant in the municipal, consulting engineering, banking, insurance, electronics, security systems, aeronautics, public transportation, procurement, food, logging, and construction sectors.

Since 2010, Marie-Josée is pursuing the goal of helping managers reduce their stress in face of having to “do more with less” to ensure their own and the organizations sustainability. With over 400 hours in Transactional Analysis (TA) studies to her credit, Marie-Josée is able to rapidly pinpoint the issues at play and therefore implement solutions that are adapted to each specific situation. In order to achieve her goal, she established in August 2014, Management and Innovation, Psychological Health at Work.

Marie-Josée’s expertise enables her to foster the skills needed to exercise ethical, effective, human-centered management. We are proud to have her as part of our team!


Spencer Baynton

Position: Creative Director

Spencer Baynton is the creative mind behind Mindful Employer Canada. He has helped to develop our strategy and brand. He is entirely responsible for the setup of the website. Spencer also designed the Charter, posters, decal, Mindful Manager pin, and Working Towards guidelines. Mindful Employer would not exist without Spencer’s considerable knowledge and dedication.