About Us

  • Merv Gilbert PHD
    Merv Gilbert PHD

    Merv Gilbert received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Simon Fraser University. He has had over thirty years’ experience providing psychological services to children, youth and adults in hospital, community and private practice settings. He has been in leadership roles in regional, provincial, and international organizations and served on academic, professional and not-for-profit boards. Along with Dr. Dan Bilsker, he is the founder and a Director of Vancouver Psych Health and Safety Inc.

    For the last decade Merv has focused on the importance of creating psychologically healthy and safe workplaces. A psychologically healthy and safe work environment is one where all members are engaged, take pride in their organization and are helpful to one another as well as customers, clients and the public. He works with employers and employees to achieve this goal.

    He can be reached at merv@psychsafety.org.

  • Dan Bilsker PhD
    Dan Bilsker PhD

    Dan Bilsker received his PhD from Simon Fraser University. He has worked for several decades in the public mental health system (as an emergency psychologist) and in a research unit focused on innovative ways to enhance psychological health of the Canadian population. Along with Dr. Merv Gilbert, he is the founder and a Director of Vancouver Psych Health and Safety Inc. In recent years, he has primarily engaged in consultation to organizations seeking to improve psychological safety of their workforce and clinical practice of cognitive-behavioural therapy. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of BC and an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University. Along with Dr. Merv Gilbert, he is the founder and a Director of Vancouver Psych Health and Safety Inc.

    He can be reached at dan@psychsafety.org

Drs. Gilbert and Bilsker are leading experts in workplace psychological health and safety in Canada. They have participated in major national initiatives, created multiple practical, no-cost resources, presented at distinguished conferences and public events, and published in peer-reviewed and professional publications. They are skilled in the development and implementation of practical interventions, facilitating knowledge translation to key audiences, and evaluating the outcomes of initiatives.

Select Organizations we have Assisted
  • WorkSafeBC
  • BC Emergency Health Services
  • Manufacturers Safely Alliance of British Columbia
  • Fraser Health Authority
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • University of Guelph
  • BC Emergency Health Services
  • Jazz Air
  • St. Lawrence College
  • Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • British Columbia Ministry of Health
  • Provincial Health Services Authority
  • CommuniCorp Group (Australia)
  • Alberta Health Services
  • Simon Fraser University
  • National Institute of Disability Management
  • Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Select Publications
  • Lowe G, Gilbert M, Hughes, K (Feb. 16, 2023). Prepare to give workers more say in back-to-office plans: survey. Policy Options.
  • Gilbert, M. (2022). Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace: Where do we go from here? Visions: BC’s Mental Health and Substance Use Journal. 17 (3). 5-7.
  • Mills S, Bilsker D, Davachi S, Lancaster L, Sargious P (2015). Care for All: International Framework for Self-Management Support.
  • Gilbert, M. (2013). Guiding Mental health: A new standard and guide should help to build psychologically healthy workplaces. Benefits Canada, January 2013.
  • Bilsker D, Goldner EM, Anderson E (2012). Supported Self Management: a simple effective way to improve depression care. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 57: 203-9
  • Gilbert M, Bilsker D (2007) Depression and Disability: Some suggestions for Improvement. Back to Work: Disability Management and return to work strategies in Canada
  • Bilsker D, Wiseman S, Gilbert M. (2006) Managing depression-related occupational disability: a pragmatic approach. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 51: 76-83.
  • Goldner E, Bilsker D, Gilbert M, Myette, L Corbiere M, Dewa C (2004). Disability management, return to work and treatment. Healthcare Papers 5(2), Special Issue.
Select Presentations and Workshops
  • Gilbert, M (2021) Trust and Team: Creating Sustainability for Healthy and Safe Workplaces. MindWell-U
  • Lowe, G & Gilbert, M. (2020) Why Trust matters and how to Measure it in your organization. Wellness Works.
  • Gilbert M (2020). An Introduction to Psychological Health and Safety. The Canadian Northern Development Agency Wellness Works Canada
  • Gilbert M (2019). Taking Action to improve Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. HERO Winter Thank Tank. San Antonio.
  • Gilbert M (2017) Guarding Minds @ Work…a tool for improving workplace psychological health & safety. Fraser Health Authority.
  • Bilsker D & Gilbert M (2017). Psychological Hazards @ Work. Alberta Occupational Nurses Association.
  • Gilbert M (2016) An Introduction to Psychological Health and Safety and the National Standard. BC Nurses Union.
  • Bilsker D (2016). Reducing Mental Health Stigma. International Labour Organization, Geneva.
  • Bilsker D (2016). Psychological Safety in Emergency Responders. Surrey Fire Fighters Foundation annual talk.
  • Bilsker D (2016). Psychological Safety in the Military Workplace. Forum 2016. Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research
  • Bilsker D (2015) Creating a psychologically healthy and safe workplace. Council on Diversity and Talent Management. Conference Board of Canada.
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