The Medicalization of Unhappiness

September 21, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:30 PMFairmont Palliser, Calgary, Alberta
Area of Interest: Pensions, Benefits, Investments, Networking Format: In Person

Please join us for lunch on Thursday September 21st, 2017 at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel, 133 – 9 Ave. SW Calgary.

Peter Gove, GSC’s Health Innovation Leader, examines the history of mental illness in Canada, how it has been treated, and/or gone untreated, as well as the consequences of the practices that have prevailed. He will also review how much the landscape has changed over the last few decades. Mr. Gove will zero in on the changing medical and social landscape that has led to the proliferation of mental health diagnoses and the widespread prescribing of anti-depressants. He will touch on whether normal, expected bouts of sadness become “medicalized” and are we in turn medicating large portions of the population across the varying age bands. Are there other strategies for care that would better help these patients? Where do therapy and wellness professionals fit in? What are the options available and what are the statistics that support these options?

Finally, Mr. Gove will touch on the implication for organizations aiming to create impactful strategies to manage mental health in the workplace.

Who should attend:  

  • Mental health professionals
  • Human resource professionals
  • Benefit professionals/administrators
  • Wellness professionals
  • Anyone with interest in this area
Event: ‘Event Full’
Cancellation Policy

 This session will be presented by:


Peter Gove
Innovation Leader, Health Management, Green Shield Canada

Peter Gove, Innovation Leader, Health Management with Green Shield Canada (GSC), has oversight for initiatives under GSC’s Change4Life™ banner. Change4Life™ is aimed at supporting Canadians to better manage their health. The initiative utilizes advanced analytics to proactively identify plan participants who are at risk of developing, or who have developed a chronic disease and to reach out to them with focused programs.
Prior to coming to GSC, Peter was responsible for the national disability management and life insurance claims program for a large Canadian life insurance company.

Mr. Gove has a master’s degree in social work and is a registered social worker. Continuing his education, he started a PhD program in Applied Health Science at the University of Waterloo. He has presented internationally in the areas of health management and disability management and was the recipient of the 2014 Vision and Values Award presented by the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association. 

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Thursday September 21, 2017    
11:30 am to Noon - Registration and Buffet Lunch                 
Noon to 1:30 pm - Presentation and Questions   



Fairmont Palliser Hotel                 
133 9th Avenue SW                 
Oval Room

Registration Fee

CPBI Members: $ 69                  
Future Members: $ 129                  
Table of 8: $ 699               
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Krista Esau                 
Phone: (587) 435-2724