Champignon Brands Inc (CSE:SHRM) (OTCQB:SHRMF) added another mental health pioneer to its board of directors.
The Vancouver-based psychedelics company tapped the expertise of Dr Bill Wilkerson, an award-winning executive and a thought leader in the area of workplace mental health.
Wilkerson spearheaded a 14-year-long Canadian initiative to recruit major employers to support employee mental health and previously served as president of Liberty Health, one of the country’s largest health benefits companies.
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Globally, Wilkerson initiated and chaired the US/Canada Forum on Mental Health and Productivity and chaired a four-year business-led campaign in Europe focusing on depression in the workplace.
The new board member has also worked in the sports and entertainment sectors with notable organizations like the National Hockey League, the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Canadian Football League.
“I am pleased to join the board of directors of Champignon to help deploy, at long last, treatments of depression that work, work fast, restore health, fuel hope, animate workplace productivity, and save lives,” Wilkerson said in a statement Monday.
“The mission of this company is fundamental and enduring; to meet a pressing public need. This is what my twenty-two years of advocacy for mental health in the workplace has been all about.”
Champignon’s CEO Dr Roger McIntyre said the firm is “thrilled” to welcome its newest board member to the team.
“I look forward to working with him on a personal level as his decades of thought leadership in mental health and extensive global network will be vital to guiding our strategic initiatives and driving operational growth,” McIntyre told investors.
“As we forge a path forward, Dr Wilkerson’s counsel and expertise will strengthen our mission-critical solutions to better serve our patients along with our employees and shareholders. I am a strong believer that the best processes have a people-centric vision front of mind. Dr. Wilkerson’s years of steadfast diligence and empathy in this space are a valued contribution to our efforts overall.”
Champignon also announced that board member Joe Perino has resigned effective immediately. The company thanked Perino for his contributions and wished him luck in his future endeavours.
Shares of Champignon gained 16% by midday Monday to reach C$1.89.
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