HRLeaders-Speaker Mary-Deacon

Mary Deacon

Chair – Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative

Mary Deacon is Chair of the Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative, the largest-ever corporate initiative of its kind in Canada. Bell has committed more than $73 million to support new mental health research, workplace best practices, improved care and access, and anti-stigma programs including Bell Let’s Talk Day - a national day of conversation about mental health – that takes place each year.

Mary assumed her role as Chair after a long and successful career in the philanthropic sector. Over the last 25 year years she has held a series of senior positions in the not-for-profit sector including almost a decade as the inaugural President of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation – Canada’s largest mental health hospital.

A passionate advocate and leader in the mental health community, Mary has an established track record of bringing people and ideas together for positive change.

Mary has a Bachelor of Arts degree and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Foundation for Canada. She has also received the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris cause from the University of Guelph, for her pivotal leadership role in Canadian philanthropy, most notably in the field of mental health.

Mary serves on several boards and is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Mental Health. She resides in Toronto, Canada and has four children.