Rita is the senior executive responsible for the strategy, growth and profitability of the Company’s business unit that today delivers health and productivity solutions to 20 million employees and their families worldwide. Rita joined the Company in 2001 and previously was Senior Vice President, Operations, for the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) business and Chief Clinician for Morneau Shepell.
With 30 years’ experience in the organizational health field, Rita has been instrumental in developing the EAP innovations that have positioned Morneau Shepell as an industry leader with best-in-class solutions. Rita certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt in 2008 and has led strategic initiatives aimed at ensuring the Company’s systems and processes are continuously improving to support the goal of delivering the highest quality EAP products and services to our clients.
Rita’s expertise is grounded in years of front-line case management experience and she was one of the Company’s first EAP counselors. Throughout her career, she has maintained a passion for EAP’s ability to make a positive difference in people’s lives while supporting organizational objectives in areas such as employee engagement and workforce productivity.
Rita holds multiple advanced degrees that include an Executive MBA and Advanced Graduate Diploma in Management, both from Athabasca University, and an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Toronto. She also holds an Honours BA (combined Philosophy and Psychology) from York University and an advanced certificate in professional mediation from the University of Windsor.
Rita is a Board Member of the Employee Assistance Society of North America (EASNA).