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Kevin Flynn
Mental Health Foundation

About the Foundation

Early in Mr. Flynn’s political career he was a Chair of the All Party Select Committee with a mandate to develop a comprehensive mental health and addiction strategy for Ontario.

The result - the government moved on the committee’s two most urgent recommendations: immediate action to stem the flow of prescription opioids (chiefly OxyContin) and a children’s mental health strategy with dedicated funding.

Next he began to work on adult mental health. Coincidentally, finishing his MBA thesis on mental health in the workplace.

At the same time, he worked to make his community a leader in mental health. The Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) brought together all agencies in the region supporting the mentally ill and developed a coherent strategy. Oakville’s new hospital has a divided emergency room, one side for people with physical injuries and ailments, the other side for people experiencing mental health crises.

At Queen’s Park, Flynn tabled a motion to make Ontario the first province to endorse a national standard for psychological safety in the workplace developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. It received bipartisan support. Thus when a foundation was established that would bear his name he knew that we have so much more to learn about the root causes of mental illness, the benefits of mental wellness and the prime importance of well funded research.

The Kevin Flynn Mental Health Foundation is a new organization that builds on many years of experience in mental health policy.
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Kevin Flynn

Founding Director

KEVIN FLYNN is the former Minister of Labour for Ontario with over 33 consecutive years in elected office, he brings knowledge and insights that can only be gained from spending a life in public service. As Chair of the All Party Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions Kevin fought to bring the hidden issue of mental illness firmly to the forefront of the governmental agenda and demanded action from all parties. His committee’s watershed report received unanimous support from all parties in the House and resulted in real and meaningful change.

As Minister of Labour, the Honourable Kevin Flynn championed our brave first responder community suffering from PTSD and a lack of treatment, by introducing Bill 163 to finally implement presumptive coverage and compulsory PTSD prevention plans. These measures allowed for early identification, early intervention, early treatment and much better outcomes for those who keep us safe in their line of work. Psychological health and safety has always been a passion of Kevin’s and his leadership made those previous difficult workplace conversations around mental health easier and integral to the productivity and profitability of smart Canadian business.

His work has been recognized across Canada and adopted in many other jurisdictions. In recognition of his determination and accomplishments in mental health, Kevin has received awards from the Canadian Mental Health Association, Pathways and the Ontario Psychological Association.

Kevin is also a board member of Oakville Community Living, the Canada-Ireland Foundation, on the Business Advisory Council of Life Support Mental Health Inc., and the Principal of Flynn Strategic Relations.

Born in Liverpool, England, Kevin, his wife Jan and their son have called Oakville home for over 40 years. An entrepreneur by nature and an MBA by training, Kevin is able to combine his passion for social issues with a strong business acumen.
Founding Directors
Christine Langevin, Founding Director
Christine Langevin, CDir
Founding Director
Christine Langevin is the principal of a boutique accounting firm and has been for the past 23 years in Oakville and is a founding Director of the Kevin Flynn Mental Health Foundation.

Christine serves as Treasurer on the Independent Wine Education Guild Board of Directors and was recently the Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee for HRPA Board of Directors, Chair of the Oakville Center for the Performing Arts Board, and Charter President of the Halton Civitan Club. As an avid volunteer, Christine has served as an Oakville Chamber of Commerce committee member, the CFO of a political riding association and is currently serving on the Oakville Community Foundation Finance and Risk Committee and the Audit Committee.

Christine has taught Accounting, Managerial Accounting. and Finance and Business to Sheridan ITAL’s undergraduates, post graduate students and in Continuing Education programs. Christine completed her Chartered Director designation at DeGroote School of Business and the Directors College. She is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and has earned a Certified Fraud Examiner designation and a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Guelph.