Guest Speaker: Beth Beattie, Senior Counsel,
Min. of the Attorney General - Civl Law Division
Friday, February 28, 2020
Location: The National Club, 303 Bay St. Toronto
Topic: “Why we need leaders in our community to
publicly disclose their mental illnesses”. 
Host: Brian Westlake

Beth started her career as a student and associate in the litigation department of Fasken Campbell Godfrey.  She was called to the bar in 1994.

Beth is currently Senior Counsel at the Ministry of the Attorney General Civil Law Division, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Long-Term Care Branch.  Beth has a broad-based litigation practice and has expertise in the areas of Coroner’s inquests, human rights, forensic and civil mental health, OHIP eligibility and long-term care home compliance.  Beth has a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in alternative dispute resolution.

 Since January 2018 Beth has been a friend of the Bell Let’s Talk campaign.  Her story has been featured on television, radio, print media and billboards across the country.

Beth is a founding member of the Mental Health Illuminati which provides programming in the Ministry of the Attorney General and beyond on topics relating to mental health. The Illuminati liaises with senior management on issues affecting those living with mental illness.

Beth is also a founding member and captain of The Bipolar Express, a team that raises money for a youth mental health program operated by the Canadian Mental Health Association.  Since its inception, the Bipolar Express has been the top fundraising team in the country in the CMHA’s annual fundraising event Ride Don’t Hide (also called Mental Health in Motion) in 2017, 2018 and 2019. 

Beth has made presentations to thousands of people, primarily lawyers in the public and private sectors.  She has also made presentations to schools, corporations and at various levels of the Ontario government as well as the British Columbia Prosecution Service. 

Beth is on a mission to help improve the lives of those living with mental illness as well those who care for them.