Savyn is taking a journey of empathy and innovation in mental health 

In an industry where empathy and innovation should more often intersect, mental health solutions provider Savyn emerges not just as a provider of innovative digital therapy but as a symbol of inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA). Recently recognized by BioTalent Canada’s I.D.E.A.L. Bioscience Employer™ Recognition Program, Savyn not only redefines trauma therapy with its evidence-based digital platform but also pioneers diversity within its workplace culture. 

A personal journey and a collective vision 

At the core of Savyn’s mission stands Sakeena Mihar, CEO, and co-founder — an immigrant to Canada and a survivor of war. Sakeena’s personal narrative infuses Savyn’s vision with a profound sense of empathy and understanding.  

“This recognition reaffirms our commitment to creating a workspace that not only innovates but also cares deeply about representing and uplifting diverse voices,” shares Sakeena.  

Alongside her, co-founder and Chief Scientist Vic Chiang, injects the organization with a dedication to fostering an inclusive environment that mirrors the communities they serve. 

Foundations of Inclusivity 

From its inception, Savyn placed diversity at the forefront of its mission within the mental health sector. The company’s inclusive hiring practices ensure equitable representation across the organization, reflecting its commitment to serving diverse communities.  

“We believe diversity isn’t just about checking boxes,” explains Sakeena. “It’s about harnessing the richness of perspectives to drive innovation and better serve our clients. 

Savyn’s leadership, under Sakeena and Chiang’s guidance, actively champions inclusivity. Drawing from her own experiences, Sakeena leads by example, fostering an environment where every voice is valued.  

“This recognition is pivotal in validating our work and setting industry benchmarks for others,” affirms Chiang.  

Additionally, the organization cultivates a sense of belonging among its employees, creating spaces for open dialogue and shared experiences.

Overcoming challenges and driving progress 

It wasn’t a simple cut and dry process. Implementing IDEA principles presented challenges, particularly in addressing unconscious bias. Savyn tackled these hurdles through targeted training sessions and feedback mechanisms, ensuring continuous improvement. By confronting these challenges, Savyn reinforces its commitment to fostering an environment where diversity thrives.  

“We recognize that fostering inclusivity is an ongoing journey, and we remain dedicated to continuously evolving and improving,” emphasizes Sakeena. 

A vision for the future 

Looking ahead, Savyn aims to expand outreach efforts, increase engagement with global talent, and further refine its hiring processes. Continuous education on diversity and inclusion remains paramount for the leadership team, ensuring Savyn continues to lead by example in the mental health innovation sphere.  

“We are committed to being at the forefront of driving positive change within our industry, and that includes championing diversity and inclusion,” says Chiang. 

Savyn’s journey exemplifies the transformative power of inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility in the mental health sector. Their commitment not only sets industry standards but also inspires broader adoption of these values. As they continue to innovate in trauma therapy, Savyn simultaneously paves the way for a more inclusive and diverse workplace, proving that true progress begins with inclusion.


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