Wellbeing at Work Conference Programme

8:00 a.m. – Registration


8:30 a.m. –  8.35 a.m.

Welcome and Chair’s Opening Remarks

Jerry Boyer, CEO, One Million Acts of Innovation


8:35 a.m.  –  9.05 a.m.

Keynote address

Employee Well-being and the Impact on Business Innovation

  • The role of leaders in focusing on employee well-being as part of business strategy
  • What is the impact on an organization’s brand and reputation by expressing commitment to its people?
  • Leading from the top – how senior management can set the tone for the entire enterprise

Jerry Boyer, CEO, One Million Acts of Innovation


9:05 a.m.  –  9.25 a.m.

Case Study: RBC – Employee Psychological Health as Part of the Leadership Model

This session will highlight how one of Canada’s leading banks focus on mental wellness for every employee globally is now embedded as a central component of their new leadership model.

Nadine Orr, Vice President, Pensions and Benefits, Human Resources, Royal Bank of Canada 


9.25 a.m. – 9.55 a.m.

Chronic Disease in the Workplace: Focus on Prevention and Support

Sun Life’s bright paper “Chronic disease in the workplace focus on prevention and support” addresses the issue of chronic disease, its impact on the workplace and how employers can mitigate the risk to their organization and support the health and well-being of their employees.

This session will cover the following topics related to chronic disease in the workplace:
• Leading causes
• Prevention & support strategies
• Innovation & trends

It will bring awareness to the top chronic conditions affecting Canadian employees, including heart health, diabetes, mental health, musculoskeletal conditions, and provide research and strategic insight on how employers can play a more proactive role to address them.

Eddie Wright, Senior Organizational Consultant, Integrated Health Solutions, Sun Life Financial


9:55 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.  

Profiling Commitment to a Healthy Workforce Through Programs and Resources

In 2012, the Ontario Provincial Police was the subject of an investigation by the Ontario Ombudsman’s Office, which resulted in 28 recommendations to the OPP on how to improve supports for officers experiencing operational stress injuries.   The session will discuss how the OPP established a dedicated Wellness Unit to provide member-focused service to promote access to health and wellness educational opportunities and assistance programs; and how its Healthy Workforce deliverables are critically linked to the OPP’s Strategic Plan that recognize a holistic approach to cultivating and sustaining a supportive work culture.

Michelle McRae, Team Lead, Wellness Unit, Ontario Provincial Police 


10:25 a.m.  – 11:00 a.m. Networking Break


11:00 am – 11:45 am – Panel Debate

Workplace Wellness and a Culture of Respect

  • What are the practicalities of what organizations can do to attract employees to a healthy workplace?
  • Overcoming the culture of presenteeism in today 24/7 connected world.
  • Should HR strategy be explicit about health and wellbeing of the workforce as an enabler to achieving objectives?
  • What can organizations do now to ensure workforces that are healthy and engaged?

Kelly Davis, SVP, HR Loss Prevention & Customer Service, Town Shoes Limited

Shelley DaCosta, VP Total Rewards & Employee Experience, HR, RSA Canada

Candace DiCresce, Senior Director Safety & Well-being, Rogers Communications

Brian Cassidy, Director, Environment, Health & Safety, Purolator, Inc.


11:45 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Creating a Culture of Health & Wellbeing

  • Creating a framework to help employees take action to improve well-being
  • Breaking down silos through an integrated approach
  • Overcoming the challenges of implementing well-being initiatives in a wide variety of occupations and settings
  • Listening to the voice of the employee and effective communication

Bronwyn Ott, Manager, Benefits & Well-being, Unilever


12:05 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.   Networking lunch          


1:05 p.m.  – 1:35 p.m.

Generation Next and Workplace Culture

  • Ascertaining a methodology to attract, engage and retain young professionals
  • Understand the business case for happiness in regards to the Millennial generation
  • Discover a model for long term, sustainable happiness
  • The challenges, demands and opportunities of Generation Next
  • The business case for happiness and how organizations are applying the science

Corrine Bratton, Director of Human Resources, GAL Aerospace


1.35 p.m. – 2.05 p.m.

The Heart of the Matter–Workplace Wellness & Stress Reduction

  • Workplace stress and its relationship to rising cost of healthcare
  • Efficacy of stress management and workplace wellness programs
  • High technology and low cost stress reduction solutions

Dr. John M. Kennedy, Founder, Encardia Wellness


2:00 pm.  – 2:25 pm

Fireside Chat – Air Canada

Air Canada is also known for its desirable work environment. The company takes pride in the fact that its culture is built around happy people that are contributing to the mission and feel valued. How does an organization like Air Canada maintain the wellbeing of its employees?

Inas Assaad, Head of Wellness, Air Canada


2.25 pm – 2.50 pm        Networking Break


2.50 pm – 3.10 pm

Supporting the Psychological Health of Canadians in the Workplace

  • Creating strategies and programs geared to the mental needs of employees
  • Initiating tools and strategies to promote mental health
  • Understanding how senior leadership views psychological health
  • What can organizations do now to implement an effective program aimed at retaining promoting psychological health?

Sari Sairanen, Director of Health and Safety, Unifor


3:10 pm.  – 3.35 pm

Improving the Mental Health of Employees

  • Understanding how corporate environments can improve to keep employees mentally well
  • Ensuring employers are continually able to support employees build resiliency  
  • What is the role of senior management in creating a supportive corporate environment?

Speaker to be confirmed shortly


3:35 pm –  4.30 pm

Change Your Brain Fitness, Change Your Results

Your brain is more complex, powerful, and sophisticated than any computer on the planet, but daily life stressors are not going to vanish anytime soon. In this session, Jill will offer tips to cultivate your potential by creating your Fit Brain! With Brain Fitness, stress, low morale and absenteeism decrease, while collaboration, win-win solutions and team work grows.

Jill Hewlett, Brain Fitness Expert & Author, Common Sense… Uncommonly Practised


4:30 pm – 4.35 pm        Conference Closing Remarks


4.35 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.

Reception         Please join us for some drinks and canapés to close the conference.