Through this conference, a community of like-minded people has emerged. Until The Better Workplace Conference (formerly known as Health, Work and Wellness), there was no annual national forum for those individuals interested in creating positive, healthy change in their organizations. In 1997, 550 people came together in one place for one purpose—creating better workplaces in Canada. Since then, we’ve met annually to share ideas on creating high-performing, extraordinary organizations. Don’t miss this important event that has been shaping Canadian workplaces for over 15 years!
The Better Workplace Conference will be held this year on November 24–26, 2014 in Calgary, AB. Details on this exciting event are here.
John Brewer, Executive Program Developer
John is the owner of Idea Exchange, and has over 20 years’ experience producing conferences on change, human resources, diversity, IT, pensions, risk, governance, compensation, and project management. John has been developing events for The Conference Board of Canada since 2000. His current focus is on social media, health, wellness, mindfulness, and the value of poetry in tough situations.
Deborah Connors, Conference Advisor
Deb founded The Better Workplace Conference in 1997 and has watched it grow since then into Canada’s premiere business conference on organizational health. Her commitment to helping organizations plan and implement healthier working environments has earned Deb a reputation as a visionary leader, which was recognized by her peers when she received the Canadian Workplace Wellness Pioneer Award in 2004. Deb’s company, Well-Advised Consulting Inc., which she established in 1991, provides strategic guidance to organizations looking to improve organizational health and the well-being of their employees. Deb and her family enjoy a high quality of life on Vancouver Island.
Jamie Millar-Dixon, Sponsor Partnership Liaison and Conference Advisor
Jamie was the Project Lead for The Better Workplace Conference 2013 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has over 28 years of experience in Human Resources, the last 20 as an independent consultant specializing in workforce diversity and inclusion, organizational development, recruitment, project management, HR start-up and other areas of positive change. She brings a passionate approach to issues that matter! Her leadership experience spans different sectors across BC and throughout Canada including tourism and hospitality, non-profit, high technology, pulp and paper, transportation, government and retail. She has developed and delivered diversity training programs for both public and private sector employers, and most recently led The Workforce Inclusion initiative, a 2010 Legacies Now funded program to accelerate workforce inclusion of people with disabilities in BC’s tourism and hospitality industry. Jamie is currently the Principal Consultant at MacLeod Silver HR Business Partners, based in Vancouver, BC.
Louise MH Chénier Manager, Workplace Health and Wellness Research
Louise Chénier is a Manager of Workplace Health and Wellness Research, with The Conference Board of Canada. Louise is also the Network Manager for the Council on Workplace Health and Wellness – an exclusive network of organizational health management leaders from private and public sector organizations across Canada. Since she joined the Conference Board seven years ago, Louise has participated in research on strategic human resources management, employee health, wellness, and safety, and diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She has recently completed a research project on disability management in the workplace.
Brenda LeFort-MacLean, Director, Conference Programs
Brenda leads the Conference Programs group at the Board. She oversees an annual portfolio of approximately 40 conferences and events across Canada. Brenda has over 20 years experience in event management, program development and sponsor and marketing partnerships as well as overall event marketing, logistics and delivery. She also has extensive experience in operational, project, people and financial management and particularly enjoys working in the areas of HR, health, work & wellness.
Tracie Jones, Senior Marketer, Conference Programs
Tracie has been with The Conference Board of Canada since 2004, bringing 10 years of experience in the areas of strategic conference marketing, sponsorship liaising, copy writing and special event management.
Rhonda Bradbury, Sponsor Partnership Liaison
Rhonda is the main sponsorship contact for each of the Conference Board’s events. During her 11 years working with the Board, she has worked with sponsors and partners on over 200 events in topic areas such as Human Resources, Health, Risk Management, Change and Transformation, Project Management, Corporate Governance, Energy and Environment, Corporate Social Responsibility, and many others.
What People Say
“The Health Work & Wellness™ Conference completely exceeded my expectations. The most valuable thing for me was the informal way in which the information was presented as well as the opportunity to ask questions and give and receive feedback on certain areas of the workshops. It was also an excellent opportunity to network with people from different organizations and occupations across Canada.”— , Administrative Assistant, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto