Deborah Connors, MPE
President, Well-Advised Consulting Inc.
President & Managing Director
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.
Project Lead, The Better Workplace Conference
With a keen interest in organizational health, Jamie brings an extensive Human Resources background of over 26 years, the last 18 as an independent HR Consultant, specializing in HR management, workforce diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, organizational transition 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, transportation, government and retail. Jamie has also worked for a large event planning company and has attended our conference as a Delegate and enthusiastic Ambassador in the past. She is our Lead on Conference 2013. Having thrived through the teenage years in-tact, she is the proud Mother to a wonderful 20 year old Taylor, and is also the Principal Consultant of MacLeod Silver HR Business Partners, based in Vancouver, BC.
De Armond Management Ltd.
Originally from Slovakia, Marta has over 10 years experience in business administration, most of which has been spent working as an office manager at the Painted Turtle Guesthouse in Nanaimo, BC where she learned the hospitality industry from ground up. She has her certificate in Canadian Life Insurance, earned while working as coordinator in a life insurance brokerage. As the newest addition to Conference Team, Marta is always ready for a new challenge and is known for consistently meeting tight deadlines with her ability to efficiently organize multiple, varied and overlapping tasks.
Marischal De Armond
Owner, De Armond Management Ltd
De Armond Management Ltd. is Marischal and Laurie De Armond, two of the most respected, experienced, and knowledgeable conference organizers on Vancouver Island. Together, they offer their clients the unique insights, perspectives, and relationships one gains only through constant and proven success over time. Marischal and Laurie also bring to your event a vital ingredient for its success: their large network of important community contacts and superior suppliers.With over 45 years of conference and event experience between them, the De Armonds possess an unsurpassed track record of satisfied clients and exceptional events.
Lynne Henshaw Allan
Marketing and Media Relations Consultant
Lynne brings over 15 years of senior-level experience in marketing, communications and public relations working in diverse business environments and sectors including education, tourism, technology and consumer goods. She has a strong personal interest in promoting best practices in human resource management, leadership and workplace wellness. Lynne resides in North Vancouver, BC with her husband and is the proud parent of an 18 year old daughter. She is an active community volunteer and an advocate for causes that create positive change locally and abroad.
Partner & COO, October 17 Media Inc
Marketing & Communications Team – Website and eCommunications Coordinator
Brenda brings a level of detail-oriented organization to businesses that you could only expect from a former professional organizer. Sixteen years of administrative, project coordination and organizational experience as well as a Bachelors of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University, enables her to assist companies with developing web marketing solutions that aid business exposure and growth. As co-owner of October 17 Media, Brenda and her team have had the privilege of working alongside clients such as Future Shop, Sutton Group Realty, the North Shore News, Park Royal, City of Burnaby, and the Canadian Gene Cure Foundation.
What People Say
“Both my wife and I enjoyed the conference a lot. Both the keynote speakers and the breakout sessions were very worthwhile and thought provoking. The highlight of the conference was Al Stubblefield; it was an incredible motivating presentation. This one presentation alone was worth the ticket price alone.”— , Manager of Respiratory Services Vernon Jubilee Hospital