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October 15-17/14
in Calgary, Alberta

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Conference 2013 Synopsis can be viewed by clicking here.

Health Work and Wellness Conference in Canada

What People Said About Conference 2013

Wonderful organization, great speakers, outstanding content. As one who has organized my fair share of conferences, this was very well done.
Janice MacInnis, Coordinator, Organizational Health, Dalhousie University
This conference is a must for all employers and anyone else who wishes to improve workplace wellness for everyone.
Sharon Chernow
I will use the experiences and knowledge to be a better leader in my workplace.
Conference 2013 Delegate
For two years in a row this has been one of the best conferences that I have ever attended.
Conference 2013 Delegate
The conference has created a community that has enables us to advance workplace health in a way not possible otherwise.
- Allan Smofsky
A unique, inspirational and educational experience with a group committed to wellness.
This is a fantastic conference. I always walk away from it feeling inspired and refreshed!
I think every professional practicing Workplace Health & Wellness should attend.
The Better Workplace Conference was one of my best professional development investments this year.
Some of the content was heavy (i.e. suicide) but necessary to bring home the importance of the various concepts.
It was a GREAT experience I won’t soon forget!
I really love this conference; I was pleased to see so many new attendees.

Conference Team

  • Deborah Connors

    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.

  • Jamie Millar-Dixon

    Jamie Millar-Dixon

    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.

  • Jude Ross

    Jude Ross

    De Armond Management Ltd.
    Conference Planner

    Coming soon.

  • Marta Devellano

    Marta Devellano

    Executive Assistant

    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

    Marischal De Armond

    Owner, De Armond Management Ltd
    Conference Planner

    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.

  • Tracy Hedberg

    Tracy Hedberg


  • Lynne Henshaw Allan

    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.

What People Say

“I find that this conference brings me back to Goal Setting, Strategic Planning, looking at the bigger picture. The networking and quality of speakers and relevance was fabulous.” — Conference 2011 Delegate