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October 15-17/14
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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.

Program Committee

The Program Committee is made up of individuals from across the country involved in research and practice in organizational health. They review speaker proposals and create the dynamic program you see at The Better Workplace Conference.

  • Deborah Connors

    Deborah Connors – Chair

    The Better Workplace Conference Team
    President, Well-Advised Consulting Inc.

    Deb founded the Better Workplace Conference in 1997 and has watched it grow to become Canada’s premier business forum for sharing the latest ideas and strategies on creating a better place to work. 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.

  • Chris Bonnett

    Chris Bonnett

    H3 Consulting

    Chris Bonnett is President of H3 Consulting, which he established in 1999. H3 develops strategy for workplace health issues, and provides health policy research and analysis, focusing on pharmaceuticals and the private sector.

    Chris has consulted and collaborated with national leaders in cancer advocacy, government, insurance, pharmaceuticals, pharmacy, as well as industry associations and health professionals. Over his career, he has organized and facilitated many Advisory Boards, and provided nearly 100 presentations and workshops across Canada and in the United States.

    Chris is past Chair of the Canadian Council on Integrated Healthcare, a member of the Advisory Board for the Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey, and has been a volunteer director on the Boards of three health service organizations. He holds a Master’s degree in Health Science from the University of Toronto, and is a PhD Candidate in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo.

  • Bill Luedey

    Bill Luedey

    Luedey Consultants Inc.

    Bill is co-owner and founder of Luedey Consultants Inc. (LCI), an Employee Benefits Consultant firm located in Halifax. For eight years LCI has been independently advising clients on their Employee Benefits and the value of Wellness in a comprehensive Employee Benefits plan. Bill has been a proud supporter of the Better Workplace Conference and Bill is pleased to participate on the presentation selection committee.

  • Erinn Macaulay

    Erinn Macaulay

    Account Executive & Product Manager
    Novus Health

    Erinn is an Account Executive & Product Manager for Novus Health. The leader in Canadian health navigation solutions, Novus Health helps organizations make health care more accessible, understandable, and effective for their members and clients.

    Erinn has experience in developing, implementing and evaluating strategic wellness and health promotion products and solutions for some of Canada’s most innovative organizations, including: insurers, affinity and membership associations, employer groups, pharmaceutical organizations, health organizations and charities. Erinn has an Honours B.A. in Health Studies from McMaster University and has studied Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion at the post-graduate level.

  • Jamie Millar-Dixon

    Jamie Millar-Dixon

    Project Lead, The Better Workplace Conference
    Principal Consultant, MacLeod Silver HR Business Partners

    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.

  • Judith Plotkin

    Judith Plotkin

    Senior Vice President, Strategic Operations
    Homewood Human Solutions

    Judith has over 20 years of experience in the employee health and wellness arena. In her role as Senior Vice President, Strategic Operations – she heads a team of national sales and marketing professionals. She also leads the development of partnership relationships to advance Homewood Human Solutions™’ strategic business objectives.

    Judith’s background is a unique blend of clinical, account management and business development expertise. She has worked both as a certified trauma counsellor and substance abuse professional. She is a former board member of the Employee Assistance Program Association of Toronto (EAPAT), and currently sits on the Board of the Employee Assistance Society of North America (EASNA).

    As a recognized industry expert, Judith speaks at national conferences, and is frequently called upon by the media to offer opinion on workplace issues and employee mental health. Judith has appeared on CTV, 680 News and CBC Radio One. She has authored several articles for leading industry publications.

    Judith holds an undergraduate degree in social work from Ryerson University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto.

  • Mark Tisdale

    Mark Tisdale

    Group Marketing & Product Development Manager
    Great-West Life

    Mark Tisdale currently has responsibilities for marketing development and product development within the Group Marketing department of Great-West Life. His current areas of focus are on workplace health and prescription drug management initiatives.

    Previously Mark was responsible for Group Marketing Development in the Major Accounts Market. Mark has extensive experience in the Group Insurance industry having spent many years as an Account Manager working with Mid-market and Major Accounts. Mark also has extensive experience in the Health and Productivity Management industry and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and Certified Employee Benefit Specialist Designation.

    Mark values personal fitness, a balanced lifestyle and quality time with his wife, son (6) and daughter (8). He enjoys playing music and many sports such as hockey, golf and Ultimate Frisbee.

What People Say

“We too often get caught in the downward spiral of trying to achieve work-life balance, but the Health, Work & Wellness™ Conference opened up a realm of possibilities that organizations and individuals can attain.” — Tanya Ponnan, Research Analyst, Labour Relations Department Greater Vancouver Regional District