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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.
   

Speaker Bios

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

  • Robert Quinn

    Dr. Robert Quinn

    Session: Building the Bridge as You Walk On It: Leading Transformational Change

    Take a sneak peak at Dr. Robert Quinn (conference keynote speaker) in action!

    Robert E. Quinn, holds the Margaret Elliot Tracey Collegiate Professorship at the University of Michigan and serves on the faculty of Organization and Management at the Ross School of Business. He is one of the co-founders and the current Director of the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship. He has published 16 books. He is particularly known for his work on the competing values framework. It has been used by organizations across the planet and thousands of managers have been trained in the use of his methods. He has thirty years of experience consulting with major corporations and government agencies. He is a fellow of the Academy of Management and the World Business Academy. He was a co-recipient of the Academy of Management’s 2010 Martin Trail Blazer Award for opening new directions in the field of organization theory. He is also the recipient of the 2011 Marion F. Gislason Award, presented by the Executive Development Roundtable for life-long contributions to the field and practices of leadership.

  • Dr. Michael A. West

    Dr. Michael A. West

    Session: Leadership, Mindfulness and Good Work: Creating a Culture for Business Excellence

    Dr. Michael West, Europe’s leading expert on teamwork and patient care, is Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology at Lancaster University Management School, Senior Research Fellow at The Work Foundation and Emeritus Professor at Aston University. He was formerly Executive Dean of Aston Business School. He graduated from the University of Wales in 1973 and received his PhD in 1977.

    He has authored, edited or co-edited a number of books including The Psychology of Work and Organizations (2010); The Essentials of Teamworking: International Perspectives (2005); Teamwork, Teamdiagnose, Teamentwicklung [Team work, team diagnosis, team building] (2005); Effective Teamwork (3rd edition, 2012) the first edition of which has been translated into 12 languages; Building Team-Based Working: A Practical Guide to Organizational Transformation (with Lynn Markiewicz, 2004); The Secrets of Successful Team Management (2004); The International Handbook of Organizational Teamwork and Cooperative Working (2003); Effective Top Management Teams (2001); Developing Creativity in Organizations (1997) and the Handbook of Workgroup Psychology (1996,). He has also published over 200 articles for scientific and practitioner publications, as well as chapters in scholarly books. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the American Psychological Association (APA), the APA Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, the International Association of Applied Psychologists, the British Academy of Management and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.

    His areas of research interest are well being and effectiveness at work, and team and organizational innovation and effectiveness, particularly in relation to the organization of health services. He lectures widely both nationally and internationally about the results of his research and his solutions for developing effective and innovative organizations.

CONFERENCE MODERATOR

  • Marie Mac Donald

    Marie Mac Donald

    Session: Conference Kick-off

    This year’s moderator, Marie Mac Donald, has been a delegate, ambassador, moderator or presenter at almost every conference since Health Work & Wellness™ began over 15 years ago. Marie has more than 20 years of facilitation experience, much of it focused on creating experiential learning opportunities to support organizational culture shifts. She has served on the faculty of the Social Service Worker Program at Langara College in Vancouver BC, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Dalhousie University. Marie is a coach, leader and speaker in the area of workplace change. She works with senior executives through her consulting company, guiding them and their employees through challenging business situations. Marie’s practice is grounded in a philosophy of personal resilience using leading-edge techniques to bring out the best in people at work.

PROGRAM SPEAKERS

  • Ian Arnold

    Dr. Ian M.F. Arnold

    Session: Standard Champions – Tales from Early Adopters

    Dr. Arnold completed his M. D. at Queen’s University at Kingston in 1968 and was certified in general surgery in 1973. From 1973 to 1981 he worked as a surgical consultant in Labrador and Nouveau Quebec at the Captain William Jackman Memorial Hospital and the Fermont Medical Clinic.
    Dr. Arnold’s work in Occupational Health started in 1975 as a consultant to Quebec Cartier Mining Ltd. He became the Medical Director of the Carol Project of the Iron Ore Company of Canada in 1978. In July of 1981, he was named a Senior Medical Consultant in Occupational Health (Alberta Government) and took over the Directorship of the Medical Services Branch in 1983. In 1984 Dr. Arnold joined Dow Chemical Canada Inc. He was Dow Canada’s Corporate Medical Director when he moved to Noranda Inc. in 1991, as the Corporate Medical Director and Director – Occupational Health. From 1996 until 2001, Dr. Arnold held senior corporate roles in Health, Safety, and Environment at Alcan Inc. and was also Vice-President of Alcan International.

    Dr. Arnold holds an M. Sc. In experimental surgery (McGill University), a Specialist Certificate in General Surgery (CSPQ), and a Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS-McMaster University). He is a Fellow of the Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine (FCBOM); a Fellow at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC – Occupational Medicine); a Certified Environmental Auditor (CEA), and a Registered Safety Professional (CRSP). He is also a past president of both the CBOM and the OEMAC.

    In teaching assignments, Dr. Arnold has held appointments with the Faculties of Medicine at Memorial University in Newfoundland, the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at McGill University (with the M.Sc. Program in Occupational Health, Faculty of Medicine) and is also an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University (Faculty of Health Sciences).

    Since retiring from Alcan in 2002, Dr. Arnold has continued his involvement in EHS through his consulting roles with the International Aluminium Institute, the International Council on Mining and Metals, Rio Tinto, Activation Analysis Inc., TDV Global and EEM. Dr. Arnold is a charter member and past Chairperson, of the Workforce Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. He is also a Board member of the Mach-Gaensslen Foundation – a charitable foundation funding medical research and education in the fields of cardiology, psychiatry, and oncology – and is on the board of governors for Unitarian house in Ottawa.

  • Mark Attridge

    Dr. Mark Attridge

    Session: Trends in the Role of EFAPs in Organizational Health: Practical Insights From Research

    Dr. Mark Attridge is a social psychologist and research consultant in independent practice as President of Attridge Consulting, Inc. Based in Minneapolis, he consults with clients throughout Canada and the United States. He has experience with a range of employee health management specialty services but has been most active in the field of workplace mental health and the area of employee and family assistance programs in particular.

    Mark is a prolific writer, scholar and teacher. He has authored more than 100 peer-review papers, book chapters, white papers, trade articles and conference papers on topics in health care, psychology and communication. As an academic, Mark taught over 50 sections of university courses at the undergraduate and graduate level on a variety of topics in communication and psychology.

    He currently leads professional trainings and workshops in the area research-based best practices in workplace health services. These trainings are done both in-person onsite at client and conference settings and also online via the Internet.

    Previously, Mark was the Director of the National Data Cooperative for the U.S. market at the employee health benefits consulting company Watson Wyatt Worldwide. For 10 years he was a principal consultant and managed the applied research department at Optum, a division of United Healthcare. Optum provides EFAP, nurse advice line, Internet health resources, self-care books, newsletters and other specialty health and disease management services to employers, health plans and organizations.

    He holds a Ph.D. degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota, a M.A. degree in communication from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and a B.A. degree in psychology (cum laude honors) from the University of Minnesota at Duluth.

    Mark was Chair of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) Research Committee for several years. He was the co-recipient of the 2009 Member of the Year Award from the Employee Assistance Society of North America (EASNA) for editing and co-authoring the EASNA report Selecting and Strengthening EmployeeAssistance Programs: A Purchasers Guide. He is co-editor of a research-based book in 2005 on the integration of employee assistance, work/life and wellness and has written chapters on EFAPs in five recent books on workplace health and organizational wellness.

    Mark serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Employee Assistance, the Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health: Employee Assistance Practice and Research, EASNA Research Notes, and is also a scientific merit reviewer for the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. government.

    He has written a series of major white papers for business and professional audiences that have reviewed the academic and applied industry literature on workplace mental health, addiction, disability and related topics for Homewood Human Solutions, the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health (American Psychiatric Association) and Watson Wyatt Canada.

    In 2010, he was the rapporteur for two major research to practice symposia for the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (sponsored by the Norlien Foundation) on the topics of early child development and the links to the development and effective treatment of addictions later in life. Mark was also a presenter on mental health and addiction issues in the workplace at the first two annual Action On Wellness conferences in 2010 and 2011 sponsored by the government of Alberta. He is a frequent keynote and plenary speaker at various international conferences in the field of employee assistance.

  • Mary Ann Bayton

    Mary Ann Bayton

    Session: Moving Minds at Work
    Session: Standard Champions – Tales from Early Adopters

    Mary Ann Baynton is the principal of Mary Ann Baynton & Associates Consulting. She works with employers, organizations, unions and associations that wish to improve, address or resolve workplace issues related to individual or organizational mental health issues. She is the author of Resolving Workplace Issues and co-author (with Dr. Martin Shain) of Preventing Workplace Meltdown: An Employer’s Guide to Maintaining a Psychologically Safe Workplace.

    She currently serves as a member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Workforce Advisory Committee, co-chair on the Technical Committee for the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace and as the Program Director for the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace, which is a long-term public service commitment by The Great-West Life Assurance Company.

  • Dan Bilsker

    Dr. Dan Bilsker

    Session: Moving Minds at Work

    Dan Bilsker, PhD, is a psychologist who consults to the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health & Addiction (Simon Fraser University) and other organizations. His academic appointments are Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University and Clinical Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia. Dan is a member of the Knowledge Exchange Centre of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, supporting a project to enhance knowledge exchange in workplace mental health. Bilsker D Wiseman S Gilbert M. (2006) Managing depression-related occupational disability: a pragmatic approach. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 51: 76-83.

  • Dan Bilsker

    Dr. Jonathan Winston

    Session: Maintaining Productivity During Organizational Change

    Jonathan brings 16 years of experience within the EAP, occupational health, disability management and health and wellness field, working with many profit and non-profit organizations in implementing and managing effective programs as well as supporting the needs of integrating these resources with HR/corporate policies. He also has extensive frontline clinical experience as a team member of various crisis teams within hospital settings and municipalities in the Greater Toronto Area.

    Jonathan received his master’s in counselling psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Toronto, Post Graduate Certification in Crisis Management from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Trent University in Peterborough. He is fluent in English and French. Jonathan is also a member of the Employee Assistance Society of North America (EASNA), Board Member of the Employee Assistance Program Association of Toronto (EAPAT), Conference Committee Member of Health Work and Wellness and member of the Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute (CPBI).

    Jonathan has spoken frequently at conferences on mental health standards for the workforce, stress and employee health, and workforce support for employee health and well-being.

  • Linda Brogden

    Linda Brogden

    Session: Standard Champions – Tales from Early Adopters

    Ms. Brogden, has held various positions during her career as a Registered Nurse. Over the years, she has had experience in surgical, cardiac and intensive care nursing. In 1984, she began working in Health Services at the University of Waterloo. This role allowed the unique opportunity to provide health education to students-the future workforce. During this time she was actively involved in suicide prevention sitting on the executive of both local and Ontario Suicide Prevention Councils.

    In 2001 she transitioned into the role of Occupational Health Nurse at the University. In this role she encounters employees on a daily basis who are affected by psychological health issues. After reviewing the draft of the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, she recognized the value of implementation of the Standard for both the employer and employees. She is currently working with a committee at the University to begin implementing the Standard.

  • Dr. Pierre Durand

    Dr. Pierre Durand

    Session: Presenteeism: Recognizing the Cost, Building a Solution

    Dr. Pierre Durand holds a doctorate in epidemiology & Biostatistics from School of Occupational Health at McGill University and an executive MBA from the Université de Sherbrooke. He is a full professor at the School of Industrial Relations, University of Montreal, and is in charge of the D.E.S.S. program in Occupational Health and Safety management. He also conducts research at the Université de Montréal’s Public Health Research Institute, for which he partners with multinational companies in the mining, manufacturing and financial industries. His research interests have included company health and employee assistance programs. He has published a number of scientific articles and his current research focuses on the impact of occupational factors on mental health.

  • Alan Fine

    Alan Fine

    Session: The Action Gap: Bridging Knowing and Doing

    Alan Fine is founder and president of InsideOut Development, an innovative and fast-growing professional services firm specializing in corporate training, executive coaching, and organization consulting services. In addition to being a popular trainer and speaker, Alan has spent the last 25 years as a mental performance/focus coach to top professional tennis players and golfers, musicians, and corporate executives.

    Twenty-five years ago, Alan developed the GROW Model, a basic performance model considered by many to be the gold-standard approach among executive coaches and corporate leaders worldwide. Alan?s approach to performance breakthroughs comes most often, not from acquiring additional knowledge, but from removing internal interference that allows people to act on what they already know. Good decisions lead to effective actions leading to productive results. In addition to his work consulting with Fortune 500 leaders, Alan is also very much in demand as a speaker and thought leader, where he incorporates an engaging mix of humor and commentary drawn from the performance-driven world of the professional athlete.

    During his presentation, Alan will share his experiences from the arenas of professional sports and business on how people learn and perform?even under pressure. He will introduce and explore the world-renowned GROW Model he co-developed that has been applied successfully to individuals, teams, and organizations in many industries and fields. His unique combination of humor and raw-edged truth will resonate deeply with employees.

  • Bonnie Fulton

    Bonnie Fulton

    Session: Workplace Wellness: A Transformational Change in New Brunswick

    Bonnie Fulton has 34 years of experience in the field of health and wellness, holding a number of management positions in the public sectors in New Brunswick including positions as a nurse manager, human resource consultant, disability manager, and wellness consultant.

    She has a long history of working directly with populations at risk in the context of program development and management. In concentrating on workplace wellness she has targeted employee and management engagement and mobilization in wellness programs and initiatives.

    Since joining the Department of Culture, Tourism and Healthy Living, Bonnie has shared a comprehensive vision for workplace wellness in her goal to work closely with stakeholders and community partners in pursuit of health promotion and wellness in New Brunswick. She is the lead for the Government of New Brunswick four year Comprehensive Workplace Wellness Initiative, with approximately 6,000 employees participating.

  • Dr. Merv Gilbert

    Dr. Merv Gilbert

    Session: Moving Minds at Work

    Dr. Merv Gilbert is a principal partner at Gilbert Acton Ltd., a consulting group providing assessment, training and evaluation services that enable organizations to foster healthy employees and workplace climates. He is a clinical psychologist with over thirty years of experience in direct clinical and leadership roles at regional, provincial and international levels. Dr. Gilbert is also a senior consultant and Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addictions (CARMHA) a research centre within the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. He is a primary participant in the development, evaluation and dissemination of resources for workplace mental health. Dr. Gilbert has consulted, published and lectured extensively and has skills in the development and implementation of best practice interventions, training, evaluation and knowledge translation as well as participating in program development, research and teaching. Dr. Gilbert has been published in national and international professional journals and has presented at a diverse array of forums on the importance of workplace psychological health issues for individuals and organizations. He has worked for governmental, private and
    public sector organizations and, most recently, has been developing tools for the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

  • Vince Gowmon

    Vince Gowmon

    Session: Leaders at Play – Creative & Engaging Leadership for a New World

    Vince Gowmon, CPCC, BBA is the founder of Remembering to Play Events, a company dedicated to provided fun and interactive learning experiences for communities and organizations.

    Throughout Canada, Vince leads custom designed, experiential workshops, as well as keynote presentations, on all aspects of well-being. Topics include: Leadership, Communication, Intuition, Inclusion, Community Engagement, Creativity, Teambuilding, and Play. His clients include Parks & Recreation, Ministry of Social Services, Government Municipalities, Health Care, Education, and Aboriginal Communities.

    Vince also has a thriving coaching practice where he supports everyone from single mothers to executive directors to live healthy and balanced lives.

    Vince is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach trained through one of the world?s top accredited coaching programs, The Coaches Training Institute, and their Leadership Program. He has also received advanced training in Organization Relationship & Systems Coaching through the Centre for Right Relationship. And he is also a graduate of Simon Fraser University where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration focusing on Human Resources, Marketing and International Business.

    Vince has been featured in the media several times including BCTV, City TV, CKNW Radio and The Coaching Show.

    Vince volunteers his time for various organizations including the North Vancouver Recreation Commission, Friends for Life for people with life-threatening illnesses, the NorVan Boys & Girls Club, and the Canadian Cancer Society.
    For complete information on Vince and his services please visit www.rememberingtoplay.com.

  • Steven Hughes

    Steven Hughes

    Session: Co-Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace

    Steven Hughes, M.Ed. is the Manager of Education and Training for CTI Canadian Training Institute in Toronto. Steven has worked in the social service support system for over 25 years. As a life-long learner, Steven has interests in adult education, accelerated learning, dialogue methods, violence prevention in organizations, Appreciative Inquiry, and practices that help individuals cultivate self-awareness and unlock their full potential. Steven is committed to bringing positive energy to organizations so that individuals in the workplace can flourish and make their unique and valued contributions to the world.

  • Val Kinjerski

    Dr. Val Kinjerski

    Session: Beyond Engagement: Spirit at Work as a Healthy Workplace Strategy

    Val Kinjerski, PhD, principal consultant with Kaizen Solutions, has a passion for spirit at work that is rooted in her long-standing interest in personal and organizational wellness. She is a leading authority in the field of employee engagement and on the topic of spirit at work (that sense that our work is fulfilling, engaging, and energizing). An inspirational speaker, facilitator and consultant, Val helps employees to re-engage with their work, have renewed enthusiasm for their company and be more productive. She has shown that spirit at work is not a pipe dream or the result of lucky circumstances. It is available to anyone; it can and should be fostered.

    Val’s knowledge stems from results-based research and on-the-ground testing. She holds a PhD from the University of Alberta where she researched spirit at work, what it is, how it develops, and the personal strategies and organizational conditions that foster the experience. Based on this research and experience, Val developed and tested her spirit-at-work program.

    Using a heart-centered, people-first approach, Val works with organizations to transform them into purpose-driven, value-focused companies where employees are fully engaged and productive. She facilitates individuals, teams and organizations to rethink their work and “get to the heart of what matters.” Participation in the program leads to a profound sense of well-being, renewed enthusiasm for work and increased job satisfaction. Morale improves, commitment to one’s work and organization increases, and teamwork is enhanced. At the same time, absenteeism and turnover goes down; productivity goes up. Simply by rethinking work.

    The original Spirit at Work Scale she developed is gaining international recognition and demonstrated to be effective in diverse employment sectors. The scale has also been central in establishing firm evidence of correlation between spirit at work and wellness, performance and retention. Val’s work and research have been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and featured in the national press. She has presented at several national and international conferences.

    Prior to dedicating herself to the creation of spirit at work, Val enjoyed an 18-year career in the public service—from front-line positions to senior management. She knows first-hand the challenges and rewards of working in demanding environments. Val also knows that, through rethinking work and getting to the heart of what matters, spirit at work can be cultivated, addressing workplace challenges such as employee engagement and productivity, high rates of absenteeism, low employee morale and burnout, team building, and recruitment and retention.

    Today, Val works with organizations—especially in the public sector, health care, and social work—to create the conditions that foster and sustain employee engagement and spirit at work. Knowing that the creation of spirit at work is a shared responsibility between the employer and employee, she also shows employees how to take responsibility for the creation of their own spirit at work.

    Val is the author of Rethinking Your Work: Getting to the Heart of What Matters and accompanying guidebook.

  • Georgina MacDonald

    Georgina MacDonald

    Session: Living our Values: A Journey of Renewal

    Georgina MacDonald is the Vice President of Planning and Improvement in the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA). In this role, Georgina and her team are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization as well as leading community engagement, process improvement, performance monitoring and providing advanced analytics. VIHA recognizes the need to significantly change the way services are delivered into the future as a result of the aging population and workforce. Georgina’s team plays a critical role in providing leadership, as well as involving and supporting the organization on this transformative journey. Georgina has held senior health leadership roles in both Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

  • Catherine Morisset

    Catherine Morisset

    Session: Wellness & Resilience Solutions in a Changing World – For You and For Your Organization

    Catherine Morisset is a Wellness & Performance Coach and training consultant with over 20 years of experience. Catherine is a passionate, dynamic facilitator who aims at helping individuals and organizations plan and integrate efficient changes to improve wellness and resilience. Her purpose is to make positive change strategies easy and practical, with the least time and energy investment for the best outcomes. She brings to her work dedication and a broad view of individual and workplace wellness, fuelled by her expertise in wellness-related fields. Her focus is to encourage healthy, resilient leadership and individuals in healthy organizations.

    For the past five years, Catherine has been the wellness coach on faculty for the Canada School of Public Service Senior Leadership Programs, delivering group sessions and individual coaching to thousands of executives in the federal public service. She has designed and delivered training and group interventions in: resilience-building, change management, team-building, work-life balance, stress management, dealing with change and uncertainty, healthy leadership and performant/resilient organizations.

    Some of her government clients are: Library & Archives Canada, CIDA, Canada Revenue Agency, Privy Council Office, DFAIT, Treasury Board, Justice Canada, HRSDC, Health Canada and the RCMP. Other clients include the Osteoporosis Society of Canada and the City of Ottawa.

    She is a regular service provider for Health Canada Specialized Organizational Services (SOS), and has provided hundreds of workshops, seminars and other group interventions focusing on individual and organizational wellness and resilience.

    Catherine holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Ottawa, a Life Coach Certification with the Institute for Life Coach Training; she is a professional member of the International Coach Federation and member of the board for the Ottawa chapter. She is a former fitness and lifestyle consultant, with expertise and certifications in areas of personal health practices, including aging and health issues; she is a certified yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (e-RYT); she is a certified fitness, wellness and nutrition specialist with CALA (Canadian Aquafitness Leadership Alliance) and Can-Fit-Pro.

    Catherine designs and delivers wellness, performance and resilience group and individual sessions through her own company, ImaginePLUS, and delivers services in French, English and Spanish both nationally and internationally.

  • Eric Pfeiffer

    Eric Pfeiffer

    Session: Presenteeism: Recognizing the Cost, Building a Solution

    Eric has a Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo with a focus on work and sport injury. He worked in disability management for 14 years, and has held various positions including Disability Analyst, Consultant, and Trainer. Eric has been with Standard Life for the last 7.5 years and for the past 2 years he has been the Senior Consultant, Prevention & Health Promotion. In his current role, Eric supports Standard Life’s clients by helping them with the Strategy, Design and Implementation of Health and Wellness programs. His background allows him to successfully integrate effective prevention and health promotion offers in the disability management process. Eric also presents sessions on psychological disabilities and disability management for Managers and Advisors.

  • Tammy Robertson

    Tammy Robertson

    Session: Engagement is Emotional

    Tammy Robertson is a leadership coach, coauthor of two books, and professional speaker to audiences across North America Tammy inspires and challenges her audiences to “Get Your Heart in the Game!”
    Tammy Robertson has a Masters Degree in Physical and Health Education from the University of Western Ontario, with over 25 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience. Tammy teaches at two universities and is presently part of an international team of coaches delivering the Coaching for Great Work Program?. She has trained with Coaching Training Institute and Newfield Institute and provides life and leadership programs to a diverse range of business groups, organizations and associations. Tammy is also a Founder of RealTalk, a global community committed to improving communication and relationships one real talk at a time. Known for her impact and the ability to ignite positive change and renewed energy in organizational culture, she is also a frequent commentator in the media on workplace wellness.

  • Nan Russell

    Nan Russell

    Session: The Titleless Leader

    From minimum wage employee to former Vice President of multi-billion dollar QVC, Nan Russell knows what it takes to survive and thrive in this what-have-you-done-for-me-today world. In leadership roles transforming a corporate culture to heading a new subsidiary, the launch of which was reported in both the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, she offers real-world experience with a motivational and business context.

    Nan has spent over twenty years in management holding executive positions in human resources, communication, marketing and line management. She was the architect and influence leader of a culture transformation for 10,000 employees. Nan has a B.A. from Stanford University and M.A. from the University of Michigan.

    Leaving the corporate world to pursue a life-dream to work and write from the mountains of northwestern Montana. Today she is an award winning author, workplace expert, and professional speaker.

    Her third book, The Titleless Leader: How to Get Things Done When You’re Not in Charge launches in May 2012. Her second book, Hitting Your Stride won a 2009 Axiom Business Book Award, and her first book, Nibble Your Way to Success debuted in 2007. Her syndicated work insights column, Winning at Working, appears in over ninety publications. She also is the job loss recovery expert for Job-Hunt.org and a blogger for Psychology Today on the topic of Trust: The New Workplace Currency.

    Nan Russell is President of MountainWorks Communications LLC, a company she founded in 2006 to support her passion for helping organizations build winning work cultures, and helping people bring the best of who they are to the world, realize their dreams, and live their life’s potential. More about Nan and her work can be found at www.nanrussell.com

  • Shamial Sheikh

    Shamial Sheikh

    Session: Health Care Consumerism: Prevention, Promotion and Personal Accountability

    Shamial Sheikh is Vice-President of Business Development for LifeWorks, Ceridian Canada’s comprehensive Employee Assistance Program and health and wellness solution provider. A sought-after industry event speaker, Shami has delivered sessions on the design of organizational health and wellness strategies; the importance of corporate culture; the impact of mental illness, stress and presenteeism on productivity, and the role of EAPs in supporting employee health needs.

  • Billy Strean

    Dr. Billy Strean

    Session: Mens Sana in Corpore Sandwich: Sleeping, Eating, and Moving for Healthy Minds

    Billy Strean, Ph.D., Chief Exhilaration Officer – Psyched for Work Professor – Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta. A former NCAA athlete and coach, Dr. Billy Strean has a doctorate in sport and exercise psychology from the University of Illinois. He is also a Certified Somatic Coach (Strozzi Institute), a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher, a Certified Laughter Leader and a Certified Professional Co-active Coach. It is precisely this eclectic range of disciplines and fields of study — somatics, sport psychology, laughter and play, and his 25 years of teaching experience — that is the foundation of Dr. Strean’s success both in the classroom as well as outside the classroom as keynote speaker and workshop facilitator.

    In 2008, Dr. Strean received the University of Alberta’s Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. During the same year, he published The HoHo Dojo: Lighten Up and Love Life Laughing. In 2011, Dr. Strean won the prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship.

    Dr. Strean has extensive education and experience in both the science behind healthy sleeping, eating, and moving and also in helping individuals and organizations to implement positive changes based on this information.

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