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The 2016 Better Workplace Conference: Making a Difference Through Transformation

2016 Event

The 2016 edition of The Better Workplace conference celebrated 20 years of creating better workplaces. Change professionals, HR leaders, workplace wellness champions, corporate culture experts and senior management from organizations across the country came together to focus on the 2016 theme: making a difference through transformation.

2016’s overarching theme of transformation narrowed in on three streams: better work, better health, and better you; allowing delegates to tailor their experience to fit their organizational and personal needs. 2016 carried the momentum from the previous years, aiming to celebrate the successes and inspire new ones.

We hope you will join us for The Better Workplace Conference 2017!

Featured Speakers From the 2016 Event

Rick Hanson

Rick Hansen
Chief Executive Officer
Rick Hansen Foundation

Séan McCann

Séan McCann
Mental Health Advocate, Acclaimed Solo Musician,
Founding Member of Great Big Sea

Dr. Raymond W. Lam

Dr. Raymond W. Lam
Professor and Associate Head for Research,
Department of Psychology, The University of British Columbia

Mary-Lou MacDonald

Mary-Lou MacDonald
Director, Workplace Health, Wellness and Safety Research,
The Conference Board of Canada

Christine Devine

Christine Devine
Wellness Specialist,
Michael Garron Hospital

Mary Ann Baynton

Mary Ann Baynton
Program Director, The Great-West Life Centre
for Mental Health in the Workplace

Louise Chénier

Louise Chénier
Program Manager, Prevention and Promotion,
Workplace Mental Health Commission of Canada

Lori Casselman

Lori Casselman
Chief Health Officer,

Judith Plotkin

Judith Plotkin
Vice-President, Growth and Strategy,

Brad McCannell

Brad McCannell
Vice-President, Access and Inclusion,
Rick Hansen Foundation

Jennifer Elia

Jennifer Elia
Assistant Vice-President, Client Experience,
Integrated Health Solutions, Sun Life Financial

Deborah K. Connors

Deborah K. Connors
President, Well-Advised Consulting Inc.
Founder, The Better Workplace Conference

Dr. Joti Samra

Dr. Joti Samra
Program Lead, University of Fredericton Centre for
Psychological Health Sciences

Dr. Bill Howatt

Dr. Bill Howatt
Chief Research and Development Officer,
Workforce Productivity, Morneau Shepell Ltd.

Andreas Souvaliotis

Andreas Souvaliotis
Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
CARROT Insights

John Stix

John Stix


We’d like to thank our generous partners for their contribution to this event.

Distinguished Partner

Lundbeck Canada Inc. logo

Major Partner

Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada logo

Conference Partners

AstraZeneca Canada Inc.

Great-West Life logo

Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace logo

League logo

Mental Health Commission of Canada logo

Morneau Shepell logo


University of Fredericton logo

Cira Medical Serivces logo

Optima Global Health logo

Mindwell logo

Curtis Health logo

Solareh logo

BC Partners logo

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BC Responsible and Problem Gambling Program logo

Canadian Mental Health Association logo

Homewood Health logo

InnerVisions logo

Westminster House logo

FitterFirst logo

PFC logo


  Stress Strategies

Marketing Partners

Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC logo

BC HRMA logo

Canadian Society of Professionals in Disability Management logo

Diversity! In the Workplace logo

Gallant HealthWorks logo

Healthy Minds Canada logo

Mood Disorders Society of Canada logo

Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work logo

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