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The 2016 Better Workplace Conference: Making a Difference Through Transformation

Tuesday October 25 - Wednesday October 26 2016 Vancouver Convention Centre Vancouver, BC

Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to announce Canadian icon,
Man in Motion, and two-time Paralympic gold medalist Rick Hansen as our keynote speaker.

Rick Hansen

Rick Hansen
Chief Executive Officer
Rick Hansen Foundation

Through the power of his own story and the inspiration he’s found in others, Rick Hansen encourages leaders to empower their team to create workplaces that support a culture of accessibility and inclusion. Rick challenges audiences to check their own attitudes and question the barriers to success within their workplaces. Through the Rick Hansen Accessibility and Inclusion Program, Rick and his team raise awareness about accessibility, inclusion, and the potential of people with disabilities.

Conference Overview

Creating Better Workplaces Requires Transformational Thinking

For 19 years The Better Workplace Conference has featured inspiring speakers on workplace wellness, leadership, change, mental health, corporate culture and a wide range of other issues critical to personal, team and organizational success. During that time it has built and nurtured a community of like-minded change agents who have combined their knowledge and experience with what they have learned at this event to make a difference.

For this 20th annual event we will celebrate that legacy by focussing on how we can enact change in the coming years to ensure that tomorrows workplace is better than today’s, that tomorrows employees are healthy and productive and that as individuals we are more resilient, more effective and happier in our work and lives.

Only The Better Workplace Conference Takes this Multi Level Approach

Only at The Better Workplace Conference will you hear about transformation strategies that will inspire you, change the way you and your organization work and address the mental and physical wellbeing of employees.

Year after year at this event you can feel the energy as people from different industries and workplace roles meet to discuss their biggest challenges and greatest achievements. Wellness practitioners learn from change agents, and sit across from and alongside VP’s, HR, Presidents and CEO’s—all of them learning new perspectives and approaches—and making new friends.

Because A Better Workplace is a Journey Not a Destination

And that’s why “Transformation” is such a natural theme for this year’s event. Because the change will never end, there is always room for improvement—and as the environment changes so leaders have to become more proactive in changing their organizations not just to respond to external change but to anticipate it.

Numerous annual lists rightly celebrate the success of organizations that work hard to be among the best employers in Canada. We salute that achievement—but we also know that change comes about when we all strive for a common goal and when we have the tools to do so. And we know that no matter where you stand relative to your peers, there is always a case to be made to make that goal building a better workplace.

Three Streams, One Goal—Better Workplaces

To address how you can transform your company into a better workplace we have chosen three themes for the event. Our keynote plenaries will connect and reflect on these themes while select streams will allow you to dig deep into the issue that resonates most with you and the challenges you face.

Celebrating Past Successes Through Inspiring Tomorrow’s

2016 will build on the momentum of previous years as we aim to celebrate past successes and inspire now ones. For 2016 we will:

  1. Increase the number of real-life case studies. Every year this event gathers some wonderful external experts in change, wellness and leadership. In 2016 we are going to profile those making a difference within their organizations. So you will hear different perspectives for a richer understanding of the complexities of change.
  2. Carefully curate sessions by expert consultants. There is no shortage of experts offering advice on how to improve workplaces. We identify the thought leaders and the outside experts that can really help you and who have a unique perspective.
  3. Introduce new ideas. We never sit back and settle just for the tried and true—we seek out new ideas that inspire you and can give you the edge.
  4. Ensure you hear from a variety of speakers and experts. There’s no one right way to build a better workplace—no one size fits all model that you have to follow to reach your goal. We deliberately include as wide a range of experience as possible. Your world is complex and changing fast so we present you with the best examples of change so you can choose what will work for you.
  5. Focus on people. There are other events that will talk about technology, projects, processes and the like. Well we do too, but underlying all our discussions is the recognition that better workplaces are about the people who work there.

Building on Success

The Conference Board is Canada’s most respected independent research and conference development organization. This event attracts top change management thought leaders, and provides an insightful and enlightening learning experience for participants.


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

Great-West Life logo

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

Mental Health Commission of Canada logo

University of Fredericton logo

Optima Global Health logo

Cira Medical Serivces logo

Solareh logo

BC Partners logo

Morneau Shepell logo


Homewood Health logo

                          Curtis Health logo

FitterFirst logo

Marketing Partners

BC HRMA logo

Diversity! In the Workplace logo

Gallant HealthWorks logo

Healthy Minds Canada logo

Mood Disorders Society of Canada logo

The details of this event are subject to change. Please revisit this page periodically for updated information.

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View Our Partners’ Websites

Distinguished Partner

Lundbeck Canada Inc.

Major Partner

Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada

Conference Partners

Great-West Life
Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace
Mental Health Commission of Canada
University of Fredericton
Optima Global Health
Cira Medical Serivces
BC Partners in Workforce
Morneau Shepell


Homewood Health
Curtis Health

Marketing Partners

Diversity! In the Workplace
Gallant HealthWorks
Healthy Minds Canada
Mood Disorders Society of Canada