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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

In 20 years, we’ve come a long way—so has our highly inspirational keynote speaker, Séan McCann!

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

Best known as a founding member of Great Big Sea, Séan’s 20 years with the internationally renowned Canadian band came to a hault in 2013 when he realized that he needed to deal with both an alcohol addiction and the abuse he suffered as a young man. Over the last few years, he has gone through a professional and highly personal transformation of his own. As a mental health advocate, Séan now uses his words and music to bring healing into his life and the lives of others.

Séan will share his journey of transformation through complex change and some of his music. His story is raw, honest and painful, but ultimately hopeful and a story that will be incredibly inspiring. Hear the song Proud to be a Canadian which he recently recorded to help the residents of Fort McMurray on their road to recovery.

Conference Overview

Join change professionals, HR leaders, workplace wellness champions, corporate culture experts and senior management from organizations across the country as we celebrate 20 years of enacting change to meet the future needs of Canadian workplaces.

Over the last 19 years, The Better Workplace Conference 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. How do we continue a legacy that has lasted two decades? To mark 20 years we will celebrate how we can enact change in the coming years to ensure that workplaces of the future are healthy and productive, and that the people who make up the organizations are resilient, effective, and happy.

The Better Workplace Conference is the premier forum to enact workplace transformation. You will 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. Healthy, happy employees means better work and better work means a productive workforce.

A Better Workplace is a Journey Not a Destination

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. 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.

2016 will be the year to remember

2016 will build on the momentum of previous years as we aim to celebrate past successes and inspire new ones. Highlights for the 2016 program include discussions on:

  • Removing barriers, unleashing potential, and raising awareness about accessibility, inclusion and potential of people with disabilities;
  • The power of community at work to build a healthier, happier, productive workforce;
  • Men and depression anxiety in the workplace;
  • The power of mindfulness for employees and organizations;
  • Original Conference Board of Canada research: Benchmarking Organizational Health in Canadian Workplaces;
  • How to manage work-life balance, compassion fatigue and burnout;
  • The future of engagement, performance, and culture as seen from new and high growth companies;
  • Becoming a better leader through neuroleadership;
  • Transforming workplace culture through innovative workplace practices;
  • The coping skills conundrum and the challenges of changing behaviour;
  • Financial health and the impact on mental well being;
  • Lessons in women's leadership from the construction site to the boardroom.

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

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

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

Benchmarking Organizational Health: Study Results

Be the first to hear the results of the Conference Board’s new national study conducted to discover how Canadian organizations are supporting employee well-being.

Why should you attend the Better Workplace Conference?

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CMHA Training

Participate in CMHA’s groundbreaking certification training program for individuals and consultants who want to help organizations improve psychological health and safety in their workplaces or implement the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard). October 27–28, 2016 in Vancouver.

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Full Agenda Available!

The full agenda for this event is now available.

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Sponsor this event!

Connect with your top prospects, and collaborate with senior executives, practitioners, and thought leaders. Associate your brand with the solutions, and position your organization as a leader in its field.

To learn more about exhibiting, reception and luncheon sponsorship, and exclusive sponsor benefits, please contact Tracie Jones at 613-526-3090 ext. 286 or
or visit our Sponsor Benefits page.

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
Morneau Shepell
University of Fredericton
Cira Medical Services
Optima Global Health
Curtis Health
BC Partners in Workforce
Deborah Connors


BC Healthy Living
BC Responsible and Problem Gambling Program
Canadian Mental Health Association
Homewood Health
InnerVisions Recovery Society
Westminster House
The Psychology Foundation of Canada
Stress Strategies

Marketing Partners

ASTTBC Technology Professionals
Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work
Canadian Society of Professionals in Disability Management (CSPDM)
Diversity! In the Workplace
Gallant HealthWorks
Healthy Minds Canada
Mood Disorders Society of Canada

Continuing Education Credit Hours Available!

The Canadian Society of Professionals in Disability Management recognizes The Better Workplace Conference will provide an opportunity for CDMP and CRTWC professionals to receive Continuing Education Credit hours. It is expected that professionals who attend the full conference and optimize all learning activities may be credited with up to 16 CEC hours.

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