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Workplace Wellness and Mental Health 2014

Tuesday June 10 - Wednesday June 11 2014 Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel Toronto, Ontario

Featured Speakers

Margaret Trudeau

Margaret Trudeau
Celebrated Canadian and Mental Health Advocate

Emmanuelle A. Gaudette

Emmanuelle A. Gaudette
Manager, Prevention, Health and Wellness,
The Standard Life Assurance Company

Geneviève Fortier

Geneviève Fortier
Senior Vice-President, Human Resources,
Government Affairs and Corporate Communications,
McKesson Canada

Dr. Marie-Hélène Pelletier

Dr. Marie-Hélène Pelletier
Director, Workplace Mental Health
Sun Life Financial

Serafina Morgia

Serafina Morgia
Canadian Health and Productivity Practice Leader,
Buck Consultants

Alain Sotto

Dr. Alain Sotto
Chief Health and Wellness Officer, RRJ Inc.,
and Occupational Medical Consultant, Toronto
Transit Commission

Conference Overview

Unhealthy employees continue to cost Canadian employers billions of dollars each year.

The Conference Board recently estimated that absenteeism now costs the economy almost S17 billion a year. Previous research showed that the six most common mental conditions afflicting the working-age population – depression, dysthymia, bipolar disorder, social phobia, panic disorder, and agoraphobia - would alone cost more than $20 billion in 2012.

Mental health issues are also the primary cause of both short and long-term disability in Canada. Conference Board research also shows that a depressive episode is one of the strongest risk factors for workplace ‘presenteeism’ – being present but not engaged or productive.

Understanding that employee wellness impacts performance is the first step.

Once you recognize the potential for a return on investment (ROI) for your wellness initiative, you can begin to plan how to maximize the impact your program. This event will help you decide how much to invest, and you’ll hear from other wellness leaders about their strategies for measuring health and wellness ROI.

Learn from the latest Conference Board wellness research.

Conference Board thought leaders will share what they’ve learned from years of producing what have become the industry standard research reports. These studies have kept pace with the changing wellness landscape, and has even helped set the agenda for positive change.

Among the recent reports to be discussed are:

  • Creating an Effective Workplace Disability Management Program
  • Depression in the Workplace
  • Missing in Action: Absenteeism Trends in Canadian Organizations

New, groundbreaking addiction and substance abuse research.

The event will also feature our latest work on addiction and substance abuse. These are growing workplace challenges, and often accompany other wellness and mental health issues. Learn how addiction and substance abuse are affecting your workforce.

If you think absenteeism is costing you money, wait till you measure presenteeism!

According to our study Depression in the Workplace “it is increasingly evident that absenteeism is not the major factor associated with the loss of productive time but rather it is presenteeism” - employees suffering from depression who are physically at work, but underperform due to their condition.

Find out how to identify and deal with presenteeism, from having the difficult conversations to understanding your legal and ethical obligations.

You also need wellness programs to attract and retain top talent.

As the workforce ages and skilled talent shortages become more common and persistent, health and wellness issues grow in importance. A great health and wellness program will give you an edge in increasingly competitive labour markets, as it produces higher engagement and retention of current employees.

If you don’t have an industry-leading wellness program, you’re putting your organization at a distinct disadvantage in the competition for top talent.

Building on success.

The Conference Board of Canada is Canada’s most respected independent research and conference development organization. Its events attract respected experts and innovators, and provide an insightful and enlightening learning experience for all conference participants.

Connect with your top prospects!

Sponsor this event, and collaborate with senior executives, practitioners, and thought leaders. Connect 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 Rhonda Bradbury at (416) 481-1904 or bradbury@conferenceboard.ca.

Sponsors

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

Manulife Financial logo



Homewood Health logo



The Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada logo



Buck Consultants Limited logo



McKesson Canada logo


Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada logo


Marketing Partners


Canadian Alliance for Mental Illness and Mental Health logo

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists logo

Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care logo


Canadian College of Health Leaders logo


Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work logo

Canadian Positive Psychology Association logo

Canadian Psychological Association logo

Canadian Public Health Association logo

Healthy Minds Canada logo

Mood Disorders Society of Canada logo


Mood Food Culinary logo

Special Contributors

Data on the Spot (DOTS) logo

Tri Fit Inc. logo


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

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Message from the
Program Developer

John Brewer

Join the discussion on one of the most talked about issues in the workplace today.

2013 Event

Workplace Wellness and Mental Health 2013 took place June 18–19
at the Old Mill Inn in Toronto.

Maintenance of Certification

Canadian College of Health Leaders logo

Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to
6 Category II credits toward their maintenance of certification requirement.

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Connect with your top prospects!

Sponsor this event, and collaborate with senior executives, practitioners, and thought leaders. Connect 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 Rhonda Bradbury
at (416) 481-1904 or bradbury@conferenceboard.ca.

Sponsors’ Websites

Manulife Financial
Homewood Health
The Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada
Buck Consultants Limited
McKesson Canada
Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada

Marketing Partners

Canadian Alliance for Mental Illness and Mental Health
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care
Canadian College of Health Leaders
Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work
Canadian Positive Psychology Association
Canadian Psychological Association
Canadian Public Health Association
Healthy Minds Canada
Mood Disorders Society of Canada
Mood Food Culinary
 

Special Contributors

Data on the Spot (DOTS)
Tri Fit Inc.

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