Join the Canada-wide conversation to improve organizational culture and employee wellbeing and safety.

For over two decades, the Better Workplace Conference has hosted a national conversation on creating a safe and healthy workplace. This April, we’re bringing together thought leaders, researchers, and you, industry experts, for an important, evidence-based discussion on workplace wellbeing in 2022.

What to expect

This event will be a virtual conference experience with engaging sessions that blend The Conference Board of Canada’s trusted research with inspirational stories and conversations.

This is your chance to expand your network, gain insights, and access practical tools to improve your organization’s culture.

Be part of the national conversation on workplace health and safety.

Discussions include:

  • Reimagining the Better Workplace: Explore the components of a healthy work culture and what “better” really means.
  • Workplace Health and Wellness Disruptors: Take a deep dive into the challenges leaders face today.
  • The Way Forward: Hear from leaders who are dedicated to cultivating a healthy and caring workplace culture.
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Featured speakers

All speakers

Pedro Antunes

Pedro
Antunes

Bryan Benjamin

Bryan
Benjamin

Carrie Bjola

Carrie
Bjola

Erin Mills

Erin
Mills

Dan Pontefract

Dan
Pontefract

Jenny Winter

Jenny
Winter

Janet Young

Janet
Young

Agenda

Please note: All agenda times are in Eastern Daylight Time. See what time that is for you.

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Reimagining the Better Workplace

1:00 p.m.
Welcome Remarks
Bryan Benjamin

Vice-President, The Conference Board of Canada

Erin Mills

Director, Human Capital & Workplace Health, The Conference Board of Canada

1:05 p.m.
Plenary Keynote

Looking back over the past 24 months, it is fair to say we have been in some of the most challenging times ever in our careers. The pandemic has cast a long shadow, but we’ve also learned to adapt, to persevere, and to continue innovating.

Looking ahead, we might suggest that the so-called “future of work” is indeed an exercise in decoding the why of work right now. What should we do?

We must put relationships at the core of our leadership, build on our capacity to work differently, while simultaneously defining and enacting a sense of meaning in our workplaces.

It’s all doable. And yes, we might even have the pandemic to thank for thinking differently. Above all, we need tactics and techniques to improve our humanistic practices as we shift into a more caring leadership style. Let’s put the word human back in our humanity.

Dan Pontefract

Author, Speaker, Thinker, Leadership Strategist

1:35 p.m.
A Conversation With Pedro Antunes

Pedro will join Dan for a unique conversation on what companies need to know about the current state of labour in Canada. Their discussion will zero in on the economic and social complexity around labour shortages, resignations, and retention.

Pedro Antunes

Chief Economist, The Conference Board of Canada

Dan Pontefract

Author, Speaker, Thinker, Leadership Strategist

1:50 p.m.
Break
2:00 p.m.
Keynote

Session description coming soon.

Hamza Khan

Future of Work Expert, Author of Leadership, Reinvented

2:40 p.m.
Sponsor Story

Company Spotlight: A Better Workplace Share

2:50 p.m.
Break
3:10 p.m.
Concurrent sessions—Set A (please select one) (please select one)

A1: The Interconnectedness of Employee Experience and Climate Change

A2: Trust, Psychological Safety, and Cultural Safety in the Workplace

A3: Redesigning the Ideal Workplace

Workplace Health and Wellness Disrupters: The Strategy and Risk of Today’s Key Challenges
1:00 p.m.
Welcome Remarks
Erin Mills

Director, Human Capital & Workplace Health, The Conference Board of Canada

1:05 p.m.
Plenary Panel

Strong mental health is key for employee engagement, wellbeing, and productivity. Organizations, and the programs they provide, play a pivotal role in supporting employees’ wellness.

This session will highlight preliminary findings from a recent Conference Board of Canada study with companies across Canada to identify key areas of where mental health programming can yield the greatest returns and most benefit to employees into the future.

1:50 p.m.
Break
2:00 p.m.
Keynote

Change is almost always met with resistance, fear, and the attempt to avoid the unknown. Change in a workplace starts from the top down. With a lack of leadership buy-in, communication, and modelling, many change programs are destined for disaster. As a senior leader or middle management, how do you effectively lead through change and uncertainty?

Dr. Lisa Bélanger shares key techniques leaders can use to inspire and facilitate corporate change and provides case studies on how leaders who model behaviours at work (virtual, hybrid, or in person) have a direct, positive impact on an organization’s bottom line.

Beyond personal influence, this talk explores how to set up a physical and social environment and culture to support the desired change. Lisa will lead you through what questions to ask, how to develop a clear strategy, and how to understand your role in implementing sustainable, meaningful change for teams and organizations.

 Dr. Lisa Bélanger

Behavioural Change Expert, Researcher

2:40 p.m.
Sponsor Story

Company Spotlight: A Better Workplace Share

2:50 p.m.
Break
3:10 p.m.
Concurrent sessions—Set B (please select one)

B2: Responding to Domestic Violence in Hybrid Work Environments

B1: Effective Mental Wellbeing Strategies: Examples From the Field

Session description coming soon

Panelists

Carrie Bjola

Carrie Bjola

Executive Director, Saskatchewan Public Service Commission, Government of Saskatchewan

Jenny Winter

Vice President, Global HR Center of Expertise, Talent, Culture, and Learning, CGI 

Janet Young

Janet Young

Director, People & Culture, Well-being & Health Services, TELUS

B3: Enhancing Accommodation Policies to Facilitate a Better Workplace

Cultural safety is a person’s sense that they are free to express their authentic cultural self, and it’s an important part of psychological safety. Creating organizational cultures that promote cultural safety goes beyond implementing diversity and inclusion policies, though this is an important start. Trust is paramount. Creating climates of trust and fostering spaces that embrace cultural safety will ultimately result in better workplaces for all.

The Way Forward: Toward a Healthy Workplace Culture

1:00 p.m.
Welcome Remarks
Erin Mills

Director, Human Capital & Workplace Health, The Conference Board of Canada

1:05 p.m.
Plenary Panel

Research in Action: Strengthening the Engagement of Neurodiverse Workers

1:50 p.m.
Break
2:00 p.m.
Keynote

The effects of COVID-19 have left many people feeling lonely and isolated. Burnout rates have reached an all-time high. People are overwhelmed. Now more than ever, we need to talk about mental health. In this interactive and upbeat presentation, Anthony offers effective self-care strategies, practical coping skills for stress, and proven resources to avoid burnout. Above all, Anthony reminds us that mental health is a journey we take as a community. When we support each other, we break the stigma around mental health and empower those who need it the most. Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the difference between everyday ups and downs, temporary mental health problems, and mental illnesses
  • Learn healthy coping skills to deal with stress and anxiety
  • See the role exercise, sleep, hydration, and nutrition play in mental health
  • Empowers participants to reach out for help when they need it

 

Anthony McLean

Leadership, Mental Health, Inclusivity

2:40 p.m.
Sponsor Story

Company Spotlight: A Better Workplace Share

2:50 p.m.
Break
3:10 p.m.
Plenary

Session description coming soon.

Tina Varughese

Cross-Cultural Communication and Diversity Expert

Advisory board

Angela M. Francoeu

Angela M. Francoeu

BBA, WorkSafeNB / Travail sécuritaire NB, Interim Director of Strategic Planning / Directrice par intérim de la planification stratégique

Corrina Hill

Corrina Hill

Manager, Health and Recovery Services, BC Hydro

Michael Lavis

Michael Lavis

Chief Executive Officer, Creative Options Regina

Lyne Wilson

Shairoz Moledina

Senior Manager, Workplace Well-being, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Tim Petersen

Tim Petersen

Interim President and CEO, WorksafeNB

Jennifer Richardson

Jennifer Richardson

Director, Corporate Health, Safety & Environment, Royal Canadian Mint

Henrietta Van hulle

Henrietta Van hulle

Senior Manager, Vice President, Client Outreach, Stakeholder & Government Relations at Public Services Health & Safety Association

Past event

Previous conference highlights

Our previous conference, the Better Workplace Virtual Conference 2020, brought together thought leadership, case studies, and engaging discussions to address unique challenges and opportunities that are emerging for Canadian organizations. Here are some highlights:

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Past registrations

Attendees by
job function

Services Public admin. Finance, insurance, and real estate Unknown Transportation, communication, utility services Manufacturing Other

Attendees by
job title

CEO Vice President Director Manager Technical Admin. Student Unknown

Some of our noteworthy speakers from BWC 2020

Ron Tite

Ron Tite

Purpose-Driven Leadership and Marketing Expert, Founder of Church+State content marketing agency

Liane Davey

Liane Davey

PhD, psychologist, business strategist, author, keynote speaker

Camille Dundas

Camille Dundas

Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, ByBlacks.com

Register

Connect, explore, learn, and be inspired to create a better workplace and with credible, evidence-based information.

$295

$225

Early Bird Price
Extended until January 31, 2022

Council members, contact us for exclusive pricing.

Sponsors

Is your organization interested in being a sponsor? View our sponsorship packages and contact us to find out about the sponsorship opportunities and benefits.


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