Virtual  ·  February 26–28, 2024

Better Workplace Conference 2024

Rethinking inclusion, wellbeing, and psychological safety at work

At the 27th annual Better Workplace Conference, Human Resources (HR) professionals will discover impactful, research-based solutions to a variety of issues in the workplace. Join us at this virtual event for three days of captivating keynote speakers, panel discussions, and best practice showcases.

Leading HR insights with practical take-aways:

Many forward-thinking organizations are re-evaluating how they can embed psychological safety, wellbeing, and inclusivity to improve workplace culture and respond to employees’ changing needs. Tangible solutions are needed to address evolving issues, such as increases in mental health claims and concerns around return-to-office (RTO) mandates.

Location

Virtual

Contact Us

1-888-928-7190

registrar@conferenceboard.ca

The future of mental health in the workplaceIntegrating psychological safetyWellbeing and inclusionImproving safety through diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)Social support in remote work
How can organizations more proactively address employees’ mental health concerns arising from challenges and changes in the work environment? How are organizations integrating psychological safety into their workplace culture, encompassing not only policies and programs but also comprehensive training initiatives? What are the results so far?What unique wellbeing challenges are faced by employees who belong to diverse groups, and how do we design inclusion into wellbeing policies and programs?How can organizations use an inclusion lens to identify the diverse needs and perspectives of all employees and integrate them into safety protocols and practices?How do team dynamics and social support promote wellbeing in hybrid and remote work environments?

Agenda

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

12:30 pm

Join Dr. Susan Black, CEO of The Conference Board of Canada, to hear a synopsis of some of the key research findings aligned with this year’s conference theme: rethinking inclusion, safety, and wellbeing in a changing workplace.

Susan Black

Susan Black

CEO, The Conference Board of Canada


12:45 pm

Explore how organizations can revamp their approach to work in a post-pandemic world, embracing newfound flexibility and inclusivity. By focusing on people, we can create a thriving, sustainable, and adaptable work culture that rehumanizes the workplace.

Attendees of this session will:

  • Gain insights into the pressing need to put people at the core of your organization’s mission and understand evolving employee expectations in the new work landscape.
  • Explore how to adopt human-centric values that enhance individual resilience and foster a compassionate work culture, and discover strategies to build a more supportive and empathetic work environment.

Hamza Khan

Future of Work and People-First Leadership Expert | Bestselling Author


1:45 pm

Break


1:50 pm

Sarah Gauen

Program Developer, Council on Inclusive Work Environments, The Conference Board of Canada

Hamza Khan

Future of Work and People-First Leadership Expert | Bestselling Author


1:50 pm

Learn how Humber College has implemented and promoted healthy breaks for their employees, and hear from their Centre for Innovation in Health & Wellness about the evidence behind it. Enjoy a break to stretch, take a deep breath, and move by participating in a few five-minute healthy break activities run by experienced fourth-year students in Humber’s Faculty of Health and Wellness.

Sarah Storm

Council Manager, The Conference Board of Canada

Juliana Vargas Cardenas

Student Presenter, Humber College

Zita Claire Magsino

Student Presenter, Humber College

Mary Medoza

Student Presenter, Humber College

Natalie Toman

Natalie Toman

Program Coordinator/Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellness, Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning


2:20 pm

Break


2:45 pm

This panel will explore the Future Skills Centre’s latest research on the evolving quality of work in Canada, highlighting post-pandemic changes to work dimensions. Panelists will discuss changes to the availability of benefits in response to labour shortages and the enhanced focus on mental health support. They will also address the need to deepen equity, diversity, and inclusion as key factors in improving work quality, especially for equity-deserving groups facing poorer work conditions.

Natasha Malloff

Natasha Malloff

Director, Health, Wellbeing, & Benefits, Total Compensation, Human Resources, The University of British Columbia

Tricia Williams

Tricia Williams

Director, Research, Evaluation and Knowledge Mobilization

Luc Bissonnette

Luc Bissonnette

Associate Professor of Economics, Université Laval

Olga Morawczysnki

Dr. Olga Morawczynsk

Founder of Heal-3

Andie Noack

Dr. Andrea (Andie) Noack

Associate Professor, Sociology, TMU


To design a holistic system that supports employee wellbeing for an increasingly diverse workforce, support functions need to collaborate on program design to meet changing workforce needs. Hear about the strategies and best practices that create employee inclusion, cultural and psychological safety, and wellbeing.

Henrietta Van Hulle

Henrietta Van hulle

Vice President of Outreach, Stakeholder & Government Relations, PSHSA

Kevin Berube

Kevin Berube

Senior Advisor Community and Indigenous Engagement, Enbridge

Corrina Hill

Manager, Health and Recovery Services, BC Hydro

Lesley MacDonald

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility (IDEA), Human Resources, BC Hydro


3:45 pm

Adjournment


11:00 am

Lisa Hallsworth

Lisa Hallsworth

Board Member, Minerva Safety Management Education, CIAC, CEO SDS RiskAssist

Vanessa Foran

Vanessa Foran

Responsible Care Program Officer, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

Ryan Jamieson

Ryan Jamieson

Student, Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Compliance, Flemming College

Nivedha Krishnakumar

Nivedha Krishnakumar

MSc., Registered Nurse and Occupational Health and Safety Graduate Student, Toronto Metropolitan University

Verna Liezl Perdon

Verna Liezl

Mental Health & Psychological Safety Specialist, Modern Niagara

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Erika Harris

HS and Responsible Care Specialist, BASF Canada Inc

Larry Masotti

Vice President for Minerva Canada Safety Management Education

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Dave Meston

Owner, H&S Consultants Inc

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Anthony Pasteris

President, Minerva

Sponsored By

Minerva Safety Management Education

12:00 pm

Break


12:30 pm

Hear from executive leaders as they explore ways to balance vision and strategy with genuine commitment to a better workplace that prioritizes DEI and employee wellbeing and safety.

  • Insights: Hear valuable perspectives on the role of accountability in workplace culture change.
  • Prioritization: Explore the challenges and struggles organizations face when prioritizing employee health.
  • Integration: Learn key actions to integrate employee safety, wellbeing, and inclusion as part of a core business function.
Donnebra McClendon

Donnebra McClendon

Global Head, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Dayforce

Jane Fedoretz

Jane Fedoretz

Executive Vice President of People, Culture and Chief Administrative Officer, TransAlta

Victoria Lee

Dr. Victoria Lee

President and CEO, Fraser Health Authority

Vivek Sood

Vivek Sood

Executive Vice President, Related Businesses, Sobeys

Sponspored By


1:30 pm

Break


1:45 pm

Uncover the challenges and opportunities around fostering inclusion for persons with disabilities, highlighting their experiences throughout the employment journey. Gain insights into the national landscape and hear broad strategies that support employment for people with disabilities and address the accessibility challenges that many face. Speakers will also share tangible ways to integrate these principles into your organization’s policies and procedures. The discussion will include specific examples from real-world scenarios, offering a detailed exploration of the positive impact that accessibility inclusion can have within organizations.

Ingrid Wilson

Ingrid Wilson

Senior Human Resources Executive & CHRO and Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Strategist

Joanna Goode

Joanna Goode

Executive Director at Canadian Association for Supported Employment

Aaron Orban

Aaron Orban

Executive Director from the Ministry of Justice

Joana Valamootoo

Joana Valamootoo

Employment Partnership Consultant/Cultural Liaison Advisor, 4to40


Attendees will gain invaluable insights and strategies for creating trans-inclusive spaces and driving conversations for improvement; explore the essence of championing inclusion—learning to appreciate change for its role in cultivating greater belonging; and leave with practical solutions and a roadmap for navigating workplace evolution.

Manisha Mistry

Manisha Mistry

Senior Director of Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE), Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at CSA Group

Dani Gomez-Ortega

Senior Manager, Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, McCain Foods

Abhishek Sarathy

Associate Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Canadian Tire


The landscape of health and safety is evolving to accommodate current roles and their unique safety challenges. Delve into the new skill sets necessitated by these changes for health and safety practitioners and leaders. Engage in discussions and examine real-world examples to uncover practical strategies that ensure safety measures not only safeguard, but also respond to employees’ needs.

Jennifer Richardson

Jennifer Richardson

Director of Corporate Health, Safety and Environment, Royal Canadian Mint

Larry Masotti

Vice Chair, Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals

Cheryl Young

Senior Specialist, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Enbridge Inc.


2:45 pm

Break


3:00 pm

Kristy Cork

Kristy Cork

CRSP, Health and Safety Consultant (Workplace Mental Health), Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Sponspored By

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

4:00 pm

Adjournment


11:30 am

Jody Young

President & CEO, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

Arif Jetha

Associate Scientific Director and Scientist, Institute for Work & Health, Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Tamara Vatcher

Tamara Vatcher

CEO, Training Works


12:30 pm

Break


1:00 pm

This comprehensive session will provide valuable strategies to embed, evaluate, and audit psychological health and safety in your workplace, using real-life examples. Hear key insights on how to design impactful training that responds to employees’ and supervisors’ needs and how the results were evaluated.

Attendees will:

  • explore the evaluation of a psychological health and safety program, including auditing, comparison with current standards, building buy-in from front-line workers, and securing buy-in from leadership by demonstrating return on investment (ROI);
  • gain insights into developing and evaluating a tailored training program for specific industries and employees;
  • learn how to integrate initiatives into your organization’s psychological health and safety program.

Tegan Slot

Manager, Workplace Wellbeing, Public Services Health and Safety Association

Craig Hrynchuk

Craig Hrynchuk

Executive Director, Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association

Alison Wall

Alison Wall

Director, Strategic Partners & Planning, Service Hospitality in Saskatchewan


Angela M. Francoeur

Director, Regulatory Review and Training – Prevention Division, WorkSafeNB

Diogo Borba

Research Analyst, Human Capital, The Conference Board of Canada

Liz Marcil

Associate Director, Human Capital, The Conference Board of Canada

Dilys Leman

Senior Research Associate, Human Capital, The Conference Board of Canada


Delve into the critical intersection of racial trauma and employee well-being. A psychotherapist will offer a unique blend of expert insights, practical strategies, and real-world examples to foster a workplace environment that prioritizes equity, inclusivity, and mental health. Explore the impact of racial trauma on employees, understand the importance of bringing anti-oppressive practice to employee wellness programming, and learn how top employers are implementing equity-informed health and wellness programs. Attendees will leave this session equipped with new knowledge and actionable strategies for promoting mental health and healing in the workplace.

Sheena Chaudhry

Sheena Chaudhry

Senior Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Canada Goose

Fiona Bertram

Fiona Bertram

Canada Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging Lead, Accenture

Ken Yau

Utilities Industry Lean & Mental Health ERG leader, Accenture

Natacha Pennycooke

Natacha Pennycooke

Psychotherapist, Speaker, Consultant


2:15 pm

A leading expert in leadership and burnout will share the potential psychological impacts of artificial intelligence and its associated changes in the workplace, and will demonstrate simple ways to mitigate its less-desirable impacts while optimizing the positive ones for you and your team. Hear practical, research-based, and experience-informed advice that will help attendees take the next steps with leadership and agility.

Audiences will learn:

  • how AI might affect work-life balance in interdisciplinary ways;
  • the impacts AI may have on psychological health, and how to turn them to your and your team’s advantage;
  • how to reconfigure your plan for psychological resilience and agility as it relates to AI.

Tara Warren

Director of Growth, Medcan Health Management Inc

Dr. Marie-Helene-Pelletier

Dr. Marie-Hélène Pelletier

Leadership Resilience and Burnout Expert


3:15 pm

As we wrap up the conference, we will reflect on the learnings throughout the sessions and challenge attendees to actively bring the knowledge they have gained back to their workplaces and continue the conversations post-conference.

Leah Ringwald

Leah Ringwald

Associate Director, Human Capital, The Conference Board of Canada

Brandy Zimmerman

Brandy Zimmerman

CEO & Founder, Thriving Workplaces


3:45 pm

Adjournment


Speakers

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Past Event

Previous conference highlights:

The 2023 Better Workplace Conference focused on how to attract and retain top talent. Employers discussed their pressing concerns about remote work, labour shortages, employee engagement, and compensation. The event featured trusted Conference Board research and experts from across its areas of expertise.

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Chemistry Industry Association of Canada