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Employee wellbeing is more important than ever. In fact, a recent survey has shown that 87% of Canadians consider workplace wellbeing to be a human right.

As the world and businesses evolve, workforces need to discover new ways to deal with high-stress situations and support all aspects of wellness, from physical and mental health, to financial wellbeing and building a sense of belonging and purpose.

The HRD Wellbeing Summit Canada will examine how companies can foster mental and physical wellbeing in their teams to help them manage stress, avoid burnout, adapt to disruption and change, and feel valued.

Join this event to learn how to integrate all the tools, information, and support your employees need to reach their full potential.

Why attend?

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    Learn about holistic wellbeing strategies that can make a difference in your organization

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    Discover how to harness mindfulness and psychology to improve mental wellbeing

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    Unpack the latest strategies for integrating wellness into the workplace – while ensuring service and tool uptake

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    Understand how employers can improve physical wellbeing by promoting fitness and nutrition

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    Create a sense of belonging and security through DEI and support for financial wellbeing

SPEAKERS


Carolyn Byer
Carolyn Byer

Human Resources Lead Canada
Microsoft 

Sandra Cunha
Sandra Cunha

Vice President of People & Culture
MOVATI Athletic 

Cate Collins
Cate Collins

Leadership Consultant
Powerful Journey Consulting

Deborah Gillis
Deborah Gillis

President & CEO
CAMH Foundation

Sonia Grewal
Sonia Grewal

Director, People & Culture
Ontario Online Learning Consortium

Pascale Alpha
Pascale Alpha

Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
CAE

Roxanne Derhodge
Roxanne Derhodge

Founder
Roxanne Derhodge Consulting

Sara Fromstein
Sara Fromstein

Director of Belonging & Social Impact
DECIEM: The Abnormal Beauty Company

Dana Hurst
Dana Hurst

Director, Wellness
BGIS

Aneika Ince-Mercer CTDP, CCMP
Aneika Ince-Mercer CTDP, CCMP

Associate Vice-President of Leadership Development
CAA Club Group

Lauren Johnson
Lauren Johnson

Journalist
Key Media

Julie Lafleur
Julie Lafleur

Founder
JulieLaf Optimal Energy

Manisha Mistry
Manisha Mistry

Senior Director of HSSE & DEI
CSA Group

Debbie Ovsenny
Debbie Ovsenny

Vice President, HR Operations
Metrolinx

Christi Scarrow
Christi Scarrow

Partner
LighthouseNINE

John Stix
John Stix

Chief of Staff & Brand
Fibernetics

Reshma Sukdhoe
Reshma Sukdhoe

Director Safety, Health, Wellbeing & Disability Management, Canada & Bermuda
The Salvation Army

Nancy Tavares, MHRM, CHRL  
Nancy Tavares, MHRM, CHRL  

Senior Director, People & Culture
Paladin Security

Greg White
Greg White

Director Partnerships & Strategic Alliances
Virgin Pulse

Leisse Wilcox
Leisse Wilcox

Emotional Intelligence Consultant
Leisse Wilcox Consulting

Rachel Wong
Rachel Wong

Vice President Total Rewards & HR Technology
Symcor

Caroline Brereton
Caroline Brereton

CEO
Ontario Chiropractic Association

Dr. Dwight Chapin
Dr. Dwight Chapin

Clinic Director
High Point Wellness Centre

AGENDA


All times in ET
  • Registration and breakfast
  • Opening remarks from chairperson
    Nancy Tavares, MHRM, CHRL  
    Nancy Tavares, MHRM, CHRL  

    Senior Director, People & Culture
    Paladin Security

  • Panel: Wellbeing program success stories – Strategies that can make a difference

    Join leaders from a range of diverse industries as they share the details of their successful wellbeing programs. Hear real-world case studies and practical tips that you can implement in your workplace.

    • Wellbeing program case studies, including what worked and what didn’t work
    • Technology platforms that support workplace mental health
    • Calculating ROI (Return on Investment) for wellbeing strategies through wellbeing metrics
    • Adapting wellness programs while maintaining consistency.
    Moderator
    Leisse Wilcox
    Leisse Wilcox

    Emotional Intelligence Consultant
    Leisse Wilcox Consulting

    Panelists
    Carolyn Byer
    Carolyn Byer

    Human Resources Lead Canada
    Microsoft 

    Manisha Mistry
    Manisha Mistry

    Senior Director of HSSE & DEI
    CSA Group

    Debbie Ovsenny
    Debbie Ovsenny

    Vice President, HR Operations
    Metrolinx

    Rachel Wong
    Rachel Wong

    Vice President Total Rewards & HR Technology
    Symcor

  • Fireside chat: Reducing the risk of musculoskeletal conditions and chronic disease

    Have you tailored your workplace wellness program to meet post-pandemic needs? Every year, MSK conditions result in employees missing work and cost the Canadian economy an estimated $22 billion a year. Join Dr. Dwight Chapin, award-winning chiropractor for the Toronto Argonauts and advisor for the Globe and Mail, and Caroline Brereton, CEO of the Ontario Chiropractic Association, for a discussion on the benefits of a proactive approach to workplace wellness to manage and prevent chronic health issues. 

    Caroline Brereton
    Caroline Brereton

    CEO
    Ontario Chiropractic Association

    Dr. Dwight Chapin
    Dr. Dwight Chapin

    Clinic Director
    High Point Wellness Centre

  • Fireside chat: How to create a psychologically safe workplace

    Silent employees? Your workplace might not be psychologically safe. Join us to hear about how you can cultivate open communication and psychological safety in your organization.     

    • How to measure psychological safety in your organization 
    • What are the risk factors for poor workplace psychological health?  
    • Practical strategies and HR initiatives that encourage open communication and risk-taking 
    Deborah Gillis
    Deborah Gillis

    President & CEO
    CAMH Foundation

    Lauren Johnson
    Lauren Johnson

    Journalist
    Key Media

  • Networking coffee break
  • Breakout session – Discuss new wellbeing strategies with your peers
    Nancy Tavares, MHRM, CHRL  
    Nancy Tavares, MHRM, CHRL  

    Senior Director, People & Culture
    Paladin Security

  • Panel: Neurodiversity: Unleashing unique brilliance

    Jump into the world of neurodiversity and how it can be a catalyst for extraordinary achievements. Learn how to cultivate a workplace where neurodivergent individuals thrive, contributing their talents and fresh perspectives.

    • Strategies for recruitment, support, and career development that support neurodiversity
    • Programs that recognize the unique strengths and abilities neurodivergent individuals bring to the workplace
    • Tailoring working environments and practices to accommodate the specific needs and preferences of neurodivergent individuals
    • What type of support and flexibility should employers provide?
    Moderator
    Christi Scarrow
    Christi Scarrow

    Partner
    LighthouseNINE

    Panelists
    Pascale Alpha
    Pascale Alpha

    Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
    CAE

    Roxanne Derhodge
    Roxanne Derhodge

    Founder
    Roxanne Derhodge Consulting

  • Networking lunch
  • Panel: Minimizing burnout across your organization

    Reports of burnout have reached an all-time high, and a staggering 57% of American & Canadian workers report feeling stressed on a daily basis.

    In this session, panellists will share proven strategies for reducing employee burnout.

    • How to identify the early warning signs of burnout at the individual, team and organizational level
    • Managerial practices and leadership styles to reduce employee burnout
    • Tips for rolling out effective workload management and one-on-one meeting programs
    • Sustainable strategies for preventing burnout recurrence, including organizational culture shifts, employee development programs, and continuous feedback mechanisms.
    • Tech platforms that help to predict, assess, address and measure stress, anxiety and burnout
    Moderator
    Julie Lafleur
    Julie Lafleur

    Founder
    JulieLaf Optimal Energy

    Panelists
    Cate Collins
    Cate Collins

    Leadership Consultant
    Powerful Journey Consulting

    Dana Hurst
    Dana Hurst

    Director, Wellness
    BGIS

    John Stix
    John Stix

    Chief of Staff & Brand
    Fibernetics

  • Case study: Promoting physical wellbeing in the workplace and beyond

    This session will outline ways to successfully promote physical wellbeing, particularity in remote and hybrid environments. You will hear proven strategies for deploying and evaluating successful wellbeing programs.  

    • Four ways to promote physical wellness in the workplace  
    • Examples of successful physical wellbeing strategies  
    • How to get employees and managers engaged in physical wellbeing programs  
    • Ensuring that each team member gets what they need from the program 
    Sandra Cunha
    Sandra Cunha

    Vice President of People & Culture
    MOVATI Athletic 

  • Networking coffee break
  • Panel: Successful mental wellbeing strategies to support and empower employees

    Compassionate leadership and psychological safety are key to supporting employees without stigma. Join us to explore best practices in suicide prevention, combating workplace depression, and managing workplace wellbeing effectively  

    • How can organizations proactively identify and address factors that contribute to workplace mental health issues and suicidal ideation?
    • What does it mean to be a compassionate leader, and how can this approach positively impact the mental well-being of employees?
    • What are the best practices for identifying signs of depression and suicidal thoughts in employees?
    • What policies and procedures should be in place to address such situations, while respecting privacy and sensitivity? 
    Moderator
    Leisse Wilcox
    Leisse Wilcox

    Emotional Intelligence Consultant
    Leisse Wilcox Consulting

    Panelists
    Sara Fromstein
    Sara Fromstein

    Director of Belonging & Social Impact
    DECIEM: The Abnormal Beauty Company

    Reshma Sukdhoe
    Reshma Sukdhoe

    Director Safety, Health, Wellbeing & Disability Management, Canada & Bermuda
    The Salvation Army

  • Panel: Energizing, engaging and supporting remote workforces

    Join us for a dynamic session where we will dive deep into the strategies that reduce isolation, provide support for remote employees, and establish essential work routines that prevent overwork.

    • Effective onboarding strategies tailored to the unique psychosocial needs of remote employees
    • Helping remote employees form meaningful connections, including the implementation of buddy systems and peer support networks
    • Creative and social virtual activities that go beyond typical meetings to foster camaraderie and rapport among remote workers
    • Innovative approaches to team-building in the virtual realm.
    Moderator
    Lauren Johnson
    Lauren Johnson

    Journalist
    Key Media

    Panelists
    Sonia Grewal
    Sonia Grewal

    Director, People & Culture
    Ontario Online Learning Consortium

    Aneika Ince-Mercer CTDP, CCMP
    Aneika Ince-Mercer CTDP, CCMP

    Associate Vice-President of Leadership Development
    CAA Club Group

    Greg White
    Greg White

    Director Partnerships & Strategic Alliances
    Virgin Pulse

  • Closing remarks from chairperson
    Nancy Tavares, MHRM, CHRL  
    Nancy Tavares, MHRM, CHRL  

    Senior Director, People & Culture
    Paladin Security

  • Networking Drinks Reception

SPONSORS


Gold Sponsors

  • Ontario Chiropractic Association
  • UKG
  • Virgin Pulse

exhibitors

  • Medcan
  • Sprout


Contact us about partnership opportunities

VENUE


Arcadian Court

FLOORPLAN

Floorplan

TRAVEL PLANS

Preferred Accommodations 

Hotel room rates are subject to all applicable taxes and fees. Rooms are subject to availability in each hotel from February 26/27 – February 28. We recommend that you book as soon as possible.

Courtyard Toronto Downtown

475 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4Y1X7

Book your group rate via the reservation link or call 1-800-847-5075. Use the group name HRD Wellbeing Summit Canada 2024 to secure the discounted rate until January 30, 2024.

Room rate: $239 per standard room/night

Cut-off date: January 30, 2024

Check in: 3pm Check out: 12pm 

Reservation Link: HRD Wellbeing Summit Canada 2024

Phone Number: 1-800- 847-5075

Courtyard Toronto Downtown

Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel

One Blue Jays Way, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5V1J4

Book your group rate via the reservation link or call 1-800-237-1512. Use the group name HRD Wellbeing Summit Canada 2024 to secure the discounted rate until January 30, 2024.

Room rate: $299 per standard room/night

Cut-off date: January 30, 2024

Check in: 3pm Check out: 12pm 

Reservation Link: HRD Wellbeing Summit Canada 2024

Phone Number: 1-800-237-1512

Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel

Holiday Inn Express Toronto Downtown

111 Lombard Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2T9

Book your group rate via the reservation link or call 416-367-5555. Use the group name HRD Wellbeing Summit Canada 2024 to secure the discounted rate until January 12, 2024.

Room rate: $259 per standard room/night

Cut-off date: January 12, 2024

Check in: 3pm Check out: 11am 

Reservation link: HRD Wellbeing Summit Canada 2024 

Phone Number: 416-367-5555

Hotel Parking: $35 per night

Hotel Concessions: Complimentary Breakfast

 

Holiday Inn Express Toronto Downtown

REGISTRATION FOR HRD WELLBEING SUMMIT CANADA IS OPEN

Discover how you can build a happier, healthier team in 2024 – book your seat now and be part of the conversation.

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