Health & Wellness Leadership Summit

Develop healthy, happy and productive employees.

Let GoodLife inspire, educate and empower your organization on the path to positive change.

Toronto, Ontario
Nov 22, 2018

9:00AM - 4:00PM

South Building - Metro Toronto Convention Centre Room 718


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General Ticket
Includes full day conference an morning/afternoon coffee service.
$ 339 .00
Regular rate
$ 229 .00
Corporate/Member rate wth applicable promo-code*
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VIP Ticket
Includes preferred conference seating, morning/afternoon coffee service and VIP luncheon.
$ 595 .00
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(This event is pre-approved for 4 CPD Hours by the HRPA.)

7:30am – 9:00am  Registration and Refreshments


9:00am – 9:15am Opening Remarks


9:15am – 10:15am 

Pam Ross

Founder & President,

Blue Rebel Works

Theme: Courageous Leadership

Topic: Trust – The Universal Currency for Establishing a Culture of Engagement & Organizational Health

BIO: After spending more than 15 years in the corporate world, Pam knows that the business world has changed and leaders need to reinvent how they manage work. Social media, globalization, remote work and economic pressures have made traditional ways of working obsolete. She started her own business with a mission to unleash talent and reinvent work.

As a speaker, Pam shares facts, stories and examples of how to create real connections with customers, colleagues and each other. In her work as a culture catalyst, she helps leaders explore possibilities and provides real examples of businesses reinventing work. She leads organizational trailblazers to develop the two core elements of a high performing culture: Trust and Agility.

Session Highlights:

  • Why is trust more critical today than ever before, for personal and organizational health?
  • What neuroscience and true organizational stories can tell us about how to build trust, engagement and high performance
  • Realize how your subconscious behaviour patterns can either enhance or deplete the value of your leadership currency


10:15am – 10:20am Energizer Stretch Break


10:20am – 10:50am Wellness Break & Exhibitor Showcase


10:50am – 11:50am 

Andrew Harkness

Strategy Advisor, Organizational Health Initiatives

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Theme:  Building Psychologically Safe & Healthy Workplaces

Topic:  Does Your Definition of Health & Safety Include Mental Harm Prevention?  

BIO: Andrew leads WSPS’s comprehensive organizational health and workplace mental health initiatives. He is a member of the CSA/BNQ technical committee that developed the CSA Z1003-13, the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.  

With more than 30 years of experience in occupational health, safety and wellness, Andrew has been a thought leader in this field and has collaborated with other key stakeholders such as the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Canadian Mental Health Association, Guarding Minds @ Work, Mary Ann Baynton, Dr. Martin Shain and others to bring mental harm prevention to workplaces in Canada. Andrew has also travelled extensively internationally to work with governments and organizations looking to bring leading practices into their workplaces, including Hong Kong, Bahrain, Brazil, Uruguay, India and Kenya.

Session Highlights:

  • Recognize the importance of workplace mental health and its impact on your employees and business, particularly in light of recent WSIB developments with chronic mental stress
  • Share insights on what it takes for an organization to start down this path – identifying what will work best for you and the tools and resources available to improve mental health literacy and reduce stigma
  • Learn approaches and considerations so your program succeeds, including how to maintain momentum based on RACE principles
  • Hear about a group of companies that made the commitment to implement the national standard, what they experienced, the lessons learned and what worked best for them on their journey


11:50am – 12:50pm Lunch Break


1:00pm – 1:20pm – 2018 GoodLife Fitness Health & Wellness Leadership Awards Presentation & Panel Discussions

The GoodLife Fitness Health & Wellness Leadership Award & Panel Discussions is a Canadian benchmark for recognizing organizations of varying size and industry for their efforts to promote a fit, healthy, active, engaged and productive workforce. The goal is to celebrate and learn innovative practices from organizations, regardless of size and industry that have led to a healthier and more productive Canadian workforce.

1:20pm – 2:20pm 

Moderated “Armchair” panel discussion with Danny Weill, Vice President, Partnerships LifeSpeak


Dr. Marie-Hélène Favreau, Director Mental Health, Workplace Practices and Disability Management - Bell

Marie-Claude Laporte, Senior Advisor, Disability Management and Wellness at VIA Rail.

Theme: The Role of Technology in Workplace Wellness

Topic: Embracing Digital Innovation to Support Employee Health & Well-Being

Session Highlights:

  • Embracing technology as a means to educate, support and empower leaders, managers and employees to achieve optimal work-life health & well-being
  • Maximize employee engagement across geographical locations through effective communication, measurement and feedback mechanisms
  • Building a culture of wellness within a multi-generational workforce


 2:20pm – 2:25pm  Energizer Stretch Break


2:25pm – 2:55pm Wellness Break & Exhibitor Showcase


2:55pm – 3:55pm 

Keith Macpherson

Mindfulness Expert, Author and Musician

Theme:  Making Sense of Mindfulness

Topic:  The Power of Mindfulness to Improve Focus, Build Optimism and Inspire Resiliency

BIO: Keith Macpherson has a special ability to motivate the masses and win over even those who might otherwise neglect their health and wellness. As a trained life coach through CTI (Coaching Training Institute, San Rafael, CA) along with a B.E.d Degree and extensive yoga teacher training through Moksha Yoga International, Keith Macpherson is poised to be a global leader in community leadership involving health and wellness. With a strong dream of accessible health and wellness for our global community, Keith Macpherson is truly on his way to fulfilling his vision of a healthier planet aligned mentally, physically and spiritually. Keith has spent over 15 years touring globally as a speaker and performer in Africa, Dubai, the UK and the United States.

Session Highlights:

  • Discover the meaning of mindfulness and the benefits to work-life integration
  • Learn how to cultivate a deeper practice of mindfulness on a daily basis
  • Tools, exercise and strategies to reduce stress, build resiliency and optimize performance


3:55pm – 4:00pm Closing Remarks


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