2022 Agenda

April 26, 2022 | Online | 9:55 am - 3:45 pm ET

9:45 - 9:55 am

Registration and virtual orientation

9:55 - 10:00 am

Opening remarks

10:00 - 10:30 am

Opening keynote: Breaking down the barriers of mental health in the workplace

With employees working remotely, either full-time or in hybrid arrangements, it's important to have clear guidance on when work stops and personal life begins. Employers should be proactive in addressing wellbeing challenges within the organization to ensure your employees thrive. This session will explore how employers can address societal challenges that impact the workplace to ensure your company promotes a culture of wellness.

  • The 'right to disconnect’: How do organizations ensure this is properly enacted?
  • Aligning company mental health policies and KPIs with the workplace’s underlying mission and values
  • How to connect and build trust with your employees

Jo Kinzett

HR Director Canada, Mars Wrigley

10:35 - 11:20 am

Panel: Burnout at work: Can this be prevented?

HR leaders understand the grave impact of employee burnout. In today’s climate, it’s become imperative to develop scalable, evidence-based mental health tools to support workers. This session will identify strategies for avoiding burnout triggers and provide insights into the solutions that are having an impact.

  • How can you overcome the barriers to employee support?
  • Identifying mobile-based resources that work for your business and support busy professionals
  • How can HR leaders make changes to an organization’s culture and tackle issues such as staff shortages and excessive workloads
  • How do you measure the success of a wellness program?


Dr. Ryan Todd

CEO, Headversity


Elizabeth Rhodenizer

Director General Email and Workplace Technology Services, Shared Services Canada

Avi Greenberg

Director, Wellness Programming, Netflix

Lianne Clarke

VP, Wellness and Disability Innovation & Growth, Cowan Insurance Group Ltd.

Yanique Smith

Director, Well-being & Accessibility, Rogers

11:25 - 11:55 am

First line of defence: The role of direct managers in supporting employee health

A supportive work culture and healthy relationships between staff and their line managers play a key role in maintaining the mental wellbeing of employees. It's critical that HR leaders provide management with the tools and skills to support employees. This session will demonstrate how to develop a wellness-focused people framework for management, to create a safer environment for employees.

  • Teaching leaders how to develop healthy behaviours so they can lead by example
  • Establishing a long-term plan for managers to ensure employees feel valued and trusted by their organization
  • How can HR leaders equip teams to identify early signs of mental health struggles?

Leora Hornstein

Well-being Specialist, Cenovus

11:55 - 12:20 pm

Interactive networking break

12:20 - 1:05 pm

Case study: Leadership and longevity drive Adobe team’s wellbeing success

To succeed in helping employees thrive personally and professionally, investment must go further than money spent on apps and initiatives. Two factors have proven to be crucial: Leadership involvement and length of wellbeing efforts. The positive outcomes from Adobe’s Total Rewards implementation of the Whole Health Leadership™ program demonstrates this. The session will show how partnership and commitment led to stellar results and retention – with lots of learning along the way.

  • How leadership accountability impacts employee wellbeing and company results
  • Why lasting investment in wellbeing makes a difference
  • How addressing the whole person builds connected workplaces
  • Why showing care is critical to the success of employees and organizations

Jan Gelman

Wellbeing Consultant, Adobe

1:10 - 1:40 pm

A return to wellness

Continuing the discussions about the importance of mental health in the workplace, as well as the broad impacts of mental illness on various areas of our lives, including self-perceptions, confidence levels, work performance, motivation, productivity, and relationships. All of which can aid in breaking stigmas and misconceptions about mental illness and have an impact on a personal, workplace. This session will provide a relatable perspective on mental health that aims to look at why it’s important to have adequate mental health policies & processes in the workplace that go beyond just the theoretics.

  • Challenging perceptions of mental illness and shifting perspectives of mental illness
  • How to foster a culture of wellbeing?
  • Transferable skills and strategies that can be used to promote wellbeing and create an environment of support

Yalda Kazemi

Wellness, Policy & HR Consultant, Author, stylEsteem Inc

1:40 - 2:05 pm

Interactive networking break

2:05 - 2:50 pm

Panel: Curating a competitive employee benefits package

When organisations invest in employee benefits, this can help employees feel valued and increase overall satisfaction and morale in a climate that is ever-changing. But to remain competitive in the market, it's imperative that HR leaders update benefit schemes that no longer prove relevant to the modern worker. In this session, a panel of experts will address opportunities to adapt current benefits packages to meet employees’ changing needs and, ultimately, foster a trusting, sustainable relationship between employee and employer.

  • Evaluating what benefits employees need and how to manage varied requirements
  • What benefits can have a meaningful impact on employees’ childcare arrangements
  • Updating your healthcare and risk benefits to ensure the welfare and productivity of employees
  • Evaluating time-off policies to offer competitive, flexible arrangements


Michael Dimaano

Total Compensation and HR Policy, Ottawa Community Housing Corporation (OCH)


Sherry Shaw

Principal Consultant, Cowan Insurance Group

Keylan Wright

Senior Health and Wellness Coordinator, Johnson & Johnson

Michael Asaku-Yeboah

Senior Work Wellness Coach, Amazon

Stephanie Lawrance

Vice President, People, Maple

2:55 - 3:40 pm

Panel: Prioritising psychological safety as employees return to the workplace

As many companies prepare for a return to the office, it's imperative that HR leaders create a clear wellness strategy to ensure a smooth transition. In this session, a panel of industry leaders will discuss best practices for promoting the psychological wellbeing of all employees who are returning to work – and a culture of safety over stress.

  • How can leaders show empathy for employees and make room for accommodation?
  • How to create an open environment that involves employee input in the decision-making process
  • Determining when and how to implement a phased return to work: How will employees be notified, and how much leeway will be given?
  • Addressing COVID vaccines and creating a communication plan for employees


Christina Fuda

Mental Health First Aid Lead, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences


Suzy Kwiecien

Head of Brand and Product Marketing, Unilever Water & Air Wellness

Elizenda Jean-Claude

PMO Lead, HR Strategic Initiatives & Business Transformation, Bell Canada

Aneta Grabiec

Occupation Psychologist - Wellness Consultant, published author of How To Be Good Enough

Erin Dick

Assistant Vice President, Wellbeing Services, Health Solutions, Aon

Kabir Bhagaria

Manager, Employee Health and Safety, First West Credit Union

3:45 am

Closing remarks

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