Work and Wellness Forum 2018 Presented by Pacific Blue Cross

Friday, October 12, 2018
7:30 AM
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Schedule:Registration:  7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Buffet breakfast and lunch will be served.
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The shift towards an employee-centric workplace


Businesses around the world are increasing their focus on the well-being of employees — and in doing so, are realizing the wide range of benefits.

By investing in their employees, businesses are experiencing higher productivity, increased retention, decreased absenteeism, and lower health-care costs.

In the light of today's tight labour market and stiff competition for talented workers, businesses must put their employees at the heart of their organizations — or suffer the economic consequences.

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Breakfast keynote:

Advocate for mental health at the workplace

Rona Maynard

Rona Maynard
Mental Health Advocate and Author

Rona Maynard will identify the scope and significance of employee health and well-being. Rona will explore the critical role businesses play when it comes to employee mental health, why this matters to businesses, and what they can do about it. You will discover how to tap into employees' top potential by ensuring their well-being.

Morning keynote:

The price of ignoring employees' mental health

Dr. Andrew Miki

Dr. Andrew Miki, R. Psych
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Starling Minds Incorporated

Dr. Andrew Miki's keynote will cover mental illness at the workplace: the cost of mental illness, how and why employees fall into mental illness, and how to ensure that employees remain mentally fit. The keynote will provide tools for understanding and preventing mental illness, thereby laying the foundation for a workplace that fosters employee health and wellness.

Download Report: The Economic Impact of Mental Illness: Absenteeism & Presenteeism


Luncheon keynote:

Removing barriers and unleashing potential

Rick Hansen

Rick Hansen, C.C., O.B.C.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Rick Hansen Foundation

Through the power of his own story and the inspiration he's found in others, Rick Hansen believes that it's not what happens to you, but what you do with it that counts. Rick challenges audiences to check their own attitudes and question the barriers to success within themselves and within their communities. Through the Rick Hansen Foundation, Rick and his team raise awareness about accessibility, inclusion, and the potential of people with disabilities. Rick's presentation will inspire you to believe that everyone has the ability to make a difference, and that anything is possible if you have the courage to try.

Closing keynote:

Healthy body, healthy mind

Tommy Europe

Tommy Europe
Award Winning Fitness Coach, TV Host, Grey Cup Champion, Best Selling Author

Best known as the tough love television host of the "The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp" and "Bulging Brides," Tommy Europe is Canada's most recognized Health and Fitness coach. Tommy's keynote focuses on fitness and exercise to achieve greater physical and mental wellness. Drawing on his expertise as a TV fitness personality, professional athlete and trainer, Tommy provides tools and strategies for keeping the body and mind healthy and strong that can easily be integrated into your organization and shared with your employees.


The importance of investing in employee well-being

This panel will explore:

  • The benefits of investing in proactive health and wellness at work
  • Reducing absenteeism and improving employee engagement
  • The dimensions and diversity of employee wellness policies and programs
  • A shifting focus from ROI to VOI — Value of Investment
Robert BoushelDr. Monika Slovinec D'AngeloDr. Ian PikeHeidi WorthingtonBridgitte Anderson

Dr. Robert Boushel, Professor and Director of the School of Kinesiology, UBC
Dr. Monika Slovinec D'Angelo, Ph.D., M.Ed. Director, Health, Conference Board of Canada
Dr. Ian Pike, Director, BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit
Heidi Worthington, Sr. Vice-President, Chief Revenue Officer & Chief Operating Officer, BC Life
Moderator: Bridgitte Anderson, ICD.D, General Manager, Edelman Vancouver


Designing and implementing a health and wellness policy

This panel will explore:

  • Designing health and wellness policies that align with your employees and corporate culture
  • Quick wins in employee well-being versus organizational overhaul for effective impact
  • The role of technology in the health and well-being of employees
  • Emerging trends impacting health benefits and plan design

Lisa BakerJosée DinoMatt LeiversDr. Ashley SpetchBridgitte Anderson

Lisa Baker, Human Resources and Wellness Business Leader, Flight Centre Travel Group
José Dino, Director and General Manager, TELUS Employer Solutions
Matt Lievers, Associate Vice President, Group Business, Product and Innovation, Pacific Blue Cross
Dr. Ashley Spetch, Vice-President, Workplace Health and Research, Homewood Health
Moderator: Bridgitte Anderson, ICD.D, General Manager, Edelman Vancouver


Staying ahead: A changing workforce and the future of work

This panel will explore:

  • The role of health benefits in the recruitment and retention of top talent
  • How the future of work will impact your employee wellness policies and how to prepare
  • Transforming your corporate culture to improve employee well-being
  • The importance of aligning corporate health and wellness culture with personal values
Shiah BazeleyRob ChiarelloTracy McDonaldZuleika SgroDeborah Versteeg

Shiah Bazeley, Senior Director, People and Culture, Vega
Rob Chiarello, Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Privacy Officer, Pacific Blue Cross
Tracy McDonald, Director, Talent & Culture, Left
Zuleika Sgro, Vice President of People, Saje Natural Wellness
Moderator: Deborah Versteeg, Director, People and Change, KPMG Vancouver

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