Imagine Your Workplace Conference is designed to spark conversation and connection. This program is delivered in the spirit of “imagine your workplace” — what could you achieve if deliberate intention rather than unconscious reaction drove your work? This unique event is a convergence of the latest research with practical application to improve the quality of organizations.


The morning will focus on the science behind engagement, with succinct, highly polished five to 10 minute lightning talk sessions involving some of Canada’s most respected experts.


After the Imagine Your Workplace Conference’s signature networking lunch called Dare2Dine, you will hear a dynamic featured speaker to launch you into an interactive afternoon.


The practical application of the science will be covered in the afternoon by a compelling and an engaging hands-on workshop.


Love the community, the great energy, the food and high quality programming!

Lisa Latorcai, Amadeus Consulting

Very professional and well thought out event. Enjoyed every minute.

Liz Pia, AFIMAC Global Investigations

What a unique approach! This conference exemplifies how to hold meetings while delivering great information and excellent networking opportunities.

Andrea Todd, Novus Health

The Lightening Talks were brilliant.

Kate Salmon, Learnography

Gigantic thank you!

Jill Scott, Watari Community Counselling Services

Program Details


      The Science

      7:45 am
      Registration Open
      Coffee Service with Showcasers

      8:15 am
      Conference Opens
      Lightning Talks
      Brainshare Outdoor Activity: Comfy walking shoes are advisable

      The Practice

      12:30 pm
      Dare2Dine Lunch
      Mosaic (includes autographed books)

      5:00 pm
      Conference Wrap-up

      Questioning Workplace Wellness

      Dr. Jonas Eyford, Director, Fjord Wellness

      Brow-beating employees to eat better, exercise more and smoke less is expensive and only marginally effective. Learn a better way to spark a powerful and permanent wellness transformation in your organization. It’s easier (and cheaper) than you think! Dr. Jonas Eyford will share a strategy to “re-humanize” your approach to workplace wellness, helping you see human performance through three distinct physiological lenses. He will give you great questions to start asking and suggest practical guidelines to recharge your team.

      How to Blend Mindfulness into Your Workplace

      Trish Huston, Registered Yoga and Meditation Teacher

      More productive, less stressed, innovative, positive, creative, resilient and energized. Sounds good, right? This is your workplace on mindfulness. Trish will discuss the influence that mindfulness is having on the modern workplace and how you can build a mindful community of employees through simple yet effective practices. Could mindfulness be the tool that elevates your workplace from good to great?

      Caution: participants may leave this talk feeling more energized and focussed.

      Cultivating Resilience

      Darren Steeves, CEO, Vendura Wellness

      Most of us require challenging goals and some degree of pressure to fulfil our potential — stress can be good for us. Too little of it and we experience decreased attention and interest. Too much negatively impacts our health and productivity. Resilience keeps our stress at a level that allows for optimal performance. Research shows that while some people come by resilience naturally, it can be learned by most anyone. During this session you will learn the three big links to resilience: sleep, physical activity, and your “gut” health, as well as how to include mindfulness in your workday and build optimism.

      How to Create a High-Performing Culture

      Masam Ali Malik, Consultant, CCM Consultancy

      What if you could increase the bottom line of an organization by 20% without having to commit significant additional resources? Sound too good to be true? This insightful session will provide you with practical takeaways to achieve this goal. You will gain a solid understanding of what a high-performing culture is, what prevents teams from getting there, and more importantly, an actionable plan to get there. Through interactive exercises and case studies, Masam will share global best practices from the world’s most renowned organizations to help you achieve that ever elusive high-performing culture.

      How We Made a Bad Change Management Situation Worse

      Elizabeth Williams, President, Candler Chase Inc.

      From mergers to downsizings, 70% of corporate change initiatives fail. The culprit in most cases is terrible communication, which allows a combination of vivid imaginations and social media-fuelled rumours create a mess that may take years to fix.

      This entertaining session will look at the lessons to be learned from epic change failures, introducing simple techniques to get the right messages out to the right people at the right time. Learn the secret weapon that makes organizational communications successful; best practices to get the message out consistently; how to measure success; and when to call in the cavalry.

      No Time to Learn: How to Develop Leaders in the Age of Collaboration

      Glain Roberts-McCabe, President, The Roundtable

      Today’s leaders are time-starved, stretched thin and desperately trying to stay agile in an increasingly complex, ambiguous and volatile world. Each year billions of dollars are spent on leadership development and executive coaching, but still organizations are feeling the pain of weaker leadership bench strength. According to research by Deloitte, only 6% of senior executives feel that their leaders are “ready.” Where are we going wrong? Through a panel discussion with three senior line and HR leaders, we will explore:

      • Why traditional leadership development and coaching approaches are falling short
      • How group coaching and team coaching is changing the game
      • What you can do to bring a group coaching approach to your leadership programming

Conference Venue

What goes better with an insightful day of thought-leadership, discussions and inspiration? A great outdoor experience obviously!



Reservations may be made by calling 416-444-2511 or through the worldwide reservations line at 1-888-627-8550. Refer to the “Your Workplace Room Block” when you book to receive the group rate. A limited number of rooms are available at the discounted rate.


Conference Committee

The Imagine Your Workplace Conference advisory board provides non-binding merit-based recommendations to the host Your Workplace. Advisory board is composed of experts in the field of human resources and is chaired by Your Workplace President Vera Asanin.

Julie Einarson

Director, Culture & Communication, Benefits by Design (BBD)

Julie helps the BBD team to reach their full potential. The belief held by BBD that HR is about enhancing and supporting talent directly relates to Julie’s extensive work experience in higher and international education. An everyday adventurer, Julie operates on many channels. She enjoys hobbies that range from gardening and fitness pursuits to binge-reading and travel, and her sense of humour is matched by her ability to be enthusiastic about… just about everything.

Alistair Price

Vice President, Human Resources, Innotech-Execaire Aviation Group

Alistair Price is the VP of Human Resources at Innotech-Execaire Aviation Group.

Caterina Sanders

Senior Consultant, Habanero Consulting Group

Caterina Sanders has a diverse background. Her former role as Vice-President, People & Culture, combined dual responsibilities for operations and employee experience. Under her employee experience leadership Habanero received numerous awards and is now nationally recognized as a top Canadian workplace. She is also a skilled consultant with a background in interaction design and account management. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of British Columbia.

Travis Dutka

Culture Curator, 360insights

Travis is the Culture Curator at 360insights and an espresso enthusiast. He works with senior leadership, HR and the people leaders of 360insights to create the “360 Unbelievable Experience”. Since 2012 he has focused on talent acquisition, learning, growth and employee experience for this rapidly growing software company which grew from 59 employees in 2012 to over 260 today. 360insights is rated in the top five best places to work in Canada for four consecutive years!

Rocky Ozaki

VP of Community, BC Tech Association

Rocky Ozaki is a self-professed evangelist on the future workplace. He believes that technology, a sharing economy and the connected generation are dramatically changing the way companies attract and engage their people, and is leveraging his 10 years of senior level operations and HR with four years of start-up tech experience to help organizations of all sizes and sectors thrive in the workplace of today. Ozaki is the Vice-President of Community for the B.C. Tech Association and is a co-founder of STARFiiSH, an engagement survey company for the tech industry.