Health & Wellness Leadership Summit

Develop healthy, happy and productive employees.

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

Nov 22, 2017

9:00AM - 4:00PM

Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building


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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*
Group Rate: Buy 2 tickets and the 3rd is complimentary! Register 8 tickets (reserved table) for the price of 5!
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VIP Ticket
Includes preferred conference seating, morning/afternoon coffee service and VIP luncheon.
$ 595 .00
Regular rate
$ 349 .00
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Group Rate: Buy 2 tickets and the 3rd is complimentary!
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7:30am – 9:00am Registration and Refreshments


9:00am – 9:15am Opening Remarks


9:15am – 10:15am

Dr. Bill Howatt

PH.D., Ed.D. – Chief Research & Development Officer, Workforce Productivity, Morneau Shepell Inc.

Theme: Mental Health & Resiliency

Topic: The Coping Crisis – how to deal effectively with work related and environmental pressures

Dr. Bill Howatt has over 25 years’ experience in strategic HR, mental health and addictions, and leadership. He has published numerous books and articles, such as: The Coping Crisis, Pathways to Coping, TalOp®: Taking the Guesswork Out of Management, the Howatt HR Elements Series, the Wiley Series on Addictions, Human Services Counselor’s Toolbox, The Addiction Counselor’s Desk Reference, and The Addiction Counsellor’s Toolbox. He is the author of Beyond Engagement: The Employee Care Advantage and the creator of the Quality of Work Life (QWL) methodology and survey. He is the co-author of behavioural engineering, a strategy aligned to the QWL to provide guidance on how to lead employees to facilitate behaviour change.

Session Highlights:

  • Learn how both employers and employees can better deal with environmental pressures
  • Explore 9 micro skills that influence one’s ability to cope with environmental stressors
  • Discuss the role and responsibility of both the employee and the employer in creating environments where coping skills can be developed


10:15am – 10:20 Energizer Stretch Break


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


10:50am – 11:50am

Tim Magwood  

Master Storyteller, Catalyst

Mark of a Leader

Theme: Leadership Excellence

Topic:  The Art of Story-Telling to Improve Communication and Team Effectiveness

BIO: Tim is a creative, collaborative, and passionate leader who believes whole heartedly in healthy living!  A colleague describes him as a “lightening rod in driving positive change.” He has the mind of an entrepreneur, the heart of a coach & storyteller and the soul of a songwriter. He is a Master storyteller with The Mark of a Leader – being a catalyst of change by sharing inspiring leadership stories. He is also co-founder & partner of 1-degree, whose vision is to inspire & equip organizations with the agility to transform. He has just released his third original album of songs, Scorpio Soul.

Session highlights:

  • Develop stories that align with organizational objectives and team effectiveness
  • Discover the relationship between storytelling, behaviour and organizational culture
  • Keys to being an effective communicator and a better leader


11:50am – 12:50pm Lunch Break & Exhibitor Showcase


12:50pm – 1:20pm – 2017 GoodLife Fitness Health & Wellness Leadership Award Presentation and Panel Question & Answer Session

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 from organizations, regardless of size and industry, innovative practices leading to a healthier and more productive Canadian workforce.


1:20pm – 2:20pm 

Todd Nelson

Senior Consultant, Investment Leader

Willis Towers Watson

Theme: Emerging Trends in Employee Wellness Management

Topic: Supporting Financial Well-Being in a Multi-Generational Workforce

Todd is the Toronto leader for the Willis Towers Watson investment practice and co-leader of the Canadian defined contribution team. He consults with a wide variety of institutional clients, including defined benefit and defined contribution plan sponsors as well as endowments and foundations. His areas of expertise include asset and liability modeling, currency management, manager selection and alternative investments. He is a frequent speaker on current and emerging issues on the pension and investment landscape and has authored a number of industry articles.  

Session highlights:

  • Discover the new model for offering benefits and building engagement
  • Understand how generational demographics drive shifts in your organization
  • Address financial concerns that contribute to stress and reduced productivity


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


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


2:55pm – 3:55pm 

Judy Croon

Author, Motivational Speaker & Comedian

Theme: Stress Management

Topic:  The Power of Humour to Diffuse Stress and Improve Well-Being

BIO: Judy is a comedian, motivational speaker, radio host, Second City stand up coach and author. She has worked with many celebrities including; Jon Stewart, Lewis Black, Robert Klein and Joan Rivers. Her specials have appeared on NBC, CBS, CTV and The Comedy Network. She is a co-author of From the Stage to the Page: Life Lessons from Four Funny Ladies! Judy draws from her stand-up performance experience to entertain, inform and inspire in her dynamic keynote entitled, ‘Relieving Work Related Stress with Humour’. Judy is the creator/host of ‘Laughlines’ and ‘Stand Up For The Girls’ which have both helped raise over $650,000 for breast cancer research.

Session Highlights:

  • Learn how humour can be used to improve engagement and build a positive culture
  • Realize the benefits of laughter to lower blood pressure, relieve stress and improve resiliency
  • Improve creativity, risk taking and unique problem solving abilities


3:55pm – 4:00pm Closing Remarks

The order of guest speakers and session times may be subject to change.