Health & Wellness Leadership Summit

Develop healthy, happy and productive employees.

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

Winnipeg, Manitoba
May 03, 2018

9:00AM - 4:00PM

RBC Convention Centre


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VIP Ticket
Includes full day VIP conference seating, VIP buffet luncheon and refreshments.
$ 395 .00
Regular rate
$ 295 .00
Corporate/Member rate wth applicable promo-code*
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General Ticket
Includes full day conference and refreshments.
$ 299 .00
Regular rate
$ 195 .00
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Group Rate (Most Popular): Purchase 2 tickets and receive the 3rd free! Reserved Table (Best Value): Purchase 8 tickets for the price of 5!
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This program has been approved for 7 Continuing Professional Development hours towards maintaining the CPHR designation by CPHR Manitoba.


9:00AM – 9:15AM Welcome Remarks 


9:15AM – 10:15AM


Dr. Bill Howatt 

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

Theme: Mental Health - The Coping Crisis

Topic: How to deal effectively with work related and environmental pressures

BIO: 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 – 10:20AM  Energizer Stretch Break


10:20AM - 11:00AM  Wellness Refreshment Break & Exhibitor Showcase


11:00AM – 11:55AM


Stephen de Groot

Founder and President, Myriad Consulting

Theme: Leadership Tips for Workplace Engagement

Topic:  Once Upon a Time, Everyone Ran to Work Excited

BIO:  As the Founder and President of Myriad Consulting, Stephen holds two important and purposeful intentions: which are to enhance the quality and experience of the people being served as clients and; to enhance the quality, value and meaning of the people providing that service. An expert and authority on human behavior, performance, organizational climate, culture, development and leadership, Stephen maintains an exceptional track record in results. He works with his team to ensure consistent quality and delivery of values and strength based training, coaching, team building and organizational development. Stephen and the Myriad team work to understand core business objectives, operational challenges and tailor delivery to meet a myriad of organizational needs, values and goals.

Session highlights:

  • Uncover practical strategies to feel passionate and inspired to produce your best work
  • Motivating the Unmotivated: practical strategies for enhancing employee performance
  • Building effective teams in the face of change


11:55AM – 1:05PM  Lunch & Exhibitor Showcase


1:05PM – 1:20PM

2017 GoodLife Fitness Health & Wellness Leadership Award Highlights


1:20PM – 2:20PM


Sylvia Marusyk
International Activational Speaker on Health and Wellness, Occupational Therapist

Theme:  Stress Management

Topic: Stressed to Kill

How to inspire healthy, happy and engaged employees while reducing stress related illness and absenteeism

BIO: Sylvia! is an ACTIVATIONAL speaker who gives her audience the tools to build healthy lives and workplaces. She’s fun, she’s sassy and she’s passionate about safety and health! Sylvia’s entertaining presentations focus on a proactive approach to building healthy lives and work places. As an Occupational Therapist with years of practice in the field of workplace, safety and health, Sylvia knows prevention is the key to creating happy, healthy individuals, employees and businesses.  Sylvia continues to practice as an Occupational Therapist providing accredited workplace injury prevention services to all sectors of business and industry.  The former radio show host of Happy Hour With Sylvia, is also a regular Health and Wellness contributor to CJOB radio.

Session highlights:

  • How to identify all the components of stress – physical, cognitive, emotional and environmental – and avoid or modify many of these
  • The powerful biochemical impact stress has, as well as its strong and indisputable link to illness
  • The mind-body connection to stress and how you can stop it in its tracks with practical and effective techniques


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


2:25PM – 2:55PM  Wellness Refreshment 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 Machperson 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 Rafeal, CA) along with a B ED 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 United States.

Session highlights:

  • Discover the meaning of mindfulness and the benefits to work-life performance
  • Learn to cultivate a deeper practice of mindfulness on a daily basis
  • Reduce stress, anxiety and burn out through improved balance and resiliency


3:55PM- 4:00PM  Closing Remarks


Toronto, Ontario
Nov 22, 2018

9:00AM - 4:00PM

South Building - Metro Toronto Convention Centre


Our team is working on an extraordinary line up of guest speakers and topics! We look forward to announcing details in the months ahead.