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Imagine Your Workplace Conference is designed to spark conversation and connection. Imagine what you could achieve if deliberate intention rather than unconscious reaction drove your work.

The morning will focus on the science behind engagement with succinct, highly polished lightning talks, involving some of Canada’s most respected organizations.

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

This engaging program will grab your attention and inspire you to action.

Conference at a Glance

Morning – Lightning Talks presented by researchers and industry experts on the emerging science of workplace excellence. A dozen experts on the four topics of: Managing, Leading, Wellness and Work Culture.


Lunch – Keynote Rocky Ozaki will share evidence-based data and stories on why the world’s most forward-thinking companies are building powerful cultures.


Afternoon – Workshop by Brady Wilson will teach you to engage individuals and teams in useful conversations. Learn what matters most and people’s five driving needs that will give you better results.

Loved the new format!

2016 Attendee

Very well organized and personal. Congratulations!

2016 Attendee

Gigantic thank you!

Jill Scott, Watari Community Counselling Services

Well-designed day of learning. Thank you.

2016 Attendee

Super job!! Tremendous value!

2016 Attendee

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

Lisa Latorcai, Amadeus Consulting

As a leader of a team, I found the content very helpful and the speakers very engaging.

2016 Attendee

I really appreciated how the theme of wellness was carried through every component of the event.

2016 Attendee

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

Liz Pia, AFIMAC Global Investigations

A conference not just for HR professionals but anyone in a leadership role.

2016 Attendee

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

Andrea Todd, Novus Health

The keynote was who drew me to the conference and he didn't disappoint!

2016 Attendee

The enthusiasm of all the presenters was contagious.

2016 Attendee

Wonderful diversity of academic and industry speakers.

2016 Attendee

Excellent program for a one day conference.

2016 Attendee

Fantastic! So many interesting topics on ideas I never even thought about. A well building?? How cool!

2016 Attendee

I love the Botanical Garden Game and the comradery it created!

2016 Attendee

Wow what a unique education experience. I feel fortunate to have participated. Looking forward to next year!

2016 Attendee

Inventive and innovative, engaging and proactive all in a day's time frame - most impressive.

2016 Attendee

The Lightening Talks were brilliant.

Kate Salmon, Learnography

Great venue - great line up of speakers.

2016 Attendee

Really different and was executed well.

2016 Attendee

I really felt inspired from the content, thank you.

2016 Attendee

I had a lot of fun and really enjoyed meeting new people and expanding my network.

2016 Attendee

There are lots and lots of great ideas on how to be a better leader, and
have a more engaged workforce, and in a great work space.

2016 Attendee

Program Details


    7:30 am                 Registration Open
  •                                Coffee Service with Showcasers
  • 8:15 am                 Conference Opens
  •                                 Lightning Talks
  •                                 Brainshare Outdoor Activity: Comfy walking shoes are advisable

  • 12:00 pm              Dare2Dine Lunch
  •                                Keynote
  •                                Workshop
  •                                Mosaic (includes autographed books)
  • 5:00 pm                 Conference Wrap-up

*agenda and program indicated may be subject to change without notice.

Lightning Talks

Cutting-edge presentations by researchers and industry experts on the emerging science of workplace excellence. Topics include:

  • How diverse teams create the space for innovative ideas to flourish
  • The secret of successful work cultures from workplaces around the world
  • The research-based strategies that anyone concerned about their employees’ emotional welfare should know
  • How the future of technology can be scary, yet it can also enhance business
  • What drives your people for maximum impact
  • Restoring workplace relationships by treating conflict as normal
  • The rise of the digital workplace and the critical steps to making it people-powered
  • Significantly improving performance by building a coaching culture
  • Using volunteer programs to increase engagement and loyalty between employees and their company
  • Supporting employees who are smiling on the outside while they are crying on the inside
  • Recognizing the signs of stress, mental illness and substance abuse in the workplace

Brainshare Outdoor Activity

What goes better with an insightful day of thought-leadership, discussions and inspiration? A great outdoor experience obviously! Brainshare is a structured, yet casual session that brings attendees together during a walk through the Botanical Garden. Why tolerate the sedentary style of traditional conferences held in the stuffy, lifeless interiors of mega facilities? In small teams, you will walk together making new connections with peers and finding solutions to the most pressing people challenges organizations face. Wear comfortable walking shoes and join us for a memorable experience.

Keynote: Rocky Ozaki

The Now of Work

The workplace of the future has arrived. How we attract and engage talent has fundamentally changed, and the underpinning of company culture must be innovation and agility. Discover how forward-thinking companies are building powerful cultures by embracing the connected generation, technology and a sharing economy. This powerful presentation will rock your world, and give you at least three innovative practices that will positively transform the way you work.

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.

Workshop: Brady Wilson

Oxygen Poker: Understand What Is Driving You!

There are driving needs that are so vital and urgent that it feels like our need for oxygen. When these needs are met, they generate the kind of energy that produces high performance, innovation and engagement. If these needs go unmet, depletion and interference are introduced constricting the part of the brain responsible for focusing attention, regulating emotions, connecting the dots and making smart decisions.

In this fun, insightful and interactive workshop you will learn about your needs and what drives you. You will walk away with the ability to engage individuals or teams in a manner that will unlock deliberate intention and better business results within your organization.

As the founder of Juice Inc., Wilson functions as a human energy architect working with leaders to build the conditions in which innovation, the creation of values and unforgettable customer experiences can flourish. He helps leaders step into life’s grittiest tensions, inspiring them to create a sustained approach to positive change and better business results.

Join Us

Not satisfied with the status quo of disengagement at work? Do you wonder what tools you could acquire or hone to inspire your employees to be more engaged?

Imagine Your Workplace Conference addresses employee engagement by delivering and examining trendsetting Canadian information on leading, managing, culture and wellness.

Attendees are uncompromising in their pursuit of quality information that cuts through the crap, addresses real problems and stimulates meaningful conversation. Sound like you? Pack up your unbridled enthusiasm and join us to learn how to achieve high employee engagement and make work better!

June 1, 2017
Toronto Botanical Garden

Early Bird

$ 795

now through April 13th
10% off 2-5 passes. 20% off 6-10 passes. Call for 10+ passes.



$ 995

April 14th through June 1st

Attendance is Capped

We want you to get the most from your professional development time and money, which is why attendance is limited to 200 delegates. This means you will actually connect and engage with industry leaders and peers who believe in creating a thriving workplace community. This is an exclusive event for people-focused business leaders and HR professionals. Don’t delay in registering – the first 200 registrants get to participate.

Conference venue:

Toronto Botanical Garden

What goes better with an insightful day of thought-leadership, discussions and inspiration? A great outdoor experience obviously!
Why tolerate the sedentary style of traditional conferences held in the stuffy, lifeless interiors of mega facilities? YW is passionately committed to providing you with the best information in a format that exceeds expectations. Attend this intimate community event and discover how to create a thriving workplace that supports employee well-being — truly an event not to be missed.


Radisson Hotel Toronto East

$129 for Single/Double Occupancy
Includes: Up to two breakfast, high speed internet and parking

Call the hotel directly at 416-493-7000, or call central reservations at 1-800-333-3333, or email

Block # 782707 or simply mention group name: Your Workplace

Deadline: April 30, 2017


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 Vice President, 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





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.


Sean Slater Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Homewood Health
Sean is an experienced general manager, sales executive and change leader. He has successfully grown organizations by driving transformational business, culture and service delivery change. He is a team builder who succeeds by building solid, productive internal and external relationships. He is a successful business development professional who thrives in a fast-paced, ever changing environment. Sean enjoys the challenges of building a brand and developing processes to support business growth. He has well over a decade of experience as a provider and partner to Canadian Group and P&C insurers.