Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Every November we conduct our AGM, accompanied by a keynote speaker. Open to everyone, this is an excellent meeting to hear what we’ve been working on and what our sights are set on for the coming year. In addition, those who are members are authorized to vote and help influence the actions we take and put priority on.

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2022 AGM

Held on December 1st, 2022 at 10:00 am EST, we hosted this virtual session dedicated to the integration between health promotion (workplace health) and disability management.

In the virtual session, Wolfgang Zimmerman (Executive Director, NIDMAR) to spoke to building a culture of accommodation and inclusion for disabled workers, and the Special Federal Initiative from NIDMAR in return-to-work (RTW)/disability management (DM) for Canadian Workplaces. This session followed prior OWHC events covering themes such as Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and sustainable healthy workplace programs, with practical next steps around an effective disability management program.

Wolfgang’s keynote shared definitions of key terms in disability management, how accessibility can be on the radar for workplace health professionals, universal key success factors, disability management in context across Canada, and cover the interplay between disability management and health promotion strategies for prevention outcomes. Further in his keynote, Wolfgang’s mentioned the NIDMAR Special Federal Initiative in RTW/DM for Canadian Workplaces to share the support available for Canadian residents in terms of continuing education and designations, as well as the support available for Canadian workplaces to assess their disability management program.

2021 AGM

The virtual 2021 AGM on November 23rd hosted the following speakers and panelists: Leigh-Ann Ing, Wayne Clancy, and Tanya Hickey.

Event title: Ensuring Sustainability: Do We Need a Reset in Organizational Health/Wellbeing Thinking and Approaches?

The 2021 AGM took a unique look at opportunities to secure sustained organizational buy-in to health/well-being strategies.

Organizational strategy is increasingly linked to sustainability, and much of business planning efforts today are considered within an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) or organizational sustainability framework. ESG, now extends well beyond its environmental roots to encompass many organizational priorities, including healthy workplaces and people strategies such as Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). Healthy workplace stakeholders now have a great opportunity to-finally- embed healthy workplace strategies within the organization’s overall strategic plan.

This session explored current healthy workplace and psychological safety practices through a Diversity & Inclusion and ESG lens. We heard about work currently done within organizations in D&I/ESG, and considered the gaps in healthy workplace and wellness approaches. We also reviewed emerging trends in health/wellbeing.

2020 AGM

The virtual 2020 AGM on November 26th featured Lisa Kelly, President of the Workplace Wellness Centre of Excellence.

Keynote Title: COVID-19 Transitional Leader: Cultivating Thriving Hybrid Work Cultures in Dynamic Times.

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The 2020 AGM incorporated Keynote Speaker, Lisa Kelly, President of the Workplace Wellness Centre of Excellence, and co-founder of the “COVID-19 Transitional Leader” Recovery Course. Lisa will be presenting proactive approaches to cultivating healthy, thriving work cultures in these dynamic times.

—-> In Part 1 of her presentation, Lisa will introduce key concepts and actionable strategies from each of the 4 Pillars of their course.

—-> In Part 2, participants will get to apply and discuss Pillar concepts in a breakout group activity followed by a full group debrief.

Presentation Overview

  • Introducing the “Transitional Leader”
  • Four pillars – COVID-19 Strategic Response
  • Imperatives for navigating this Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) climate
  • Change management strategies to effectively transition through this pandemic and beyond
  • Fundamentals for leading in a hybrid work environment
  • Logistical considerations for safely returning employees to worksites
  • Strategies for cultivating thriving work cultures in challenging times
  • Opportunities to support employee physical and mental well-being

2019 AGM

For our 2019 AGM on November 19th, the keynote speakers included Bonnie Harrow and John Yardley.

Keynote Title: How to Achieve a Healthy Workplace for All Workers.

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Preceding our 2018 AGM was two Keynote Speakers. Hear first-hand from Bonnie Harrow, the architect of Kailo—a wellness program that improves worker well-being while strengthening the bottom line, and John Yardley, a research consultant with expertise that runs the gamut from strategic to tactical, and experience extending from Board Rooms, to the C Suite, to the front-line.

Bonnie and John will reflect upon their combined nearly 80 years’ experience in researching, measuring, leading and supporting change efforts toward the creation of healthy work environments. Hear about how aligning governance, leadership, Human Resource Management (HRM) systems and practices, working conditions and culture will optimize employee engagement and create sustainable resilient organizational wellbeing.

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