Joan Burton Day of Learning

Joan Burton was one of the founding members of the Coalition who was taken away far too early from cancer. A lead author of the World Health Organization’s Healthy Workplace Framework and recipient of the prestigious Canadian Workplace Wellness Pioneer Award in 2003 she was a believer in lifelong learning. Every May we honour change agents like Joan, by hosting our Joan Burton Day of Learning to bring together like-minded professionals to share what’s trending in organizational health and how we can continue to influence stakeholders and government in making measurable progress towards our goal.

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2022 Joan Burton Day of Learning

2021 Joan Burton Day of Learning

COVID – From Pandemic to Endemic – Angst in the Workplace & Realignment Through a Lens of Compassion & Empathy

Our 2022 Annual Joan Burton Day of Learning event explored challenges and opportunities for employers and employees as they navigated through emerging issues, such as return to on-site work, reinstating social connection, changing public health covid guidelines, and “mask/vaccine harassment.”


Luke Mathers – Australian mental health trainer/facilitator

Wayne Clancy – Founder and CEO, MindSuiteMetrics

Interactive Panel Discussion – Wayne and Luke were joined by:
Audette Dundas, Senior Manager, Environment, Health and Safety (Ontario Power Generation)

The Impact of COVID-19 on Chronic Disease, Caregiving, Well-being and the Work Environment

The 2021 Annual OWHC Annual Joan Burton Day of Learning event explored a fresh look at the human side of COVID-19 through 2 new research works that consider the surprising impact on relationships and well-being, especially for caregivers and individuals with chronic conditions. We broke down what it all means for leaders and organizations in an interactive panel discussion about the implications of “What-So What” of the research presented and the “Now What” with actionable next steps for workplace stakeholders to consider.


Eileen Dooley – CEO, HealthPartners/ParternaireSanté,

Wayne Clancy – Founder and CEO, MindSuiteMetrics,

Interactive Panel Discussion – Eileen and Wayne were joined by:

Terri Szymanski – Health and Safety Officer, OPSEU and Former Chair, OWHC

Tiffany Rickard – Consultant, Human Resources (Workplace Health), Bell Canada and Vice-Chair, OWHC

2020 Joan Burton Day of Learning

The virtual Joan Burton Day of Learning for 2020 featured keynote speakers Anne Tennier, President & CEO of Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), and Wayne Clancy, OWHC Board member and Founder & CEO of MindSuite Analytics.

Event Title: Building Sustainable Healthy Workplace Programs

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Healthy workplace programs are carefully planned, designed, and implemented. Attention is paid to all the important details. All the best research is referenced. But the same problems are encountered time after time – the program doesn’t catch on or momentum quickly burns out.

How can we build workplace programs that employees are excited about, that won’t die out when the leader leaves, and that impacts real change?

Anne Tennier and Wayne Clancy come together to talk about real solutions that are already in your workplace.

Anne Tennier, President & CEO of Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
Anne is a registered professional engineer in Ontario and Alberta and is one of a handful of Certified Environmental Professionals in the food and beverage industry in Canada. She has more than 35 years’ experience in managing environmental issues in industry, most notably for McCain Foods, Boise Cascade Pulp and Paper, Canadian Pacific Railway, and most recently as Vice President of Environmental Sustainability at Maple Leaf Foods.

Wayne Clancy, OWHC Board member and Founder & CEO of MindSuite Analytics
Wayne Clancy has developed alternative and collaborative way of handling and managing the perceptions and experiences of all stakeholders. He has developed interactive real time technologies to facilitate stakeholder co-creation and collaboration. Most recently his work with NY Times Best Selling Author John King (Tribal Leadership) has produced easy to use ‘predictive culture analytics’, with ‘The Culture Gap Index’.

2019 Joan Burton Day of Learning

Our 2019 Joan Burton Day of Learning had a focus on chronic disease and consisted various perspectives of Human Resources (HR), hearing from the worker, and the union perspective. This was made possible because of the speakers and panelists: Lindsay Bell, Sang-Hun Mun, Marnie Armstrong, and Paul Sylvestre.

Event Title: The Workplace Today and Tomorrow – Chronic Disease and The Next Generation of Healthy Workplaces

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The 2019 Joan Burton Day of Learning started with what’s new and emerging in workplace health. The focus then shifted to chronic disease in the workplace. Is chronic disease linked to mental health concerns? What are the challenges for employers and employees, and how can employer policies and programs evolve to better address chronic disease and the mental health burden? We will explore perspectives on these questions from employers, workers, unions, and insurers and identify and discuss strategies to prepare for the workplaces of tomorrow.

By the end of the session, our goal was for participants to:

1. Name and describe at least three emerging trends and issues in workplace health.
2. Better understand the challenges of chronic disease on both employers and employees and the connection with mental health.
3. Know more about the role of the workplace and be able to identify practical strategies to address the burden and challenges of chronic disease.

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