Session Descriptions

Saturday’s Opening Keynote: Focus on the 90%

Darci Lang will be sharing her keynote presentation, Focus on the 90%. Darci believes that we all have a choice where we focus our magnifying glass of life. We can focus it on what is positive and good in our lives or what is not good. Those choices affect how we treat ourselves, the people we work with and the people that we love. How can we be positive even when there are 10%s happening around us? This presentation will fill your tool boxes back up! Learn more about Darci here.

Breakouts 1A & 1B

1A: Living the 90%

Living the 90% is a deeper dive into her focus on the 90% philosophy. Join Darci as she unpacks why we focus on what we focus on! What we focus on starts with the person in the mirror and ripples to everyone around us. We have to make sure the person in the mirror is well. This breakout will be highly interactive, humorous and insightful. This breakout will give you even more tools to take this 90% message home! 

1B: Brain Training for Peak Performance & Proactive Mental Health

For many corporations, their greatest asset is the productivity, creativity, and innovation of their employees. What can we do to promote brain health and optimal performance? Our brains function best when they alternate between intense productivity and rest.

In this session, Dr. Lisa Belanger draws on psychology, behavioural science, and neuroscience to empower the participants to take control of their behaviours and daily practices to help cultivate the best conditions to think clearly, make better decisions, be more productive, build resilience, and have more energy. Dr. Belanger will explain the most effective ways to manage short-term and long-term stress, and provide practical exercises with a low investment of time, but significant gains in mental strength. To learn more about Dr. Belanger, click here.

Breakouts 2A & 2B

2A: Leading with Humanity in Our New World of Work

Pierre Battah believes that new ways of working require new ways of leading people. This interactive session inspires leadership teams to build healthy relationships which enable a culture defined by excellence, inclusion, and learning. Aspiring, emerging and experienced team leaders will learn how to:

• Create a learning culture defined by better problem solving, greater engagement and a climate of progress and improvement.
• Use the science of positivity for better team leadership outcomes.
• Use “paying attention” and well-delivered feedback when coaching and mentoring their team.
• Lead and engage in-person, virtual or remote, hybrid or co-located teams.

Attendees will leave with practical tips to use when leading teams in our new world of work. Click here to learn more about Pierre Battah.

2B: Reset Your Life with Transformative Knowledge

Join Paula Sevestre for this session that focuses on personal wellness and self-care, and will help participants build an awareness of their strengths, purpose, and power to create meaningful change. Participants will learn how to use transformative knowledge as a tool to connect and relate their experiences to personal growth. In this session, attendees will explore:
• The Body’s Highway
• Language of Emotions
• Echoes of the past and connecting to our ancestors

To learn more about Paula, click here.

Breakouts 3A & 3B

3A: Making it Stick: The Science of Creating Lifelong Habits

Turn the best of intentions into real action.

We are the sum of our daily habits. Over time these seemingly small behaviours define our health and performance, and have a profound impact on helping us achieve our goals. In this talk, Dr. Lisa Belanger establishes a research-based framework that people can use every day to drive towards their goals and design the life and career they desire.

Drawing from psychology, neuroscience, and behavioural medicine, Lisa will introduce practical strategies to help attendees develop their desired habits, break bad habits, and ensure these changes stick — even when facing periods of stress and change. She’ll share insights into how to create an environment and social network, both at work and home, that will make cultivating successful habits easier. Together you will explore the impact of how these small changes help us close the gap between what we intend to do and what we actually do.

Participants will walk away with the skills and an understanding of what habits have the highest return on investment for health, productivity and performance that can be implemented immediately. Take control of your habits, and take control of your life. To learn more about Dr. Belanger, click here.

3B: Gratitude: The Secret to a Happier Life

In this session, participants will explore the importance and relevance of gratitude as the foundational mindset to being happier and living a thriving life – with the help of Gratitude at Work’s Steve Foran. Participants discover what traps far too many people and leaves them struggling—and how this bubbles over into our professional lives, stymies us from being our best and leads to feeling overwhelmed, isolated and dissatisfied. This has never been more prevalent than after the past two years. Participants will feel a renewed sense of hope, optimism and energy—both at and away from work—and knowing how to recreate this feeling at any time.  They will also learn two habits they can immediately implement to help them build resilience, maintain a thriving mindset, and feel more connected and be happier in all aspects of life. To learn more about Steve, click here.

Saturday’s Closing Keynote: The Emotionally Strong Leader

Addressing the feelings of others in the workplace can be a terrifying proposition. For many leaders, asking what lies behind the actions and reactions of their people is akin to opening Pandora’s box. They don’t want to find out what’s lurking inside. Many managers do not know how to deal with—and they fear—their employees’ emotions.

Leaders of these organizations have good reason to be scared. After all, few of us know how to handle emotions (let alone how to handle them at work). Many of us have not been taught how to tend to our feelings and those of others. So isn’t it better to sweep all those pesky emotions under the rug and carry on as if they don’t exist? The answer is an unequivocal no!

Instead of spending time and money on dealing with the inappropriate behaviors and disrespectful communications stemming from emotional issues in your workplace, you can get to the heart of those issues and deal with your feelings, and the feelings of your people, head-on.

In Carolyn Stern’s keynote, you will start to learn the emotional skills and mental strategies needed to be stronger and more intelligent than your feelings, and to help others learn to explore their emotions. Emotions should not be feared but celebrated. A wealth of amazing possibilities are available if we learn to harness the superpower of our emotions. To learn more about Carolyn, click here.

Sunday Opening Keynote: Champion Mindset – Redefining ‘Realistic’ (Heather Moyse)

How is it that some talented and gifted people never live up to or learn to maximize their potential? Never feel fulfilled? Never achieve more than what is expected of them? Heather Moyse knows. As a three-sport National athlete, four-time Olympian, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and certified occupational therapist, Heather has learned through her experiences in helping herself and others achieve at the highest levels that the qualities it takes to be successful as an athlete are the same qualities it takes to be successful in any occupation or industry – none of which have anything to do with physical strength or stamina. In this presentation, Heather reveals the four essential elements needed to succeed – four critical elements required for her to reach the top of the Olympic podium and anyone to overcome their obstacles and achieve at the highest level of performance, success, and fulfillment.

When you develop a champion mindset, you will be unstoppable! To learn more about Heather, click here.

Sunday Closing Keynote: Putting Humor to Work for Less Stress and More Success (Michael Kerr)

When you infuse your entire culture with a spirit of safe humour, it’s one of the most powerful tools there is that truly can help you energize your culture and drive outrageous results. Many high-performing companies around the world, embrace a spirit of fun and humour as one of their core values. Michael Kerr has visited dozens of inspiring workplaces around the world that take their humour, well, seriously! And for good reason. Study after study reveals how humour helps companies reduce employee turnover and absenteeism rates, lower stress levels, foster an environment of resiliency, build relationships, and improve morale, collaboration, and communication. Humor also helps companies stand out with their remarkable customer service, humanizes their company, and in some cases even builds a unique brand. To learn more about Michael, click here.