Pre-Symposium Special Session September 30:
Learning, Sharing and Applying Best Practices in Workplace Wellness

This special session, hosted by Alberta Health, and sponsored by Alberta Blue Cross, will be held at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Lake Louise, Alberta, on September 30 from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The event will be an excellent opportunity for business and industry leaders and other workplace champions to learn about practical, evidence-informed strategies that will enhance workplace wellness.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Michael O’Donnell, will inspire delegates with ways to enhance organizational health and wellness, for their businesses and for themselves individually. His presentation (based on several systematic reviews of the literature and audits of the most successful workplace health promotion programs) breaks down complex factors into simple elements that anyone can work with. His practical framework can be used to critique existing programs, plan a new program, or help an individual change their personal habits.

Following the presentation, delegates will hear more about successful wellness initiatives currently underway in some of the leading workplaces in Alberta.

The session will include opportunities for interactive discussion and application of the day’s learnings.

If you are a champion already in workplace health and wellness or are interested in learning more about what you can do to lead change in your workplace, don’t miss this session!

All symposium delegates are eligible to register for this special pre-symposium session.

Register today to reserve your spot.

Best Practices in Workplace Wellness: Pre-Symposium Special Session



Time Session Keynote Presenter
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Best Practices in Workplace Wellness
Registration table open
11.30 a.m. Buffet lunch
Please arrive no later than 11.30 a.m.
12:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Lunch and Session
(All delegates welcome to attend/separate payment applies – see Registration)
Dr. Michael O’Donnell
Director of the Health
Management Research Center,
School of Kinesiology,
University of Michigan


Pre-Symposium Special Session Keynote Speaker

Michael P. O’Donnell, MBA, MPH, PhD
Editor in Chief, American Journal of Health Promotion
Clinical Professor, School of Kinesiology, Director, Health Management Research Center, University of Michigan

Unlocking the secrets to developing successful workplace health promotion programs

Health promotion programs that focus on educating people on the links between health behaviors and health outcomes fail because the do not recognize the complex factors that impact health behavior and successful behavior change. This presentation, based on several systematic reviews of the literature and audits of the most successful workplace health promotion programs, distills these complex factors into four important elements: Awareness (A), Motivation (M), Skills (S) and Opportunity (O). The Opportunity Dimension has six components: Peers (A), Organizations (O), State (S), Society (S), Environment (E), Equality (E). The components of these elements and their relative importance are discussed. This framework can be used to critique an existing program, plan a new program or help an individual change their personal habits. An interactive discussion will focus on how to apply this framework at the individual personal level and at the organization level.

Pre-Symposium Special Session Presenters

Creating a Healthy High Performing Organization

Lorna Milkovich,
Executive Director
Red Deer Primary Care Network

Create a healthy, high performing organization by using a simple strategy: respect and empower staff! Key strategies include developing healthy workplace policies, valuing people and engaging for excellence and innovation.

Romana Prokopiw
Administrative Assistant
Health, Safety & Wellness Services
SAIT Polytechnic

SAIT is a large and diverse workplace community. As we work toward an integrated program of wellness initiatives, how do we maintain equilibrium between our grassroots-driven and management-mandated efforts?

Mark Razzolini,
Vice-President of Human Resources
Alberta Blue Cross

Mark Razzolini will outline the Alberta Blue Cross award-winning approach to employee wellness. He will share practical tips in building and sustaining an effective wellness culture within an organization, and he will showcase a recent successful wellness initiative at Alberta Blue Cross, the “Wellness Challenge.”

John Simpson
Director, Personnel & Human Resources
Standen’s Limited

Standen’s will present their health and wellness activities and discuss the impact on their business