About the Event

Making Resilience a Reality: Creating an Adaptable Organizational Culture


Dr. Neda AmaniOttawa Police
“The Real You” Program

BHWconference_edit_4“The Real You” is a holistic multidisciplinary program comprised of a team of health professionals including naturopathic physicians, registered physiotherapists and psychologists. “The Real You” team’s mission is to help people heal from illness, prevent disease, and lead happier and more meaningful lives by understanding that great health is our destiny and how to realize their physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social potential through lifestyle change. Dr. Amani will discuss the implementation, challenges and positive results of “The Real You” Program.

Dr. Neda Amani has been practicing medicine for more than a decade and is a graduate of the University Of Toronto School Of Medicine. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar. Dr. Neda is the founder of the Real You and the Co-Founder and Medical Director of Avicenna Health Centre (a multidisciplinary health clinic in Toronto).

Dr. Neda believes that preventive medicine is the best medicine. With a passion for health and helping people achieve their full potential, and her enthusiastic and effective approach, Dr. Neda has successfully helped thousands of individuals overcome their issues with physical and mental illness, improve their health and quality of life, and prevent disease using nutrition education, exercise prescription, cognitive behavioral therapy, mind-body and integrative medicine.

In February 2011, after practicing family medicine in Toronto and Ottawa for nearly 11 years, Dr. Neda decided to dedicate her professional practice to the Real You working with the Ottawa Police and 100 of their members in the Real You Ottawa Police Wellness pilot program. The Real You OPS Wellness pilot provided Dr. Neda with the unique opportunity she had been seeking for her entire career: to provide holistic health care support, education, and coaching to people with the support of a multidisciplinary team, at minimal to no cost to participants.

Lisa SansomLVS Consulting
“Resilience in the Workplace” & “Beyond Engagement” workshops

Part I – Resilience in the Workplace

BHWconference_edit_15Do you have a workplace where things are always changing? Do you feel like it might be spinning out of control? Then it’s time to learn some resilient thinking skills. In this engaging workshop with Lisa Sansom, you will learn how to identify those ticker-tape thoughts that automatically run through your brain when a difficult situation arises. You will also learn how to change them, in the midst of that stressful moment, to something that is more positive, helpful and forward-looking. Don’t react! Learn to respond with resilience and be psychologically healthier.

Part II – Beyond Engagement

Engagement is not just something that your employer does for you through policies and initiatives – it’s something that you do for yourself. In this workshop, you will learn how to create your own engagement plan that you manage and measure. No matter your workplace, your position or your skill set, everyone can become engaged at work. Lisa will share positive psychology research and principles that will help you sustain your own engagement level, and be a positive force to increase well-being in your workplace too.

Lisa Sansom has her MBA from the Rotman School of Management, and over two decades of experience in teaching and training. Her years of work in the organizational development field have included projects on change management, employee engagement, leadership development, team coaching and employer of choice strategies. Lisa earned her coaching certification from the Adler / OISE program in Toronto in April 2008, a validation of several years experience in coaching leaders on 360 feedback assessments, communication skills, team motivation and personal growth in their leadership capacities. Subsequently, Lisa obtained her MAPP (Master of Applied Positive Psychology) from the University of Pennsylvania – one of the first 250 people in the world to do so. Lisa now incorporates the science and application of positive psychology into all of her speaking, training, coaching and consulting. This exciting field helps to increase flourishing and well-being for individuals, teams and entire organizations.

Chris RalphThe Acting Company
Luncheon Speaker

‘IN-TENSION in the Workplace’

BHWconference_edit_31We all want to communicate more effectively. This can be daunting when our heads are filled with ideas about what we are supposed to be saying. As actors, we focus on the intention of the message rather than just the content. During this interactive presentation, we will explore ways to improve our ability to influence and persuade in the workplace – whether one-on-one or before a large group of people.

Chris is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and holds an MFA in acting from York University, and a BA in theatre from Brock University. Chris is an experienced teacher and coach for actors and individuals seeking assistance with presentation skills, voice production, and acting challenges such as auditions or text coaching. He has taught acting and voice at York University, University of Ottawa, Ottawa Theatre School, and Algonquin College. His most recent acting credits include Billy Bishop Goes to War; Death and the Maiden (Plosive Productions); and The Game of Love and Chance (Odyssey Theatre). In 2007, Chris won a Capital Critics Award for Best Actor. This past winter, Chris directed Detroit by Lisa d’Amour for Plosive Productions at the Gladstone Theatre and has been nominated for a Rideau Award for his performance in Billy Bishop Goes to War.

Knowledge Exchange Session

Interactive “Table Talks” with local thought leaders who are using innovative and leading practices in helping their organizations, and their employees, adapt to the changes in today’s workplace.

A few organizations joining us for the Table Talk session include leaders from: Carleton University, Ottawa Police Department, The Ottawa Hospital, Queensway Carleton Hospital, Health Canada, Norton Rose Fulbright, LVS Consulting, and Morneau Shepell.

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