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Wellness In The Workplace: Wellness Matters – April 22nd 2021

24th February 2021

WITW: Wellness Matters

In May 2019 Carbon Safety Solutions hosted it’s first event. We put on a half day event looking at the concept that wellness is an aspect of health and safety in the workplace that goes beyond what many organizations would consider traditional safety.  We discovered wellness really does matter.

We had such an incredible response, and experience with both speakers and attendees truly captivated and engaged throughout the event we were encouraged to host a second event.

While last years two day conference at Tigh-Na-Mara resort was cancelled due to the pandemic, we’re back in an online format to review why wellness matters, and look at a number of wellness matters.

How to Book

If you’re interested in booking tickets they are $65 and a portion of the revenue generated will go to the Canadian Mental Health Association of BC.

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Who Should Attend?

The event is primarily intended to provide insights for business owners, managers, human resource and safety professionals, but employees, students, and general public are welcome to attend.


This year we will be focusing heavily on the psychological aspect of wellness in the workplace with keynote speaker Dr. Joti Samra a registered and practicing psychologist with almost 20 years experience.

Dr. Samra will provide some insights into psychological health considering the pandemic, and its impacts on us, and our workplaces.

We will also be hosting a panel discussion looking at what role equity, diversity, and inclusion play in the workplace, and how safety may be impacted its presence or absence.

We are hoping that attendees will leave the event with a better understanding of some key aspects of wellness as it relates to the work environment, some additional resources, and a few calls to action to help them carry on these critical discussions in their workplace.

Introductions and Welcomes

The event will be hosted in Nanaimo, on beautiful Vancouver Island.

Carbon Safety Solutions operate on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation.  Attendees will be greeted by a member of the Snuneymuxw First Nations prior to the formal start of the event.

Attendees will also be welcomed by Nanaimo’s current Mayor, Leonard Krog prior to the commencement of the keynote speaker, Dr. Joti Samra.

Snuneymuxw First Nation

The Snuneymuxw are a vibrant First Nation of the Coast Salish People, located in the centre of Coast Salish territory on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, and the Fraser River in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

While we operate in the traditional lands of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, we encourage you to visit and recognize the traditional indigenous lands of your workplace, you can explore traditional indigenous lands in Canada via  Native Land Canada.

Mayor Leonard Krog

Mayor Krog was re-elected as the MLA for Nanaimo in 2017 and resigned on November 29, 2018 upon being elected Mayor of the City of Nanaimo.

Mayor Krog was first elected to the 1991 Provincial Legislature and has served as the BC Government Caucus Chair and previously served as the Official Opposition spokesperson for Justice {Attorney General).

Born in Nanaimo and raised in Coombs, Mayor Krog is strongly rooted in
his community.

Event Speakers and Panelists

We have a fantastic group of speakers and panelists that will be providing insights into a number of different topics including:

  • Psychological health and safety in the workplace
  • Considerations around the role and impact of equity, diversity, and inclusion in workplace safety
  • The potential for fatigue to influence workplace wellness
  • The entrepreneurial challenges around wellness and startups
  • WorkSafeBC initiatives around workplace harassment and psychological safety

Please click the link to view the speaker and panelist biographies:

Wellness in the Workplace Speaker and Panelist Bio’s

Event Agenda

Please click the link to view the event poster and agenda:

Wellness in the Workplace Poster

Event Sponsors

Enormous thanks go to the following sponsors for helping to support the running of this event…

The Island Radio division of Pattison Media consists of six F.M. radio stations and one online news portal on mid-Vancouver Island. We serve all of our communities daily with engaging radio programming along with live local news, weather and sports, plus in-depth community coverage.

Our stations are 102.3 The Wave and 106.9 The Wolf in Nanaimo, 88.5 The Beach and 99.9 The Lounge in Parksville/Qualicum Beach, 97.3 The Eagle in Courtenay/Comox/Campbell River and 93.3 The Peak in Port Alberni. All of our radio stations are committed to being the ears and eyes of the communities we are proudly licensed to serve. Our primary focus is local first. In the last year alone we have provided over 1.1 million dollars in airtime and digital support to a long list of local charities and community events. Our online news portal, Nanaimo News NOW, captures the interest of thousands of readers daily. In the past year alone we have had over 7.5 million page-views.

We have an amazing team of over 50 dedicated media professionals. Our strength, success and growth is due to our people. The Island Radio team is here to serve our communities and help local businesses thrive. We have an award winning Creative and Production team that makes commercials and digital media sizzle. We invite you to listen and engage with all of our media platforms.

For more information visit www.PattisonMedia.com

HRI International

Isabelle Charland, HRI Principal brings many years of experience and “hands-on” working knowledge in both human resources and staff management. She possesses in-depth experience and expertise in guiding clients through strategic and operational transformations in human resource management business practices and processes.

Isabelle’s professional activities include the delivery of training and professional development on various topics such as, leadership and performance management.

When it comes to health, safety and wellness in the workplace, the policy writing and training Isabelle provides includes: Anti Bullying and Harassment, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, Managing Difficult Conversations, Creating and Maintaining Respectful Workplaces, and Managing Workplace Stress.

The Safety Collective are three safety companies collaborating to help our clients improve safety in their workplace. We offer a range of services:
Haland Learning provide safety training for topics such as confined space, fall protection, joint occupational and health safety committees, and more.
Medix EMS provide first aid, CSO, and paramedic services for a number of clients on the lower mainland, and Vancouver Island.
Carbon Safety Solutions offers clients a number of traditional safety services including safety program review and development using their Carbon Safety continual improvement model.

Lifetime Benefits is a leading broker of Employee Benefits on Vancouver Island. Led by Brad Woods, a Certified Health Insurance Specialist (CHS), and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) Brad has a long history in employee and labour relations.

Lifetime Benefits is known for high quality, high service, low cost custom solutions for Employees, Executives and their Families. Combining advanced financial, estate and health expertise to create a holistic Physical, Mental and Financial package suitable for any size company

The Advanced Business Match (ABM) is a powerful online and in-person network that connects decision-makers to create opportunities for business. ABM combines custom technology with in-depth market knowledge to eliminate the high costs and guesswork of conventional relationship development. By understanding the motivations and priorities of each of our members, we curate an exceedingly productive network of professionals who are motivated and ready to move their business goals forward.  As an Indigenous company,  ABM operates with the ultimate aim of achieving regenerative economies that create equitable prosperity for all.

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