Imagine Your Workplace Conference is designed to spark conversation and connection. This program is delivered in the spirit of “imagine your workplace” — what you could achieve if deliberate intention rather than unconscious reaction drove your work. Learn why the 2018 attendee conference evaluations report:
96% said the conference met their expectations
93% felt the conference helped them grow professionally
91% thought the conference was better than other events they’d attended
93% would attend next year and/or recommend the event to a colleague
Love the community, the great energy, the food and high quality programming!
Very professional and well thought out event. Enjoyed every minute.
What a unique approach! This conference exemplifies how to hold meetings while delivering great information and excellent networking opportunities.
The Lightening Talks were brilliant.
Gigantic thank you!
This was the most rewarding and valuable conference I have ever attended, ever. I thoroughly enjoyed each moment!
I left the conference feeling very inspired. Excellent day! Also loved the networking experience. Would have liked to see more vendors. Thank-you!
Your Workplace staff is a pleasure to work with.
Fantastic event! Congratulations to the Your Workplace team for putting together the conference and gathering everyone for a day of learning! The Lightning Talk speakers were great and I love the format - keeps things fresh.
It was fantastic. I loved it so much and really hope I can come again next year.
Great work everyone at YW! Was an inspired day !
Overall the conference was very informative as always. I enjoy the content each year and the break to be outside is always a great idea
A big “Thank You!” So inspiring and I believe organizations such as HRPA and ICF would benefit in a partnering with you for events.
The Imagine Your Workplace Conference advisory board provides non-binding merit-based recommendations to the host Your Workplace. Advisory board is composed of experts in the field of human resources and is chaired by Your Workplace President Vera Asanin.
Alistair is a Senior HR Leader who has expertise in labour and employee relations, HR technology and automation, and talent and change management. With over 20 years in progressively senior HR roles, he currently counsels professionals in job transition on finding their next great opportunity, as well as is a course lecturer at McGill University. He strives to build great people centric organizations where employees can work in a productive, healthy and safe environments. Alistair has a BA, Industrial Relations from McGill, and a Master’s of Industrial Relations from Queen’s University. He also pursues a number of different hobbies including: music (singing), drama, travel (traveled for business and leisure to over 35 countries) and sports - hockey, tennis, cross-country skiing and running.
An eighteen-year team member of the Habanero Consulting Group, partner Caterina Sanders works on culture and transformation, strategy and digital workplace engagements. She is an expert facilitator, experience designer and communicator. She is also the Habanero lead for Evidence and Insights, its analytics team. Caterina is a founding member of the Vancouver User Experience Group (VanUE) and currently sits on the Project Management Group involved in a McMaster 5-year research initiative, Mobilizing a Caregiver-Friendly Workplace Standard: A Partnership Approach”. She holds a Bachelor of its degree in psychology from the University of British Columbia. Caterina is also an honest and inspiring presenter who is regularly asked to speak about improving employee engagement, creating high- performing cultures within organizations and design thinking. Travel is a longstanding passion for her and her family, and in 2015, they all took a year’s leave to travel the world.
Elizabeth Williams is an award-winning brand and communications expert who has a particular interest in the intersection of HR and marketing and works with companies on employer branding, internal communications strategies, change communications and external brand initiatives. She started her career as a reporter and later moved into corporate communications and marketing. Prior to founding her consulting practice, she was the head of brand and communications for ADP Canada, and held senior roles at Rogers, Constellation Software, BMO, and a few agencies and start-ups. Elizabeth has a degree in Journalism from Ryerson University and is finishing her Master’s in Communication at Royal Roads University. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, and serves on a variety of industry advisory boards.
Jacob Irwin is the Content and Social Media Coordinator at Benefits by Design (BBD) Inc., and implements and executes the Marketing Strategy related to content, social media, event coordination and email marketing. He is a graduate of the Business Administration - Marketing program from St. Lawrence College and is an avid reader and can frequently be found on the local hiking trails.
Travis is the Culture Curator at 360insights and an espresso enthusiast. He works with senior leadership, HR and the people leaders of 360insights to create the “360 Unbelievable Experience”. Since 2012 he has focused on talent acquisition, learning, growth and employee experience for this rapidly growing software company which grew from 59 employees in 2012 to over 260 today. 360insights is rated in the top five best places to work in Canada for four consecutive years!