Imagine Your Workplace Community:

Your Workplace (YW) has announced it has cancelled its annual conference for 2020. Scheduled to be held in Toronto in June, the event had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus and as the venue confirmed it would not be able to host the event.

This was a difficult decision to make, but it was based on directives from the province of Ontario, and out of a need to keep participants and the community safe.

“We are disappointed that we are unable to hold this event, however, safety first. We made the right decision and look to brighter days ahead as we all work together to navigate our new world of work,” says President Vera Asanin.

Moving forward YW announced it will be reshaping the Imagine Your Workplace event and hosting the 2021 event virtually. All Imagine 2020 conference registrations have been automatically transferred to Imagine 2021.

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Imagine your organization was on the leading-edge of people practices — what would it look like? What cutting-edge techniques would you apply to get your employees as healthy, inspired and productive as possible? Through the blending of science and the art of implementing best practices, learn how to inject unprecedented productivity into the soul of your organization.

Imagine Your Workplace is not your every day, run of the mill event. Our robust program tackles issues from engagement, leadership, managing teams and work culture to challenge you to
Make. Work. Better.

2020 Speakers (Proposed)


Dan Schawbel

Research Director at Future Workplace; best-selling author
Dan Schawbel is a New York Times bestselling author and the Founder of Millennial Branding. He is the bestselling author of three career books: Back to Human, Promote Yourself and Me 2.0. Through his companies, he’s conducted dozens of research studies and worked with major brands including American Express, GE, Microsoft, Virgin, IBM, Coca Cola and Oracle. He is the host of “5 Questions with Dan Schawbel”, a podcast where he interviews a variety of world-class guests by asking them 5 questions. In addition, he has written countless articles for Forbes, Fortune, TIME, The Economist, The Guardian, and others.

Mark Spencer Cook

Speaker, consultant, and adjunct professor

Mark leads Windfall Partners with the purpose of helping teams exceptionalize results. Mark’s mentor, Stephen Covey, publicly stated, “Mark is a proven business builder and a rare leader.” As former CEO of Cumulus Systems, Mark led a turnaround and sale of the firm to the delight of investors. As co-founder and VP of Marketing for C7, Mark co-led growth and investor exits of over $123 million. At FranklinCovey, Mark led e-commerce, consumer marketing, Priorities Magazine, and 13 international catalogs, driving channel sales to $235 million. A father of five boys, he is a three-time ironman triathlete, and US rugby champion.


Dr. Tyler Amell, PhD, MSc, BSc

Chief Medical Officer, CoreHealth Technology; Adjunct Professor, Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences

Dr. Tyler Amell is an internationally recognized thought-leader on the topic of workplace health and productivity. His energetic and thought-provoking speaking style always contributes to a great learning experience. He specializes in many areas including technology, data analytics, STD, LTD and mental health.


Dr. Aaron Barth

Workplace science thought-leader; president of Dialectic

Dr. Aaron Barth gives progressive leaders and HR directors the confidence they need to tackle their hardest people problems using scientific methods. He and his team of gifted scientists and designers have implemented interactive learning experiences for 50+ Canadian companies revealing workplace barriers and mobilizing impactful strategies.


Andrew Brown

Co-Conspirator, The Academy of Business Communications
For over 25 years, Andrew Brown has been an ‘organization junkie’— helping companies harness communications to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances. He has served with digital marketing agencies optimizing communications for top tier clients honing skills from his Master’s in Managing Organizational Change across various industries. He has inspired teams of communication professionals while leading communications for complex multinationals.

Paul Fairlie, PhD

Behavioural scientist; CEO of Heliosophy

As a consultant, researcher, speaker, coach, and expert in work psychology, Paul helps organizations to identify, develop, and motivate talent, partly by addressing what really matters to people.


Marianne Farag

Inner-Peace Specialist, Sublimity: Pathways To Peace

Marianne’s work is focussed on helping people take charge of their peace of mind by drawing on the disciplines of psychology, spirituality, leadership, change management, and performance outcomes. Marianne had a 28-year career with the Government of Manitoba holding director-level positions in policy development, and lead a change management initiative across government departments.


Ann Gomez

Founding president of Clear Concept Inc., and author
Ann is an engaging and inspiring speaker offering compelling talks. She helps train people to achieve their highest potential through practical productivity and leadership programs, and is passionate about helping people accelerate their career and thrive at work and in life.

2020 Program (Proposed)

Imagine Your Workplace 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. The 2019 attendees:

said the conference met their expectations 96%
felt the conference helped them grow professionally 93%
thought the conference was better than other events they’d attended 91%
would attend next year and/or recommend the event to a colleague 93%

Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation

Dan Schawbel

Technology impacts our workplaces in ways that weren’t possible a decade ago. We feel “highly connected.” Instead of strong bonds, we have weak ties. Instead of productive meetings, we have distractions. Despite the illusion of 24/7 connection most workers feel isolated from their colleagues, their organization and its leaders. What they crave most—and what research increasingly shows to be the hallmark of the highest-performing workplace cultures—is a sense of authentic connection with others. They want to get Back to Human. Dan Schawbel shows you how—while still optimizing all the benefits of technology.

Exceptionalize Team Results: Actions to Ensure Windfall Results

Mark Spencer Cook

Every team has a next big priority. What’s yours? Rapid innovation gets quick wins. Leaders who coach teammates to accomplish quick wins change team results and the trajectory of employees’ careers. Teams that innovate to achieve exceptional results with other teams transform cultures. Mark Cook has guided top brands to achieve over 4,000 team improvements with double-digit ROI. He will share five secrets to create rapid results, coaching frameworks, and cultures of engagement. Teams bond and priorities become clear. Hearts and minds engage. Results become exceptional. This engaging keynote will change minds and deliver actionable results.

The ROI in Employee Health and Productivity Solutions

Dr. Tyler Amell, PhD, MSc, BSc

Have you ever wondered if there is a business case and return on investment for workplace health and productivity solutions? Ill- health has a tremendous impact on organizations today, and it’s only getting worse. There are a large number of factors contributing to this. To stay on top and make the best decisions for their employees, employers require up to date and state-of-the-art, practical solutions. This session will be just what the doctor ordered.

When (and When Not) to Trust Your Gut: Advanced Decision-Making for Leaders

Dr. Aaron Barth

When leaders make decisions based on ‘gut feel’– as they often do– they are actually relying on brain processes that lead to unconscious bias. This shortcut leads to seriously flawed decisions of which they are wholly unaware. Dr. Aaron Barth will reveal how leaders can use their ‘gut feel’ as a reminder to ask short, evidence-based questions to improve their decision-making.

Treadmills of Pointlessness

Andrew Brown

Human Resources professionals are communicators, whether they know it or not. From routine employee emails to intranets, executive messages and ongoing engagement programs, HR drives the internal conversation in most organizations. 

Sadly, much of this conversation is not achieving the measurable, impactful results it should. 

Join Andrew Brown for a humorous and actionable look at where things go wrong and how to fix them. You’ll learn why organizations end up on the pointlessness treadmill, how to spot the signs of pointless communication, how to get your organization and audience aligned around shared purpose, measure success, and spend a whole lot less time stressing about employee communication.

Positive Mindsets: The Science-Based Seeds of Employee Performance & Well-Being

Paul Fairlie, PhD

Dr. Paul Fairlie, Founder/CEO of Heliosophy will introduce four positive mindsets that are possessed by the happiest and highest-performing people. These are fundamental and adaptive ways of seeing one’s self and the world, that have emerged from decades of behavioural science and can be developed by anyone. Dr. Fairlie’s talk will centre on why the mindsets are critical inputs for workforce planning, learning and development, and overall, for organizational effectiveness.

The Key to Unlocking Your Peace

Marianne Farag

Do you want to learn the secret to confidence, resilience and well-being at work? Are you looking to spend less time being caught up in the emotional energy consumed by workplace frustrations? You have the power to transform the quality of your workday by learning how to manage your triggers and understanding the root cause behind conflict and disruption. This session will shed light on managing your peace of mind at work and leave you with practical tools to help you reinvigorate your well-being at work.

Thriving Under Pressure

Ann Gomez

Thriving at work, and in life, requires a unique mindset. Despite how much we are influenced by our external environment, the world’s most elite performers recognize success is an inside game. Learn how to build resiliency, adopt a growth mindset and ground what you do in a solid purpose. You have immense potential. Use the power of a thrive mindset to drive your success.

Unlock Your Team’s Hidden Potential Through Talent Optimization

Eric Irwin

As economies fluctuate and industries rise and fall one fundamental resource remains:-human capital. Although technologies and practices change, motivating these teams becomes crucial for an organization’s continued success. Enter Talent Optimization. Through Talent Optimization any leader can turn their current workforce into a dream team. Talent Optimization takes an employee’s first focus and works to find the best fit for each team member.

Connecting Culture to the Bottom Line

Dr. Brett Richards

HR professionals instinctively understand the key role organizational culture plays in helping businesses grow, evolve and innovate. But we struggle to get investments in culture taken seriously because there is no clear bottom line connection. Until now. This session will show you how both culture and leadership can be objectively assessed and used as a predictor for successful innovation and growth.

How an Unhealed Betrayal is Impacting Your Work, Health and Relationships

Debi Silber, PhD

When we trust someone, we assume that person has the same values, beliefs and level of integrity we have. We also believe that they’re honouring the same agreement, sharing the same priorities, and working by the same rules. We hope those we’ve given our trust to would never do anything to violate that sacred contract, until they do. This is the powerful and painful process of betrayal. Dr. Debi shares concrete, predictable, and proven steps to heal physically, mentally and emotionally from the pain of betrayal from a co-worker or boss, family member or friend.

She Shoots, She Leads: Using Sport to Close The Gender Gap

Caroline Wiley

As the persistent gender gap in Canadian leadership teams becomes a  priority for HR, many organizations struggle to identify high-potential women they can include in their succession planning. One overlooked indicator of leadership ability is sports. Studies show that over 90% of women in the C-suite have played sports, and the coaching and leadership skills they developed as athletes are directly transferrable to the boardroom. Learn the seven leadership skills all athletes possess, plus tips for finding, inspiring, retaining and developing these natural leaders.


Pre-conference MASTERCLASS

MASTERCLASS: Achieving High Employee Engagement





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Attendance is Capped

We want you to get the most from your professional development time and money, which is why attendance is limited to 200. This means you will actually connect and engage with industry leaders and peers who believe in creating a thriving workplace. This is an exclusive event for people-focused business leaders. Don’t delay – only 200 registrants get to participate!

Conference Venue

Toronto Botanical Garden

What goes better with an insightful day of thought-leadership, discussions and inspiration? A great outdoor experience obviously!


Pan Pacific, Toronto

Comfort at Work: Relish in the comforts of thoughtfulness of design at Pan Pacific, Toronto. Each room and suite is made with you in mind.

Partners & Sponsors

TalentMap transforms organizations from the inside out to inspire employee engagement and promote a culture that drives superior business results.

Benefits by Design (BBD) Inc. provides group insurance and workplace solutions that focus on keeping people in good health and financially secure.

Let us help you make your case!

Are you trying to twist your boss’s arm to send you to the Imagine 2020? With this amount of ROI provided, you shouldn’t need to but just in case, here’s a persuasive letter.


Eric Irwin

Corporate Communications Expert and Trainer, Predictive Success

Eric is an MBA graduate from Queen’s University. He holds certificates in SAS Querying and Reporting, Online Learning Design, Distance Learning Administration and Management Solutions for Distance Education. Prior to joining Predictive Success, Eric was with Walmart Canada Bank, where as a founding member of the bank team, he established all store-level financial services sales operations processes.


Dr. Brett Richards

President, Connective Intelligence Inc.; best-selling author

Brett offers deep expertise in executive development, team dynamics, innovation and strategic thinking. Alongside the clients he serves with Connective Intelligence, Brett is also a sought-after industry practitioner instructor at the Schulich Executive Education Centre, affiliated with York University’s Business School.


Debi Silber, PhD

Holistic psychologist and "The Mojo Coach"

Dr. Debi Silber, founder of The PBT Institute, is a holistic psychologist and a
health, mindset, and personal development expert. She's an award-winning speaker, coach and author of the Amazon #1 Bestselling book: The Unshakable Woman: 4 Steps to Rebuilding Your Body, Mind and Life After a Life Crisis


Caroline Wiley

Co-founder, SeeWhatSheCanDo

Caroline Wiley has been dedicated to uncovering and addressing the unique needs of women and girls in sport for over 20 years. Caroline is a community builder and paradigm shifter who is fearlessly reinventing, building community and encouraging women to get physically active through the launch of in 2018.

How can I become an exhibitor or sponsor?

For details on becoming an exhibitor or a sponsor, please give us a shout at 1.877.668.1945 or email Your Workplace at

What is the conference venue address?

Toronto Botanical Garden is located at 777 Lawrence Avenue East at Leslie Street, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Are there any volunteer opportunities available?

Yes! To volunteer, please email your name and contact coordinates to conference[at] along with a brief note stating why and what you are interested in helping with.

How do I receive documentation citing Imagine Your Workplace Conference as part of my continuing education hours?

The conference may be eligible for Continuing Education credits. Please send us an email to conference[at] requesting a Letter of Attendance. Include your full name and contact information along with the conference year attended that you would like referenced in the letter. Letters can only be issued after the conference

If I have to cancel, may I receive a refund?

Any cancellation requests received before April 27, 2019 will be fully refunded, less a $125 administration fee. A written request must be provided via email to conference[at] Since most expenses are incurred within six weeks prior to the conference, delegate cancellation requests received past this date will not be refunded.

If I cannot attend, can a colleague attend in my place?

Yes. Please email the full coordinates of your colleague who will be attending in your place to conference[at] There is no fee — we’re just sorry you can’t be with us.

Is there a group rate?

YES! 10% off for 2-5 passes, 20% off for 6-10 passes, call 1.877.668.1945 for special rates on 10+ passes.

What is included in full registration fees?

Included with conference registration is: - all programming, keynotes, workshops and session materials - wellness breaks and lunch - casual and formal networking opportunities with fellow attendees - first-hand access to leading-edge research and industry experts - CE credits may be available - BONUS! Post-conference content refreshers — video, audio

How can I register?

Register online by filling out the Register form, or by phone 1.877.668.1945.

What is the dress code at Imagine Your Workplace Conference?

Most people wear business casual attire – just be comfortable. And bring comfortable walking shoes… the Botanical Gardens are beautiful to explore.