Canadian Health and Wellness Innovations Conference

Sunday, February 24 - Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Orlando, FL

INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS to Addiction and Mental Health

Addiction and mental health are complex, interconnected issues that continue to create challenges for individuals, family members, unions, employers and benefit plans. Besides being the right thing to do, providing appropriate, meaningful support can reduce disability and prescription drug costs, improve safety measures/outcomes, and convince members and employees to get the help they need. 

The Canadian Health and Wellness Innovations Conference offers targeted and timely sessions on topics relevant to plan sponsors and participants. Explore new trends, share experiences and discover strategies to promote a complete culture of health.

2019 Topics

  • Opening Keynote: The Science of Sleep and Stress

  • Monday Keynote: Evolving Concepts of Addiction and Mental Health—Potential Impact on the Workplace
  • The Opioid Epidemic—Considerations for Benefit Plans
  • Helping the Family Members in an Addicted Family
  • How High Is Too High, How Much Is Too Much?
  • Brain Break—Stress Busters
  • The DA VINCI Project—A Pathway to Success
  • Addictions Panel
  • Tuesday Keynote: Stand Up For Mental Health: Creating Recovery—One Laugh at a Time!
  • Crisis Intervention Strategies
  • Mental Health First Aid in Your Workplace
  • A New Way to Support Employee Mental Health in the Digital Age
  • Brain Break—The Art of Relaxation
  • Keeping It Together—Coping Tips for Family Caregivers
  • Mental Health Panel
  • Wednesday Keynote: Sugar Addiction in the Workplace
  • Utilizing Virtual Health to Digitalize Your Plan
  • How to Bring Mindfulness Into the Workplace

All of the topics covered were timely and relevant to the issues in our workplaces today.

Jeff D. TraegerPresident & CEOUFCW Canada Local 832

Benefits of Attending

  • Learn firsthand about the latest trends in health and wellness that could be important to your plan design.
  • Find out how others have successfully introduced wellness initiatives to their members.
  • Discover ways to motivate plan participants to take part in the shared responsibility for their own health.
  • Interact directly with speakers at your choice of follow-up workshops.
  • Experience on-site health resources such as a health fair and other coordinated activities.
  • Online program materials, virtual conference, welcome reception, three continental breakfasts, two luncheons and beverage breaks.

Who Should Attend

Trustees, administrators and staff who represent group benefit and health care plans in the Canadian corporate, multi-employer and public sectors. This conference would be of interest to any individual, including our American members, with an interest in wellness topics, whether individually or in the workplace.


Speakers will be announced soon.


Jessica Payne, Ph.D.


   Associate Professor

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana

Nady A. el-Guebaly, M.D., CM

Professor and Head

   Division of Addiction

Department of Psychiatry

University of Calgary

Calgary, Alberta

David Granirer, M.S.M., MPCC, RPC

Counsellor Stand-Up Comic

Stand Up For Mental Health

Vancouver, British Columbia

Sherry Strong

Nutritionist Co-Founder and

   Chief Executive Officer

World Wellness ProjectVancouver, British Columbia

​Preconference Workshop

For the first time ever, the Canadian Health and Wellness Innovations Conference features a preconference workshop. 

Creating Behaviours for Lasting Health

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Continuing Education

Programs sponsored by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans are consistently accepted for credit by agencies governing continuing education for license renewal and professional recertification.

The Canadian Health and Wellness Innovations Conference will be submitted to the Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario (RIBO) for continuing education (CE) approval.

For additional information, visit our continuing education (CE) web page or 
contact us by phone at (262) 786-6710, option 2.

Educational sessions at this program can qualify for CEBS Compliance credit. Visit for additional information.

Registration Information

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Registration Information
  Member Nonmember

Through 1/13/2019 C $1,815.00 C $2,145.00
After 1/13/2019 C $2,115.00 C $2,445.00