Program Overview

February 21-22, 2017

Transforming Workplace Culture: Agents and Allies

For 14 years, the Bottom Line Conference has been bringing together a rich community of business leaders and workers, union representatives, policy makers and researchers to share their expertise and ideas and discuss ways in which to improve mental health in Canadian workplaces.

The conference provides an opportunity to share real experiences and successes while working towards the common goal of transforming Canadian workplaces into psychologically safe and supportive places where everyone can work safely and thrive.

The theme of this year’s Bottom Line Conference is “Transforming Workplace Culture: Agents and Allies,” and we invite you to continue with us on this journey of change. We will connect you to agents and allies who continue to pioneer change in the research, technology, law and policy fields – all of whom are helping to create an upward momentum towards a fairer, more productive and satisfying working environment for all.

Inspiration is crucial, as is developing the skills needed to create a new culture. Change, like any other process, involves benchmarking the current corporate culture and identifying real and achievable goals for the organization. At this year’s conference, we will introduce a multi-level approach designed to engage attendees and facilitate learning for experienced and first-time delegates alike. Our hope is to build connections among delegates, to continue to expand our community and to cultivate this movement of change.

To reinforce the theme of transformation, the keynote presentation at this year’s Bottom Line Conference will be delivered by agent and ally of change, Brigid Schulte.

About Brigid Schulte:
A former award-winning journalist at the Washington Post (and part of the team that won the esteemed 2008 Pulitzer Prize) Brigid is the director of the Better Life Lab and The Good Life Initiative at New America, a non-partisan think tank in the US which focuses on a range of public policy issues. The Good Life Initiative explores redesigning work cultures for “effective work,” focusing on productivity, work-life fit, health and innovation, reimagining gender roles for fairer divisions of labor and opportunity at work and at home and recapturing the value of free time.

She is the author of Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has The Time. In writing the book Schulte spoke to neuroscientists, sociologists, and hundreds of working parents to tease out the factors contributing to our collective sense of being overwhelmed, seeking insights, answers, and inspiration. She investigated progressive offices trying to invent a new kind of workplace and she travelled across Europe to get a sense of how other countries accommodate working parent.

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For a summary of Bottom Line 2016, view the Final Report: Bottom Line 2016

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