2018 Summit Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Bill Howatt

Margaret Moore

Joyce Odidison

Paul Osincup

November 7th, 2018 Speakers

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Bill Howatt    

Dr. Bill Howatt, a behavioural scientist, is known as one of Canada’s top experts in mental health issues in the workplace. As a highly-respected columnist for the Globe and Mail, author, clinician, consultant and speaker, he effortlessly engages and inspires both individuals and groups. With his confident, yet casual style, he openly shares his vast experience and knowledge with his audiences.
Dr. Howatt is a master at translating cutting-edge academic research into practical, tactical strategies that employees and managers can integrate into their daily professional and personal lives.

His passion is helping people to ensure their workplaces are healthier, happier and more productive. As Chief of Research and Development, Workforce Productivity at Morneau Shepell, as well the creator of the Total Health Index (THI), Dr. Howatt offers more than 30 years of experience in the field of mental health, addiction and HR consulting.

His career has taken him across Canada and the United States including 12 years working on Wall Street in New York City supporting large financial firms. He has been a frequent and popular speaker at Conference Board of Canada events from coast to coast. Dr. Howatt has published numerous books and articles, including: The Coping Crisis, Pathways to Coping, the Wiley Series on Addictions, Human Services Counselor’s Toolbox and The Addiction Counselor’s Desk Reference.

Dr. Enna Trevathan

Dr. Enna Trevathan, is the Director of Nursing at the College of San Mateo. She has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare arena stemming from
insurance underwriter to nurse manager and to educator. She was Associate Dean for Educational Outreach at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions (USF). Dr. Enna is a national, regional, and international speaker. She has developed and taught courses for both the Masters in Nursing Program and Masters of Public Health Program.

Dr. Karla Schroeder

Karla Schroeder, DNP, MHA, ANP-BC, NE-BC is Director of Palliative Medicine and Geriatric Services at Stanford Heath Care in Northern California. Dr. Schroeder is also an instructor at California State University, Institute for Palliative Care, and adjunct faculty at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing where she teaches advanced practice palliative nursing certification courses. She has 20 years of experience in the nursing field, including ED, critical care, labor and delivery, hospice, acute palliative medicine, and case management.

Enid Chung Roemer 

Enid Chung is an Associate Scientist in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society, and the Deputy Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has over 15 years of experience conducting empirical research in the area of workplace health promotion. Her expertise includes developing survey instruments and methodologies for conducting structure, process, and outcomes evaluation of worksite health promotion programs, as well as conducting instrument validation studies.

She has served as a project manager or co-principal investigator on several large federally funded studies, co-led many successful projects for employers, public sector partners, non-profit foundations, and insurance companies, and has co-authored over 30 articles and book chapters in this field of research. Dr. Roemer earned her doctorate in Applied Social Psychology from The George Washington University, and her BA degree in Psychology from Wellesley College.

 Nov 7th Plenary - Paul Osincup
Paul Osincup is a Speaker and Positive Workplace Strategist who helps companies create dynamic and engaging work climates. With a background in Higher Education Leadership &
Administration, Paul’s previous roles had him addressing high-risk behaviors and potential threats to college campuses. In 2013 he was a consultant at the U.S. Department of Education's Center for Alcohol, Drug, and Violence Prevention and he still delivers school violence prevention consultation on behalf of several non-profit agencies.

Despite the serious nature of his work, it’s Paul’s background in stand-up and improv comedy that has fueled his interest in using humor as a competitive advantage. His TED Talk on Humor in Leadership has been viewed over 150,000 times and occasionally he even makes his wife laugh. Paul’s worked with hundreds of organizations from school districts and police departments to companies like NASDAQ and Kaiser Permanente. His work has been highlighted in Forbes, SUCCESS Magazine, and on his mom's refrigerator. Paul is currently the President-Elect of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, an international organization dedicated to the study and application of humor to improve health and human performance.

November 8th, 2018 Speakers

Keynote Speaker 

Joyce Odidison, MA, PCC, CTDP

Joyce is one of Canada's leading Workplace Wellness Experts, Conflict Analyst, Coach, Author, and President of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc. for more than 21 years. She works with organizations through times of change such as, mergers, acquisitions, and rapid growth to improve work dynamics to build trusting resilient relationships that foster workplace wellness. Joyce is founder of the innovative nine-dimensional Wellness Improvement System® (WIS®) that integrates left and right brain, mindset, and relationships. Joyce also founded the WIS® Coach Training Certification program, approved by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). 

Joyce has been a session instructor with the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, and Red River Community College for over a decade. She has shared her unique brand of interpersonal wellness and relational well-being with audiences in Canada, United States, and Asia, sharing strategies that change difficult work dynamics fast.

Rae Ann Ianniello

Human Resources Consultant, Training Facilitator, and Wellness Educator An energetic facilitator, Rae Ann Ianniello has been developing and delivering workshops in the areas of wellness, communication, business, and Human Resources for over 20 years. As a trainer and Human Resource professional, she has provided consulting services to over 100 companies and more than 5000 employees on topics such as Respectful Workplace (Anti-Bullying), Preventing Harassment & Discrimination, Leadership, Communication, and various soft skills and health-related subjects. Besides an MA and BA in Communication Studies, two teaching credentials, a certificate in Human Resources Management, and a Master Trainer certificate from NUMMI (Toyota affiliate), Rae Ann is a certified (RYT200) yoga instructor. As a frequent presenter for numerous Employment Assistance Programs (EAP), she develops creative, interactive workshops to help employees hone their skills and strive for a healthy work-life balance.

Judah Pollack

Judah Pollack is a speaker, author and coach to CEO’s and founders in the art of leadership. He is a former faculty member of Stanford’s StartX and a regular guest lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He works with US Army Special Forces and Red Team University, as well as civilian clients such as Airbnb, Sonos, LucasFilm, The North Face and IDEO.org. His latest book is “The Net and the Butterfly: The Art and Practice of Breakthrough Thinking,” published by Penguin.


Deborah Johnson, M.A., international award-winning music artist, author, speaker and creator of Hero Mountain™®, helps others get unstuck by producing and executing a successful plan for their second half. Up for multiple GRAMMY Awards and spending over 20 years in the entertainment industry, she's an expert on how to constantly reinvent yourself in a gig-economy. Deborah is the author of Stuck is Not a Four Letter Word, Bad Code and the upcoming Women at Halftime. She speaks and performs in both live and virtual events. Deborah is also current President of the National Speaker’s Association, Los Angeles Chapter.

Sarah Deane

Sarah Deane is a writer, speaker, and practitioner of Experience Design and Data Science. As a thought leader, she has travelled the globe leading workplace experience and employee engagement strategies for Fortune 500s and startups alike. As the founder of EffectUX, she enables businesses to achieve sustainable success through the use of human-driven data. Her company produces accurate diagnostic tools, clear measurement systems, services, and predictive models that help companies isolate root cause and identify core strategies that deliver maximum impact, working with clients such as DreamWorks, Capital One, Logitech and many more. Most recently, her passion to help others live healthier, engaged lives, led to their latest creation: The Energy Management Quotient (www.MyEMQ.com), a system that accurately assesses sources and gaps, and provides expert advice, analysis and development to keep one living their fullest, aligned with their own intrinsic values.

Sarah holds a MEng in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence and published her User Experience (UX) primer in 2014, providing rapid insight into understanding, developing and applying UX strategically. She has been a featured speaker at SXSW, America’s Women Leadership Conference, Invent Your Future Conference, Stanford University, and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Business2Community, and other platforms on the topics of Leadership, A.I, Employee Experience, Customer Experience, and Well-being.

Nov 8th Plenary -

Margaret Moore 

Margaret Moore is a 17-year veteran of the biotechnology industry in the US, UK, Canada, France. In 2000, Margaret founded Wellcoaches Corporation, in strategic partnership with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), which has trained more than 10,000 health professionals as health and wellness coaches in 50 countries.

Margaret is a seasoned leadership coach, helping mainly healthcare leaders quickly transcend their growth edges to improve performance and thriving. Moore is co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, and co-director of the annual Coaching in Leadership & Healthcare conference offered by Harvard Medical School and in its tenth year.

Margaret teaches a Science of Coaching Psychology program at Harvard University Extension School and transformational leadership and coaching in Harvard Medical School Global Education programs. She co-founded and co-leads the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching and co-led the formation of a strategic partnership with the National Board of Medical Examiners to deliver national standards and certification for health and wellness coaches.