LIVE SUMMIT: Nov 2-3, 2023

The 6th Annual Global Workplace Wellness Summit

Elevate Your Wellbeing: Meet Our Inspiring Summit Speakers!

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Dr. Daniel Saugh, PhD, MSc, MPH, MDiv, RP

Dr. Saugh is a trained Psychological First Aid Instructor with the Canadian Red Cross, a registered Psychotherapist, and a Mental Health Professional. He also is an adjunct Professor of Psychology at Burman University in Alberta. He is a member of several NGO Alliances and Chair of the Emergency Management NGO Consortium of Canada for strategic relations and partnerships.

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Dr. Saugh holds his undergraduate honours degree in health sciences and graduate degrees in public health, international/community development, theology and human relations/psychology from York University, Andrews University, Loma Linda University, and Wilfrid Laurier University, respectively. He is the former Program Manager for ADRA Canada, an NGO and humanitarian agency based in Ontario.

Dr. Saugh is the Health Ministries Coordinator for the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Canada. He is a dynamic speaker and engaging presenter who has honed his skills in pastoring for over 20 years. He has also served in the Canadian Armed Forces in the Royal Canadian Chaplaincy Service as Capt (Ret’d) and is currently a Chaplain with the Toronto Police Service. He is passionate about holistic wellness that embraces mind, body, and spirit. He is on a quest to help people build resiliency, recover, and return to a life of normalcy after tough challenges and changes.


Stéphane Grenier

When it comes to mental health, Stéphane Grenier walks the talk. Indeed, Stéphane’s riveting keynotes are not only thought-provoking, but also lead to tangible action and sustainable change for those leaders who are prepared to rethink how they support their people.

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He was appointed to the Order of Canada and awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Guelph and Humber College for his contributions to workplace mental health.

His autobiography, After the War: Surviving PTSD and Changing Mental Health Culture, tells his story from the day he landed during the Rwandan genocide through his journey of changing mental health culture in the Canadian military, developing national Guidelines for Peer Support with the Mental Health Commission of Canada, all the way to creating Mental Health Innovations (MHI); a consultancy that leads innovative and sustainable change in organizations to enhance the mental health of their people.

Today, he and his business partners, along with countless associates, develop non-clinical mental health interventions as a complement to traditional clinical care for private and public sector organizations and provincial healthcare systems.

Stéphane’s vision is a world where people no longer face barriers to good mental health.

Big Daddy Tazz

Often described as one of the most talented comics in the business, Big Daddy Tazz has been delighting crowds from coast to coast at corporate events, fund raisers, festivals and on television for more than 30 years.

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Today, audiences are happy to join him on his rapid cycle ride down the never-ending road to recovery as he tours North America, bringing his good mental health message to audiences, drawing rave reviews, and standing ovations!

Equal parts comedian and mental health advocate, Tazz educates, enlightens, and inspires. After 30 years of denying he had the mental illnesses that were controlling his life, Big Daddy Tazz realized that being a manic-depressive, attention deficit, socially anxious dyslexic could either destroy or enhance his life… the choice was his.

For the last 20 years, Big Daddy Tazz has brought light and laughter to those with mental illness by raising awareness of how stigma affects us all. Tazz believes in educating, embracing, and empowering everyone so we can all stand tall and give stigma a bad name.

His comedy appearances include the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, the Moncton Comedy Festival, CBC’s The Debaters and the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival, which can be seen frequently on CBC television and the Comedy Network.

Whether it’s a corporate event or charity fundraiser, comedy show or mental health keynote seminar, Tazz will make you laugh until you cry and then laugh some more. It’s the bi-polar way.

Joyce Odidison, MA. MCC. CTDP

Joyce Odidison is President of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc., founder of the Annual Global Workplace Wellness Summit, and a sought-after international keynote speaker who draws on decades of expertise as a Conflict Analyst, Master Certified Coach, DEI Consultant, and Well-being expert.

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Joyce shares her compelling research and practice on the Well-being Intelligence Competencies™, providing tools and insights to address the escalating psychological safety, mental health, and wellness challenges leaders grapple with today.

Joyce believes all relationships and interactions affect well-being, so we must apply intelligence to refuel and foster resilience and performance.

Joyce hosts the What’s Happening at Work podcast, where she shares practical strategies about how what’s going on at work any day of the week affects well-being. She is the author of six books, a former college and university instructor, and a regular TV expert who has been featured in news media globally.

Cameron Tyndal

Cameron completed his BA with majors in Psychology and Rhetoric, Writing and Communications and has worked with Sara Riel since 2012. Cameron has over ten years of management experience in mental health and employment services and is currently the Director of Mental Health and Addictions.

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He has presented previously at the Global Wellness Summit, Canadian Professional Human Resource Conference, and CHAC National Conference and was published in the Canadian Journal of Aging in 2021 for his contributions to a project that addressed mental health, burnout, and compassion fatigue issues of frontline, long-term care workers during COVID-19.

Elizabeth Blake-Thomas

Elizabeth Blake-Thomas is the founder of the mind-coaching practice Medicine with Words. Elizabeth shares mindful tools through workshops and sessions to help others navigate life and live intentionally.

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Elizabeth is the author of Filmmaking Without Fear, a multi-medium resource curated for indie filmmakers. Her FWF podcast is available on all streaming platforms, and the book of the same name is available on Amazon and Her next book, Living with Intention, will soon be published as an interactive guidebook for her Medicine with Words practice. Elizabeth frequently speaks on panels and at events, both as a creative and as a Medicine with Words coach, sharing her passion for storytelling and healing with others.

Gurpreet Kaur PhD

Gurpreet Kaur is a licensed professional counselor, certified clinical mental health counselor, executive coach, author, and public speaker. She is a self-help enthusiast who explores the connections among counseling, Eastern philosophies, and quantum mechanics.

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She earned her doctorate in education and counseling psychology, has worked to support mental health for 17 years, and regularly speaks at corporate trainings, workshops, university lectures, keynote presentations, and more.

She has provided custom training programs dealing with workplace civility, change management, depression, disengaged workers, burnout, self-care, and mental health to organizations, including the Department of Health & Human Services USA. She has written articles for publications, including the American Counseling Association (ACA), Entrepreneur, and Brainz magazines.

Whether she is speaking to someone one-on-one or standing in front of a packed conference arena at a national event, her goal is the same: to support, uplift, and motivate people to find self-love and spirituality, reach their highest level of consciousness, assume accountability for their own lives, and achieve their full potential.

Julie Anderson

Julie Anderson, aka Brain Lady Julie, is a sought-after international professional speaker, bestselling author, and Certified Brain Health Professional with over 27 years of experience in the field of brain science.

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As an established brain authority, Julie has been interviewed by media outlets like ABC, FOX, and UPN, and appears as a guest expert on various podcasts. Her knowledge in brain function and anatomy, brain health, and the brain personality connection has garnered widespread recognition in the industry.

Julie continues to push the boundaries of her knowledge through educational studies in neuromarketing, neuroscience of leadership, depression, anxiety disorders, and psychological first aid.

Lisa Hammett

Lisa Hammett is an accomplished motivational and TEDx speaker, an international best-selling author, a success and mental fitness coach, and a wellness expert, helping stressed and burned out business owners and executives develop mental fitness to manage stress, improve productivity and communication, and regain their health and wellness.

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With over 26 years of experience in the corporate retail industry, Lisa knows firsthand the toll that stress and burnout can take on individuals. After a transformative health and wellness journey, where she lost 65 pounds, Lisa decided to dedicate her life to helping others achieve their health and wellness objectives. Lisa has positively impacted the lives of thousands of individuals, empowering them to make lasting changes.

She is a life and certified Positive Intelligence mental fitness coach. Her first book, From Burnout to Best Life. How to take charge of your health and happiness, reached bestseller status in 16 categories globally.

Matthew Burr

Matthew Burr has over 16-years of experience working in the human resources field, starting his career as an Industrial Relations Intern at Kennedy Valve Manufacturing to most recently founding and managing a human resource consulting company; Burr Consulting, LLC, Talentscape, LLC and Co-Owner of Labor Love, a Labor, and Employment Law poster printing company.

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Prior to founding the consulting firm, the majority of his career was heavy industry manufacturing and healthcare. He specializes in compliance auditing, training labor and employment law, conflict resolution, performance management, labor, and employment relations. Matthew has a generalist background in HR and operations, while providing strategic HR and operational solutions to his clients, focusing on small and medium sized organizations. He works as an Adjunct at Alfred State University, Tompkins Cortland Community College, and The College of St. Rose.

He successfully designed an HR Concentration in the business management major that aligned with both SHRM and HRCI certifications, providing opportunities for students to sit for both the SHRM-CP and aPHR certifications upon completion of the degree, concentration, and internship hours as an Assistant Professor of Management at Elmira College (Retired January 2022).

Matthew is also the SHRM Certification Exam Instructor, with a current pass rate of 92% on the SHRM-SCP and 83% pass rate on the SHRM-CP and a combined 88% on both exams over a 7-year period of instructing the course (Elmira College, Collin College & The College of St. Rose). Matthew works as a trainer Tompkins Cortland Community College, Corning Community College, Broome Community College, and HR Instructor for Certification Preparation for the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). He also acts as an On-Call Mediator and Factfinder through the Public Employment Relations Board in New York State, working with public sector employers and labor unions.

Si Liew

Si Liew is a bestselling author, an Occupational Health Nurse for over 20 years and she has worked in a variety of industries including healthcare, manufacturing, construction, oil and gas and enforcement law; act as a medical subject matter expert to these corporation Executive Team and leads the employee health and safety programs.

More About Si Liew

She helps develop corporate health and wellness programs and works directly with healthcare professionals through training, mentoring with the objective of achieving a healthy workplace. Si has always been passionate about empowering people to become the best version of themselves. She believes when people come together in a safe and supportive environment, they can support each other, connect, and share resources to help them grow in all areas of their lives, transform victimhood to victor and generate a true sense of hope and optimism for our future.

Sylvia Marusyk

Sylvia Marusyk is everything you never knew you wanted in a public speaker. The owner and innovative mind behind MindBody Works; a Canadian company focusing on creating and maintaining health and wellness in the workplace, Sylvia is fun, sassy and passionate about safety & health.

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As an Occupational Therapist with almost 30 years of experience and expertise in the field of health and safety, she emphasizes that prevention is the key to creating happy, healthy individuals, employees and businesses. The former host of the ‘Happy Hour With Sylvia!’ radio show, international keynote speaker, “activational” mentor and industry expert has proven that the way we look at corporate health, safety and wellness is due for a change of perspective; and Sylvia is leading the charge.

Her entertaining presentations focus on a proactive approach to building healthy lives and workplaces. Through the use of humour and her incredibly dynamic presentation style, Sylvia leaves audiences laughing, learning and going home with the tools and confidence to change their lives for the better.