Chronic Disease at Work

February 23-24, 2021


February 23-24, 2021


Each employee is different, meaning no two cases of chronic disease are alike. But how are chronic conditions such as addiction, Alzheimer's, atopic dermatitis and diabetes impacting the workplaces of today and tomorrow? This year’s virtual Chronic Disease at Work conference will explore what chronic disease looks like through educational presentations intended to help plan sponsors and advisors understand chronic conditions’ impact in the workplace, as well as how to make the best decisions for plan members. Sessions may include insights into patient journeys, highlighting why treatment and work life are often correlated, and helpful considerations around disease impact for an organization's bottom line.


Should I attend?
If you’re an employer responsible for your organization’s benefits or drug plan, wellness, human resources and/or corporate health – or an industry provider such as a advisor, broker, benefits consultant and/or group insurer – then this virtual event is where you want to be.   


CE credits will be offered to all participants who require them and have indicated such on the registration form. You must attend and watch the full conference in order to be eligible for CE credit certification. Presentations will not be available for playback and/or on-demand viewing after the event.


Francesca Allman

Cass Williamson-Hopp
Katerina Galkina


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February 23-24, 2021


Virtual treatments for mental health in a socially distanced world
The past year has been unlike any other. The pandemic put a spotlight on the importance of health and wellness in a socially distanced world. Since in-person support is not generally currently available, there’s been huge growth in digital mental-health apps and treatment platforms. While it’s encouraging to see more accessible help being offered to those struggling with mental health and addiction, how much do we really know about these programs? In a sea of options, it can be difficult to understand the differences between virtual offerings, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of each. This session will explore and compare online program options and discuss why effective treatment is important for conscientious employers today.

Lanie Schachter-Snipper, registered psychotherapist and national director of outpatient services, EHN Canada


 More sessions to be announced.


February 23-24, 2021





Ian Patton

Derek Weir

Dr. Ian Patton is a passionate patient advocate and works as the director of advocacy and public engagement at Obesity Canada. In this role, Patton combines his academic background and training with his personal lived experience to help reach individuals living with obesity across Canada, as well as realizing Obesity Canada's mission of improving the lives of Canadians living with obesity. He obtained a PhD from Western University in kinesiology and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto. Patton’s research focuses on body mass index, obesity and childhood physical activity. He’s also lived with obesity for the majority of his life and is a post-surgical bariatric patient who now advocates both nationally and globally for improved access to care for individuals living with obesity, as well as for eliminating weight bias and discrimination.



Ximena Ramos Salas

Derek Weir

Dr. Ximena Ramos Salas has a PhD in health promotion and socio-behavioural sciences from the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. She’s the director of research and policy at Obesity Canada and a technical consultant with the World Health Organization’s regional office for Europe. As a population health researcher, Ramos Salas is exploring the unintended consequences of obesity prevention policies for people living with obesity. Her research goal is to spark solutions that will prevent the perpetuation of weight bias and obesity stigma and create more effective population health approaches.




Lanie Schachter-Snipper

Derek Weir

Lanie Schachter-Snipper is a registered psychotherapist and mental-health leader with almost a decade of experience in launching innovative, effective clinical programs — online and in person. She combines her expertise as a clinician and business leader to develop and implement evidence-informed short- and long-term addiction and mental-health programming. Through previous leadership roles, including clinical director of Bellwood Health Services, Schachter-Snipper has gained expertise in setting human resource priorities to promote corporate mental health, in addition to developing wellness programs to enhance staff retention, recruitment and performance. She now applies her valuable skill set to enhancing and expanding Edgewood Health Network Canada’s portfolio of outpatient programs nationwide.



Arya Sharma

Derek Weir

Dr. Arya Sharma is a professor of medicine at the University of Alberta. He is also the clinical co-chair of the Alberta Health Services’ obesity program. Sharma is the founder and scientific director of Obesity Canada, a network of more than 15,000 researchers, health professionals and other stakeholders. He’s also the past president of the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons. Sharma’s past appointments include positions as a professor of medicine and Canada research chair at McMaster University; professor of medicine at the Franz-Volhard Klinik-Charite at Humboldt University Berlin and the Free University of Berlin. His research focuses on evidence-based prevention and management of obesity and its complications. Sharma is a leading voice in obesity science and medicine and has authored, or co-authored, more than 400 scientific articles and has lectured widely on the etiology and management of hypertension, obesity and related cardiovascular disorders. He’s regularly featured as a medical expert in national and international TV and print media and maintains a widely-read blog. 


More speakers to be announced.



February 23-24, 2021


What to expect from the virtual event platform

The virtual Chronic Disease at Work platform will allow you to explore different sections of the venue just like you would at an in-person event. The virtual venue has sections where you can view and download conference resources, read up on speakers and learn more about their sessions, gather more information about the companies that made this event possible, consult the agenda to ensure you don’t miss any of the presentations and ask questions in real-time during the live stream.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Is this event free?
A: Yes, this event is free.

Q: Do I have to download any software to be able to watch this event?
A: No, the platform is web-based and it can be accessed from most devices.

Q: Which browser is most compatible with the platform?
A: We recommend using Google Chrome.

Q: How do I access the virtual event platform?
A: We will send you a link to the Chronic Disease at Work virtual event platform a few days before the event goes live.


Please make sure to access the platform using the same email address with which you registered, otherwise you won't be able to enter.

Important: we will be sending regular email reminders leading up to the event date(s). Please be aware that your registration is non-transferable. If you have any questions, please contact Katerina Galkina at