VRA BC Annual Training Day and AGM 2019

This event will also be live streamed for those unable to attend in person


Registration to attend the VRA BC Training Day and AGM at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Campus on November 8th, 2019 – Deadline November 4th EOD PST


Registration to attend the VRA BC Training Day and AGM via Livestream on November 8th, 2019 – Deadline November 7th 12pm PST


VRA BC Annual Training Day and AGM 2019

Sleep disturbances are common in the workforce with 30 to 50% of workers reporting occasional symptoms of insomnia and up to 10% chronic insomnia. Research indicates individuals with sleep issues seek more medical treatment, are more susceptible to depressive symptoms, take more medication, are less productive, experience an increased level of pain, and are at significantly increased risk of incident and disease-related work disability compared to good sleepers. For injured workers, the likelihood of returning to work is lower for those with sleep issues, especially when combined with musculoskeletal and mental health concerns, and when sleep issues were pre-existing.

One approach to sleep concerns is mindfulness. This practice has proven as effective as sleep hygiene programs and other typical treatment modalities such as medication and therapy when it comes to sleep. Mindfulness has also proven effective in addressing stress-related physical symptoms. With the pervasiveness of sleep concerns in our client population, and the holistic benefits of mindfulness, VRA BC is excited to present a full day devoted to these topics.

During the morning session, Dr. Glenn Landry will translate the current circadian rhythms and sleep science, explain the bidirectional relationships between sleep, disease, and our mental health & wellness, and provide practical strategies anyone can use to access their sleep health account, pay off their sleep debt, and improve their overall mental health and well-being. Following the lunch and AGM, Wendy Quan, founder of The Calm Monkey, will outline the proven benefits of mindfulness meditation and then share practical, everyday techniques participants can implement immediately with themselves and their clients.

New for this year’s event, participants will have the opportunity to work collaboratively on case studies during breakout sessions throughout the day. Groups will be encouraged to implement the knowledge gained from the presentations, as well as their clinical expertise. The day will conclude with short presentations on the case study outcomes.

Following the overwhelming response at last year’s event, our valued sponsors will again be front and centre as they present their products and/or services during short, Hollywood-style elevator pitches situated throughout the day.

This event will be of interest to vocational rehabilitation professionals, and allied professionals who work with clients engaged in the return to work process including occupational therapists, kinesiologists, physiotherapists, speech language pathologists, psychologists, and counsellors.

Speaker Bios and Presentation Outlines

Morning Session: Sleep Matters!        

Sleep is vital for optimal health and wellness. Unfortunately, in today’s 24-hour society, sleep is typically the first thing we sacrifice to meet the growing demands of work, family, and our friends. The latest sleep science has established that sleep debt (i.e., sleep durations less than 7 hours/night) or social jet-lag (i.e., poor circadian regulation) is associated with increased risk, progression, and severity of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and dementia.

Sleep washes our brain. Our brain is like an engine... it produces exhaust (i.e., metabolic waste products called metabolites)... and if this waste is allowed to accumulate in the brain, it becomes toxic. Recent advances in neuroscience have established that sleep literally washes our brain of the day’s waste.

Sleep debt & mental health. A bidirectional relationship exists between sleep and mental health, and thus, best practice is to promote sleep health in combination with standard mental health treatment efforts.

Sleep hygiene alone isn’t the solution. Poor sleep quality was once the domain of shift workers and older adults, but now short duration, disrupted sleep is observed across all demographics. To address these societal changes in sleep duration and quality, we need to progress beyond simple sleep hygiene and learn how to promote stronger circadian regulation of physiology and behaviour. The key to better sleep health is an understanding that what you do matters, but when you do it matters just as much or more.


Speaker Bio: Dr. Glenn J Landry, PhD, Sleep Consultant    


Glenn completed his graduate research at Simon Fraser University, examining circadian   mechanisms of entrainment, supervised by Dr. Ralph Mistlberger and supported by grants   from  MSFHR and NSERC. He then focused his research efforts on sleep, aging and   cognition as a CIHR postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose’s Aging, Mobility, and   Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at UBC. His research there explored age-related changes in   sleep duration, efficiency and architecture that contribute to or accelerate cognitive   declinein older adults.

As an academic, Glenn’s goal was to develop chronotherapeutic interventions capable of   delaying cognitive decline in older adults, with the objective of improving quality of life,       productivity, and extending capacity for independent living. Now in private practice, Glenn   is a sleep coach. He works with older adults, shift workers, and families to improve   physical and mental health through better sleep quality by translating sleep science into   practical interventions tailored to each client.

Afternoon Session: Mindfulness Practices for You and Your Clients   

During this instructional and experiential presentation, Wendy will outline the proven benefits of mindfulness meditation and then share practical, everyday techniques participants can implement immediately with themselves and their clients. This will be especially great for those feeling overwhelmed and busy! Wendy will also introduce a mindfulness case study, how mindfulness can help with mental health, and associated risks. This presentation will leave participants feeling ready to add to or enhance mindfulness in daily life.

Speaker Bio: Wendy Quan, Mindfulness Facilitator 


Training & Certification, and Dealing with Change Mindfully

Wendy is the pioneer in combining change management with mindfulness to help people through difficult change.  Her cancer journey sparked a shift from a corporate career in IT, HR and change management to helping individuals and companies worldwide start workplace mindfulness in a very practical, accessible way.  She is the founder of The Calm Monkey, and her notable clients include Google, the government of Dubai, University of British Columbia and many individuals who want to make a positive difference in this world.







 2019 VRA BC Training Day Committee

Sheryl Thompson

Pamela MacDonald

Diana Vissers

Brenda Hockley

Adrienne Lee


7:30 to 8:30am:                     Registration and Sponsor Networking 

8:30 to 8:35am:                     Opening remarks

8:35am to 10:05am:              Dr. Glenn Landry - Sleep Matters! Part I 

10:05am to 10:15am:            Sponsor Presentations: Group #1 (4 sponsors)                            

10:15am to 10:30am             Morning Break

10:30am to 12:00pm:            Dr. Glenn Landry - Sleep Matters! Part II 

12:00pm to 12:30pm:            Group Case Study Breakout #1

12:30pm to 2:00pm:             AGM and lunch -AGM Documents

2:00pm to 3:30pm:               Wendy Quan - Mindfulness Practices for You and Your Clients 

3:30pm to 3:40pm:               Sponsor Presentations – Group #2 (4 sponsors)

3:40pm to 3:55pm                 Break

3:55pm to 4:25pm                 Group Case Study Breakout #2

4:25pm to 4:55pm                 Group Case Study Presentations and Discussion

4:55pm to 5:00pm:                Closing remarks


The annual VRA BC Training Day and AGM will be held at Simon Fraser’s University’s Harbour Centre Campus in downtown Vancouver. The campus is located at 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC.


Parking is available in numerous lots close to the venue. The Waterfront SkyTrain station is located a short walk from the venue. 


There are numerous hotels located close to the event venue.

Delta Hotels by Marriott™ Vancouver Downtown Suites

550 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1L6

A preferred rate is available for guests attending events at SFU.  Please note this is not a reserved block of rooms, so discounted rooms will be available on a first come, first serve basis. It is recommended you book as early as possible. There are two methods of booking, and both methods require a credit card to guarantee.

Please use this link to book online: Book your corporate rate for MECS. Guests can also call Central Reservations at 1-844-254-5048 and ask for the MECS corporate rate. If the above rate plan is not available, you can also book the CAUBO University rate using this link: Book your corporate rate for CAUBO University

Other Accommodation Options

The St. Regis Hotel

602 Dunsmuir St.| Vancouver BC | V6B 1Y6

www.stregishotel.com | info@stregishotel.com

Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver
645 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC Canada V6V 2Y9
T: 604-687-1122 

Executive Hotel Le Soleil

567 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 2E8


Phone: 604-632-3015 

Ramada Limited Downtown Vancouver 
435 West Pender Street, 
Vancouver, BC  Canada V6B 1V2


Registration Fees

VRA/CVRP Members – Regular                    $215.00

Non-Members – Regular                              $250.00

Live Stream                                                     $125.00

Students                                                          $50.00


Registration to attend the VRA BC Training Day and AGM at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Campus on November 8th, 2019 – Deadline November 4th EOD PST


Registration to attend the VRA BC Training Day and AGM via Livestream on November 8th, 2019 – Deadline November 7th 12pm PST

Registration includes morning and afternoon coffee breaks, and lunch. Parking and accommodations are not included.

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