Fireside Chat | Motivate Change with Lived Experience
Isolation, substance abuse, rape, homelessness, mental illness, grief. These are a few of the words that describe many years of the life of Victoria, who to many, appears to be the picture of health today. In this raw story, Victoria, who has dedicated her life to creating healthy, safe, inclusive work environments where people can thrive, opens up with vulnerability to share the truth behind her passion. She shares a history of homelessness, substance misuse, grief, and trauma and shares the power that lived experience can have in personal and professional success. Next, she eloquently translates the power that investing in psychological safety at work can have for the health and success of our community. Finally, participants will have an opportunity to reveal publicly or anonymously, lived experience that has been their secret power, along with their top practical tips to foster psychological safety at work where people can bring their whole selves and perform at their best. Because everyone has a story.

  • Learning Outcomes
  • Participants will:
  1. Learn how to harness the secret power of lived experience
  2. Learn three simple ways to foster psychological safety at work that anyone can start right away
  3. Have an opportunity to reveal (anonymously or publicly), their secret lived experience that has served them
  4. Leverage the top tips to foster psychological health and safety at work from the expertise in the room  (all collected responses will be tallied and shared after the event)
Meet your Speaker

Victoria Grainger, She/Her, MBA, BPE, CPHR, PTS, HWL

Victoria is an educator, entrepreneur, fitness enthusiast, mom, and passionate advocate for the impact well-being has on performance. She is the founder of Wellness Works Canada, the only non-profit workplace health and performance association that empowers, educates, and supports organizational well-being practitioners and employers in building healthy, high-performing work cultures.


She has worked in the field of health promotion and population health for 20 years. She has supported countless public, not-for-profit and private organizations in developing, implementing, and evaluating comprehensive organizational well-being strategies to create environments where people and business thrives. She has an executive Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor's in Physical Education. She is also a trained Personal Trainer Specialist, Nutrition and Weight Loss Coach, Triathlon Coach, and a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR). 

Meet your Moderator

Michael Green (he/him) was born in a small coastal town in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Growing up isolated from supports and resources, he has a deep understanding of the value of supporting mental health. His career has spanned provinces and industries, a journey from hospitality and sales to management and advocacy, bringing him now to the Canadian Mental Health Association Alberta Division where he proudly serves Youth Hubs Alberta as Learning and Resource Coordinator. At this point in the bio, Michael would like to remind you to take a moment for yourself to breathe. And also hydrate, he always forgets so he wants to remind you, too.

An Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton) resident for a decade, Michael has spent much of that time supporting and leading grassroots advocacy work across rural Alberta with fearless whimsy. His work in 2SLGBTQ+ education and mental health support taught him the revolutionary power of sustaining hope through connection, storytelling, and empathy. When he’s not pondering the perfect metaphor to describe a frustratingly complex topic, you can find Michael listening to astoundingly niche science podcasts or walking his baby-faced rescue dog, Davey, in the beautiful river valley.

Workplace mental health conference contact


Tansi — Cree | Oki — Blackfoot | ​Aba washded — Stoney (Nakota) | ​Ɂedlanet’e — Dene |  We respectfully acknowledge that we are on the traditional lands and territories of Indigenous people in Alberta. We want to recognize the significance of our relationships with the land and the peoples who call this ‘home.’ We commit to a reciprocal relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous worldviews that honour and respect ways of knowing and being.