Connecting Work, Spirit and Organization

Thursday evening, May 1 to Saturday afternoon, May 3, 2003

Ron Eydt Village Conference Centre (Directions)
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
(Just ninety minutes west of downtown Toronto)




A conference that addresses contemporary issues of the world of work and seeks ways to bring together the social, emotional, spiritual and intellectual needs of individuals with the practical realities of work and the workplace



  • Create workplaces that nourish the soul
  • Regain trust in the integrity of organizational leadership
  • Encourage your workplace to be creative, adaptive, collaborative and imaginative
  • Deal more effectively with the uncertainty, surprise and constant change of today's world of work
  • Discover how organizations can nourish their people socially, emotionally, spiritually and intellectually
  • Make a life as well as a living
  • Connect your work, hopes and aspirations with your spiritual life

People who feel the need to discover a deeper meaning and purpose to their lives and work are no longer willing to leave their values at the corporate door. Research with leading managers and consultants shows that in a supportive workplace culture, the employees' commitment and productivity increase, creativity is unleashed and behaviour is more ethical. The thriving organization has a new centre, a living presence, that is spiritual and imaginative. A common space and purpose is discovered, together. This conference invites the exploration of the mind, heart and spirit for the greater integration of the whole self and the betterment of us all.



At The Conference...

• Speakers will share their knowledge and experience.

• Participants will be able to explore their areas of interest in a variety of workshops

• People will engage in reflection and dialogue to generate deeper personal understanding from conference topics and events.

• The entire conference community will engage in a process of collective inquiry to connect common themes and build shared wisdom.


At this Seeking Common Ground: Connecting Work, Spirit and Organization conference, explore the many ways spirituality can be released in our workplaces to benefit individuals, organizations and the larger community.

The setting is "The Commons", a place where people may come together to speak of their hopes, fears, aspirations and dreams. The primary intent of the Commons is to re-engage the imagination through a practice of listening and speaking with discernment and care.

Music will be interwoven throughout by our emcees, all professional musicians: Michael Jones, leadership trainer and consultant, Mary Joseph, lawyer and minister, and Dr. Tim Elliott, vocation consultant and priest. Dr. John Bryan , corporate organizational consultant and pastor, will lead us through reflective synthesis. Lynette McCormack is our graphic illustrator extraordinaire. And when you need to journey to your centre and back out again, a labyrinth will be available for your walk.

Join us at "The Commons", the heart of our conference community.



  Thursday, May 1, 2003  
  5:00 pm Registration/Refreshments/ Networking

  7:00 - 7:15 am

Introductions and Welcome

Speaker: Mayor Lynne Woolstencroft, City of Waterloo (info)

  7:00 - 10:00 pm


Tending the Commons, An Emerging New Role for Leaders (info)

Michael Jones, leadership consultant and educator, Juno-nominated composer & pianist

Coffee House & Book Sales

  Friday, May 2, 2003  
  8:00 am Registration/ Refreshments/Networking

  9:00 - 10:45 am


"Connecting Work, Spirit and Organization" (info)

Michael Stephen, Past President, CEO, Chairman, AETNA Canada and International, Author, Spirituality in Business: The Hidden Success Factor


  11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Caveat Emptor or Honesty in Business: Jewish Ethics as a Capitalist Critique
Rabbi Irwin Zeplowitz, Rabbi, Temple Anshe Sholom (info)

    Values in the Workplace: Is the Practice of Values an Art, Science or Both? (info)
Dr. Jane Smith-Eivemark
, Director, Mission, Values & Spirituality, St. Joseph's Health System
    Leadership & Followership
Ben Sprunger
, Past President, Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) (info)
    Aligning Your Investments with Your Values
Gary Hawton, CEO Meritas, Ethical Mutual Funds (info)
  1:30-3:15 pm

PLENARY: Renewing Organizational Trust in A Time of Suspicion (info)

John Dalla Costa, Founding Director, Center for Ethical Orientation, author, The Ethical Imperative: Why Moral Leadership is Good Business

Jim Allen, former Executive Vice-President, CIBC

Carol Faull, Associate Director, Center for Ethical Orientation
"The Trust Project: Renewing Hope in a Time of Suspicion"


  3:30 - 5:00 pm


Buddhist Ethics and Corporate Governance
Dr. Lloyd Field, CEO, Performance House Ltd., author, Buddha in the Boardroom. (info)

Mindfulness: How To Improve Almost Everything by Doing Almost Nothing
Lou Carcasole, Mindfulness Leader, Consultant (info)

Spiritual Fitness (TM) for Life
Dr. Mohamed Elmasry, National President of the Canadian Islamic Congress, Engineering Professor at the University of Waterloo, Author, Spiritual Fitness for Life (info)

Get A Life, Get A Meaningful Life
Paul Giroux, Senior Career Management Consultant, Right Axmith (info)


  6:00 -7:00 pm

Barbeque Dinner

  7:30 - 10:00 pm


"The Work of Humanity: Project Heaven on Earth"

Martin Rutte, International Consultant, Author, Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work (info)



Can Spirituality and Politics Mix? (info)

Mayor Carl Zehr, City of Kitchener


Reception and Book Sales


  Saturday, May 3, 2003  
  8:00 am Registration/Refreshments/Networking

  9:00 - 10:15 am


Ceremony and "Wisdom of the Elders"

Vern Harper, Native Elder.


  10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Creating Resilience
Reva Nelson
, Speaker, Facilitator, author, Risk It! and Bounce Back! (info)

Labyrinth and the Quest for Leadership
Diane Brown
, President, Leap Enterprises (info)

Falling Awake: Personal Coaching to Create the Life of Your Dreams
Brian Skerrett
, Brian Skerrett and Associates (info)

Corporate Values (info)
Janice Fioravanti, Organizational and Strategic Capability Architect, Sun LIfe Financial Canada


  12:45 - 2:15 pm

The Journey of Life - Making The Most of Whatever Life Sends You
Dick O'Brien
, Inspirational Speaker (info)

Spirituality & Health
Dr. Francesco Anello
, Physician (info)

Finding Vocation: Clarity + Courage = Confidence
Dr.Tim Elliott
, President, Elliott Resource Services and Professional jazz pianist, "Get in the Groove" (info)

Mindfulness and Business and Other Marketplaces
Peter Marks
, Business Development Manager, Homewood Behavioural Health (info)


  2:30 - 4:00 pm


"Vitality in Community" (info)

Paul Born, Executive Director, Tamarack: An Institute for Community Engagement

"In the Flame of the Heart: Awakenings of Self, Spirit and Community" (info)

Dr. Diana Denton, Professor, Drama & Speech Communications, University of Waterloo

  Calling all authors!

Words Worth Books will sell books related to our topics that have been written by our speakers and

Bird registrants. If you have a book or CD that you would like carried, immediately after you have registered please contact to make arrangements. Book signings will be scheduled during the conference and the authors will wear special badges.

  Centre for Spirituality at Work

The Centre for Spirituality at Work, based in Toronto, provides workshops, conferences, and courses focused on helping people connect who they are and what they do. It started with a grassroots conference in May, 1998 at the University of Toronto, and continues as a volunteer organization. This conference has been planned by volunteers primarily from Waterloo Region and the Guelph, Hamilton and Toronto areas. The Founding Director and our Conference Chair is Sherry Connolly, MBA, MDiv, DMin (cand.).

  Our heartfelt thanks go to our sponsors, partners, and our volunteers, who include all of our speakers.


Corporate Sponsor: Sun Life Financial Canada
Media Sponsor: The Record

Right Axmith
Words Worth Books Ltd.
Baden Coffee Company
Brian Skerrett & Associates Inc.
Concept 3 Group Advertising
MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates)
Meritas Mutual Funds (ethical/socially responsible investments)
Words.Worth Keynotes & Seminars (Reva Nelson)
Meadow Acres Garden Centre
The Natural Food Market
Staples -Business Depot
University of Waterloo Faculty of Arts



ACCORD, the Association of Creative Change in Organization Renewal and Development,

University of Waterloo Faculty of Arts and the Departments of Religion and of Drama & Speech Communications,

Conference Committee:
Debbie Andersen
John Burton
Lou Carcasole
Sherry Connolly
Lorne Dawson
Diana Denton
Tim Elliott
David Huggins
Michael Jones
Mary Joseph
Steve Millar
Cheryl Nafziger-Leis
Martin Rutte
Brian Skerrett


On site in the University of Waterloo's Ron Eydt Village residence, $51.74 single or $35.73 per person double, (519) 884-5400, .

Or the nearby Waterloo Inn, (519) 884-0220,

More Information

For information and directions for the Ron Eydt Village Conference Centre and residence at the University of Waterloo:,, 519-884-5400.

For information about the conference,,, 416-482-9175.


FEES in Canadian dollars:

Including Thursday night opening coffee house and speaker, Friday program, lunch, dinner, evening event & reception; Saturday program, lunch

ONE DAY, Friday or Saturday including lunch: $195
This includes the Friday night event & reception, and the barbeque dinner.

Thursday or Friday night event & reception: $45
Friday BBQ dinner: $20 (reservation required by Wed. April 30)

Individual sessions: $50

Payments by VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Cheque to "Spirituality in the Workplace"


To register, please "copy" & "paste" or print the following form and send in your information by e-mail, post, fax, or phone. Credit card payments will be processed by the University of Waterloo and St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto. Registrations will be held for one week pending receipt of payment.

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Send your registration to:

Centre for Spirituality at Work, Box 100, 162 Spruce St. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5A 2J5.

Fax: 416-482-9969

Tel: 416-482-9175

Cancellations: By April 1, a full refund less $25 administration fee will be given. After April 1, there will be no refunds, however you can transfer your registration to another person for no fee --just let us know the above information for your replacement.



Last updated: April 30, 2003