2010: Creating a Psychologically
Healthy Workplace

August 5-8, 2010 | Richmond, Canada

The 6th Biennial International Conference on Personal Meaning was held August 5-8, 2010 at the Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel in Richmond, B.C., Canada. The conference theme was “Creating a Psychologically Healthy Workplace,” looking at meaning, spirituality, and engagement in the 21st century and exploring a new vision of work resilience and well-being through applied positive psychology. The conference was co-organized by the International Network on Personal Meaning and Sunshine Coast Health Center.

This year celebrated a decade of Meaning Conferences! Thus, this conference was both a time for celebration and reflection, especially on how we have been revitalized by integrating the new energies of positive psychology with the enduring vision of Viktor Frankl. From the perspectives of both logotherapy and positive psychology, work is more than a means of making a living or creating wealth. It can also be a higher calling that ennobles the soul, endows life with meaning, and enhances humanity.

With over 70 presentations, this conference was endorsed by the Prime Minister of Canada, the Minister of Health, the Premier of British Columbia, and Minister of Health Services of British Columbia. 

Co-hosted by the INPM and Sunshine Coast Health Center, sponsors included the Milton H. Erickson Foundation, Viktor Frankl Institute Vienna, Trinity Western University, Meaning-Centered Counselling Institute Inc., Ed Kennedy Recordings, Adler Graduate Professional School, and VIA Institute on Character.


Alexander Batthyány, Ph.D.

Alexander Pattakos, Ph.D.

Diana Whitney, Ph.D.

G. Alan Marlatt, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Zeig, Ph.D.

Michael Novak, M.A., D.Litt.

Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D.

Robert Biswas-Diener, Ph.D.

Salvatore R. Maddi, Ph.D.

Todd Kashdan, Ph.D.

Invited speakers included Francesca Brar, Kathryn Britton, M.A., Charles Chen, Ph.D., Eileen Dowse, Ph.D., Deborah Forney, M.A., Merv Gilbert, Ph.D., Kenneth E. Hart, Ph.D., Louis Hoffman, Ph.D., Linda Page, Ph.D., and Michael Steger, Ph.D.


I am pleased to extend my warmest greetings to everyone attending the 6th Bianniel International Conference on Personal Meaning, hosted by the International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM).

Founded in 1998, INPM advances health, spirituality, and human fulfilment through education, research, and applied psychology. Under the theme Creating a Psychologically Healthy Workplace, this conference brings together leading researchers and practitioners from around the world to discuss the relationship between workers’ well-being and productivity.

I would like to commend the organizers of this biennial event for putting together and stimulating and rewarding program. I am certain that delegates will benefit from the educational and networking opportunities available at this four-day gathering, and will leave with fresh insights and renewed enthusiasm for improving workplace experiences.

On behalf of the Government of Canada, I offer you my best wishes for an enjoyable and productive meeting.

The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P.

Prime Minister, Government of Canada

As Premier of the Province of British Columbia, I am pleased to welcome everyone to the 6th Biennial International Conference on Personal Meaning at the Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel. I am also pleased to extend a special welcome to everyone who has travelled from outside of the Lower Mainland in order to be here.

I understand that this year’s conference theme is Creating a Psychologically Healthy Workplace and you will be hosting renowned researchers and clinicians from around the world, providing valuable opportunity for everyone to network, gain new knowledge, and discuss important issues. I am sure the delegates will find the presentations, discussions, and workshops to be invaluable.

I would like to recognize all the International Network on Personal Meaning, as well as the sponsors and volunteers, for their work in coordinating this event. The agenda offers everyone access to information on a variety of interesting topics and I am sure there will be a lot of constructive discussions.

As recent host city for the 2010 Olympics and Paralympic Winter Games, Vancouver welcomed the world and created an enduring legacy as an international destination. The City and our province enjoy a rich heritage and diversity of people with so much to offer.

On behalf of the people of British Columbia, welcome to Vancouver. I am sure the conference will be a great success and beneficial to all who attend.

Gordon Campbell

Premier, Province of British Columbia

As Minister of Health, I am pleased to send greetings to everyone participating in the 6th Biennial International Conference on Personal Meaning. This year’s theme, “Creating a Psychologically Healthy Workplace,” touches many Canadians, regardless of where they work.

Health Canada recognizes that psychologically healthy workplaces are crucial to the health and well-being of Canadians. Supportive workplaces contribute to employees’ health, reduce stress and illness, and can increase productivity and job satisfaction. This conference will provide participants with an opportunity to gain knowledge of and insight into developing issues regarding psychology in the workplace.

Mental health is a significant public health challenge that affects the lives of many Canadians. That is why the Government of Canada established the Mental Health Commission of Canada as a national focal point for mental health and mental illness. Since 2007, the Commission has built productive partnerships and established itself as a national authority in mental health.

On behalf of the Government of Canada, I thank the International Network on Personal meaning and the Sunshine Coast Health Centre for hosting this international conference.

Leona Aglukkaq

Minister of Health, Government of Canada

As Health Services Minister, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone to the 6th Biennial International Conference on Personal Meaning.This year’s theme, “Creating a Psychologically Healthy Workplace,” touches many Canadians, regardless of where they work.

British Columbia is recognized as the healthiest jurisdiction in Canada with the highest youth and adult physical health rates, leading the reduction in obesity and overweight rates and among the highest consumers of fruit and vegetables. We also have the lowest cancer mortality and incidence rates in the country, lowest heart attack rates, and the best hospital wait times for surgery. 

With this in mind, it is appropriate for Vancouver to host the International Network on Personal Meaning conference with the theme of Creating a Psychologically Healthy Workplace. Employers and employees alike have an important role to play in maintaining healthy bodies and minds both in the workplace and at home.

I am sure that all of the delegates will find the conference a time to network, learn something new, and partake in meaningful discussion.

Kevin Falcon

Minister of Health Services, Province of British Columbia

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