March 9, 2022

The Future of Happiness at Work


Canada, Finland, Sweden

This edition of Nordic Talks looks into the current turbulent climate of work culture and if workin’ 9-5 is really the way to make a livin’.

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This event is a Nordic Spotlight, part of Nordic Bridges.


Two years of COVID-induced job insecurity has flipped the script on workplace models and employee expectations. Not only is there a global demand for increased diversity, equity and inclusivity in the workplace, but many are now reconsidering what it means to devout their lives to their livelihoods.

Coined “The Great Resignation,” employees are leaving their jobs en masse in search of more happiness, more passion, more everything. This Nordic Talk explores the critical role satisfaction plays in our performance and retention in the workplace. 

Supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers through Nordic Talks, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, NEXT Magazine, Icelandair and the Embassy of Sweden

About Linus Feldt

Linus Feldt is a veteran in the computer games industry in Sweden. Since his first game in 1994, he has designed and developed over 50 game titles and founded the production company Filimundus in 2009 with a mission to create fun and developmental apps for children. 

Feldt has been at the forefront of the Swedish game industry concerning gender equality and forward-thinking organizational development, such as implementing the six-hour workday and a values-driven approach. Putting social sustainability first has resulted in highly appreciated and successful products and a healthy working environment.  

He is also an advisor and co-founder of the start-up Transition Group. Here, an immersive computer game helps employees in large organizations take a developmental step, moving from a traditional company model to a team-based structure in the hopes that they can lay down the foundation for a more creative and regenerative business – all while being happy!  

About Sarah Vermunt

Sarah Vermunt is the Founder of Careergasm and the author of Careergasm and Career Rookie. She helps people figure out what they ultimately want to quit jobs they hate and do the work that feels good. Vermunt’s work has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Entrepreneur, Fast Company and many other cool places. She lives in Toronto and is online at

About Maayan Ziv

Maayan Ziv is an activist, photographer and entrepreneur. In 2015, she launched AccessNow, a mobile app, and website that collects and shares information about the accessibility status of places worldwide. What began as a response to her frustration when trying to navigate inaccessible areas, AccessNow soon grew to become a mission-oriented social start-up. Within years, AccessNow has vocalized a movement for inclusion, inviting people of all abilities to contribute to the platform. As CEO of AccessNow, Ziv has created a decisive shift in thinking about the importance of accessibility in our world, from accessible technologies to infrastructure, public policy, media and communications. To date, AccessNow has shared accessibility information in over 35 countries. 

 An influential public speaker who is often in the media, Ziv collaborates with private sector companies and government and not-for-profit organizations. She leads a movement, challenging norms and empowering others to make the future accessible and inclusive for all. Ziv and her work with AccessNow have received numerous awards, including Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 (2021), the Governor General’s Innovation Award (2020), WXN Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women (2018), City of Toronto Access Award (2016) and the David C. Onley Leadership in Accessibility Award (2016). 

About Katja Pantzar, Moderator

Katja Pantzar is a Helsinki-based writer and journalist and the author of The Finnish Way, translated into 22 languages. Raised in Canada with stints in New Zealand and the UK, she has written for various media from The Globe and Mail, ELLE and Monocle. Her work has been widely covered worldwide, including in Le Figaro, Le Monde, El País, Vogue and Real Simple. Her newest book Everyday Sisu: Tapping into Finnish Fortitude for a Happier, More Resilient Life (2022, Penguin Random House), explores how we can better support our mental and physical health while taking care of each other and our planet. Pantzar is a mother, avid winter swimmer and year-round cyclist.  

Dates & Times

March 9
60 mins


Studio Theatre

Small theatre with fixed seating


Wheelchair Accessible

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto ON M5J 2G8

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