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Wednesday, September 19, 2018 (9:30 am - 11:00 am)

Session
7A

Date
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Time
9:30 am - 11:00 am

Classification
Senior

Title of Presentation
Legalized Marijuana: How to Manage it in the Workplace

Session Description
In a continuation of last year’s presentation, Dan will discuss the latest in marijuana legalization, and the lessons learned throughout the year. Canada has undergone unprecedented changes in two decades; Health Canada has introduced changes allowing broader legal access to marijuana for medical purposes and legalized marijuana is expected by 2018. This is a tremendous change that the far majority of employers are unprepared to manage in hazardous, safety sensitive, work environments. Medical accessibility of marijuana has been the Trojan horse to cultural and political acceptance for recreational use globally and the widespread minimization of the harm it poses to our workplaces and on our roadways. The topic of marijuana is highly polarized, has evolved into multiple complex debates, and has left most people in a fog, feeling overwhelmed and ultimately paralyzed by misinformation—a fog that will cost lives if not cleared. This session is aimed at shedding light on the top research related to safety implications, helping employers understand the significant risk that legalization poses in their safety sensitive workplaces and providing clear guidance on how to manage both medically authorized and legally accessible marijuana before it is too late. Ultimately, a presentation designed to equip the audience with compelling facts, resources, and action steps to keep their safety sensitive workplace safe.

Learning Objectives
Understand the top research on cannabis as a medicine and as a recreational drug to support prudent workplace safety standards.
Speak to the differences between alcohol and cannabis, recognizing the unique and pervasive risk cannabis poses in complex safety-sensitive workplaces .
Confidently address both medially authorized and legally accessible marijuana proactively and reactively to keep the workplace safe.



Speakers

  Mr. Dan Demers
Senior Manager of Strategic Business Development

Company
CannAmm Occupational Testing Services

Bio
Dan Demers is a recognized international speaker and authority on the Canadian and international landscape of marijuana. Mr. Demers serves on the executive team as the senior manager responsible for the sustainable future of CannAmm. Mr. Demers’ commitment to lifelong learning is rooted in science and supplemented through executive education. His international presence and commitment to best practices demonstrated by serving on the Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA) International and Government Relations Committees, and International Forum on Drug and Alcohol Testing (IFDAT) Legal Committee. His dedication to his community and the pursuit of a safer workplace pursued by serving on the board of directors, as president elect, for SAPAA and the board of his local community Food Bank. By providing trustworthy information, tools, and best practices for occupational testing, Dan seeks to achieve his mission of sustainably ensuring more workers make it home to their families.

Session
7B

Date
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Time
9:30 am - 11:00 am

Classification
Intermediate

Title of Presentation
Up the Ante on Workplace Mental Health/Wellness

Session Description
This is your chance to learn from the best. Niagara Casinos operates two casinos in Niagara Falls. The establishments, which include hotel, spa, theatre and restaurants alongside the entertainment and multi-wagering operation, require unique psychological safety (mental health) and employee wellness programming in order to ensure employees function at their highest level. Niagara Casinos is the 2017 winner of Canada's Safest Employers special awards for Psychological Safety and Wellness. Find out how managing your employees' mental health (including stress, harassment and mental illnesses) as well as overall wellness (including sleep, nutrition and exercise) can reduce costs, improve safety and have happier employees all around.

Learning Objectives
Learn how to get senior leader buy-in for safety programs.
Discover new ideas for improving safety in their own companies.
Understand how to overcome a safety challenge successfully.


Speakers

  Ms. Lindsay Daw
Disability Services Manager

Company
Niagara Casinos

Bio
Lindsay Daw is the Disability Services Manager at Niagara Casinos, where she manages claim related absenteeism, associate safety and wellbeing. She began her career in health and safety in 2001 after graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University. Before working at Niagara Casinos, Lindsay gained invaluable health and safety experience at Magna Automotive, PepsiCo Foods and Tim Hortons. Lindsay is passionate about respect and equality in the workplace and finding innovative ways to improve mental health at Niagara Casinos.


  Mr. Adam Palmer
Safety & Prevention Supervisor

Company
Niagara Casinos

Bio
Adam Palmer is the Safety and Prevention Supervisor at Niagara Casinos, where he is responsible for overseeing associate wellbeing and safety programs. He has extensive experience in the entertainment and gaming industry as he worked for OLG for four years prior to coming to Niagara Casinos. He has education in kinesiology, ergonomics and health and safety. Adam is passionate about wellness and believes workers who are healthy not only feel better themselves, but perform better on the job.

  Ms. Amanda Silliker
Editor

Company
Canadian Occupational Safety

Bio
Amanda Silliker is the editor of Canadian Occupational Safety magazine, published by Thomson Reuters. She has held the role for almost five years and previously worked as an editor on Canadian HR Reporter. Amanda is the project manager for Canada’s Safest Employers Awards as well as for the magazine’s Safety Leader of the Year award. She travels across Canada hosting sessions like this where award winners can share their expertise and help other companies strive to be the safest in Canada. Amanda has a Bachelor of Journalism, Highest Honours, from Carleton University in Ottawa.



Session
7C

Date
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Time
9:30 am - 11:00 am

Classification
Intermediate

Title of Presentation
Making the Most of Your Management System Audit

Session Description
This presentation will follow the University of Calgary’s journey to achieve a Certificate of Recognition (COR) through the Partnerships in Injury Reduction Program (PIR) and beyond.

After 7 years of planning and hard work, the University of Calgary achieved a COR in 2014, becoming the 4th largest COR holder in the province and the only University to have a COR for the entire institution. They have completed annual audits including a recertification audit in 2017.

This presentation from the OHS Partner and the external lead auditor share the story of how the audit was planned, organized and carried out. They will share lessons learned along the way and talk about the benefit that can be realized from an audit program.

Learning Objectives
Explain some of the benefits and challenges in planning and organizing a health and safety management system audit.
Identify the key stakeholders in their own organizations who should be engaged in audit planning activities.
Describe some key factors in selecting auditors to carry out the audit.


Speaker

  Ms. Dorrie Wiwcharuk
Occupational Health and Safety Partner 

Company
University of Calgary

Bio
Dorrie Wiwcharuk is an Occupational Health and Safety Partner at the University of Calgary. Ms. Wiwcharuk has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and certificates in Health, Safety and Environment and Environmental Management. She is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC) with over 10 years of experience in occupational health and safety at the University of Calgary.

Ms. Wiwcharuk is a certified internal auditor with the Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships (AASP), the University’s COR Certifying Partner. Dorrie is actively involved in the design, development and maintenance of the university’s occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS). She manages all aspects of audit activities, including supporting faculties and departments with tools to assist them in embracing the OHSMS and preparing for audits. She has coordinated site activities for 5-11 auditors over hundreds of departments in the course of the annual audit. Ms. Wiwcharuk has learned many lessons, tips and tricks on how to make OHSMS audits as seamless, efficient and as positive an experience as possible for those being audited and those conducting the audits.


  Ms. Denise Howitt
Manager EHS Systems and Compliance, Environmental Health and Safety  

Company
University of Calgary

Bio
Denise Howitt has recently joined the University of Calgary, working in the Environmental Health and Safety Department in the role of Manager, EHS Systems and Compliance. Working with a small team of specialists, this position influences and guides University processes and practices by bringing a systematic approach to managing EHS performance and compliance.

Ms. Howitt has 20 years of experience as a health and safety specialist. She is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC), and is a Canadian Risk Manager (CRM).

Ms. Howitt’s areas of expertise include health and safety management systems development and assessment, compliance and risk assessment. She also has a deep understanding of Workers’ Compensation, having previously assisted employers and represented their interests at all levels of appeal. Prior to joining the University of Calgary, Denise worked as a health and safety consultant providing services to a variety of industries including health care, construction, trades, manufacturing, oil and gas, property management, wholesale and retail operations, engineering, aviation, agriculture, warehousing, food processing, staffing, trucking, municipalities, and educational institutions.

Ms. Howitt has conducted over 200 management system, compliance and risk assessments including audits of some of the largest and most complex organizations in Alberta. This includes being the lead auditor for the annual University of Calgary Certificate of Recognition audits from 2014 – 2017.



Session
7D

Date
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Time
9:30 am - 11:00 am

Classification
Intermediate

Title of Presentation
Making the Connection

Session Description
People with passion and purpose are at the heart of every successful organisation, those with a passion for OHS performance improvement making a significant contribution towards sustainable working lives. Workplaces across the world need to fully appreciate the benefits that OHS professionals and practitioners add to their organisation, towards ensuring that their co-workers can have fulfilling working lives. It is widely recognised that ‘good work’ is good for you, and workless-ness is a determinant of poor health. The sustainability agenda and the three ‘R’s’, reduce , reuse and recycle are well understood Society has learned the benefits of applying this philosophy to reducing impact of our activities on the environment. However, sustainability applies to each and every one of us, how do we make people last?

OHS professionals and practitioners globally engage with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents to share what works in terms of personal and organisational sustainability. These lessons learned are shared with people of purpose and passion through an ‘Awards Excellence’ network. These connections assist people to develop their personal brand and organisations to prosper.

Learning Objectives
Gain a holistic understanding of the importance of being connected their community; where they live, where they work or through sharing similar goals.
Understand the importance of having a clear personal brand and how this articulates who they are to the wider world, and how this encourages people to engage with them.
Understand through considering case studies the significance of local context culture and industry when developing organisational and national strategies to tackle health and safety challenges.


Speaker

  Ms. Karen McDonnell
CFIOSH, CBiol MSB, Chartered FCIPD, AIEMA, MSP 

Company
RoSPA Scotland

Bio
As a highly motivated advocate for safety and health, skilled in partnership working , with a track record of working with and through key stakeholders across the UK's health and safety network and wider world. Karen has a broad range of strategic and operational experience gained over 25years whilst working for RoSPA, a registered charity at the heart of accident prevention in the UK and around the world.
As RoSPA OHS Policy Adviser and a Past President of IOSH Karen presents an exceptional personal brand and has the ability to influence and motivate others to think out with or across traditional boundaries towards a ‘wholepersonwholelife’ approach to accident prevention.



Session
7E

Date
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Time
9:30 am - 11:00 am

Classification
All Audiences

Title of Presentation
SPAM the Safety Ham

Session Description
What flavour is the best? What country has taken the recipe and produced the tastiest, most effective and well like product? Safety within a specific workplace is often perceived by workers and management alike as unique to us - or at the very least unique to the industry.

High Risk workplaces versus low risk workplaces, construction versus mining. Who is the best - who is the worst? Using the distinct flavours and the recipe of SPAM as the metaphor this session will identify the look and feel of consistency for safety ideas, situations and laws.

Learning Objectives
Discuss the idea of a consistent safety approach.
Identify areas of sameness in safety situations.
Look for areas of improvement in the workplace.


Speaker

  Dr. Marilyn Hubner
Director 

Company
BuildUp Research

Bio
Dr Marilyn Hubner is the Managing Director of BuildUp Research who partners with SME’s and growing organisations to develop and manage their educational and safety training systems.

After spending more than a decade consulting in training, adult education and safety for large and small organisations across construction, manufacturing, service and utilities industries, Marilyn knows what truly drives effective training and safety performance —and it’s not ticking the legislative compliance box. It’s how well you connect with the heart-beating people you’re trying to educate and communicate your understanding back to them.


Session
7F

Date
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Time
9:30 am - 11:00 am

Classification
All Audiences

Title of Presentation
The Power of Perception in Guiding the Pathway to OHS Success

Session Description
Ensuring that every worker gets home safely everyday requires unwavering commitment and strong leadership. While everyone has their own personal reason for working safely, perception influences the way we think and how we act. Have you ever tried putting yourself in someone else’s shoes to understand how their decisions affect their actions at work, at home, and at play? This session focused on the behavioural aspects of safety leadership sparks reflection and shares lessons in creating relationship excellence, as based on PCL’s innovative safety program that has set standards for the construction industry, and with a shared goal of achieving zero incidents by working with industry as partners, and not just individual companies.

Learning Objectives
Understand how perception influences our actions.
Learn how positive leadership practices influence safety practices.
Relate shared experiences to influence future actions.


Speaker

  Mr. Sean Scott
Senior District Health, Safety and Environment Manager 

Company
PCL Construction

Bio
In his role as the senior Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) manager at PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto), the largest district within the PCL family of companies, Sean provides strategic leadership, focused on high risk activities, promoting safe behaviours and enhancing communication and collaboration with industry and subcontractors to strengthen a positive safety culture that enhances PCL’s successful HSE initiatives with a goal of achieving zero incidents. With more than 20 years of HSE-related experience, prior to joining PCL, Sean held the position of executive director of the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba. Sean holds a certificate in Occupational Safety and Health from the University of Manitoba, is a graduate of Red River Community College’s management certificate program and holds professional designation as a CRSP, P.GSC, CHSO and CSO. Sean is a respected advisor in the HSE construction industry and sits on numerous industry boards and committees.

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