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Tuesday April 28

Tue 8:00 AM
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Conference Opening
Core Creativity: How to Bring Creativity, Innovation and Inspiration to the Work That You Do
David Usher, Juno Award-Winning Musician, Creativity & AI Expert

When innovative companies like Google, 3M, Cisco, Pepsi, Rogers, and SAP want to re-inspire creativity in their employees and executives they bring in David Usher. He doesn't just talk creativity and artificial intelligence (AI) - he lives it. Drawing from his unique experience as the lead singer of Moist; a multi-platinum, four-time Juno award winning musician; a bestselling author, and as the founder of the artificial intelligence creative studio Reimagine AI, David defines the path that companies and institutions can follow to reboot their creativity in this brave new world of disruptive change. Using examples from inside the disruption of the music business by the digital economy to his experience at the forefront of the AI revolution, David reveals why now more than ever, creativity and innovation are the only way forward and an organization's last, best competitive advantage. David uses live music, video, improvisation, technology, and humour to electrify the audience and demonstrate that creativity and creative success is a learnable skill that anyone can master.

Tue 10:00 AM
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Assessment of Headset Noise Exposure and CSA Standards on Hearing Loss Prevention
Christian Giguere, BASc, MASc, MEng, PhD, Professor, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Health Sciences

This presentation will begin with an update on the current structure of CSA standards on hearing loss prevention and review the main changes to the recent editions. The second part of the presentation will cover standard Z107.56 with a focus on methods to assess sound exposure from the use of communication headsets in the workplace. The latest 2018 version of the indirect calculation method will be covered in detail with case examples. This simple method does not require specialized equipment or in-ear measurements and has been designed to facilitate the assessment of communication headsets sound exposure by industrial hygienists, health & safety professionals and stakeholders in hearing loss prevention.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Cannabis is Legal. How to Safely Manage the Impact of Legalization in Your Workplace
Dan Demers, Director Business Development, CannAmm

Cannabis in the workplace is a rapidly growing and highly contentious issue, especially for employers who operate in safety sensitive environments. The topic of cannabis accessibility and consumption is sensitive, complex, and highly polarized with issues and implications for health and safety. In the new legal landscape since legalization in 2018, Canadian workplace safety has to adapt to the age of legal cannabis. Understand the changes, the implications for health and safety, what has happened since legalization, an "urgent response" solution to the various challenges in safety sensitive industries, and what lies ahead with the introduction of edibles. Mr. Demers is a recognized international speaker and authority on the Canadian and international landscape of cannabis.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Chemical Hazard Assessment for Small to Medium Business
Thomas Tenkate, DrPH, FEHA, FRSPH, CRM, Associate Professor & Director, School of Occupational & Public Health, Ryerson University

WHMIS training is obligatory across the country and it includes knowledge of chemical Safety Data Sheets (SDSs). Despite this, many workers do not have a good understanding of the health impacts of chemicals they use in their workplaces. This is a particular issue for small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) who do not have regular access to OHS professionals. This session will tell you about a tool created by the Ryerson team to help you better understand SDSs and to prioritize health hazards of your workplace chemicals. The Chemical Hazard Assessment and Prioritization (CHAP) tool was piloted by 6 workplaces for effectiveness, usability, and usefulness. The participants reported that the tool raised their awareness of their workplaces' chemicals and increased their understanding of the implications of the health warnings within the SDSs. Attend this session to hear more about the results and see a demo of the electronic version of the CHAP tool now in trial.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Essentials of an Electrical Safety Program
Nick Wallace, Owner, QSR Electrical Engineering

This session will walk you through the essential requirements for a holistic electrical safety program. You will learn about the company's legal responsibility, implications of being non-compliant should an accident occur, as well as understand the components necessary to design a complete program. Content will include h&s responsibilities, workplace electrical hazards, fundamentals of a safe work practices policy, training, audit requirements and lock-out.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Everyday Resiliency Through Optimal Stress, Personal Alignment and Purpose: How to Show Up and Make it Work for You
Dr. Robyne L. Hanley-Dafoe, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Trent University

This presentation introduces the concept of resiliency from a broad worldview that incorporates five key areas. Sharing from her experiences traveling around the globe, Robyne reviews what people have in common that contributes to resiliency, and what we can do in our own lives to foster resiliency within others and ourselves. Robyne's talk highlights practical strategies and ideas grounded in optimal stress, value alignment, practical focus and the importance of continued goal setting. Robyne shares candid encounters with resiliency that are research informed and readily available to all of us. Be prepared to leave armed with the courage to venture outside your comfort zone and truly learn what you're capable of achieving.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
OHSA Workplace Violence & Harassment Provisions - Human Rights Complaints & WSIB Mental Stress Claims
Deanah Shelly, Partner, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP
Jeremy Warning, Partner, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP

Prevention of workplace injuries, including mental stress injuries is enshrined in the OHSA and Canada Labour Code Part II. Human Rights obligations also require the employer to have a policy, program and process for complaints. Recent changes to the Ontario WSIB entitlement provisions (and those in other Canadian jurisdictions) allow for injuries as a result of WPV and complicate the workplace investigation process further. What are these legislative provisions and obligations? How does an employer and its OHS, HR, and Disability Management staff work through this complicated workplace issue? Who does what, when and how? This session will provide an overview of the legislative provisions and some key practical takeaways for those involved.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
The Future Work of the OHS Profession
David Johnston, CRSP, EP, Director, Environment, Health and Safety Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited

Since the enactment in 1979 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act in Ontario, employers and education institutions have increasingly embraced and supported the concept of the safety practitioner and the important role the profession contributes to safer and more efficient workplaces. In the spring of 2019, the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) conducted a survey on regulating the OHS profession. The survey results showed 90% believe there is value in regulating the practice of safety, but only 70% believe the profession is ready for regulation. This session will discuss the evolution of the profession, the implications and benefits of regulating the profession and the BCRSP's progress in the development of a National Framework for title recognition and legislated status for the health and safety profession.

10:00 am - 12:30 pm
A Day in the Life of a Supervisor - Do You Know What You Don't Know?
Jennifer Threndyle, Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Carl Bonello, Health & Safety Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

It isn't easy being a supervisor. Apart from the demands of the job itself, there are the responsibilities under the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA). Do you know what they are? Learn what a "competent supervisor" is as defined by legislation. What should supervisors know and what should they be doing daily to protect their workers, themselves and the company? An efficient supervisor can help decrease lost time, medical and disability costs, not to mention injuries to workers. This interactive workshop will provide answers as well as tips and tricks to help supervisors survive the daily issues.

Tue 11:30 AM
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Canada's Safest Employers Award - Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro's Road to Success
George Minow, Manager Health, Safety & Wellness, Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro

This is your chance to learn from the best. Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro (K-W) is responsible for a providing safe, reliable supply of electricity for 96,000+ homes and business across the Kitchener and Wilmot Township, a territory that spans 425 square kilometers. Their value statement says it all: "We are committed to protecting our employees and community by taking a proactive approach to safety and wellness at work and at home. We set the example." Attend this session to learn about K-W Hydro's approach to safety and how it helped them win the Canada's Safest Employer Award. And take back some tried and true ideas and best practices to incorporate into your own program.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Crack the Code on Body Language & Deception
Pamela Barnum, Former Undercover Police Officer and Federal Prosecutor

Communications is an essential skill in the workplace. Studies show that the majority of communication is nonverbal and that when communication is enhanced, trust increases, accidents are prevented and safety improves. Pamela will show you how to decode what people are saying by interpreting body language tells. Learn about displaying confident and trustworthy body language in challenging situations and detect deception in order to identify hazards and risks that accompany substance abuse. After a career in the criminal justice system and graduate studies in corporate negotiations, Pamela shares her experience and expertise with humour, candor and energy.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
OH&S Law Update: A Year in Review
David Reiter, Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP
Cynthia Sefton, Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP

Join Cynthia Sefton and David Reiter as they share their seasoned occupational health and safety legal expertise to reveal, discuss and inform participants of the most pertinent OHS matters from last year.Topics will include marijuana use and the OHSA, the continued criminalization of workplace safety, and the growing relevance of workplace harassment issues.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Robots, Cobots and AGVs - Safeguarding Design and Pre-Start Health & Safety Reviews
Renée Frigaul, Lucid Engineering

Automation has become a key feature of the manufacturing environment. New automated robotic systems with their ability to work in multiple modes and share space with workers can present safety concerns and installation issues that require special understanding of these machine systems. Find out about common safeguarding issues relating to installation and integration of robots, collaborative robots (cobots) and automated guided vehicle systems in the workplace. You will hear about applicable safety standards and common issues related to integrated robot safe zone settings, speed limitations, torque sensors etc., with a reference to pre-start health and safety reviews of these systems.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Slips, Trips and Falls - Sharing Best Practices Bruce Power Committee
Bruce Power Committee

Slips, trips and falls are among the leading causes of injuries in Ontario. Not only are they an economical loss to the company, they account for a lot of pain and suffering to the injured worker. It is important to understand how slips, trips and falls happen, how to identify the hazards that contribute, and then how to eliminate or minimize these hazards. Join the Bruce Power team for an open dialogue on the subject. They will share some of their best practices and encourage you to bring yours. A great networking and learning opportunity.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Unhappy Accident
Rodd Wagner, NY Times Bestselling Author

Rodd began his career as a newspaper reporter covering 'cops and courts', including the emergency services that respond to fatalities. The question that's bothered him since is the same one that bothers every accident investigator: "What were they thinking?" While obsessing over these 'fatal flubs', Wagner sifted through fatal accident reports and stats for a decade. His research revealed that the root causes of what gets us killed are, for those of us lucky enough to avoid such an accident, the root causes of our unhappiness. We lack the psychological wiring to be as safe as we could be, or as happy. Knowing how these mental mistakes happen, when they will happen, and countering them, is key - when all else has failed - in staying safe.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Ups and Downs of Managing Seasonal Workers
Rebecca Schutt, Manager Workplace Health & Safety, Blue Mountain Resorts LP

Blue Mountain Resort recruits over 1,000 seasonal workers per year and understands first-hand the challenges of designing an effective orientation program that sticks. With a Health and Safety portfolio that includes workplace guidelines regulated by TSSA, employees whose nature of work can be subject to variable environmental factors, and positions that can vary from guest facing to maintenance and trades. Blue Mountain Resort has fashioned an orientation program that has served their diverse employee base well. Attend this session to hear real life experiences and walk away with tips and strategies that will inspire safety professionals to make orientations effect and efficient.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Training Your Brain - Mental Agility
John Kennedy, CPCP, Neuroplastician, Kennedy Consulting Group

Are you starting to feel overwhelmed by the increasingly complex demands put on your time? Do you get stressed at work and/or home? Do you feel that you'll always be behind, struggling to catch up, never mind getting ahead? Do you wish you could just upgrade your brain's processing speed like you do your computers'? Then you'll love this session! We'll explore the power of neuroplasticity - the incredible capacity for our brains to change physically from everything we do and even think. Understanding this will help you take back control of your life to help you be more efficient and reduce stress. Plus, you'll learn to perform an exercise originally designed for military elites to improve your mental processing speed, focus and intuition. You will notice these areas starting to improve by the end of this session.

Tue 2:30 PM
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Addressing Opioids and their Impact in the Workplace

Opioids have a long standing history in our society, but it's the health and safety risks associated with the drug that are making headlines today. The panel will analyze the potential risks, health impacts and workplace safety concerns regarding the use of opioids. Hear what employers can do to reduce risk, provide support to employees, as well as their communities, and prepare for the next generation of employees who may have been affected.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Contractor Management Landscape, Priorities and Resolutions
Richard Cerenzio, Senior Director, Corporate HSEQ, ISN

Outsourcing work to contractors by continues to increase. This presentation will examine the contractor management process by examining the landscapes of current and future outsourcing and increase of contractor exposure hours; the concerns regarding the risks as contracting out continues to increase; addressing both the internal and external challenges within an organization's program such as limited resources, disconnected processes, a shortage of skilled workers and qualified contractor companies and the misalignment of values between an organization and contractor. The priorities recognized by organizations when working with contractors will be discussed, including improving regulatory compliance, business continuity and operational excellence. You will hear about the importance of training employees on how to better define serious injury or fatality (SIF) exposure by identifying common precursors that can lead to SIFs, focusing on events that have a higher SIF potential, continually reinforcing a safety-first culture among employees and contractors, and more.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Internet of Things (IoT) in Safety: What You Need to Know
Matt Burtney, Content Marketing Specialist, Levitt-Safety
Michael Douglas, National Manager - Market Segments, Levitt-Safety
Chuks Ezeokafor, Director of IT, Levitt-Safety
Leslie Molin, Market Segment Manager - Personal Safety, Levitt-Safety

Do you understand how your work is going to change with technology? Do you know what new tech and enhancements are coming your way? Join our panel of experts from different segments as we answer YOUR questions and discuss the future of IoT (or "The Internet of Things") and what it means for workplace health and safety. You will learn what IoT really is (in terms that make sense and are relevant to your work); how new technology can empower workers; the impact of IoT on productivity and the bottom line; and lots more during our Q&A!

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Ministry of Labour, Training & Skills Development Update for 2020-2021
Ron Landry, Provincial Coordinator, Industrial Health & Safety Program, Ministry of Labour, Training & Skills Development

In addition to its Safe at Work priority, the Ministry now has an expanded mandate that includes training, apprenticeships and Employment Ontario. This session will outline the new mandate and familiarize you with the Ministry's role in workplace health and safety and the Safe at Work compliance strategy. Learn more about the Ministry's priorities for 2020-21, dates for upcoming compliance initiatives, and highlights from Ministry Sector plans.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Occupational Health for Safety: Injury Mitigation Through Innovative Approaches to Health and Wellness Promotion
Dr. Farrell Cahill, Lead Researcher, Horizon Occupational Health Solutions

Traditionally OHS providers have attempted to standardize a health and wellness approach with the hopes of evoking a meaningful impact on the health and safety of its employees. Dr. Cahill has discovered that these programs are fundamentally flawed in their approach, and are not utilizing the correct Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). He will share a two-pronged approach whereby preventive measures must be supported by new and innovative critical actions and the implementation of interventions must be practical. The consequences of employing physically unfit individuals for a physically demanding job in safety sensitive environments can be costly, both in human and economic terms. Learn more about Dr. Cahill's approach to increase employee health for occupational safety.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Smartphones and the Pursuit of Workplace Wellness
Jim Lees, M.SW. RSW, Human Resources Consultant

Smartphones have been blamed for everything from shorter attention spans and depression to the Trump presidency and global warming, leaving many to wonder where the truth ends and hysteria begins. This session will examine the impact smartphone technology has had on the workforce and consider the challenge we all face balancing the increasing demands for productivity and efficiency with the mental health and wellness of employees.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Standard of Care - The Challenge
Grant Aune, President and CEO, Advantage Fleet Services Inc.

This presentation will show you statistical information to support the fact that operating a motor vehicle or piece of moving equipment is a person's great risk for serious injury or death, both in and out of the workplace. All drivers need to assess their own driving ability and need to make changes to their driving behaviour to lessen their risk. You will be challenged to assess your awareness of the risk; change your attitude towards driving; remove the word "accident" from your vocabulary; slow down - speed kills; drive as an art and not as an act; and wear your seat belt. As a parent, grandparent, co-worker, manager or business owner, do you know what your greatest risk for injury or death is? No matter what role you play, you won't want to miss this session.

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Applying Everyday Resiliency The importance of personal wellness in the workplace and beyond.
Dr. Robyne L. Hanley-Dafoe, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Trent University

Dr. Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award-winning psychology instructor who specializes in resiliency, navigating stress and change, and personal wellness in the workplace. She will introduce the concept of resiliency from a broad worldview that incorporates five key areas: values and triggers, how the 5% actually meet their goals; healthy habits; how micro moments create leaders; and priority management. The workshop will include guided exercises and give attendees the opportunity to discuss strategies for life with work balance, implementing behavioural changes that encourage health, increasing personal accountability through acceptance maps, and practical approaches for self-reflection and goal setting.

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
See Your JHSC From the Other Side
Eric Price, CRSP CHSC, Health & Safety Consultant, City of St. Catharines
Jeremy Shorthouse, Health & Safety Consultant

As a JHSC member you may be challenged to understand why management members are not committing to the best controls or why worker members are recommending expensive solutions. In this very interactive workshop, you will provide input into a JHSC meeting with a major health and safety issue that needs to be resolved. The difference? You will switch from your normal role on the committee - from manager to non-manager or vice-versa - to see the issue from the other side. Get a different feel about sitting on a JHSC and maybe change your perspective about your own workplace committee.

Tue 4:00 PM
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Codes Are Changing - Are you Ready?
Regulation 490 Designated Substances and Regulation 833 Control of Exposure to Biological or Chemical Agents Update
Marc Cousineau, CIH, ROH, Provincial Hygienist, Ministry of Labour, Training, Skills and Development

As of January 1, 2020 these two regulations have been updated. The previous codes for measuring and respirator equipment developed in the early eighties have been revoked. Sections on measuring airborne concentrations and respiratory protection program now appear in the regulations. The Code for Medical Surveillance has been substantially revised with regard to removing some designated substances and the reduction of biological indicators. This session will present the recent changes.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
COR 2020 - Requirements and Mapping to Legislative Incentives
Peter Smith, Lead COR Auditor, Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA)

COR 2020 is an update of the IHSA COR program to align with the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) Accreditation Standard recently released as "Supporting Ontario Safe Employers". This updated standard and audit provide a road-map for workplaces to implement an effective occupational health and safety management system which satisfies the bidding requirements of Ontario's buyers of construction requiring COR as well as the criteria to be recognized by the Ministry. Workplaces striving to achieve COR 2020 are able to gain a financial incentive through the WSIB's Health & Safety Excellence Program as they implement their program. Attend this session to learn about the process itself and resources and guidance available to achieve COR 2020 and improve your workplace health and safety outcomes.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Developing Actionable Recommendations for the Integration of Workplace Safety & Wellness Initiatives
Dr. Aviroop Biswas, PhD., Associate Scientist, Institute for Work & Health

Integrated worker health programs that include workplace wellness and occupational health and safety OHS activities can have greater benefits to the overall health and safety of workers compared to those that focus on OHS or individual behaviour change alone. It can be beneficial for organizations to coordinate OHS and wellness efforts rather than develop separate programs and activities that compete for resources. Dr. Aviroop Biswas will share recommendations from a recent study he led which cross-references existing research evidence with practitioner (e.g. HR and OHS professionals) insights to understand what matters most to workplaces when integrating safety and wellness initiatives.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Business of Safety - How to Secure Management Commitment for Safety by Talking Less About Safety
Jeet Tulshi, MBA PMP CRSP, Casualty Risk Control, Liberty Mutual Canada

Management are primarily focused on business strategy and bottom line results. Successful safety professionals know that talking "safety" to senior management rarely gets traction. Being able to elevate safety to a strategic level and break it down into dollars and cents are two very effective ways to get senior management's attention! Getting support for a new safety initiative, obtaining increased investment in safety controls or building a strong safety culture, all begin and end with management commitment! Attend this session to learn how to effectively promote safety in a language that senior management understands. Understand how to express workplace safety in terms of risk management and demonstrate the direct impact of safety efforts on the company's bottom line.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WSIB Health & Safety Excellence Program - A New Opportunity for H&S Program
Mary Wilson, CDMP CHSC, Workwell Evaluator, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB)

Learn about the WSIB Health & Safety Excellence Program and how it provides opportunities for businesses to improve workplace safety, whether they are just getting started or want to optimize what they already have. This session will provide you with an overview of the program and its levels, registration flexibility and the financial and non-financial rewards of the new program. The session will also provide an overview of the WSIB online injury and illness analysis tool called "Compass."

Wednesday April 29

Wed 8:00 AM
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Morning Keynote - Navigating Digital Transformation
Andrew Au, Digital Transformation, AI & Modern Leadership Expert

When companies like Microsoft, FedEx, and 3M want to accelerate their digital transformation journey, they call Andrew Au. Digital technology has set a new equilibrium for organizations - from how they engage their customers to how they motivate their employees to how they innovate their products and services. This is where Andrew excels - he brings both substance and style to navigating disruption and future-proofing organizations, powered by big data and transformative ideas. Referred to by Forbes as a "millennial expert", Andrew Au is a modern business leader who helps global blue-chip brands respond to the new culture and nature of work. Through his innovative work, he was the youngest person to be inducted into the Entrepreneurs Organization at the age of 22. Andrew is among the few Canadians to be named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 list and has received over 35 domestic and international awards for business innovation and thought leadership.

Wed 10:00 AM
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Cannabis Use and the Canadian Workplace
Dr. Nancy Carnide, PhD., Associate Scientist, Institute for Work & Health

The legalization of non-medical cannabis in Canada and other jurisdictions around the world has shone a spotlight on impairment in the workplace, with considerable attention being paid to possible occupational health and safety consequences. But what do we really know about Canadian workers' use of cannabis and how they think about cannabis use at work? Has any of this changed since legalization? Dr. Carnide will describe a multi-year study currently being conducted by the Institute for Work and Health on cannabis use and the Canadian workplace. The study involves surveying workers from a wide range of industries and occupations across Canada. Dr. Carnide will share some of the findings from the first two surveys to come out of this study: one conducted four months before the legalization of non-medical cannabis and another conducted nearly a year later. You will learn more about Canadian workers' cannabis use patterns (including their use before and at work), what they know about cannabis, their thoughts on the risks and impacts of cannabis use and work, and what the culture around cannabis is at their workplaces.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Chemical Labs and Fume Hoods: What to Look For
Lydia Renton, B.Sc., CIH, ROH, FAIHA, Director, OHSS, BluMetric Environmental Inc.

As safety professionals, expertise in specific hazardous materials or processes happens over a career. Industries, hospitals, government and academic institutions have research or productions labs which necessitate the requirement of separate laboratories. This presentation provides an overview of hazards/risks in laboratories and basic principles of lab safety.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Is Diabetes Really an Occupational Health & Safety Concern?
Dr. Ian Blumer, Endocrinologist, Medical Advisor and Board of Directors, Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre

Hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) in people living with insulin-treated diabetes can pose risks to both themselves and others ranging in impact from being a minor disruption in day-to-day living all the way to being catastrophic in nature. Dr. Blumer will discuss the importance of preventing hypoglycemia in people living with diabetes, and the implications of hypoglycemia whilst driving including its legal consequences.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Stop Cutting Corners - Safety Is In Your Hands!
Duane Janiskevich, Gripping Insights Consulting

Cutting corners is when part of a process is removed while attempting to achieve the original result. Usually it's done to save time, effort or money, but often it results in sacrificing quality or safety. On November 22, 2008, a small unsafe decision had a dramatic impact. Duane used the wrong tool and used it incorrectly, placing him on the receiving end of a table saw kickback. In a split second his right hand was crushed; his middle finger and thumb severed. Duane will tell you about the anger, pain, victimization and loss, but leave you with forgiveness, perspective, perseverance and hope. A serious reflection of the risks you take when you decide to cut corners. Duane is a humorous and passionate story-teller who draws insight from his life experiences and shares them with his audience.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Transforming Contractor Safety Performance
Sandra Neale, M.Eng CIH, Global EHS Manager, General Electric (GE)

Whether you hire contractors to perform work at a manufacturing facility, distribution centre or a project/service at a customer site, ensuring good safety performance at the job site can be a daunting challenge. How do you manage the safety of contractors when their employees or sub-contractors do not work directly for your company and in fact you have limited influence on their health and safety, training programs, procedures or culture? This session will provide you with some insights and strategies to elevate defences across the project lifecycle including a robust qualification process, the identification of gaps upstream, and the implementation of risk mitigants through pre-mobilization, mobilization, execution and return on experience stages to reduce risk and transform your contractor safety performance.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Workplace Wellness and Mental Health: Emerging Issues, Effective Management
Lorenzo Lisi, Partner, Aird & Berlis, LLP

Addressing mental health in the workplace is important to ensure employees can work productively and maintain a healthy work/life balance. Join Aird & Berlis Workplace Law Group leader, Lorenzo Lisi, as he discusses and addresses mental health issues in the workplace. Topics include identifying and addressing mental health issues in the workplace; culpable vs. non-culpable behaviours; managing conflict in the workplace; wellness programs and the effectiveness of workplace civility; and a Case Law update.

10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Improve Your Mental Agility!
John Kennedy, CPCP, Neuroplastician, Kennedy Consulting Group

It is possible to physically change your brain to be more Agile! In this workshop you will understand the power of Applied Neuroplasticity and how integrating it can actually make your brain faster and more Agile! This program was initially developed for the military to reduce casualties in combat by eliminating wasted thinking and focusing only on what's important. The result is faster mental processing, improved focus, memory and accelerated learning. It is the only program of its kind vetted and approved by US Special Operations and it will help you in your work and personal lives as well. We will use proprietary neuroplastic training tools which are yours to keep after the workshop to continue to use on your own

10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Investigations of Harassment - The Code of Practice
Chris Boccinfuso, Provincial Specialist, Workplace Harassment and Violence, Ministry of Labour, Training & Skills Development
Jennifer Threndyle, Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Workplace harassment, left unchecked, has the potential to escalate into violent behaviour; everybody is entitled to a safe and healthy workplace. In a situation where there is an incident or complaint of harassment, there is a Code of Practice to help meet obligations with respect to harassment under the OHSA. This session will review and discuss the Code of Practice and how to conduct a harassment investigation. You will learn the reporting requirements, the steps of an effective investigation, communication methods (questioning), documentation and report writing. As part of the discussion, the session leaders will provide examples and case studies to help illustrate the process. This session will equip you with the basic knowledge, skills and tools to conduct harassment investigations as outlined in the Code of Practice.

10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Ministry of Labour Mock Trial
His Worship Donald Dudar, Justice of the Peace, Partner, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP
William Robinson, Crown Counsel, Ministry of Labour, Training & Skills Development
Jeremy Warning, Partner, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP
Deanah Shelly, Partner, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP

Have you ever wondered what could happen if you had a serious injury or fatality at your workplace and the Ministry laid charges? What would it take to defend yourself and your company's actions? This is your opportunity to see it first-hand. A Judge, Crown Prosecutor, Defence Lawyers and supporting cast will actually stage a full trial. Come and see what due diligence really is and what it means in the courtroom. Even if you have attended before, the Trial presents a different case every year.

Wed 11:30 AM
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Unleashing Your Disruptive Behaviour
Graham Sherman, Tool-Shed Brewing Company

Truly standing out in a tough economy, against monster-sized competition requires the use of part of our brains we don't often access. In fact, we've been taught to suppress our disruptive behaviour since childhood - but now it's time to harness those powers of disruption for the benefit of successes as entrepreneurs. Graham Sherman has been shaking things up since he worked on private sector government and military contracts throughout Afghanistan, to when he began brewing beer and changing the game for small breweries across Alberta. Tool Shed Brewing Company's unique approach to disrupting the market has led to it being nominated for Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year; being named as Calgary's "Top 40 under 40"; and the brewery's position in the top five percent of breweries in North America. After hearing Sherman's story and insights, you'll walk away incredibly inspired and with a clear path to unleashing your own disruptive behaviour to transform your business.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fatigue: I'll Get Enough Sleep When I Die!
Clinton Marquardt, Sleep & Fatigue Specialist

There is a fatigue risk factor lurking in your workplace and it is taking a toll on your organization's productivity and safety. Poor sleep is the culprit. We all experience the odd night when we toss and turn and reluctantly crawl out of bed to fight through a day of fatigue. But one in 7 people in your workplace suffer from poor sleep on a nightly basis because of sleep disorders. Join Clinton, one of Canada's top specialists in sleep-related fatigue, for a discussion of some of the most common sleep disorders presented in a blend of education and entertainment that will deliver measurable results. You will leave with tools that organizations can use to deal with fatigue, and strategies to improve your own sleep. Gain practical strategies and high levels of motivation to re-prioritize sleep and better manage fatigue. The end results are improvements in safety, health and performance.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Making Mental Health A Workplace Priority
Dr. Bill Howatt, Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity, Conference Board of Canada

The statistics are staggering. One out of four Canadians are impacted by mental health per year, and seven out of ten are in the workforce. Stigma about mental health continues to be a major issue, and organizations are challenged with attempting to support employees at risk of or suffering with a mental illness. What are the elements of a psychological health and safety management system that can ensure psychological safety is ingrained in your organization's culture? Join Dr. Howatt for a discussion of the elements necessary to ensure success. Dr. Howatt is a behavioural scientist, known as one of Canada's top experts in mental health issues in the workplace.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Managing Risk: An Electrical Inspection Perspective
Dr. Joel Moody, Director Safety, Risk, Policy & Innovation, Electrical Safety Association

The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is an Administrative Authority acting on behalf of the Government of Ontario with a mandate to promote and undertake activities which enhance public electrical safety. ESA is also responsible for administering regulation in four key areas, one of which is the Ontario Electrical Safety Code. Inspections, investigations and enforcement (II&E) activities help to manage risks to the public interest. Risk management is a continuous improvement process that identifies potential hazards and undesirable events; understanding their likelihood and consequences; and taking steps to control the risks if necessary. To achieve these results, a good risk management process considers both real and perceived risks and all stakeholders' needs. ESA's wiring inspection activities is a place where risk management practices are applied. Starting in 2020 ESA will move to a risk-based approach for electrical wiring. This means spending more effort on high-risk electrical wiring work, and less on low risk work without compromising health and safety. If your workplace does any electrical work or hires contractors to do it for you, attend this session to learn more.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Safe Lifting Training
Don Patten, RKin. BHK. CCPE, CRSP, Ergonomics Specialist, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Training programs for safe lifting vary greatly using a wide variety of examples and scenarios. The content however is surprisingly the same, with an emphasis on learning a safe handling technique known as "straight back, bent knees." This training approach focuses on behaviours, paying little attention to the individual learner's interaction with a changing work environment. Attending this session will outline essential elements of a safe lifting program to ensure your employees receive training that is memorable and transferable to real work situations.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
What's New in Workplace Cancer: New Carcinogens and Controversies
Paul A. Demers, PhD, Director, Occupational Cancer Research Centre, Ontario Health

During the past five years, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO), the most important international agency for identifying what causes cancer, has evaluated dozens of chemicals and other potential causes of workplace cancer. They have also revised some of their rules for evaluating carcinogenicity and established a new set of priorities for the next five years. As is often the case, some of their evaluations have caused controversies. In this session we will review what's new and the implications for preventing workplace cancer.

Wed 1:00 PM
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Lunch Keynote - Improving the Culture of Safety in High Risk Environments
Jill Heinerth , Renowned Underwater Explorer, Photographer and Author

More people have walked on the moon than have visited many of the places that Jill Heinerth has seen on Earth. From the most dangerous technical dives deep inside underwater caves, to searching for never-before-seen ecosystems inside giant Antarctic icebergs, Jill's curiosity and passion about our watery planet is the driving force in her life. Jill Heinerth addresses three primary categories that relate to risk assessment, leadership, and safety culture, including strategies and tactics for reaching a sustainable, incident-free workplace. By drawing on her experiences cave diving into some of the most dangerous places on earth, audiences learn how to apply universal risk management strategies in their own teams and organizations. Jill will encourage you to reach beyond your limitations, challenge the unknown and overcome your fears, while applying her practical experience on risk management, discovering learning, failure and collaboration strategies.

Wed 2:30 PM
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
How Health and Safety Has Changed in the Last Decade
Sonny Brar, Vice President Member Relations & Education, Retail Council of Canada

This session will discuss how health and safety is ever evolving and how businesses approach health and safety today versus 10 years ago. You will hear insights to key legislative changes, amendments and additions to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Criminal Code of Canada and Human Rights Code. Listen to not only the changes to these laws, but also understand why they were enforced and changed in the first place. Learn best practices that employers are using today and how JHSC's, the 3 R's, use of technology and health and safety in general has changed in the last decade and where it's likely to be in the next decade.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Sitting is the New Smoking
Meaghan Jansen, MSc., BSc., BA, Employee Wellness Solutions Network Inc.

Medically speaking, sitting for long periods of time isn't a disease, but it is dangerous. This session explores how sedentary jobs and the potential risk associated with your health can be mitigated with self-awareness. Learn what stretches are best and clever ways to promote stretching in the workplace.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Future of Ergonomics - How to Remain in Compliance with Ergo Standards in the Face of Changing Technology and Non-Traditional Work Environments
Kristan Rossetto, R.Kin, HB.SC.HK, GradCert.ESLM

Ergonomic Health & Wellness Consultant, ERGO Inc. As our workplaces continue to evolve in the face of changes in technology and work culture, employees also face new physical, cognitive and psychosocial challenges. Increasingly employees are using mobile technology for data input, which introduces both physical and psychosocial risks. Employees work at home, in their vehicles or at non-permanent workstations. This session will outline the challenges being faced by employees and employers and will present strategies to ensure that work organization and workstation design meet the prescribed Ergonomic Standards and optimize employee health and wellbeing.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The New Multigenerational Workplace: Welcome iGens!
Jim Lees, M.SW. RSW, Social Worker/Private Consultant

The first wave of iGens have been entering the workforce for the past couple of years, which means it is now possible to encounter five different generations in a workday! An understanding of how each generation differs from each other in terms of values, expectations and workplace behaviour is essential to leveraging everyone's strengths and improving team work. In the session, you will learn key differences in work styles which will enable negotiating work relationships with more empathy and understanding. To facilitate audience participation, please bring your cell phone or tablet.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
WSIB Return-to-Work Complex Case Management
Laura Russell, Partner, CompClaim, a Consulting Practice of Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP

This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to bring your return-to-work questions, challenges, and tough cases to discuss with legal experts. What are the key factors to making return-to-work (RTW) successful for both the employer and the injured worker? Participants are encouraged to bring their own examples of RTW experiences. What went well, what didn't, what thoughts do the facilitators and others in the audience, have for improving the process? This promises to be a wonderful chance to network and learn from each other.

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Workplace Mystery Theatre
P.A. Neena Gupta, Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
Wes Mazur, CRSP, CHSC, NCSO, President, Grand River Occupational Health & Safety Inc.

Attend this extended session to test out your detective skills, learn, network, and have a little fun too. The session leaders will set up a Workplace Mystery Theater (without dinner!) covering workplace investigations, harassment, bullying, anti-violence, and mental health and safety. Attendees can participate in the role play as assistant investigators, witnesses and complainants. Or if you don't want to be an active participant, use your smart-phone to propose questions or assess credibility. What better way to learn while trying to solve the mystery!