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Tuesday April 30

Tue 8:00 AM
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Opening Keynote
The Age of Disruption: Everything Has Changed and Nothing is Different
Scott Stratten, Expert in Un-Marketing

With over 185,000 followers of his daily rantings on Twitter and named one of the "Top Five Social Media Influencers in the World" on Forbes.com—Stratten is an expert in viral, social, and authentic marketing. Every week, it seems there is a new strategy, social media site or technology that is a "must use" or a "game changer". What we lose in this endless quest for the next bright shiny business object is that at the core of business while everything has changed, nothing is different. Trust, connection, consistency and service will always trump any new app to hit the market. Join us for Scott's take on The Millennial Myth, Social Media Snake Oil, and the Digital Decision. Find out what is real and what are only smoke screens.

Tue 10:00 AM
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Canadian Cannabis 101
Jay Rosenthal, Co-Founder & President, Business of Cannabis

Jay Rosenthal provides context and insight into the dynamic and ever-changing landscape of the Canadian cannabis sector. This information-packed presentation will explain key differentiators between how Canada and the United States are regulating cannabis; the promise of medicinal cannabis; and what the future has in store for Canada as a world leader in the cannabis industry. He also looks at the impact that cannabis may have on workplaces, and the burgeoning cannabis market as it pertains to entrepreneurs, technology, finance, and trade. A sought-after media commentator on cannabis related issues, Jay has appeared in The Globe and Mail, and on CBC Radio, BNN and Breakfast Television. He is also a contributor to The Huffington Post and Civilized Life.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
H&S Stories from the Trenches
Erin Byram, Health & Safety Specialist, GROWMARK, Inc

GROWMARK is an agricultural cooperative providing agronomy, energy, facility planning, and logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services in more than 40 states and Ontario. As a health and safety professional with responsibilities for multiple locations and joint committees, Erin has stories to tell. If you are challenged with competing priorities, several worksites, different JHSCs dealing with different products and hazards, attend this session to learn from Erin and share your own stories.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Ontario Electrical Safety Code 27th Edition: Understanding and Applying the New Requirements
Dr. Joel Moody, Director, Safety Risk, Policy and Innovation, Electrical Safety Authority

The 27th edition of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code will come into effect as regulation on May 16, 2019. This new edition includes changes designed to enhance electrical safety and protect workers and the public. Changes include added requirements for Energy Storage systems and facilitating the use of Power over Ethernet to provide a pathway for sources of electricity, among other things. This session will help you understand and prepare for these changes before they come into effect. Electrical work conducted after the effective date needs to meet the new requirements.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Proactively Addressing Critical Injuries Are You Ready?
Marianne Matichuk, Principal Consultant, M. Matichuk & Associates

Learn about your responsibility in critical injury investigations using real life examples of incidents. No organization ever wants to experience a critical injury; however, being prepared for the unexpected will benefit any organization. Attend this session to learn more about critical injuries, and receive information, tools and tips, allowing you to be better prepared for this type of incident, should it ever happen. This interactive session will answer your questions and help you to build a critical injury preparedness kit.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Resiliency Through Optimal Challenge, Stress and Goal Setting Making it Work for You!
Dr. Robyne L. Hanley-Dafoe, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Trent University

Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award-winning psychology instructor who specializes in resiliency, navigating stress and change, and personal wellness in the workplace. Described as transformational, engaging and thought provoking, Robyne 's presentation provides practical strategies grounded in global research and case studies that help foster resiliency within ourselves and others

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Safety By Design
Dave Smith, CRSP, FS Tech (TÜV Rheinland), Equipment & Construction Safety Specialist, Honda of Canada Mfg

Incorporating safety at the design stage of a project is the most effective method of ensuring the safety of workers at a reasonable cost to the employer. This session will review the risk assessment process Honda of Canada Mfg. has implemented since 1998 and highlight the pros and cons learned along the way. The benefits of beginning the risk assessment at the right time with the right people are numerous and will be discussed in detail by the presenter.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Top Technology Trends in OH&S
Michelle Garner-Janna, Executive Director Health & Safety, Cummins Inc., Memphis, Tennessee

Automation, wearables, augmented reality, virtual reality, drones, big data, machine learning, the internet of things – emerging technologies are now almost too numerous to keep track of. Cummins Inc. is a global engine manufacturer with 60,000 employees worldwide. Join their Executive Director H&S to hear her take on how technology is changing industry and reducing risk. She will discuss selecting what technology is right for your organization, taking stock of challenge areas, and investing and testing by engaging the people who are going to use the technology. A session full of practical advice for the EHS professionals who need to arm themselves for a future that is already here.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
WSIB Chronic Mental Stress: Best Practices Related to Accommodation and Investigations
Sara Malkin, Senior Associate, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP
Emily Russell, CHRP, Senior Consultant | Paralegal, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP

The introduction of WSIB Chronic Mental Stress entitlement on January 1, 2018 continues to present a number of important considerations and potential challenges in the workers' compensation context. This session will address actions that should be considered by the workplace parties when work-related chronic mental stress is reported, as well as the workplace obligations of all parties. Should an investigation be conducted? What information will the WSIB require to adjudicate the claim? What are an employer's accommodation obligations? Is an employee obligated to accept modified work? What is the Union's Role? Learn more about Chronic Mental Stress (CMS) Entitlement, the importance of your violence/harassment policy; triggers for conducting a formal investigation into harassment allegations, and more.

10:00 am - 12:30 pm
A Day in the Life of a Supervisor: Do You Measure Up?
Michelangelo LaSelva, National Account Manager, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Jennifer Threndyle, Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

It is not easy being a supervisor today in Ontario. With all the demands of the job, do you have the knowledge and time to meet your legislative requirements? In this workshop, we will discuss what a "competent supervisor" should know and what they should be doing daily to protect their workers and themselves. Learn more about your responsibilities under the AODA and what role you play with specific legislation such as violence and harassment policies. This interactive workshop promises to be educational and fun with tips and tricks to help you survive the daily issues, stories from the trenches and case study examples.

Tue 11:30 AM
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Anatomy of a Collision
Bruce Brunsch, Split Second Decision

For many of us, the "workplace" is our vehicle. If you find yourself in a difficult situation behind the wheel, you may only have a split second to react. In this session you will gain technical knowledge of how collisions occur – and that knowledge may be helpful in preventing future collisions. Attendees will benefit from the experience of this recently-retired police officer who is also a collision reconstructionist.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cannabis - Six Months In
Dan Demers, Senior Manager Strategic Business Development, CannAmm Occupational Testing Services
Andrea Holbeche, Project Manager, CSA Group
Larry Masotti, Director Strategic Relationships, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Ray Pleasance, CHSC, CRM, Corporate Director of OH&S, Black & McDonald Limited

Recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada in October 2018.  Join our panel of experts as they review the progression leading up to legalization and the six months of experience we now have.  Where are we now?  What has changed?  How are workplaces coping?  Learn how Black & McDonald harmonized its fit for duty standards across Canada.  And hear some early information on the development of an impairment standard by CSA.  Bring your questions.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Glass, Drugs and Municipal Services: A Health & Safety Journey Still in the Making
Bruce Endicott, P.Eng., HR Advisor OH&S, Town of Richmond Hill

Over the last three decades, the health and safety profession has been both witness and active participant in such significant change. And yet, some health and safety related challenges still continue to linger over these many years. Our roles as health and safety practitioners have continuously broadened to encompass other affiliated portfolios which continue to present increasing complexity in combination with ever-so-fluid workplace dynamics. In this presentation, a brief glimpse will be offered of the landscape "that was", some 34 years ago for us in this field. A number of actual story lines will then be summarized with learning points provided for each. Cases include: A Students Life Forever Changed; A Critical Injury Without Prosecution; and From Table Top to the Field. An information packed session with helpful strategies for you to take away.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Millennial Management: Maximizing Millennial Tenure and Leveraging Their Potential
Jeff Butler, Generation Workplace Expert

Millennials are now over 100 million strong and make up one of the largest demographics in the workplace today. However, many employers find them the most difficult to retain and manage. Previous management and retention techniques are becoming obsolete so how can your organization not only maximize the time a Millennial works for your organization, but also help them tap into their potential? Jeff Butler, one of the few Millennial Experts who is actually a Millennia, will expose the Millennial Mindset and show you how to turn a career-hopping Millennial into a devoted employee. It all begins with tapping into their potential and creating a strong management structure.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
OH&S Inspections Bootcamp: What's Been Done and What's To Come?
David Reiter, Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP
Cynthia Sefton, Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP

If you have ever prepared for, or been the subject of a workplace health and safety inspection, then you already know inspections are not simple. Maintaining proper records, logging employee OHS training and upholding facility safety standards are only a few of the factors that come into play. Join leading lawyers Cynthia Sefton and David Reiter for an in-depth review of last year's occupational health and safety blitz inspections. Plus get updated on the upcoming inspection initiatives and receive tips on how to prepare for them.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
To Change or Not to Change: Understanding Cartridge Change Out Schedule
Florence Janvier, Ph.D., Account Manager, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Air-purifying respirators equipped with activated carbon cartridges are among the most widely used respirators in the workplace to protect workers against toxic organic vapors.  The filtering process of toxic organic vapors is limited and after the cartridge has adsorbed a particular contaminant to its maximum capacity, it will begin to let the contaminant enter inside the breathing zone of the worker, which can pose a danger to his health and an even more severe health risk when expose to mixtures. Because activated carbon cartridge filters and end-of-service-life-indicators are limited for organic vapors, mathematical models which are used in software are recommended to yield the cartridge service life.  You will learn the difference between change out schedule and cartridge service life, how factors affect cartridge service life, and how to use cartridge service life software.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Up the Ante on Workplace: Mental Health/Wellness
Adam Palmer, Safety & Prevention Supervisor, Niagara Casinos
Amanda Silliker, Editor, Canadian Occupational Safety

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 Gold 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.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Zero Harm: 7 Key Insights to Consider in Creating a Safer Workplace for Contractors
Anne-Sophie Tétreault, Eng., Cognibox

A recently released white paper guides organizations on making a shift in thinking by identifying best practices, challenges, and key considerations regarding contractor management and worker health and safety. Through extensive interviews, this brand-new whitepaper is built on the perspective and experience of health and safety leaders, including some of the largest mining, energy, and pharmaceutical organizations in the world. This session will draw on the key insights found in the white paper to address growing societal and legal pressures in contractor management, aging workers retiring and millennials entering the workforce, substance abuse, and embedding a sustainable a culture of safety within an organization.

Tue 2:30 PM
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Cracking the Code: The When and How of Legal Privilege
Jeremy Warning, Partner, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP
Julie Weller, Associate, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP

Legal privilege can keep communications, documents, pictures, reports, and other kinds of information confidential and out of the hands of OHS regulators. If not handled right, the materials may need to be given to others. This session will discuss solicitor-client and litigation privilege including what they are, how they differ, how they are created, what they can and cannot protect, how to protect the privilege, and what does and does not waive the privilege (including provisions in OHS statutes). There will also be discussion of how privilege can be used outside of accident investigations and how to share information with other workplace parties and keep the privilege.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Fatigue Management: Cheaper Than Therapy
Mike Harnett, President, Solaris Fatigue Management

In our busy world, we try to cram so much in that we constantly cut back on sleep, and it's at the expense of our health, safety and performance. Can we sustain the pace we've set for ourselves? Can organizations survive without acknowledging their role? Research says....NO! This session will deliver the most recent scientific research on the best way to optimize personal health, safety and performance while minimizing the consequences of fatigue.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Managing Your Lift Truck Safety Program
David Mustard, Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Whether you are a production facility, distribution center, third party logistic firm or a small business, if you have mechanical material handling equipment you have the potential for a fatality. Join us to discuss steps that you can take to make your workplace safer and more productive. We will be reviewing new products and processes that you can implement to improve your facility's productivity and protect your most valuable assets, your people. We will also be reviewing recent MOL news releases and discussing how implementing a formalized Lift Truck Management System may have helped to prevent these convictions.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Ministry of Labour Priorities 2019-2020
Peter Augruso, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Labour (MOL)

This session will familiarize you with the Ministry of Labour's role in workplace safety and the Safe At Work Ontario compliance strategy. Attend this session to hear more about the Ministry's priorities for 2019-20, the dates for upcoming compliance initiatives, and highlights from Ministry sector plans.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
OHS Auditing – Ontario's Workwell Program Evaluation Approach
Roland Guignard, CDMP, Workwell Evaluators, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB)
Mary Wilson, CDMP CHSC, Workwell Evaluators, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB)

An interactive session providing hands on use of the Ontario WSIB Workwell Evaluation Tool. Participants will have an opportunity to review, score and develop an implementation plan based on the findings of an actual evaluation of a Health and Safety Program. The intent of this session is to provide actual auditing / evaluation practice and opportunities to help provide continuous improvement to an OHS program in the workplace. Included in this session is a copy of the Evaluation tool, links to the mobile app, and both paper and electronic resources that can be used in the workplace.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
OHS Management System for High Risk Work
David Steinschifter, Manager, Strategic Programs, Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA)

The Certificate of Recognition (COR™) is a voluntary occupational health and safety auditing program. Workplace buyers and users of construction and other high risk work, are turning to the COR™ program to manage OH&S risks on their jobsites. Learn more about Ontario's COR™ program, hear about the growing list of buyers that require COR™ certification, and how COR™ drives positive workplace outcomes.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Smartphones and the Pursuit of Workplace Wellness
Jim Lees, M.S.W., RSW, Human Resource 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
The Role of Standards: At the Dawn of Revolution
Candace Sellar, Program Manager, Program Manager, CSA Group

"We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. ..We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive..." (K. Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum). The rate of technological change has amplified exponentially and governance systems need to be able to adapt. In this session, we will explore some of the key challenges and opportunities created by the Digital Industrial Revolution, and how CSA Group Standards and Research help stakeholders to address these considerations. Topics include an update on new worker and public safety standards currently in development, a review of the research undertaken to add these emerging areas into our domain and where standards play a role, and the ways thought leaders like you can get involved. Come and join the standards revolution!

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Safe Electrical Work Planning for Everyone Using CSA Z462-18
Mike Doherty, Blue Arc Electrical Safety Technologies

This interactive workshop will provide an overview of the very latest requirements in CSA Z462-18 in particular for new Clause – Job Safety Planning. Learn some of the core due diligence and best case practice requirements such as what does it mean to be truly qualified; Identification of the electrical hazards for shock and arc flash associated with various tasks; how to do a shock and arc flash risk assessment in accordance with Clause 4.3.4 and 4.3.5 for tasks involving shock and arc flash hazards; and discuss work procedures involved, special precautions, and energy source controls. Be prepared to do group work with others, roll up your sleeves, get involved and have some fun. If you have the CSA Z462-18 standard bring it with you (not mandatory).

Tue 4:00 PM
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Big Data and Its Future in Safety
Bill Shewan, Utiligent Consulting

Big data is playing a more important role in workplace safety than ever. According to a white paper by the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management, safety professionals are literally "drowning" in big data. But do we know what the data is telling us? Could we use it more effectively? This session will provide some insight into where big data sets exist in health and safety and how we can leverage them to our mutual advantage. Would you be willing to share your metrics in the cloud? What if you could pull data showing where you are in relation to your industry? What kind of value could you derive from such a database? Attend this session to learn more about where we go from here in the use of big data.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Falling Into the Rhythm of Life – Straight From the Horse's Mouth
Sharon Campbell-Rayment, RN, BSN, M.Div, Motivational Speaker

Now, more than ever, we are experiencing more distractions, disruptions and feeling overwhelmed. Leaders and their teams are stressed out, lacking balance in their work and home life, and aren't reaching their goals and potential. Sharon knows firsthand the cost of this speed of life; her busy life abruptly changed when a horseback riding accident resulted in a diagnosis of completely disabled and becoming 1 in 60 people to be diagnosed with Foreign Accent Syndrome. The story of how she woke up with a Scottish brogue—after living in Canada all of her life—is not something you hear about every day. Sharon shares the NeuroMindSHIFT™ Process, an effective, reliable, repeatable process that uses a number of tools and techniques to increase the mind's capacity to deal with life's ongoing distractions and regain inner strength, mental resilience, and enhanced performance.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Harassment in the Workplace: How to Identify, Prevent and Take Action Against It in the #MeToo Era
Lauren Bernardi, Bernardi Human Resource Law LLP

Employers bear the ultimate responsibility for ensuring their workplaces are free of harassment and for promptly addressing issues or complaints regarding harassment in your organization. The #MeToo movement has also brought awareness to sexual harassment in the workplace and the importance of taking these complaints seriously. But there are also many myths and misconceptions about sexual harassment that need to be understood and eradicated. This session will ensure that participants understand the legal definitions of harassment, the importance of bystander interventions and other preventative measures. The session will also raise awareness of the unique nature of sexual harassment and how to address it.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Helping Make Ontario Safer
Lee-Anne Black, Director, Business Innovation and Transformation, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB)
Melissa Brown, Manager, Stakeholder Engagement, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB)
Rod Cook, Vice President, Workplace Health and Safety Services, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB)

Hear directly from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) about how the new premium rate setting model, open data, and health safety program improvements will work together to make Ontario safer. This panel discussion will focus on what you need to know about the rate framework prior to it being implemented in 2020, what's next for their online health and safety tool, and plans for a new health and safety excellence program.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Moving Beyond Hearing Protection: The Importance of Critical Communication
Bev Borst, MA, BScN, RN, COHN(C), Advanced Safety Specialist, 3M Canada

Auditory demands in a noisy work environment can be significant. It may be the difference between being able to hear important signals, communicate with colleagues and hear your surroundings (situational awareness). Other topics will include an overview of key CSA hearing standards and how it relates to communication hearing protectors and workers with hearing loss, hearing protection selection criteria including hearing ability, and the effects of hearing protection on speech recognition.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Using the MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario
Dr. Richard Wells, Centre for Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD)
Dr. Amin Yazdani, Centre for Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD)

CRE-MSD, based out of the University of Waterloo, together with researchers across Ontario and workplace stakeholders, have developed a new MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario. Divided into three specific guidelines with a Quick Start Guideline for small and micro businesses, the Quick Start Guideline was tested in hundreds of small businesses and illustrates ways to avoid six key MSD workplace hazards. Sprain and strain injuries to soft-tissues in areas like the back, shoulder and wrist represent one of the leading causes of disability and discomfort in Ontario's workforce. This session will guide participants through the Guideline website and demonstrate how it can assist workplaces prevent MSD: Because work shouldn't hurt.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Where Do Safety Data Sheets (SDS) Come From?
Kami Blake, Verisk 3E

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), now Safety Data Sheets (SDS) have been part of the workplace safety fabric for approximately 40 years. However, their content and usefulness continue to expand. Join us as we answer some long-standing questions and take a fresh look at the application and value of today's SDS for regulated products from the workplace, to communities, to the environment, and global commerce. Learn more about where SDSs come from and how their content is determined. This session will answer lots of questions and discuss multiple industry scenarios and best practices.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Worker Orientation at ClubLink
Julie Iantorno, Manager Member & Employee Experience, ClubLink
Sarah Milley, Human Resources Coordinator, ClubLink

Imagine your organization has multiple locations. Then imagine that your staff head count explodes by 75% at the beginning of golf season and shrinks back down in the Fall, all to start over again the next year. Add to the mix workplace hazards ranging from sunburn to chemicals to heavy equipment and more. ClubLink has them all and has fashioned a health and safety orientation program that has served them and their workers well. Attend this session to hear firsthand from the ClubLink people and come away with some tips and ideas that you can take back to your own new worker orientation program.

Wednesday May 1

Wed 8:00 AM
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Keynote Speaker
A Moment on the Edge: How Small Encounters Change Lives
Mark Henick, Mental Health Advocate - Top 50 TEDx Speaker

By the time he found himself standing on the edge of a bridge late one night, a teenager ready to die, Mark Henick had lost all hope. A culmination of encounters over time – with doctors, nurses, therapists, teachers, parents, and peers – had left him feeling trapped, broken, and helpless. If it wasn't for an anonymous stranger who reached out and saved his life, Mark never would have left that bridge alive. But he did, and he has dedicated his life ever since to opening minds and creating change. Inspired by his viral Top 50 TEDx talk Why We Choose Suicide, Mark shares the stories of what brought him to the edge, what would have helped, and what didn't. He retells the moment that changed his life forever, as well as the quest that followed to find the stranger who saved him – and to find himself.

Wed 10:00 AM
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Implementing an MSD Prevention Program: An Ontario Power Generation Journey
Don Patten, RKin. BHK, CCPE, CRSP, Ergonomics Specialist, Technical Services, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Lisa Beech-Hawley, CCPE, M.Sc. (Kin.), Manager, Health & Safety Program, Ontario Power Generation

A leader in health and safety, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) achieved remarkable success in reducing MSD injuries through the implementation of an MSD prevention program based on the 2007 Ontario MSD prevention guidelines. Learn about strategies OPG has used to implement a successful MSD program, overcoming challenges, success stories and how they plan to recharge their MSD prevention strategy using the new MSD Prevention Guideline resources.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Leading Edge and Sharp Edge Fall Protection Applications
John Fuke, Fall Protection Technical Manager, Personal Safety Division, 3M Canada Company

This session will discuss some of the challenges and solutions associated with leading edge and sharp edge fall protection equipment. Newer leading edge self-retracting lifelines (SRLs) enable users to tie off at their feet in situations where there is no anchor available above the user's head. However, many sharp edges exist on work sites which can cause extreme danger to the SRL in the event of a fall over a sharp edge. This session will share how leading-edge SRLs are designed to protect the user and the lifeline itself, including the use of energy absorbers to enable an SRL to arrest the fall without damage or failure.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
OMG - Fun With Safety? Spice Up Your H&S Communication and Training
Lee-Anne Lyon Bartley, Vice President, Health & Safety, Dexterra

Have your safety communications or training material started to bore you? Come and see some tools and resources used at Dexterra that you can add to your communication toolkit including free quiz games, 3D video creators and more. Do you have some great tools and resources to share? Come prepared to give away your secret communication and training tools. Let's help each other get spicier.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Root Cause Analysis – Gift or Burden?
Shannon Jones, Vice President Field Operations, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Wikipedia defines it as a method of problem solving used for identifying the root causes of faults or problems. So why is it important to consider your approach to and perception of RCAs? What if you thought about the incident that initiated the RCA differently? The event has occurred – with or without associated losses – and now you have an opportunity to have a hard look at your internal system, identify and analyze what went wrong, and improve the system so that this event does not reoccur. All of this, providing there's readiness to recognize and do something with it consistently and in a positive way. This session will explore the rationale behind doing an RCA and provide you with pointers and tools that you can utilize in your own workplace to make root cause analysis part of your health and safety system's consciousness. Learn from a seasoned health & safety professional, experienced in working in Integrated Lean Six Sigma ™ (IL6S) environments, who has received many awards for her health and safety leadership and accomplishments.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Safety Related Discipline
David Powers, ASHM, CRSP, HSP, M.Sc. (OSH), Director, Health, Safety & Environment, Oxford Frozen Foods Limited

We all know that safety is important and "safe" is what every workplace strives to be. Regrettably not all employees think and act in a safe manner. How to correct this behaviour can take a lot of effort that often does not really create the changes desired. After training fails to change the behaviour, discipline may be a required option. However, managing the fine balance between encouragement and reprimand can be a challenge. Learn about the approach Oxford Frozen Foods is taking. Using an electronic voting system, delegates can register their vote against actual Canadian court cases to test their knowledge. Gain a clearer understanding of when, how and why an organization would decide to utilize the progressive discipline system when facing a safety-related infraction.

10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Communication Awareness in the Workplace and Understanding the Impact
Valerie Harrison, President, Centric Dynamix

Everyone has a communication skill set that is developed over time through education and experiences; however, we tend not to apply that skill set as effectively as we would like. Unpopular information, difficult personalities and stress all have a role in making communication difficult or ineffective. This interactive discussion introduces the mechanics behind communication focusing on direct, appropriate communication. Leaders can explore their individual skill set to understand how their communication impacts others, have a clearer insight into dealing effectively with difficult people and divert negative attitudes and behaviours into positive, more productive ones.

10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Demystifying Occupational Hygiene
David Gardner, MSC, MEng, MBA, CESM, CRSP, ROH, Sr. OH&S Consultant, Pinchin Ltd.

Occupational Hygiene has been defined as the "science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention, and control of those environmental factors or stresses arising in or from the workplace which may cause sickness, impaired health and wellbeing, or significant discomfort among workers or among citizens of the community". What does good art and hygiene have to do with health and safety anyway? This session will demystify occupational hygiene and provide practical guidance on how the intermediate to advanced health and safety practitioner can implement a cost effective and practical occupational hygiene program to protect the health of workers.

10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Mental Health in the Workplace Forum
Jennifer Threndyle, Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Bill Howatt, Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity, Conference Board of Canada
Lorenzo Lisi, Practice Group Leader, Workplace Law Group, Aird & Berlis LLP

This Forum will explore the subject of Mental Health in the Workplace through three different lenses.  Learn about practical tactics to prevent mental health issues, including warning signs, how to deal with managers who are part of the problem, and the different tools available to employers.  Part 2 will explore best practices when an employee returns to work following a mental-health related leave.  And Part 3 will feature answers to some of the most common – and complicated – situations employers face when it comes to dealing with mental health issues in the workplace. Content will include accommodation and a review of recent court decisions.

10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Ministry of Labour Mock Trial
Jeremy Warning, Partner, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP
His Worship, Donald Dudar, Justice of the Peace
Evan Schiller, Crown Counsel, Ministry of Labour

Have you ever wondered what could happen if you had a serious injury or fatality at your workplace and the Ministry of Labour 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, Defense 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
Facilitation Skills To End Bad Meetings Now
Drew Douglas, CRSP, Health & Safety Supervisor, Rama First Nation

Meetings are a major way that work gets done in organizations. Research says that on average we spend over 35 per cent of work time in meetings, and that maybe as much as 50 percent of that time is wasted. Have you ever had a discussion with your team that didn't lead to a resolution? Or worse, have you ever tried to initiate a dialogue only to hear crickets chirping when you looked to your team for input? Did you ever think that maybe you as the facilitator should be taking some ownership for the situation? Highlighting both the Institute of Cultural Affairs' Focused Conversation methodology, and traditional Anishnaabe teachings, Drew will demonstrate and provide tools that will help you become a gifted facilitator. Attend this session to learn how to plan for, lead and enable meaningful conversations with any team, committee or client.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Misconceptions and Pitfalls of PSRs – A Honda Canada Perspective
Dave Smith, CRSP, FS Tech (TÜV Rheinland), Equipment & Construction Safety Specialist, Honda of Canada Mfg.
Rob Vomiero, B.Eng., P.Eng., CHSC, CMSE®, Machine & Robotics Safety Specialist, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

This session will explore common misconceptions and pitfalls associated with the PSR process and share some effective approaches and current practices that Honda of Canada Manufacturing has implemented as part of their overall equipment safety program.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
OH&S Law Update: A Year in Review
Cynthia Sefton, Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP
David Reiter, 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 the 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
Reducing Noise Exposure in Use of Compressed Air
Daniela Kurczynski, Business Development Manager, Silvent North America

Air compressors are everywhere in industry because they are such an excellent source of energy. They power manufacturing machinery and processes and interestingly, the heat generated by compressors can actually reduce your energy costs. However, compressors create another type of energy that isn't quite so worker friendly – noise. Did you know that blowing with compressed air is one of the biggest noise generators in industry? And that 9 out of 10 air blow guns in use today are dangerous? Do you know the risks associated with the use of compressed air? Attend this session to learn more and to understand how you can mitigate injuries and hearing loss issues associated with the use of compressed air.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Serious Injury and Fatality Prevention:  Perspectives & Practices
John Dony, Director Environmental Health, Safety & Sustainability, National Safety Council
Joy Inouye, Research Associate, National Safety Council

In the past couple of decades, the US has seen enormous gains in workplace safety, with significant reductions in incident rate and fatalities. While these trends are encouraging, the next step in the journey to safety excellence is the elimination of serious injuries and life-altering events. In this session, we will present an overview of the background and research to date on serious injury and fatality (SIF) prevention. The session will also outline how Campbell Institute organizations are addressing SIF by mining incident and near miss data, assessing on risk and severity, and focusing on the potential for SIF.

Wed 1:00 PM
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Lunch Keynote
Canada - Coast to Coast to Coast
Rick Mercer, Canada's Unofficial Opposition

Rick Mercer's top-rated, award-winning CBC show, The Rick Mercer Report-which recently celebrated its final episode-routinely trampled even its American competitors in the ratings. The show featured Mercer’s trademark rants, satirical newscasts, commercial parodies, and comic encounters with famous Canadians, talking about Canada. More than any other comedian (or journalist for that matter), he talks to Canadian newsmakers with a refreshing candour, and is uniquely able to spin topical hilarity from the people and the things deeply embedded in the national consciousness. Few people know Canada like Rick Mercer knows Canada. Whether prodding at our institutions, celebrating our unsung heroes, or illuminating everything wonderful and weird about our country, Mercer is a galvanizing speaker. He’s our fiercest critic, our sharpest mind, and our most hilarious comic. Mercer gathers together all his-and our-strengths in a presentation that connects to the past, evaluates our present, and looks forward, hopefully, into the future.

Wed 2:30 PM
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
A Framework for Safety Sensitive Environments and Legalized Marijuana
Dr. Farrell Cahill, Horizon Occupational Health Solutions

A discussion of the direct impact of marijuana usage among workers in safety sensitive or high-risk environments. By detailing the physiological effects of marijuana on human health and workplace performance, Dr. Cahill will show how the development of physical Bona Fide Occupational Requirement (BFOR) is critical to preventing workplace injury. To maintain a safe worksite the employer must recognize how marijuana can impair an individual's performance during critical tasks. Although THC can be easily detected in the blood, there is no reliable measure for impairment from marijuana use and the majority of recreational marijuana issues that face employers have not yet been litigated. Without proper preparation and revisions to applicable policies and procedures, level of vulnerability for both employers and employees will remain dangerously high.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Better, Smarter, More Productive Welding Operations
Keith Daly, Environmental Systems Specialist, Lincoln Electric

Finding ways to control welding fume emissions in order to comply with the exposure levels set by various regulatory agencies can be a challenge. This presentation will focus on several options such as new welding consumables, new welding modes, positioners, fume extraction equipment, and PPE equipment which not only address this issue, but also make the welding workplace better, smarter, safer and more productive.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Building a Better Joint Health & Safety Committee
Yvonne O'Reilly, O'Reilly Health & Safety Consulting

Creating a knowledgeable team of individuals with a unified vision will enrich the joint health and safety committee's (JHSC) contribution at your workplace and assist in breaking down barriers between management and workers. A committee also needs to communicate their role within the workplace by using their mission statement as their 'brand', gathering input from workers, and promoting OHS initiatives. For this session you can brainstorm with fellow committee members and bring back to your committee examples of how to improve your effectiveness, and conduct goal planning exercises. Yvonne will provide an overview of the tools you can use to review the structure of your committee and assess legislative compliance. Methods to improve internal communication and gather feedback will be discussed to assist you to re-establish the focus, culture and spirit of your committee.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Inspections vs. Investigations: Did They Need A Warrant and What Happens if They Did?
Jeremy Warning, Partner, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP
Julie Weller, Associate, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP

OHS regulators are given broad powers to collect and gather information. If they use them as part of an inspection to verify compliance with OHS legislation there may be little to complain about. However, if those powers are used to investigate and gather evidence that will be used to prosecute, exposing the target to the prospect of significant penalties, the OHS regulator needs a warrant. Failing to get one may breach the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure and mean that evidence can be excluded. This session will discuss this complex and challenging area through legal and practical commentary on issues including: What, if any, difference is there between inspecting and investigating? What are the signs or signals that an inspection has or is becoming an investigation? What can be done to help prepare to enforce your rights? How does the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure apply to health and safety or other regulatory cases? What differences are there between company and individual rights? Attend this session to learn more.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Managing Mental Health Claims and the Role of an Occupational Health Nurse
Drew Sousa, Ontario Occupational Health Nurses Association (OOHNA)

Attend this session to learn about what are the elements of a practical and inclusive fit for duty program aimed specifically for mental health claims.  You will understand what are the tools and resources an OHN can bring to the table to support a comprehensive fit for duty program, and what community partnerships an employer needs to foster for an effective program.  Attendees will learn from a case study of a successful fit for duty claim.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Pedestrian Safety and Traffic Management: Conducting Effective Inspections
Chuck Leon, CRSP, P.MM, Senior Technical Specialist, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Norm Kramer, Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Mobile powered equipment and pedestrians don’t mix. Whey they do it can have costly consequences including fatalities, serious harm, expensive downtime and hefty fines. As warehousing operations become larger and more complex, inspections of conditions and practices relating to pedestrian and powered mobile equipment traffic are even more critical, and controls must be in place. This session will review the common and not-so-common hazards, identify best practices and net steps you can take in your workplace to ensure you have the proper controls.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Taking Action: Violence Prevention at Work
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOHS)
Sue Freeman, MSc, Marketing Program Manager

From gossip, intimidation, and/or physical attacks, workplace violence is a serious issue that affects every occupation.  With legislation compliance regulations changing, workplaces need to prepare their policies, procedures, and practices to align accordingly. With or without specific workplace violence legislation, employers need to take all reasonable precautions to protect the health, safety, and well-being of their employees. This session will define the scope of what workplace violence is and cover areas such as harassment, legal obligations of employers, workplace violence prevention policies, assessing a workplace for violence, and how to develop preventative measures.

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