• Speakers – Thursday, January 25

    “C” Sessions

    C1: Emergency Coordination in Rural Communities
    C2: Safety Leadership is Like Porridge
    C3: Dynamics of Collisions (Part 1 of 2)
    C4: Ergonomics in Motion
    C5: Fry No More! Top Resilience Skills that Prevent Burnout and Bolster Mental Health
    C6: The 30% Solution: How Civility at Work Can Increase Retention, Engagement and Profitability

    “D” Sessions

    D1: Anatomy of a Fatality
    D2: SUPERvision: The Key to Felt Leadership
    D3: Criminal Investigation of Collisions (Part 2 of Session C3)
    D4: Disability Management: Aligning with Workplace Psychological Health and Safety
    D5: Occupational Diseases: Things You Need to Know
    D6: Introduction to Mindfulness: Living the Now

    “C” Sessions

    C1: Emergency Coordination in Rural Communities

    Workshop Description


    Manitoba has experienced a wide variety of major emergencies and disasters in the past decade that show the importance of a comprehensive and coordinated approach to emergency management. These challenging situations require trained and qualified professionals to provide leadership and guide communities through a difficult situation.

    The presenter will discuss the role of a Municipal Emergency Coordinator in a rural community, how emergency management is administered in Manitoba and how government resources are deployed. A review of some recent local events will demonstrate the efforts that are collaborated during a disaster and who are the people behind the front lines that get the job done.

    Biography


    Karen Timchuk is a Municipal Emergency Coordinator in the RM of Cartier, where she moved in 2008 to experience life in a rural community. Her home, nestled in a rural subdivision along the Assiniboine River, was sandbagged in both 2011 and 2014. After surviving the “1 in 300-year flood” in 2011, Karen became involved in emergency management in the rural communities of Cartier, Headingley and St.François Xavier.

    In 2014, Karen was hired as the Emergency Coordinator for the RM of Cartier. Karen and her Disaster Management Team staffed an Emergency Operations Center for 14 days during the summer flood of 2014. Karen was awarded Emergency Coordinator of the Year at the Disaster Management Conference in Winnipeg in 2015, hosted by the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization.

    Karen, a retired police officer, was also awarded Excellence in Law Enforcement by the Manitoba Association of Police Chiefs in 2009 and the James Toal Award of Excellence by the Winnipeg Police Service in 2011.

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    C2: Safety Leadership is like Porridge

    Workshop Description


    Remember the story of Goldilocks and the three bears? Goldilocks comes upon a home that has three bowls of porridge. One bowl is too hot, one is too cold and the other one is ‘just right’!

    Safety leadership can be just like that. No matter what role you play, if you are influencing people you are leading them. The question is what type of leader are you? Are you over leading, under leading or do you lead just right? The effectiveness of our safety programs and the safety of our workers depends on the quality of our leadership. In this presentation participants will learn about all three types.

    Learning outcomes include:

    • How to spot each of the three types of leadership
    • What impact each type has on workers and safety programs
    • How to evaluate your current leadership type
    • Eight steps you can take to lead ‘just right’

    Biography


    Overseeing safety, human resources and leadership programs for an organization isn’t an easy job for anyone and Wendy Hofford is more than familiar with this challenge. She shares her stories and strategies that helped her develop successful safety programs for organizations to a point where safety, HR and leadership are just part of the process of doing business.

    Wendy has her designation as a National Construction Safety Officer, Human Resource Director, John Maxwell Leadership and Gallup Strengths certified speaker, trainer and mentor. She holds a seat on the Advisory Committee for the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba, is a leadership trainer for Winnipeg Construction Association, is on the board of directors for Manitoba Women in Construction, is facilitator for ProTrac for emerging speakers and is the founder of MILE – Mentoring Inspirational Leaders to Excellence.

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    C3: Dynamics of Collisions (Part 1 of 2, with D2)

    Workshop Description


    This first session will be a workshop presentation on the dynamics of vehicle collisions. Participants will learn about the causation of collisions – to find out what happened during an impact, we need to understand what happened in the seconds leading up to the collision. Analyzing the causation and impact can then help us to understand the post-impact outcomes.

    Biography


    Larry Dalman is a road safety expert with Safety Services Manitoba and an RCMP member with 43 years of experience. On November 24, 2016, he received the Excellence in Law Enforcement Award.

    Larry has 20+ years of experience in road safety for the force. He has also instructed a number of safety and law courses, including: Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation; Criminal Law at Red River College (seven years); driver safety courses at SSM.

    With the RCMP, Larry is the manager of the Criminal Collision Investigation Team and of the East District Traffic Services for all of Southern Manitoba. He is also the force’s media spokesperson for traffic.

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    C4: Ergonomics in Motion

    Workshop Description


    This workshop will review the most common musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) that occur in Manitoba workplaces and how these injuries are caused. The basics of body mechanics and the role they play in preventing workplace injuries will be discussed, as well as principles to create an ergonomically safe environment. This workshop will be have practical, hands-on components for office ergonomics and safe materials moving.

    Biographies


    Gail Archer-Heese is an Occupational Therapist and Prevention Consultant for SAFE Work Manitoba, providing ergonomic support to the various provincial sectors. She comes to this role with 23 years of experience in healthcare where she worked as Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Specialist (MSIP) for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. As an MSIP, she: developed programs in safe patient handling, bariatric care and materials handling; performed office and general workstation ergonomics; reviewed and investigated staff injuries; played an integral role in the return to work of workers; and promoted workplace health and safety through teaching, training and modifying work environments.

    Prior to these roles Gail worked in a work-related injury rehabilitation clinic and as a hand therapist. Gail has been actively presenting and teaching at universities and at international conferences, and she has co-authored several journal articles on the topic of ergonomics.

    Roland Reenders works for SAFE Work Manitoba as a Prevention Consultant with a focus on Ergonomics. Prior to this he worked at Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health as an Ergonomist. In these roles he has provided education and consultations relating to musculoskeletal injury (MSI) prevention, ergonomic principles and responsibilities as outlined in the Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Act and Regulations.

    Prior to working in the safety and health industry, Roland worked in the rehabilitation field and has extensive knowledge and experience in designing and educating injured individuals and workers on therapeutic exercise programs, safe lifting and materials handling, and the application of ergonomics in work and life tasks.

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    C5: Fry No More! Top Skills That Build Resilience and Bolster Mental Health

    Workshop Description


    Are you someone who finds work-life balance an ongoing challenge? Do you know others with the same struggle?

    Knowing that resilience and safety go hand-in-hand, this skill-building workshop is focused on strategies for increasing resilience, managing the body’s stress response and preventing burnout. Using the best of neuroscience, this session is packed with practical and portable skills for those that want to better understand resilience and change small habits that have immediate positive impacts on our mental health.

    In this interactive and dynamic workshop, participants will learn:

    • How the brain reacts under stress
    • Skills for managing acute and prolonged stress
    • How to manage worry, so you can be more present at work or home
    • How to use resilience skills to better manage conflict
    • Strategies to shift from work-life balance to work-life boundaries
    • How you can have a positive impact on those around you by increasing your resilience
    • How to work hard without frying!

    Shannon spoke on this topic in a two-part session at our conference in 2017 and has been invited back based on participant feedback.

    Biography


    Shannon Gander is a Mental Health and Resiliency Strategist. She is a skilled consultant, trainer, counselor and mediator who has been consulting with individuals, workplaces and teams for over 20 years.

    Shannon runs Life Work Wellness, a company that empowers individuals and workplaces to achieve their goals for better mental health, and she is a counsellor for a multidisciplinary community health clinic helping people experiencing anxiety and depression. Shannon has worked with multiple clients over the years whose stress level has impacted their ability to work and has contributed to short and long-term disability. She has a passion for speaking to workplaces on psychological health and safety and helping people prevent burnout.

    Shannon’s dynamic background in counselling and workplace interventions help her to bring the topic of resilience to life in a way that is authentic and helpful, teaching participants skills to apply right away and into the future in all areas of life.

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    C6: The 30% Solution: How Civility at Work Can Increase Retention, Engagement and Profitability

    Workshop Description


    Did you know that research shows depression – largely attributed to stress caused by incivility at work – will be second only to heart disease as the leading cause of disability worldwide by 2020?

    It is indisputable that employees’ mental and physical health can impact safety on the job. Join Lew Bayer, the leading expert on civility at work, and learn:

    • What civility is and why you should care about it
    • Details about the current workplace civility crisis
    • Causes of incivility at work
    • How to teach measurable skills that foster civility
    • The benefits of building a culture of civility in your workplace

    Biography


    For almost 20 years, Lew Bayer has been internationally recognized as a leading civility expert. With a focus on social intelligence and culturally-competent communication, the team at Civility Experts – which includes 94 affiliates in 26 countries – has supported hundreds of organizations in building better workplaces. In addition to her role as CEO of multinational civility training group Civility Experts Inc., Lew is Chair of the International Civility Trainers’ Consortium, President of The Center for Organizational Cultural Competence, and Founder of the In Good Company Etiquette Academy Franchise Group.

    With the release of her new book, The 30% Solution, in early 2016, Lew is a 10-time published author. Lew donates her time as Director of the National Civility Center, as a proud mentor for The Etiquette House and as a member of the Advisory Board for A Civil Tongue. She was a national magazine columnist for 10 years and has contributed expert commentary to many online, print and television publications. Lew is one of only seven Master Civility Trainers in the world, a distance faculty member at Georgetown University Center for Cultural Competence, a long-term facilitator at the Canadian Management Center in Toronto Canada, a Master trainer for the Canadian School of Service, a certified High Style Impression Management Professional and a certified Culture Coach® who also holds credentials in Intercultural Communications, Essential Skills and Occupational Language Assessment.

    Lew was recently recognized at World Civility Day for her contributions in the field of civility, and she was nominated for Women of Distinction as well as the RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the year. She was previously awarded Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur in International Business and she was the first Canadian to receive the prestigious AICI International Civility Star Award.

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    “D” Sessions

    D1: Anatomy of a Fatality

    Workshop Description


    This workshop is based on actual workplace events culminating in a fatality. There are numerous facets involved in a workplace fatality such as potential legal issues, financial costs, crisis management, etc. However, this interactive workshop will focus on the investigation and determining root cause(s).

    In the interest of minimizing paper usage/waste, a limited number of handouts of slide presentation will be provided to attendees.

    Biography


    Tracy Hill has been in Human Resource Management, self-employed and immersed in Health, Safety and Environment for over 30 years. In his early 20s, Tracy was fired from a job for reporting a safety concern – an experience which ultimately led him to pursue a career in health and safety.

    Currently, Tracy is a H&S Officer and certified teacher/trainer in numerous disciplines, coupled with years of hands-on experience. He enjoys witnessing personal growth and transformation when teaching and interacting with individuals and discovering how human factors and behaviour play an integral role in decision-making and incident causation.

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    D2: SUPERvision: The Key to Felt Leadership

    Workshop Description


    This presentation will inspire supervisors at all levels to remember they play a key role in demonstrating felt leadership in the organization. People at all levels are watching their supervisors’ responses to situations and will likely respond the same way when faced with similar challenges. Decision making is key, and there is a difference between thinking and knowing.

    The presentations also will focus on supervisory traps and failures and will provide ways to avoid them.

    Biography


    Kirk Regular has 20 years of experience in various supervisory positions at different levels of a large mining company. He has been a frontline supervisor of unionized workforces, has spent several years as a middle manager of both unionized and non-unionized employees and spent three years as a Human Resources Manager. Most recently, Kirk has been a Safety, Training, Health and Environment Manager.

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    D3: Criminal Investigation of Collisions (Part 2 of Session C3)

    Workshop Description


    This session will cover the process of conducting a criminal investigation and reconstruction of a collision. Collisions will often be investigated, especially in cases which result in severe injury or fatality. The police will use this process to determine whether any criminal action took place during a collision (e.g., speeding, drinking and driving, drug use, etc.). Police will analyze the scene, gather evidence, interview witnesses, etc.

    Participants will also learn about countermeasures that police often implement to reduce vehicle collisions, including education and enforcement efforts.

    Biography


    Larry Dalman is a road safety expert with Safety Services Manitoba and an RCMP member with 43 years of experience. On November 24, 2016, he received the Excellence in Law Enforcement Award.

    Larry has 20+ years of experience in road safety for the force. He has also instructed a number of safety and law courses, including: Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation; Criminal Law at Red River College (seven years); driver safety courses at SSM.

    With the RCMP, Larry is the manager of the Criminal Collision Investigation Team and of the East District Traffic Services for all of Southern Manitoba. He is also the force’s media spokesperson for traffic.

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    D4: Disability Management: Aligning with Workplace Psychological Health and Safety

    Workshop Description


    Disability management aims to minimize the impact of illness or injury on an individual’s ability to work. A prevention model of disability management incorporates measures to prevent absence due to illness and injury before they occur, and to help people return to work as early as possible in a safe and sustainable way.

    This session will present a prevention model of disability management and will describe a psychologically safe system of work as a brief overview of workplace psychological health and safety. The evolution of a disability management system will be described in the context of prevention and psychological health and safety.

    At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

    • Identify primary, secondary and tertiary prevention measures in a disability management program
    • Describe a psychologically safe system of work
    • Identify actions they can take in their own organization

    Biography


    Cheryl Swanson has a Masters in Psychology and worked in an advisor/ trainer capacity as a Mental Health Disability Specialist, Group Benefits at Manulife Financial for about 10 years. She then worked with the College of Medicine at the University of Manitoba to coordinate their mental health/wellness program for medical students and physicians. Until February 2017, Cheryl was the City of Winnipeg’s Occupational Health and Wellness Coordinator.

    Cheryl is a Canadian Mental Health Association certified psychological health and safety advisor. She currently works as a Disability Management Consultant for Safety Services Manitoba. In this capacity, she provides program evaluation and enhancement services for disability management programs. She also works as a Wellness Program facilitator for Homewood Human Solutions and offers workplace mental health training and psychological health and safety consulting services privately.

    Cheryl believes in empowering people for healthy workplaces. She lives in Winnipeg with her husband, and has three almost-grown kids, a grown stepson and no pets. Cheryl spends her free time at the cottage and making functional pottery which she sells at the Pinawa Art Gallery.

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    D5: Occupational Diseases: Things You Need to Know

    Workshop Description


    The presentation will provide an understanding of what occupational disease are and a description of the exposures leading to and health effects related to a number of common occupational diseases.

    After attending the presentation participants will:

    • Be able to define an occupational disease
    • Know the difference between an occupational disease and a work-related condition
    • Know common exposures associated with occupational asthma and workplace practices that decrease the likelihood of developing this condition and its severity
    • Know common exposures associated with occupational dermatitis and workplace practices that decrease the likelihood of developing this condition and its severity
    • List four sites of cancer where workplace exposures are more likely to have a causal influence
    • List the four major health effects associated with asbestos exposure

    Biography


    Dr. Kraut is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. He is a specialist in Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine. He graduated from the University of Manitoba Medical School and completed training in Internal Medicine in Winnipeg and Occupational Medicine in New York City.

    Dr. Kraut is the Medical Director of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s Occupational Medicine program. For the past 28 years he has been an attending physician in Internal Medicine at the Health Sciences Center (HSC) and practiced clinical occupational medicine at the MFL Occupational Health Clinic and the HSC.

    Dr. Kraut’s areas of research include various aspects of occupational diseases and the influence that work has on health. He has served as a consultant to a variety of labour, industry and government organizations in the field of occupational health.

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    D6: Introduction to Mindfulness: Living the Now

    Workshop Description


    To live the fullness of each moment is the challenge of our age. In the midst of anxious worries of tomorrow or the regrets and griefs of yesterday we lose the gift of now. Without the awareness of the moment, our automatic reactions to life circumstances endanger our physical, social and mental well-being and contribute to the often overwhelming stimulation of our culture.

    Mindfulness is simply the awareness and acceptance of the moment – without judgement. In training the mind to be aware of what is present in the moment we increase our capacity to choose more effective response to life. Depression, anxiety, addictions and chronic pain, among other issues, all benefit from the regular practice of awareness.

    Through a presentation of some of the science backing the effectiveness of mindfulness practices, group discussion and an experience of some meditation practices, participants will explore ways to make mindfulness an integral part of everyday life.

    Biography


    Nearly fifty years of working with people to promote healing has kept Elaine Gerbrandt open to exploring ever more effective models of formal education in nursing and educational psychology. Her work experiences have been in hospitals and community agencies, and presently she is in the Employee Assistance Program of Blue Cross.

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