• Speakers – Wednesday, January 24

    “A” Sessions

    A1: Make it the Standard – Improving Safety Culture through the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace
    A2: Principles for Excellent Safety Leadership
    A3: Sleep: The Secret to Safety, Productivity and Quality of Life
    A4: WHMIS 2015 and GHS
    A5: Marijuana and the Workplace – Truth or Myth
    A6: Cultivating the Habit of Peace in the Workplace (Part 1 of 2)

    “B” Sessions

    B1: Understanding Workplace Safety and Health Enforcement
    B2: Safety Committee Fundamentals
    B3: Prime Contractor Safety Responsibilities
    B4: Drug Impaired Driving
    B5: What on Earth has Happened to My Food?!
    B6: Cultivating the Habit of Peace in the Workplace (Part 2 of 2)

    “A” Sessions

    A1: Make it the Standard – Improving Safety Culture through the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

    Workshop Description


    The CSA National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace enhances the lens of safety and health and provides a path to: improving culture of safety; ensuring safety is married to business operations; focusing on leading indicators; and committing to best practices. The presentation offers a definition of safety culture, a review of the elements of the Standard that directly impact workplace culture and demonstrates how making psychological health and safety “the standard” will move your organization beyond compliance towards a workplace that is deeply committed and involved. Using examples from Manitoba workplaces, the presentation also provides suggestions on simple ways to move the Standard forward in your workplace.

    Biography


    Sue Roth is the Safety Culture Specialist at SAFE Work Manitoba, the public agency dedicated to the prevention of workplace injury and illness in the province. Sue’s background is in in social work where she spent several years working with seriously injured workers and their families before moving into health and safety field as a Certified Health and Safety Professional. Her recent experience has included the development of an evaluation framework for the culture of safety and leading the development of the strategy for Psychological Health and Safety in Manitoba Workplaces. Sue’s experience as an executive member in her union brings additional perspective to these emerging topics.

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    A2: Principles for Excellent Safety Leadership

    Workshop Description


    This workshop seeks to give participants six principles that will help them strengthen the leadership skills they exercise in any arena of their lives. The presenter will discuss how these leadership principles will help participants to more effectively give leadership to the safety program in which they are involved.

    The principles being shared in this workshop are taken from the book: The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership by Steven B. Sample.

    Copies of the PowerPoint will be made available and will list the principles of leadership shared during the session.

    Biography


    Herb Franz came to safety leadership having previously spent 22 years in church leadership. He seeks to bring his passions for excellence, leadership and people’s well-being to the leadership of the safety program in his current workplace.

    Herb has been the Safety Officer at Kroeker Farms for the past four years. He and his co-workers have had the opportunity to use the principles that will be shared in this workshop as they have worked to change the corporate culture of the farm.

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    A3: Sleep: The Secret to Safety, Productivity and Quality of Life

    Workshop Description


    The presenter of this session knows that asking someone to change everything they are doing is usually met with resistance. But, if people are willing to make small tweaks to their sleep hygiene, it makes a huge difference in the quality of their lives.

    Sleep is one of the pillars of a healthy lifestyle. This presentation is designed to give participants practical tools and strategies to help make sleep easier and more restorative. We compromise our safety in our everyday lives and at work when we are constantly building up a sleep debt. Learn how to get more sleep, when to shut down and improve quality of life in this 75-minute presentation.

    After working with Sleepwell Consulting, employers find that their employees are engaged, happy, have reduced stress and are better equipped to make decisions that directly affect their work, safety and the safety of others around them.

    Handouts will be provided.

    Biography


    Teresa Johnson is the Director of the Sleepwell Baby Division and a Senior Sleep Consultant. She is a compelling speaker and presenter and is in her element when she can share her knowledge of sleep science to help others. Teresa is passionate about helping to facilitate safer, more productive workplace environments and knows that quality of life is higher when everyone is getting a good night sleep.

    Teresa studied sleep at the Family Sleep Institute and additionally has a background in Child Development, Certification in Realty Therapy/Choice Theory and is an alumni of the Leadership Saskatoon program.

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    A4: WHMIS 2015 and GHS

    Workshop Description


    Join the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) as they help you understand how WHMIS 2015 has changed. From the latest regulations to how the new rules will affect hazard classes, Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) and labels – CCOHS will share solutions to the most frequently asked questions they receive about WHMIS 2015.

    Biography


    Tallar Chouljian is an Occupational Health and Safety Specialist at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) with the Inquiries Service.

    Tallar provides technical expertise and workplace health and safety advice to employers, employees and government officials on a variety of topics such as legislative requirements, WHMIS 2015, industrial hygiene, personal protective equipment, as well as strategies on building effective health and safety programs. She is also involved of many of CCOHS’ special projects and is a key contributor to CCOHS’ e-courses and OSH Answers fact sheets.

    Tallar received a Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Toronto, a Diploma in Industrial Health from the University of Toronto and a Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety from Ryerson University.

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    A5: Marijuana and the Workplace – Truth or Myth

    Workshop Description


    Marijuana in the workplace is a rapidly emerging and highly contentious issue. Now, the Canadian Government has announced its plan to legalize cannabis for non-medical recreational use in 2018. The topic of marijuana access and its use is sensitive, complex and highly polarized with issues and implications for health and safety.

    Employers and employees have questions about how to respond to this new landscape. What changes do you need to make to existing workplace policies and procedures? Will recreational use off-duty affect workplace performance?

    This session will help both employees and employers understand the changes and the implications to health and safety. It will also provide guidance on how to manage these challenges in safety-sensitive industries.

    The key objectives are to shed light on truth and myths of:

    • How marijuana works, observable signs, how long it lingers
    • Marijuana as a medicine
    • How marijuana compares to alcohol
    • If what you do on your own time is your own business
    • If it is possible to do your best work while using marijuana
    • Your role in contributing to a safe and productive workplace

    The most robust and actionable research on marijuana has only just been published in the past decade; however, very few of us are aware of these important findings which have serious implications to workplace and roadside safety.

    This session is designed to exceed the standards to act by CEOs and lawyers and to be informative to toxicologists and worldwide experts in this field. The presentation will be delivered so that any member of the general public will understand the concepts and the respective implications in the workplace, on the roadways, for their teenage children and for their own health and well-being.

    Plan to attend this informative session and bring your questions.

    Biography


    Dan Demers is recognized as an international speaker and authority on marijuana in the Canadian and international landscape. Mr. Demers serves on the executive team as the senior manager responsible for the sustainable future of CannAmm, and his commitment to lifelong learning is rooted in science and supplemented through executive education. His international presence and commitment to best practices is demonstrated by serving on the Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA) International and Government Relations Committees and the International Forum on Drug and Alcohol Testing (IFDAT) Legal Committee.

    Mr. Demers’ shows his dedication to his community and the pursuit of a safer workplace by serving on the board of directors, as president elect, for SAPAA and his local community Food Bank. By providing trustworthy information, tools and best practices for occupational testing, Mr. Demers seeks to achieve his mission of sustainably ensuring more workers make it home to their families.

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    A6: Cultivating the Habit of Peace in the Workplace (Part 1, with D6)

    Workshop Description


    Harmonious interactions are an essential component of wellness in the workplace and are vital to getting the job done effectively and efficiently. To maintain harmony in the workplace (i.e., peace in the workplace), one must learn and practice how to manage conflict and remain undisturbed when confronted with disruptive behaviours and master how to respond in a manner conducive to a positive work environment.

    For employees, the risks associated with negative work environments include morale issues, stress leave, formal grievances and quitting. For employers, the risks of a non-peaceful workplace include compromised productivity and quality, reputation loss and added costs from absenteeism/sick leave, retaining and training new employees.

    The aim of the presentation is to shine a spotlight on the importance of peace in the workplace and to equip participants with techniques and strategies for cultivating the habit of peace in the workplace such that it becomes the new default setting. The presentation will be interactive and thought-provoking, and participants will leave inspired and equipped with a toolkit of practical steps for transforming the quality of their work day.

    Together, Parts 1 and 2 of the presentation offer participants an opportunity to:

    • Explore the principles of peace in the workplace
    • Build awareness of the tangible benefits and risks of peaceful/non-peaceful behaviours
    • Increase their capacity to recognize patterns of behaviour that either support or are counterproductive to a positive workplace environment
    • Understand how the way we interpret things impacts our emotions and, ultimately, behaviour
    • Discover techniques designed to help employees experience more control and influence over the quality of their work day
    • Identify the strategies that employers can implement to achieve cultural change in support of peace in the workplace
    • Reflect upon, discuss and practise strategies that can be implemented straightaway
    • Understand how implementation of peace in the workplace requires a paradigm shift rather
    • than an infusion of additional expenditures.

    Biography


    Marianne Farag is an Inner Peace Specialist whose presentations equip people with invaluable, practical methods to grow their inner peace. Marianne’s approach to helping people harness their best self and well-being shows that individuals are ultimately responsible and accountable for cultivating their inner peace. With over 20 years of leading and teaching meditation, training in Applied Counselling and Reiki, volunteer services with non-profit boards and a 28-year career in senior positions in the public sector, Marianne draws on the disciplines of psychology, spirituality, leadership, change management and performance outcomes in carrying out her current work. Check-out Marianne’s website and follow her on Twitter.

    Marianne’s qualifications include: a Certificate in Applied Counselling, University of Manitoba (2003); Meditation training at the Winnipeg Sri Chinmoy Centre (1996); a Master’s in Environmental Studies, York University (1984); and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours French), University of Winnipeg (1979).

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    “B” Sessions

    B1: Understanding Workplace Safety and Health Enforcement

    Workshop Description


    This presentation will cover Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health enforcement initiatives and activities including workplace inspections, Improvement Orders, Stop Work Orders, compliance and non-compliance determinations, prosecutions and the Administrative Penalty process.

    Biography


    Darren James is a Safety and Health Officer (SHO) and branch learning and development coordinator. He has been with Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) for 7 years and has performed workplace inspections in a variety of workplace sectors including heavy industrial manufacturing, construction, large commercial retail and theatrical, stage and professional sports entertainment. Darren is also responsible for development and implementation of branch learning and development initiatives. Prior to joining WSH, Darren spent 19 years at a large Winnipeg-based urban bus manufacturer as a stock keeper and a member of the joint safety and health committee.

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    B2: Safety Committee Fundamentals

    Workshop Description


    This workshop will cover the duties and responsibilities of people in the workplace. The role and function of the safety and health committee will be covered touching on procedures and requirements for meetings, hazard recognition and control, inspections and right to refuse scenarios. Setting up a well-trained safety and health committee is the first step in achieving a good safety and health culture.

    Biography


    Jack Slessor is a Prevention Consultant with SAFE Work Manitoba. His duties include providing support to workplaces in the services sector, such as guidance to workplace committees about their roles and responsibilities as outlined in the Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Act and Regulation. In addition, Jack is a presenter of the SAFE Committee Basics, Hazard Identification & Risk Control and Investigations workshops at SAFE Work Manitoba and occasionally gives special presentations customized for the needs of organizations and workplaces.

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    B3: Prime Contractor Safety Responsibilities

    Workshop Description


    This workshop provides the necessary tools to ensure prime contractors understand their legal responsibilities and health and safety obligations. This workshop will also assist the prime contractor in achieving the goal of providing a healthy and safe work environment. Handouts will be provided in the workshop.

    Biography


    Dan Montagnon joined SSM’s team in 2014 and since then has taught hundreds of students in courses from Aerial Work Platforms to Auditing Techniques, Lift Truck Train the Trainer to Lockout and many more. Dan also currently works with several clients as a Professional Safety Consultant. He is  a Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC), National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO), Construction Safety Officer (CSO) and has a Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (COHS) from the University of New Brunswick. His areas of expertise include fall protection, overhead crane, rigging and powered mobile equipment.

    After working in metal fabrication for 15 years, Dan’s introduction to safety came in October 2003 when his then-employer asked if he would like to be involved in developing the company’s safety program. In May 2006, Dan moved to the oil and gas industry as a safety coordinator for a company in Airdrie, Alberta. The company established a construction division in 2013 and hired Dan as their Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) manager. In this role he managed the day-to-day HSE requirements at the safety office in Airdrie and also worked as a safety advisor in their field, primarily in Conklin, Alberta and Lloydminster, Saskatchewan.

    During his time in the safety industry, Dan has helped to develop and revise HSE manuals for oil and gas and construction companies.

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    B4: The Challenge of Drug Impaired Driving

    Workshop Description


    This presentation examines the background, context and relevance of drug impaired driving in Canada today as a road safety issue in light of recent research, trends and legislative developments.  Attendees of this presentation will come away with a greater understanding of:

    • What drug impaired driving is
    • What the current research tells us about the severity and frequency of drug impaired driving locally and nationally
    • What makes addressing the issue of drug impairment so different from that of alcohol impairment
    • Why addressing the challenge of drug impairment is relevant and timely
    • A short summary of recent developments in federal and provincial legislation related to drug impairment and what it means from a safety perspective

    Biography


    Adam Cheadle‘s formal educational background lies in the field of education. After obtaining a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Manitoba in 2001 he went on to work in the field of environmental education, developing and delivering public programming for a number of diverse organizations such as the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Center, Birds Hill Provincial Park, The Manitoba Children’s Museum and Alberta Community Development. After leaving Alberta to return to Winnipeg in 2004, Adam worked as a classroom teacher for four years.

    In 2008, Adam accepted a position working in the road safety department at Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI), developing and delivering road safety educational programs in the area of speeding, aggressive driving and intersection safety. In 2010, he became a business/research analyst, still based in the road safety department, tasked with developing innovative and proactive initiatives focused on reducing collisions and saving lives on Manitoba roads. For the past three years his areas of focus have been collisions linked to distracted driving and impaired driving (alcohol and drug impairment).

    Adam makes his home in Winnipeg’s Elmwood community with his wife and three children. While living in Elmwood, he has had the privilege of teaching MPI’s High School Driver Education Program for three years at Elmwood High School helping many young drivers obtain their first license.

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    B5: What on Earth has Happened to My Food?!

    Workshop Description


    It’s story time – and the story of what has happened to our food supply matters more in understanding our health today than anything else. This story, when told properly, contains a collective answer for how and why we have become so sick and tired. It therefore also contains the key to becoming not sick and not tired.

    In this workshop, the presenter and participants will throw out the confusing notion of “healthy” and “natural” food and make it easier to get back to the basics of what food is. You will learn how to avoid all the nonsense nutrition studies and click bait on social media. Along the way you will gain memorable insight into the relationship between the food you eat and headaches/migraines, diabetes, cholesterol, anxiety and stress, the ‘post-lunch dip’ and the ‘4 pm drop.’

    Highlights

    • Reconstructing the ‘race up super food mountain’ to prove that there is no such thing as healthy food
    • Lifting the veil of marketing and pointless nutrition studies via the concept of ‘parking lot science’ we will realize that nutrition is not rocket science …and that’s the problem
    • Exploring the damage that has been done by the compartmentalization of our body systems and organs, and the nutrients those systems need

    The presenter will distribute a sheet of tips and tricks to survive the work day from a nutritional perspective.

    Biography


    Sonia Funk, R.N.T., is a Registered Nutritional Therapist with international experience as a consultant, speaker and facilitator at The Whole Avocado. She has studied, lectured and practiced in Ottawa, New York, London (England) and in the Middle East (in a palace…but that’s a long story).

    Sonia was a regular guest on Dahlia Kurtz’s afternoon show on CJOB and is the recent founder of Cooperative Medicine, a like-minded group of collaborating doctors, therapists and health practitioners of all perspectives and traditions, including eastern, western, natural and energy medicine. Sonia and her Cooperative Medicine team specialize in practitioner-driven, tailored Employee Wellness Programs.

    In earlier days Sonia was an award-winning singer/songwriter and recording artist. Her recordings have been played on the radio across Canada.

    Sonia brings to her work a practical and balanced perspective of wellness that only her international experience and dual-career could provide. Be prepared to see your own health and happiness through a very different lens.

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    B6: Cultivating the Habit of Peace in the Workplace (Part 2 of 2)

    See A6 for session information and presenter bio

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