• “C” Sessions

    C1: Building Personal Resilience – Small Investments for Big Pay Offs (Two Parts, with D1)
    C2: Whiplash – A Paradigm Shift. Facts, Myths and the Untold Truth
    C3: Mental Health Safety First & Leadership By Fire A.N.C.H.O.R.I.N.G.: A Safety Group Therapy Experience
    C4: Journey to Zero Harm: Changing Culture One Person and One Day at a Time
    C5: Mock First Aid Accident Scene: Investigation Techniques
    C6: The Challenge of Drug Impaired Driving

    “D” Sessions

    D1: Building Personal Resilience – Small Investments for Big Pay Offs (Two Parts, with C1)
    D2: Implementing Strategic Wellness Programming
    D3: A Respectful Workplace – Harassment Prevention
    D4: Indoor Air Quality (IAQ): Where to Start, When to Refer to Experts
    D5: Occupational Hygiene Testing and Analysis
    D6: Due Diligence: Are We Speaking the Same Language?

    “C” Sessions

    C1 and D1: Building Personal Resilience – Small Investments for Big Pay Offs (Two Parts)

    Workshop Description


    Want to be more stress resilient? Would it help to know how you can prevent burnout and support your staff to do the same? Then this two-part workshop is for you.

    Resilience is key to navigate change and bounce back from stressful life events at home and at work. It also helps us to be well working in helping professions. Using neuroscience of the brain, this session focuses on traits and skills that bolster resilience for acute and prolonged stress and the small habits that have the biggest returns on our mental and physical wellness.

    In this interactive and motivating workshop, participants will learn:

    • The role of resilience in coping with stress
    • Patterns of thinking that build resilience
    • Mindfulness skills for better coping
    • Strategies to use right away in all areas of your life
    • How individually and systemically we can protect our mental health to prevent burnout

    Biography


    Shannon Gander is a skilled facilitator, trainer, therapist and mediator who has been consulting with individuals, workplaces and teams for over 20 years. She is an independent consultant, an associate for Facilitated Solutions specializing in preventing and resolving conflict and 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 safety and helping people prevent burnout and be well in all areas of life. 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.

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    C2: Whiplash – A Paradigm Shift: Facts, Myths and the Untold Truth

    Workshop Description


    This workshop has been designed to help participants understand:

    • the pathomechanics of whiplash
    • whiplash – symptoms, regions of injury
    • the paradigm shift with whiplash – from musculoskeletal injury to nervous system and fascial system injury
    • the influence of nervous and fascial systems on an individual’s symptoms – i.e., concussion, TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorders) and somatic (organ) changes
    • short and long term implications of whiplash when the new paradigm is applied

    Biography


    Joe Tataryn is a graduate of the School of Medical Rehabilitation at the University of Manitoba. He has practiced 33 years exclusively in a private practice with a special interest in wellness, human performance and the nervous system influence in physical and emotional trauma. His extensive post-graduate education with the Upledger Foundation in Florida and John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Treatment Centre has directed his interests. Joe has practiced acupuncture for 29 years with specialized training with Dr. S. C. Man and the Institute of Medical Sciences. He also has participated in both Junior “A” and University hockey and presently participates in healthy active living doing extreme outdoor adventure, cycling, swimming, weight training and recreational hockey.

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    C3: Mental Health Safety First & Leadership By Fire A.N.C.H.O.R.I.N.G. – A Safety Group Therapy Experience

    Workshop Description


    Warning! This is not a passively presented information session. Instead of observing you will actively participate in a live safety-centric demonstration based group therapy experience.

    You will leave this session knowing how to generate fundamental places of safety that create the genuine trust required to let you quickly, efficiently ‘trust based’ connect and communicate with any of the people that you lead. Stuart Ellis-Myers, a.k.a. Twitchy, will also live demonstrate a life changing group therapy relaxation technique that reveals the innate place of safety that we all possess that is waiting to be discovered at your conference.

    In this safety first workshop learn directly from elite Western Canada forest firefighters who reveal all of the insights and actions they use daily to save lives and property. Leave this session knowing how to fire up your teams, burn away workplace adversity, ignite safety accountability and keep you safe during workplace wildfire conditions.

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Set the safety habit early
    • How to evacuate, then evaluate
    • Contain or clear
    • Cross the safety line together
    • Surefire team communication
    • Fire and the powerful path of least resistance
    • Set your escape routes
    • Mentors already within
    • Reluctant leadership

    Biography


    What would you do if, out of the blue, your life turned upside down? What if you went from being a happy and healthy normal child, and then suddenly became an anxious, depressed, twitchy mess of devastating proportion? This is exactly what happened to Stuart Ellis-Myers. At the age of eight, Stuart began to develop one of the most misunderstood neurological disorders of our time . . . Tourettes Syndrome. Faced with the prospect of a lifetime of disability, frustration, isolation, and shame – the typical reaction to this tragic condition – Stuart instead chose to share how everyone can experience a remarkable and unstoppable life.

    One of the most gifted and inspiring public speakers on the conference circuit today, Stuart has used the life lessons learned through years of battling this often emotionally crippling condition to help countless others to overcome their own challenges and fears. His insight and humanity have enabled him to share his own, often painful, experiences in such a way as to offer a real, usable methodology for overcoming the many pitfalls of modern life. The countless physical and psychological manifestations of our high stress lives are made clearer to understand and easier to bear through his simple and effective system of Unstoppable & Mental Health to Mental Wealth change. By chronicling his journey in the pages of his books and presentations, with both his successes and failures fully exposed, Stuart takes you on a trip through the life of a man held captive, but not broken, by his mental health condition and yet who found the strength and determination to break free by sharing his unstoppable message of true and lasting love.

    From helping you to face the reality of your current situation; to offering guidance to help you seize the constant opportunities that come our way each and every day; to providing easy to learn and easier to perform exercises to gain control over your fears and doubts – Stuart invites you to join him in creating the foundation for your own mental health to mental wealth UNSTOPPABLE LIFE.

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    C4: Journey to Zero Harm: Changing Culture One Person and One Day at a Time

    Workshop Description


    The presentation will cover:

    • Stakeholder buy-in
    • Beyond behaviour towards zero harm mind set
    • What it takes to get there
    • Leadership and people (leaders are people too!)
    • Actions and goals
    • Culture = take your pulse
    • City of Thompson
    • Zero harm, Level 4 and interdependence

    Biography


    Kirk Regular has worked his way up through management from floor level to the senior executive team with Vale Manitoba Operations, one of the North’s largest employers. He has 28 years of experience in the mining industry, with 10 years as Manager of Safety, Health & the Environment. He assisted in systematically and methodically introducing a joint Risk Management program with the USW Local 6166. This program focused on actions and goals, bringing lagging indicator stats to record lows in 10 years. It was a fully auditable system with focus on both systems and cultural aspects. Kirk was instrumental in transforming the system over to City of Thompson and assisting them to bring injury rates, WCB rates and safety incidents to record lows. Kirk also has numerous years of experience in public speaking.

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    C5: Mock First Aid Accident Scene: Investigation Techniques

    Workshop Description


    Participants in this workshop will experience a mock up of an accident scene and will have the opportunity to do a scene de-construction and determine cause and effect. The accident scene setup also will test the responsiveness of emergency personnel, first aiders and employees in general.

    Topics to be covered during this session will include:

    • Scene setup
    • Victim make up
    • Working will local EMS
    • Scene and staff debrief

    Biography


    David Dyck is a dedicated professional with over 20 years of experience, specializing in the fields for aviation, freight movement/warehousing and logistics. David is a Certified Risk Management Specialist (CRM). During his time at SSM he has trained over 1,800 students.

    David has a wide array of experience including managing daily operations, recruiting and Human Resources, scheduling, managing resources, problem resolution, technical communication and audits. Dave also has completed the Audiometric Technician course through distance delivery and practicum from MacEwan University located in Edmonton, Alberta.

    A competent and versatile instructor, David has created and delivered many specialized health and safety courses during his 20+ year in industry. He has taught First Aid/CPR/AED, Transportation of Dangerous Goods (Air and Ground), GHS/WHMIS, Boating, Restricted Radio Operator (Land and Air), Survival, Water Rescue and Emergency Response. At SSM, David shares his extensive experience and knowledge of areas of search and rescue in courses such as High Angle Rescue, Emergency Response and Confined Space Rescue.

    David’s experience has shown him that knowing what to do in the first 10 or 15 minutes can make the difference in any emergency situation, and he is passionate about keeping families safe by giving people the tools, knowledge and confidence to respond appropriately in a crisis.

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    C6: 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 what is being done to address this issue

    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 on 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, he worked as a classroom teacher for four years.

    In 2008, Adam accepted a position working in the Road Safety Department at Manitoba Public Insurance 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 MPI’s road safety department, and was 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. 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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    “D” Sessions

    D1 and C1: Building Personal Resilience – Small Investments for Big Pay Offs (Two Parts)

    Workshop Description


    Want to be more stress resilient? Would it help to know how you can prevent burnout and support your staff to do the same? Then this two-part workshop is for you.

    Resilience is key to navigate change and bounce back from stressful life events at home and at work. It also helps us to be well working in helping professions. Using neuroscience of the brain, this session focuses on traits and skills that bolster resilience for acute and prolonged stress and the small habits that have the biggest returns on our mental and physical wellness.

    In this interactive and motivating workshop, participants will learn:

    • The role of resilience in coping with stress
    • Patterns of thinking that build resilience
    • Mindfulness skills for better coping
    • Strategies to use right away in all areas of your life
    • How individually and systemically we can protect our mental health to prevent burnout

    Biography


    Shannon Gander is a skilled facilitator, trainer, therapist and mediator who has been consulting with individuals, workplaces and teams for over 20 years. She is an independent consultant, an associate for Facilitated Solutions specializing in preventing and resolving conflict and 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 safety and helping people prevent burnout and be well in all areas of life. 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.

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    D2: Implementing Strategic Wellness Programming

    Workshop Description


    As workplace wellness programs have increased in popularity, so have the options for supporting employee health and fitness. This session will identify effective wellness initiatives at two of the largest employers in Manitoba. Representatives from Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries (MBLL) and the City of Winnipeg will share their experience on the road to workplace wellness.

    City of Winnipeg – Body@Work: Progressive workplaces seek not only to eliminate workplace injury and illness but also to create a work environment that supports overall wellness. This case study will discuss the City of Winnipeg’s Body@Work initiative; from its beginnings as an injury prevention strategy to the recognizable workplace wellness brand it is today.

    Kent Blackmon and Cheryl Swanson, workshop presenters, will:

    • Explain how the City developed a unique wellness brand (Body@Work) to supplement traditional safety and health “compliance” mandates and appeal to the values of employees
    • Describe planning and implementation steps and lessons learned from the project, including applicability to diverse workplaces
    • Provide an overview of the current workplace wellness strategy and specific activities associated with the Body@Work brand
    • Comment on future direction

    MBLL: Identifying the actual holistic needs of an organization is crucial to having an effective wellness program.  This case study will look at the analysis taken by MBLL following its recent merger and resulting targeted programming:

    • The Health and Wellness “Dream Team” – collaboration versus silos
    • Change brings opportunity! – how new partnerships were formed and leveraged
    • Organizational needs analysis and surprising results
    • New benefits programming driving wellness
    • Peer Prevention Program – an initiative supporting both mental and physical health

    Biographies


    Kent Blackmon is a Safety and Health professional who holds a Bachelors of Science (Environmental) degree and is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP). Kent is currently the Organizational Safety and Occupational Hygiene Coordinator for the City of Winnipeg. In this role, Kent provides leadership in the development and implementation of City-wide programs that support safety management.

    Cheryl Swanson holds a Masters of Arts degree in Psychology. She is currently the Occupational Health and Wellness Coordinator for the City of Winnipeg. Cheryl brings her experience in mental health and disability management to her current role where she provides leadership and strategic planning of health and wellness programming.

    Michelle Walker is a registered nurse with a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing, postgraduate diploma in Occupational Health Nursing, and certificates in Management Development, Applied Management – Organizational Effectiveness, and Workplace Mental Health Leadership. Her expertise includes disability case management, organizational needs analysis, and development of strategic wellness programs. She works in collaboration with safety professionals, various insurers, health care and treatment providers, lawyers, unions, and employers from various industries. She is currently employed at MBLL where she coordinates occupational health resources for over 3,000 employees.

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    D3: A Respectful Workplace – Harassment Prevention

    Workshop Description


    Everyone should be able to work in a safe, healthy and respectful workplace. In addition to being physically safe, psychological safety includes a respectful work environment free from discrimination, harassment and bullying.

    In 2011, a number of changes were made to the Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Act and Regulation as it relates to harassment. Personal or psychological harassment (bullying) was included as well as requirements around harassment prevention policies and awareness. Does your workplace have an updated policy that meets legislative requirements? Do you and others know how to identify and deal with harassment? Can you identify what bullying is and isn’t? If the answer is ‘no’ or ‘I don’t know’ then this presentation is for you.

    Topics to be explored include:

    • Manitoba’s legislative requirements for harassment and violence prevention in the workplace
    • The rights and responsibilities of the employer and employees under the legislation and under policy
    • Characteristics of a respectful workplace
    • What disrespectful or harassing behaviour looks like
    • How we can address harassment/disrespect
    • Impacts of harassment/disrespect

    Handouts of presentation will be provided.

    Biography


    Lisa Bircham is a seasoned consultant, facilitator, program leader and training specialist. She has over 25 years of experience in Human Resources and Organizational Development in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

    In addition to her extensive experience with development and delivery of effective workplace solutions, she is a skilled coach and mediator and is passionate about connecting with individuals to assist them in developing their interpersonal conflict resolution skills. Her program development activities have resulted in award-winning workplace programs.

    Lisa consults in the areas of respectful workplace; harassment prevention and investigations; conflict management; mediation; coaching; leadership/management development; team building; and organizational climate/culture.

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    D4: Indoor Air Quality (IAQ):  Where to Start, When to Refer to Experts

    Workshop Description


    Participants will explore the ins and outs of indoor air quality (IAQ). The workshop will cover:

    • How to assess the concerns as expressed by the client even before you conduct an inspection
    • How to conduct the initial inspection (including how to approach the client)
    • When a concern with IAQ, asbestos or mold is a problem
    • Equipment and tools available to help you to identify potential exposures (in addition to your observations and skill)
    • When to test and where to test (including common mistakes)
    • How to apply data to standards
    • How standards apply to sensitized workers
    • What is meant by “reasonably practicable” in legislation
    • What is meant by “your duty to accommodate”

    Biography


    Ivan Sabesky completed the Chemical Technology program at Red River College and a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Winnipeg, and has worked with the Government of Manitoba for 29 years. His first employment was in the planning department where he assisted in drafting the Workplace Safety and Health Act and accompanying regulations. When the legislation was passed, he assisted in transitioning Safety and Health Officers from the Workers Compensation Board into the new department in the Department of Labour.

    Once the transition was complete Ivan held positions as a Safety and Health Officer. Being the only Officer with a background in chemistry he soon took on the role as being responsible for chemical exposures in the workplace, including indoor air quality, heavy metals, noise, mold and other issues related to the area of industrial hygiene.

    Being interested in the field of industrial hygiene, Ivan took a course in Industrial Ventilation and a Masters in occupational health at the University of Aston in Birmingham, England.

    As an industrial hygienist Ivan has enjoyed a long career, giving him the opportunity to present three papers at the American Conference for Industrial Hygienists and to co-publish a paper on noise exposure to symphony orchestra players. In addition, he has headed studies on pesticide exposures for Manitoba farmers and a cohort study on rates of asthma in four areas in Manitoba.

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    D5: Occupational Hygiene Testing and Analysis

    Workshop Description


    This session will provide safety and health committee members an overview of occupational hygiene as it impacts their workplace. The session will cover: hazard recognition; threshold limit values, along with their specific application; control of chemicals; monitoring/analysis strategies; and a review of Part 36 of the Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Regulation, including an overview of how it affects your workplace.

    Biography


    Michael Boileau is a Prevention Consultant with SAFE Work Manitoba. He has over 10 years of experience in the safety and health field, including his previous role as an Occupational Hygienist with Workplace Safety and Health and in hygiene consultation for a national firm. Michael has a Master of Science degree in analytical chemistry and has been published several times in refereed journals and authored various patents. Michael is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and currently sits as a Director on the local American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Manitoba Executive Committee.

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    D6: Due Diligence: Are We Speaking the Same Language?

    Workshop Description


    This presentation is designed to determine what participants know about due diligence and to expand or give them a practical understanding of the terms and how it affects them and the employer in the workplace. Participants should expect to learn:

    • What due diligence is
    • A brief history of due diligence
    • Using due diligence as a workplace standard
    • Manitoba’s “General Duties clause” (handout, Part 2 of the regulations)
    • The six main elements of due diligence

    Biography


    Gary L’Heureux resides in Portage la Prairie, MB, and has been a health and safety professional for approximately 10 years. In 2010, he attained his Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Process from the University of New Brunswick, and in 2012 achieved his Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation. With a transition from the manufacturing sector to the transportation industry he enrolled in and completed a course designed for transportation safety. He has held several different roles in the health and safety field including: job hazard analysis clerk; safety trainer at a large manufacturing plant; safety coordinator; and regional safety officer for a national trucking company.

    In these various roles Gary has seen how the concept of due diligence can be used in a practical manner to support the safety management system and ensure that employees are safe in the workplace. It all starts with the support of the management and the involvement of the employees. Failing to comply with the standard is not an option.

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