• Speakers – Thursday, January 23

    “C” Sessions – 10:30 am

    C1: Medical Cannabis Explained
    C2: Expert Eye – Vision & the Aging Worker
    C3: Building Your Workplace Mental Health Community – One Action at a Time!
    Part 1 of 2
    C4: De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations
    C5: Manufacturing Ergonomic Risk Evaluation Tool (MERET)
    C6: Human Performance & Human Error Reduction at Manitoba Hydro

    “D” Sessions – 1:00 pm

    D1: Does Sleep Impact Your Business!
    D2: Combating the Rise of Workplace Loneliness! Strategies to Improve Wellness and Business!
    D3: Building Your Workplace Mental Health Community – One Action at a Time!
    Part 2 of 2

    D4: Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls in the Workplace
    D5: Fall Protection, Chair of CSA Z797-18 – Code of Practice for Access Scaffold and Vice-Chair of CSA Z1006-16 – Management of Work in Confined Spaces.
    D6: Manitoba’s Accessibility Law and its Impact on Workplace Safety and Disability Accommodation

    “C” Sessions

    C1: Medical Cannabis Explained

    Workshop Description


    An increasing number of physicians and patients are starting to see the benefits of cannabis as a medical treatment. This workshop will explain how medical cannabis works, why it’s important to find a doctor who is knowledgeable about cannabis for medical purposes and explains the complexities of cannabis use as treatment.

    • Why do people choose medical cannabis as a treatment?
    • What is medical cannabis?
    • What is a cannabis clinic?
    • The Endocannabinoid System
    • Short and long-term side effects of cannabis use
    • What is the difference between cannabis strains, and why does it matter?
    • Consumption methods and dosage – why one size doesn’t fit all

    A printout of the PowerPoint presentation with room for notes for attendees will be provided.

    Biography


    Jehna Grobety, Delta 9 Cannabis

    Jehna Grobety is the Manager of Learning and Development at Delta 9 Cannabis. She has worked in the cannabis industry for 4 years, first as a CSR, then educating patients in a clinic environment. Her extensive research into cannabis and its many uses has fueled a passion for the plant and all that it has to offer. Jehna feels that education is the key component in using cannabis in a responsible way. In her position as Manager of Learning and Development, she has a unique opportunity to reduce the stigma surrounding cannabis use as well as reducing the harms of cannabis prohibition.

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    C2: Expert Eye – Vision & the Aging Worker

    Workshop Description


    Participants in this session will learn about age-related vision changes and common medical conditions involving vision loss that can impact worker’s performance, safety and psychological health. Environmental considerations for injury prevention related to vision loss will be explored as well as administrative, engineering and behavioural accommodations to support ageing workers and employees experiencing vision loss.

    Biography


    Marnie Courage, Enabling Access Inc.

    Marnie is an Occupational Therapist, owner of Enabling Access Inc. and has been practicing in Manitoba for 15 years providing rehabilitation services for people with a variety of disabilities and health issues. Marnie’s expertise in vision loss accommodation as it relates to workplace disability management has helped many employees to manage their symptoms, implement adaptive strategies and stay working. She has also assisted many employers with their supportive employment and return to work efforts in this area.

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    C3: Building Your Workplace Mental Health Community – One Action at a Time! Part 1 of 2

    Workshop Description


    More leaders are becoming familiar with the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. What is a little bit trickier is translating the factors that protect our mental health at work into everyday actions. If you are a leader looking to increase your mental health knowledge and to be a mentor in your workplace, this is the session for you.

    This 2-part series is an opportunity to better understand the day-to-day practices that protect staff mental health, help team morale and contribute to healthy organizational culture. We have come a long way and still have some work to do. Let’s explore this together.

    PART 1 – In this dynamic and interactive session, participants will learn:

    • The mindset shift on mental health & mental illness
    • Signs, symptoms and myths about common mental health concerns
    • Understanding of recovery over time
    • Principles to guide conversations about mental health
    • Actions that end stigma

    Biography


    Shannon Gander, Life Work Wellness

    Shannon Gander is a Mental Health and Resiliency Strategist. She runs Life Work Wellness, a company committed to empowering individuals and workplaces to achieve their goals for better mental health. She has expertise in psychological health and safety in the workplace and demonstrates how everyone can contribute to a healthy organizational culture.  Shannon wants employees at all company levels to have skills for flourishing at work and to engage in strategies that end mental health stigma.

    In every session, Shannon’s uses her dynamic background in counselling, mediation and corporate health to empower, insight and equip her audience. Participants leave her sessions with actionable skills to apply right away that have an immediate impact on their mental health, relationships and community.

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    C4: De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations

     Workshop Description


    For those who work in an environment where there is potential for violence, it is important to develop the skills needed to defuse dangerous situations. This presentation is designed to teach people to de-escalate potentially violent situations through assertiveness and interpersonal communication. Participants will develop a clear understanding of how to assess the potential for violence and respond with a diverse set of interpersonal tools and strategies designed to defuse potentially violent situations.

    Handouts will be provided.

    Biography


    Nathan Gerbrandt, Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute

    Nathan holds a Master of Social Work degree and is a Registered Social Worker. He is the Managing Director for Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI) and works with organizations and communities through a needs assessment process of identifying the best resources and training to meet their needs. Nathan also provides leadership in developing and managing CTRI trainers and course content. Prior to this role, he coordinated service delivery and rehabilitation planning for repeat offenders with a diagnosis.

    Nathan has refined skills in risk management and collaborative treatment planning for people in conflict with the law. In addition, he possesses specialty in the areas of disability services, case management, and working with people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. He believes that despite any trauma, mental health, and physical challenges, all people can find great success in their lives. Nathan is an engaging presenter who uses an interactive style to maximize the learning potential of participants.

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    C5: Manufacturing Ergonomic Risk Evaluation Tool (MERET)

    Workshop Description


    A new ergonomic assessment tool, (MERET) has been developed by Andrew Dolhy, CPE and supported by a grant from the Research and Workplace Innovation Program of the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba. This assessment tool provides a quantitative risk evaluation score for both existing jobs as well as tasks in the development stage of production.

    Andrew Dolhy, Ergonomist, MFL Occupational Health Centre, will explain the tool’s risk categories, how to use the excel based program and the validity and reliability testing that went into the MERET at the session. Participants will practice using the MERET while gaining an appreciation for the solution development process.

    Biography


    Andrew Dolhy, MFL Occupational Health Centre

    Andrew Dolhy is a CPE with 22 years’ experience. He has completed 8 WCB of Manitoba-funded projects and developed and teaches a 40-hour industrial ergonomics course at Red River College. Andrew was on the Minister of Labour’s Advisory Council from 2008 – 2014 as a professional technical representative.

    The MERET software and user manual along with resources such as SAFE Work for an Aging Workforce, Small Business Ergonomics Resource Guide and Job Accommodations: Solutions for Effective Return to Work can be found on his web site, www.dolhyergonomics.com.

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    C6: Human Performance & Human Error Reduction at Manitoba Hydro

    Workshop Description


    A brief overview of Manitoba Hydro perspective of Human Performance/Human Error Reduction tools in detail with real workplace examples/Critical Step/Human Error precursors/Latent Organizational Weakness/Error likely situations.

    The objective of the presentation is to educate the participants at an awareness level of the above mention bullets while entertaining them as well.  There is no “Proof of Learning” with this presentation however there is some group participation.

    Participants may walk away with notes which may assist them with their own risk/hazard assessment tools.

    Biography


    Tom Regehr, Manitoba Hydro

    Tom is the subject matter expert within Manitoba Hydro for Human Performance/Human Error Reduction tools, formally trained by Practicing Perfection Canada (PPC). PPC is a subsidiary of Practicing Perfection Institute (USA) operated by Tim Autrey who is the author of 6-Hour Safety Culture. This is where the majority of these theories come from.

    Tom has qualified as a “Train – the – Trainer” by PPC internally for Manitoba Hydro and was responsible for building the presentation package for approximately 40 Field Safety Officers (FSO).  Over the last few months, Tom has been completing Safety Assessments on field crews attempting to gauge the outcomes of the training which was completed by the local FSO, documenting his findings and completing an executive summary for senior management.

    Tom has also just developed an E-Learning event for new employees to Manitoba Hydro related to Human Performance/Human Error Reduction tools. He will be developing an E-Learning event to satisfy an annual competence and continue to embed the Human Reduction Tools into the common safety language with Manitoba Hydro.

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    “D” Sessions

    D1: Does Sleep Impact Your Business!

    Workshop Description


    How does sleep impact health, safety, performance and the bottom line? This presentation will discuss the importance of a good nights sleep. We will look into the dreaded snorer and what could be possibly happening while you are sleeping and how this could impact safety and productivity in your workplace.

    The presentation will also include topics like:

    • What are employers doing to mitigate risk and promote sleep?
    • How does sleep become a pillar within a wellness program?
    • What could employers and employees do if they suspect they have a sleep disorder?

    Biography


    Ken Dufault, Medigas Manitoba Ltd.

    Ken is the Vice President and General Manager of Medigas Manitoba Limited. He has opened and overseas 3 Sleep Apnea Clinics in Manitoba. In Ken’s previous role as a Paramedic, he has witnessed and seen the effects of sleepiness in the workplace. Ken has been intimately involved with developing corporate programs to ensure employers have an effective solution to screening and treating Sleep Apnea.

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    D2: Combating the Rise of Workplace Loneliness!  Strategies to Improve Wellness and Business!

    Workshop Description


    How can someone feel lonely in a sea of employees?  With the increase of technology, heavy workloads, and decrease of positive social interactions, loneliness is more common than ever before. New research shows that 3 in 5 employees feel lonely at work, causing an impact on mental health and workplace productivity.

    In this session participants will:

    • Gain an understanding of how our interactions and self-limiting beliefs impact our daily lives
    • Understand why loneliness has an impact on our mental health and job performance
    • Learn tactics to combat loneliness through mindful interactions and acceptance
    • Develop a strategy to increase positive relationships in the workplace
    • Discover 6 ways to improve socialization, get more done and have a healthier work environment for the organization and everyone in it

    Handouts will be provided.

    Biography


    Wendy Hofford, WH Strategic Drive

    Wendy is the President of WH Strategic Drive Inc., a facilitation, training and consulting firm specializing in Leadership, Human Resources, and Human Behaviours in the Workplace. With extensive experience as an HR Director, Director of Operations, and Organizational Strategic Advisor, Wendy brings her experience and expertise to all levels of the organization from the front line to senior management.

    Over the last 9 years, she has been working in the Construction Industry as an HR Director, a National Safety Officer, Strategic Leadership Trainer and Advisor.

    Wendy is the author of her recently published book, Rip Off The Bandaid! Have the Tough Conversation.

    As a professional speaker, trainer and facilitator with the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, certified speaker and trainer with John Maxwell Leadership and the Gallup Strengths Organization Wendy uses her skills, education and experience to bring energetic interactive experiential activities to her audiences helping turn concepts into practical solutions for leaders and their workplace.

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    D3: Building Your Workplace Mental Health Community – One Action at a Time! Part 2 of 2

    Workshop Description

    PART 2 – In this dynamic and interactive session, participants will learn:

    • Supporting a co-worker when mental health is a concern
    • How to encourage help-seeking behaviour
    • What staff need from peers and leaders when they return to work
    • Strategies that support staff mental health through times of change
    • Skills for mentoring healthy team dynamics and mental wellness for all

    Biography


    Shannon Gander, Life Work Wellness

    Shannon Gander is a Mental Health and Resiliency Strategist. She runs Life Work Wellness, a company committed to empowering individuals and workplaces to achieve their goals for better mental health. She has expertise in psychological health and safety in the workplace and demonstrates how everyone can contribute to a healthy organizational culture.  Shannon wants employees at all company levels to have skills for flourishing at work and to engage in strategies that end mental health stigma.

    In every session, Shannon’s uses her dynamic background in counselling, mediation and corporate health to empower, insight and equip her audience. Participants leave her sessions with actionable skills to apply right away that have an immediate impact on their mental health, relationships and community.

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    D4: Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls in the Workplace

    Workshop Description


    • Review of slip, trip and fall definitions (from same level)
    • Identifying hazards
    • Effects of slips, trips and falls on worker and workplace
    • Prevention of slips, trips and falls
    • Practical tips to keep workers safe
    • Review of current research and available information

    Biography


    Jennifer Dyck and Gail Archer-Heese, SAFE Work Manitoba

    Jennifer Dyck is a Certified Occupational Health Nurse and Prevention Consultant with SAFE Work Manitoba. Her nursing career has included positions within hospitals, case management and various occupational health departments. She shares a passion for health and safety in the workplace, with a strong focus on prevention.

    Gail Archer-Heese is an Occupational Therapist who has worked 26 years in the area of Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention and Ergonomics in the following roles:

    • Work Hardening Rehab
    • Hand Clinician
    • Healthcare
    • Safety and Health with WRHA and SAFE Work Manitoba

    Gail brings to you a passion for prevention and a firm belief that work should not hurt.

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    D5: Fall Protection, Chair of CSA Z797-18 – Code of Practice for Access Scaffold and Vice-Chair of CSA Z1006-16 – Management of Work in Confined Spaces.

    Workshop Description


    This presentation highlights some of the critical elements in the CSA standard that are the Code of Practice for Access Scaffolds. It has been developed to help the competent person and user to properly select the correct type of scaffold required and provide guidance and direction if erection, inspection and dismantling of supported scaffolds.

    Biography


    Wayne Donnelly, Tuff Safety Solutions Canada Ltd.

    Wayne Donnelly is President of Tuff Safety Solutions Canada Ltd., a Winnipeg-based training and consulting company and has been working at heights for over 46 years, including with scaffolds and in confined space operations. He has been extensively involved with the assessment, development and implementation of various safety and training programs in these three areas for over 28 years.

    Wayne is currently the Chair of CSA Z797-18 – Code of Practice for Access Scaffold, Chair of TSC Z259.17-16 – Selection and Use of Active Fall Protection Equipment and sitting member on the CSA Z259 Technical Committee for Fall Protection and Vice-Chair of CSA Z1006-16 – Management of Work in Confined Spaces.

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    D6: Manitoba’s Accessibility Law and its Impact on Workplace Safety and Disability Accommodation

    Workshop Description


    This workshop will provide an overview of The Accessibility for Manitobans Act and the regulations that affect Manitoba employers, including the accessibility standards for customer service and employment. The presentation will focus on the requirements affecting employee safety during emergencies, effective May 1, 2020.

    There will be a chance for peer learning and handouts will be provided.

    Biography


    Yutta Fricke, Manitoba Disabilities Issues Office

    Yutta Fricke is the Executive Director of Manitoba’s Disabilities Issues Office (DIO), where she has worked since 2003.  The DIO’s current priority is the development and implementation of standards under The Accessibility for Manitobans Act.  Yutta started working in the area of disability in 1989 when she became the Development Program Director of Disabled People’s International (DPI). Yutta earned a B.A at the University of Winnipeg, a Graduate Diploma from the Institute for International Development and Cooperation, Ottawa, and a Master’s in Education, University of Ottawa.

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