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    Speakers – Wednesday, January 22

    “A” Sessions – 10:15 am

    A1: Working for Good Mental Health. Why You Can Fool Your Boss but Not Your Brain
    A2: Methamphetamine Awareness in Today’s Society and Workplace
    A3: Creating a Virtual Reality Safety Experience
    A4: Asbestos Awareness
    A5: It’s a Zoo Out There! Creating a Culture of Safety in the Zooniverse
    A6: Dealing with Cannabis Post-Legalization in Safety Sensitive Work Environments  – Developments and Trends
    Plenary Session: Eyes on the Target – How Shared Efforts have Resulted in a Safer Manitoba

    “B” Sessions – 1:15 pm

    B1: Let’s Have the Conversation about Nutritional Psychiatry
    B2: Protecting Yourself While Helping Others
    B3: Committee Members – How Do We Get Them? How Do We Keep Them?
    B4: Distracted and Impaired Driving in Manitoba
    B5: B5: CSA Z259.17-16 – Selection and Use of Active Fall Protection Equipment and Systems – “How This Guide Can Assist You!”
    B6: Trucking Safety

    “A” Sessions

    A1: Working for Good Mental Health. Why You Can Fool Your Boss but Not Your Brain

    Workshop Description


    Mental health decline affects our thinking, but it’s not just something we can “think” our way out of.

    Our brain processes our experiences using some standard patterns that we can benefit from working with, rather than against. In this session, we will look at several basic and accessible steps towards better mental health and why they are so essential.

    Biography


    Joshua Klassen, St. John’s Ambulance

    Joshua has been a Paramedic and Firefighter with the City of Winnipeg since 2002. This has allowed him to both live and observe the effects of traumatic work experiences in the workplace. He has spent the last 3 years were as the coordinator for a Peer Support and Wellness Team, instructing firefighters and paramedics in mental health programs.  He is a master trainer for R2MR: Road to Mental Readiness, and a Mental Health First Aid and ASIST. In 2017 he built the curriculum for St. John’s Ambulance one-day course titled Mental Health in the Workplace.

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    A2: Methamphetamine Awareness in Today’s Society and Workplace

    Workshop Description


    There is a heavy focus on methamphetamine, street drug trends, signs and symptoms of overdose/poisoning, the aggressive treatment Paramedics provide, statistical data and a component on the stigma associated with drug and alcohol addiction.

    Biography


    Cory Guest, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service

    Cory has had an active and diverse career in Emergency Medical Services spanning just over 20 years. He was a front-line ambulance Paramedic for many years, 911 Communications Supervisor for 3 years,  and he has been in his current role as Paramedic Public Education Coordinator for 4 years.

    Cory has provided drug programming to hundreds of high school students, health care professionals, community groups, parent groups and educational leaders to name a few. He is happy to have developed many community partners over the years not limited to Winnipeg Police, Addictions Foundation and Canada Health to name a few.

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    A3: Creating a Virtual Reality Safety Experience

    Note: Content will be similar to Assembly Day Presentation

    Workshop Description


    During this session we will explore ways to use virtual reality to create and immerse users in environments which are unsafe, explore the ways we can use interactive digital media to enhance training and education as well as asses a users understanding of a topic.

    We will look at examples of using this technology in the industry and explore how it has been used by our partners to expose kids to new career opportunities.

    Biography


    Daniel Blair, Bit Space Development Ltd.

    Daniel Blair is a technology entrepreneur based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 2015 he founded Bit Space Development Ltd, an industry leader in interactive digital media focused on developing augmented and virtual reality experiences for serious purposes.

    Dan is a technology advisor for North Forge Technology Exchange where he founded the Advanced ICT Lab which brings interactive technology to the prairies through partnerships with industry-leading hardware manufacturers. In addition to his work in Innovation Alley, Dan sits on the board of directors for New Media Manitoba where he works to grow the IDM industry in Manitoba.

    In 2016 Daniel received the future leaders of Manitoba award as well as the CICAN award for his efforts in building the startup and entrepreneurship ecosystem as well as his efforts working alongside Red River College to develop the ACE Project Space. Daniel enjoys working with emerging technologies and will tell you he is almost addicted to new tech.

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    A4: Asbestos Awareness

    Workshop Description

    This is an awareness-level training session, intended for those who may work in buildings that may contain asbestos-containing materials but will not perform asbestos work.

    The course content is based on the requirements of Manitoba Regulation 217/2006. The course outline is as follows:

    • Uses and common types of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in buildings
    • Health effects of asbestos exposure
    • Manitoba Regulation 217/2006
    • Owner and worker responsibilities under Regulation 217/2006
    • Classification of Asbestos Work (types 1, 2 and 3)

    Biography


    Edwin Wooster, Pinchin Ltd.

    Edwin Wooster is a Technical Manager in the Hazardous Materials Group at Pinchin Ltd. Edwin holds an Engineering Design and Drafting Technology diploma from Red River College.

    Edwin has over 28 years of experience, with more than 20 years in project management of environmental audits and hazardous materials management. Edwin is Pinchin’s Regional Practice Leader for Hazardous Materials for Saskatchewan, Manitoba and North Western Ontario. As a Technical Manager and a Training Specialist out of Pinchin’s Winnipeg Office, he has a wide range of experience providing consulting services throughout Manitoba, as well as Saskatchewan, North Western Ontario, and Nunavut. He provides a variety of training sessions on various subjects including Asbestos, Lead, PCB’s, Confined Space, Working at Heights, Spills Response, and WHMIS 2015.

    His project management experience includes a comprehensive asbestos reassessment project for a national financial institution consisting of over 700 branches across Canada. He has conducted in excess of 500 asbestos survey and inspection projects and is extremely proficient at the collection of field data for the purpose of hazardous building materials surveys.

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    A5: It’s a Zoo Out There! Creating a Culture of Safety in the Zooniverse

    Workshop Description


    Developing a culture of health & safety in a diverse workplace environment at Assiniboine Park. The park is a cross-section of the Manitoba workforce including almost every type of work listed in The Workplace, Safety & Health Act. Over the last 3 years, Assiniboine Park and Zoo have grown a safety program in all areas of the workplace.

    With the guidance of Safety Services Manitoba, staff have learned lifesaving skills, efficient techniques and have gained a voice to promote safety in the workplace. Challenges dealing and integrating a system for all trades (Electrician, HVAC, Plumber, Carpenter, Welders, Building Operators, Arborists, Gardeners, Custodial, Security, Vet services, Lab Techs, Researchers, Chefs, Cooks, Servers, IT Technicians, Office Staff, Drivers, Mechanical Operators, Divers, Fire Wardens, Firearms Trainers, Zookeepers, Volunteers, Contractors, Visitors and more).

    With a workplace so diverse, the challenge is to get every department on the same page while making a case to convert and conform the intricacies of each role. Competing priorities and compliance difficulties abound; a one step at a time approach is all that could tip the balances to progress to success.

    Biography


    Marc Brandson, Assiniboine Park Zoo

    Marc is the Aquatic Operation Supervisor at the Assiniboine Park Zoo, Animal Emergency Response Coordinator, Dive Safety Officer, and a Co-Chair of the Health & Safety Committee for Assiniboine Park. Over the last 3 years, he has helped make huge strides in the zoo’s filtration, firearms, dive and safety teams.

    He has completed many courses at Safety Services Manitoba, including: First Aid, Fire Warden, Aerial Work Platform, Fork Lift, Fall Protection, Confined Space, along with DAN Safety courses for O2 Therapy and Dive Stress and Rescue.

    Marc went to school at Red River College and the University of Manitoba and olds many other job-specific designations and certifications.

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    A6: Dealing with Cannabis Post-Legalization in Safety Sensitive Work Environments  – Developments and Trends

    Workshop Description


    The workshop will explore some current trends and developments in the area of cannabis and the workplace post-legalization. An emphasis will be placed on safety-sensitive workplaces with a focus on how employers have adapted to meet the possible challenges legalization has brought to the workplace.

    Participants will also explore current trends in are of drug testing as it relates to cannabis as well as developments in the area of as accommodation related to the use of medical cannabis in the workplace. Finally, participants will revisit a beat practice approach to dealing with cannabis as well as other drugs in safety-sensitive workplaces.

    Participants will be provided with copies of the PowerPoint presentation as well as additional information on current legislation around cannabis in the workplace and information on any new trends and developments in the area of drug testing.

    Biography


    Joel Gervais, CBI Health Centre

    Joel has over 25 years of work in the area of substance abuse, including over 15 years of experience working with safety-sensitive workplaces. He is a licensed Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) with over 15 years of experience working with DOT as well as non-DOT regulated workplaces. Joel is also a certified Breath Alcohol Technician and Hair and Drug Collection professional.

    A presenter at local and national safety conferences as well as a regular contributor to online and printed safety publications in Manitoba, Joel is a recognized trainer in the area of reasonable suspicion and workplace intervention. He has lead addictions consultant for the last 4 years at the Keeyask Dam Project in Manitoba.

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    Plenary Session: Eyes on the Target – How Shared Efforts have Resulted in a Safer Manitoba

    Description


    Over the last five years, Manitoba has made tremendous strides in reducing the incidence of workplace injury and illness. Collaborative efforts toward a shared goal, particularly with the province’s industry-based safety partners, have resulted in safer and healthier workplaces for Manitobans.

    Biography


    Jamie Hall, SAFE Work Manitoba

    Jamie Hall joined SAFE Work Manitoba as Chief Operating Officer in May 2014. He is part of a team of people who are passionate about changing the landscape of safety in order to realize significant improvements in safety performance in Manitoba. He is also thrilled to be a part of the community of safety leaders in our province that is building the momentum for this change.

    Jamie has 26 years of experience at Manitoba Hydro. He is also currently a sessional instructor in the University of Manitoba’s Asper MBA program, delivering a course on executive responsibility and ethics. Jamie serves on the United Way Cabinet and as Chair of the Board of the Better Business Bureau Foundation, and represents Manitoba on the Council of Governors for the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. Jamie has a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA with a specialty in Human Resources.

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    “B” Sessions

    B1: Let’s Have the Conversation about Nutritional Psychiatry

    Workshop Description


    With mental health disorders and depression being the #1 disability health insurance claim “globally”, we need to be opening up the conversation on the new field of medicine called “nutritional psychiatry” and discussing exactly how our nutrition choices are leading to poor mental health and leading to an increase in cases of diagnosed and undiagnosed depression.

    This workshop is a fully interactive session and we will be looking at:

    • Brain health, not mental health
    • How to protect your brain in a toxic world
    • The link between poor nutrition and reducing your ability to work in a safe and healthy manner
    • How nutrition impacts our behaviour and the negative impact on your physiological and psychological health
    • How the construction industry is at the highest risk of suicides due to depression and what other industries are in the top 6 at risk

    Handouts will be provided to use at the workshop and there will be an interactive/breakout session to get the audience actively involved, participating and coming up with their own solutions on how to address organizational mental health and well-being issues.

    Biography


    Karen Insley, Healthy Way Every Day

    Karen has a university diploma in Business Administration and Management in the Hospitality and Food Manufacturing industry and has taken special units in diet, nutrition and disease management. She is a Certified Cancer Coach and combined with her background in nutrition and health, she works as a Psychosocial Support and freelance Learning Facilitator to connect the dots between our diet and its’ impact on our physiological and psychological health.

    During her cancer coach training, she received specialized training in the medical and surgical treatment of colorectal cancer, managing the 5 stages of grief, psychosocial and emotional support coaching and how to use oncology nutrition to rebuild health.

    She works in the corporate world, alongside employers, HR professionals and OHS executives to educate on the importance of psychosocial health risk training and how it should be a mandatory not optional precursor to organizational health and safety training practices.

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    B2: Protecting Yourself While Helping Others

    Workshop Description


    When a co-worker is struggling mentally and emotionally, how do we help while still acknowledging that we are not the professional help they may need? How do we help while not putting ourselves at risk in the process? This session will explore some basic principles that will keep everyone safe.

    Biography


    Joshua Klassen, St. John’s Ambulance

    Joshua has been a Paramedic and Firefighter with the City of Winnipeg since 2002. This has allowed him to both live and observe the effects of traumatic work experiences in the workplace. He has spent the last 3 years were as the coordinator for a Peer Support and Wellness Team, instructing firefighters and paramedics in mental health programs.  He is a master trainer for R2MR: Road to Mental Readiness, and a Mental Health First Aid and ASIST. In 2017 he built the curriculum for St. John’s Ambulance one-day course titled Mental Health in the Workplace.

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    B3: Committee Members – How Do We Get Them? How Do We Keep Them?

    Workshop Description


    Committee members! How do we get them? How do we keep them?

    Recruiting members to your workplace safety and health committee can be challenging and so can keeping them. In this workshop, you’ll learn to get committee buy-in, gain worker participation and perform a committee self-assessment, while making your meetings fun and successful. Jack will share leading practices of successful workplace safety and health committees gathered from his years of working side by side with them in their workplace as he provides guidance on their roles and responsibilities.

    “Setting up a Workplace Safety and Health Committee (or Worker Representative)” guide will be provided for each participant.

    Biography


    Jack Slessor, SAFE Work Manitoba

    Jack Slessor, CHSC, is a Prevention Consultant with SAFE Work Manitoba who provides guidance to workplace committees about their roles and responsibilities to assist them in becoming more effective. He also presents several SAFE Work Manitoba workshops and special presentations customized for the needs of organizations and workplaces. Prior to joining SAFE Work Manitoba, Jack spent 7 years as Workplace Safety and Health Officer with the Workplace Safety and Health Branch and focused on providing support to workplace safety and health committees in all sectors in Manitoba workplaces.

    Cassandra Porpiglia, Safe Work Manitoba

    Cassandra Porpiglia is a Prevention Consultant with SAFE Work Manitoba in the Infrastructure Portfolio. She facilitates the SAFE Committee Basics workshop at SAFE Work Manitoba, as well as works with workplaces to answer safety and health questions and delivers consulting services.

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    B4: Distracted and Impaired Driving in Manitoba

    Workshop Description


    Distracted and impaired driving continues to be the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions and fatalities in Manitoba. This presentation will focus on why and how they can affect someone’s ability to drive as well as the consequences regarding legislation Manitobans face if convicted.

    Biography


    Kyle Vince, Manitoba Public Insurance

    Kyle Vince, Community Relations Specialist, travels the province educating Manitobans on road safety. Kyle’s portfolio includes distracted and impaired driving. He works with organizations such as Teens Against Destructive Decisions, the Manitoba School Boards Association and the Manitoba Brain Injury Association to deliver programming across the province. He also oversees the Friends for Life speaker series, which brings speakers to over 10,000 students annually.

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    B5: CSA Z259.17-16 – Selection and Use of Active Fall Protection Equipment and Systems – “How This Guide Can Assist You!”

    Workshop Description


    This presentation introduces the CSA standard for selection and use of active fall protection equipment and systems, a guide that assists competent persons, end-users, sales and procurement professionals in selecting the “right tool for the right job” as it applies to fall protection.

    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 forty-six 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 TSC Z259.17-16 – Selection and Use of Active Fall Protection Equipment and sitting member on the CSA Z259 Technical Committee for 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.

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    B6: Trucking Safety

    Workshop Description


    We will be reviewing past and current, regulation and education opportunities for the trucking industry highlighting advances in road safety and OHS.

    Based on the allotted time we will also likely be discussing road safety tech and future plans for OHS training and services.

    Biography


    Terry Shaw, Manitoba Trucking Association

    Terry oversees the planning and priorities of the Manitoba Trucking Association. He is the lead for political liaison and relations with all levels of government, in both administrative and legislative functions. He is also the lead on media relations and along with members of the Executive, acts as a spokesperson for the industry.

    Terry is a member of a variety of MTA committees, including the Executive and Board of Directors, He also represents the MTA with his involvement with Trucking HR Canada, the Manitoba Employers Council, and the Winnipeg and Manitoba Chambers of Commerce. He is also a contributing editor to the Western Canada Highway News

    Dave Gillis, RPM Trucking Safety Program

    Dave oversees the day to day operations of the Industry Based Safety program called RPM-Trucking Industry Safety. He is a member of the MTA Trucking Safety council, the Vice Chair of the IBSP council and a member of the SAFE Work Certification Advisory council.

    Dave has given numerous presentations regarding RPM trucking industry Safety to MPI, ESDC and many trucking company executives in the province of Manitoba.

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