• Bios and Workshop Descriptions – Wednesday, January 21

    Workshop Sessions – C
    Workshop Sessions – D

    Workshop Sessions – C

    C1: Introduction to Safe Committee Basics (Part 1 of 2) – Jack Slessor
    C2: Supervisor Safety – SSM
    C3: Change Management, Why Bother? – Dave Peters
    C4: Components of a Successful Fire Warden and Fire Extinguisher Training Program – Brian Tanner
    C5: Bring it On … Strategies to Create a Positive Workplace – Meg Soper
    C6: Hear Here: The Future of Hearing Conservation – Cory Graham
    C7: Negotiation Skills – Gord Gibben

    C1: Introduction to SAFE Committee Basics – Part 1 of 2

    Jack Slessor, SAFE Work Manitoba

    Overview:
    This workshop will be a short overview of the material normally covered in the 1-day SAFE Committee Basics course, one of several courses presented by SAFE Work Manitoba which can be registered for by visiting safemanitoba.com.

    Speaker Biography:
    Jack Slessor is a SAFE Work Coordinator with SAFE Work Manitoba. Jack is currently the team leader for the SAFE Work Manitoba Committee Leadership Conference. He also provides support and guidance to the workplace safety and health committees in Manitoba’s workplaces and assists them in understanding their roles and responsibilities as outlined in the Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Act and Regulations. In addition to being one of the presenters of SAFE Committee Basics and other workshops tailored to the needs of organizations, Jack also provides material resources and on occasion will attend committee meeting to provide hands-on support.

    C2: Supervisor Safety

    Safety Services Manitoba

    Overview:
    Management and supervisors must be competent in all occupational health and safety processes and tasks over which they exercise authority. Organizations are morally responsible and legally accountable for providing their management team with occupational safety and health training, and ensuring they have the knowledge and experience necessary to supervise others performing tasks. Measuring, maintaining and developing safety and health management systems are required skills of the supervisor. In this workshop, you will learn how various safety tools and elements reduce risk through a systems approach that maintains focus on occupational health and safety program effectiveness and loss control.

    Speaker Biography: 
    For over 50 years, Manitobans have counted on Safety Services Manitoba (SSM) to deliver comprehensive training and consulting whether in the workplace or behind the wheel. SSM is Manitoba’s premier occupational and road safety trainer and consultant.

    SSM is passionate about reducing risks and injuries – and they are passionate about helping to ensure that each and every Manitoba arrives home safely every night.

    C3: Change Management, Why Bother?

    Dave Peters, Absolute Change Management Inc.

    Overview:
    Change Management is viewed by many as a complex system that takes years to implement, and it is very difficult to determine any tangible results at the end of significant efforts. Initiatives are often not taken seriously or given priority, and are not seen as having ‘real’ potential to drive an organization in a new direction. Studies of employees have shown that as few as 21% of employees are currently engaged in their workplaces (Towers Perrin, 2010). Exploration of what happens when the values of an organization and its people don’t match is critical to the future of any business. The estimated cost of low engagement to organizations is in the range of billions of dollars. This program will teach people how to get back to the basics and drive effective change management initiatives using a simple process that is both effective and engaging at all levels.

    Learning Outcomes:
    • Understand the impact of low engagement
    • Learn to define tangible reasons to change
    • Set up initiatives with measures
    • Use a Change Management Model that is simple and effective (Reason,Opportunity Respect [ROR])

    Speaker Biography:
    Dave Peters is a passionate communicator and a leading edge practitioner in the dynamics of the human condition. He has a commanding presence in any setting, whether teaching, speaking or facilitating a team. Combined with a solid personal grounding that allows him to bring practical experiences to the forefront, Dave is able to positively deal with conflict while using his unique ability to draw out the talents and strengths of the people he is working with. He has been instrumental in helping clients achieve many goals in dealing with employee initiatives.

    Dave has extensive experience on an international level as a technical consultant, trainer and facilitator specializing in changing how people work, focusing specifically on productivity improvements and helping companies continually improve. As an effective communicator Dave is able to relate many topics that are difficult for people to understand. He strives for excellence in all his presentations while maintaining an atmosphere that is open, friendly and fun.

    C4: Components of a Successful Fire Warden and Fire Extinguisher Training Program

    Brian Tanner, Fire Plan Strategies

    Overview:
    Come for a behind-the-scenes tour of a successful fire warden and fire extinguisher training program. Fire Plan Strategies will share the highlights of their own program, including videos, key topics to focus on, issues that can be safely ignored and how to tie it all together to create an engaging and entertaining presentation that will increase the fire safety culture in your workplace.

    You will have an opportunity to extinguish a simulated fire using a laser-drive fire simulator.

    Speaker Biography:
    Brian Tanner is an International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) accredited Fire Inspector and city-licensed Fire and Life Safety Educator. Brian has designed fire safety and evacuation plans for buildings large and small, from walk-up apartments to high-rise office towers, and across Canada, from Nanaimo to Halifax.

    Brian is an accomplished public speaker, having delivered fire warden, fire extinguisher, tornado response and bomb threat response training to thousands of participants across Canada. Brian also has lectured on the topics of fire evacuation planning at local and national conferences, seminars and meetups.

    C5: Bring it On . . . Strategies to Create a Positive Workplace

    Meg Soper, Meg Soper Presentations

    Overview:
    This high-energy, interactive session focuses on working with different personalities in the workplace. People are different, not necessarily difficult. Whether you are on the front line or in a leadership role it is up to us to recognize and bring out people’s strengths. We may not be able change a person’s behaviour, but when we understand them we will be able to communicate with them more effectively. You will leave armed with practical, relevant strategies geared towards a healthier, happier and more productive workplace. We can learn to appreciate our differences and recognize the value that each of us brings to the job.

    Speaker Biography:
    Meg Soper, a veteran stand-up performer, got her start at various comedy clubs across Canada and over the years has performed with many leading comedy acts including Ray Romano, Ellen Degeneres, Gilbert Gottfried and Paula Poundstone.

    As a nurse comedienne, or “Funny Nurse” as she is known to many, Meg combines humour with inspiration to motivate and entertain her audiences. Meg’s emergence as a leading workplace motivational humourist was inspired by her ability to make people laugh, as well as her unique insight formed by her experience pursuing two careers – one as a nurse and one as a comedian. It was out of the pressure-packed environment of the hospital operating room, witnessing the effects of stress in relation to illness, that Meg came to realize that humour offered one of the most effective means for dealing with stress and difficult situations.

    For Meg’s full biography, please see “Keynote Presenters,” Thursday, January 22, 2014.

    C6: Hear Here: The Future of Hearing Conservation

    Cory Graham, Hearing Innovators Inc.

    Overview:
    With advancements in science and technology through every part of our lives, so goes the race to save our hearing in an industrialized, noisy world. This workshop will take you through the current state of hearing conservation and industrial noise control and compare and contrast this to what’s on the horizon and how you can apply it to your workplace. You will take away information on the technology that can be used today and current studies and research that will bring exciting new advancements in the future.

    Objectives:

    • Manitoba hearing conservation regulations with some comparisons to other regulations
    • Hearing conservation practice in the workplace
    • Hearing protection and the latest advancements
    • Current and new methods to deal with communications in noise
    • Noise surveys and sound control methods
    • New technology in hearing testing and screening
    • The road ahead

    Speaker Biography:
    Cory Graham is the president and lead audiometric technician for Hearing Innovators Inc., formerly the industrial hearing conservation service of Change Innovators Inc. He also sits on the Board of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) Manitoba Chapter and co-chairs the CSSE and Incident Prevention Association of Manitoba (IPAM) conference. With an undergraduate background in physics and statistics, Cory has practiced Industrial Hearing conservation since obtaining his license in 2002.

    Cory operates Hearing Innovators with the mantra “There must be a better way.” This belief has directed him to investigate the many methods of hearing conservation practices. Cory believes that “preventing noise induced hearing loss should be clear and practical or no one will follow it. It makes absolutely no sense to lose this sensory perception when we know how to prevent it.”

    C7: Negotiation Skills

    Carol Paul, Manitoba Construction Sector Council

    Overview:
    Leaders negotiate issues related to equipment, materials and staffing to satisfy the needs of the internal and external customers. In this workshop you will learn some common tactics and negotiation styles and will identify strategies to overcome difficult and demanding situations.

    Speaker Biography:
    Carol Paul is the Acting Executive Director and Director of Education and Training at the Manitoba Construction Sector Council (MCSC). She holds a Master’s degree in Adult Education from the University of Manitoba and is a Certified Essential Skills Profiler through Bow Valley College. Carol is past chair of the Manitoba Prior Learning Assessment Network. She currently facilitates courses for the Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education Program at the University of Manitoba and has taught English Literature and Alternative Education at the University of Winnipeg. At MCSC, Carol is responsible for research, curriculum development and coordination of program delivery. She develops and facilitates interactive blended learning experiences using digital media platforms such as the Articulate. Carol regularly speaks at national conferences and industry training events on adult education, facilitation, coaching for industry leaders and leveraging differences in the workplace.

    Workshop Sessions – D

    D1: Introduction to Safe Committee Basics (Part 2 of 2) – Jack Slessor
    D2: Human Rights in the SAFE Workplace – Simon Gillingham
    D3: How to Change the Safety Climate and Culture – Dave Peters
    D4: NVCI – Non Violent Crisis Intervention – Laura Nault
    D5: Driving the Brand: Driving Has Changed – Craig Harrison, SSM
    D6: Best Practices in Administrative Controls – Mike Gordon, Kristin Petaski
    D7: Principles of Risk Management – SSM

    D1: See description for C1.

    D2: Human Rights in the SAFE Workplace

    Simon Gillingham, City of Winnipeg

    Overview:
    This workshop will provide you with the following information:

    • What is a safety sensitive position?
    • Bona fide occupational requirements under human rights
    • Human rights legislation has paramount status over collective agreements
    • Is random drug testing in the workplace legal under human rights?
    • Duty to inquire under human rights
    • Does reasonable accommodation consider safety implications?
    • Dignity of risk in terms of the workplace
    • Undue hardship in terms of human rights
    • Case law update

    Speaker Biography:
    Simon has extensive experience in human rights having worked 14 years with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission primarily as an Investigator. He also has an educational background in human resource management and conflict resolution. Simon is currently employed with the City of Winnipeg as a Workplace Consultant with Corporate Supports Services.

    D3: How to Change the Safety Climate and Culture

    Dave Peters, Absolute Change Management Inc.

    Overview:
    Creating a safety culture of engagement that’s free of blame and focused on everyone’s rights and responsibilities can be a formidable task even in the best conditions. There are many requirements and influences that leadership at all levels must take into consideration when planning an approach to safety in the business. One of the critical aspects of driving change is creating a positive frame of reference, while the other is addressing the elephant in the room – the issue of production vs. safety. This session will show you how determine what changes may be necessary to shift your safety culture to one of internal responsibility and engagement at all levels of the organization.

    Learning Outcomes:
    Understand how to assess the current climate and culture of your organization
    Address the realities head on – helping others see things differently
    Practice creating a positive frame of reference for your safety culture
    Learn the essential steps to begin engaging people’s internal responsibility

    Speaker Biography:
    Dave Peters is a passionate communicator and a leading edge practitioner in the dynamics of the human condition. He has a commanding presence in any setting, whether teaching, speaking or facilitating a team. Combined with a solid personal grounding that allows him to bring practical experiences to the forefront, Dave is able to positively deal with conflict while using his unique ability to draw out the talents and strengths of the people he is working with. He has been instrumental in helping clients achieve many goals in dealing with employee initiatives.

    Dave has extensive experience on an international level as a technical consultant, trainer and facilitator specializing in changing how people work, focusing specifically on productivity improvements and helping companies continually improve. As an effective communicator Dave is able to relate many topics that are difficult for people to understand. He strives for excellence in all his presentations while maintaining an atmosphere that is open, friendly and fun.

    D4: NVCI – Non-Violent Crisis Intervention

    Laura Nault, Seine River School Division

    Overview:
    Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) Training is a specialized training program offered by staff specifically trained to provide this professional development. The training focuses on prevention and intervening early in situations before they result in violence. The training offers proven strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage.

    This presentation will provide an overview of how this training could reduce the risk of injury in your workplace and provide a plan for staff to address escalating situations.

    Speaker Biography:
    Laura Nault has been a certified trainer of Non-Violent Crisis Intervention since 2005. She is a social worker and has applied this training as well to her work with traumatized individuals. She has taken specialized sessions of Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training that allow her to provide specialized trainings for staff working in settings where clientele and/or staff may have experienced trauma.

    D5: Driving Has Changed

    Craig Harrison, Safety Services Manitoba

    Overview:
    The SSM Road Safety team is pleased to announce new training modules and customized presentation options, in addition to the successful Driving the Brand program, for 2015.

    This workshop expands on one of the new program modules and is an interactive discussion that provides beneficial information in understanding the need to manage a driver’s license with success. Topics covered will include:

    • Things change – education helps
    • Driver improvement and mandated workshops
    • New road rules and staying up-to-date
    • Being proactive and understanding driver complacency

    Speaker Biography:
    Craig Harrison works closely with Safety Services Manitoba in the role of Road Safety Consultant and Corporate Speaker for the organization. Craig combines a wealth of road safety experience and industry knowledge to this thought-provoking presentation.

    In addition to being a corporate speaker/presenter, Craig has experience as a Driver Education Instructor, Skid Car Instructor and Evasive and Tactical Driving Instructor. He also has facilitated Driver Improvement Workshops. His “Driving the Brand” presentation is also informed by his experience in Brand Marketing as the previous owner of Velocity Advertising.

    D6: Best Practices in Administrative Controls

    Mike Gordon, Workplace Engineering Solutions

    Kristin Petaski, Workplace Engineering Solutions

    Overview:
    Machine safety is a critical issue faced by many companies. Many machine safeguarding plans require engineered controls, but administrative controls – which outline the safe way to use safeguarding measures and how they should be maintained – are just as important to support that plan. In fact, safe work procedures and machine lockout are requirements within our safety legislation. Through case studies, you will learn about best practices that can greatly improve your administrative controls so they become important tools in your safeguarding plan. Learn how to make your safe work procedures stronger and improve lockout and emergency plans by making them less general and more machine-specific.

    Speaker Biographies:
    Mike Gordon and Kristin Petaski formed Workplace Engineering Solutions as a result of their extensive experience in machinery safeguarding in a production environment, combined with their drive to bring CSA Z432-04 assessments affordably to the Manitoba market. They focus on solutions that work with your operation, in a safe efficient manner.

    Mike Gordon, P.Eng.
    After graduating in 1996 from Carleton University in Ottawa, Mike has gained 18 years of experience as a Mechanical Engineer. Mike developed mechanical engineering expertise through a hands-on approach and has always maintained a focus on real world solutions, specializing in practical application of codes and regulations.

    Kristin Petaski, P.Eng.
    After graduating in 2006 from the University of Manitoba, Kristin has gained 8 years of experience as a Manufacturing Engineer. Kristin has worked in a production environment through most of her career, specializing in machine installation and implementation.

    D7: Principles of Risk Management

    Safety Services Manitoba

    Overview:
    In this session you will learn how various occupational health and safety tools and elements reduce risk through a systems approach that maintains focus on the principles and practices of risk management, understanding hazard risk as well as operational, financial and strategic risk concepts. You will learn how various risk management methods can identify, analyze and treat risks.

    Speaker Biography:
    For over 50 years, Manitobans have counted on Safety Services Manitoba (SSM) to deliver comprehensive training and consulting whether in the workplace or behind the wheel. SSM is Manitoba’s premier occupational and road safety trainer and consultant.

    SSM is passionate about reducing risks and injuries – and they are passionate about helping to ensure that each and every Manitoba arrives home safely every night.

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