Sault Ste. Marie Ontario's OH&S Conference
Your Community. Your Workplace. Your Results.

Quattro Hotel & Conference Centre
229 Great Northern Road, Sault Ste. Marie
May 10 & 11, 2017

Day 1: Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Clint Malarchuk

PTSD: A Normal Response to an Abnormal Event

Mike Scott

Day 2: Morning Keynote Speaker: Mike Scott

Finding the Warrior Within: Moving Forward and Making Positive Changes

Day 2: Luncheon Keynote & Workshop Speaker: Jim Lees

Winning The Generation Game & Surviving and Thriving in a Multigenerational Workplace

Conference Schedule

Day 1 - May 10

Registration, Exhibit Viewing & Continental Breakfast 7:00 - 8:30 am

Special welcome from Mayor Christian Provenzano, Superior Partners in Prevention Conference Chairs, Brandi Bell-Tanninen, Algoma University and Rich Poirier, Tenaris.
Enjoy musical guest - The Pinetones!

Falls Prevention: From Mining and Industry to Your Own Backyard

Scott Patrick, Regional Manager Northern Ontario and Manitoba, Honeywell
Gravity doesn't take a coffee break, and it always works on the weekends! It's not always about the traditional miners and construction workers. Window washers and roofers put themselves at risk every day to earn a living. This session will provide an overview of the new Working at Heights standards in Ontario, including how they will affect workers and employers and why the changes are happening. Common hazards and controls will be discussed, and we will have an open discussion on what your obligations to report are, as a citizen in your own neighborhood!

There's an App for That!

Elisha Malette, Consultant Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
In this day and age it isn't surprising to see that there are now apps that replace our measuring tools including: levels, noise and light meters, whole body vibration and even ergonomic apps. The majority of these are either free or low cost, making them accessible to anyone. We will discuss their benefits, scientific basis, most appropriate user group, and potential shortcomings.

At-Risk Electrical Workers: New Thinking on Safety Interventions

Mark Jorgenson, Worker Safety Specialist Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)
For over twelve years, the Ontario Electrical Safety Report (OESR) has been produced by the ESA to provide a comprehensive assessment of electrical fatalities and incidents in Ontario. ESA is responsible for identifying and targeting leading causes of electrical risk; raising awareness, educating and training in electrical safety; ensuring compliance with regulations; investigating fatalities, injuries and fire losses associated with electricity. Learn the how the results of the OESR demonstrate the need to take a new approach for safety interventions and prevention strategies for high risk workers.

MOL Employment Standards

Kathy-Jo Hyska, Employment Standards Officer Ministry of Labour (MOL)
Lacy Belleau, Employment Standards Officer Ministry of Labour (MOL)

The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) sets the minimum standards for most workplaces in Ontario. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the investigation and inspection process, rights and responsibilities, the enforcement of the ESA and the following standards: Hours of Work & Eating Periods, Payday & Minimum Wage, Vacation Time & Pay, Overtime, Public Holidays, Leaves of Absence, Termination Notice & Pay, Tips and Special Rules.

Managing the Impact of Bill 132

Chris Lloyd, Partner, Daniels Lloyd LLP
New Occupational Health and Safety Act requirements regarding workplace harassment became law on September 8, 2016. In addition, Ministry of Labour (MOL) inspectors have new powers that can be exercised in respect of workplace harassment. Employers are likely to face challenges in managing these new requirements and powers as they can give rise to some complex and thorny issues. This session will provide assistance to employers in understanding compliance expectations and managing the impact of the new requirements and expanded powers of the MOL.

OEA/OWA: Who We Are and What We Do

Darlene Wright, Employer Specialist Office of the Employer Adviser (OEA)
Marc Barbeau, Worker Adviser Office of the Worker Adviser (OWA)

Join us for an overview and open discussion on how the OWA and OEA can help you. They provide workers and employers with free and confidential advice, representation and education on all workers’ compensation issues under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, and on unlawful reprisal issues under Section 50 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. They represent workers and employers at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), the Workplace Safety and Insurance Tribunal (WSIAT) and the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB). Alternative dispute resolution is also used to resolve cases when possible.

Where's the Supervisor? Who's Running the Show?

Trevor Beauchamp Territory Manager - Northern Ontario, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
A good Supervisor wears many hats; coach, mentor, employee and employer advocate, production coordinator, HR liaison, and Health and Safety specialist. It's a big job requiring this "super human" to be in all places at the same time, so who is really running the show? This session will help you to understand the daily challenges of this role, and help you become a more effective supervisor.

Help Wanted! Implementing an Ergonomic Plan

Cindy De Piero, BSc (ES), CEES, CHEES, Ergonomic & Wellness Consultant, Sault Area Hospital (SAH)
Most leaders have a general understanding of ergonomics. You've heard the word ergonomics in reference to floor mats, adjustable workstations, office chairs and industrial equipment. Is your experience and understanding limited to the basic ergonomic terminology? You want to establish proactive leadership for presenting the business case for developing an ergonomics process, but you simply have no idea where to start? From a business perspective, applying ergonomic principles helps boost productivity among employees. It also may assist with reducing employee turnover rates and minimizing your WSIB rates. This session will provide practical processes utilized to implement an in-depth successful ergonomic plan. This will be an interactive session.

CAN/CSA-B354.1-04 (R2016): Portable Elevating Work Platforms

Kevin Kelly, Safety Trainer, Equipment World
Changes to ANSI A92 and CSA B354 standards are coming; and expected to go into effect in late 2017. There are many significant changes, but the more significant ones will be the addition of platform load sense, guidelines for the safe use of platforms, and training requirements for Operators, Passengers and Supervisors, as well as Maintenance Technician Training. With so much changing in the updated ANSI/CSA standards, it is important to call attention to one key item that every user (identified in the standards as employers) needs to be aware of - risk assessment. Attend this session to learn more about the changes coming your way!

Mental Health Accommodations

Chris Lloyd, Partner, Daniels Lloyd LLP
What do you do when you think someone who reports to you has a mental health issue? This session will help participants understand their duties as a manager when accommodating employees with mental health issues. It will help you determine how to recognize it and talk about it, the steps to take when accommodating, the return-to work discussion and the interplay between mental health and harassment.

Clint MalarchukClint Malarchuk

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): A Normal Response to an Abnormal Event

Author and Retired National Hockey League Goaltender

Though he played for 11 seasons in the NHL, Clint Malarchuk's name is forever linked to a Wednesday night in 1989 at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, where he nearly lost his life on the ice. While frightening situations happen to everyone at some point, trauma is often unexpected. Some jobs or occupations put people in dangerous situations. Most often, military personnel, first responders, doctors and nurses, and high hazard workers experience higher rates of PTSD than other professions, but it can happen to anyone. With support, people can recover from PTSD and the effects of trauma. An open Q&A will follow his address. You can also submit anonymous questions for Clint via our website.

Legal Requirements and Effectiveness of Joint H&S Committees

Shannan Boston, Account Manager Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS)
A JHSC is an advisory group required under s.9 of the OHSA, made up of management and worker representatives who work together to identify health and safety problems in the workplace and recommend solutions. Go beyond the basic legal requirement by looking at what successful safety committees do, and determine how effective your own committee is.

PTSD and Cumulative Stress Injuries in the 911 Workplace

Terri McMillan, Manager, Central Ambulance Communication Centre, Sault Ste. Marie Area Hospital
Learn about the hidden world of 911 operators, and in particular ambulance and fire call takers and dispatchers. Hear about what they do, the culture of first responders and how it was (and is) our biggest hurdle to overcome. Cumulative stress injuries and PTSD are common hazards among these employees. Find out what we are doing about it in order to truly support the first 'first responders', the one that answers the call, and how you can relate this information to your own workplace.

Facing Disasters Head On: Business Continuity and Personal Preparedness

Naomi Thibault, Emergency Planning and Research Officer, Fire Services, City of Sault Ste. Marie
Lauren Perry, Assistant Chief, Emergency Management City of Sault Ste. Marie

How would you define a disaster? The Leafs' playoff record; having your laptop stolen when your password is set as password; a fire at a neighbouring business; the Northeast blackout; an Ebola breakout. Have you given real thought as to how your business would continue to operate in the wake of interruption? How would your family manage if you couldn't get home for days and your cell phones didn't work? This session provides information and resources on how both businesses and individuals can prepare for disasters.

NEW! Industrial Operations Protocol

Sarah Allen, HBSc.F MSc.F, Fire Prevention and Education Program Advisor, MNRF Forest Fire and Emergency Services Branch)
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) has established the Industrial Operations portion of Ontario Regulation 207/96 "Outdoor Fires". This regulation identifies the responsibilities of industrial operators in regard to our mutual objectives of preventing and mitigating the effects of wildland fire in the forest areas of Ontario. This protocol provides direction on how to prevent industrial caused wildfires and expedite the suppression of any fires occurring on or near industrial worksites in forested areas. The objectives of the protocol are to ensure: industrial operations are conducted in a manner that prevents wildland fires from starting; wildland fires are detected and reported to Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) so that they receive a timely response; industrial operators are able to continue to work safely as long as possible, as the risk of fire increases; and employees are adequately trained to use available equipment to take safe action that will reduce the negative impact or damage from a fire, should one occur.

Always Connected, Always On: Fatigue in the Workplace

Dr. Sandra Dorman, Ph.D., B.Sc., Director Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH)

"[I'm] Not sure if I work at home, or live at work."

Fry, Futurama

In this day and age, we are always "on" and because of this, many of us are trying to cope with work-related anxiety and fatigue. What key habits contribute to these feelings? How do we prioritize and change our behaviour to reduce fatigue? Learn the key health behaviours related to acute and chronic fatigue in the workplace. In addition, we will learn some strategies to changing behaviour to achieve your personal goals.

Designing for Safety: Understanding the Human and Its Role in Preventing Incidents

Tanya Muller, Ergonomist Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
As someone responsible for EHS have you ever considered adding "designer" to your job description? Think about it for a minute - you're spending your days developing a world class EHS program by identifying hazards and putting controls in place to protect humans from harm. We've all had great ideas that have failed or poor ideas that have succeeded. Ever wonder why? In this session you will learn about the human, and its strengths and weaknesses both physically and mentally. This knowledge will help you determine the effectiveness of a control or program, based on how you have considered the impact of the human and its ability to perform.

A Study of Leading Indicators for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems in Healthcare - Sault Ste. Marie

Dr. Joan Almost, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor Associate Director (Graduate Nursing Programs) School of Nursing, Queen's University
Louise Caicco Tett, RN, BScN, CRSP, MPH (in progress) President, Health & Safety Professionals Inc.

Approximately $2.5B is spent yearly on occupational injuries in the healthcare sector. Despite an increased focus on improving Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety System, injury statistics are not improving significantly. One of the keys to changing this trend is the utilization of leading indicators within current systems. In partnership with the Public Services Health and Safety Association, and funded by the MOL, Queen's University researcher Dr. Joan Almost and her team is studying how focusing on leading indicators may improve health and safety in the workplace. Not part of the health care sector? Join us anyway; there are still takeaways for you. Joan and Louise will present the study findings to date.

Bring Safety Home

Pam Patry, Regional Community Coordinator Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Rich Poirier, Health and Safety Analyst, Tenaris

This is an interactive session designed to give you the tools to bring the safety message at home. Every year, more than 6,000 young workers across Ontario are injured seriously enough to need time off work. This session will help you develop conversation starters and learn about tools you need to help your kids stay informed and safe at work. We will engage you as parents and other influencers in a dialogue to increase awareness about young worker safety so that you can in turn, have candid conversations with the young people in your lives about the risks they face every time they go to work. Learn how to truly listening to the insight young people can share about their work experiences and how to offer guidance and support.

Hearing Loss Prevention and the New Noise Regulations

Chad Kavanaugh, CHRL, CRSP, Consultant Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Noise induced hearing loss is one of the fastest growing occupational diseases in Ontario with claims exceeding $50 million a year. As of July 1, 2016, a new regulation, Regulation 381/15: Noise, extends the noise protection requirements to all workplaces under the OHSA. This interactive session will help you understand the new regulation and its impact in your workplace. Our industry expert will guide you through the regulation and provide some tools to create an action plan back at your workplace.

Harassment in the Workplace

Gerry Paquette, Provincial Specialist Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL)
Nicole Gallant, Occupational Health & Safety Inspector Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL)

This session presented by Ministry of Labour representatives will assist workplace parties in understanding their obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations, with respect to workplace Harassment. This session will present an overview of Bill 132 and the changes to the OHSA with respect to workplace Harassment including the Code of Practice.

Day 2 - May 11

Registration & Continental Breakfast 7:00 - 7:45 am

Mike ScottMike Scott

Motivational Speaker

Finding the Warrior Within: Moving Forward and Making Positive Changes

When Mike Scott was 15 years old, he stayed up for nine days before finally crashing on a crystal meth bender. By his early 20s, Mike was lying in a hospital bed, dying, as his organs shut down after a lifetime of alcohol and drugs. Today Mike is sober and sharing his message of hope. His story hits home for many; being separated from his family by Child and Family Services and put in foster care; getting caught up in a life of theft, drugs, and violence, and losing his mother, a residential school survivor, to drugs and alcohol. Mike now inspires young people to move forward and make positive changes in their lives, and he will inspire you too!

The Effective Investigator: A Practical Case Study

Shannan Boston, GSC, CHSO Account Manager and Consultant Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Workplace accidents can injure or kill people, cause damage, impact morale, production, your company's reputation and financial bottom line. If an incident occurs, a thorough investigation should be conducted to determine and address the root causes to prevent recurrence in the future. This workshop takes participants out of their seats and allows them to practice and improve investigative skills in a safe setting. Through active engagement in a mock investigation case study, participants are coached along the "route to the root" from initial scene management to formulating recommendations for corrective action. Return to the workplace more confident, capable and ready to conduct effective and impactful investigations.

Mental Health in Your Workplace!

Lisa Carricato, Mental Health Educator Canadian Mental Health Association Sault Ste. Marie
Mental health in the workplace affects us all, whether we are employers or employees. When mental health issues are not addressed and treated appropriately, there can be considerable personal and financial costs to individuals and organizations. Fortunately, with prevention, early treatment and support, many of these costs can be significantly reduced or eliminated entirely. Some organizations have begun to focus on what they can do to support the mental health of their employees. Given predictions that depression will be the second leading cause of disability in 2020, we can expect mental health in the workplace to become a key management issue in the years to come. And here's the good news - every $1 businesses invest in mental health returns $2.30 in improved productivity - a mentally healthy workplace is worth investing in. Find out How can your Workplace become more Mentally Healthy?

Beyond Stigma and Treatment: Creating Mental Wellbeing Through a Positive Culture

Brett Webb, Bbus, DipOSH, CMIOSH, CRSP, Consultant Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA)
Mental illness is a leading cause of disability in Canada, in any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental health problem, costing the country an estimated at $51 billion per year. We need to move beyond the conversation about stigmas, treatment and psychological compliance to include meaningful dialogue about empowering people by teaching them how they can take control of their own mental wellbeing. This session will cover an introduction to key concepts and application of positive psychology - the scientific study of psychological well-being and human flourishing. The session will provide the link between improving health and safety culture and a platform for the application of practical positive psychology exercises.

Our Respectful Community

Audrey Gilbeau, Executive Director Nokiiwin Tribal Council
Our Journey Away from Lateral Violence is a thoughtful and encouraging way to approach the effects of historic trauma by learning and growing through community building, practicing kindness and changing the way we approach our future. Working through G'minoomaadozimin - We Are Living Well and the Our Respectful Community model, we will learn how we got here, why lateral violence happens, and what we can do to change and move forward. This positive experience will re-shape the way you see your workplace, your family and your community moving forward.

Engaging Your Workers: Creating Safety Messages that Stick!

Cathy Denomme and Deb Woodman Associate Professors, Algoma University
Messages stick because they are relevant to the person and the environment they are in. When we discuss safety, the messages must have meaning to the people we are training. In this session we will discuss what trainers should consider when they create meaningful health and safety messages. We will give guidance on creating learning outcomes that are relevant and have applicability. This session will explore how to support participants in being engaged, retaining messages and acting on the safety messages that will keep them safe.

Luncheon 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Jim LeesJim Lees

Surviving and Thriving in a Multigenerational Workplace

M.S.W., RSW, Counselor and Coordinator, Student Services, Confederation College

Multigenerational workforces are a fact of life, and it is common to experience the impact of four different generations in a workday. An understanding of how each generation differs from each other in terms of values, expectations and workplace behaviour is essential to leveraging everyone's strengths and improving team work. In the session, you will learn key differences in work styles which will enable negotiating work relationships with more empathy and understanding.

Visit the Trade Show!

Trade Show

OPEN May 10, 2017 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

A great opportunity for peer-to-peer networking and knowledge exchange. Join your fellow delegates on the trade show floor and find solutions for your health and safety needs.

Special Features at the Show

Visit the exhibitors and win some great prizes!

Interactive Health Fair
Take time for yourself and your health. Visit a range of wellness providers and participate in activities that support the services they offer.

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Registration Rates

  Super Early Bird Rate: Save $60
Register on or before April 19, 2017
Early Bird Rate: Save $30
Register on or before May 3, 2017
Regular Rate
After May 3, 2017
Full Conference $329 + HST $359 + HST $389 + HST
1 Day Only $229 + HST $259 + HST $289 + HST
Full Conference Company Pass* $359 + HST $389 + HST $419 + HST

Student Rate** per day
(with proof of Student ID #)

    $49 + HST

* Company pass allows for the pass to be used by one delegate at a time. Company passes are issued in the company name only.

** Student rate: Available to full time students on proof of Student ID#. Limited spaces available! Must provide student ID number at time of registration, and valid student ID card on-site. Please contact our Customer Care Department at 905-614-1400 or 1-877-494-WSPS (9777) to register and for more information.

Volume Discounts

Registrations Discount
6 to 9 5%
10 to 15 10%
16 to 20 15%
21 or more 20%
Registrations must be made at the same time to be eligible. Registration rates include continental breakfast, keynote speakers, lunch, conference sessions and admission to trade show. The early bird rate cannot be combined with any other discount or special offer. Volunteer, safety group, volume discounts and any other discounts or special offers cannot be combined.

Space is limited. We reserve the right to make venue and date changes with notice, speaker changes without notice and to cancel an event due to low registrations. No refunds or cancellations accepted after April 19, 2017. Substitutions welcome.

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