• Wednesday, January 20, 2016
    Seeing the World Through Safety Glasses – Bill Carr
    Better Safe Than Sorry: Dealing with Substance Abuse in the Workplace – Joel Gervais
    Missing Tim – The Bottom Line – Julie Hamilton

    Thursday, January 21, 2016
    The Attitude Effect – Alvin Law
    Your Brain on the Job – Gary Anaka

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

    Seeing the World Through Safety Glasses

    Bill Carr

    “Seeing the World Through Safety Glasses” explores the ideas of complacency and how the brain operates when it comes to developing safe or dangerous habits which affects the safety of our workplace and our perception of it. Team members are introduced to a helpful mindset and learn how this is key to a safe and productive workplace for themselves and others.


    Bill uses his background in theatre to entertain his audience and make them laugh – all while delivering a powerful message about coping with change, transforming fatigue into a renewed drive and developing a new and dynamic perspective on what they do with their lives.

    “Better Safe Than Sorry: Dealing with Substance Abuse in the Workplace”

    Joel Gervais

    This presentation will explore:

    • The impact of substance abuse on the workplace;
    • What a substance abuse problem might look like;
    • The challenges in dealing with the substance abusing employee;
    • The consequences of not addressing substance abuse in the workplace;
    • A best practice approach to dealing with the substance abuse in the workplace; and
    • The resources available for employers when dealing with substance abuse issue in the workplace.

    BiographyJoel Gervais

    Joel Gervais has worked in the private and public sector in the area of mental health and addictions for over 25 years. His experience includes 15 years with the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM) where he worked as a both a Rehabilitation Counsellor and Prevention Education Consultant.

    During his last ten years at AFM, Joel specialized in the area of Workplace Services and provided consultation and training to private and public workplaces in the area of substance abuse and workplace intervention. Joel has also worked on several national substance abuse initiatives including four years with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) where he provided consultation and support to the Canada’s National Alcohol and Drug Strategy.

    Joel is currently the Program Manager with Vital Life Inc.’s Mental Health and Addiction department. The department provides addictions management services, drug testing and substance abuse training to large and small organizations in the province of Manitoba. Joel is also a nationally recognized speaker and a regular presenter at local and national safety and HR conferences.

    “Missing Tim – The Bottom Line”

    Julie Hamilton

    Her son, Tim’s death knocked Julie to her knees and made her realize that safety on the job site has to be strengthened, openly discussed at all levels and made the highest priority.

    Safety is all about attitude and personal choice – at every level – every moment of every day. Your decision impacts not only your own safety but also the safety of those around you. It might seem like such a little decision at the moment it’s made – but it’s a decision that has life-long impact.

    This presentation is grounded and practical. No fancy theories. You will come away with:

    1. A clearer, deeper and more personal view of why safety is relevant.
    2. The connection between respect for your job, respect for those you work with and safety.
    3. Three tools to use on the job site that are usable and do-able to help you speak up about safety without making others angry or resentful.

    BiographyJulie Hamilton

    Julie travels North America telling Tim’s story and making workplaces safer. It doesn’t matter whether she’s speaking in a Board Room or from the bed of a pick-up truck in a Quonset hut, the message is the same. It’s all about attitude and choices.

    Her early career of counselling and teaching at the University of Toronto has given her the perfect background for the work she does now. Add to this her personal experience within the world of job safety and you get a passionate advocate for safety at all levels of any organization. All proceeds from her talks go to the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada – you’ll learn more about that, too.

    Julie has been awarded the following honours:
    2014 – Alberta Order of Excellence, the highest honour the Province of Alberta can bestow on a citizen
    2013 – Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal
    2011 – Selected as one of the 100 Alumni of Achievement from Wilfred Laurier University

    Thursday, January 21, 2016

    “The Attitude Effect”

    Alvin Law

    Our attitude is the one thing we have complete control over. We can’t always choose what happens to us on a day-to-day basis, but we can choose our attitude.

    A leader with a bad attitude can have a drastic effect on the productivity and profitability of the entire company. But when a leader adopts and practices good attitude habits, it ripples throughout the entire organization. Productivity, innovation, engagement, quality, service and customer loyalty can skyrocket when you have a positive company culture.

    This presentation won’t teach you how to do your job – you can hire an MBA coach for that. What it will do is demonstrate how practising good attitude habits helps you become the type of leader people are excited to work with, and give you the tools you need to practise “The Attitude Effect” at work and in your personal life.


    Alvin’s mission is to spark a worldwide “Attitude Revolution.” A professional speaker for over 30 years, he uses his story to challenge and inspire people to rewrite the negative things they tell themselves about themselves; to stop feeling like victims in their lives and get proactive; to stop making excuses and start making choices. Over 7,500 corporations, organizations and groups on five continents have used Alvin to ignite, engage and transform their people.

    Born with no arms as a result of his mother taking the drug Thalidomide as prescribed for morning sickness, Alvin was adopted by a family who taught him to use his feet for hands – and by doing so, gave him the gift of freedom. In addition to being a professional speaker, he is a trained broadcaster, fundraiser, award-winning musician and bestselling author. He has earned the designation of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), an honour possessed by less than ten percent of professional speakers worldwide. In 2009, Alvin was inducted into the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) Hall of Fame.

    Prior to his career as a professional speaker, Alvin worked for non-profit groups, in advertising and public relations, the civil service and has even run for public office (unsuccessfully, but he got over it). He has appeared on countless telethons and media features, and has been the subject of two award-winning television documentaries. He has played a direct role in raising over $175,000,000 for charity.

    Alvin shares his life with his wife and business partner, Darlene; his adult son, Vance; Raymond, the dog; and Trixie, the cat. They all live in beautiful Calgary, Alberta.

    “Your Brain on the Job”

    Gary Anaka

    Are you living and working in a multitasking environment? Is your brain under a constant state of heightened stress? Everything you do requires your brain in this world of increasing knowledge and technology, which means you are going to have to use it more effectively than ever. A safety culture starts with you and the most valuable thing that you own – your brain. Mistakes and accidents happen when your brain is downshifted. To maintain productivity and ensure success, there is a need to be resilient.

    Discover how to upshift your brain to overcome the fight, flight or freeze response to stay alert and focused while working. This different perspective to safety means being brain smart on the job and understanding how your brain operates. This workshop is full of hope and optimism for your future.

    BiographyGary Anaka

    • Gary Anaka is the top brain-based teaching facilitator in BC today. He is a learning assistance specialist, a motivational educator and author of two books. He has been presenting keynotes and workshops in the exciting new field of neuroscientific research to tens of thousands of professionals and the general public since 1997. He is a strong advocate for brain safety on the job, overall wellness and is famous for his audience engagement. His lively, energetic sessions have been called both professionally and personally life-changing.