• Bios and Workshop Descriptions – Wednesday, January 20

    Workshop Sessions – A
    Workshop Sessions – B

    Workshop Sessions – A

    A1: Resilience: Developing Mental Toughness – David Falk
    A2: Introduction to SAFE Committee Basics (Part 1 of 2) – Jack Slessor
    A3: Risk Tolerance – Understanding the 10 Influencing Factors of Risk Acceptance – Dave Fennell
    A4: Incident Investigation: Legal Tips and Tricks for Employers and Workers – Shilo Neveu
    A5: How to Become an Effective Safety Leader – Jamie Hall
    A6: How to Plan, Run and Document a Successful Fire Drill – Brian Tanner
    A7: WHMIS After GHS – Current Status and Resources – Anne-Marie Besliu

    A1: Resilience: Developing Mental Toughness

    David Falk, Facilitated Solutions


    A workplace can have great safety policies, equipment and procedures, yet may be vulnerable to having situations go out of control in a hurry if staff lack the personal resilience/mental toughness to face stressful moments with composure. In this session you will explore how to develop the personal resilience/mental toughness of staff as a means to building and sustaining a safe workplace.

    Speaker Biography:

    David Falk is a Partner in the firm Facilitated Solutions. He is a seasoned consultant and conflict management specialist who has been assisting organizations to prevent, manage and resolve conflict since 1990. David is an engaging trainer/facilitator who brings together practical wisdom, humour and real world examples that will inspire you to consider how personal resilience and conflict resolution are foundational to creating and sustaining safe workplaces. David holds both a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Conflict Resolution.

    A2 and B2: Introduction to SAFE Committee Basics (Parts 1 and 2)

    Jack Slessor, SAFE Work Manitoba


    Introduction to SAFE Committee Basics 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 you can register for by visiting www.safemanitoba.com.

    Speaker Biography:  

    Jack Slessor is a Prevention Consultant with SAFE Work Manitoba. Jack’s duties currently include assisting with the annual SAFE Work Manitoba Committee Leadership Conference and providing support to workplaces in the Services Sector. He also provides guidance to workplace committees on their roles and responsibilities as outlined in the Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Act and Regulations. Jack is also one of the presenters of SAFE Committee Basics at SAFE Work Manitoba and on occasion is required to provide special presentations tailored to the needs of organizations and/or workplaces.

    A3: Risk Tolerance – Understanding the 10 Influencing Factors of Risk Acceptance

    Dave Fennell, Dave Fennell Safety Inc.


    Why do individual workers, groups of workers and even whole companies take risks? This session will provide you with answers and insights into this fundamental safety question and with the knowledge and skills to be able to assess the levels of risk tolerance in your workplace.

    Based on the research of Dave Fennell and the ExxonMobil Human Factors Centre of Excellence, the session provides an in-depth understanding of the ten influencing factor for risk acceptance. Risk tolerance involves weighing a number of factors that influence a decision to either accept or reduce risk and Dave will explain how these factors are perceived and weighed in the minds of the workers, work groups and management. The session will explain how to identify these factors in the workplace and then will provide guidance, tools and practical techniques for reducing the acceptance of risk.

    You will leave with a new understanding of risk and will know how to assess and address it in your workplace and personal activities.

    Speaker Biography:

    Dave Fennell has just retired from his roles as the Senior Safety Advisor for Imperial Oil and the Senior Technical Professional for Safety for ExxonMobil.

    Dave has a BSc. in Environmental Sciences from McMaster University, a diploma in Civil Engineering Technology and is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP). He worked for Imperial Oil for 34 years, spending 29 of those in safety. Dave has developed approaches to safety management that have produced results that are widely recognized and have been featured in safety management videos that have been used by companies around the world. He is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Alberta on Behaviour Based Safety and on Human Factors in Engineering and Safety.

    Dave lead an ExxonMobil Human Factors Center of Excellence research project on strategies for reducing Risk Tolerance and developed workshops and training material to communicate this important aspect of safety. The video and materials on Risk Tolerance have been used around the world and have been translated into nine different languages.

    Dave was named the Canadian Safety Professional of the Year by the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering in 2013.

    A4: Incident Investigation: Legal Tips and Tricks for Employers and Workers

    Shilo Neveau, Neuman Thompson


    This workshop will provide you with the tactical expertise on how to deal with a serious/major workplace incident. When you leave this workshop you will know:

    • How to handle/deal with Government investigators;
    • What information needs to be collected immediately after an incident;
    • Legal process – from investigation to prosecution – and how to use it to your advantage;
    • Tactics on how to positively position your organization;
    • What is a “fact” and how it relates to your investigation;
    • The difference between fault finding and due diligence in your investigation process; and
    • How legal realities affect traditional safety doctrine.

    Speaker Biography:  

    Shilo Neveu practices in the area of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) law. He has been in private practice, obtained his Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation (being one of four lawyers in Canada to do so), worked closely with government OHS regulators, occupied Senior OHS positions within companies and is a renowned speaker and lecturer on the topic of investigations. Shilo has performed many serious incident investigations throughout Canada. His expertise, advice and insights on OHS matters are well-sought after.

    A5: How to Become an Effective Safety Leader

    Jamie Hall, SAFE Work Manitoba


    Whether you like to admit it or not, if you are attending this conference, you are likely in a leadership role with regard to safety and health in your organization. But what does it mean to be a safety leader? Join Jamie as he explores what it means to be a safety leader and learn how you can be an effective safety leader in your organization.

    Speaker Biography:

    Jamie Hall is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of SAFE Work Manitoba, the unified public prevention organization responsible for promotion and delivery of services related to workplace injury and illness prevention in Manitoba. A former Manitoba Hydro executive, Jamie held a number of positions, most recently as Division Manager of Rural Distribution Engineering and Construction. He also led Manitoba Hydro’s Corporate Safety and Health Program for six years.

    Jamie also brings his knowledge of safety and health from the not-for-profit sector, serving for over ten years on the Board of Directors of Safety Services Manitoba.

    As COO of SAFE Work Manitoba, Jamie is excited to be a part of the transformation and strengthening of Manitoba’s safety community which will result in a dramatic decline in worker injury and illness.

    Jamie holds a B.SC. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA with a specialty in Human Resources.

    A6: How to Plan, Run and Document a Successful Fire Drill

    Brian Tanner, Fire Plan Strategies Inc.


    This interactive workshop teaches you how to prepare, execute and document a building-wide fire drill, paying specific attention to tips and how to avoid common mistakes. You will learn several ideas about how to make the drill more interesting/engaging for staff and how safety professionals can document and measure success.

    You will leave the presentation with the tools you need to hold a successful fire drill to practice/evaluate your fire emergency plan, including take-home information and checklists.

    Speaker Biography:

    Brian Tanner is an International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) accredited Fire Inspector, Fire and Life Safety Educator, and Operations Manager at Fire Plan Strategies. Fire Plan Strategies provides fire safety planning, fire safety training, evacuation signs and facilitates fire drills for all types of organizations across Canada. Notable projects include the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg International Airport, Investors Group Field and the MTS Centre, as well as countless health care facilities, schools, residential, commercial, industrial and high-hazard facilities from Nanaimo, BC to Dartmouth, NS.

    Brian has helped to design and deliver all of Fire Plan Strategies’ modern fire safety training and is an avid fire drill facilitator. Their attitude is that fire safety training and fire drills should be an entertaining and educational experience for everyone involved.

    A7: WHMIS After GHS – Current Status and Resources

    Anne-Marie Besliu, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)


    WHMIS is changing and workplaces need to start planning for WHMIS 2015 changes based on the GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals). Learn how WHMIS will change based on the new regulations.

    The new rules will affect hazard classes, Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) and labels. Employers will face a number of challenges including new worker training. Get answers to frequently asked questions and find out about helpful new resources.

    Speaker Biography:

    Anne-Marie Besliu is a Technical Specialist, Training and Education, at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS). Since she joined CCOHS in 2013, Anne-Marie has been providing guidance on health and safety legislation and best practices to employers and employees from various work fields.

    Anne-Marie researches health and safety topics, writes and reviews educational fact sheets and e-courses, participates in the development of the CCOHS CHEMINFO database and has been involved in the assessment and development of health and safety programs for several of the Centre’s clients. She brings to the CCOHS team expertise in chemical technology, teaching and education and occupational health and safety.

    Anne-Marie received her Honours B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, Romania, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety from Ryerson University.

    Workshop Sessions – B

    B1: Change Management for Your Life – Wendy Hofford
    B2: Introduction to SAFE Committee Basics – Jack Slessor
    B3: We Live Safe – Bill Carr
    B4: Understanding Workplace Mental Health and Psychological Safety – Don Smith
    B5: Distracted Driving in Manitoba – Tracey Proctor
    B6: Youth Safety in the Workplace: How SAFE Workers of Tomorrow Help Make It Better – Marjorie Jenkins and Torin Proulx
    B7: Automated External Defibrillator – The History and Use – Dave Dyck

    B1: Change Management for Your Life

    Wendy Hofford, Wendy Hofford Leadership Training & Consulting


    What would you do if your life changed today? Would you fight it? Or would you welcome change with open arms? Change happens to all of us, wanted or not, and it’s how we handle those changes that will determine what kind of life we will create.

    Join Wendy to learn:

    • What are your coping skills when change comes at you.
    • The four ways people deal with change.
    • Eight tactical tips to use when change comes your way.

    Remember, it’s not IF change comes but WHEN – how are you going to deal with it?

    Speaker Biography:

    Raising her family on a Northern Manitoba farm with only a Grade 12 education, Wendy is only too familiar with the challenges of constant change. In 2000, she found herself in a test of change like never before. Be inspired as she shares her stories and strategies that took her from the farm to the corporate board room within seven years.

    Wendy is an experienced John Maxwell Leadership and Gallup Strengths certified speaker, trainer and coach. With a passion for teaching and empowering individuals and organizations to embrace change, Wendy provides her audience with the tools and knowledge while inspiring them to lead themselves and others.

    B2: See description for A2.

    B3: We Live Safe

    Bill Carr

    Following up in the principles and ideas raised in his safety keynote – Seeing the World Through Safety Glasses – Bill helps us to see how to operationalize what he has discussed. Using the methodology of his workshop “Talking in Circles,” Bill helps his audience make real and practical the truths of the safety workshop. This is a fun, practical and interactive session where people will walk out with real-time applicable ideas that will help them live, work and play more safely.

    Speaker Biography:  

    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.

    Bill works directly with clients before each event in order to create material relevant and of vital interest to each individual audience.

    B4: Understanding Workplace Mental Health and Psychological Safety

    Don Smith, Vital Life Inc.


    This session will take you through definitions of mental health and illness and provide statistics related to the most common illnesses: anxiety and depression. You will then examine how this is manifested in the workplace and how co-workers, managers and supervisors can respond. This will include the importance of and the mechanics of breaking the stigma associated with mental illness.

    The session will then examine some of the workplace situations contribute to these illnesses and how we can best address them in the workplace. The ultimate goal of the workshop is to ensure that employees feel safe and comfortable in their workplace.

    Speaker Biography:  

    Don Smith has been a probation officer working with sexual offenders (1980-1995) and was a private counselor working with victims and offenders, as well as clients dealing with traumatic histories. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a significant factor in depression, anxiety and behaviors that are offensive. Don provided corrections staff with training related to sexual assault and victimization. He also has delivered treatment programs for offenders based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

    Don became a Rehab Consultant in 1999 after delivering a presentation on the relationship between trauma history and disability. Specializing in mental health and chronic pain, he has worked with numerous employees, mainly teachers, dealing with mental health disabilities, helping them to access resources, develop resiliency and, ultimately, return to work. He has developed and facilitated group programs for teachers struggling with stressors in the workplace and being somewhat symptomatic. The program was designed to specifically develop resiliency skills to maintain and enhance their level of function at work.

    Don has since become the owner and CEO of Vital Life, a company specializing in disability management from a holistic perspective which includes mental, physical and financial well-being. Vital Life focuses on achieving work-life balance through health and hard work, recognizing that financial well-being comes from being gainfully and happily employed, feeling safe and comfortable in their employment.

    B5: Distracted Driving in Manitoba

    Tracey Proctor, Manitoba Public Insurance


    The presentation looks at Manitoba’s distracted driving situation – what are the causes, demographics of who is texting and driving and what Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) is doing to address the issue. You will view a video testimonial from a young man who caused a serious crash while using his cell phone behind the wheel, CTV 60-Second Driver commercial advice, as well as MPI’s newest distracted driving television commercial.

    The presentation will also offer you the chance to try out MPI’s texting and driving simulator. You will receive brochures and a small give-away.

    Speaker Biography:

    Tracey Proctor is a Community Relations Specialist with Manitoba Public Insurance and is responsible for the delivery of impaired and distracted driving programming. For more than 15 years she has worked in a variety of roles, helping Manitobans to learn and practice safe driving habits.

    B6: Youth Safety in the Workplace: How SAFE Workers of Tomorrow Help Make it Better

    Marjorie Jenkins and Torin Proulx, SAFE Workers of Tomorrow


    This presentation will cover:

    • A history of SAFE Workers of Tomorrow (SWOT)
    • Information about the SWOT volunteer program and how it works
    • What SWOT presentations are about
    • What you need to know when hiring a young person (vulnerable worker)
    • Duties of employers or supervisors
    • Risk assessments for vulnerable workers

    You will receive handouts about worker rights to take home.

    Speaker Biography:

    Marjorie Jenkins has been with SAFE Workers of Tomorrow for over 10 years. She was injured when she was 16 years of age, working at a gas station. She knows the history of SWOT and how it helps young workers. Currently, Marjorie is in charge of the volunteer program at SWOT. She also has been on a WBC claim, so she understands how that works for people who are hurt.

    Torin Proulx has four years of experience in the safety and health field and six years of experience in the education field. He is well-versed in the delivery of safety and health information though workshops and seminars.

    B7: Automated External Defibrillator – The History and Use

    Dave Dyck, Safety Services Manitoba


    This presentation will cover a brief history about how the concept of the Automated External Defibrillator (A.E.D) came to be and how it has changed over the years. It will also provide an overview about what an A.E.D. actually does and does not do.

    You will learn how to use an A.E.D. in a public setting and will get hands-on experience and the chance to practice with one. Please note: this is not a certification course. You will gain an understanding of how to use an A.E.D. but will not be certified to do so.

    Speaker Biography:

    David Dyck is a dedicated professional with over 20 years of experience, specializing in the fields of aviation, freight movement/warehousing and logistics. David is a Certified and Designated Canadian Customs Specialist (CCS) and Certified Risk Management Specialist (RIM).

    David has a wide array of experience including managing daily operations, recruiting and human resources, scheduling, managing resources, problem resolution, technical communication and audits.

    A competent and versatile instructor, David has created and delivered many specialized health and safety courses during his 20+ years in industry. He has taught First Aid/CPR/AED, Transportation of Dangerous Goods (Air and Ground), GHS/WHMIS, Boating, Restricted Radio Operator (Land and Air), Survival, Water Rescue and Emergency Response. At SSM, David shares his extensive experience and knowledge of areas of search and rescue in courses such as High Angle Rescue, Emergency Response and Confined Space Rescue.

    David’s experience has shown him that knowing what to do in the first 10 or 15 minutes can make the difference in any emergency situation, and he is passionate about keeping families safe by giving people the tools, knowledge and confidence to respond appropriately in a crisis.