• Bios and Workshop Descriptions – Thursday, January 21

    Workshop Sessions – C
    Workshop Sessions – D

    Workshop Sessions – C

    C1: Return to Work Programs – The Important Things to Remember (Part 1) – Michelle Brunette, Lindsay Gillson and Jennifer Willems
    C2: Brain Wellness: The Secrets for Longevity – Gary Anaka
    C3: Human Rights in the SAFE Workplace (Part 1) – Simon Gillingham
    C4: Yoga: A Pathway to Self-Care – Craig Harren
    C5: Understanding Workplace Safety and Health Enforcement – Darren James
    C6: Alvin’s Laws of Life – Alvin Law
    C7: 5 Ways to Make Safety Training Engaging and Interactive – Ron Bartlette

    C1 and D1: Return to Work Programs – The Important Things to Remember (Parts 1 and 2)

    Michelle Brunette, Lindsay Gillson and Jennifer Willems, WCB


    Drawing on material from WCB’s Return to Work Basics (a 1-day training session), you will be provided with:

    • Reasons why a well-designed return to work (RTW) program is important to your business
    • The key elements of a good RTW program
    • Some tools to use in developing/improving your RTW program
    • An introduction to WCB’s new “Employer Relationship” department
    • Information on resources you can use to develop or better your RTW program

    You will be provided with the WCB’s RTW Manual from the full-day course (recently updated to 2015).

    Speaker Biographies:

    Working as a WCB Case Manager, Michelle Brunette provided direct assistance to Employers in RTW programs and how to manage individual cases. She is now an Employer Relationship Manager.

    With a background in WCB’s Occupational Disease Unit, Lindsay Gillson has worked with employers in developing RTW programs involving some of the most complex issues including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental health claims. She is now a RTW Consultant.

    Jennifer Willems’s knowledge and expertise in working with the healthcare industry in RTW efforts is enhanced by previous experience working for a large employer as their Disability Claims Manager (who managed WCB claims). She is now a RTW Consultant.

    C2: Brain Wellness: The Secrets for Longevity

    Gary Anaka


    Are you experiencing brain fatigue? Is your memory going? Not as sharp as you used to be? Worried? Are you living and working in a multi-tasking environment?

    If so, you may be experiencing accelerated brain aging – your precious brain may be burning out early.

    How can you connect to the future if you don’t have a brain to do it with? The exciting new field of Applied Educational Neuroscience has meaningful answers for everyone regardless of age. This practical workshop provides information and techniques to make your life and job easier. Find out what a healthy brain needs and what brain killers to avoid. Gain the secrets of brain longevity to give you workable strategies for life long brain wellness. Discover how to make brain plasticity work for you every day. This energetic and lively session is filled with hope and optimism for your future. Find out how to use it before you lose it!

    Speaker Biography:

    Gary Anaka is the top brain-based teaching facilitator in British Columbia 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 since 1997 to tens of thousands of professionals and the general public. 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.

    C3 and D3: Human Rights in the SAFE Workplace (Parts 1 and 2)

    Simon Gillingham, City of Winnipeg


    • What are the protected group factors under human rights?
    • Dealing with mental health issues
    • What is “duty to inquire”?
    • Does SAFETY always trump human rights?
    • Dealing with addictions and safety sensitive positions
    • When can the employer request drug/alcohol testing of employees?
    • Review of “dignity of risk”
    • The key components of “undue hardship”
    • Review of “bona fide occupational requirement” or “BFOQ”
    • Review obligation to accommodate within “BFOQ”
    • Review of whether job applicants are required to disclose disability?
    • Does accommodation require retaining seniority, same pay, hours and benefits?
    • Review of interesting case law

    Speaker Biography:

    Simon Gillingham was an Investigator with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission for 14 years. He has a university educational background in Human Resource Management and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution.

    Simon is currently employed with the City of Winnipeg as a Workplace Consultant with key focus on ensuring all human resource policies comply with human rights legislation. He is responsible for management of the City’s Respectful Workplace Standard and responds on behalf of the City to external human rights complaints.

    C4: Yoga: A Pathway to Self-Care

    Craig Harren, Harren Therapies


    As the title suggests, in this presentation Craig will discuss the importance of self-care in relation caring for others. Managing the safety and health of yourself and others can be difficult on your body and may be a source of emotional and mental stress.

    Craig will begin the session by conducting an actual yoga session and will end by briefly explaining the physiological effects of stress on the individual and on those around them, contrasting this to the positive effects when a person is relaxed. He will explain and demonstrate (with viewer participation) shiatsu, massage and yoga techniques that anyone can do reduce stress and increase self-care on a daily basis.

    In this session, you will learn:

    • The importance of self-care
    • Stress management techniques, through practical examples
    • Results and statistics of Western scientific research
    • Principles of Chinese medicine/shiatsu/Ayurvedic (holistic) medicine

    You will receive a handout on which you can record your “homework” for the day, such as recommended stretches for a specific condition.

    Speaker Biography:

    Craig is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), registered Shiatsu Therapist and certified Ashtanga yoga instructor by David Swenson in Vancouver (2001), Yoga Dot Calm in Calgary (2005) and Yoga Shala (2008).

    Craig has been practicing yoga for 15 years, teaching yoga for 10 years and has worked as a healthy aging coordinator, assisting adults with disabilities to participate in a variety of wellness activities.

    By assessing and adjusting the body through yoga and massage, Craig is able to help clients create balance and focus in their work day, improve overall well-being and treat a variety of conditions, including:

    • Acute and chronic pain
    • Stress and anxiety
    • Muscular tension

    C5: Understanding Workplace Safety and Health Enforcement

    Darren James, Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health


    This presentation will explain the various enforcement activities and administrative processes undertaken by the Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Branch while enforcing Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Legislation and regulations. Topics include: mandate and legal scope; powers and discretion of Safety and Health Officers; report forms, improvement orders and stop work orders; appeals; and prosecutions and administrative penalties.

    Speaker Biography:

    Darren James is a Safety and Health Officer and internal branch training coordinator with Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health. Darren has worked both as a Prevention Services Officer and as an Inspections Services Unit Officer in a variety of workplace sectors including heavy industrial manufacturing, large major retail and the theatrical, stage and entertainment sectors.

    Prior to working with the Government, Darren worked for 19 years for a large urban city bus manufacturer in Winnipeg and participated on the joint health and safety committee as a worker committee co-chairperson.

    C6: Alvin’s Laws of Life

    Alvin Law, AJL Communications Ltd.


    As a follow up to Alvin’s keynote, “The Attitude Effect,” Alvin delivers an unconventional workshop. It’s almost like one of the trends in speaking where a guest is interviewed, rather than them giving a talk. Alvin knows that people will gain greatly from his keynote but will also be very curious and want to know more.

    “Alvin’s Laws of Life” is the title of Alvin’s first book which contains the five “laws” he believes contributed profoundly to his life. He will reference these “laws,” but the session will largely be a Q&A where you, the participants, get to act as the interviewer and lead the discussion. And no, there will be no “ice breakers, mantras, group hugs or singalongs,” just in-depth learning from the guru himself!

    Speaker Biography:

    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 stories 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 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 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.

    He 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.

    C7: 5 Ways to Make Safety Training Engaging and Interactive

    Ron Bartlette, Winnipeg Transition Centre


    In this session, you will:

    • Discuss what effective and ineffective meeting/small group leaders do
    • Experience the 5 Pillars of the Behavioural Facilitation approach to effective group interaction
    • Address challenges that facilitators encounter when leading training and presentations
    • Gain three techniques to keep sessions upbeat, interactive and productive

    You will receive a workbook handout to take home.

    Speaker Biography:

    Ron Bartlette created the Practical Workshop Facilitation Skills Certificate (PWFSC) through the University of Winnipeg and Humber College in Toronto over 10 years ago. The PWFSC has been delivered across Canada to hundreds of participants from all sectors with enthusiastic positive feedback. The 5-day PWFSC provides trainers – whether novice or senior – with the skills to engage and energize their presentations, training sessions and meetings. This 75-minute session is based on this highly successful facilitation certificate. Over the last 10 years alone, Ron has delivered a minimum of 12 5-day PWFSC sessions a year. Added to this, he has created and delivered up to 25 professional development workshops a year, all with a focus on improving the participant’s facilitation skills and knowledge.

    The Winnipeg Transition Centre (WTC) delivers 1-, 2-, 3- and 5-day facilitations skills training. Safety Services Manitoba (SSM) contracted with the WTC to deliver two 3-day facilitation skills sessions for their staff in 2014. As well, they continue to send SSM staff to the 5-day PWFSC session, and two staff members will be attending the next PWFSC session in October.

    Workshop Sessions – D

    D1: Return to Work Programs – The Important Things to Remember (Part 2) – Michelle Brunette, Lindsay Gillson and Jennifer Willems
    D2: Communicating Well… Even Under Pressure – Jackie Hunt
    D3: Human Rights in the SAFE Workplace (Part 2) – Simon Gillingham
    D4: Getting the Most Out of Your Incident Investigations – Jeffrey Olsson
    D5: Workplace First Aid Includes Mental Health – Mireille Cyr-Hansen
    D6: Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention – Roland Reenders
    D7: Corporate Defensive Driving: Multi-Tasking, The Myth – Craig Harrison

    D1: See description for C1.

    D2: Communicating Well… Even Under Pressure

    Jackie Hunt, QuickThink Consulting


    This interactive workshop will focus on how managing your emotions and understanding effective communication can help you navigate through those difficult conversations that inevitably come up.

    Some of the topics you will discuss are:

    • What is emotional intelligence and why is it important?
    • Why self-awareness is important during difficult conversations
    • What effective communication really looks like
    • What barriers can get in the way of communicating well
    • Why it is important to understand your style of communicating and those of others
    • Considerations of effective communication

    Speaker Biography:

    Jackie Hunt is a Training and Development Consultant with QuickThink Consulting. She has been trainer and professional speaker for over 15 years. Her primary focus for training has been on leadership, communication and conflict skills and emotional intelligence. Jackie has had the opportunity to work with public, private and not-for-profit organizations over the years.

    Leveraging her leadership and communication skills, Jackie is also the Mayor for the Municipality of Ritchot. In this capacity, she works with all levels of government, ratepayers, community groups and developers in her municipality. The benefit of this opportunity allows her to provide the participants in her workshops with real examples and experience.

    To find out more, please visit her website.

    D3: See description for C3.

    D4: Getting the Most Out of Your Incident Investigations

    Jeffrey Olsson, Manitoba Hydro


    Jeffrey Olsson will present on how to get the most out of incident investigations as he asks: “How do we dig deeper?” Jeff will show you a framework of ideas and concepts that are aligned with the science of incident causation.

    Understanding the various systems that work behind the scenes in your workplace will help your investigators to clearly explain how the incident occurred in the first place. It also enables your investigators to ask the right questions that will generate corrective and preventive actions that are both meaningful and effective in preventing future incidents.

    As Jeff says, “a good investigations doesn’t happen by accident. It is a carefully scripted process. Planning is the key.”

    Speaker Biography:

    Jeffrey Olsson is currently employed as the Safety Policies Supervisor for Manitoba Hydro and leads a team of highly trained incident investigators and program developers in the Workplace Safety Department. Jeff is responsible for the quality of the investigations at Manitoba Hydro and strives to ensure that the results are factual and unbiased, and that corrective and preventive actions are clearly tied to solving the problems associated with the root cause findings of each incident.

    With 32 years of experience in the utility industry, Jeff has worked in the field of safety for over 15 years and has numerous incident investigations under his belt, including public and industrial incidents. He holds two professional designations – Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC).

    D5: Workplace First Aid Includes Mental Health

    Mireille Cyr-Hansen, Mental Health First Aid Canada


    The presentation covers the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program as well as other broader subjects such as mental health in Canada and workplace mental health. This presentation will include three small group/individual activities as well. You will receive handouts for the activities.

    The presentation will include:

    • What is MHFA?
    • Mental health in Canada
    • Workplace mental health
    • Initiatives being undertaken regarding mental health in the workplace
    • Case for investment in MHFA

    Speaker Biography

    Mireille Cyr-Hansen has been at the Mental Health Commission since September 2015. She works with the Mental Health First Aid Program as Manager for Business Development and Planning.

    Prior to this, Mireille worked at Accreditation Canada as Manager Client Services supporting organizations in Western and Northern Canada, the province of Quebec and First Nations communities through the accreditation process.

    Over the years, she has also worked on several projects touching on workplace violence prevention, sterilization and organ and tissue transplantation and donation.

    She previously worked as a physiotherapist in the private setting and as a case manager in community, hospital and long-term care settings. Mireille holds a Master of Health Administration and a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Ottawa.

    D6: Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention

    Roland Reenders, SAFE Work Manitoba


    This presentation will give an overview how musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) can develop and how to prevent them. Since back injuries are very common across all sectors, particular attention will be paid to gaining a better understanding of the back. Exercises and their rationale for prevention will also be highlighted.

    Speaker Biography:

    Roland Reenders worked for the Workplace Safety and Health Division as an Ergonomist before making the transition to SAFE Work Manitoba as a prevention consultant. In these roles, he has provided education and consultations relating to musculoskeletal injury prevention, ergonomic principles and responsibilities as outlined in the Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Act and Regulations.

    Prior to working in Safety and Health, Roland worked in the rehabilitation field and has extensive knowledge and experience in designing and educating injured individuals and workers on therapeutic exercise programs, safe lifting and materials handling and application of ergonomics in other work and life tasks.

    D7: Corporate Defensive Driving: Multi-Tasking, The Myth

    Craig Harrison, Safety Services Manitoba


    This presentation offers an informed look into the myth of multi-tasking while driving. You will be educated in the science of visual perception and how our brains process information in a changing world. This is a very interactive session where you will participate in activities (while sitting). The outcome of the session will be a much clearer understanding in the need to focus on the task at hand and the importance in prioritizing activities as a driver.

    Speaker Biography:

    Craig’s experiences include:

    • Corporate Presenter
    • Delivering Manitoba Public Insurance- (MPI) mandated road safety courses to over 10,000 people
    • Master Skid Instructor/winter driving instructor
    • Road safety presentation development and delivery
    • High speed, evasive and tactical driver training
    • Vehicle threshold testing

    As an experienced road safety consultant and corporate presenter for Safety Services Manitoba, Craig brings a wealth of experience and dynamic presentation skills to his workshops.

    Most recently, Craig was instrumental in the development of SSM’s High Definition Driving presentation that is based on understanding the challenges drivers have when trying to “multi-task” while driving.

    As Craig will clearly demonstrate in this workshop, we “task switch,” not “multi-task” – and the differences are significant for personal safety as a driver.