Thursday, January 26, 2023
Opening Keynote 9:00 – 10:00am
Big Daddy Tazz
Workshop Sessions C 10:30 – 11:45am
Workshop Sessions D 1:00 – 2:15pm
Closing Keynote 2:30 – 3:30pm
Presentation Descriptions and
A humourous look at life’s triumphs and tribulations through the eyes of someone living with mental illness. After thirty years of denying he had the mental illnesses that were controlling his life, comedian Big Daddy Tazz realized that being a manic-depressive, attention deficit, socially anxious, obsessive-compulsive dyslexic could either destroy or enhance his life: the choice was his.
A strong mental health advocate, who is often described as “one of the most talented comics in the business”, Tazz speaks candidly about his struggles, and ultimately his triumphs, over not only being diagnosed with mental illness, but facing the terrifying stigma that surrounds it. Audience members who live with mental illness and stigma (either their own or someone else’s) will find themselves empowered, inspired and proud of who they are, “warts” and all! All will leave with the tools to make a positive, accepting difference as well as a heart full of laughter, light and compassion. Tazz will make you laugh until you cry, and then laugh some more, it’s the bi-polar way!
Big Daddy Tazz
Often described as one of the most talented comics in the business, Big Daddy Tazz has been delighting crowds from coast to coast at corporate events, fund raisers, festivals and on television for more than 30 years. Today, audiences are happy to join him on his rapid cycle ride down the never-ending road to recovery as he tours North America, bringing his good mental health message to audiences, drawing rave reviews and standing ovations! Equal parts comedian and motivational speaker, Tazz educates, enlightens and inspires.
For the last 20 years Big Daddy Tazz has brought forth light and laughter for those living with mental Illness, by raising awareness on how stigma affects us all. Tazz believes in educating, embracing, and empowering everyone so that we can all stand tall and give stigma a bad name. His comedy appearances include the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, the Moncton Comedy Festival and the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival, which can be seen frequently on CBC television and the Comedy Network.
C1: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
This talk will focus on how the brain learns using the five human senses and how the brain translates the senses into a type of picture for better learning retention. What does safety look like, why is it one of the hardest subjects to understand. How a picture can be the most effective tool for our brains to understand and remember.
Adam Paoletic, Safety Services Manitoba
As Director of Safety Services and Training Adam leads the Occupational Safety and Safe Driving teams. Adam holds his Canadian Registered Safety Professional Designation and is a licensed Fire and Life Safety Educator through the NFPA.
Adam plays a key role at SSM within our Leadership Team and leading our trainers and consultants. Adam has been part of SSM’s team since 2009. During his time with SSM, Adam has trained thousands of students and consulted numerous companies throughout Manitoba. Adam’s sincere dedication and communication skills have become his trademark with all companies who have worked with him.
C2: Improving Mental Health Amplifies Performance – How Utilizing the Power of the Heart may be the Key to Prevention.
Following an incident investigation, have you ever wondered how you could influence better decision‐making? Have you ever read an incident report entry that says “… lack of operator attention” and thought, “how can we fix that”? Research into stress reveals that stress affects all aspects of our behaviour. Our abilities to perceive, feel, focus, learn, reason, and make decisions that allow us to perform at our best are all affected by our physiological response to stress. A response that the heart plays a major role in and improves brain function simultaneously.
In this experiential session, participants will be introduced to a powerful body of leading‐edge science and understand how they can improve mental health by sharing this knowledge and some practical skills. They’ll walk away with a new skill they can use to reduce a stress response in the moment to prevent stress from causing harm and, at the same time, amplify performance to create better outcomes.
*Handouts will be provided.
Sharon Inkster, Practical Safety, Health & Environmental Solutions
Sharon Inkster serves as an independent health & safety consultant specializing in helping organizations create thriving cultural environments by sharing the neuroscience behind stress, leadership, and sustainable behavioral change. Sharon’s qualifications include being a Canadian Registered Safety Professional and a HeartMath® Certified Trainer.
Throughout the last 20 years, Sharon has led the improvement of health & safety in mining, exploration, and the public sector as an RCMP officer.
The passion that drives Sharon’s work comes from growing up in a family riddled with major depression and her own experiences recovering from burnout and low‐level depression while serving in the roles above. The feedback Sharon receives from her clients is that her passion for the work shines through, and they can tell she practices and lives the work she shares with others to help them be more resilient to life’s challenges.
C3: Opioid Poisoning Response Training
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been a dramatic increase of opioid poisonings (overdoses) across Canada. It is affecting people in all walks of life and in so many ways. This 75 minute workshop will show you how to identify when a person might be in an opioid poisoning state, how to manage the situation safely and how to use Naloxone to help to temporarily reverse the effect. At the conclusion of this workshop, Naloxone kits will be available to participants.
Irene Bennink, St. John Ambulance
Irene is a skilled trainer with over 2 decades of experience who enjoys sharing her knowledge with people. Irene is currently the only certified trainer in Manitoba authorized to deliver Opioid Poisoning Response Training (OPRT) working in conjunction with Health Canada. Helping people recognize and deal with Opioid Poisoning as well as helping spread the knowledge of Harm Reduction.
C4: Biological Hazards
Objective: Participants will leave this general course with an understanding of biological hazards (not specifically COVID-19–related). Participants will learn about the chain of infection, the role of legislation, risk assessments and preventing biological hazards in the workplace.
Who should take this course: Everyone, including workers, supervisors, safety and health committee members/representatives, managers and employers.
A handout will be provided and a table from SWMB chemical and biologics guide.
Michael Pogorzelec, SAFE Work Manitoba
Michael Pogorzelec, MSc, studied microbiology and pharmacology and therapeutics at the University of Manitoba. He proceeded to work in the health insurance industry, and eventually moved to the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba. Here, he worked in short-term claims, providing benefits to injured workers. He is currently a Prevention Consultant at SAFE Work Manitoba, the provincial public agency dedicated to the prevention of workplace injury and illness.
C5: Supervisors & SAFE Work
Participants will leave with an understanding of the role and obligations of supervisors when it comes to safety and health, and how they can influence safety culture in the workplace.
Shawn Trudell, SAFE Work Manitoba
- Shawn Trudell is a Prevention Consultant with SAFE Work MB
- He works with employers and workers providing training, conducting Gap Assessments and other supportive services from Safe Work Manitoba.
- Shawn is a Certified Health & Safety Consultant, Certified Disability Management Professional, and Nations Construction Safety Officer
- Prior to moving over to Safe Work MB, Shawn spent 20 years working in disability management in British Columbia and Manitoba
- Shawn has worked with many employers and workers over the years and knows the impact work place injuries resulting from hazards can have.
C6: Occupational Health and Road Safety
- Protecting our people while traveling too and from workplace
- Providing training and guidance on laws and effects while driving
- Responsibilities of Management and Employee to ensure Corporate Image while utilizing Branded vehicles
- Review of rules of the road and hazards to assist all employees daily
- Choices and Consequences of everyone and effects
- Results financially, health and loss of work time to companies
Larry Dalman, Safety Services Manitoba
46 years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, 25 as a Supervisor
Senior Instructor of Police Courses Breathalyzer, Radar Laser
Instructor Trainer Trainer C.P.R. for over 30 years with Heart and Stroke
Took 3 week in depth R.C.M.P. Police College on Media and public Speaking
Instructor of Law for Red River Community College for 6 years
Created course for Manitoba Hydro for presentation at Safety Services for their internal and external employees for Road Safety
D1: Health and Safety Committee Leadership
- Safety leadership – Identifying the traits of effective leadership and benefits of developing a vision
- Success and opportunities – Why do we measure everything?
- Committee engagement- maximize health and safety impact in meaningful effective ways
- Managing conflict; ways to navigate difficult moments and situations
- Empowering committee members- how personal development, active participation, accountability, and effective communication create high impact and meaningful change.
Bobbie Kiesman, Safety Services Manitoba
Bobbie Kiesman is an occupational Health and Safety Consultant with Safety Services Manitoba. Prior to joining the Safety Service Manitoba team, she spent over 15 years as a health and safety professional in various industry sectors including Health Care, Agriculture, Construction, and Manufacturing. Bobbie has extensive education in Occupational Safety and Health including a Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health, Canadian Registered Safety Professional, and certified Auditor.
Bobbie brings a passion for impactful meaningful change, championing the importance of connection, and creating a positive culture. With a focus on communication and effective practical solutions, she has a reputation for creating lasting positive change with the companies she works with.
D2: Dealing with Difficult People
We all encounter people we find difficult, and typically conversations with them leave us feeling stressed and frustrated. This presentation explores what is happening in those exchanges and demonstrates how you can adapt your strategies to bring about more productive conversations with those you find difficult. We’ll cover how to deal with patterns of passive aggressiveness, resistance, and chronic anger. You will learn how to create the right conditions for a conversation with a person you find difficult and how to begin to change the pattern using a straightforward, five-step approach.
Dan Doerksen, ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership
Dan is a communicator, leader, strategist, and perpetual learner who focuses his curiosity and energy towards helping individuals and organizations thrive. He has a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and 15 years of leadership experience coaching and investing in people from a diverse range of backgrounds. Dan is passionate about helping organizations realize their vision and discover what it means to create workplaces where people like to work. His skillset and experience include working in the areas of organizational structure, effective communication, growth strategies, evaluation and assessment, leading change, and empowering the younger generation of workers. Dan believes that continuous growth and learning are essential components for both individual and organizational success. Clients appreciate him for his fun, warm, and engaging presence, along with the strategic and analytical mind that he brings to his work.
D3: Exploring the System: Building a Psychologically Healthy and Safe Workplace
The CSA Standard for Psychological Health and Safety provides a system for building psychological health and safety management systems. Within the Standard are 13 psychosocial factors that help to shape psychologically healthy and safe workplaces. We will explore the 13 factors in more depth and discuss how workplaces can bring them to life. We will discuss controls and build an understanding of what workplaces can do to support a culture of psychological health and safety.
Jennifer Dyck, SAFE Work Manitoba
Jennifer Dyck is a Certified Occupational Health Nurse and a Prevention Consultant with SAFE Work Manitoba. Her nursing career has included positions in hospitals, case management and various occupational health departments. Roles have included office ergonomic assessments and training, audiometry, health promotion, prevention initiatives, return to work and psychological health and safety. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with her Bachelor of Nursing and has also received her certificate in occupational health nursing through MacEwan University and the advanced course in psychological health and safety from the University of Fredericton. Her passion is health and safety in the workplace.
D4: New Workers. Giving Them the Tools to Work Safe
This session will discuss the next generations and new immigrants entering the workforce.
How does this next generation views safety and health and what they believe should be in place to create a safe and healthy workplace.
What immigrants bring to the table with previous experiences, good and bad. Also, how does English as a second language can have its effects on training.
Brad Boehm, Safety Services Manitoba
Before becoming a Trainer for Safety Services Manitoba. Brad was the Environmental Health and Safety Manager for a large furniture manufacturing company in Manitoba.
Brad’s background is manufacturing, logistics and security. He was responsible for Health and safety in each of these roles. Whether it was as an owner, manager, committee member or co-chair on the committee.
D5: Hazard Identification & Risk Controls
- Objective: Participants will learn four methods of identifying hazards, along with how to assess risk and implement methods to control risk. Emphasis is placed on workplace inspections and SAFE Work procedures.
- Who should take this workshop: This workshop will be particularly useful to supervisors, safety and health committee members, managers and employers, but will benefit workers as well
Michael Chua, SAFE Work Manitoba
Over 20 years of experience as a health and safety professional. A degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Canadian Registered Professional. Worked in various oil and gas drilling platforms in different parts of the world as a hydrogen sulfide engineer from 2005 to 2010. Worked as a safety officer for a major gas company in the middle-east from 2010 to 2015. Moved to Canada in 2015 and worked for a construction company in Winnipeg as a safety manager till 2017 and now currently working at SAFE Work Manitoba as a prevention consultant.
D6: Kairos Blanket Exercise
The Kairos Blanket Exercise is an interactive group experience designed to build understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada by walking through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. Everyone is actively involved to the extent they are able, but don’t need to prepare anything. The experience can be quite impactful and emotional, as connections are drawn between the historical dispossession of land and the present realities for many Indigenous communities. The time will include sharing by Elder Carolyn Moar and a chance to reflect on the experience as time allows.
Kerry Saner-Harvey is the Program Coordinator for the Indigenous Neighbours Program of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Manitoba, which aims to facilitate relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people towards reconciliation and strategies for justice. He has been in his current position since August 2016, living and working as a settler guest in Winnipeg on Treaty 1 Territory. In the past, Kerry has worked with First Nations youth in Cranberry Portage, Manitoba, did restorative justice, community-building and advocacy work for MCC Newfoundland and Labrador and served with MCC Bangladesh supporting a peacebuilding education initiative for local organizations. As a husband and father, he hopes to see a future where love, equity, and ecological humility draw us closer towards sustainability for the world our children will create.
Elder Carolyn Moar
Carolyn introduces herself to the Creator with two Spirit Names, Blue Sky Woman, and Morning Star.
Carolyn has been walking traditionally for 25 years and worked in the community for some beautiful and powerful organizations and groups for 30 years.
As a mother of two and grandmother of 8, & Great-grandmother to 2; she is proud of these achievements.
Carolyn has worked in various positions from administration to program planning and implementing. She has sat on a few boards and is now conducting Red Road to Healing Family Violence Program at Ikwe Widdjiitiwin and West Central Women’s Resource Centre. Her work also includes being part of the team with Kairos Blanket Exercises. She is asked to do various Traditional Teachings and Duties with the City of Winnipeg, River East School Division and many organizations, to perform and attend various ceremonies.
She believes in community and the work that can be achieved. Reconciliation is very important to her as a traditional person.
It’s Not Your Fault (that this is hard)
Hashtags incoming! #psychologicalsafety #DEI #culture #thegreatresignation #quietquitting #quietfiring #mentalhealth #wellness #empathy
To manage these issues within ourselves and our organizations, we must understand them down to their roots and know how to embody the solutions.
We are constantly surrounded by triggers of stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue and apathy. The roller-coaster that these pressures create can be overwhelming and decrease feelings of wellness and safety on many levels. The triggers are on the news, the road, in our morning mugs, at work and in our email. They shine out to us from our phones, are hidden within our digestive tract, immune system, dysfunctional relationships and unresolved trauma. The environment that we live and work in can make some of us more vulnerable to these things.
Sonia is a master at shedding an empathetic and practical light on these issues, simplifying them into manageable strategies. She does it in a way that leaves you with the most incredible relief; That it’s not your fault and, even though this all feels really hard right now, there is a way to make it easier.
Sonia Funk is a Corporate Wellness Strategist and Speaker, Nutritional Therapist and Wellness Coach. She has travelled the world as both student and teacher learning and working in Toronto, New York, London, The Middle East and Ottawa. Along the way she gathered a big picture perspective on all aspects of wellbeing. Sonia is a dot connector. Her super-powers include outrageous common sense and a willingness to ask the hard questions, which allow for easier answers. The questions she brings to the table cut through all the misinformation, fads and cliches around wellness and mental health. Always giving her audience courage to find a better question she helps them understand the real reasons they are struggling. Sonia brings extraordinary empathy and humour into all of her work. She gets it because she has lived it. Her 15 years of experience as an effective coach, therapist and facilitator around the world translate into her ability to relay transformational questions, tools and tips, that are relevant to everyone.