2022 Agenda

June 21, 2022 | Online | 10:00 am – 4:15 pm ET

9:45 - 10:00 am

Registration and virtual orientation

10:00 - 10:05 am

Opening remarks

Nicole Brackett

Director, Canada Sales, Avetta

10:05 - 10:50 am

Opening panel: Addressing risks within remote and hybrid working models

An employer’s duty of care towards workers also covers those that work-from-home. Ensuring workplace safety in private homes and other environments outside of the physical office raises issues previously considered to be outside the scope of occupational health and safety. What are the employer’s responsibilities? How should these new work safety issues be addressed?

  • Addressing the disjunct between OHS laws and WFH practice
  • How to provide an ergonomic environment for employees in a hybrid set up
  • Providing the right assistance to remote employees for injury, sickness, or mental stress
  • Comparing hybrid practices and how to engage workers in a private setting
  • How can you overcome the barriers to employee support?


Jeet Tulshi

Senior Service Director, Risk Services, Liberty Mutual Canada


Narmana Majumder

Director of Workplace Safety, Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA)

Max Marquez, MD MPH

Director, Occupational Health & Safety,Humber River Hospital

Mary Lou Sinclair

VP, Health Safety and Environment, North America & UK, BGIS

10:55 - 11:20 am

Panel: Understanding the End-to-End Risks Within Your Supply Chain

In today's marketplace, an organization's strength depends not only on its ability to understand and manage risk but on its network of suppliers as part of their strategy for risk management and continual improvement. This statement holds particularly true as the global economy marches forward and supply chains evolve in response. This progress, however, brings complexities and new risk factors that organizations need to constantly monitor and mitigate. Join subject matter experts from Avetta as they discuss:

  • Using technology to monitor risk in your supply chain
  • Leveraging sustainability & ESG opportunities to manage risk
  • Financial risk with suppliers and related impacts


Stephanie Watt

Regional Sales Manager, Avetta


Amy Mosher Slade

Regional Sales Manager, Avetta

Joanne Bonin

Regional Sales Manager, Avetta

Scott DeBow

Principal, HS&E, Avetta

11:25 - 11:55 am

How to keep up the DEI momentum

Since 2020, there has been a seismic shift in the way organizations approach diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Despite numerous changes, some fear that in recent months there has been a loss of momentum and that DEI initiatives have been slipping through the cracks as organizations are still having to contend with the pandemic. However, as a key part of developing effective safety programs – DEI is not something that can be brushed off to another team. This session will address how to draw spotlight on something as important as DEI, and how to effectively integrate these initiatives into your safety program.

  • How to develop safety programs where everyone is represented
  • How can safety leaders improve inclusion and equity on a daily basis?
  • Addressing migrant worker health and safety

Deanna Burgart, P.Eng, CET

President, Indigeneer, Indigenous Engineering Inclusion Inc.

Stephanie Benay, CRSP

Director, Safety, BC Hydro

11:55 - 12:25 pm

Lunch networking break

12:25 - 12:55 pm

Panel: Same but different: the health and safety equation after the pandemic

The pandemic has expanded the realm of OHS further than ever before. Air quality and ventilation is now a key concern, while employers, government agencies, public health authorities and trade unions are wondering how strict to be with workers who show up with mild illness. At the same time, more familiar issues like physical safety, injury prevention, employee overload and occupational stress remain important and should not take a backseat. This session will discuss how to ensure you have a well-rounded health and safety strategy for today’s climate.

  • Getting back to omnipresent harms while addressing extra layers of risk
  • How to approach COVID as a workplace safety issue rather than just a public health issue
  • The pandemic fallout – mending relations after conflict over vaccine mandates and creating a communication plan for employees


David Deveau

Vice President Environment Health and Safety, The Inland Group of Companies


Steve Chaplin, CRSP

Vice President Health, Safety & Environment, EllisDon Corporation

Virginie Tremblay, P.Eng, CRSP, CHRP

Director, H&S Management Systems, Canada Post

1:00 - 1:45 pm

Panel: Leadership in OHS

Effective health and safety performance comes from the top. Leaders should aim to inspire cultural changes within an organisation through setting a clear vision for occupational health and safety, establish effective communication, and ensure staff are effectively and appropriately trained. Join this session to identify what needs to be considered to improve your leadership skills.

  • Setting a clear vision for the future of health and safety within the organisation
  • Establishing a method of communication and tone of voice for health and safety issues
  • How leaders develop professional safety skills and a survey of qualifications available
  • Beyond qualifications – what is important?
  • Looking at safety leadership across different industries and establishing a baseline
  • How to create a wellbeing strategy as a safety leader


Xavier Cifuentes

Vice President of Health and Safety, Inflector Environmental Services


Robert Tully

Managing Director, Safety, Canadian Pacific

Joey Abrams

Area Director Safety and Environmental Compliance, Waste Management of Canada Corp.

Lee-Anne Lyon-Bartley

Executive Vice President, Health, Safety, Environment & Quality, Dexterra Group Inc

1:50 - 2:10 pm

The generation gap in health and safety

Different generations have different work styles, values, and ways of communicating. In addition, different age groups encounter varying risks in the workplace, which can have a significant effect on occupational health and safety and workers’ compensation claims. Ensuring all employees are on message and equipped to competently do their role is critical in avoiding accidents in the workplace. This panel will look at how you can re-design your training schemes to ensure they can be easily understood by all employees.

  • Communicating the importance of mental health and safety to each generation
  • How to encourage appropriate styles of education and mentoring
  • Dealing with the stereotype trap – and helpful examples of what works
  • Pitfalls and issues that arise in different sectors

Lina Savcheva

Safety and Environmental Manager, GFL Infrastructure Group

2:20 - 2:45 pm

Networking coffee break

2:20 - 2:40 pm

Breakout Session: Return to Work the Right Way

Altum Health, a division of UHN, is one of the largest providers of health care assessments and treatment for injured workers and clients with third party insurance. Please join us as we discuss the barriers & solutions to returning people back to meaningful work and life.

Dr. Shane Journeay, PhD, MPH, MD, FRCPC, BC-Occ Med

Physician - Phys Med & Rehab & Occupational Medicine, UHN Altum Health & Providence Healthcare, Unity Health Toronto; Assistant Professor, Departments of Medicine, University of Toronto & Dalhousie University; JD Irving Endowed Chair in Occupational Medicine, Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick

Sylvia Boddener , BSc., BH.Sc. (OT)., OT. Reg. (Ont.)., GDM, MBA

Senior Director, Business Development, UHN Altum Health

2:45 - 3:30 pm

Panel: Blended learning in health and safety training

Employers are moving to reframe learning and development for safety training by focusing on whether some topics, or some employees, are better suited to different delivery methods – be it in person, remote or a combination (blended). As hybrid models of work become the norm, blended learning provides a bridge between brick and click that involves multimedia presentation of material, retention testing, performance testing and opportunities to learn by virtual reality when situations are too dangerous to train for in the real world. This session will look at how safety leaders can create training programs that are effective and respect the rules for preventing injury and the spread of the disease.

  • How to effectively engage employees with a range of learning media
  • Making sure that safety training is retained by employees with different learning styles
  • Performance testing – Ensuring that learners have understood all aspects of the training to practice it
  • How to correctly tailor training to different situations
  • Pros and cons for different sectors


Paula M.A. Campkin, MBA, ICD.D

Vice President, Operations & Safety Centre of Excellence, Energy Safety Canada


Leigh-Ann Stewart

Director Health & Safety, Kal Tire

Robin Angel, MSc CRSP

Program Manager Occupational Health & Safety, Government of Nova Scotia & Chair, Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP)

Adeeta Marie Bandoo, CRSP

Corporate EHS Director, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.

3:35 - 4:20 pm

Digital transformation in risk management

Digital technologies reduce inefficiencies and risks while speeding up many processes that are time-consuming or repetitive when done manually. However, if you do not have a clear strategy for what your digital solution is trying to solve as your company’s larger goals around risk management, you risk losing valuable time and money.  In this session, a panel of experts will address how to strategically deploy a digital solution to manage risk and risk reporting.

  • The cost-benefit analysis behind digital transformation within risk management and hidden pitfalls
  • Using technology to create a culture of minimal accidents
  • How can companies ensure technology adoption from employees?

Kendra Beaurivage

Director of Safety and Quality, Custom Helicopters

Huey Nunn

Vice President, Global EHS, Sysco

David Roberts, CRSP

Director, Safety and Risk, NPL Canada

4:20 pm

Closing remarks

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