Eastern Ontario

Eastern Ontario's OH&S Conference
Your Community. Your Workplace. Your Results.

October 4, 2017
Ottawa Conference and Events Centre
200 Coventry Road, Ottawa, Ontario

Timothy Caulfield

Morning Keynote Speaker: Timothy Caulfield

Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash

Pre-Conference Workshop Mock Accident Investigation & Coroner's Inquest

Pre-Conference Workshop

Mock Accident Investigation & Coroner's Inquest

Conference Schedule

Day 1 - October 3 Pre-Conference Workshop

Mock Accident Investigation & Coroner's InquestPre-Conference Workshop

Mock Accident Investigation & Coroner's Inquest

Join a team of four in a practical hands-on workshop where you will investigate a mock fatality. The workshop will begin with a theoretical element on accident investigation responsibilities and interviewing skills. Then listen to the testimony of witnesses subpoenaed to the stand at a Coroner's Inquest in the re-creation of this fatality. See the evidence and emotion as it unfolds before you. This practical and realistic workshop is ideally geared to Supervisors, Safety Coordinators, Joint Health & Safety Committee representatives, any personnel with responsibility for other workers or would be expected to conduct accident investigations pursuant to the Occupational Health & Safety Act.

Day 2 - October 4 Conference

Registration and Continental Breakfast 6:30 - 8:30 am
Tradeshow 7:00 am - 2:45 pm

Dr. Timothy CaulfieldProf. Timothy Caulfield

Author and Professor of Health Law and Science Policy

Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash

Celebrities are everywhere! This matters. Seriously. Research shows that popular culture has a profound influence on people’s health and that our ideals of beauty and success are framed by a celebrity-dominated worldview. In this fun and provocative presentation, Professor Timothy Caulfield will examine what science tells us about the influence of popular culture. He will also debunk common health myths and provide practical, evidence-based, recommendations relevant to both healthcare professionals and to individuals seeking to live a healthy lifestyle.

Mental Health is Everyone's Business

Sarah Hilton, Founder and Mental Health Specialist, Stressed Out Solutions
This session will entertain and engage you in activities and conversation that will help dispel the myths of mental health and motivate business owners to take action by starting their own mental health initiatives. Mental health is your business. Learn how.

OH&S Management: An Update on ISO 45001

Dave Shanahan, Project Manager, CSA Group
ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems is a new standard that will help organizations reduce the burden of occupational injuries and disease and provide to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions, all over the world. It will take into account other international standards such as OHSAS 18001 Guidelines and various national standards such as CSA Z1000. Hear more about this new standard and how you can benefit from using it in your workplace.

Active Shooters in the Workplace: How to Comply with the OHSA

Kevin MacNeill, Partner, Emond Harnden LLP
Instances of active shooters in Canada are relatively rare; however, history has shown that we are not immune and incidents are on the rise globally. Security experts are seeing an increase sophistication in the methods used by some attackers. Questions are arising whether the lockdown procedure is suitable for all scenarios. In this context, in the aftermath of an active shooter in your workplace, would you be able to show due diligence in complying with your OHSA obligations respecting workplace violence? This seminar will review the legal aspects of these issues and provide guidance as to how to achieve compliance.

Asbestos: Managing Designated Substances during Construction Projects

Michael Harrett, Senior Technical Manager, Pinchin Environmental
This session will aim to bridge the gap between compliance with asbestos management in Ontario to the meeting the requirements of Section 30 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. We will discuss the regulatory requirements and best practices for dealing with designated substances in construction and renovation. The session will help attendees understand and mitigate risks by ensuring the reports and project designs requested are completed to meet the project and occupant needs.

Winning the Generation Game

Jim Lees, MSW., RSW, Counselor and Coordinator, Confederation College
We've never seen a time like this where four even five generations are working cheek to jowl in the same workplace. Why is this? Today's workplace is changing and organizations are adjusting to the "new reality" of having to be leaner and meaner. All of this can produce misunderstanding, mitigate against collaborative synergy, leading to unnecessary, and at times disabling, personal, departmental and organizational conflict. Given that replacing a disgruntled employee costs about 2 ½ times their annual salary, it pays to understand these dynamics and learn approaches to bridge the gaps between generations. We will examine the five generation segments that make up the Canadian workforce and take a lighthearted look at the key variables that help to explain the dynamics at play in the workplace.

Exhibitor Viewing and Refreshment Break 10:00 - 11:00 am

Concussions Cause Symptoms, Return to Work and Prevention

Dr. David Mai, Sport and Emergency Medicine, Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa
Concussions are seen as the "invisible" injury because they hard to detect using medical imaging tests like x-rays and CT scans, and often misunderstood. Hear about the prevention of concussions, symptoms of a concussion, the effects of a concussion, when to return to activity and how employers can work with employees on return to work initiatives. In addition, learn more about the latest concussion assessment treatment and management of symptoms.

Beyond Prequalification and Training: How to Build Lasting Partnerships with Contractors

Anne-Sophie Tétreault, Eng., Lean Master, Senior Expert, HSSQ Compliance and Risk Management Processess, Cognibox
HSSEQ Compliance and Risk Management Processes Cognibox "Zero accidents" is the ultimate goal for organizations when it comes to health and safety. Contractors often perform riskier tasks than a company's employees, but often lack knowledge of on-site-specific risks. Meanwhile, federal and provincial regulations are becoming tougher on companies who "outsource" risk. Learn more about how to the right combination of leadership, expertise and technology can lead to efficient management of outsourced tasks including, performance management and on-going feedback with contractors.

Data Driving Action: Making Data work for you and your OHS programs

Scott Saint, P.Eng., MBA, C. Dir, Chief Public Safety Officer and Vice-President Regulatory & Safety Programs, Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)
You have a safety challenge and some data... but what's next? Fifteen years of electrical safety data-driven insights have guided ESA's design and implementation of initiatives that minimize electrical harms for all Ontarians. ESA has launched safety campaigns for Ontarians at risk from overhead powerline contact, electrical harm on-the-job and electrical fi res in the home. Scott will discuss these real life examples to help you tie the bow on the safety initiatives at your organization.

Work-Related Asthma: If You Can't Breathe, Nothing Else Matters

Dr. Robert Bourgault, Occupational Health Physician, Occupational Health Clinics of Ontario Workers
Statistics show that work-related asthma (WRA) can affect 10-25% of workers. There are two basic WRA classifications to consider: occupational asthma and work-exacerbated asthma. High risk industries include health care, service industries such as cleaning and maintenance, automotive plants, use of metal working fluids, expanded foam product manufacturing and use, construction, carpentry, bakeries, farming and forestry, to name a few. Work-related asthma is often unrecognized until the condition is advanced, but it can be prevented with early recognition and identification of potential lung allergens and preventive strategies. This talk will provide information on the identification, management and prevention of work-related asthma.

Accident Investigation from Theory to Practice

Jennifer Stathis, labour Affairs Officer, Occupational Health & Safety
Alain Langlais, Regional Director, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

This session will provide an overview of an Accident Investigation including both a theoretical and practical approach with an emphasis on how to find the root cause(s), conduct an investigation, and make recommendations on how to prevent similar occurrences.

Luncheon 12:00 pm

Michael LandsbergMichael Landsberg

Former Host of TSN's Off the Record and Mental Health Advocate

Sick, Not Weak: Depression, Sports and Me

Former Host of TSN's Off the Record and Mental Health Advocat Michael Landsberg was the charismatic and outspoken host of TSN's Off the Record and from watching his show, you'd never guess that he has been battling mental illness and depression for most of his life. Lifting the stigma from this topic, Landsberg delivers a powerful and personal keynote on the dangerously misunderstood issues of depression and mental health. Depression can affect even the most successful of athletes-from Clara Hughes, one of the great amateur athletes in Canada, to retired NHL Goalie, Clint Malarchuk. Landsberg shares the story of his own battle with mental illness, as well as the unexplored stories of some of the world's most recognizable sports figures, to show us that recovery, strength and hope are possible in some of our darkest times.

Maybe You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks:Adult Learning Principles

Kevin Waldbillig, Training and Development Specialist, Change Works Interactive
Have you ever had to prepare a learning experience for a group of adults? How will I keep them engaged? How will they retain what I am teaching? In this session, Kevin will provide you with the tools and strategies to entertain, educate and inform your audience and provide you, the presenter, the confidence to declare "Yes; you can teach an old dog new tricks!"

Ministry of Labour: Safe at Work Ontario

Sandra Lawson, Director of Eastern Region, Ministry of Labour (MOL)
Linda Patchell, Regional Program Coordinator, Ministry of Labour (MOL)

This informative session will provide you with an opportunity to hear about the Ministry of Labour's health and safety priorities for 2017 - 2018. Attend this session to get an update on the latest 'Safe at Work Ontario' compliance strategy and learn more about the Ministry of Labour's enforcement blitzes and field activities in the Eastern Ontario Region.

CSA Standard for Machine Guarding

Michael Wilson, B.E.Sc., P. Eng., CMSE, CRSP, Technical Consultant, Workplace Safety & Preventions Services (WSPS)
The current CSA standards for robot safety (Z434-14) and Safeguarding of Machinery (recently revised to Z432-16) both recognize functional safety as part of the design requirements. What is functional safety? It is the overall safety of an operating system or piece of equipment that relies on the system to operate correctly. It focuses on the performance of the entire control system including; hydraulic, pneumatic and electronic systems. This awareness session will introduce the basic concepts and considerations around functional safety including identification, required risk-reduction, and confirmation that the Safety Function performs as intended.

Beyond Stigma and Treatment: Creating Mental Wellbeing through a Positive Culture (Part 1)

Brett Webb, Bbus, DipOSH, CRSP, Consultant, Workplace Safety North
Mental health problem, costing the country an estimated at $51 billion per year. We need to move beyond the conversation about stigmas, treatment and psychological compliance to include empowerment by teaching people how they can take control of their own mental wellbeing. This session will introduce key concepts and application of positive psychology – the scientific study of psychological wellbeing and human flourishing. The session will provide the link between improving health and safety culture and creating a platform for the application of practical positive psychology exercises.

Marijuana in the Workplace: A Balancing Act

Paul Lalonde, Partner, Emond Harnden LLP
The impact of medical marijuana in the workplace is a growing concern for both human resource and health and safety professionals. And with plans to legalize cannabis for non-medical recreational use in 2018, employers are looking for answers on the impact this will have in the workplace. This seminar will assist in understanding and managing the many workplace legal risks associated with marijuana and other substances, legal and otherwise. We will cover the current state of the law; who is using medical marijuana and why; drug use and fitness for duty; the human rights duty to accommodate; and alcohol and drug testing policies.

Refreshment Break 2:45 - 3:00 pm

Revitalize your JHSC

Alison Beer, Consultant, Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS)
This session will discuss how the work of the Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) can be rewarding and purposeful. You will hear real-life stories of self-reflection and gain practical tools, tips and resources to help promote, inspire and revitalize your JHSC!

Beyond GHS: Stop the Confusion and Manage your Chemical Program Before the MOL Comes Knocking

Tova Larsen, Consultant, Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS)
A year-long Ministry of Labour (MOL) WHMIS initiative is in full gear. Is your WHMIS program ready for a MOL visit? Come learn what the ministry is looking for from employers through the transition to support the worker's Right to Know and learn how to build a transition plan for your organization step-by step. Be prepared and know what to expect. Even if you are not receiving products with new labels yet, this session is for you!

Essentials for a Successful Hearing Conservation Program

Karen Vye, Audiologist & hearing Conservation Program Specialist Workplace Medical Corporation
According to the World Health Organization, Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is the most common permanent and preventable occupational injury in the world; but it doesn't have to be. An effective Hearing Conservation Program (HCP) can virtually eliminate this condition. This session will provide an overview of an HCP including information on best practices and the six key elements for implementing a successful program.

Beyond Stigma and Treatment: Creating Mental Wellbeing through a Positive Culture (Part 2)

Brett Webb, Bbus, DipOSH, CRSP, Consultant Workplace Safety North
Mental illness is a leading cause of disability in Canada, in any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental health problem, costing the country an estimated $51 billion per year. We need to move beyond the conversation about stigmas, treatment and psychological compliance to include meaningful dialogue about empowering people by teaching them how they can take control of their own mental wellbeing. This session will cover an introduction to key concepts and application of positive psychology- the scientific study of psychological well-being and human flourishing. We will provide the link between improving health and safety culture and a platform for the application of practical positive psychology exercises.

Building Peer Support Teams - An Example from Ottawa Emergency Services

Paramedic Lorraine Downey
Deputy Chief Sean Tracey

This session will share lessons learned on designing a mental health program including supporting employee's mental health needs on a day-to-day basis to helping employees in crisis. You will examine peer support programs, understand how to sustain them, and recognize when you are making a difference.

Visit the Trade Show!

Trade Show

A great opportunity for peer-to-peer networking and knowledge exchange. Join your fellow delegates on the trade show floor.

Special Features at the Show

Visit the exhibitors and win some great prizes!
Visit the WSPS booth for your chance to win a great prize.

Interactive Health Fair
Take time for yourself and your health. Visit a range of wellness providers and participate in activities that support the services they offer.

Our Sponsors


Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support.

Registration Rates

Super Early Bird Rate: Save $60
Register on or before September 13, 2017
$269 + HST
Early Bird Rate: Save $30
Register on or before September 27, 2017
$299 + HST
Regular Rate
After September 27, 2017
$329 + HST
Student Rate
(with proof of Student ID #)
$49 + HST

Mock Accident & Inquest - Pre-Conference Workshop

Add on to your Conference Fee. Limited spaces available!
Note: Early bird discounts do not apply.

$99 + HST (Regular Rate)
Student rate: Available to full time students on proof of Student ID#. Limited spaces available! Early bird discounts do not apply. Must provide student ID number at time of registration, and valid student ID card on-site. Please contact our Customer Care Department at 905-614-1400 or 1-877-494-WSPS (9777) to register and for more information.
Company pass allows for the pass to be used by one delegate at a time. Company passes are issued in the company name only.

Volume Discounts

Registrations Discount
6 to 9 5%
10 to 15 10%
16 to 20 15%
21 or more 20%
Registrations must be made at the same time to be eligible. Registration rates include continental breakfast, keynote speakers, lunch, conference sessions and admission to trade show. The early bird rate cannot be combined with any other discount or special offer. Volunteer, safety group, volume discounts and any other discounts or special offers cannot be combined.

We reserve the right to make venue and date changes with notice, speaker changes without notice and to cancel an event due to low registrations. No refunds or cancellations accepted after September 24. Substitutions welcome.

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