Forum North

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

New Location!
Victoria Inn,
555 Arthur St W., Thunder Bay
November 7-8, 2017


Marnie McBean

Day 1 Morning Keynote Speaker: Marnie McBean

The Power of More: How Small Steps Help Us Achieve Big Goals

Day 2 Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Michael Landsberg

Sick, Not Weak: Depression, Sports and Me

Conference Schedule

November 6, 2017 Pre-Conference Workshop

Indigenous Cultural Resilience & Trauma

Sponsored by Nokiiwin Tribal Council
Maya Chacaby, Beaver Clan from Kaministiquia

Participants will be engaged in a journey of experiential learning, self-exploration, and awareness-development as we investigate impacts of historic trauma and contemporary priorities together. Maya Chacaby facilitates what many participants describe as 'life-changing experience', where thought and emotion meet to help both Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of society remember the inherent responsibilities. Foundational teachings from Indigenous knowledge will enhance individual and organizational practices and foster the development of meaningful, and mutually responsible relationships with Indigenous people.

Day 1 - November 7

Marnie McBeanMarnie McBean

Olympic Champion, Speaker, Mentor, Author

The Power of More: How Small Steps Help Us Achieve Big Goals

Marnie McBean's ideas regarding performance - rigorously tested and proven - pave a path for the preparation, communication, and teamwork that are essential to winning in any competitive environment. With anecdotes and hard-earned wisdom, she connects with audiences as a real person, and leaves them with a framework for success that transcends sports and that can be applied to any competitive endeavour. Marnie helps your team do what she has done time and time again: turn potential into outstanding performance.

CAAT: Welcome to the Future of Health and Safety

Cindy Schiewek, Consultant, Workplace Safety North
Alf Mills, Worker Health & Safety Advisor, North American Palladium
Bryan Wilson, General Manager, North American Palladium

The decisions we make and the strategies we develop are only as good as the information we receive. This session aims to introduce the concept of the health and safety ecosystem in combination with the CAAT: a predictive and evolutionary 360 degree approach that measures the maturity of your health and safety ecosystem. Hear first-hand from North American Palladium's journey in improving the safety systems and culture at the mine.

MOL Priorities for 2017-2018

Don Jewitt, Manager, Ministry of Labour (MOL)
Get first-hand insight into the role the Ministry of Labour plays in workplace safety and information on the Safe At Work Ontario compliance strategy. Attend this session to hear more about the Ministry's priorities for 2017-18, dates for upcoming enforcement blitzes and highlights from Ministry sector plans.

Road Map to Mental Harm Prevention

Andrew Harkness, Strategic Advisor, Organizational Health Initiatives, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
The first step to a successful mental health program is to assess your readiness, how do you get started? Identify the tools and resources that you need to build your program. As an organization you need to "raise the bar" to ensure your mental health programs will sustain and continually improve. Andrew will guide you through our new and interactive website with an easy to follow roadmap to help business owners better understand and prevent mental harm in your workplace.

The Brain Posture Connection

Dr. Carla Santin, Santin Chiropractic
Did you know that poor posture can affect your brain function and can lead to a multitude of health issues? If there was a way to vastly improve your posture, your self-esteem and your overall well-being, wouldn't you want to know? Join Dr. Carla who will share through an interactive demonstration on the intricacies of the brain-posture relationship and how to effectively improve your posture to change your life.

Occupational Health & Safety Management: An Update on ISO 45001

Dave Shanahan, Project Manager, CSA Group
The new ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems standard will soon be effective. The standard will help organizations reduce the burden of occupational injuries and disease by providing a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions all over the world. Other international standards such as OHSAS 18001, International Labour Organization's ILO-OSH Guidelines, and CSA Z1000 will be discussed. Attend this session to learn more about this new standard and how you can benefit from using it in your workplace.

McIntyre Powder Project: Aluminum Dust in Mining

Janice Martell, Founder, McIntyre Powder Project
Between 1943 and 1980, it is estimated that 20,000 mine workers were dosed with respirable aluminum dust (McIntyre Powder) on the assumption that this would prevent silicosis. This unproven theory has caused many to question its validity, and challenge its health claims. This resulted in the creation of McIntyre Powder Project. Hear from the daughter of one of the affected miners who founded this project.

Gord EllisGord Ellis

Senior Editor, Ontario Out of Doors Magazine and Reporter, CBC Thunder Bay

Safety in the Outdoors

For the past 30 years, Gord Ellis has written, spoken and shared stories about outdoor pursuits including fishing, hunting, boating, canoeing and camping. Gord is the senior editor for Ontario Out of Doors magazine; a columnist and reporter for CBC Thunder Bay and has won more than 20 National awards for outdoor journalism. Gord will share some simple safe ways people can enjoy the outdoors. Hear stories of how quickly things can go wrong outdoors in the most unexpected ways.

High-Risk Work: Rescues From Heights

Scott Patrick, Regional Sales Manager, Honeywell Safety Products
The purpose of a rescue plan is twofold: it establishes guidelines for responding after a fall arrest event occurs, and it minimizes the amount of at-risk behavior of the rescuer during a rescue attempt. Authorized rescuers must be trained by a competent rescue trainer. Application on how to inspect, anchor, assemble, and use fall protection and rescue equipment is essential must-have knowledge. This session will provide fall hazard awareness recognition, hazard elimination and control methods, and will address applicable fall protection and rescue regulations.

Doing More with Less and Contractors do the Rest

Robbin Lavoie, CRSP, Superintendent Health, Safety and Training Resolute Forest Products
Businesses do what they know best, the rest we do with contractors! Contracting services is a business reality. Even though contractors help to increase productivity and drive business results, it is still a legal requirement to ensure their safety. This session will provide an overview of the requirements and tools to assist in building the relationships with contractors.

The Calm after the Storm: Violence Incident Investigations

Karen McKissick, CRSP, Safety Officer, Thunder Bay Catholic School Board
Regardless of the effectiveness of your health and safety program, a workplace violence incident may occur at any time. This interactive session will provide participants with real life tested investigative skills and techniques to be put into place immediately following an incident of workplace violence. You will leave the session with a tool kit of tips and techniques that will support you to conduct an effective post-incident investigation.

Surviving & Thriving in a Multigenerational Workplace (Part 1)

Jim Lees, M.S.W., RSW, Student Services Counselor and Coordinator Confederation College
Multigenerational workforces are a fact of life, and it is common to experience the impact of four different generations in a workday. An understanding of how each generation differs from each other in terms of values, expectations and workplace behaviour is essential to leveraging everyone's strengths and improving team work. In the session, you will learn key differences in work styles which will enable negotiating work relationships with more empathy and understanding.

Hot Topics in Nutrition: Cleansing, Fasting, Superfoods, Oh My!

Megan Bellinger, Public-Health Dietitian, Thunder Bay District Health Unit
There are so many conflicting messages about the importance of nutrition that it's difficult to know for sure what is correct. Should I be juicing my vegetables and fruits? Do I need to buy gluten-free or organic foods? What's the deal with coconut oil? Attend this session to find out more about some of today's hottest topics in nutrition.

Domestic Violence is Workplace Violence: What's my role and responsibility?

Abi Sprakes, Manager of Clinical Services, Thunder Bay Counselling Centre
The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) includes domestic violence as part of workplace violence. We all have a role and a responsibility to play to ensure our workplaces are safe. This workshop will provide an overview of domestic violence and what you need to know to recognize and address it in your workplace.

High Times: OH&S Implications of Legalizing Marijuana

Ryan Conlin, Partner, Stringer LLP
Brad Smith, Partner, Weilers Law LLP

What are your rights and responsibilities concerning the future legalization of marijuana across the country? What could this mean to you? How can you mitigate this new risk in safety sensitive environments? This informative session will discuss case-law on drug and alcohol testing, the current science with respect to testing for marijuana, legal obligations to employees who are addicted to marijuana, development of legally compliant policies to address marijuana use, the American experience with legal marijuana and potential OHSA obligations in relation to marijuana in the workplace. You won't want to miss this session!

Lockdown, Hold and Secure, Shelter in Place: Which is it?

Staff Sergeant Jeff Simpkins, Community Safety Services, OPP
This session will help provide clarity around three distinctly different workplace scenarios: Lockdown, Hold and Secure, and Shelter in Place. Get an understanding of each scenario - its use and activation and police responses including examples to help understand the principles.

Surviving & Thriving in a Multigenerational Workplace (Part 2)

Jim Lees, M.S.W., RSW, Student Services Counselor and Coordinator, Confederation College
Multigenerational workforces are a fact of life, and it is common to experience the impact of four different generations in a workday. An understanding of how each generation differs from each other in terms of values, expectations and workplace behaviour is essential to leveraging everyone's strengths and improving team work. In the session, you will learn key differences in work styles which will enable negotiating work relationships with more empathy and understanding.

Conveyor SOS: Safe or Sorry

Michael Wilson, B.E.Sc., P. Eng., CMSE, CRSP, Technical Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Conveyors are a constant cause of severe and fatal injuries in Ontario. An incident could cost your business greatly, a severe injury or even worse, a fatality. In this session you will learn about the legislation and standards that apply to conveyors and how conveyor related injuries can be prevented at your facility.

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!"

Small Business Networking Event

Enhance your conference experience and attend this FREE small business networking event. Get information on current law and practice, meet WSPS experts, industry leaders, and local business owners, and gain access to simple safety solutions. Appetizers & cash bar. Brought to you by the Forum North planning committee, Chamber of Commerce Thunder Bay and WSPS.

Day 2 - November 8

Allan KehlerAllan Kehler, B. Ed., B. PhEd

Author, Instructor and Motivational Speaker, Out From the Shadows Consulting

Removing the Mask

There are many people who suffer in pain and managing that pain can be dicult. Some turn to substance abuse, self-harm and even suicide. A smile can appear on the outside while they are crying on the inside. For years this was Allan. Sharing both his personal and professional experience, Allan will explain the reasons that drive people to act on these destructive behaviours. He encourages people to make their own choices, understanding that they must also face the consequences that come with their actions. Find out what can happen in workplaces that replace judgement and stigma with compassion - reduced accidents, enhanced productivity, less turnover and heightened team morale are all possible.

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

Brett Webb, Bbus., DipOSH, CMIOSH, CRSP, Consultant, Workplace Safety North
Mental illness is a leading cause of disability in Canada. In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experience 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 wellbeing and human flourishing. The session will provide the link between improving health and safety culture and a platform for the application of practical positive psychology exercises.

Wolves in the Workplace: Responding to Workplace Bullying and Harassment

Mary Catherine Chambers, Buset & Partners
Is your workplace positive and healthy? Does it contribute to positive mental health or to mental health problems? Most of us spend more time at work during our waking hours than we spend anywhere else. All workplace parties should make best eorts to ensure their workplace contributes to good mental health. This workshop will explore how federal and provincial statutes and case law offer guidelines to help workplace parties achieve and maintain workplaces that contribute to positive mental health.

Chronic Pain in the Workplace: Prevalence, Prevention, and Future Perspectives

Dr. Bryan MacLeod, St. Joseph's Hospital
Our understanding of the bio/psycho/social/spiritual contributors to the experience of pain and the development of chronic pain continues to grow at logarithmic speeds. That said, chronic pain still affects 1 in 5 Canadians, a third of Canadian households - making this the number one cause of disability. The occupational pain landscape has continued to change, with many unknowns facing us. Join us for an interactive discussion of essential concepts of pain and its influence on the workplace.

Commercial Vehicle Operator's Record: Never Leave Home Without It!

Brad Bird, Training Consultant, Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA)
Commercial vehicle operators in Ontario must have a valid Commercial Vehicle Operator's Registration (CVOR) certificate with them at all times. Did you know your CVOR Safety Record is a public document? Customers and competitors alike can access your CVOR; therefore, having a good record can enhance your brand impact and a competitive advantage. Have you ever thought of using your CVOR as a sales tool? This session will help operators to driver commercial motor vehicles efficiently and safely by understanding (and complying) with Ontario's legislative requirements. This seminar will overview compliance with safety requirements, resulting in a more efficient and safe operation.

Management, Worker or Union - It Doesn't Matter We Are In This Together

Rob Popien, Health and Safety Advisor, Tbay Tel
Are you looking at ways to break down walls in your JHSC meetings and create a more effective team? It is not Management vs Union, we are in this together. This session will share ideas on ways to enhance your committee by giving examples of how to work together for the common goal so that everyone goes home safely every day. Rob will also share his experience working in an egoless committee in an union environment and what they do to continually create a positive atmosphere for their team.

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

Brett Webb, Bbus, DipOSH, CMIOSH, CRSP, Consultant, Workplace Safety North
Mental illness is a leading cause of disability in Canada. In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experience 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 wellbeing and human flourishing. The session will provide the link between improving health and safety culture and a platform for the application of practical positive psychology exercises.

Booze News

Sheena Albanese, Thunder Bay District Health Unit
Alcohol in our society is a part of everyday life, an always popular social lubricant and stress-reliever. But how much do we really know about alcohol? In this interactive presentation, explore myths and facts around alcohol and health, including topics such as sleep, mental health, hangover and long term effects.

The Effective Investigator: A Practical Case Study (Part 1)

Shannan Boston, GSC, CHSO, Account Manager and Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Do you have the skills to get to the root causes of an accident? Workplace accidents can injure or kill people, cause damage, impact morale, production, your company's reputation and financial bottom line. No employer wants to incur these costly losses. That's why if an incident occurs, a thorough investigation should be conducted to determine and address the root causes to prevent recurrence in the future. Unlike typical classroom training, this workshop takes participants out of their seats and puts them into the center of the action. It provides an ideal opportunity to practice and improve investigative skills in a safe setting. Through active engagement in a mock investigation case study, participants are coached along the "route to the root" from initial scene management to formulating recommendations for corrective action. This unique hands-on learning experience sends participants back to the workplace more confident, capable and ready to conduct effective and impactful investigations.

The What and Why of Functional Safety: Basic Concepts

Michael Wilson, B.E.Sc., P. Eng., CMSE, CRSP, Technical Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention 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. But what is functional safety? When a worker opens an interlocked door on a machine and the hazards are controlled - this is functional safety. But functional safety extends beyond the electrical safety circuit, and 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.

Data Driving Action: How to Use Data to Implement Safety Programs

Scott Saint, 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 fires in the home. Scott Saint, ESA's Chief Public Safety Officer and Vice-President of Regulatory and Safety Programs will discuss these real life examples to help you tie the bow on the safety initiatives at your organization.

Michael LandsbergMichael Landsberg

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

Sick, Not Weak: Depression, Sports and Me

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.

Mental Health is Everyone's Business

Sarah Hilton, Founder, Stressed Out Solutions
Engage in activities and conversation to dispel the myths of mental health and to understand the various workplace mental health initiatives available to businesses today.

Goodbye Stress, Hello Life

Allan Kehler, B. Ed., B. PhEd, Author, Instructor, Motivational Speaker, Out From the Shadows Consulting
Life will naturally bring us challenges and stress - the key is moving forward so that it doesn't impact other areas of our lives. Drawing from personal and professional experiences, Allan provides direction that inspires individuals to persevere through their personal challenges rather than avoid them. He challenges people to take an honest look at what lies beneath their pain, and provides the tools to heal through a holistic approach.

The Effective Investigator: A practical Case Study (Part 2)

Shannan Boston, GSC, CHSO, Account Manager and Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Do you have the skills to get to the root causes of an accident? Workplace accidents can injure or kill people, cause damage, impact morale, production, your company's reputation and financial bottom line. No employer wants to incur these costly losses. That's why if an incident occurs, a thorough investigation should be conducted to determine and address the root causes to prevent recurrence in the future. Unlike typical classroom training, this workshop takes participants out of their seats and puts them into the center of the action. It provides an ideal opportunity to practice and improve investigative skills in a safe setting. Through active engagement in a mock investigation case study, participants are coached along the "route to the root" from initial scene management to formulating recommendations for corrective action. This unique hands-on learning experience sends participants back to the workplace more confident, capable and ready to conduct effective and impactful investigations.

Our Respectful Community

Audrey Gilbeau, Executive Director, Nokiiwin Tribal Council
Kerri Wright, Mental Health Navigator, Nokiiwin Tribal Council

Our Journey Away from Lateral Violence is a thoughtful and encouraging way to approach the effects of historic trauma. Working through G'minoomaadozimin - We Are Living Well and Our Respectful Community model, we will learn how we got here, why lateral violence happens, and what we can do to change and move forward. This positive experience will re-shape the way you see your workplace, your family and your community moving forward.

Put New Life Into Your Joint Health Safety Committee

John O'Brien, Owner, JOB Training & Development
Are you tired of attending those boring time consuming safety meetings. Then plan to attend this interactive session on how to improve the operation of your committees, inject some self-reflection with stories from the trenches, practical tools, tips and resources to help promote inspire your JHSC to succeed. If you are new to the committee this is the session for you!

Visit the Trade Show!

Trade Show

Forum North Trade Show

November 7: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
November 8: 7:00 am - 2:00 pm

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!

Speaker: Maya Chacaby

Pre-Conference Workshop

Indigenous Cultural Resilience & Trauma
Speaker: Maya Chacaby, Beaver Clan from Kaministiquia

PIP Forum North 2017
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Registration Rates

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Register on or before October 17, 2017
Early Bird Rate: Save $30
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Regular Rate
After October 31, 2017
Full Conference $329 + HST $359 + HST $389 + HST
1 Day Only $229 + HST $259 + HST $289 + HST
Full Conference Company Pass* $379 + HST $409 + HST $439 + HST

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    $49 + HST

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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.

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