Forum North

Thunder Bay Ontario's OH&S Conference
Shifting Landscapes in Health and Safety

Victoria Inn,
555 Arthur St W., Thunder Bay
November 6-7, 2018

David Colletto

Day 1 Morning Keynote Speaker: David Colletto

Marketing Research Leader & Expert on Millennials

Kevin Rempel

Day 1 Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Kevin Rempel

Be the Hero of Your Own Movie

Robyne L. Hanley-Dafoe

Day 2 Morning Keynote Speaker: Robyne L. Hanley-Dafoe

Resiliency through Optimal Challenge, Stress and Goal Setting: Making it Work for You!

Conference Schedule

Day 1 - November 6, 2018

David CollettoDavid Colletto

CEO and Founding Partner Abacus Data Inc.

How to Engage Millennials at Work: Understanding Where They Are Coming From and What It Means for Management

By 2025, a majority of working-aged people will be from the millennial generation (those born between 1980 and 2000). As millennials become a larger part of the workforce, their values, approach to work, and experiences are disrupting workplaces in all sectors of the economy causing inter-generational conflict that lowers productivity and weakens organizational culture. David Coletto, a leading expert on generational change and the millennial generation shares insights from his more than six years of research trying to understand where his own generation is coming from. David takes his audience on a journey to understand why millennials are the way they are, what makes them different, and how managers can better engage and empower their teams to be more productive employees.

Changes to the Employment Standards Act: What Does it Mean to You?

Steve Lauzon, Project and Policy Advisor, Ministry of Labour (MOL) - Employment Practices Branch
Workers in Ontario have the right to strong protections at work. Fairness and decency must continue to be the defining values of our workplaces. These legislative changes seek to create more opportunity and security for workers across Ontario. This session will focus on the changes made to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) as a result of Bill 148, such as: Equal Pay for Equal Work Provisions: Casual, Part-time, Temporary & Seasonal Employees, Overtime Pay, Employee Misclassification, Joint Liability, Paid Leaves, and Penalties for Non-Compliance of the ESA.

Chronic Mental Stress

Lina Bava, Manager, Claims, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB)
Lui Tassone, Manager, RTW, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB)

Good mental health is key to having healthy and productive workplaces in Ontario. Effective January 1, 2018, people with work-related chronic mental stress may be eligible for Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) benefits. Officials from the WSIB will describe the recent legislative and policy changes related to chronic mental stress, as well as the WSIB's service delivery approach.

Smartphones and the Pursuit of Workplace Wellness

Jim Lees, MSW., RSW, Human Resource Consultant
Smartphones have been blamed for everything from shorter attention spans, depression, the Trump presidency and global warming; leaving many to wonder where the truth ends and hysteria begins. This session will examine the impact smartphone technology has had on the workforce and consider the challenge of balancing the increasing demands for productivity and efficiency with the mental health and wellness of employees.

Imminent Threats of Violence in the Workplace or at Home

Jim Rovers, Senior Vice President, AFIMAC Global
This session will give your organization suggestions to help you minimize an active shooter situation, it's not just a Big City issue. We begin with the most critical element of the plan - effective and timely communication to local public emergency services and all facility/property occupants. We will then outline the deployment guidelines for on-site security forces and their cooperation with public emergency service personnel, the establishment of a command post to coordinate the lock down procedures, the apprehension of the shooter, and finally the incident documentation and evaluation.

Positive Reinforcement of Safe Behaviours

Terry Bochko, CRSP, President/Owner, Paramount Safety Management Services
Caught doing something right! The benefits of recognizing and reinforcing safe behaviours will have a positive impact on your organization's safety program. It is a natural human reaction to look for and/or focus on the negative. The challenge in today's workforce is to have a positive presence and be proactive while utilizing your leading indicators to drive your safety program. Positive reinforcement of observed safe behaviours will have a direct impact on safety performance.

Chemical Eye Injuries

Ina Chomyshyn, CIH, ROH, Regional Occupational Hygienist Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL)
It is up to the employer to assess the risk of chemical eye injuries, which depends on two things:

  1. the nature of chemicals used in the workplace and,
  2. the work tasks involving these chemicals (could they be splashed into a worker's eyes?).

Then the employer must take every reasonable precaution to prevent eye injuries and to mitigate damage should an eye injury occur. This introductory session provides information on the eye hazards of common chemicals, desirable design features of eye first aid equipment and typical regulatory requirements.

Kevin RempelKevin Rempel

Paralympian & Author

Be the Hero of Your Own Movie

Paralyzed after a motocross crash in 2006, Kevin had to face unsurmountable odds while learning to walk again at the age of 23. Adding to this, Kevin had to deal with his father, Gerry, who also was living in a wheelchair, after a fall that left him a complete paraplegic one year from retirement. Unfortunately Gerry couldn’t deal with living with his circumstances and took his own life in July 2007. That following year, "Remps" as he likes to be called by his friends, found sledge hockey and set his sights on making Team Canada and playing in the Paralympics. Since then he has travelled the world, inspired thousands of people, and has published his biography titled Still Standing - When You Have Every Reason To Give Up, Keep Going. Kevin's story has been featured around the world on TSN, BBC Sport, and CTV. Kevin is an ambassador for RBC's Wings for Life, and Movember. To this day Kevin still loves to ride his motorcycle and is focused on helping grow the sport of sledge hockey through his newest venture, the Sledge Hockey Experience.

Burst Your Bubble: Mental Health in the Workplace

Will Stratford, Health and Safety Manager, Waterloo North Hydro
Emily Moore, Health and Safety Coordinator, Waterloo North Hydro

This session identifies the lessons learned by a hydro utility company in Ontario that wrestled with implementing a mental health program. In this interactive session, you will learn how attempting to eliminate the stigma of mental illness brings you face-to-face with social issues in every workplace and in every family. Learn how managers should respond proactively to mental health issues and how to create a workplace culture that is supportive.

Walk this Way and Protect Your Workers by Having a Pedestrian Traffic Plan (Part 1)

David Roberts, CRSP, Environmental Health & Safety Specialist, Coca-Cola®
Norm Kramer, Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Vehicles moving in and around a workplace, reversing, loading and unloading are too often linked to serious injuries to workers and the public. It has become clear that a traffic flow risk plan is critical to the operational plan for a workplace in order to prevent injuries and fatalities. In this interactive session we review proposed amendments to the Industrial Regulations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), including the requirement to develop and maintain a written traffic management control program. Hear how Coca-Cola® has successfully developed and implemented a plan to protect pedestrians in their facility and develop a plan to identify and control traffic hazards specific to your workplace.

Asbestos, Legal Changes and Requirements

Jacquie Elvish, B.Sc., CRSP, Corporate Health & Safety Officer True Grit Engineering
Do you own a building constructed prior to 1995? Are you a contractor or employee (e.g. trades people or maintenance/custodial staff) doing work in buildings? Are you part of a Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) in a building constructed before 1995? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, attend this session to find out what your obligations are under Ontario Regulation 278/05.

The Benefits of Exercise: Mental Health Days

Sabrina Francescut, R. Kin, CRSP, President, Ontario Kinesiology Association
Regular exercise is one of the most powerful health-promoting practices that physicians and other health care professionals can prescribe to their patients. The benefits of exercise are more than just cardiovascular help and muscular strength. Approximately 63% of Ontarians are affected by one or more chronic conditions and exercise can help with some of these conditions. One study showed that for every dollar spent on promoting exercise and good diet it can save $6 in the cost of caring for people with chronic diseases. For some people exercise can decrease depression as effectively as pharmacological care. Let's have a discussion about the benefits of exercise and how they can help you with your health and safety program and employees.

The Calm After the Storm: Violence Incident Investigations

Karen McKissick, CRSP, Safety Officer Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board (TBCDSB)
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.

The Importance of an Effective Health & Safety Orientation

Mark Woodrow, Mine Training Coordinator, North American Palladium Ltd.
Dave Chony, Safety Coordinator, North American Palladium Ltd.

First impressions are forever. An effective and engaging health and safety orientation will introduce employees to your company's core values, overall safety culture, and is a vital component of any health and safety management system. Through the use of technology and proven techniques, learn how Lac des Iles Mine uses orientations to lay the foundation for success, from the very first day of the job.

Bear Aware: A Predatory Encounter Up Close

Laura Darby, Management Biologist, Thunder Bay District Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
On October 4th, 2011, Laura Darby was attacked by a predatory black bear in a remote forested area north of Thunder Bay, Ontario. After five hours, three helicopters and with the assistance of numerous individuals, Laura escaped the deadly grip of the bear and was evacuated to the care of the nearby hospital. Laura had lost a significant amount of blood and yet continued to narrowly cling on to life. Every minute counted. Every helping hand tipped the scale in her favour. She sustained life threatening injuries requiring several surgeries, months of treatment and ongoing recovery. Today, Laura lives to share her experience, and advocates for the importance of safety training and preparedness in the wilderness.

Workplace Violence and Harassment: Beyond Bills 132 and 168

Brad Smith, Partner LLP, Weiler, Maloney, Nelson
We have all heard about Bill 132 and 168, but now what? Ministry of Labour (MOL) Inspectors have powers that can be exercised in respect of workplace harassment. Employers are likely to face challenges in managing these new requirements and powers as they can give rise to some complex and thorny issues. This session will provide assistance to employers in understanding compliance expectations and managing the impact of the new requirements and expanded powers of the MOL.

A? B? C? The Food Safety Inspection System in Thunder Bay and District

Allyson Veneziano, Public Health Inspector, Thunder Bay District Health Unit
Wondering what those colour-coded letter grades you see in restaurant and food store windows mean? Curious about the process used to determine that grade? Public Health Inspectors from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit will provide an overview of the food inspection system, including information about food safety legislation in Ontario and the DineWise disclosure program.

WSIB New Rate Framework Model: Prepare Now for Tomorrow

Alison Gregory, Stakeholder Relations Manager Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB)
The WSIB is transforming the way premium rates are set for almost 300,000 businesses all across Ontario. Our new premium rate setting model will increase fairness, boost transparency, and be more reflective of individual employer claims experience. As we get closer to implementation in 2020, we are here to support you and ensure you're prepared for our new model.

Psychosocial Ergonomics

Dwayne Fuchs, R. Kin., Ergonomist Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)
With recent changes to legislation and standards, the importance of incorporating psychosocial hazards into a comprehensive health and safety program is becoming a focus of employers. This session will introduce the audience to what psychosocial ergonomics is and how these hazards can contribute to musculoskeletal injuries. Literature and statistics will be presented along with ways to assess psychosocial hazards and perform effective workplace interventions.

Walk this Way and Protect Your Workers by Having a Pedestrian Traffic Plan (Part 2)

David Roberts, CRSP, Environmental Health & Safety Specialist, Coca-Cola®
Norm Kramer, Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Continued from morning workshop.

Day 2 - November 7, 2018

Robyne L. Hanley-DafoeRobyne L. Hanley-Dafoe

Educational Consultant, Trent University

Resiliency through Optimal Challenge, Stress and Goal Setting: Making it Work for You!

Robyne's talk introduces the concept of resiliency from a broad world view that incorporates 5 key areas. Sharing from her experiences traveling through Central America, the Middle East and North America, Robyne reviews what children and adults have in common that contributes to resiliency, and what we can do in our own lives to foster resiliency within ourselves and others. This session highlights practical strategies and innovative ideas that are grounded in optimal challenge and the importance of goal setting.

Construction Project - Yes or No

Tyler Kellar, Consultant, Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA)
Shannan Boston, Account Manager and Consultant, Territory North Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Tom Grant, Inspector, Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL)
Robbin Lavoie, Superintendent Health and Safety Training Resolute Forest Products

Have you ever wondered if your project is a construction project or maintenance project? While employers can contract out work, they cannot contract out their legal responsibilities for health and safety. What are some tips on handling third party providers? Join this interactive session to get answers to these questions and more. Ask our panel of industry experts from the construction and industrial sectors including IHSA, MOL, WSPS and Resolute Forest Products.

Just the Facts Ma'am: Incident Investigations with Purpose

Doug Brown, CRSP, Health & Safety Specialist Workplace Safety North (WSN)
This workshop will take participants through the importance of completing a good incident investigation so that they are of benefit to them and their organization. The systematic evaluation of immediate, direct and underlying causes that lead us to making recommendations so that the incidents will not reoccur provides organizations with the best use of their resources as incidents are reduced and efforts can be focused on proactive activities versus reactive. Participants will get a basic understanding of the steps to take for an investigation as well as the importance of looking beyond the obvious and making those positive changes in their workplaces that truly reduce the risks associated with workplace incidents.

OHS Management System for High Risk Work

Chris McKean, Manager Strategic Program Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA)
Workplace buyers and users of construction and other high risk work, are turning to the Certificate of Recognition (COR) program to manage OH&S risks on their jobsites. Learn more about Ontario's COR program, hear about the growing list of buyers which require COR, and how COR drives positive workplace outcomes.

PTSD Guidelines and Strategies for Your Workplace

Olivia Monk-Saigal, Health and Safety Consultant Public Health & Safety Association (PSHSA)
This session will provide an overview of the PTSD prevention framework utilized in the First Responder First initiative, and its applicability to other sectors. The framework was initially developed to assist employers who were required to submit PTSD prevention plans to the MOL under the Supporting Ontario's First Responders Act, 2016. Employer experiences will be discussed. Learn how you can overcome barriers and challenges to the implementation of a PTSD prevention plan. Join us to understand how PTSD might present itself in your workplace and steps to develop a prevention plan.

Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment

Daryl Upton, Senior Consulting Services Development Lead Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Robert Barclay, M.Eng., P.Eng, Mining Engineer, Northern Region Ministry of Labour (MOL)

Part 1
Risk Assessment at the System Level
Are MOL and the CPO office successfully engaging major industry sectors, and more importantly, why? Over the past three years the MOL have worked collectively with engaged stakeholders representing industry and labour. Participants will learn how the Prevention Office is consulting with stakeholders to identify major hazards and adverse events using facilitated risk assessment workshops. Participants will also learn how this knowledge is providing new insights that enable risk-based prevention efforts. Learn more about the process taken, perspectives and experiences gained.

Shifting Organizational Culture: How Leadership Can Empower the Workforce to Bring Positive Change

Brett Webb, MSc, Bbus, DipOSH, CMIOSH, CRSP, Culture and Organizational Development Specialist, Workplace Safety North (WSN)
Organizational culture, often described as "the way we do things around here" is the shared attitudes, beliefs, and behaviour in a workplace. A positive workplace culture is created when people believe employers genuinely care about them, which in turn improves business. Attend this session to learn about skills to engage and empower your workforce that go beyond traditional one-time training to create long-term, sustainable improvements to organizational culture. This session will introduce you to new concepts that can be applied to the real world.

A Day in the Life of a Desk Job Employee

Rachael Shaffer, Public Health Nurse, Thunder Bay District Health Unit
Do you spend most of your day sitting? Over the past few decades, the number of desk jobs, or jobs where individuals spend most of the day sitting, has doubled. Sitting for too long can put us at risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer. Even if you exercise regularly each week but still spend most of your day sitting, you are at risk for these serious diseases. Learn numerous simple and helpful tips to help reduce your time sitting while working at your desk.

Health, Safety and Indigenous Inclusion

Jason Thompson, Owner, Superior Strategies
The Indigenous population has been growing more rapidly than any other group in Canada and this trend continues to accelerate. With a growing and comparatively young population, it is evident that there will be many more Indigenous people entering the workforce in the years to come, therefore need to engage in health and safety training is imperative.

The Trouble with "Why": Transforming Investigation Interviews into Successful Interventions

Gary Phillips, BA, BEd, MA (Adult Education), CRSP, CHRP, Trainer and Consultant, Northwest Training and Development (NWTD)
We've been taught to ask "why" five times in a row to get to the root of an issue. We've assumed that the questions about "cause" that are built into our investigation forms are the way to go. What if there was a better way? Discover the latest techniques to get to the bottom of incidents, avoid any perceptions of blame, and recover quickly from error events.

The Changing Role of the Supervisor

Shannan Boston, Account Manager and Consultant, Territory North Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
A good supervisor wears many hats: Coach, mentor, employee and employer advocate, production coordinator, HR Liaison and health and safety specialist. It's a big job requiring this "superhuman" to be in all places at the same time. This session will cover how the role of the supervisor is continually evolving, and what changes this can bring.

Hazard Identification and Preliminary Risk Analysis at the Employer Level (Part 2)

Daryl Upton, Senior Consulting Services Development Lead Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Robert Barclay, M.Eng., P.Eng, Mining Engineer, Northern Region Ministry of Labour (MOL)

Nothing can be more important than knowing the hazards and risks that go with the job, and how they are being controlled. Health and Safety Managed Systems around the world require employers to conduct Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment, resulting in inventories that live and breathe with healthy businesses and organizations. This interactive workshop will take participants through the steps that many employers are taking to develop effective risk registries. In alignment to CSA Z1002, participants will walk through a qualitative Hazard Identification and preliminary Risk Analysis exercise.

Legal Access to Marijuana: The Workplace Impact, Why it Matters and How to Manage ItDan Demers, Senior Manager, Strategic Business Development, CannAmm Occupational Testing Services
Brad Smith, Partner, Weiler, Maloney, Nelson
Chris Brassard, CHRL, HB Comm, MSc. Mgmt HR Business Partner, Hydro One
Dr. Ryan Freistatter, MD, Medical Review Officer, CannAmm Occupational Testing Services
Moderator - Larry Masotti, Director, Strategic Relationships Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Legal Access to Marijuana: The Workplace Impact, Why it Matters and How to Manage It

The topic of marijuana access and its use is sensitive, complex and highly polarized with issues and implications for health and safety. Employers have questions about how to respond to this new landscape. What changes will have to be made to existing policies and procedures? What if employees' recreational use off-duty affects workplace performance? The panel discussion will help employers to understand the changes, the legal impact, and the implications to health and safety, and will provide guidance on how to manage these challenges in safety sensitive industries.

Visit the Trade Show!

Trade Show

Forum North Trade Show

November 6: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
November 7: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Visit the trade show to meet a range of vendors, network with peers and gain valuable knowledge on new products and best practices at your workplace. You may even win a prize or two!

Small Business
Networking Event

Enhance your Partners in Prevention experience and attend a FREE Small Business networking event.

Join us for appetizers & networking

November 6, 2018 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Sleeping Giant Brewing Company
712 Macdonell Street, Thunder Bay

Space is Limited!

Register by email before October 16, 2018 at:
In the subject line, please insert: "Yes, I wish to attend the WSPS small business event"


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Our Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support.


  • GridlinkGridlink


  • Hydro OneHydro One
  • Ontario Power GenerationOntario Power Generation
  • Resolute Forest ProductsResolute Forest Products
  • Thunder Bay HydroThunder Bay Hydro
  • Weber SupplyWeber Supply



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Early Bird Rate: Save $30
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Regular Rate
After October 30, 2010
Full Conference $329 + HST $359 + HST $389 + HST
1 Day Only $229 + HST $259 + HST $289 + HST
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