Southwestern Ontario

Kitchener's OH&S Conference
Shifting Landscapes in Health and Safety

Bingemans Conference Centre
425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener, Ontario
October 24, 2018

Robyne L. Hanley-Dafoe

Morning Keynote Speaker: Robyne L. Hanley-Dafoe

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

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OCTOBER 23, 2018,
425, Bingemans Conference Drive, Kitchener, ON
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Conference Schedule

October 24, 2018 Conference

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 five 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.

Chronic Mental Stress

Bev Glenn-Graham and Melissa Brown, Managers, Complex Claims and Sharon Willems, 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.

Guideline for Working Around Overhead Wires

George Minow, Health Safety and Wellness Manager, Kitchener Wilmot Hydro
Workplace dynamics and complexity are growing continuously, bringing new challenges to the companies and employees every day. Traditional approaches based on training, signing, etc. are extensively in use, but bringing only marginal improvements. The industry’s commitment to permanently increase safety performance requires us to look for more complex and sophisticated tools. In looking at the late findings in behavior economics, we can see the limitations of our traditional approach as well as find new opportunities to enrich our toolbox and become more efficient in designing safer work environments.

Cyber Security, Fraud, Theft and Altered Documents Internally

Jason Murray, Detective, Waterloo Regional Police
Constable Jason Murray is a detective with the Waterloo Regional Police Service and is currently assigned to the Fraud Branch. His presentation will provide participants with information on current fraud trends in our region, strategies for staying safe, and what to do in the event you or someone you know has been victimized by fraud.

The Impact of a High Participation Safety Culture

Josh LeBrun, President and Chief Operating Officer, eCompliance
How do you define a strong Safety Culture? Josh LeBrun, President and COO of eCompliance will share findings from a Stanford research study that shows "increased workforce participation leads to reduced injury rates." He'll take you up the ladder as he discusses the five steps to building a high participation safety culture for your organization.

Communication Awareness in the Workplace and Understanding the Impact

Valerie Harrison, President, Centric Dynamix
Everyone has a communication skill set that is developed over time through education and experiences, however, we tend not to apply that skill set as effectively as we would like. Unpopular information, difficult personalities and stress all have a role in making communication difficult or ineffective. This interactive discussion introduces the mechanics behind communication focusing on direct, appropriate communication. Leaders can explore their individual skill set to understand how their communication impacts others, have a clearer insight into dealing effectively with difficult people and divert negative attitudes and behaviours into positive, more productive ones.

Human Factors in Pedestrian Safety

Don Patten, BHK, RKin, CCPE, CRSP, Ergonomist Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Brian McInnes, CPE, Provincial Ergonomist, Ministry of Labour (MOL)

Human factors is the study of how humans behave physically and psychologically in relation to particular environments, products, or services. Learn an integrated approach that is constantly assessing the interaction between people, equipment and procedures in order to understand how people interact with facilities and equipment. This session will review the human factors involved in pedestrian safety, using line of Sight Methodologies, and 3D imaging technology.

7 Key Elements to Assess JHSC Effectiveness

Yvonne O'Reilly, CRSP, Owner, O’Reilly Health and Safety Consulting
One of the keys to evolving your safety culture and achieving continuous improvement is an effective Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC). Your internal responsibility system (IRS) is strengthened by a knowledgeable, motivated and supported committee. This interactive presentation will allow you to self-assess your committee based on 7 key aspects including structure, goals and feedback. New or established committees will both take away tips to create an action plan to improve their effectiveness and benefit the safety culture at their workplace.

Marijuana Legalization and the Workplace

Larry Masotti, Director of Strategic Relationships Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
As of October 17, 2018, recreational Marijuana will be legal in Canada. What does that mean for Ontario workplaces? It is more important than ever that managers and employees effectively recognize and manage the safety risks of substance use, abuse, and impairment. Attend this awareness session to learn more about the subject, understand the implications to health and safety, and what changes will have to be made to existing policies and procedures.

How to Develop and Keep the Best Team: Three Rituals Based from Research

Jennifer Holt, M.Ed., Executive Director & Owner LEAC LTD & Holt Counselling and Consulting
Safety is a lot like oxygen - you really don't think about it unless it's missing. By the same token, workplace culture can go unnoticed if the culture is one that promotes a positive vision of health and safety, open communication, and engagement. It's really hard to create trust and collaboration in the workplace when you feel like you might be judged, scolded or fired for saying or doing the wrong thing. So what produces a feeling of safety? Not words or policies or assurances. This workshop focuses on the three rituals based from research that can create a strong, and safe work culture - and a strong culture isn't just some fluffy business term, it dramatically effects the bottom-line.

Lift Truck Managed Systems: What Do They Look Like?

David Mustard, Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Material handling equipment used in operations today goes well beyond your basic lift truck. Many technical advances have been made to increase productivity. Regardless of the innovations it is critical that the interaction between workers and equipment is monitored to ensure the protection of our most valued asset - our people. The provincial government is in the process of implementing accreditation for safe workplaces. It's time for us to look at how we are managing our health and safety programs today and where we need to go in the future. We will review practical tools and best practices in this highly interactive session.

Controlling the Costs of Absenteeism: The CFO Perspective

Angelo Carofano, MBA, CPA, Vice President Finance & Administration, Workplace Medical Corp
Most companies do not know the size of their absence problem and most companies do not have a firm grasp of what their absenteeism rates are and what it is truly costing their organization. As the CFO for Workplace Medical Corp., Angelo Carofano will share how you can start to address the absence issue in your organization and gain the support of your executive team to address the costs of workplace absence and the solutions to return people to work.

5 Ways to Develop Resiliency to Stress

Karen Kelly, Manager, Health Promotions and Corporate Wellness Program Director, Employee Wellness Solutions Network
Stress kills. Chronic stress has been linked to everything from skin problems to cancer, as well as mental disorders like depression or anxiety. We all experience stress at some point in our lives and some jobs can feel like a pressure cooker every day! The good news is there are strategies to learn in order to manage the impact stress has on your life. Join Karen Kelly as she discusses what stress is, how it affects you and ways you can help yourself. You will take away different tips to develop resilience to stress and improve your own well-being.

Blitz Proof Your Workplace: How to Survive and Thrive During an Inspection

Cynthia Sefton, Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP
Each year the MOL visits various workplaces without warning as part of its Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) enforcement strategy, issuing orders and laying charges in its wake. Is your workplace prepared for an unannounced inspection? Tap into the expertise of two skilled occupational health and safety law specialists as they share tips on how to effectively prepare your workplace for an inspection, offer advice on interacting with the inspector during the site visit, and discuss your rights as an employer as well as your options for challenging orders and charges.

Orlando BowenOrlando Bowen

Game Changer & Motivational Speaker

New Beginnings

Ten years ago, Orlando thought he was about to die. Pinned to the ground and enduring a savage beating, the then-CFL linebacker had been jumped by two plainclothes police officers, an injustice which was the first of many laid against him at the hands of the police force. "In that moment, knowing my life was about to end, I'm thinking, I didn't give everything I had to make a difference." Later completely exonerated of any wrong doing, Orlando incredibly has publicly forgiven his perpetrators and has dedicated his life to inspiring others to pursue excellence in all they do. He spent five seasons in the CFL with the Argos and Hamilton Tiger-Cats, before the concussion he suffered at the hands of the police forced him to quit the sport. Orlando is now the founder and Executive Director of, One Voice One Team Youth Leadership, which empowers youth to utilize leadership skills and talents to better themselves and their community. He has been repeatedly recognized for his incredible work. He was bestowed with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013; and was the national 2014 Harry Jerome Award winner for community service.

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.

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

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.

Understanding the Multigen Mix

Faiza Venzant, General Manager, YMCA Greater Toronto
In many of today's workplaces, four generations of people work side by side. This interactive workshop will help you understand the history that has characterized Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials. Participants will be able to identify the assets, communication styles and traits of each generation with the goal of developing an appreciation for the strengths we all bring to the table.

Being Wrong, Managing Conflict and Solving Problems

Dayna Firth, Dispute Resolution Services Ministry of Labour (MOL)
In this workshop you will learn how and why conflicts escalate. Understand how attitudes and perceptions can obstruct insight, hinder learning, undermine meaningful discussion, and how notions of "rightness and wrongness" can impede our understanding and undermine effective communication. In this session you will consider the biases that can hamper our thinking, and explore and practice approaches and strategies that can increase the potential for more constructive dialogue.

Workplace Violence and Harassment Update 2018

Chris Boccinfuso, Regional Program Coordinator, Ministry of Labour (MOL)
This session will provide a high level review of the OHSA provisions that cover workplace harassment and violence. There will be a discussion around the MOL's experience with these sections through a statistical review. There will be extensive time allotted for audience questions around this topic.

A Day in the Life of a Supervisor

Mike LaSelva, National Account Manager Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
It is not easy being a supervisor today in Ontario. With all the demands of the job, do you have the knowledge and time to meet your legislative requirements? In this session, we will discuss what a "competent" supervisor should know and what they should be doing daily to protect their workers and themselves. Learn more about your Human Resource responsibilities as a supervisor, and what role you play with specific legislation such as Violence and Harassment policies. We will have some tips and tricks to help you survive the daily issues that may arise. This interactive session promises to be educational AND fun, with stories from the trenches and case studies. Carswell is even donating supervisor log books for each participant!

MSD Prevention Guidelines Update: A New Approach

Don Patten, RKin. BHK, CCPE, CRSP, Ergonomics Specialist, Technical Services, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
The MSD prevention guidelines were first introduced in 2007 and were developed in partnership with representatives from Ontario's labour organizations, employer associations, and individual employers and workers. A lot has changed in 10 years since the last guidelines were developed and under the direction of CRE-MSD, the MSD guidelines have been updated. This session will take you through the new guidelines highlighting simpler online tools and resources geared towards both small and large businesses to help identify and control MSDs in your workplace.

Rate Framework: Transforming the WSIB's Premium Rate

Alison Gregory, Stakeholder Relations Manager, Rate Framework Team 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're here to support you to ensure you're prepared for our new model.

Psychosocial Ergonomics

Melissa Statham, B.Ed., MHK, CCPE, Ergonomist, ACE Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers Inc. (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.

Just the Facts Ma'am: Incident Investigation with Purpose

Thom Foster, CRSP, Health and 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. 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.

Visit the Trade Show!

Trade Show

Southwestern Trade Show

October 24: 7:00 AM - 2:00 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!


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Registration Rates

  Super Early Bird Rate: Save $60
Register on or before October 3, 2018
Early Bird Rate: Save $30
Register on or before October 17, 2018
Regular Rate
After October 17, 2018
Full Conference $269 + HST $299 + HST $329 + HST

Student Rate* per day
(with proof of Student ID #)

    $49 + HST

* 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.

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.

Space is limited. 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 October 18, 2018. Substitutions welcome.

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