Sault Ste. Marie Ontario's OH&S Conference
Your Community. Your Workplace. Your Results.

Quattro Hotel & Conference Centre
229 Great Northern Road, Sault Ste. Marie
March 2 & 3, 2016

Clint Malarchuk

The Crazy Game: How I Survived in the Crease and Beyond

Interactive Health Fair

Interactive Health Fair

Visit a range of wellness providers and participate in activities. Located in the Trade Show.

Mock Coroner’s Inquest

Mock Coroner’s Inquest

Learn what a Coroner’s Inquest seeks to discover in a workplace fatality, through this mock scenario.

Conference Schedule

Day 1 - March 2

Opening Ceremonies

Special welcome to all delegates from Acting Mayor Councillor, Rick Niro, CEO of Workplace Safety & Prevention Services, Elizabeth Mills, and Partners in Prevention – Superior Conference and Brandi Bell-Tanninen, Algoma University.

Workplace Inspections: Has Normalization Set In?

Mike Lemay, Consultant, Workplace Safety North (WSN)
This interactive session will familiarize participants with the workplace inspection process and provide them with the understanding of needed skills and knowledge required to conduct planned workplace inspections. Who is responsible for conducting inspections, how often should they be done, what items and conditions need to be inspected and what tools and techniques can prevent normalizations when doing inspections? Attend this practical presentation to improve your inspection skills.

Workplace Sexual Harassment: Managing the Impact of Bill 132

Leila Park, Occupational Health and Safety Inspector – Industrial, Ministry of Labour (MOL)
In 2010, the Occupational Health and Safety Act added a definition of and provisions for” harassment”. The province is poised to significantly expand OHS harassment provisions. In 2015, as part of a broad process to address sexual harassment and sexual violence in Ontario, the government tabled Bill 132 which proposes amendments to the workplace harassment provisions of the OHSA, seeking to add a new definition of “sexual harassment”, new obligations of employers to investigate, and would grant new powers to Ministry of Labour inspectors. This session will discuss these proposed changes to the OHSA, implications for Ontario workplaces, and provide practical commentary.

Working at Heights: A Non-Construction Perspective

Shannan Boston, Consultant/Account Manager, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
It’s not always about the traditional construction workers. Window washers and roofers put themselves at risk every day to earn a living. This session will provide an overview of the new Working at Heights and Training Provider standards in Ontario, including how they will affect workers and employers and why the changes are happening. Common hazards and controls will be discussed, as well as what you might be missing in your fall prevention program.

Your Healthy Brain and the Prevention of Dementia

Janice Seppala, Education Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Society of Sault Ste. Marie
Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. This session will give you the 10 warning signs of dementia, describe dementia and then tell you how to lower your risk of developing dementia.

Asbestos Awareness

Jessica Sicoly, Industrial Hygienist, Essar
Asbestos is a Designated Substance under Ontario Regulation 490/09, which poses long term health risks to workers when it is disturbed. This session will guide you through all aspects of asbestos: including how to recognize potential asbestos-containing material, the hazards that are associated with asbestos exposure, and how to protect yourself with safe work practices. You will gain an understanding of the applicable legislation, and awareness of types 1, 2 and 3 work procedures.

Increasing On-road Access for Off -road and All-Terrain Vehicles

Sgt. Andy Bishop, North East Region Highway Safety Division, Snowmobile, All-Terrain, Vessel Enforcement and Education
Ontario is enhancing on-road access for more types of off -road vehicles (ORVs) and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) while increasing safety requirements for riders. Beginning July 1, 2015, the province will see more types of ORVs and ATVs, including two-up ATVs, side-by-side ATVs and utility-terrain vehicles (UTVs). These vehicles will be allowed to use the shoulder of public roads. All riders will have to wear a helmet and use a seatbelt or foot rests, where applicable. Attend this session to learn more about enforcement, some quick facts and safety requirements.

Electrical Safety: Risks, Results and New Thinking

Mark Jorgensen, Worker Safety Specialist, Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)
ESA is responsible for identifying and targeting leading causes of electrical risk; raising awareness, educating, and training in electrical safety; ensuring compliance with regulations; investigating fatalities, injuries and fi re losses associated with electricity. Yet, we still encounter stubbornly high electrical worker fatalities not consistent with the decline ESA has seen in other occupations. Learn about getting at-risk workers to think differently about how they approach electrical safety in their day to-day activities on the job.

Environmental and Occupational Carcinogens

Carly Brown, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, Canadian Cancer Society
In this session, you will learn more about what you can do to prevent or lessen your exposure to the number one environmental carcinogen – radon. Radon is naturally occurring, and can be found in almost all indoor air, including your home, offices and schools. It is the second cause of lung cancer, after smoking. Find out more about Radon and other environmental and occupational carcinogens in this informative session.

Certification and Training Updates

Training & Safety Programs Branch, Ministry of Labour (MOL)
This session will familiarize you with the Prevention Office and how the Ministry of Labour’s mandated training established by the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) is strengthening the quality and consistency of training in Ontario workplaces. You’ll be introduced to the new Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) Certification Training Program Standards that come into effect on March 1, 2016 and receive an overview of the Working at Heights training standards including results since April 1, 2015. Attend this session to hear about these training programs and find out what other programs are on the horizon.

Training Techniques for Engaging Yong Workers: Take the Boring out of Safety Training!

Deborah Woodman and Cathy Denomme, Associate Professors, Algoma University
Our research confirms that many young workers do not learn or retain required information. How do we make safety issues meaningful and relevant to each person? In this interactive presentation, we will demonstrate methods and techniques to get rid of the boring. Although the research focuses on young workers, this presentation will be relevant for anyone responsible for developing and/or delivering safety training.

Allan KehlerAllan Kehler, B.Ed, B.PhEd

B.ED, B.PHED, Author and Instructor, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology

Goodbye Stress – Hello Life! This is YOUR Journey

We live in a fast-paced society with a seemingly endless list of demands. Life will naturally bring us challenges and stress - the key is moving forward so that it doesn’t impact other areas of our lives. Allan challenges individuals to regain control of self while detaching from unhealthy behaviours. He inspires individuals to really live, and to move beyond merely existing. Drawing from personal and professional experiences, Allan provides direction that inspires individuals to persevere through their personal challenges rather than avoid or escape 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. Allan motivates people to regain control of self, and return to the journey that they were meant to lead.

Occupational Vibration Exposure: What are the Characteristics & Health Risk Prevention Strategies

Tammy Eger, Associate Professor, Laurentian University, School of Human Kinetics and Director of the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety & Health (CROSH)
Occupational exposure to vibration can lead to health problems and is typically classified as whole-body vibration (WBV), hand-arm vibration (HAV), or foot transmitted vibration (FTV). We will discuss exposure risks associated with operating heavy industrial equipment and power tools common in mining, forestry and construction. Learn more about the effectiveness of control strategies, including seating, isolation platforms, “antivibration” drills, cab interventions, road maintenance, and personal protective equipment.

Accommodating Employees Involved in Harassment Cases

Chris Lloyd, Partner, Daniels Lloyd LLP
It is well known that employers have duties to maintain a harassment-free workplace. But navigating those duties is challenging and involves consideration not only of the rights of those alleging harassment, but also those who are the claimed harassers. The situation is made even more complex when, overlaying a potential harassment scenario, the duty to accommodate under human rights legislation or workers’ compensation legislation may be involved. In addition to a review of the legal principles, a number of case studies will be considered in an interactive discussion with attendees.

Shift Work Like Clockwork

Alison Dutkiewicz, Public Health Nurse, and Lisa O’Brien, Public Health Dietician, Algoma Public Health
About 25% of the Canadian workforce is shift workers. Much of the literature that exists suggests that individuals who are working shift work experience health challenges. This presentation will provide healthy tips for coping with the stresses of shift work. A public health nurse will talk about circadian rhythms (our body’s internal clock), the stages of sleep and tips to stay healthy and safe. A public health dietitian will provide suggestions for eating well while working shift work.

Safety Practitioner to Safety Professional: The Value of CRSP

Tom Welton, Director Industrial, Workplace Safety North (WSN)
The Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)R/ Professionnel en securite agree du Canada (PSAC)R certification is designed specifically for OHS professionals. Obtaining your CRSP designation demonstrates your professional expertise and commitment to occupational health and safety. Join us at this session to find out: why you should become a CRSP, the value of a certification process, what you need to qualify, how the process works, fees, examination deadlines, what it means to be a CRSP and how to maintain it.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Angela Koppens, Yoga Instructor
Trauma sensitive yoga is a grounded, safe, flowing yoga practice that allows the body to move in a way that will assist in the release of trauma trapped within the body. Originally used with military personnel dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, with very successful results, it is now being considered a form of treatment for other types of trauma. Emphasis is on breathing techniques and a focus on the present moment to relieve stress.

WHMIS 2015 and GHS: What You Need to Know

Shannan Boston, Consultant/Account Manager, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Dave Saucier, Vice President, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Responsible Distribution Canada

WHMIS is changing to become globally harmonized. WHMIS 2015 integrates the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This session will provide insight on the challenges, solutions and opportunities for your company. Emphasis will be on getting you through what you need to do to ensure a smooth transition into the new system and to ensuring everyone knows how to recognize and assess chemical hazards.

Improving Resilience to Psychological Hazards in the Mental Health Workplace

Dr. David MacPhee, Chief Psychologist, Sault Area Hospital
This session will explore the range of potential hazards with regards to mental health workplace and the possible effects of exposure to such hazards. A model to increase resilience to these potential hazards will be discussed. Much of the content of this presentation can be generalized to settings other than mental health.

MOL Trends in Enforcement Fines, Charges & Convictions.

Jervis Bonnick, District Manager, Ministry of Labour (MOL)
The number of convictions and fines over the past 5 years has decreased annually as the Ministry of Labour continues to focus on improving workplace health and safety practices through education, training and enforcement of Provincial health and safety legislation. In particular, this session will look at the Inspector authority under the OHSA and the application of enforcement tools provided under the Provincial Offences Act. An overview of past blitz results, recent court decisions, fines and noticeable trends will also be shared and discussed.

Building a Safety Culture

Randi Laur, Finishing Supervisor, Pollard Bank Note
Creating a positive safety culture in which all staff openly participate and are active can be challenge in the workplace. How do you get through to staff and management? How do you break through year’s of set behaviours? If you’re looking to change how safety is viewed in your workplace, then here is the place to be. We will look at fun, creative ways to get staff engaged and to build a positive safety culture that will be sustainable for the future.

Day 2 - March 3

Julie HryniewiczJulie Hryniewicz

Morning Keynote Speaker

You Can Lead the Change

Use your own passions, gifts and interests to unlock the potential of those around you. You already have what you need to empower more positive working environments; it begins with believing in yourself.

Best Practices in Contractor Management

Louise Caicco Tett, RN, BScN, CRSP, MPH (in progress)
Janis Gartshore, Health, Safety, Security and Environment Manager, Brookfi eld Renewable Energy Group

This presentation focuses on small- and medium-sized businesses. Learn what the best practices are for hiring a plumber, electrician, roofer, or a company to remove your snow. Louise will begin the presentation with the industry approach and outline the stages of the contractor life cycle, from prequalifi cation to post-job evaluation. Janis will show you how Brookfield applies these best practices to their organization. You will leave with some simple, practical tools to get started.

Mental Health in the Workplace: How Manager’s Should Respond

Margaret Cernigoj, Consultant/Account Manager, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
What do you do when you think someone who reports to you has a mental health issue? This session will help participants understand their duties as a manager when accommodating employees with mental health issues. It will help you determine how to recognize it and talk about it, the steps to take when accommodating, the return-to work discussion and the interplay between mental health and harassment.

A Health and Safety Journey: The First Nation Perspective

Audrey Gilbeau, Executive Director, Nokiiwin Tribal Council Inc.
The session will provide an overview of First Nation’s operations and the challenges and opportunities that are presented in developing health and safety culture in First Nation communities.

From Stumbling Blocks to Building Blocks: Improving Communication Between Management & JHSC’s

Yvonne O’Reilly, Principal, O’Reilly OHS Consulting
A well implemented occupational health and safety (OHS) program relies on eff ective communication, integrated throughout the organization. Joint Health and Safety Committees (JHSC) require a sound structure, mutual respect to be able to work as a cohesive team, and have the ability to eff ectively and consistently communicate with management. In the course of reviewing and dealing with health and safety issues, there are potential stumbling blocks to eff ective communication. Key opportunities for improved communication include: inspections, committee minutes, program feedback, goal alignment, and promotion of ‘your IRS’. This session will overview a variety of tips & case studies that will outline how to transform these potential stumbling blocks to building blocks on the way to a healthier and safer work environment.

Ergonomics Change Teams: Participatory Ergonomics

Tanya Muller, B.Sc, CCPe, Ergonomist – North Territory, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Although many organizations understand the importance of ergonomics in MSD prevention, they struggle to incorporate it into their H&S culture. This presentation reviews how using a “participatory” approach can facilitate change and provide results ranging from reducing MSD injuries to improving job satisfaction among workers. Concepts and case study examples are presented as solutions to encourage workers, supervisors and union groups to participate in developing and implementing successful ergonomic programs.

Clint MalarchukClint Malarchuk

Author and Retired National Hockey League Goaltender

The Crazy Game: How I Survived in the Crease and Beyond

No job in the world of sports is as intimidating, exhilarating, and as stress-ridden as that of an NHL hockey goaltender. Now imagine doing that job while suffering high anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and depression, and having your career nearly cut short by a skate slicing across your neck. Clint Malarchuk shares his extraordinary and heart-wrenching life story - which includes his long battle with alcoholism and almost ending his life by a gunshot to the head - in his relentless effort to help end the stigma of mental illness and to help others who may suffer as well.

Join us for a meet and greet and book signing with Clint Malarchuk at 1:00 – 1:30 pm after his keynote address.

Mock Coroner’s Inquest   

Dr. David Cameron, Regional Supervising Coroner
Ryan Conlin, Partner, Stringer LLP
Chris Lloyd, Partner, Daniels Lloyd LLP

Workplace fatalities are tragic. They affect everyone: families and co-workers, as well as the community at large. In certain circumstances, a Coroner’s Inquest is called into a workplace death. The Inquest is a public hearing into the events that led to the tragedy and a jury is charged to come up with recommendations to prevent similar deaths in the future. Learn what a Coroner’s Inquest seeks to discover in a workplace fatality, through this mock scenario, complete with witnesses, jury members and legal counsel. The regional coroner will also be on hand to explain the Inquest process. Please Note: This session runs all afternoon.

Visit the Trade Show!

Trade Show

March 2: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
March 3: 8:00 am – 1:00 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!
Visit the WSPS booth for your chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tablet

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.

Wellness Area
March 2: 9 am – 12 pm & 1 – 4 pm
March 3: 11 am – 12 pm

  • Cancer IQ Survey
  • Heart Health Risk Assessments
  • Alzheimer’s Society Information Sheets
  • Mocktails: Tips, Tricks and Recipes
  • Blood Pressure Check
  • Flexibility Testing
  • Carbon Monoxide Testing

PIP Superior 2016
Download the Full Conference Brochure (5.78 MB PDF)

The full Superior Conference brochure with schedule in printable PDF format.

Registration Rates

  Super Early Bird Rate: Save $60
Register on or before February 18
Early Bird Rate: Save $30
Register on or before February 25
Regular Rate
After February 25
Full Conference $309 + HST $339 + HST $369 + HST
1 Day Only $209 + HST $239 + HST $269 + HST
Full Conference Company Pass* $359 + HST $389 + HST $419 + HST

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

    $49 + HST

* Company pass allows for the pass to be used by one delegate at a time. Company passes are issued in the company name only.

** Student rate: Available to full time students on proof of Student ID#. Limited spaces available! 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.

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 February 24. Substitutions welcome.

For more information, contact our Customer Care Department at 905-614-1400 or 1-877-494-WSPS (9777).

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