Eastern Ontario

Ottawa's OH&S Conference
What's Your Story?

Ottawa Conference and Event Centre
200 Coventry Rd, Ottawa, Ontario
October 16, 2019

Mark Henick

Morning Keynote Speaker: Mark Henick

A Moment on the Edge: How Small Encounters Change Lives

Dr. Robyne L. Hanley-Dafoe

Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robyne L. Hanley-Dafoe

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

Federal Sessions

Federal Sessions

These special sessions are designed for Federal Employers to get the latest updates on H&S. Please note sessions with asterisks are Federal sessions.

NEW Early Bird Meet & Mingle

From 6:45am - 8:00am on the trade show floor

  • Meet your local Consultant/Inspector/Representative (IHSA, WSPS, OHCOW, MOL and WSIB)
  • Participate in discussions on best practices
  • Ask those burning questions and get answers
  • "How do I navigate through the day?" WSPS staff assist in the planning of your day.
  • Enjoy peer-to-peer networking

Conference Schedule

October 16, 2019 Conference

Mark HenickMark Henick

Mental Health Advocate - Top 50 TEDx Speaker

A Moment on the Edge: How Small Encounters Change Lives

By the time he found himself standing on the edge of a bridge late one night, a teenager ready to die, Mark Henick had lost all hope. A culmination of encounters over time - with doctors, nurses, therapists, teachers, parents, and peers - had left him feeling trapped, broken, and helpless. If it wasn't for an anonymous stranger who reached out and saved his life, Mark never would have left that bridge alive. But he did, and he has dedicated his life ever since to opening minds and creating change. Inspired by his viral Top 50 TEDx talk Why We Choose Suicide, Mark shares the stories of what brought him to the edge, what would have helped, and what didn't. He retells the moment that changed his life forever, as well as the quest that followed to find the stranger who saved him - and to find himself.

JHSC - Stories from the Trenches

Garry Beckstead, EHS Specialist, KaVo Kerr/Beavers Dental
Marc Dupuis, Safety & Compliance Assistant Area Manager, Walmart
Alison Beer, Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Claude Armstrong, Territory Manager, Eastern Region, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

WSPS and JHSC members from Walmart and Beaver Dental will share their stories about building and operating an effective committee - what works, what doesn't, and how they achieve success. They will tell you about how they try to keep the committee engaged and looking for innovative ideas while managing the day-to-day challenges of multiple locations, competing priorities, a wide variety of hazards and work processes, and the uphill battle when management support isn't there. Attend this session to learn and share your own stories.

Ministry of Labour Priorities 2019 - 2020

Matthew Clouthier, Regional Program Coordinator, Ministry of Labour (MOL)
Sandra Lawson, Regional Director, Ministry of Labour (MOL)

This session will familiarize you with the Ministry of Labour's role in workplace safety and the Safe at Work Ontario - compliance strategy. Attend this session to hear more about the Ministry's priorities for 2019-20, the dates for upcoming compliance initiatives, and highlights from Ministry sector plans.

Planes Trains and Automobiles-Safety While Traveling for Work

Tova Larsen, B.Sc (Hon), Consultant, Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS)
Whether across town or across the globe, employers have a duty to take every reasonable precaution to safeguard staff while traveling on business. This session will help you identify the many types of travel safety risks for local, national, and international travel, assess the level of risk, and develop a strategy to keep staff safe from the moment they leave to the moment they return.

Pre-Start Health and Safety Reviews Done Right

Chuck Leon, Warehouse and Racking Specialist, Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS)
Miles Purvis, President, Prosafe Inc.,
Maria Middelveen, P. Eng., EP (CEA), MAIS, Environmental, Health and Safety Manager, Dew Engineering & Development
Moderator: Michael Wilson, Machine Guarding Specialist, Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS)

This interactive panel discussion will help you to understand the requirements around Pre Start Health & Safety Reviews (PSRs) - who is qualified to perform a PSR and what documentation do you need. Hear first-hand form one of our experts about how they manage PSRs in their organization.

* Interpersonal Relationships at Work through the Lens of the Ombudsman for Mental Health (Federal Session)

Andre Latreille, Ombudsman for Mental Health, Public Service and Procurement Canada
Organizations are essentially people so it's not surprising that the quality of interpersonal relationships on the job is a major indicator of job satisfaction. Join the Ombudsman for Mental Health of Public Services and Procurement Canada for a talk about the findings of his survey on interpersonal relationships and an interactive session on civility in the workplace. Can you spot uncivil behaviour a mile away? What about when it's your own? Come join the conversation and leave with some tips and tricks.

You Have Received a Sexual Harassment Complaint, Now What?

Jennifer Threndyle, Consultant, Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS)
There has been a 136% increase in harassment complaints and a 114% increase in sexual harassment complaints in the first 10 months following the amendment to Sec.32 in September 2016. This session will cover harassment and sexual harassment under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Best practices for minimizing the risk of harassment events and complaints will be discussed.

The New World of Cannabis

Larry Masotti, Director, Strategic Relationships, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Det. Steven Lewis, Drug Intake/Drug Unit, Ottawa Police Services

Come join the Ottawa Police and Workplace Safety & Prevention Services for an interactive session on cannabis, the law and ways to protect yourself, your staff, your customers and your business. If you've got questions about how cannabis legalization will affect your business and employees, we've got the answers.

Ontario Electrical Safety Code 27th Edition: Understanding and Applying the New Requirements

Dr. Joel Moody, Director Safety Risk, Policy & Innovation, Electrical Safety Authority
The 27th edition of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code has been finalized and will come into effect as regulation on May 16, 2019. This new edition includes changes designed to enhance electrical safety and protect workers and the public. Changes include added requirements for Energy Storage systems and facilitating the use of Power over Ethernet to provide a pathway for sources of electricity, among other things. This session will help you understand and prepare for these changes before they come into effect. Electrical work conducted after the effective date needs to meet the new requirements.

Your Roadmap for Workplace Health and Safety

Speaker TBC, WSIB
WSIB has a new health and safety excellence program that integrates its three current programs (Small Business, Safety Groups and Workwell) into one. The new program provides a clear roadmap for businesses to improve workplace safety, whether they are just getting started or want to optimize what they already have.

Workshop participants will learn about the business case for health and safety, how to create your organizations roadmap for health & safety and the benefits and rewards of the new program.

The presenter will also touch on trends and emerging issues in health and safety related to municipalities, as well as updates/changes related to the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSIB) and Ministry of Labour (MOL)

Pedestrian Safety and Traffic Management: Conducting Effective Inspections

Chuck Leon, CRSP, P.MM, Senior Technical Specialist, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Mobile powered equipment and pedestrians don't mix. Whey they do it can have costly consequences including fatalities, serious harm, expensive downtime and hefty fines. As warehousing operations become larger and more complex, inspections of conditions and practices relating to pedestrian and powered mobile equipment traffic are even more critical, and controls must be in place. This session will review the common and not-so-common hazards, identify best practices and net steps you can take in your workplace to ensure you have the proper controls.

Workplace Depression and Prevention

Dr. JianLi Wang, PhD, Senior Scientist, Director, Work & Mental Health Research Unit, The Royal's Institute of Mental Health Research affiliated with University of Ottawa. Professor, School of Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
Depression is a prevalent and disabling mental health problem in the workplace. In this presentation, Dr. Wang will share his expertise and research evidence in the domain of workplace mental health. He will describe the symptoms of depression and what are the common workplace factors that may trigger depression. Finally, Dr. Wang will share the tools and programs his team has developed, for preventing depression from the individual, managerial and organizational perspectives. The goal of the talk is to improve depression literacy, raise the awareness of workplace depression, and offer practical solutions.

Return to Work Following a Concussion

Renee Guillemette, OT Reg. (Ont.), Regional Manager, Community Services, CBI Health Group
An overview of concussion symptoms, what to expect in the phases or recovery and treatment recommendations to facilitate return to work will be provided in this session. Will review evidence-based guidelines on return to work post-concussion, share recommendations on what works and doesn't work, and suggest workplace accommodations to promote sustainable return to work. Will also look at what employers can expect in terms of gradual return to work plans and tips on how to assist their employees in the workplace while recovering.

Dr. Robyne L. Hanley-DafoeDr. Robyne L. Hanley-Dafoe

Educational Consultant, Centre for Teaching and Learning Trent University

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

Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award winning psychology instructor who specializes in resiliency, navigating stress and change, and personal wellness in the workplace. Described as transformational, engaging and thought provoking, Robyne's presentation provides practical strategies grounded in global research and case studies that help foster resiliency within ourselves and others. As the Senior Educational Developer for the Centre for Teaching and learning at Trent university, she shares from her experiences traveling through Central America, the middle East and North America, and reviews what children and adults have in common that contributes to resiliency. She highlights practical strategies and innovative ideas that are grounded in optimal challenge and the importance of goal setting.

A Day in the Life of a Supervisor: Do You Measure Up?

Michelangelo LaSelva, National Account Manager, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Jennifer Threndyle, Consultant, 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 workshop, 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 responsibilities under the AODA and what role you play with specific legislation such as violence and harassment policies. This interactive workshop promises to be educational and fun with tips and tricks to help you survive the daily issues, stories from the trenches and case study examples.

* Implementing Bill C-65 (Workplace Violence and Harassment) - What Federal Employers Need to Know (Federal Session)

Renee Roussel, ESDC, Senior Director, National Operations, Labour Program, Regional Operations and Compliance
Bill C-65, an Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (harassment and violence), received Royal Assent on October 25th 2018. The aim of this bill is to strengthen existing laws on the prevention of harassment and violence, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, in all federally regulated workplaces. As the regulatory changes move closer to coming into force - come and learn what employers will need to do to achieve compliance with these new regulations. Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) will review the key regulatory changes and the role of the Labour Program in addressing complaints of non-compliance. Also learn about key resources and tools that will be available to assist employers with changes to their violence and harassment programs.

Being Wrong, Managing Conflict and Solving Problems

Greg Long, Deputy Director, 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, explore and practice approaches and strategies that can increase the potential for more constructive dialogue.

Mock Accident Investigation

Tova Larsen, Health & Safety Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
This hands on session will begin with a theoretical element on accident investigation responsibilities and interviewing skills. Then listen to the testimony of witnesses subpoenaed to the stand at a Coroners' Inquest in the re-creation of this fatality. See the evidence and emotion as it unfolds before you. This practical and realistic session is ideally geared to Supervisors, Safety Coordinators, Joint Health & Safety Committee representatives, and personnel with responsibility for other workers or would be expected to conduct accident investigations pursuant to the Occupational Health & Safety Act.

Cancer, Respiratory Hazards, and Emerging Issues: Known and the Unknown. What Can You do to Prevent?

Kimberly O'Connell, M.Sc (A), CIH, ROH, CRSP, Executive Director, Eastern and Northern Ontario Regions, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)
Did you know that there were 592 occupational disease deaths in Canada vs. 312 traumatic fatalities in 2016, and the rate is increasing? The Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) states that occupational exposures may account for 20 to 30% of the cancers among blue collar workers. There are thousands of debilitating (both fatal and non-fatal) illnesses and health impacts that go unrecognized and/or unreported like hearing loss, dermatitis and asthma. Join OCRC, OHCOW and your Partners in Prevention to hear more about the research and tools, surveillance (tracking), the Occupational Disease Action Plan, and the various Working Groups (Nanotechnology & Health, Diesel, Respiratory Hazards, Noise).

Visit the Trade Show!

Trade Show

Eastern Trade Show

October 16: 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.


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Registration Rates

  Super Early Bird Rate: Save $60
Register on or before September 25, 2019
Early Bird Rate: Save $30
Register on or before October 9, 2019
Regular Rate
After October 9, 2019
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 September 25, 2019. Substitutions welcome.

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

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