Southwestern Ontario

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

Bingemans Conference Centre
425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener, Ontario
October 23, 2019

Mark Henick

Morning Keynote Speaker: Mark Henick

A Moment on the Edge: How Small Encounters Change Lives

First Nations Sessions

First Nations Sessions

These special sessions are designed for communities with Indigenous employers and employees. Please note sessions with asterisks are First Nations sessions.

Conference Schedule

October 23, 2019 Conference

Mark HenickMark Henick

Mark 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.

A Day in the Life of a Supervisor: Do You Measure Up? (Part 1)

Michelangelo 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. This interactive session promises to be educational and fun with tips and tricks to help you survive the daily issues.

Risk Assessment and Root Cause Analysis Version 2.0

Tom Baker, Advisor, Organizational Effectiveness, The Bayview Group of Companies
This session will review the results of the process facilitated by the Ministry of Labour for the Greenhouse (flower) sector. The presentation will capture the steps leading to the controls/solutions established for the highest rated primary causal factors for "working from heights". In addition, the presentation will include lessons learned during the facilitation of this process, how the results were presented to the Occupational Health and Safety communities within this industry, the transition of the findings from the participating companies to the industry sector, and the role of industry associations in the communications and support of this process to its membership.

Inspections vs. Investigations: Did They Need a Warrant and What Happens if They Did?

Jeremy Warning, Partner, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP
Occupational health and safety (OHS) regulators are given broad powers to collect and gather information. If they use them as part of an inspection to verify compliance with OHS legislation there may be little to complain about. However, if those powers are used to investigate and gather evidence that will be used to prosecute, exposing the target to the prospect of significant penalties, the OHS regulator will need a warrant. Failing to get a warrant may breach the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure and mean that evidence can be excluded. Learn about this complex and challenging area through legal and practical commentary. What difference is there between inspecting and investigating? What are the signs or signals that an inspection has or is it becoming an investigation? What can be done to help prepare to enforce your rights? How does the right be free from unreasonable search and seizure apply to health and safety or other regulatory cases? What differences are there between company and individual rights?

I Say Policy and You Say Procedure…What Difference Does it Make?

Lori Nicholas, Territory Manager, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
The term policy and procedure often get used interchangeably; however, they are not the same. Learn the differences between policies, procedures, and guidelines, and learn some general principles for developing effective documents including when each should be utilized.

Anatomy of a Collision

Bruce Brunsch, Split Second Decision
For many of us, the vehicle has become the central workplace. If you find yourself in a difficult situation behind the wheel, you may only have a split second to react. In this session, you will gain technical knowledge of how collisions occur and how best to prevent future collisions from occurring. Attendees will benefit from the experience of this recently-retired police officer who is also a Collision Reconstructionist.

Your Roadmap for Workplace Health and Safety

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)
The 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. This session will provide you with a business case for health and safety, how to create a roadmap 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 & Insurance Board and Ministry of Labour.

*Risk of Violence and Harassment in Indigenous Workplaces

Kimberly Thomas, Barrister & Solicitor, Kimberly Thomas Professional Corporation and Citizen of the Seneca Nation, Bear Clan
There are an increasing number of lateral violence and harassment claims being brought against Indigenous employers. This session will review the effects of historic trauma on Indigenous people and how it unfolds in the workplace. Receive an overview of the legal risks to employers and employees, and how best to mitigate these risks.

Ministry of Labour Priorities 2019 - 2020

Richard DenBok, Health & Safety Inspector, Ministry of Labour (MOL)
With over three decades of experience acting as a Ministry of Labour Inspector, Richard Den Bok, understands Ontario health and safety. Listen to his captivating stories on how the Occupational Health & Safety Act and Regulations have evolved over the years and how this will shape Ontario’s workplace health and safety in the future.

Health and Safety from the Trenches

Michelle Hamilton, Health and Safety Coordinator, Bradken Jim Irwin, Health and Safety Coordinator, Shearer's
Hear first-hand from two seasoned health and safety coordinators who have weathered multiple responsibilities while participating on many joint health and safety committees, the ups and downs of managing workplace health and safety across various locations. If you are challenged with competing priorities, operating several worksites, managing different JHSCs (all with their own unique risks and hazards), then you'll want to attend this session to hear the stories of how experienced professionals managed through it all.

OMG – Fun with Safety? Spice Up Your H&S Communication and Training

Lee-Ann Lyon Bartley, Vice President Health & Safety, Dexterra
Do you remember the monotone teacher from the movie, Ferris Buller's Day Off? Have your safety communications or training material started to bore you? Come and see some tools and resources used at Dexterra that you can add to your communication toolkit including free quiz games, 3D video creators and more. Do you have some great tools and resources to share? Come prepared to speak and engage with fellow participants and give away your secret tools. Let's help each other get spicier.

The New World of Cannabis

Erin Gorrie, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)
Larry Masotti, Director, Strategic Relationships, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Join us for an interactive session on cannabis in the workplace, the law and ways to protect yourself as an employer, 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 (ESA)
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.

Shift for Sleep: Sleep Health for Shift Workers

Alanna McGinn, Sleep Expert, Good Night Sleep Site
There are steps an individual can take throughout the day and night that can promote healthy Sleep. Sleep Expert, Alanna McGinn from Good Night Sleep Site will discuss introducing new lifestyle habits and sleep tools morning, noon and night that will help you fall asleep easier and get the restorative sleep your body needs.

Pre-Start Health and Safety Reviews Done Right

Adrian Khan, Senior Manager, Environmental, Health, Safety and Security Mother Parkers
Chuck Leon, Warehouse and Racking Specialist, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Miles Purvis, President, ProSafe Inc.
Moderator: Rob Vomiero, Machine and Robotics Safety Specialist, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Integrating health and safety early - at the design stage before the equipment is used and/or before modifications are undertaken – is a cost-effective and proactive way to prevent workplace illness or injury. The benefits are numerous, including direct savings from minimizing retrofitting; less downtime; and, most importantly, maintaining health and safety in the workplace. When a Pre-Start Health and Safety Review (PSR) is triggered, the employer must ensure compliance with the applicable sections of the Industrial Establishments Regulation. After executing the PSR, all the measures identified in the PSR report must be taken before the apparatus, structure, protective element or process is used or operated. Attend this session to learn more about PSRs - when it's required, who is qualified to do PSRs, and more!

Dr. Greg WellsDr. Greg Wells

CTV Sport Science Analyst and Human Physiologist

Eat. Sleep. Move.

Throughout his career, Dr. Wells has coached, trained and inspired dozens of elite athletes to win medals at the Commonwealth Games, World Championships and Olympics. As a high school student, Dr. Wells broke his neck in a freak swimming accident. Told by his doctor that he would never perform as an athlete again, he went on to compete at the international level in swimming. The world is in a health crisis, caused by three main factors: poor sleep, lack of physical activity, and poor nutrition. The answer to the world's health challenge is therefore incredibly simple. We need to Eat Better, Move Better and Sleep Better. Dr. Wells will show you how you can improve your health, fitness and performance using simple techniques that can make incredible differences in your life.

Safety By Design - A Practical Approach to PSR's and Risk Assessment

Ian Brough, Sales Manager and Safety Specialist, Banner Canada
Dave Smith, CRSP, FS Tech (TȔV Rheinland) Equipment & Construction Safety Specialist, Honda of Canada Manufacturing

Incorporating safety at the design stage of a project is the most effective method of ensuring the safety of workers and workplaces at a reasonable cost to the employer. The benefits of beginning the risk assessment at the right time with the right people are numerous. This session will review the risk assessment process Honda of Canada Manufacturing has implemented since 1998 and will highlight the pros and cons learned along the way.

Is it or isn't it: Working through Complex Issues of Sexual Harassment, Harassment, Bullying and Interpersonal Conflicts

Neena Gupta, Partner, Gowling WLG
Dean Bernard, President and CEO, Bernard + Associates
Jennifer Threndyle, Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Since the Occupational Health and Safety Act was amended to include specific pro-active measures with respect to harassment and bullying in 2016, there has been a dramatic increase in harassment complaints. Minor issues can be escalated by an unhappy employee with words like "sexual harassment", "bullying", "harassment" or "investigation". Major issues can crop up unexpectedly.

In this interactive seminar presented by one of Canada's leading employment lawyers and a prominent workplace investigator, participants will work through five typical scenarios and consider ask themselves questions like; What if it isn't sexual harassment? Could it be harassment or bullying? When should you get a lawyer involved? Do you really have to investigate? Is there an alternative? Who should investigate? What does a competent investigation really look like? What does a proper report look like? How should you report the "results" of the investigation? What happens afterwards? Can the participants really move on?

Smart Phones and the Pursuit of Workplace Wellness

Jim Lees, M.S.W., RSW, Human Resource Consultant
Smartphones have been blamed for everything from shorter attention spans and depression to the destruction of our youngest workplace generation. One is left wondering where the truth ends and hysteria begins. This session examines what current research is telling us about the impact smartphone technology has on our behaviour, emotional life, physical selves, personal interaction and cognitive processes. We will consider the challenge we all face balancing the increasing demands for productivity and efficiency with the need to support and promote mental health and wellness of employees. To facilitate audience participation, please bring your phone, tablet or laptop as we will be doing polling during the session.

Knowing Your Heights

Ron Oriet, Health & Safety Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Falls from heights are still a leading cause of injury and/or death in Ontario workplaces. Most occupational falls from heights are preventable; however, fall hazards are often not properly identified and subsequently controlled. Attend this session and learn how to identify working at heights hazards and assess the associated risks to ensure that exposure to falls is controlled.

Ergonomics Explained

Don Patten, RKin, BHK, CCPE, CRSP, Ergonomics Specialist, Technical Services, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Defined as the science of fitting a workplace to the worker's needs, ergonomics aims to increase efficiency and productivity and reduce discomfort. How we go about doing this can be confusing, unclear and downright frustrating. With guidelines, standards, products claiming to be "ergonomic" it's no wonder businesses like yours have a tough time sorting through all the mess. Expect to walk away from this session with a clear idea of what ergonomics is and how it affects not only our workplace but our daily lives as well.

Committee Calm or Committee Confusion - It's All in Your Terms of Reference

Kristin Onorato, Senior Health & Safety Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Attend this session and learn how an effective Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) Terms of Reference helps eliminate confusion and provides consistent process while navigating potentially difficult situations. At times JHSCs lack direction and focus causing confusion and frustration. Often employers and committee members do not fully understand committee purpose and function and individual committee members have differing ideas as to committee role and process. Avoid the confusion and the get answers to your questions.

* Navigating Contractor Safety in Your Community

Shannan Boston, GSC, Health & Safety Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Whether your community is in need of a road repair, maintenance work at a school or has plans for a new construction build, chances are hiring a contractor may be required. Do you understand the process, legal requirements, documentation and safety protocol in hiring contract workers? This session will discuss best practice on implementing an effective contractor safety strategy; address federal vs provincial jurisdiction issues (how and when legislation applies), examine current enforcement laws and outline support resources to assist in the planning process.

Leading Edge and Sharp Edge Fall Protection Applications

John Fuke, Fall Protection Technical Manager, Personal Safety Division, 3M Canada Company
This session will discuss some of the challenges and solutions associated with leading edge and sharp edge fall protection equipment. Newer leading edge self-retracting lifelines (SRLs) enable users to tie off at their feet in situations where there is no anchor available above the user's head. However, many sharp edges exist on work sites which can cause extreme danger to the SRL in the event of a fall over a sharp edge. This session will share how leading-edge SRLs are designed to protect the user and the lifeline itself, including the use of energy absorbers to enable an SRL to arrest the fall without damage or failure.

Planning for the Worst - Confined Space Rescue

Craig Stewart, Health & Safety Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Chad Kavanagh, CRSP, Confined Space Specialist/Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Now that you have developed your confined spaces program, come learn about building your emergency rescue plan with consideration to the Confined Spaces Regulation, CSA Z1006 and leading practices. Health and safety professionals go as far as developing the program and fall short of planning the details of the emergency rescue. This session will help you plan for the worst through controlling your risks.

Am I the only One Going Through This?

Karen Gillet, EHS Manager, Home Hardware Canada
Using real world experiences and best practice approaches, Karen Gillet will motivate you to continue to share the message of safety awareness when you return to your workplace. You will leave with new ideas and strategies to energize workplace relationships at all levels, with tangible and long-term results. The delegates will feel empowered to create a profound impact on their organizational performance by harnessing new approaches and removing boundaries around safety. The session will showcase best practice ideas to maximum impact with compelling reasons to ensure your safety messages are heard, supported and understood in your organization. You will realize that are not the only one going through this.

Visit the Trade Show!

Trade Show

Southwestern Trade Show

October 23: 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!

Special Features at the Show

Stop by the WSPS booth for your chance to win a Fitbit Charge 3 Fitness Tracker!


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Registration Rates

  Super Early Bird Rate: Save $60
Register on or before October 2, 2019
Early Bird Rate: Save $30
Register on or before October 16, 2019
Regular Rate
After October 16, 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 October 16, 2019. Substitutions welcome.

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