Program Schedule

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Monday, April 3, 2017

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Registration & Tradeshow Opens

10:00 – 10:30am
Coffee Break and Safety Tradeshow

11:45 – 1:15pm
Lunch Break (on own for lunch) and Safety Tradeshow

New Addition to the Program!    12:15 – 1:00pm  Movies Over Lunch! — and the Chance to Win a Prize!

1:15 – 2:45pm
Session 3B
Gender and Risky
Workplace Behavior

1:15 – 2:45pm
Session 3D
Earthquake Preparedness

2:45 – 3:15pm
Coffee Break and Safety Tradeshow (tradeshow closes at 3:30)

Conference concludes for the day

Tuesday April 4, 2017

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Safety Tradeshow & Registration Open

10:00 – 10:30am
Coffee Break and Safety Tradeshow

11:45 – 1:15pm
Lunch & Safety Tradeshow (Tradeshow closes at 1:15pm. On Own for Lunch)

Conference Concludes

Wednesday April 5, 2017

Optional Post-Conference Professional Development Courses

8:30 – 5:00pm
Session PC-1
Joint Health &
Training Course

8:30 – 4:30pm
Session PC-2
Safety Training

8:30 – 4:30pm
Session PC-3

8:30 – 4:30pm
Session PC-4

Thursday April 6, 2017

Optional Post-Conference Professional Development Courses

8:30 – 5:00pm 
Session PC-7 Just Added!
Joint Health &
Training Course

(See PC-1 for times/descriptions etc.)


(Times subject to change)

8:30 – 5:00pm
Session PC-5

8:30 – 5:00pm
Session PC-6

Please Note: All sessions, speakers, events, times and descriptions are subject to change without notice. Pacific Safety Center Ltd reserves the right to limit quantities and to correct errors or omissions. For the latest information and updates please check the home page.

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Session Descriptions:

Monday April 3, 2017


Registration and Safety Tradeshow Opens


8:30 – 10:00am

Session 1A
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Master of Ceremonies:
Tanya Steele, R(CSO), CSS, CHSC TR Steele Company

Conference Chair
Terry Swain, President, Pacific Safety Center Ltd

Welcoming Remarks
John Beckett, Chair, Board of Directors, WorkSafeBC
Kathy Tull, President, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering


9:00 – 10:00am

Keynote: An Adventurer’s Guide to Risk Management by Bruce Kirkbybruce_kirkby-hires-nov2014-1

For more than 20 years Bruce has led a life of exploration and high adventure and his journeys have taken him to the wildest and most remote corners of the planet. He has been shot at in Borneo, taken hostage in Ethiopia, survived crocodile attacks on the Nile and weathered high altitude storms in Alaska.

Bruce will share the lessons he has learned around Risk Creep.  People tend to accept slowly increasing risks in how work is done. Over time actions once considered dangerous become commonplace. This phenomenon only worsens with experience – the longer they are exposed to a danger or a hazard, the more accustomed they become to it.

Bruce is a columnist with the Globe and Mail, contributing editor at Explore Magazine, author and photographer. His books are international best sellers and his photography appears in Outside, McLean’s and Time magazines. National Geographic has selected his work as amongst “The Best Adventure Photography of the Past Decade”.


10:00 – 10:30am

Safety Tradeshow and Coffee Break


10:30 – 11:45am

Session 2A
10 Feet Tall and Bullet Proof

Do the expressions “that will never happen to me” or “I’ve been doing this job for 30 years and never been hurt” sound familiar?  Do you have people in your organization that are 10 Feet Tall and Bullet Proof?  This session addresses how to take us from thinking we are “safe enough” to exploring how to get the attention of management to address those things that enhance safety culture. Jack discusses the transition employees make from thinking they are bullet proof to learning from their mistakes.  This session is designed to spark critical thinking.

Speaker: Jack Jackson, Senior Safety Consultant, Electrolab

Session 2B
Mysteries of Due Diligence: A Guide for Supervisors and Managers

Due Diligence is something we hear about all the time. But what is it? Should you be concerned about it? (YES!) If so, what are your responsibilities for Due Diligence? How should you go about ensuring you have fulfilled your Due Diligence responsibilities so you can protect your workers, your organization and yourself? Workers, Supervisors, Managers and Owners all have separate and clearly defined legal responsibilities for safety on the worksite. Do you know yours?

Speaker: Tom Lauritzen, 24/7 Safety & Health Inc. Surrey BC

Session 2C
WorkSafeBC: What’s New for Safety Committees in 2017

An effective joint health and safety committee is a key element for ensuring a safe and healthy workplace. Proposed changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation are intended to improve committee effectiveness. In this session you will learn about the new Regulations which are expected to come into effect in 2017, including: Annual evaluation of joint committee effectiveness • Minimum Mandatory training for new joint committee members • Worker and employer representative participation in incident investigations.

Speaker: WorkSafeBC Staff

Session 2D
Labour Canada Safety Regulatory Updates

The Government of Canada protects workplace safety through legislation, programs and services designed to prevent accidents and injuries on the job. No one knows a workplace better than the people who work in it, so Part II of the Canada Labour Code gives employees and employers a strong role in identifying and resolving health and safety concerns. The provisions of the Code are designed to strengthen employers’ and employees’ self-reliance in dealing with occupational health and safety issues and thereby making workplaces safe. Come hear about the range of recent, new or proposed changes and updates that apply to federally regulated worksites in Canada.

Presented by Labour Canada Staff


11:45am – 1:15pm

Safety Tradeshow and Lunch (On Own For Lunch)

New Addition to the Program!  12:15pm — 1:00pm Movies over Lunch — and the chance to win a prize!

Bring your lunch and join WorkSafeBC as we screen this year’s finalists in the 2017 Student Safety Video Contest. Expect some creative and compelling health and safety messages from B.C. high school students with a series of short 2-minute films. Then vote for your favourites and help determine this year’s winners! Join WorkSafeBC and contest sponsors from 12:15-1:00 on April 3. Sit back, enjoy, cast your votes and enter for a chance to win an emergency preparedness kit. See you at the movies!


1:15 – 2:45pm

Session 3A
Incident Investigations: Legal Tips and Tricks

This session will provide you with the tactical expertise on how to deal with a serious/major workplace incident. When you leave this workshop you will know: how to deal with official investigators, what info to collect immediately, legal process from investigation to prosecution, what is a fact and how it relates to your investigation, the difference between fault finding and due diligence in your investigation process and how legal realities affect traditional safety doctrine.

Speaker: Shilo Neveu, Valard Construction, Edmonton AB

Session 3B
Gender and Risky Workplace Behaviour

The social components that contribute to risk-taking behaviour at work is an under-researched but critical aspect of occupational health and safety management. Policy and training can only be effective if there is genuine buy-in from employees. Organizational culture plays a critical role in whether or not this happens. This is an especially important consideration when creating policy in male-dominated work environments. Employees in these contexts often face pressure to behave in ways that align with cultural expectations of ‘being men’ that can be contradictory to following safety regulations. Our speaker’s research focuses on the role that gender plays in risk-taking behaviour, and offers an applied strategy that organizations can use to enhance employees’ willingness to follow safety policy and create safer work environments.

Speaker: Hazel Hollingdale PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, UBC.

Session 3C
Safety Sucks: A Panel Presentation

Do you have questions about safety that you just can’t find the answer to? Frustrated because you don’t know the answer but you know others have the same issues and somehow solved them?  Come and tell our panel what, for you, sucks about safety and receive tools from our experienced safety professionals for solutions and real answers, to real problems. Find ways to change it from “safety sucks” to “safety rocks!” (please note that only a limited number of questions and answers can be accommodated in the time available)

Moderator: Tanya Steele

Session 3D
Earthquake Awareness: Are You (and your employees) Ready For the Big One?

Have you or your Safety Committee done an Earthquake Preparedness plan for your staff and worksite? Learn what you can do to prepare your business and co-workers for a major earthquake or other similar event, beyond simply building a kit. Our presenters will share the work they did to prepare their multiple worksites for the “Big One”. They will cover Earthquake Preparedness, utilizing resources prior to the event, what is required in an emergency kit and why, why employees have to prepare personally and what to prepare, engaging others to assist you should the event happen and who to involve in your company and how to encourage them to participate.

Speakers: Tony Hunt, GM Loss Presentation and Chair, Business Continuity Committee and Laurie Lowes, Manager Health and Safety, London Drugs Limited


2:45 – 3:15pm

Safety Tradeshow and Coffee Break (Tradeshow Closes at 3:30pm)


3:15 – 4:30pm

Session 4A
Pyramid Power: A Journey Through the Shadow of the Safety Pyramid

In 1931 Heinrich gave us our first injury pyramid. His work has been expanded over the years by Frank Bird, updated by Dan Petersen and many others. Studies were done to validate the concept as recently as the 1980’s. The pyramid has been worshipped, turned upside down, had layers added. It has been misinterpreted, misrepresented and misaligned. Many still use the pyramid as the basis for focusing their safety efforts. It is a simple aid and has become a powerful symbol. Some say it is meaningless, while others make it the foundation of their beliefs. Somewhere in between lays the truth. What does the “injury pyramid” hold for us today? What is it really meant to convey? Explore the origins, meaning and uses for the pyramid in a modern safety management system.

Speaker: Dave Rebbitt, President, Rarebit Consulting

Session 4B
A Hitchhikers Guide to Deep Safe

Is safety slowly killing the business? “At-risk behavior” is the main target of the safety profession, the big culprit, to be eliminated. Humans have amazing capabilities, if recognized and unleashed. We have developed remarkable capabilities to explore the galaxy – which without risk-taking would have been impossible.  Humans cannot explore, or invent, if we don’t take risks. Business needs innovation, but in safety we are smothering it and making impossible for the operations people to improve performance.

But it is possible…if we adopt a whole new way of looking at safety, called ‘deep safety’. And it is within our reach…

Speaker: Corrie Pitzer, SAFEMap International

Session 4C
You’re Adding MORE to my Plate? The Supervisor’s Role in Ergonomics

Supervisors are the link to making everything run smoothly in an organization. With that role comes great responsibility, and it seems like every day a new administrative task is dumped on top of their already laden shoulders. So how do you add ergonomics to the load? This session will clearly layout ergonomics tools for the supervisor that will not only reduce administrative nightmares, but improve safety, resource management and performance.

Speaker: Mike Harnett , Vice President Human Factors, SIX Safety Systems

Session 4D
Road to Mental Readiness and the Working Mind

The workplace can play an essential part in maintaining positive mental health. Yet it can also be a stressful environment that contributes to the rise of mental health problems and illness. No workplace is immune from these risks. Everyone needs to know the resources and tools available to help maintain mental wellness.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada provides a variety of resources, tools and training programs that promote mental wellness in the workplace. Come learn about 2 such programs, Road to Mental Readiness and, The Working Mind, being adopted in workplaces across the country.

Speaker: Dr. Andrew Szeto, University of Calgary, Mental Health Commission of Canada


Tuesday April 4, 2017


Registration and Safety Tradeshow Opens


8:30 -10:00am

linda-edgecombeSession 5A: Keynote Presentation


Busy- The New Badge of Honor is costing Canadian and US companies over $188 Billion Dollars per year in stress-related illnesses and accidents. We’re all just so “BUSY” these days. “Slammed.” “Buried,” in fact. Desperately trying to “keep our heads above water.” “Up to my ass in alligators.” All of these are common responses to “How are you?” Oh, and if you don’t want to say any of the above, “fine,” is usually the runner-up response. It’s a constant exchange, even a one-up attempt of just how much we have on our plates when we communicate to others about our work and home lives. Breaking Busy – Why busyness, our new norm, is making us sick, depleting our energy and literally causing accidents in our workplaces and our homes.


10:00- 10:30am

Safety Tradeshow and Coffee Break


10:30 – 11:45am

Session 6A
Bill C-45 – A Toothless Lion or Still Something to be Feared?

This decade old law established, for the first time in Canadian history, a crime of occupational health and safety criminal negligence. Upon conviction, an individual may receive life imprisonment and a corporate defendant may receive an unlimited fine. OH&S lawyer, Shilo Neveu will explore the evolution or devolution of Bill C-45 and what should expected for the future. This presentation is also tactical, in the event of a serious incident, you will be given the initial tools to launch a proper investigation and mitigate future liability.

Speaker: Shilo Neveu, Valard Construction, Edmonton AB

Session 6B
Differences are Not Difficulties

Today’s world is different. This can present your organization with a challenge or a chore – the choice is yours. What can we do to encourage intergenerational understanding? Have we joined the “I” generation? Are we isolated, insulated, independent, individualized and sometimes even indifferent? Do we pre-judge and get set in our ways? What about the new generations? What motivates younger people to work with us? Is the new era difficult – or just diverse in ways of thinking and doing? Working together works when we work at it! Diversity builds the strength we need. Understanding differences can lead to enhanced decision-making and informed processes – this is especially important when safety is involved. Celebrating differences will bring excitement and energy to the work we do.

Speaker: Brenda Robinson, Robcan Group, Sherwood Park, AB

Session 6C
Its Age Related: Occupational Health & Safety Issues: Challenges & Solutions Session

Occupational health & safety research shows us that both physical and mental changes occur as people age. Explore in this session how these age related changes affect workers and what workers will need from a health and safety prospective. Discover how your organization can help aging workers or the work environment adapt effectively to tasks that involve sitting, standing, performing computer work, or carrying heavy loads. We will also explore cognitive and productivity changes and the impact on education and training. Learn how you can help both the workplace and workers by implementing often simple workplace solutions.

Speaker: Jan Chappel, Senior Technical Specialist, CCOHS

Session 6D
Workplace Safety Inspections

Looking for tips on how to conduct your safety inspections? Trying to get more participation or response from the people in your workplace? This is the session for you. Learn how to plan and conduct successful safety inspections, rate hazards, and get advice on implementation. This is a great session for safety committees, supervisors or anyone responsible for doing safety inspections in the workplace.

Speaker: Greg Swan, Program Manager for Transit Safety and Compliance, OC Transpo


11:45 – 1:15pm

Safety Tradeshow and Lunch (On own for Lunch, Tradeshow Closes at 1:15pm)


1:15pm – 2:30pm

Session 7A
Excavations: Are They Confined Spaces?

Confined space entries start with accurate identification and assessment of hazards.  This session will explore the hazards of excavations, the need to consider excavations as confined spaces and provide fundamental hazard management for your confined space entries.  This presentation is interactive and will provide real life examples and put you and your company on the right path to understanding confined space in BC. Key Learning Points: Clearly understand confined spaces and consider excavations as confined space. Understand the hazards with excavations and associated work. Control the hazards within excavations as they relate to confined space.

Speaker: Karren Kossey, CRSP, President, Orca Health & Safety Consulting Group

Session 7B
Medical Marijuana: How to Manage It in the Workplace.

Medical marijuana in the workplace is a rapidly emerging and highly contentious issue. Canada has undergone unprecedented changes in two decades, Health Canada has introduced changes allowing broader legal access to marijuana for medical purposes and legalization is on the horizon. The topic of marijuana is highly polarized, has evolved into multiple complex debates, and has left most employers in a fog, feeling overwhelmed and ultimately paralyzed by misinformation— a fog that will cost lives if not cleared.  This session is aimed at helping employers understand these changes, implications to safety and provide guidance on how to manage these challenges in safety sensitive industries.

Speaker: Dan Demers, Operations Manager, CannAmm Occupational Testing Services.

Session 7C
Wolves in the Workplace: Identifying & Responding to Workplace Bullying

Respectful conduct in workplaces is in our news headlines everyday… or rather the lack of it.

Our workplace culture will either make us a ‘workplace of choice’ or damage our reputation.

In this entertaining workshop, Phil will share the lessons from his 35 years of policing and invite you to examine workplace relationships, and how we deal with the conflict that arises there, through an entirely new lens.

Every worker has the right to be treated fairly and respectfully at work but they are also responsible, along with supervisors and managers, for doing everything in their power to create positive relationships. This builds safe and productive environments. This session explores the importance of positive working relationships and provides tools and tips for effectively dealing with things when they do go wrong. You will never look at workplace conflict the same way again.

Speaker: Phil Eastwood, Senior Partner, Fiore Group Training Inc

Session 7D
Are Your Supervisors/Safety Committees Effective Subject Matter Experts?

Are your supervisors’ great conduits of safety leadership? Your Safety Committee Members have identified the hazard, now can they communicate it well and get the best resolution? We will take an in-depth look at how these roles are huge factors in an organizations success in safety. You will walk away with technical and soft skills to share with your workforce to make these 2 roles more successful.

Speaker: Greg Swan, Program Manager for Transit Safety and Compliance, OC Transpo


Post Conference Courses:

Wednesday April 5, 2017

8:30am – 4:30-5:00pm (depending on course)

Joint Health and Safety Committee Training Course

This program is ideal for new safety committee members or for existing members looking to refresh or upgrade their safety knowledge and skills. If your organization is setting up its first safety committee or looking to make its existing safety committee more effective, then this one day course is just what you need. Topics include: promoting workplace health and safety, applying the process of safety inspections and accident investigations, participating in constructive committee meetings, helping your committee work together, plus much more.

$235.00 (up to March 3, 2017)
$265.00 (after March 3, 2017)
GST extra

Course PC-2 (One Day)
SOLD OUT Supervisors Safety Training Course SOLD OUT

Supervisors are some of the most influential people in preventing workplace injuries and accidents. If they understand their key roles and have the specific skills needed to follow through on that understanding, a safe worksite almost always follows. If they don’t, or worse have never been taught how to supervise for safety, then accidents and injuries nearly always follow. This jam packed one-day course guides your supervisors through the fundamentals they need to ensure safety on the job.

Includes: What the regulatory agencies expect of supervisors, understanding risk taking, how to motivate for safety, how to interact with risk taking individuals, key prevention activities for supervisors and much more.


Course PC-3 (One Day)
SOLD OUT Accident/Incident Investigation Course – SOLD OUT

Great course for safety committee members, supervisors or anyone who is required to conduct and/or review accidents and incidents in the workplace. It will help you to effectively investigate accidents with the objective of reducing or preventing future accidents. This is one of our most popular courses.


Course PC-4 (One Day)
Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments Course

A fundamental concept in managing occupational health and safety (and also in many WorkSafeBC’s regulations) is the recognition, assessment and control of hazards. The process is commonly referred to as Hazard Identification or Risk Assessment. But how do you determine what is a hazard and how do you find hidden hazards before someone gets hurt? This course will assist you in recognizing and rating the severity of workplace hazards and explore common strategies for controlling them. A great course for supervisors, managers and safety committee members.

$265.00 (up to March 3, 2017)
$295.00 (after March 3, 2017)
GST extra



logo-csse-smallThe Following Two Courses are Co-Hosted by the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering. Visit and click on Professional Development for full descriptions. 

8:30am – 5:00pm

Course PC-5 (Two Days)
Applied Risk Communication

Communication is the key component in every aspect of health and safety – making this session invaluable to every OH&S professional, occupational health nurse, industrial hygienist and the broader risk management community.

This two day course provides OH&S professionals with the opportunity to learn new insights into the role of communication in the management of risk.

Participants will engage in robust and challenging case studies; learn and apply techniques to communicate important information to groups of people who are stressed, concerned or even when apathetic about hazard; proactively plan communication messages; recognize and cope with communications barriers; identify workplace culture issues that could affect communication; learn when and how to apologize and develop powerful risk management communication strategies including the even larger challenge of managing organizational change to accomplish those issue-related changes necessary for moving forward.

Participants will learn and practice more effective interpersonal communication techniques that can be applied immediately to assist in their risk management challenges and be integrated into their risk management plans. This course builds on the material taught in the other two core courses, Consulting Skills and Obligations and Liabilities.

Course participants will be able to:

  • Develop an alternative definition of ‘risk’ by describing three general categories of risk situations and explaining reasons why these situations arise
  • Model risk communication principles and implement techniques and strategies to resolve risk situations
  • Apply message mapping tools to facilitate effective risk communication
  • Lead employers and clients in assessing risk communication needs and integration plans to resolve risk situations

Course PC-6 (Two Days)
Measurement & Evaluation OHS Managed Systems

As Occupational Health and Safety initiatives become more sophisticated and emphasize more of a managed systems approach, measurement and evaluation tools must also become more strategic in their intent, use and application.

This two-day course will be of value to all health and safety professionals responsible for the evaluation and on-going development of high quality safety initiatives. The course should also appeal to supervisors, labour representatives, consultants, technical experts and joint workplace safety and health committee members. This course highlights key measurement and evaluation techniques that can be used to support the development, implementation and maintenance of today’s OHS intelligence based processes.

Course participants will be able to:

  • identify the value of measurement and evaluation tools as they apply to today’s health and safety programs and management systems;
  • demonstrate sound use of incident statistics as an indicator of health and safety performance;
  • communicate the Safety by Objectives (SBO) process and set realistic safety related goals and objectives;
  • develop a Score Card to measure supervisory safety performance;
  • articulate the differences between Health and Safety Programs versus Management System;
  • articulate key strengths and weaknesses of the audit approach and demonstrate its use to improve chances of getting more effective and reliable data;
  • recognize the complexities associated with human behaviour as well as articulate the strengths and weaknesses of the Behaviour-based Sampling (BBS) approach to measurement;
  • speak to the importance of the corporate safety culture as it relates to safety excellent and use a perception survey to assess a relevant health and safety management system.


Course examination:

The course exam is provided to participants by email within five business days of course completion. Participants have 4 weeks from the release date to complete the exam, along with a Statement of Independent Completion. The exam deadline is final. Only documented emergencies will be considered by the CSSE as extenuating circumstances for any written request for extension. Please note that delay in opening the exam after delivery, new or added work requirements, and holidays/vacation are not considered extenuating circumstances.

Successful completion of CHSC courses requires completion of a CHSC Exam with a minimum 75% standard. Exams require 10-24 hours additional time commitment beyond in-class time for the student to demonstrate mastery of the course expectations.

Candidates who fail to successfully challenge a course exam on three separate occasions will be withdrawn from the CHSC program.

Course credits:

* CSSE has awarded course 16 CHSC Maintenance Points for either course. The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals has previously awarded these courses Certification Maintenance points. Effective January 1, 2014 the BCRSP will no longer be issuing pre-approved CMP numbers. Each of these courses contains 16 hours of technical content and may be eligible for BCRSP Certificate Maintenance points in 2017. For further information on claiming points please visit www.bcrsp <http://www.bcrsp> .

* Completion of each this course will count as one elective credit towards the OH&S Certificate at British Columbia Institute of Technology.

FEE (Either Course)

$749 (CSSE Members)

$949 (Non-Members)

GST Extra – Lunch not provided