Program Schedule

For Session Descriptions, scroll to bottom of page, or click on a session title in the grid below, or click on the button to the right:

Monday, April 9, 2018

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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


1:15 – 2:45pm
Session 3A
Women’s Health & Safety
In the Workplace

1:15 – 2:45pm
Session 3B
Safety Intervention &

1:15 – 2:45pm
Session 3C
Employers Toolkit
Injury Performance

1:15 – 2:45pm
Session 3D
OHS Management Update
on ISO 45001

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

3:15 – 4:30pm
Session 4A
Dead Tired: Why You Need
to Manage Fatigue

3:15 – 4:30pm
Session 4B
Students on Safety:
You Be The Judge

3:15 – 4:30pm
Session 4D
Safety Heretic

Conference concludes for the day

Tuesday April 10, 2018

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Safety Tradeshow & Registration Open

9:45 – 10:15 am
Coffee Break and Safety Tradeshow

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

1:15 – 2:30pm
Session 7A
Marijuana in the Workplace:
An Update

1:15 – 2:30pm
Session 7C
Workplace Safety

Conference Concludes

Wednesday April 11, 2018

Optional Post-Conference Professional Development Courses

8:30 – 4:30pm
Session PC-1

Joint Health
& Safety

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

8:30 – 4:30pm
Session PC-3

8:30 – 4:30pm
Session PC-4

Risk Assessment


Thursday April 12, 2018

Optional Post-Conference Professional Development Courses


8:30 – 5:00pm
Session PC-5


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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Scent Friendly: The 2018 Western Conference on Safety is a scent-free environment. In consideration of others, please “scent-sitive” and reduce or avoid your use of perfume or other personal scents. Your fellow conference attendees will appreciate you for it.

Session Descriptions:

Monday April 9, 2018


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
Kathy Tull, President, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering

9:00 – 10:00am

Keynote: Courage inside the Fire by Darby Allen Fort McMurray, Fire Chief (Retired)

In emergency situations, you need a calm, cool, and collected man with a plan-someone like Darby Allen. After decades of fighting fires, first in his native England before immigrating to Canada, he climbed the ranks to become the Regional Fire Chief at Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

As the Chief, he earned international attention and praise for his handling of the Fort McMurray wildfire, where he spearheaded the evacuation of residents to safety, working tirelessly with first responders and volunteers who came from across the nation to assist. And as people around the world watched the wildfire’s development, Darby’s updates were not only a means of information, but a source of optimism.

In his talk, Darby draws from his career to share guidelines for effective emergency response planning and management, as well as tips on how to remain a calm, stoic, and quick-thinking leader in urgent situations. We all encounter crises: if you want to learn to handle them with aplomb, you need to hear from Darby.


10:00 – 10:30am

Safety Tradeshow and Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:45am

Session 2A
Leapfrogging from Compliance to Culture

There are several stages companies eventually progress through on their journey to zero injuries. With limited time, budget and an urgency to mitigate risk, safety people need to spot the most efficient path by pursuing the big improvement opportunities that will move them well beyond regulatory compliance to a self-compliant culture of safety. Most companies spend far too long applying too much effort in one area only to discover another impediment to sustained improvements. Many hop from one thing to the next without seeing the opportunities to overcome multiple challenges in a single bound. Others overlook one or more important steps along the way. This session will help you identify the big milestones in safety, recognize prerequisites and follow best practices.
Speaker: Tim Page-Bottorff, Electrolab, Phoenix Arizona

Session 2B
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.
Speaker: Charan Bhullar, Regional Manager, OHS & Operations Administration, North West Pacific Region, Labour Program, Employment and Social Development Canada.

Session 2C
WorkSafeBC: Resources for Safety Committees

Feeling a bit lost on how to go about your various safety committee tasks? Wishing you had some expert resources to help you? WorkSafeBC has developed numerous resources specifically to aid you and your safety committee and help make your job easier. Come to this session to hear what’s available, how to access these great resources, and what new ones are coming soon.
Speaker: Linda Love, Policy Analyst, WorkSafeBC

Session 2D
Managing Stress, Addictions and Mental Wellness in the Workplace

Do you have the ability to effectively recognize when someone is experiencing personal hardships? Communication and the ability to be proactive is key. No individual needs to be fixed, but the value of being seen and heard is immeasurable. Having the tools to respond and proactively address these situations when they arise is essential, and the positive ripple effect can be seen in the workplace as a whole.   Life brings us challenges and stress – the key is moving forward so it doesn’t impact other areas of our lives. Drawing from his experiences, Allan provides direction that inspires us to persevere through personal challenges rather than escape or avoid them.
Speaker: Allen Kehler, B.Ed, B.PhEd

 11:45am – 1:15pm

Safety Tradeshow and Lunch (On Own For Lunch)

1:15 – 2:45pm

Session 3A
Women’s Health & Safety in the Workplace

All workers face health and safety issues at work – injuries, workplace hazards, diseases, and stress. Many of these issues have a gender dimension – they affect women in particular ways.  This session provides participants the opportunity to develop their knowledge to help identify, assess and control workplace hazards from a woman’s perspective. It is geared to health and safety committee members, and to all who want to know more about how to make our workplaces and lives safer and healthier for women.
Speaker: Shelia Moir, BC Fed Health and Safety Centre

Session 3B
Safety Intervention and Communication

Most organizations have first class safety programs and dedicated safety professionals to ensure employees are working safely. These programs and people are important pieces of the safety puzzle but the most important aspect of preventing safety incidents is the peer to peer interventions in the moment. A large-scale study in 2010 found that employees intervene in fewer than 2 of every 5 unsafe acts that they observe in the workplace. The observed unsafe behaviors go unchecked and unchanged for one primary reason – employees do not know how to intervene effectively. This session is designed to give participants the communication skills to intervene (stop and redirect unsafe behavior) effectively.
Speaker: Bob Vaughan, President, Bob Vaughan and Associates.

Session 3C
Employers’ Toolkit – Injury Performance Forecaster

How much money are you paying WCB?  Are you paying more or less than your peers and competitors?  In this session, you will learn how to find details on what you’re currently paying WCB, the specific injuries that are costing you and a scale to show you where you stand in your industry.  The Toolkit enables employers to learn about the lost time injuries and claims that impact safety performance. You will also discover, when you reduce your injuries, how much money you will save.
Speakers: Tanya Steele CHSC, (R)CSO, NCSO and Travis Robertson NCSO

Session 3D
OHS Management Update on ISO 45001

The new ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems standard will soon be effective (will be published in February 2018). The standard will help organizations reduce the burden of occupational injuries and disease by providing a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions all over the world. Other international standards such as OHSAS 18001, International Labour Organization’s ILO-OSH Guidelines, and CSA Z1000 will be discussed. At this session participants will learn more about this new standard and how they can benefit from using it at their workplace.
Speakers: Priya Malik P.Eng, Project Manager, CSA Group and Brenda Henry, Manager of Environmental Health and Safety Services, Fanshawe College, Ontario.

2:45 – 3:15pm

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

3:15 – 4:30pm

Session 4A
Dead Tired: Why You Need to Manage Fatigue

Whether it’s the truck operator or the pallet loader, the shift supervisor or the packager, cumulative fatigue and decreased alertness can result in impaired performance, reduced health, and a significant increase in risk to operations. This session will highlight the key ingredients behind implementing a successful Fatigue Risk Management System based on science and recommended international standards. Our speaker is one of the leading fatigue management experts in North America.
Speaker: Mike Harnett, WorkSmart Academy

Session 4B
Students on Safety: You be the Judge

The next generation of safety begins with the youth of today. But what do they think? What’s important to them? And how do they think it’s best communicated? Come to this session to watch some thoughtful, creative and on-point videos made by B.C. high school students. See how they’ve interpreted the contest theme, “Listen to Your Gut” in the 12th annual WorkSafeBC Student Safety Video Contest. And more importantly, cast your vote to determine who wins this year’s big cash prizes! Hear, too, from our contest sponsors who’ll share how they create a culture of safety for today’s youth in the workplace.
Speaker: Helen Chandler, Industry Specialist, Young and New Worker Program, WorksafeBC with other WorkSafeBC Staff

Session 4C
Role of Effective Supervision Systems in Creating a Positive Safety Culture

This presentation focuses on the role supervision systems have in a firm’s safety culture, both positive and negative. Learn the characteristics of effective supervision, and how a few key decisions by employers can leverage you for safety success.
Speaker: Mike Tasker, Occupational Safety Officer, WorkSafeBC

Session 4D
Safety Heretic

After a 25-year career in construction safety, former CRSP and CHSC Jeffery Lyth will discuss recent developments in our understanding of health and safety. A proponent of doing ‘safety differently’ for the last 5 years (and creator of the LinkedIn group of the same name), Jeff will link this rapidly emerging philosophy with ways that safety personnel can: Add tangible value to the organization. Engage everyone from workers to owners. Apply ‘safety differently’ thinking in: orientations, investigations, procedures, and committees
Speaker: Jeff Lyth, Consultant, QSP Leadership


Tuesday April 10, 2018


Registration and Safety Tradeshow Opens

8:30 -9:45am

Session 5A: Keynote Presentation

50 Shades of Beige: Communicate with the Cross-Cultural Advantage by Tina Varughese

Successful organizations understand that being able to communicate cross-culturally in the workplace leads to enhanced safety measures, increased productivity, heightened performance and elevated employee engagement. Managing diversity drives profitability, leads to innovation and promotes an inspiring workplace culture.

Described as a ‘dynamic, engaging, knowledgeable and humorous’ keynote speaker, Tina’s interactive and energetic approach is insightful and her delivery is highly entertaining. Tina is an Indo-Canadian daughter of first generation East Indian parents, which allows her to find ‘the best of both worlds’ and shed light, knowledge and most importantly universal humour into the intercultural workplace.

9:45- 10:15am

Safety Tradeshow and Coffee Break


10:15 – 11:45am

Session 6A
Strains, Aches and Pains

This session is designed to provide OH&S Committee members, worker reps, supervisors and managers with the knowledge to identify ergonomic problems at the workplace and ways of finding solutions.  Participants will: Learn about common health effects from MSI injuries. Learn how to: comply with existing ergonomics legislation, identify ergonomic hazards, learn risk assessment techniques and generate solutions to deal with hazards. Learn strategies to assist in implementing an effective prevention program.
Speaker: Gord Lechner Director – BCFED Health & Safety Centre

Session 6B
Leading Change: Domestic Violence & Your Workplace

Every year, several thousand Canadians will be unsafe in workplaces because of violent personal relationships. Businesses and organizations of all sizes have suffered huge losses due to domestic violence. The legislation is evolving in each province to ensure individuals who have been hurt will be provided with access to supports and organizations will be held accountable if they don’t act. This session involves: Understanding what domestic violence is and how it affects works sites, reviewing current OHS legislation and its application to domestic violence, recognizing the signs of the abused and the abuser, and developing a deeper understanding of how domestic violence impacts the workplace and how to take a leadership role in prevention.
Speakers: Astrid Mitchell, OH&S Consultant (Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters) Christie Lavan, Leading Change Program Developer (Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters) Tracy Porteous, Executive Director, (Ending Violence Association of BC).

Session 6C
Beyond the Coffee & Donuts: Recipes for an Effective and Successful Safety Committee

Most legislation points to a committee member having an active role within occupational health and safety, but few people understand what that role looks like on a daily basis. What do you do if you have multiple committees, or committees that are dying a slow death? How can you rejuvenate your members and reinvigorate a safety committee? This session will share practical tips on what you can do to breathe new life into a stale/stagnant safety committee to make it truly effective!
Speaker: David Powers – Director, Health, Safety & Environment, Oxford Frozen Foods. Nova Scotia.

Session 6D
Unplugged: A Frank Conversation with Safety Professionals

Feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the safety challenges and issues that come your way? Wish you could hear what others have done to overcome them? This session is for you! Come listen as our group of savvy guests share their expertise on how to overcome some of the biggest issues facing the OH&S practitioner today. Topics are currently being solicited from industry (pre-conference) and our guests of experts will be selected based on the topics.  Topics and guests will be posted to the conference website in the spring. This session is sure to be a worthwhile, helpful and encouraging and one you won’t want to miss.
Session Facilitator: Tanya Steele – Special Guests to be announced.

11:45 – 1:15pm

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


1:15pm – 2:30pm

Session 7A
Marijuana 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 is highly polarized, has evolved into multiple complex debates, and has left most employers in a fog, feeling overwhelmed and paralyzed by misinformation—a fog that will cost lives.  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 7B
Personal Resiliency – The Power to Bounce Back

If you’ve ever felt like you were being bogged down by an unceasing rhythm of daily meeting, relentless e-mails, as well as, blogs, tweets, & social media? Or perhaps being buried in endless work projects and deadlines? Have you or someone you know ever suffered a loss or setback that seems overwhelming?

If it ever feels like the pace of life is outstripping our ability to cope with it, then this session is for you. It delves into our hidden strengths & abilities regarding personal resiliency & lays out numerous strategies to help us build & fortify ourselves for 21st century!
Speakers: Norm Ralph, Apex Abilities and Mike Stortz, Pinnacle Strategies.

Session 7C
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: Isabel Krueger, CRSP, Safety Matters, Burnaby BC

Session 7D
Volunteering During Disasters: What Can You Do to Help?

Fires, floods, earthquakes and other disasters seem to be happening more and more frequently. Have you ever wondered how you could help out when these disasters occur? This session is a panel presentation by a number of emergency management professionals representing several agencies and organizations who provide disaster relief and services. Come hear what you can do and how you can help those in need during disasters.
Speakers: Shaun Koopman, Protective Services Coordinator, Strathcona Regional District (invited), John McEwan, Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Director, Emergency Disaster Services, British Columbia Division, Salvation Army, Mandana Salimian, Disaster Management Coordinator, Canadian Red Cross, and Staff from Emergency Management BC.


Post Conference Courses:

Wednesday April 11, 2018

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

Course PC-1 (One Day) 
Fundamentals of Joint Health and Safety Committees Course

This course is ideal for new safety committee members needing to comply with WorkSafeBC’s New Safety Committee Member training regulations as well as existing members looking to upgrade their safety knowledge and skills. If your organization is setting up its first safety committee or looking to makes its existing committee more effective, this one day course is just what you need.

Topics include: applying the process of safety inspections and accident investigations, participating in constructive committee meetings, helping your committee work together and much more.

$245.00 (up to March 9, 2018)
$285.00 (after March 9, 2018)
GST extra

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

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.

$295.00 (up to March 9, 2018)
$345.00 (after March 9, 2018)
GST extra

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

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.

$295.00 (up to March 9, 2018)
$345.00 (after March 9, 2018)
GST extra

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

$295.00 (up to March 9, 2018)
$345.00 (after March 9, 2018)
GST extra

The Following Course is 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)

logo-csse-smallConsulting Skills for the OH&S Professional

A Certified Health & Safety Consultant (CHSC) Course conducted by the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering. This A two-day course that is highly recommended for both internal and external occupational health and safety consultants. It will provide an understanding of, and practice in, the application of professional consulting skills in the context of OH&S practice.

This course reviews the functions and roles of a consultant; describes the phases of the consulting process; examines the processes of engagement, contracting and needs assessment; provides a conceptual and practical examination of client-consultant interactions and dynamics; reviews client motives and purposes for retaining consultants; and provides instruction in aspects of project and practice management through a case study approach. The course has a strong practical component.


Course participants will be able to:

  • Identify the qualities and attributes of an effective consultant
  • describe the functions and roles of an internal or external consultant in six phases of the consulting process
  • examine client-consultant interactions and dynamics and model effective processes of engagement and contracting
  • implement effective marketing of consultant services to clients and employers
  • develop a cost appraisal of setting up an independent consulting practice
  • manage on-going self-appraisal and client evaluation strategies

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 this course. The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals has previously awarded this course 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 2018. For further information on claiming points please visit

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

$749 (CSSE Members)
$949 (Non-Members)
GST Extra – Lunch not provided