2022 Agenda

March 10, 2022 | Online | 10:00 am – 4:30 pm ET

9:45 - 10:00 am

Virtual registration & networking

10:00 - 10:05 am

Opening remarks

Nicole Brackett

Director, Canada Sales at Avetta

10:05 - 10:35 am

Keynote: Leading the charge

Join Women of Influence’s Top 25 Women of 2021, Dr. Lucy Gilbert, as she discusses the importance of believing in yourself and taking ownership of your future. Her about her journey in creating the innovative DOvEEgene test, how her passion for the project evolved, and her determination to champion for women in the health and safety industry. Let her powerful story inspire you and teach you how to drive the change you want to see, and what you can do to empower others to do the same.

Dr. Lucy Gilbert

Director, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, McGill University Health Centre

10:40 - 11:20 am

Industry update: Where are we now?

The dynamic nature of the safety industry has been highlighted in recent years. With the continuing trials and tribulations of the global pandemic, its imperative for safety leaders to stay up to date on the latest trends, regulations, and strategies to ensure they continue to deliver effective safety management. This panel of safety leaders will unpack important industry updates that will inform OHS priorities in 2022.

  • What are future work trends that safety leaders need to consider
  • How will Health Canada’s Departmental Plan impact your day-to-day activities?
  • Where are we now in terms of expanding new opportunities within the safety industry?


Robin Angel

Regional OHS Director at Nova Scotia Labour & Advanced Education, Chair, Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals


Allison Ford

Vice President Partnerships, TalentClick

Sonya Wickens

Health and Safety Group Leader, Honda of Canada

Sarah Ambroziak

Project Manager, Outland

11:25 - 11:55 am

To Safety and Beyond – The future of health and safety to expand beyond the convention of “live, long, and prosper”

Safety professionals across the industry are being tasked with more responsibilities as the definition of risk continues to expand. Leaders must now consider factors such as health and safety, financial viability, sustainability and ESG, diversity and inclusion, cybersecurity, and workforce management when developing their safety strategies and practices. How can you spur that change within your team, your department, and the overall organization? The featured speakers in this session will share practical tips for building an adaptable team in an ever-changing safety environment.

  • The new scope of risk management: what does it include?
  • How can safety leaders rethink practices to focus on both process and strategy?
  • Practical tips for creating tools and resources for fostering internal and external partner collaborations

Stephanie Watt

Regional Manager, Avetta

Nicole Brackett

Director, Canada Sales at Avetta

11:55 - 12:25 pm

Networking break

11:55 - 12:15 pm

Breakout: Upskilling Mental Health & Safety on the Frontline

It’s no secret that mental health has emerged as a priority across all industries. However, when it comes to our frontline workforce, ways to engage and meaningfully reach them with mental health training has been a longstanding issue, often preventing programs from being rolled out in the first place. The featured speakers in this session share insights and best practices of building a strategy conducive to the industrial workforce.

  • Rethinking the health & safety meeting
  • Ways to impact the total workday
  • Practical tips for building mental health into your safety mandate

Jason Gotwalt

Vice President Growth, Headversity

Johnna Van Keuren

Vice President HSSE, LNG Canada

12:25 - 12:55 pm

Developing the right culture: Leadership at any level

It takes one leader to start to shift a company's culture - to stand firm in calling out bullying and harassment, to make hard decisions with integrity, to create a safety-first culture and build team that celebrates diversity and inclusion. This session will highlight effective and innovative leadership strategies that will help encourage a safer and more equitable workplace for everyone.

  • Building a supportive environment for both women and men in safety: what does it take?
  • How can redefining bullying and harassment lead to a safer working environment?
  • Important tools to create a safer work environment: code of conduct, awareness training, and more

Lisa Stevens

Chief Strategy Officer, British Columbia Construction Association

1:00 - 1:40 pm

Designing the career you want: Understanding opportunities in the safety industry

There are many factors to consider when building a successful career, such as the importance of identifying clear goals. As the safety industry grows to offer diverse opportunities, it is essential that women in the industry know the different paths available to them when designing their careers. A panel of innovative leaders will share the key considerations for building a dream career – and important questions to ask along the way.

  • Creating opportunities specific to your professional development plan: collaborating, defining clear goals, and beyond
  • How to build the right connections to advance your career
  • Strategies for adopting a proactive approach to professional development


Kimberlee Morrisey

Health & Safety Coordinator, Varcon Consulting Engineers


Paula Campkin

VP, Operations & Safety Centre Excellence, Energy Safety Canada

Nicola McGovern

Director, Environment, Health & Safety, Grainger

Sheri Benson

Founder, Thrive Safety

Pushpalatha Mathanalingam

CEO, Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Consulting Corp

1:40 - 2:00 pm

Networking break

2:00 - 2:40 pm

Prioritizing psychological safety for you and your team

Managing psychological safety is important to minimize the effects of burnout, increase productivity, and safeguard mental health. This requires equipping your organization with the necessary tools and training to identify, assess, and address psychosocial hazards in the workplace. Hear from industry leaders as they share insights into shifting an organization’s culture towards prioritizing mental health – and your specific role as a safety leader.

  • What kind of mental health initiatives and resources are proving effective?
  • Strategies for developing flexible office environments that encourage work/life balanc
  • Looking after your mental health as a leader - mindfulness, ERG groups and other tools to help find balance and manage emotional exhaustion


Natalie Gregg

VP Business Development and Inside Sales, Alcumus North America


Sally Swingewood

Committee Manager, ISO 282 Occupational Health & Safety

Jacqueline Abel

Manager, Health & Wellnes, George Brown College

2:45 - 3:15 pm

Leading with innovation

Now, more than ever, it is critical for OHS leaders to develop sound and efficient processes to ensure safe workplaces in an erratic environment. Strategies, such as leveraging new technology, can help standardize processes, assess risk, and increase productivity. As the health and safety industry continues to evolve, it is vital for safety leaders to take advantage of these tools and resources.

  • How is technology shifting current safety processes
  • What is the role of a safety leader in integrating technology in the workplace?
  • What tools are making waves within the industry?
  • Hybrid office: how is technology expanding remote work opportunities and what is the impact on OHS?

Lisa Hallsworth

Chief Executive Officer, Rillea Technologies

3:15 - 3:35 pm

Networking break

3:15 - 3:35 pm

Breakout session: Moving from thought to operation: A case study for building psychological health and safety into operations

Organizations have assessed their current position and are ready to implement strategies to create a safer work environment for all. Moving from thought to action is crucial; it requires identifying gaps, leveraging innovative solutions, and a commitment to a clear plan of execution. Learn about how AuditSoft and its partners, including the Mental Health Commission of Canada, are helping organizations develop operational plans to better support safety professionals.

  • Why workplace health, safety and wellness strategies fail – and how to know when they’re working
  • How can you implement an operational plan that builds a safer work environment?
  • How to utilize psychological health and safety audit to support your business case for investment in worker mental health?

Liz Horvath

Manager, Workplace Mental Health, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Ben Snyman

CEO, AuditSoft

3:35 - 4:10 pm

Standing out from the crowd

While performance in your role is critical to your career, it's important to take it a step further. Being actively engaged, contributing to the team, and thinking innovatively are essential to differentiating yourself from other strong candidates. In this session, a panel of experts will provide practical tips for standing out from the crowd as a leader.

  • How to make a strong, lasting impression – from the office, in the field or at your dining room table
  • Ideas for becoming more involved in your organization
  • Tips for engaging potential champions to be your advocate
  • Utilizing everyday creativity to help you emerge as a leader


Lisa Beech-Hawley

Section Manager, Corporations Environment Health & Safety, Ontario Power Generation


Stephanie Benay

Director, Safety, BC Hydro

Lee-Anne Lyon-Bartley

Executive Vice President, Dexterra

Natalie Edery

Manager, Corporate Health, Safety & Environment Canada at ATS Automation

4:10 - 4:40 pm

Closing keynote: Choosing resilience: A leadership story

Join Dr. Marla Corson, as she discusses her unique path to success a female leader in the safety industry. From her time in the U.S. Air Force to her various safety roles in some of the world’s top organizations like Alcoa and Nestle Canada, Dr. Corson’s resilience and determination led to her current role at Amazon. Let her powerful story inspire you and illustrate how to find your own resilience to excel – personally and professionally.

Dr. Marla Corson

Director of Workplace Health and Safety for North American Customer Fulfillment, Amazon

4:40 pm

Closing remarks

Stephanie Watt

Regional Manager, Avetta

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