March 10, 2022 | Online | 9:45 am – 4:30 pm ET

9:45 - 10:00 am

Virtual orientation and registration

10:00 - 10:05 am

Opening remarks

10:05 - 10:35 am

Keynote: Championing for change in an era of new normal

In this session, Dr. Lucy Gilbert will share her insights on how adapting to change has led to her overall effectiveness as a leader. To master this skill requires initiating and managing change and challenging 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?

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 Canada are being tasked with more responsibilities, particularly regarding risk management. It is critical for leaders to consider sustainability, diversity, workforce demographics, and more to develop strong safety strategies. The featured speakers in this session will share practical tips for building an adaptable team in an ever-changing 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

Lunch break

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

Chris Atchison

President, British Columbia Construction Association

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

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

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

3:35 - 4:05 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

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

4:05 - 4:25 pm

Closing keynote

4:25 pm

Closing remarks

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