2018 Workplace Health & Safety Conference

Conference Speakers

Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod
BodyBreak with Hal & Joanne
Under the umbrella of BodyBreak, Hal and Joanne have been encouraging Canadians of all ages to live a healthy, active lifestyle for almost 30 years. Whether it’s their TV programs, syndicated radio shows, presentations, personal appearances, or media interviews Hal and Joanne heighten the awareness of the benefits of healthy living and show Canadians just how practical and easy it is to do. But most of all … because it’s “Fun!” To celebrate their 25 years of healthy living, team work and positivity, they appeared on CTV’s The Amazing Race Canada as Team BodyBreak. One of 9 teams being challenged physically and mentally as they competed and traveled across Canada.
Hal and Joanne are fixtures in the Canadian media and have established trust and longevity with the Canadian public. They share their wealth of personal experiences and fitness, health and wellness knowledge as well as their entrepreneurial business background in an upbeat, entertaining and positive manner
Prevention Specialist
WCB Nova Scotia
Return to Work Specialist, WCB
WCB Nova Scotia
Barry Bowman
Oxford Frozen Foods Limited
Barry has been employed by Oxford Frozen Foods since 2007. He has been the Labour Co-Chair of the Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee since 2009 and has been responsible for developing, delivering and maintaining a forklift training program for the entire Food Group. He has also developed a hands-on fall protection workshop, including a segment on rescue, has built a tractor training program with the agriculture groups and is currently working on a series of orientation and safety training videos for the organization.
Shirley Burdock
Shirley Burdock has been the Executive Director, IFNS for the  past 8 years.  Along with Dan Steeves Health Promotion Lead NSHA, co-presenter of this session, she has been engaged in provincial cannabis conversations and advocacy for harm-reducing regulations for the past three years.
Dr. Farrell Cahill
Horizan OHS
Dr. Farrell Cahill, PhD is a recognized leader in the field of obesity, diabetes and exercise physiology in Canada. Through his expertise in human physiology, Dr. Cahill explores the etiology and management of acute and chronic health conditions to improve occupational and non-occupational performance. Along with 17 years of research experience, he has published 26 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and over 50 abstracts at national and/or international conferences. Specifically, regarding occupational health and safety Dr. Cahill and his colleagues focus their research on the development of defendable Physical Employment Standards (PES) and Bona Fide Occupational Requirements (BFORs). Dr. Cahill is the first to develop a BFOR for the offshore oil and gas industry. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Kinesiology with a PhD in Medicine and is currently the Head of Research for Horizon Occupational Health Solutions, working out of St. John's, Newfoundland.
Michael Campbell
Dalhousie University
Michael comes to Facilities Management with over 12 years of experience within the Project Management field and over 20 years in Operations Management. He acquired this experience from working as a Senior Program Manager at Minacs, a Senior Operations Manager at Teletech, and a Project Manager at Home Depot Canada. Michael also worked as Deployment Team Lead with the NS Department of Health and more recently, as their Manager of Operations (Facilities and Major Project Planning). This experience, combined with a Bachelor of Arts (Classical History and Sociology) from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from Saint Mary’s University. Michael has also contributed to the Dalhousie culture by winning three major awards; the Environmental Health and Safety award, The Stoker award for innovation and Dalhousie's award for outstanding achievement.
Glen Carter
Justrite Manufacturing Company
Glen Carter serves as the Sr. Product Design and Development Engineer for Justrite Manufacturing Company LLC a leader in safety products for flammable and combustible liquids and hazardous materials. Glen serves on the NFPA 30 Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code Committee and the UL/ANSI Committees: STP 0030 Portable Flammable Liquid Containers, STP 0032 Solid Waste Containers, STP 1275 Flammable Liquid Storage Cabinets, and ASTM Subcommittee F15.10. Glen has over 36 years experience in safety products design development with strict conformance to laws and standards.
Jan Chappel
Senior Technical Specialist
Jan Chappel is a Senior Technical Specialist with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS). She brings to the CCOHS team expertise in health, occupational hygiene and education.

Jan works as the project lead for the Centre’s online fact sheets (OSH Answers) and publications. Jan also works on a variety of projects including creating web tools, apps and online portals; authoring e-learning courses; and developing occupational health and safety educational materials for teachers in Ontario and Costa Rica. She is also an integral member of CCOHS’ Mental Health at Work team, working to help steer the Centre in the adoption of the Psychological Health and Safety Standard.

Jan received a Masters of Health Science degree in Occupational Hygiene from the University of Toronto, and a Honours Bachelor degree in Health Studies from the University of Waterloo.
Paul Cormier
CC Safety & Compliance
Mr. Zac Crouse
Zac Crouse (M.Ed, CTRS)
Zac is a recreation therapist, musician, expedition kayaker and keynote speaker on mental health, recreation and leadership. Zac has worked for over 17 years as a frontline practitioner with at-risk youth & families. He specializes in working with individuals who have mental health and substance use issues; and has an extensive background in adventure therapy and eco-therapy.
He has instructed at St. FX University for the Faculty of Education and at Dalhousie University for the Faculty of Health & Human Performance. In 2013 Zac released the film Paddle To The Ocean – a documentary about Zac’s use of recreation therapy as part of his treatment for PTSD. He uses this film as part of his work as a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator on the topics of mental health, leadership and recreation therapy.
Starr Cunningham
Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.
Starr Cunningham Starr Cunningham is the President & CEO of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. An acclaimed journalist, best-selling children’s author, and dedicated community volunteer, Starr holds an Honours Journalism Degree from the University of King’s College. Starr is the Co-Chair of the Minister’s Panel on Innovation in Mental Health & Addictions. She is a National Recipient of Difference Makers 150 Canadians Leading for Mental Health Award from CAMH – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She recently received the 2017 Halifax Business Awards Business Person of the Year Silver Award and the Northwood Foundation 2017 Live More Advocacy Award. She was named the Rising Star Award Winner at the 2015 Maritime Philanthropy Awards. Starr currently serves on the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund Advisory Committee – Atlantic Region. Starr writes a monthly column for "Senior Living" and is a regular contributor to "Our Children" magazine. She also serves on the Nova Scotia / Prince Edward Island St. John Ambulance Board of Directors and the Moore Suites Advisory Board.
Pamela Dempster BA, BScOT(c), CMWA
Corporate Wellness/Ergonomic Consultant
Dempster Wellness
Pamela is Owner & Senior Consultant at Dempster Wellness. She is a licensed Occupational Therapist and Certified Master Workplace Wellness consultant. She has practised and specialized in the fields of Employee Health, Wellness and Ergonomics/Human Factors for 23
years. She also holds a Baccalaureate degree in Psychology. Pamela is a full member of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE) and is currently Director at Large for the Atlantic Region Executive Council for the Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE). She is also a
partner consultant for Safety Services Nova Scotia.

Colin Gillis
Smarter Spaces
Colin has extensive experience in Business Development, Marketing, Sponsorship, Public Relations and Human Resources. Smarter Spaces is a world leader when it comes 3D scanning, processing and immersive technology. Our purpose is to help our clients make timely and cost-efficient data-driven decisions that improve their business performance and safety with smart technology, hands-on collaboration, and practical advice. Colin is passionate about creating jobs and keeping young people here in Atlantic Canada. He is currently working on creating a 3D Scanning and Immersive Technology Cluster here in Halifax. Please reach out to me if this is of interest to you. The more I talk to people the more I discover there is a lot of great things going on here on the East Coast!
Chris Goudge
Chris is a CRSP with 15 years of OHS experience in public and private sector organizations with broad experience in all elements of a health and safety program including the successful development and implementation of return to work programs.
Debi Hartlen MacDonald
"Lifestyle Business" Consultant
New Life Business Solutions
Debi’s clients go from Stressed to Focused! For more than 10 years, Debi Hartlen MacDonald with New Life Business Solutions has been helping small business owners and professionals attract more clients, make more money and have more freedom. With her THINK IT, PLAN IT, DO IT planning system, she works with clients who want real results. The most important part of any plan is getting it done! She guides her clients through implementing the four critical factors of time management…FOCUS, TIME, ENERGY and TOOLS…. to help them make real lasting change in their day to day world.
Brian Hillier
GFL Environmental
Brian is the National Director of EHS with GFL's North American based operations. Environmental compliance, Health and Safety are all critical components of GFL's operations across Canada and into the US. GFL is focused on driving a culture of safety and excellence which is essential as it empowers the efforts of diligence and consistency, creating a more efficient, effective organization.
Ryan Jacobson
Saskatchewan Safety Council
Ryan Jacobson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Saskatchewan Safety Council where he has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Saskatchewan Safety Council’s staff, programs, quality and execution of its mission to Work Together to Achieve a Safe Saskatchewan.

Ryan has a wide range of experiences working with various industries including retail, hospitality, agriculture, construction and oil & gas. He has worked for over a decade in safety and has earned the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation.

He has been involved in many safety organizations and initiatives including serving as Chairman of the Canadian Association of Provincial Safety Councils, Chairman of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering South Saskatchewan Chapter, Vice President of Safe Saskatchewan, member of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Advisory Committee for Occupational Health and Safety Program, and he serves on the selection committee for many awards including the Saskatchewan Safe Worker Award, Saskatchewan Safe Employer Award, Saskatchewan Safety Professional of the Year Award, Saskatchewan Safety Hall of Fame and the Saskatchewan Mission Zero Awards.

Shannon Kempton
Threads of Live
Shannon Kempton works at The Shaw Group and recently completed her Bachelor of Business Administration and is
currently working toward a Certified Credit Professional designation.

In 2013, Shannon’s life, and the lives of her family, were profoundly changed by a workplace tragedy. Today, Shannon is here as a volunteer of Threads of Life – the Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support – and its Speakers Bureau.
Stephanie Kewachunk
Acting Corporate OSH Manager
Jazz Aviation LP
Marc-andre Lavoie
Risk Marcker Inc.
Marc-Andre Lavoie is a recognized leader and manager in the domain of environment, health and safety. His main focus is in occupational hygiene and has a wide range of local and international experience. He has been in the field of exposure science for more than 20 years. Marc-Andre possess a Master’s degree in electrochemistry from “Université du Québec à Montréal”. He is a Registered Occupational Hygienist (ROH) from the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists (CRBOH). Marc-Andre has also been an adjunct professor for Industrial hygiene and workplace monitoring at McGill University in Montreal. Marc-Andre is a recognized trainer and speaker in the field of industrial hygiene. Marc-Andre is now the leader and founder of Risk Marcker Incorporated, an industrial hygiene consulting firm based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Tracy Lewis
Health, Safety and Employee Wellness Manager
NLC Liquor
Pete Luckett
At age 14, Pete Luckett saw opportunity in the sights, sounds and flavours of England’s busy outdoor food markets. Part theatrical sideshow, part business-savvy–Pete carved a perfect niche for his gregarious personality and produce know how. He learned how to stand out in a crowd by offering excellent quality, unique products and a fun, exciting shopping experience.
He crossed the Atlantic in 1979, spending several years exploring culinary experiences. He grew from a single retail outlet in New Brunswick in 1982, to one of Atlantic Canada’s best known and loved brands…Pete’s Frootique.
In 2011 Pete launched Luckett Vineyards. Luckett Vineyards produces wines true to the maritime climate and showcase the local grape varietals that truly are worth phoning home about! Inspired to build the Luckett Vineyard brand, Pete sold his grocery retail and wholesale business to Sobeys in 2014. 
Spencer McDonald
Thinking Driving
A respected authority on driver behaviour, psychology and training, Mr. McDonald is the founder and President of Thinking Driver and has guided his organization to a leadership position in driver safety across Canada.  Spencer’s Thinking Driver programs are Government approved and delivered in Nova Scotia by Safety Services Nova Scotia.

As a specialist in program design with a background and adult education in counselling psychology, Spencer has worked in the road safety field since 1984 and has trained thousands of drivers and instructors including school transportation, police, firefighters and emergency vehicle operators throughout Canada and the U.S.

He won the 2008 Transport Canada and Transportation Association of Canada Award of Achievement and the 2013 Canadian Society of Safety Engineering Outstanding Achievement Award for his 30 years in driver safety.   Spencer appears frequently on national television and radio, writes a column for Canadian Occupational Safety e-magazine, and is an international speaker on the topics of road and fleet safety, aggressive driving, and driver training

Kristine McGinn
Assurance Workplace
An experienced professional and entrepreneur with extensive experience in the health care industry, Kristine has a BScNursing with a concentration in Community and Occupational Health Nursing. Holistic Nutritionist, Life Skills Coach, Safe Talk Trainer; ASIST Certified; CMHA Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor (currently enrolled).
Helen Mersereau
Cape Breton University
Helen has 30 years of experience in a variety of industries across Canada. She spent several years in manufacturing in Ontario, the oil industry in Alberta and an electrical utility in Nova Scotia. This experience has given her an interest in industry and its impact on health. She has developed respiratory protection and hearing conservation programs at three different companies, and is interested in how they are developed and implemented. She has obtained her CRSP, ROH and CIH designations. She currently teaches in the public health program at Cape Breton University.
Cliff O'Brien
Calgary Police Service
Superintendent Cliff O’Brien has been a police officer with the Calgary Police Service for 20 years. Cliff is the Superintendent in charge of criminal operations, technical support division. He has a BA from Simon Fraser University; Major in Criminology, Minor in Psychology, 1998. He also has a Diploma from Mount Royal College in Criminology, 1990. Cliff is one of the officers who started the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund, after the death of his recruit classmate and friend, Cst John Petropoulos. Cliff has delivered this safety presentation multiple times. In addition, Cliff has been integral in the push for the Calgary Police Service to investigate all life-altering or fatal OSH incidents (adjacent to the OSH investigation). This is not the norm for police services in Canada. At present, when an OHS incident occurs, it is not general practice for a police service to conduct an investigation – unless it is criminal.
Amanda Oling
Northern Spirit Productions Inc.
Amanda Oling is spent 15 years working as a police officer in Alberta and is an engaging, impactful and inspirational speaker on impaired driving prevention, traffic safety and making smart decisions in life. Her presentation, “The Impact of One Decision” has been named as one of Canada’s top impaired driving prevention presentations. Amanda is part of Manitoba Public Insurance’s Friends For Life Tour (2016 & 2017), has been named as one of Alberta SADD’s favourite speakers and speaks at National and International Conferences. In 2016, she was Saskatchewan SADD's Provincial Impaired Driving Prevention Campaign Speaker. She also speaks at the safety meetings of several large companies such as Pembina Pipeline and Opus Stewart Weir. She is also the author of the book "The Impact of One Decision" which is carried Nationwide by Chapters, Coles and Indigo and Internationally by Amazon and Kindle.
Diana Parks
St. John Ambulance
Diana Parks has been the Director of Learning for St. John Ambulance since 2016. She has a Master of Education and experience in teaching and learning in academic and professional environments. Past experience includes instructional design work with the UBC Medical School to create learning experiences in several areas including Student Wellness and Faculty Development. Most recently, Diana is the project lead for St. John Ambulance’s national program to incorporate mental health awareness in all of SJA’s First Aid Programs.
Scott Patterson
Alexander & Schmidt
Scott Patterson, Senior Vice President, Business Development, for Alexander & Schmidt, is responsible for new business development, executive administration, client relationships, and increasing the visibility and awareness of Alexander & Schmidt in the marketplace. Scott has over 37 years of experience working in insurance loss control in a variety of field consultant, management, and home office staff/executive leadership positions for Liberty Mutual. He has designed and delivered a wide range of highly successful training programs for participants from Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Malaysia, the U.K, and the U.S. Scott earned a B.A. in Biology from Barrington College, Barrington, Rhode Island and an MSc in Training & Human Resource Management from the University of Leicester (U.K.). He holds Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA), and UL Certified Risk Professional (CRP) - Property designations.
Michelle Ray
International Keynote Speaker
Michelle Ray is an international keynote leadership speaker, entrepreneur, author and educator who advocates the importance of developing leadership and accountability skills, regardless of one’s title. She is committed to helping audiences create engaged workplaces, develop exceptional leaders and implement practical strategies to revitalize their cultures.

Michelle began her career in Australia in media and advertising. With a proven background in achieving outstanding results as a business leader, Michelle has since worked with leaders and teams in diverse industries including construction, mining, oil and gas, as well as the health and safety sectors within public and private enterprise.

Michelle is the author of Lead Yourself First! Indispensable Lessons in Business and in Life. She has appeared as a guest on numerous news and current affairs programs and was featured in esteemed publications such as Investor’s Business Daily and  Huffington Post.  Michelle is also a contributor for the Globe and Mail’s Leadership Lab Column. Michelle helps individuals at every level and any stage of their career to master personal leadership—the ability to take charge of oneself first in any situation.
Daniel Roberts
Electrical Safety Consultant
Schneider Electric
Daniel Roberts has worked in several roles for Schneider Electric’s Canadian field services operation since 1987 as a field technician and in safety. His current role is that of an electrical safety consultant. Daniel is a longstanding Canadian Standards Association (CSA) member and serves on several CSA Technical Committees including the Canadian Electrical Code Part 1, CSA Z1000 Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Management Systems; CSA Z1002 OHS Risk Assessment, and CSA Z1005 Incident Investigation and Prevention. He is the vice-chair of the CSA Z462 Workplace Electrical Safety Technical Committee. He received the CSA 2013 Award of Merit for sustained and influential contributions to OHS and Electrical Safety Standards. He is also an ASSE member, an IEEE Senior member, and the Vice-Chair of the IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Committee. He has authored, co-authored and published several peer reviewed papers on the topic of risk assessment.
Stewart Sampson
Safety Services NS
Stewart is the project lead for the implementation of ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 45001 at Safety Services NS. Experienced in management at several levels, Stewart has dealt with systems in both private and governmental contexts.
Pamela Sears
Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Pamela Sears is a Senior Industrial Hygienist with Stantec Consulting Ltd., with over 20 years of experience in the field of health and safety. Her repertory of past projects includes the assessment and control of silica, solvents, diesel exhaust, welding fumes, noise, microbials (mould and bacteria), temperature extremes, radiation and lighting. Pamela has also played a key role in the development and implementation of company-wide programs for such things as respiratory protection, hearing protection and skin care. Since joining Stantec (formerly Jacques Whitford) in February 2004, Pamela has provided senior oversight of industrial hygiene studies in a wide diversity of workplaces. Projects have ranged from indoor air quality assessments in commercial buildings as part of the emerging “green” movement to comprehensive industrial hygiene assessments on offshore vessels and installations. Pamela also plays a critical advisory role in the development and review of health and safety plans and programs, including safe work practices.
Amanda Silliker
Canadian Occupational Safety
Amanda Silliker is the editor of Canadian Occupational Safety magazine, published by Thomson Reuters. She has held the role for almost five years and previously worked as an editor on Canadian HR Reporter. Amanda is the project manager for Canada’s Safest Employers Awards as well as for the magazine’s Safety Leader of the Year award. She travels across Canada hosting sessions like this where award winners can share their expertise and help other companies strive to be the safest in Canada. Amanda has a Bachelor of Journalism, Highest Honours, from Carleton University in Ottawa.
Rodger Sloan
Province of Nova Scotia
Rodger Sloan is a responsible for physical security programs for the NS government as well as the safety program for the department of Internal Services. Rodger is a CRSP with a Master's degree in Occupational Hygiene as well as a former senior military officer responsible for CBRN training and testing.
Dan Steeves
Health Promotion Lead
Kim Thomas
Kim has held many titles which include; Wrangler, Labourer, Heavy Equipment Operator, Fire Fighter, Emergency Medical Technician, Instructor, and Safety Consultant. She has seen first hand what equipment can do to the human body and knows that workers require a strong safety culture to keep them safe. Kim has developed a passion for safety and increasing safety awareness. She holds a belief that life is about more than just getting the job done and that education is never ending.
Tom Toner
Master of Science in Exercise physiology with more than 28 years experience in the health industry. I bring a wealth of knowledge in Health and Wellness, 4 of the last 5 years directly building Corporate Wellness programs.
Esteban Tristan
Select International
Dr. Tristan is Director of Safety Solutions at Select International, based in Pittsburgh, PA. He manages the development and implementation of solutions that address the critical safety challenges faced by organizations today. Esteban has worked with global organizations in manufacturing, mining, energy and utilities in North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe to help improve their safety performance through selection, coaching and leadership development efforts.
Ian Wagschal
Dalhousie University - Facilities Management
Ian Wagschal brings over 20 years of experience in infrastructure design, construction, and project management to his role at Dalhousie University. As Assistant Director, Ian has been directly responsible for the implementation of over $160M in architectural, mechanical and electrical infrastructure projects since 2009. Ian implemented the ASU Best Value Business Model within his Project Management team in 2015 and pioneered an award winning contractor safety management program in 2013.
Dr. Mike Wahl
Horizan OHS
Dr. Wahl (Mike) is the Senior Director of Wellness for Horizon Occupational Health Solutions, Canada’s leader in occupational health solutions. He has experience delivering wellness and safety programs that have been used across Canada and around the world. Mike holds a PhD from Memorial University Newfoundland’s (MUN) Faculty of Medicine where he studied obesity in high risk demographics and is the chair of the Human Performance in Extreme Environments Program for the Faculty of Medicine. Mike also holds a Masters Degree in Applied Exercise Physiology from MUN and a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology Science from University of New Brunswick. Mike has won numerous Entrepreneur of the Year awards on provincial, national, and global scales for the wellness organization he founded in St. Johns, Newfoundland (Definitions, a subsidiary of Horizon OHS). He has also represented Canada at the G20 conference speaking on entrepreneurship and sits on many charitable and industry boards.
Nadine Wentzell
Nadine Wentzell Consulting Inc.
Nadine Wentzell is a Workplace Drug and Alcohol Consultant with over 25 years’ experience addressing the health and safety risks of substance abuse in the workplace. She is a pharmacist, consultant, educator, facilitator, speaker, and author. Nadine’s work is customized to individual client needs with a focus on effective implementation and application. Her expertise includes policy development, supervisor training, employee education, and stakeholder engagement. In the process, she creates the infrastructure to support and maintain a comprehensive drug and alcohol program. Nadine also conducts audits to ensure compliance with best practices, and that client-specific goals and objectives are met or exceeded. She works with small, medium and large unionized and non-unionized companies across the country and internationally. Nadine’s focus is on fostering culture change to achieve the ultimate goal of safe workplaces and healthy people.
Barbara Whynot
IWK Health Centre
Barbara Whynot is the manager of OHSW at the IWK. Shaun Sangster is a physiotherapist and co-owner of Core Physio. Krista Stultz is the safety consultant at the IWK working in the OHSW department
Yevgen Yevsyeyev
Leaf ElectricalSafety
Yevgen Yevsyeyev P.Eng has been involved in development and implementation of a very successful electrical safety and maintenance programs for PotashCorp. Since 2016 Yevgen and Jon Travis established Leaf Electrical Safety, and have been helping clients around Canada in all aspects of electrical safety and maintenance.