Celebrating 100 years of health and safety in forestry, pulp and paper industries

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Register now for conference Sept. 24 in Thunder Bay

Forestry, pulp and paper health and safety centennial poster/invitation - please download and post

Archival photo of two lumbjerjacksOntario is celebrating 100 years of forestry and pulp and paper health and safety at a special conference in Thunder Bay on September 24 at the Valhalla Inn. 

The history of the forestry, pulp and paper industry in Ontario is older than the province itself. In many ways, the story of the cutting, harvesting and processing of wood is the story of Ontario.

“From 1915 to 2015, Workplace Safety North and its legacy organizations have been dedicated to a single mission: to make workplaces safer,” says Candys Ballanger-Michaud, President and CEO of Workplace Safety North.

“We’ve come a long way since then, and we’re inviting all businesses involved in Ontario’s forestry and pulp and paper industries to join us in celebrating the 100th anniversary of worker health and safety,” says Ballanger-Michaud. 

The conference features keynote speakers, workshop training sessions, industry networking, a trade show, and safety awards banquet.

Session highlights

  • Keynote speakers Candys Ballanger-Michaud, CEO of Workplace Safety North, and Mark Kuhlberg, Professor at Laurentian University, with a historical overview of forestry in Ontario 
  • Implementation of Safe, Productive and Infrastructure (SPIF) vehicles and vehicle configurations
  • Leading Practices for Traffic Management Plans 
  • Ministry of Labour: Injuries from contact with objects or equipment, inspection blitzes
  • Future innovations in forestry
  • Health and wellness, distracted driving, safe winter driving, and more


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1915-2015: Forestry health and safety celebrates 100 years



Logging history – northwestern Ontario