Over 300 attend sold-out annual conference
In April, members of the Ontario mining industry gathered in Sudbury to share their knowledge about health and safety. The conference theme, Innovations in mining safety, focused on recent innovations aimed at improving safety in Ontario mines.
The annual reunion gave attendees an opportunity to connect with friends old and new, and enjoy lively keynote speakers and detailed technical presentations. After its successful launch last year, the conference was livestreamed via webcast and viewed by people from all over the world including the Unites States, Spain, and New Zealand. Enjoy these photo highlights, and we look forward to seeing you next year!
Welcome and opening remarks: Candys Ballanger-Michaud, President and Chief Executive Officer of Workplace Safety North, welcomed attendees to the 2017 Mining Health and Safety Conference. Ballanger-Michaud also announced the grand opening of the new Sudbury location for Workplace Safety North and Ontario Mine Rescue downtown on 235 Cedar Street.
How to navigate the future with enthusiasm and vigor: Jody Urquhart, motivational speaker and former stand-up comedian, opened the conference with a humorous talk on facing the future and navigating change in the workplace.
The role of energetic leadership on the road to zero harm: Alistair Ross, mining industry expert, uses his experience as a leader in the mining industry to help others work towards achieving zero harm in the workplace. According to Ross, being a leader means being present, making safety a personal commitment, and having the courage to speak up. Everyone has the capacity for leadership.
Innovators panel: Leaders from NORCAT, Centre of Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI), Goldcorp, and Centre for Research in Occupational Health and Safety (CROSH) shared their knowledge about innovation trends in the mining industry. Conference attendees joined the discussion by asking panel members questions on the topics such as how to foster innovation in mining, e-learning and simulators, and electric vehicles.
2016 International Mines Rescue Competition: Ted Hanley, General Manager of Ontario Mine Rescue, reviewed the success of last summer's International Mines Rescue Competition held in Sudbury, Ontario.
Minds in Mines: Dr. Michel Larivière, Clinical Psychologist, provided an update on the three-year study that is looking at mental health issues in the mining industry. The joint initiative of Vale, the United Steelworkers and CROSH surveyed a total 2,224 participants to assess conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety, drug use, fatigue, and more.
Information Exchange Trade Show: On Wednesday afternoon, conference attendees visited more than 40 exhibitors. New this year, the trade show included an additional indoor space, and visitors were treated to Beavertails near the outdoor tent.
Improving mining safety culture: The next day, attendees chose from a variety technical sessions on the topics of mining health and safety research and innovations, emergency preparedness and mine rescue, health and safety management systems, communication technology, and occupational hazards.
Harness the hurricane – How to adapt to change: The conference closed with a humourous talk from Change Specialist, Dr. Mark DeVolder. DeVolder shared how to be bold, flexible and innovative in the face of constant change.
Congratulations to all mine safety award winners -- see below for award photos!