300 attend sold-out annual event in Sudbury
Themed ‘Building a strong safety culture,’ the 20th annual Mining Health and Safety Conference in Sudbury hosted 300 members of the Ontario mining industry, along with another 180 attendees via video livestream from five countries around the globe.
The annual reunion gave everyone an opportunity to connect with friends old and new, and enjoy lively keynote speakers and detailed technical presentations. Enjoy the photo highlights, and we look forward to seeing you next year.
Welcome and opening remarks: Paul Andre, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of Workplace Safety North (WSN), host of the 2018 Mining Health and Safety Conference, welcomed 300 participants.
Leadership – It starts with me: According to Michelle Ray, keynote speaker, a leader is someone at any level who has grasped the ability to take charge of their thoughts, and consequently their actions, in any situation. Our attitudes directly impact the workplace atmosphere and the quality of our business relationships.
What I know for sure: Jody Kuzenko, Director of Business Strategy (Ontario Operations) at Vale Canada, discussed how mental health is a key driver in improving workplace safety. Vale surveyed more than 2000 staff which helped them prepare a strategy around mental health with five pillars: monitor, intervene, normalize, encourage, and support.
Safety culture in mining: Brett Webb, Culture and Organizational Development Specialist at Workplace Safety North talked about culture, neuroplasticity in that we are all still learning and evolving, and the importance of positive reinforcement.
Talking about your generation: Jim Lees, Intergenerational Wellness Specialist, did real-time online polling with the audience to determine what they really thought about each generation: Traditionalists, Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y, and iGen – and the results were surprising and funny. Lees emphasized the importance of mentoring, which improves mental health for both parties, and core leadership skills such as strengths-based feedback, empathy, asking open-ended questions, building trusted relationships, giving meaningful feedback, and open communication.
Mining health and safety tradeshow: During Wednesday afternoon, conference attendees visited more than 30 exhibitors, including 3M Mining and Metallurgy Solutions, Electrical Safety Authority, Draeger Safety Canada, Honeywell Safety Products, and more.
Technical sessions on Thursday provided attendees with the option of learning more about 24 topics, from occupational disease and research updates, to impairment in the workplace and burst-prone ground support.
Mine safety awards: On the final day, the Workplace Excellence Awards recognize Ontario mining companies that have excelled at health and safety; and the Ontario Mine Contractors’ Safety Association presents its Innovation Awards for the most innovative tools and techniques to improve mine safety. Congratulations to all winners!