Speakers announced for annual Mining Health and Safety Conference

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Plus technical sessions and trade show April 17 to 19 in Sudbury 

Jody KuzenkoThe  20th annual Mining Health and Safety Conference will be held in Sudbury from April 17 to 19. The conference features a variety of health and safety keynote speakers, as well as an industry panel discussing mining health and safety culture. 

On Wednesday, April 18, conference attendees will visit the Information Exchange Trade Show in the hotel solarium, which features more than 30 vendors, in addition to a large equipment display in the parking lot. The Mobile Research Lab from the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH) will be on-site for tours and demonstrations. 

For the third year running, Workplace Safety North will offer free video livestream of keynote speakers from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Wednesday, April 18, and from 12:00 to 2:30 pm on Thursday, April 19.

Featured keynote speakers

Michelle Ray 
International Business Keynote Speaker, Author and Entrepreneur

Popular leadership keynote speaker and entrepreneur, Ray is committed to helping create engaged workplaces, develop exceptional leaders, and implement practical strategies to revitalize workplace culture. Ray began her career in Australia in media and advertising, and uses her corporate leadership background to work with leaders and teams in diverse industries including construction, mining, oil and gas, as well as health and safety sectors. Ray is passionate about change, the importance of authentic leadership in the workplace, and positive communication and influence. 

Jody Kuzenko
Director of Business Strategy, Vale, Ontario Operations

Jody Kuzenko is the Director of Business Strategy for the Ontario Operations of Vale’s Base Metals business. She is responsible for the development, implementation, measurement, and reporting of Ontario Operation’s strategic initiatives and integrated business plans. Kuzenko first joined the former Inco in 2004 as Chief Legal Officer for Ontario operations. Devoting much of her time to regulatory work associated with safety, health and environment, she transitioned to the role of General Manager of Sustainability for Ontario operations in 2008. In 2009, she took over accountability for Sustainability for the entire North Atlantic Region until she transitioned to role of General Manager of Production Services in 2013 and, subsequently, Director of Refining in 2015. Prior to joining Inco, Kuzenko spent eight years in private practice at Desmarais, Keenan, LLP.

Brett Webb
Culture and Organizational Development Specialist, Workplace Safety North

Brett Webb is a Culture and Organizational Development Specialist at Workplace Safety North. With 16 years of experience in health and safety, over three continents, Webb has developed and implemented analytical tools, and specializes in using positive psychology strategies to improve organizational, and health and safety culture. With a Master of Science in Workplace Health and Wellbeing, a Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management, and a post-graduate diploma in Occupational Safety and Health, Webb is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) in the United Kingdom, a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), and has lectured at the University of Western Ontario in Occupational Health and Safety Management.

Jim Lees
Intergenerational Wellness Specialist 

Jim Lees is a registered social worker and consultant from Thunder Bay with more than three decades of experience as a professor, counsellor, researcher and manager at Confederation College. Specializing in multigenerational communication, conflict management, suicide prevention, and mental health awareness, Lees was past Chair of the Ontario College of Counsellors (OCC) and awarded the OCC Leadership Award in 2012 and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. Lees is passionate about mental health, leading the development of a Mental Health and Well-being Strategy at Confederation College – the first of its kind at an Ontario college. He also serves on the Board of the Children’s Centre in Thunder Bay, which provides mental health services to children, youth and their families. 

Corrie Pitzer
Behavioural and Strategic Safety Specialist 

Corrie Pitzer is a specialist in behavioural safety and strategic safety management, and is a leading consultant in Australia, North and South America, and South Africa. With advanced Bachelor and Honours degrees in Industrial Psychology, Business, Education, and a Master of Business Administration, Pitzer worked in the resources industry for 10 years as a Group Risk Manager for Billiton in South Africa. In 1994, Pitzer founded SAFEmap and became a leading consultant on safety leadership, culture and risk behaviour. 

On Thursday, April 19, technical sessions are held in the morning, and in the afternoon, a safety awards luncheon recognizes achievements in mining health and safety, and keynote speaker Corrie Pitzer wraps up the conference. 

Technical sessions topics

  • Occupational Disease Action Plan (ODAP): Taking the plan into action
  • Increased safety and productivity through different types of collision avoidance systems 
  • Taking action: Violence prevention at work
  • Beyond safety in mining: What about occupational hygiene? 
  • Radon management throughout the life cycle of an underground mine
  • A burst-prone ground support study at KGHM’s Morrison Mine
  • Putting the health back into health and safety
  • Mindfulness and resiliency: How to bounce back after adversity 
  • Chronic occupational and non-occupational diseases: Mitigation through comprehensive health and wellness program development 
  • Preparing the occupational athlete for peak performance
  • Addressing impairment in the workplace 
  • Mental health is physical health: The barriers the mining community faces towards a productive, safe, and healthy workforce
  • Evolving safety culture by harnessing technology 
  • Using intelligent technology to protect contractors and instill a safety culture
  • Gender diversity and the value of the male champion in the workplace
  • Too late when the fire is at the mine’s gate
  • Sturda improving safety, productivity and ergonomics 
  • Prevention through Research: Update on applied research being conducted at CROSH 
  • Williams Mine diesel particulate matter management strategy and results
  • Legal access to marijuana: The workplace impact
  • Ministry of Labour risk assessment initiatives

Registration for the Mining Health and Safety Conference is now open – early bird pricing available until February 28, 2018. Help make your workplace safer and register today.


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