2023 Conference Proceedings

Conference proceedings from the 2023 Mining Health and Safety Conference held April 18 to 20, in Sudbury, Ontario. 

Plenary Sessions – Wednesday, April 19

YouTube video: Welcome and State of the Industry
Mike Parent, Vice President of Health and Safety Services, Workplace Safety North

YouTube video: A 40-Year History of Safety Shares or PDF White Paper
Roy Slack, Director of Cementation Americas and Torex Gold Resources

YouTube video: Industry Panel: Reconnecting on the Evolution of Mining Safety
Don Duval, NORCAT, Frank Demers, Vale, Keith Hanson, IAMGOLD, Samantha Espley, Stantec, Moderator: Derek Budge, Redpath

Technical Sessions – Thursday, April 20

A Hot History, a Hotter Future: Creating a Heat Resilient Workforce for the Mining Industry in the Face of a Warming Planet
Glen P. Kenny, Ph.D., and Emily J. Tetzlaf, Ph.D. Candidate, Human and Environmental Physiology Research Unit, University of Ottawa
Agnico Eagle Mental Health Initiative
Marsha Nicholas, Agnico Eagle
Building on the success of the Occupational Disease Action Plan, the Occupational Illness Prevention Steering Barrick Hemlo’s DPM Management Program Update
Hannah Demers, Barrick Gold – Hemlo
Critical Incident Stress Management, Peer Support, and their Integration with Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace
Dave Boucher and Steve Horner, CounterStress Solutions
Digital Transformation of the Mine Tagboard
Yvan Brulé, TopVu
Dynamic, Static and Shear Testing of NORMET’S Urea-Silicate Injection Resin and Self-Drilling Dynamic Bolt (SDDB®)
Allan Punkkinen, Normet Canada
Ground Monitoring in Underground Mine Design: A Case Study
Sia Taghipoor, KGHM International
Health and Safety in Ontario: Where We Are and Where We Want to Be
Jeffery A. Lang, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
How Software Improves Mine Safety
Dawn Larsen, Epiroc
I Eat, therefore I am (Not) Stressed: Understanding the Role of Food, the Body and Stress
Parastou Zerang, CROSH-Laurentian University
New Research in Surface Diamond Drilling Sector Explores Top Risks and their Causes
Tom Welton and James Johnstone, Workplace Safety North
Optimization of Energy Isolation Processes Through Remote Isolation Systems
Mercedes Valli, SafeBox Systems
Outlook on MacLean Ground Support Solutions
Maarten van Koppen, MacLean Engineering
Putting the “Health” in Health and Safety
Jim Lundrigan, Technica Mining and Kristina van Lankvelt, Mediwell
Safety Culture as a Catalyst for Health and Safety Systems: Knowing Where You Are, to Plan Where You Want to Be, and Where to Start
Lindsay Digby, Workplace Safety North, and Ashley Kirwan, ORIX Geoscience
Statistical Trends Related to Substance Abuse in Canada and the Psychology Behind Addictions
Randy Herman, SureHire Inc.
The Evolution of the Mining Athlete: Shifting to a Zero-injury Workforce
Mario Causevic and Brian Richard, MYNWELL
The United Steelworkers Diesel Particulate Project
George Flagler, Laurentian University-CROSH
Workplace Safety Culture in Action
Gus Minor, Sofvie Inc.
Your Health and Ontario’s Focus on Occupational Disease Prevention: Data, Tools and Resources to Address Risks
Victoria Arrandale, University of Toronto, Kimberly O’Connell, OHCOW, Sandra Dorman, CROSH