Thursday Program

Program for Thursday, April 11, 2019

As the premiere mining health and safety event in Canada, the conference will be live-streamed via webcast, and made available for viewing around the globe. Register for video live stream.

7:00 - 8:00 

8:00 – 12:00
Technical Sessions - Georgian A, B, C, and Solarium

12:00 – 12:30 
Awards Luncheon

12:30 – 12:45   
Ontario Mining Contractors Safety Association Innovation Awards

12:45 – 1:00     
WSN Ontario Workplace Excellence Awards

Mining Mental Health: Ground support for developing a healthy mind strategy
Keith Hanson

Dr. Michel Lariviere
Laurentian University

This presentation reveals results and insights from the Mining Mental Health Study at Vale Canada’s operations in Ontario. The presentation will cover factors and key predictors of workplace absenteeism and the barriers to a successful return to work. In addition, guidance on how to develop a mental health strategy from a systems perspective will be provided.

Mindfulness - The Key to Resiliency
Ron DiFrancesco 

Ron shares the story of surviving the 911 terrorist attack in New York city. How he struggled to overcome survivors guilt and PTSD by focusing on mindfulness, what he has learned is the key to resiliency. For Ron, mindfulness brings you into the moment, the now. It reminds you to feel grateful, give back to your community and focus on what matters most. Mindfulness not only makes you more resilient and able to take on any challenge but it also makes you happier. 

State of the Industry and Closing Remarks
Mike Parent
Vice President, Workplace Safety North