Wednesday Program

Program for Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Below is the preliminary program for Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Speakers and session times may be subject to change. Wednesday features conference opening, keynote speakers, industry leaders panel, and trade show. 
 
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 livestream.
 
8:00-8:30 am
Conference Welcome
 
8:30-9:30 am
Opening Keynote: Drew Dudley 
Leadership expert featured on TED Talks
 
Drew Dudley is an internationally acclaimed leadership speaker, Wall Street Journal bestselling author and the creator of the renowned TED Talk, “Everyday Leadership (The Lollipop Moment).” In this practical and provocative keynote, leadership is reframed as a daily choice rather than a set of titles or accolades earned over time. Drew shows that treating each day as if it is “Day One” of a leadership journey results in a stronger daily commitment to acting on one’s core personal and organizational values.
 
9:30-10:00 am
Health Break and Trade Show
 
10:00-10:45 am 
Helen Francis 
President and Chief Executive Officer, YMCA of Northeastern Ontario 
 
Helen Francis is the CEO and President for the YMCA of Northeastern Ontario. Prior to this role, Helen worked in the mining industry primarily with Vale, for over 20 years. Her roles have been varied including those of Frontline Supervisor, Manager of Health and Safety, and General Manager for Continuous Improvement. Helen discusses the workplace health and safety culture journey at the YMCA, and how the learnings can be translated to the mining industry. 
 
10:45-12:00 pm
Industry Panel: The evolution of mining safety in the last century
Moderated by the Ontario Mining Association – celebrating its 100-year anniversary
 
12:00-1:00 pm 
Lunch and Trade Show
 
1:00-2:00 pm 
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. Using the twin lens of generational identity and personality, the session will explore the challenges companies face in leading a diverse workforce in an economy that increasingly demands flexibility, adaptation and the fusion of human skill and technology.
 
2:00-3:00 pm
Closing Keynote: Roy Slack
President of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum (CIM) 2019-2020 and Director of Cementation Americas
 
Roy Slack is a professional engineer with over 35 years of experience in mine construction, design, and development, on projects throughout North America and around the world. In 1998 he started Cementation’s operations in North America as President. In 2019 the company was recognized as the Gold Winner of Safest Employer in Canada in the natural resources sector. Roy will review the Canadian mine safety journey from compliance to commitment, and the transition from a process-based safety approach to one that recognizes the importance of culture as well. Then potential next steps will be reviewed to continue to approach zero harm that go beyond process and culture to create a workplace that isn’t just safer, but safe.
 
10:00-5:00 pm
Information Exchange Trade Show