Wednesday, May 1
7:00 - 8:00 am
Registration and light breakfast
8:00 - 8:20 am
8:20 - 9:20 am
Opening keynote: Out of my Mind
Big Daddy Tazz
Motivational Speaker and Mental Health Advocate
Often described as “one of the most talented comics in the business”, Tazz has been delighting crowds at fundraisers, corporate events, festivals and on television for almost twenty ﬁve years. Known as the Bi-Polar Buddha, Tazz is equal part comedian and motivator, who likes to enlighten, educate and inspire audiences. With his newest endeavour “Stand Up Against Stigma”, Tazz shares why he believes that it is time to educate, embrace and empower mental illness so that we can all stand tall and give stigma a bad name!
9:35 - 10:35 am - Select a breakout session
Learning to Lead through Personal and Team Development
Culture and Organizational Development Specialist, Workplace Safety North
In this session, you will learn about a new program called, ‘Leadership Essentials.’ The program goes beyond traditional one-time training to create long-term, sustainable improvements in organizational culture. This interactive session is designed so that the group can choose topics of most interest. Personal development topics include: signature strengths, optimism and gratitude, situational awareness, resiliency, verbal communication and body language; and team development topics include – goals, values and beliefs, engagement, support and feedback and trust. In addition, you will come away with a better understanding of how to improve workplace culture, health and safety, and how to create strength-based leadership practices.
Know your supervisor duties and responsibilities during MOL investigations
Inspector, Ministry of Labour (retired after 26 years)
Former Ministry of Labour inspector Mark Gignac brings 30 years of experience to this open discussion about supervisor duties and responsibilities as it relates to accident investigations. Actual court cases are touched upon – along with the perspective of the courts and judges – in order to fully understand the true responsibilities of a supervisor. Learn what questions are typically asked during an accident investigation. Having created a template of 50 different categories of questions for the MOL investigation case management system in the northern Ontario region, Mark brings a unique and valuable perspective to help you better understand the legal duties and responsibilities of a supervisor.
Burnout in the Workplace: A Focus on Prevention
Regional Health and Safety Consultant, Public Services Health and Safety Association
According to Statistics Canada more than 3,400,000 Canadian workers feel burned out. Burnout is a psychological response to hazards. This presentation will explore the workplace factors which have the potential to cause the mental harm leading to burnout. Additionally, we will be discussing what we can do to eliminate or control the hazards which have the potential to result in burnout.
10:35 - 11:00 am
Health break and trade show
11:00 - 12:00 pm - Select a breakout session
Workplace Violence and Harassment: Then and Now
Employment and Family Lawyer, Weilers Law
Violence and harassment in the workplace has always existed but the law has not always been responsive. Developments in wrongful dismissal; grievance arbitration; the Occupational Health and Safety Act; the Human Rights Code and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act now provide more tools. This presentation will review some of the many of the options and current decisions addressing violence and harassment.
Innovative applications of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems | How drones can make work safer and more efficient
Instructor and Woodlot Manager, Lakehead University
An introduction to how Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) are being used in various industries to make work safer and more efficient. Case studies from various sectors will be presented with an emphasis on natural resources. An overview of the new drone regulations coming into the effect on June 1, 2019 will precede a discussion period.
The New Multigenerational Workplace: Welcome iGens!
Jim Lees, Intergenerational Wellness Specialist
The first wave of the newest generation graduated high school last June which means it is now possible to encounter five different generations in a workday. An understanding of how each generation differs from each other in terms of values, expectations and workplace behaviour is essential to leveraging everyone’s strengths and improving team work. In the session, you will learn key differences in work styles which will enable negotiating work relationships with more empathy and understanding. To facilitate audience participation, please bring your cell phone or tablet.
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Lunch and trade show
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Panel: Navigating mental health issues in the workplace
Mental Health Coordinator, City of Thunder Bay
Business Development Manager, Superior Strategies
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Safe and Sound
Ice Road Trucker
Ice road trucker, Alex Debogorski shares stories from his experiences behind the wheel. From successful stories to the odd few that could have been tragic, Alex shares why safety is paramount especially when driving over ice in all types of weather, and how preparation for every trip is extensive because his life and the lives of other people depend upon it. He will share humorous but also important stories on why teamwork, communication, education, health and trusting your instincts will get you home safe and sound.
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Trade show and reception
Thursday, May 2
Alcohol, Drug, and Cannabis Readiness Workshop
CannAmm, Workplace Safety North and Public Services Health and Safety Association are offering an interactive and informative discussion forum for delegates of the Thunder Bay Health and Safety Conference. This workshop combines two courses and is developed and delivered by some of the most experienced and knowledgeable people in the drug and alcohol testing field today.
The workshop is $25 when purchased with a Thunder Bay Health and Safety Conference pass, normally valued at $157.50. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.