Speakers

  • Curt Steinhorst

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    Curt Steinhorst is on a mission to help today’s workforce win the battle against digital distractions.

    Curt’s connection to distraction is both personal and professional. He has fought A.D.D. his entire life, and has spent over half a decade studying the impact of technology on human behavior.

    To share his discoveries and expertise, Curt founded FocusWise, a consultancy that equips professionals around the world to work smarter in the era of constant connectivity.

    As a leading voice on strategic communications in the modern age
    of distraction, and a certi ed speaker at the Center for Generational Kinetics, Curt has spoken to prestigious audiences across the globe that include JP Morgan, Nationwide, McDonalds, Honda, United States Naval Academy, and even Taylor Swift’s record label.

    Presentation Topics

    Thriving in the Age of Distraction

    Reaching the Distracted Customer

    Becoming a Focus-Wise Leader

    Smarter Communication in the Age of Distraction

    Enemies of Successful Communication

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  • John Drebinger

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    John Drebinger Jr., acclaimed international safety speaker and author has been delivering his dynamic safety presentations worldwide for the past 27 years and is known for injecting humor and passion to engage audiences to help people work safely. John has a Bachelors Degree in speech, and is a Certified Hypnotherapist. A member of the National Speakers Association he has achieved their highest earned designation, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional). John is also a member of the famous Hollywood Magic Castle. He is an Eagle Scout and has been an active member of the Boys Scouts for over 50 years.

    Presentation Topics

    • Would You Watch Out For My Safety?®-The Power Behind Safety Motivation
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  • Bob Gray

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    Bob Gray, now a motivational keynote speaker and memory expert, discovered his first memory technique when he was seven. He was given a magic book that showed him how to remember a twenty-item list. Shortly thereafter he was called on to ‘do the memory trick’ at family parties and gatherings. Funny, unique and interactive in his entertaining keynotes and workshops, Bob reveals the untapped potential in each of us. His empowering systems and their many applications in the business world give participant’s immediate ‘walk away’ value.

    Presentation Topics

    • Be Head Strong…your safety gears are between your ears!
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    Speaker Features: Brain Health, Memory Expert
  • Shawn Galloway

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    Shawn M. Galloway is the coauthor of STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence and the Hazardous Materials Management Desk Reference, 3rd Edition. He is the President and Chief Operating Officer of ProAct Safety, an international safety excellence firm. As an international consultant, professional keynote speaker and strategist, he has helped hundreds of organizations achieve and sustain excellence in safety, culture, and operational performance. He is also the host of the highly acclaimed weekly podcast series, Safety Culture Excellence and a columnist for several magazines.

    Presentation Topics

    • Failing Less is NOT a Safety Strategy
    • Zero Incident Goals Create Risk-Taking Cultures: Learn to Measure What Matters
    • Contractor Safety Performance: A Framework for Managing Expectations
    • Incentives, Rewards, & Recognition: What To Do and What Not To Do
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  • Michael Hingson

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    In a world where trust seems to be under attack from all quarters and were real teamwork does not appear to be the norm Michael Hingson’s existence and life relies on both just to survive. Mr. Hingson, who happens to be blind, uses a guide dog who “he trusts with his life every day and who puts her life in his hands in return”. He is an expert on Trust and Teamwork not only because of the bonds that he has built with seven guide dogs over 48 years, but also because he has had to create teams with humans to accomplish tasks that made him and them successful. Michael shares lessons with his audiences on teambuilding skills through being open to trust and creating a desire on the part of all people involved to get the job done.

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  • Alvin Law

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    Alvin Law Born with no arms as a result of the drug Thalidomide, Alvin was adopted by a family who taught him to use his feet for hands – and who by doing so gave him the gift of freedom. In addition to being a professional speaker, he is a trained broadcaster, fundraiser, award-winning musician and bestselling author. Alvin Law is a Hall-of-Fame keynote speaker who uses his story to challenge and inspire even the most resistant, heard-it-all-before audience. As a living, breathing example of the power of attitude, he busts through the self-imposed blockages we all have about who we are and what we can achieve, and provokes us to examine and rewrite the stories we tell ourselves about our role, our abilities and our lives. He has earned the designation of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), an honour possessed by less than ten percent of professional speakers worldwide. In 2009, Alvin was inducted into the Canadian Association of Speakers (CAPS) Hall of Fame.

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    Speaker Features: Inspiration/Motivation
  • Kevin McCarthy

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    What does spending 33 months in a federal prison have to do with safety? EVERYTHING!

    Kevin’s story of being incarcerated for a crime he didn’t knowingly commit speaks volumes to the cognitive-behavioral factors in workplace health and safety.

    Said by clients to be “impactful”, “captivating”, “refreshing”, “unique” and “connecting deeply with diverse audiences”, Kevin McCarthy’s message moves audiences to make right choices, at work, and at home. As Kevin shares his captivating stories packed with valuable content, audiences identify with their own stories and learn the tools they need to be more intentional and make better decisions to create more desirable outcomes.

    Presentation Topics

    • Welcome to The BlindSpot Zone™
    • Escape The BlindSpot Zone™
    • It’s Time For Your Prison Break™
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    Speaker Features: Inspiration/Motivation
  • Joe Roberts

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    Joe Roberts aka The Skidrow CEO is an expert on resiliency and change. Having experienced both catastrophic failure and extraordinary success Joe teaches how to overcome the roadblocks that get in the way of safety. He helps companies and individuals redefine what’s truly possible by confronting limiting mindsets. Participants at Joes’ events leave inspired and moved to action.

    What is most amazing about Joe is that in 1989 he was living on the streets of Vancouver as a homeless skid row addict. Through perseverance, determination and his resilient human spirit, Joe pulled himself out of the darkness and despair, to become a highly respected business and community leader.

    Joes message is inspiring, energetic, humorous, honest, raw and unforgettable. Safety groups love Joe’s down to earth authentic story and the ability to have the message resonate that long after the meeting has convened.

    Presentation Topics

    • Staying Alive – Street Smart Safety  “It’s about the little things”
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  • Susan Sawatzky

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    Susan Sawatzky, B. Ed, CRSP, Certified Psychological H&S Advisor, is the Director of In-Scope Solutions and an international speaker on the topics of fatigue management and stress management in the workplace.

    Susan is an instructor with the University of Alberta, the University of New Brunswick, and the University of Calgary; instructing Fatigue Management, Business and Leadership and Psychological Health & Safety in their various OHS programs.

    Susan is an engaging and sought after speaker and presenter.  She presents both keynote and concurrent sessions for audiences large and small, and is consistently one of the top-rated presenters at conferences she attends.

    Susan works directly at the industry level with many industry groups and associations to assist them in guiding change throughout their industries.  She has been actively engaged with a multitude of industries including: transportation, mining and resource extraction, direct delivery, aviation, manufacturing, municipalities, utilities and more.  Susan’s work focusses on guiding industry level change and advising on industry best practice guidelines related to fatigue.

    Recent industry experiences include drafting proposed OHS Fatigue Legislation for Alberta and creating fatigue policy and guidelines for the Canadian oil and gas industry as the previous manager of their fatigue portfolio.   

    Presentation Topics

    • How to Sleep your Way to Success
    • Waking Up to Fatigue Factors in the Workplace
    • Shiftwork- How to not be a Walking Zombie
    • Psychological Health and Safety in your Workplace
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  • Dave Fennell

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    Dave Fennell is Safety! Dave has made a career (29 years to be exact) of hands on practical safety to help front line workers go home safely every day and to assist the most senior management develop and sustain approaches to safety that are world class. His work in safety has been used in safety management videos and training that have been used by companies around the world and his work within the Safety Profession earned him the honor of being named Canada’s Safety Professional of the Year. Dave can bring this expertise and energy on safety to your organization, your safety forum or your safety conference. Dave is an engaging presenter who uses humour and entertaining stories to illustrate his points.

    Presentation Topics

    • Understanding and Influencing Risk Tolerance
    • Thinking Beyond Swiss Cheese and Equilateral Triangles promotes critical thinking models for safety professionals.
    • What It Takes to Make it Safe’ is a presentation that summarizes key aspects of safety management
    • Human Factors in Safety and Engineering
    • Taming the Beast – Understanding Behavior Based Safety
    • Twice as Safe by 2020
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  • Michael Melnik

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    Michael Melnik is an Occupational Therapist with a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology. For more than twenty years, Michael has delivered his unique, high-energy message to over a quarter of a million participants throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. He also produced and starred in award-winning videos utilized by numerous Fortune 1000 companies. When an organization is looking to effectively implement change or simply wants to energize the work environment, Michael’s presentations hit the mark. With his simple, practical and time-tested tools, Michael’s message promotes

    Presentation Topics

    •  The Energized Approach for Creating a Safe, Healthy and Productive Workplace,
    •  The Language of Safety
    • If Change Were Easy, We’d All Be Perfect
    • From Knowing To Doing: Getting Maximum ROI From your Employee Training Efforts
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    Speaker Features: Communication, Safety Culture
  • Tony Crow

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    An accident on or off the job can change many lives in the blink of an eye. Has your past experience or safety cockiness ever blinded your better judgment to see and take the proper safety measures to minimize the risks associated with your work or leisure activities? Have you ever got away with some “close calls” or adopted an attitude that “accidents haven’t yet and probably will never happen to me?” If so, Tony Crow has a powerful message that will forever change the way you look at safety again.

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  • Shawn Stratton

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    Shawn Stratton is an international team building and leadership consultant, bestselling author, two-time Ironman and a Marathon competitor, and expedition guide. Driven by a love for experiential education, adventure, and leadership, Shawn has devoted 20 years to leading teams, including over 2,000 days of wilderness expeditions into some of the world’s harshest environments, and six years consulting with corporations in team building and leadership development.

    Presentation Topics

    • Creating a Safety Culture Based on Transparency: Learning from near misses
    • Lessons from Teams on the Edge
    • Teambuilding Tools for the Harshest Environments
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    Speaker Features: Team Building
  • Todd Conklin, Ph.D

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    Dr. Todd Conklin is an internationally recognized expert in Organizational Culture and Behavior and Human Performance. Working with organizations that perform high-risk, high-consequence activities in ensuring that the interface between the organization’s work control systems and the organization’s workers are crafted in such a way as to create system influences and expected performances and to prevent unexpected events. If prevention efforts fail, lead and assist in failure investigation and learning for organizations that have had some level of high-consequence operational event. The outcome of these investigation and organizational learning activities is to create and facilitate learning change planning, and programming for improved, resilient performance for the future.

    Presentation Topics

    Preventing Human Errors: What’s Stopping Us

    Workplace Humour and Friendship

    Appreciative Inquiry (AI)

    Organizational Development, Conflict Management and Team Building

    Hostage Negotiation 101

    Training for Recognizing Unusual Behaviour in the Workplace

    Violence in the Workplace

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  • Sylvia Marusyk

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    Occupational therapist Sylvia Marusyk is an entertaining speaker who gives her audiences the tools to build healthy lives and work places.  She’s fun, she’s sassy and she’s passionate about safety, health and wellness! Her lively presentations focus on a proactive approach to creating vitality, personally and corporately. As an Occupational Therapist with years of practice in the field of work place safety and personal health, Sylvia! knows prevention is the key to creating happy, healthy individuals, employees and businesses.

    Presentation Topics

    • Stressed To Kill
    • Respectfully, Up Yours! How to Play Nice at Work
    • Happy Hour Begins at 9:00 AM
    • Rules of Engagement
    • Why Size Really Does Matter……
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    Speaker Features: Stress Management/Wellness
  • Paul Kells

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    Paul’s 19 year old son Sean died in a workplace explosion in 1994. Following an inquest into Sean’s death, Paul was drawn to a new mission – to support and build safer workplace cultures, reducing risk, saving lives and diminishing the ripple effects of devastating workplace injuries on everyone. Paul Kells is a culture expert and business accelerator. By applying the principles of engagement and techniques in shaping culture he helps organizations achieve their goals. Paul specializes in helping owner operated mid-size organizations with 50-500 employees increase the value of their company. He has advised and assisted CEOs and senior management of some of Canada’s largest national and international business organizations in communicating profound cultural change to their workforces.

    Presentation Topics

    • Culture First
    • Workplace Safety
    • Respect Matters
    • Psychological Health and Safety
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    Speaker Features: Injured in the Workplace
  • Richard Hawk

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    It’s rare to find someone who is both a safety professional and an entertaining speaker and trainer, but Richard fits the bill.While his depth of knowledge and experience make for content rich sessions (Richard spent 10 years as a safety professional in the Nuclear Industry), he also draws on his theater and music background to deliver speeches and training sessions that are truly enjoyable. Richard stays on the leading edge of the safety industry. His credentials include numerous safety and technical certifications from various organizations including the National Safety Council. (He has also been a keynote speaker at the NSC’s Annual Congress & Expo—the largest annual safety convention in the United States.)

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    Speaker Features: Communication
  • Mark DeVolder

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    Mark DeVolder distinguishes himself as a change management specialist and is one of today’s original thinkers and motivators on transitions. Often in the spotlight for high profile transitions, Mark offered guidance for the ending of the NASA Space Shuttle Program, helped Colombian business leaders adapt to the NAFTA Free Trade Agreement and has coached industry leaders in mergers and acquisitions, some as large as $50 billion dollars. He is a change management and employee engagement specialist with over 19 years of experience in education and research.  His doctoral studies focused on the issues of unity, diversity and synergy. With this experience he brings extensive knowledge and understanding about human characteristics to each highly customised presentation, backed up by impressive business acumen.

    Presentation Topics

    • Harnessing the Hurricane: Adapting Faster to Extreme Change
    • Unstoppable Resilience:  Developing the Mindset of a Champion
    • On Fire!  Energized Together, Everyone, Every Day
    • Getting to Target Zero:  Engaging High Performance Safety
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  • Chad Hymas

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    At the age of 27, Chad Hymas’ life changed instantaneously when an accident left him a quadriplegic.  Since that time Chad has been recognized by the state of Utah as the Superior Civilian of the Year. He is the president of his own communications company and an internet marketing company. At 37 years of age Chad is the youngest ever to receive the CPAE award and be inducted into the National Speaker Hall Of Fame. As a member of the National Speakers Association Chad spoke at over 220 events last year. He travels as many as 300,000 miles a year. Last year Chad spoke in 5 new countries on 4 continents, to hundreds of professional and civic organizations such as Wells Fargo, Blue Cross Blue Shield, AT&T, Rainbird, IHC, American Express, Prudential Life, Vast FX, Zion Securities, and others.

    Presentation Topics

    • Roll With Safety
    • Success And The Bird Next Door
    • Who Needs Legs When You Have Wings
    • Get The Worm Faster: Succeed With A Bird’s Eye Perspective!
    • Eagles Don’t Fly In Flocks, But Seagulls Never Get Lonely
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  • Gary McDougal

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    Gary is a retired police officer who served with the Calgary Police Service for 25 years; the last 8 years of his career, Gary was a member of the Hostage/Barricaded Negotiation Team. He served as both a Team Leader and Training coordinator for the Calgary Hostage Negotiation team and was a frequent presenter at the Canadian Police College and upon retiring in 2006, Gary formed a company called Conflict Solutions. He is currently on the speaking circuit, delivering training in a number of disciplines which include effective negotiation skills, conflict management, dealing with difficult clients, ethics in the workplace and workplace violence issues. Gary is a graduate of the Negotiation Certification program at the University of Calgary as well as a graduate of the FBI Hostage Negotiators Training School and has also served as an Instructor at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

    Presentation Topics

    • Dealing with Difficult People
    • Workplace Violence- Prediction and Prevention
    • Suicide Prevention/Understanding Suicide
    • Social Influence- Getting people to do what you want
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  • Charlie Morecraft

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    Nothing Could Go Wrong. Except this one time…Charlie had more than 15 years experience on the job, and he knew it well. He knew all the rules. He knew all the safety regulations and he knew all the shortcuts around them too. Charlie was certain that nothing could go wrong. And he was right except for this one time…In 1980, shortcuts nearly cost him his life when a routine job turned tragic. Burned over 50% of his body, Charlie spent five years in the hospital. His family fell apart. He lost everything. “All for what?” is the question he continues to ask himself, and you, today. Charlie, a dynamic speaker who touches an audience through his autobiographical story, emphasizes taking responsibility for one’s actions and one’s safety. Standard training meetings, videos and seminars demonstrate how to follow safety procedures. Charlie Morecraft tells you why you should.

    Presentation Topics

    • International Safety Expert
    • Remember Charlie
    • Safety Everyone’s Responsibility
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  • Meg Soper

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    Safety…is NOWHERE OR NOW HERE…it just depends on your perspective. Meg is an expert on the subject of striking balance within our hectic lives. Over the past two decades Meg has worked as a health professional, become one of Canada’s foremost stand-up comediennes, and raised a family. She has taken the life lessons learned while traveling this unique path to become an incredible motivator and life balance coach. Meg blends her unique insights with unforgettable humour to help people develop practical strategies for work and life. Creating a safe workplace environment is up to us. As we take a leadership role in our life we are better able to ensure our workplace is safe and accidents are eliminated.

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    Speaker Features: Stress Management/Wellness
  • Gary Anaka

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    Gary is a pioneer in Brain Health and Safety. He has presented opening keynotes at Health & Safety conferences in six provinces. As well, since 1997, he has presented over 1100 keynotes and workshops to people in all walks of life nationally and internationally. Each of his sessions have been called both personally and professionally life changing. As a brain coach, Gary represents a new paradigm in brain health and safety on the job. Gary provides public workshops and keynotes in the new emerging field of Applied Educational Neuroscience. Education of the workforce is a critical priority for a safe, healthy, injury and stress free, successful organization – big or small. It is not all about new machinery or new safety procedures. It is also about the brain. How the brain operates personally and collectively is the best way of improving one’s performance. In a complex world that is constantly changing, being mindful of understanding of how your brain works is essential.

    Presentation Topics

    • Your Brain On The Job
    • Beating Brain Stress
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    Speaker Features: Brain Health
  • Mercedes Ramirez Johnson

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    In 1995, Mercedes Ramirez Johnson narrowly survived a commercial airplane crash that killed 160 people, including her parents. As one of only four survivors of this tragedy, she vowed that she would make her second chance at life count…and that she has – not only for herself, but also for the tens of thousands of people who have heard her story and her message. Transformational, passionate, inspiring and genuine. That is how clients and audiences describe Mercedes and her programs. Many speakers who have overcome great adversity are deeply inspiring, but rarely offer their audiences more than momentary motivation. Content-driven presenters provide practical advice, but are often short on inspiration. Mercedes offers both.

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  • Paul Krismer

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    Few leaders have as much, and as varied, experience in the field of Safety and Disability Management. Paul has a proven 20-year track records as a senior leader within worker’s compensation systems and a consulting expert for high claims volume and high risk employers.

    As a public speaker and trainer, Paul’s authentic and passionate commitment to his subject matter shines through. Each presentation is packed with useful information and practical tools. Accented by playful and funny storytelling, Paul’s presentations are also highly engaging. His teaching is powerful, authoritative and convincing. He gets the point across that emotional contexts have serious outcomes – improved safety and reduced disability.

    Presentation Topics

    • Positive Safety Cultures: The Serious Business of Emotional Context
    • Being a Safety Superstar: Integrity First
    • Distraction is Deadly! Automate Laser Focus in your Workplace
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  • Lea Brovedani

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    For the past 15 years Lea has been working with clients across North America delivering programs that increase trust and safety in the workplace. She interviews High Trust leaders from clients within the organization prior to the conference to deliver a targeted and relevant keynote. Each presentation is tailored to the audience with examples from their industry and stories the participants the participants can relate to. Lea’s ability to weave stories that make the complex, simple and yet get to the heart of the matter engages and energizes audiences. Lea facilitates trust so new behaviours and actions can be incorporated resulting in leaders that followers want to follow, customers who are loyal, and teams that want to work together.

    Presentation Topics

    • Building Trust for Measurable Results in Health and Safety
    • Controlling the Risks – Leading with Trust
    • Trust Goals – Going the Distance to Build an Award Winning Safety Culture
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  • Eldeen E. Pozniak

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    With over 20 years’ experience as a consultant, entrepreneur and professional speaker, Eldeen knows how to connect with an audience. Well known for her sense of humor and down-to-earth approach, she uses experiences from her consulting practice, entrepreneurial background and her personal life to deliver a timely, well researched, and insightful message that resonates with senior leadership, managers, supervisors and workers no matter the industry, group or organization.

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  • Glyn Jones

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    Glyn is a Partner in the firm EHS Partnerships Ltd.  He is a consulting occupational health and safety professional and leadership coach.  Glyn is a chemical engineer by training and is a Professional Engineer.  He completed a Master’s degree specializing in occupational health and safety.  He holds numerous professional certifications and is a CIH and a CRSP. Mr. Jones has over thirty years of experience working as a consulting Occupational Health and Safety Professional.  He has completed work in all industries and for all levels of government inCanada and overseas.  He remains very involved in related Professional Associations and currently sits on the advisory board of Mount Royal College’s Environmental Science program and he is the Regional Vice-President of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering.  He is a very involved conference speaker and teaches occupational and environmental health and safety at theUniversity of Calgary, University of Alberta and the University of New Brunswick.

    Presentation Topics

    • Accountability: The Engine that Drives Safety Performance
    • Safety Leadership 101: How to Find the Safety Leader Within
    • Competency – The Key to a World Class Safety Management System
    • How to Talk to Young Workers about Health and Safety OR The Survival Guide to Managing a Multi-generational Workplace.
    • Human Error Causes of Accidents
    • Understanding the Causes of Industrial Accidents.
    • Risk Communication in a High-Tech World
    • Risk Tolerance
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  • Tim Gard

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    Creating successful, productive happy people one laugh at a time. Energize, unite and inspire your attendees with a Hall of Fame tears-in-your-eyes-laugh-out-loud keynote speaker who teaches how to be more resilient and inspires employee enthusiasm and creativity. Talented, Innovative and Memorable, TIM provides amazing take-home value delivered with his one-of-a-kind presentation style. Becoming more resilient is not about telling jokes or laughing at everything. Instead of making light of serious issues, Tim shines a light on unseen possibilities for solutions to difficult situations. He demonstrates how to be professional, yet light-hearted throughout all his programs.

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  • Carla Rieger

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    Carla Rieger  is an expert on creative people solutions. She is the director of The Artistry of Change a communications consulting firm since 1991. She has written four books and spoken internationally for the last 20 years on this topic. In addition, she has over 10 years experience in the performing arts, specifically comedy. As a frequent speaker and trainer before a wide variety of associations, companies and organizations, Carla helps them build bridges with the key people in their lives. Presentation titles include- The Art of Communication: How to Turn Differences into Collaborative Solutions, Change It Up: How to Avoid the Top 4 Mistakes Change Leaders Make, The Power of Laughter: Managing Change with a Sense of Humor, Taking Creative Risks: How to Present Innovative Ideas to Decision Makers, Speaking on the Funny Side of the Brain.

    Presentation Topics

    • How to Avoid the Top 6 Communication Mistakes that Create Unsafe Work Environments
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  • Allan Kehler

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    Allan Kehler is a highly sought-after keynote speaker who empowers his audience to live opposed to merely exist. As a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS), he has conducted hundreds of presentations while gaining national attention for his engaging style and captivating approach. Allan’s talks include the following topics.

    Presentation Topics

    • Managing Stress, Mental Illness, and Substance Abuse in the Workplace
    • Goodbye Stress, Hello Life. This is YOUR Journey!
    • Smiling on the Outside, Crying on the Inside… Where Do I Turn?
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  • Mike Mullane

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    Mullane was selected as a Mission Specialist in 1978 in the first group of Space Shuttle Astronauts.  He completed three space missions aboard the Shuttles Discovery (STS-41D) and Atlantis (STS-27 & 36) before retiring from NASA and the Air Force in 1990. Mullane has been inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame and is the recipient of many awards, including the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit and the NASA Space Flight Medal.

    Presentation Topics

    • Guarding Against the Normalization of Deviance
    • Astronaut Mullane delivers a powerful message on the individual’s role in keeping themselves and their teams safe in hazardous environments.
    • Mullane uses the space shuttle Challenger disaster to define this term, its safety consequences, and how individuals and teams can defend themselves from the phenomenon.
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  • Linda Edgecombe

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    As an award winning Celebrity Humorist Speaker, Trainer and Consultant. Linda’s foot print is seen and experienced around the world. Her mission is to get people fired up and ready to Shift or Get off the Pot! Her no-BS approach is refreshing, engaging and relevant. Linda’s latest book and Ted Talk “Breaking Busy – Finding Peace in the Chaos” is a game changer for those who want to step off the treadmill. Change has never been this painless! She energizes every room and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal as an expert in “Shifting Perspectives”. Linda’s messages are as welcome as a deep belly laugh and as profound as an honest look in the mirror.

    Presentation Topics

    • Distraction: Pushed to the Limit
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  • Lee Shelby

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    Although a traumatic injury occurred resulting in the loss of both hands when Lee came in contact with 12,000 volts of electricity he never lost the will to fight and carry on with his life. Lee lived to tell his story and knew from day one in the burn unit when his hands were amputated it was going to be a long hard uphill battle to come back, and rebuild his life but he never quit or gave up. Shelby’s experience with a work-related accident has the ability to deeply impact an audience and is ideal for safety training. Lee Shelby is a an authorized OSHA 10 and 30 Hour Trainer and a Certified Arc Flash Trainer

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  • Valarie Cade

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    Valerie Cade has earned worldwide acclaim as a Professional Speaker and Business Consultant and she is the author of “Bully Free at Work”, which is currently distributed in over 100 countries world‐wide. She truly has a gift for inspiring those who work to support and lead others, whether it’s in healthcare, government, the corporate sector, education or not‐for‐profit settings. Valerie has been noted as: Enthusiastically…subtle, delightfully…engaging, creative, humorous and genuine.

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    Speaker Features: Bullying in the Workplace
  • Spencer Beach

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    Spencer Beach has learned that sometimes tragedy chooses you for no reason at all. On a day like any other, just doing his job, he found himself suddenly engulfed in a flash fire. He received third and fourth degree burns to 90% of his body. Incorporating the conference’s theme, Spencer uses his own experiences to set a high standard for the rest of the event. His customized presentations are fun, attention grabbing, memorable and impactful.

    Presentation Topics

    • WORKFORCE – Get It Done Safely
    • SAFETY – DO OR DO NOT: THERE IS NO TRY
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    Speaker Features: Injured in the Workplace
  • Greg Ford

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    Greg Ford is passionate about helping organizations eliminate accidents. He is committed to empowering people with “safety self-awareness” so they modify their own behaviors in the workplace. In Greg’s session, attendees will learn what personality-risk factors are and why they have become a leading indicator for predicting human error and preventable incidents.

    Presentation Topics

    • Measure Twice, Cut Once: How to Use a Safety Culture Survey to Help Build a Culture of Safety Excellence
    • Safety Self-Awareness: A New Key to Predicting Human Error and Saving Lives
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  • Doug Sterbenz

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    Doug is a speaker who has been the leader and has actually done it! He lights up the room and opens minds with credible and tested key leadership principles and beliefs that are too often forgotten yet firmly grounded. Doug has serious street credibility from the shop floor to the executive suite – having worked as a shift supervisor to chief operating officer of a Fortune 1000 company. Doug is an executive that can really connect to your audiences. He will captivate, teach and inspire your team so your organization will get the results you desire.

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    Speaker Features: Safety Leadership
  • Curtis Weber

    Spellbinders Speakers

    On July 29th, 1999,  Curtis was 17 years old and working  as a Construction Labourer on the prairies in Saskatchewan, Canada. After a long day at work, he and his crew were attempting to transport a grain bin under an overhead power line with their picker truck. Prior to performing the task, they had assessed the risk of moving the bin under the line and after a brief discussion they said it “had the potential to kill somebody”. They decided to go ahead with the task anyways. As they worked against the elements, Curtis steadied the bin from the high winds while they approached the overhead line. Then the predictable happened and the preventable happened. As they approached the overhead line, the operator of the crane did not boom down far enough and backed directly into the power line. Curtis immediately became the ground point for the electricity as 14,400 volts of electricity surged through his body three separate times. He was surrounded by steel and as each cycle of 14,400 volts passed through his body, the electricity tried to eject him from the live zone and violently threw him from one end of the steel structure to another as the 2nd and 3rd cycles of 14,400 volts of electricity passed through Curtis.  He was given a 0% chance of survival and his family was told to say their goodbyes. Instead, Curtis survived! Today, he has 3rd and 4th degree burns on over 60% of his body and is now a double amputee. Let Curtis share his inspiring story of  triumph over tragedy!

    Presentation Topics

    • The Electrifying Truth about Staying Safe
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