Paul Kells

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.

Lee Shelby

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

Curtis Weber

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!

Spencer Beach

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.

Charlie Morecraft

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.

Mercedes Ramirez Johnson

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.

Chad Hymas

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.