Susan Sawatzky

Speaker Expertise
Mental Wellness, Safety Culture, Stress Management/Wellness

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 Description & Topics

Helping your Employees with Fatigue Management

HOW TO SLEEP YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS (Alternate title: How to Sleep for Success)

Want to lose weight, reduce stress, improve your health and be safer at work?  There is one simple solution – get more sleep!  Sleep is integral to our safety and our health, but it is often something we know relatively little about.  This session focuses on helping you better understand how fatigue can impact safety and how sleep is often as important as nutrition and exercise in determining our overall health and wellness.  

This engaging presentation strives to offer both a health and wellness and a safety perspective. For those who work in a corporate environment or wish to improve their own health and wellness, it will delve deeper into how important sleep is to our overall health, giving little-known information and providing strategies to help you improve your rest.

This session is focused on a corporate audience or workers who work in a low risk environment.


Research has indicated fatigue is 4X more likely to cause worker impairment than drugs or alcohol.  Fatigue is a causal factor in an estimated 20% of all vehicle fatalities and indicated in 5% of all workplace fatalities.  Yet this prevalent health and safety risk is still largely under-recognized by the majority of individuals and organizations.  When fatigue is identified as a workplace hazard, many are not aware of existing best practices and personal mitigation strategies available.

This presentation is based on the belief that knowing the health and safety implications of fatigue impairment can create a work culture that better recognizes and addresses the issue. It is designed empower employees by providing awareness of fatigue issues and increasing their understandings of the best practices needed to address it.

This session is focused on workers and supervisors who may experience fatigue in their regular work environment.


More and more organizations are becoming aware of the health and safety implications of fatigue in the workplace.  There is both intuitive and empirical evidence available to demonstrate health and safety risks related to fatigue.  Knowing that sleep deprived employees are almost 3 times more likely to cause a workplace accident, and that over 20% of fatal collisions involve driver fatigue, it’s no wonder fatigue is considered one of the top five causal factors in workplace incidents and has made the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) top 10 most wanted safety improvements list every year from its inception.

This session is focused on arming safety leaders with the background information they need to better understand the risks and mitigation strategies for effective fatigue management.  It will provide a solid business case identifying key business drivers for implementation of comprehensive strategies. It operates on the assumption of management and worker co-responsibilities for effective fatigue management by identifying the organizational requirements, as well as worker strategies, to be implemented.

This session is focused on safety personnel, safety committees, mangers, or senior leaders who want to better understand the risks associated with fatigue.


Did you know that that a worker who is sleep deprived is almost 3X more likely to cause a workplace incident or that unmanaged fatigue contributes to diabetes, obesity and heart disease?  Those who work shiftwork understand fatigue on a daily basis. They know unmanaged fatigue can have a significant impact on safety, health, social relationships and…just about everything else.

When work and/or personal requirements cause us to extend our normal waking hours, it is important to recognize the health and safety issues that are created.  This session will dispel common myths about sleep, bring forth little known facts, and give many useful and practical strategies that shift workers can use to better manage fatigue.

Having a strategic plan for dealing with fatigue can help workers to take control and proactively manage their risks. Everyone attending should feel more aware and empowered to better manage their fatigue at work and at home and should have a new ‘toolbox of fatigue strategies’ to assist them in better managing the demands of shiftwork.

This session is intended for shift workers and their supervisors. It is designed create awareness and empower workers to better manage their fatigue at work and at home.

Helping your Employees with Stress Management


Are your employees feeling stressed?  They are not alone! In fact, stress impacts many of us with 47% of employed Canadians considering work to be the most stressful part of their lives and 1 in 4 feeling that they are constantly dealing with moderate to high levels of stress.

Stress is often something we feel we cannot control, yet there are many things we can do to improve how stress impacts our lives.  How we view stress is a key factor in dealing with it.  By better understanding what causes us stress and how we react to it, we can develop stronger coping strategies and increase our resiliency.   

Proactive employers are beginning to recognize the importance of stress management as research shows every dollar invested in stress prevention is worth $2 – $6 future savings. By better understanding and managing the things that cause us stress, everyone can learn to better handle and manage the stress in their lives.  

This session is focused on helping everyone better understand stress in their work and personal lives, and provides insight into the multifaceted approaches that can be used to better manage it.  This session will be specifically tailored to best fit your work environment.  


Stress and other mental health issues cost the Canadian economy an estimated $33 billion a year in lost productivity, not to mention billions more in medical costs, disability management, workplace errors and more. No wonder 83% of Canadian employers rank stress as a top risk factor for their workforce. These proactive employers recognize the importance to invest in human capital; it makes good business sense as research demonstrates that every dollar invested in stress prevention is worth $2 – $6 in future savings. We know that stress, and other psychosocial factors have a strong impact on our workplace, but how do we work to better manage it?  What can we do to improve mental health in our work environments?  The answer – Plenty! And it’s not that hard to do.

This presentation is designed to empower key stakeholders to better understand stress and other mental health factors in a work environment.  It provides an overview of what things cost stress in a work environment and provides insight into strategies that help employees better manage stress and work life balance.

This presentation is targeted to senior leaders, HR, health and safety, supervisors and managers, JHSC members and other key stakeholders working to improve the psychological health and safety in the organization.

Hear what others have to say

“Susan’s presentation on Fatigue Management provided our delegates with some excellent material, and offered simple, practical solutions to what’s often experienced as a perplexing and difficult barrier to overcome, especially in the workplace. Her passion and charisma on stage captured the audience from beginning to end and her presentation style and format was uniquely engaging and easy to follow. We would highly recommend Susan as a presenter for any conference interested in exploring the causes and cures to fatigue. – Alicia Hewitt, Communications & PR Specialist, Alberta Construction Safety Association

I hired Susan to provide her full day workshop “Dead Tired! How to Recognize and Manage Your Fatigue in the Workplace” to the membership of IBEW Local 37. She was recommended to me from one of our Executive Board members after he had heard her speak at a safety conference a few months earlier.

In working with Susan leading up to the workshop, she was always very professional and on the ball. Upon meeting Susan at one of the workshops, I was not at all surprised to find that she was so kind and seemed to have a genuine interest in getting to know not only me, but the participants in the workshop. She is truly a genuine and caring person with an obvious passion for what she does. Not only that, but the quality of the workshop was excellent, and she expertly wove in different types of multimedia, interactive activities, and discussions to ensure the group was engaged for the whole day.

Our members that attended the workshop gave her rave reviews, and I look forward to working with her again sometime soon should the opportunity present itself. Here is what some of our members had to say:

“The information on sleep and stress was invaluable.”

“I really enjoyed the course and the instructor. I found useful information to apply to my everyday life.”

“I think this course should be given to all management and shift crews!”

“Susan, Thank you. Very well presented, relevant and useful information. You are extremely knowledgeable in your field.”

“Refreshing to have a presentation with passion and good presence. Obviously you love what you do – it shows!”

“Best flow in a presentation ever! I enjoyed the day and found the content helpful and relevant to the world I live in; we all live in. Excellent day!” –Ali Heighton, Program Coordinator, IBEW Local 37

This was an excellent workshop, well-presented and organized. It looks like the topic of fatigue management is growing at this year’s conference with several presentations on-tap conference schedule. If you have the opportunity, try to catch one of Susan’s talks or one of her workshops. She is down-to-earth, practical and passionate about this work. –Steve Minshall, CSP, CIH, corporate director, health and safety, Ash Grove Cement Co. in Overland Park

“Susan, you received the highest score from the delegate evaluation at our OHS Conference, I would be happy to invite you again to any of our future conferences!” –Halim Lee Manager, Conference Development

“As one of your students in Business for HSE professionals, I wanted to let you know that was excellent not just because of the content, but most of all because of your expertise on teaching and on the subject.” –Marisela Silva (former University Student)

“Thank you for making time to come and share with us your professional insight about fatigue management. We found your session insightful and since your session I have personally recommended your session to other clients!” – Dan Trottier, CSSE Chair, Red Deer

“I wanted to let you know that you were the highest rated speaker at the ASSE PDC in Atlanta. What an achievement! You should be very proud. In any event, you have earned a prime day 1 slot for the Denver PDC.” – Dennis Hudson, ASSE Executive Director