The landscape of Canadian workplaces continues to evolve with societal issues, such as the legalization of cannabis, mental health, inclusivity and diversity, and the rise of the millennial worker in the workplace being just some of the individual stories now taking the spotlight in the area of health and safety in the workplace.
Partners in Prevention 2019, Canada’s largest and longest-running health and safety conference and trade show, will focus this year on the ‘safety superheroes’ who advocate for health and safety practices in the workplace. The conference features two days of acclaimed keynote speakers, 60 cutting edge sessions, workshops and professional development courses, and over 400+ booths on the trade show floor, showcasing the latest innovations, market trends, products and services to improve workplace safety and productivity.
This year’s sessions will address the latest emerging topics for Ontario businesses, including: cannabis, mental health, inclusivity and diversity, and the rise of the millennial worker in the workplace. Session highlights include:
- Canadian Cannabis 101
Jay Rosenthal, Co-Founder & President of Business of Cannabis will provide context and insight into the dynamic and ever-changing landscape of the cannabis sector. He will explain the differentiators between how Canada and the U.S. are regulating cannabis, the promise of medicinal cannabis and what the future has in store for Canada as a world leader in the cannabis industry. He will also touch on the impact that cannabis may have on workplaces, and the burgeoning cannabis market as it pertains to entrepreneurs, technology, finance and trade.
- Cannabis – Six Months In
This panel will review the progression leading up to legalization and the six months of experience to date, how Black & Macdonald harmonized its fit for duty standards across Canada and early information on the development of impairment standard by CSA. The session features a panel that includes: Dan Demers, Senior Manager Strategic Business Development, CannAmm Occupational Testing Services; Ray Pleasance, CHSC, CRM, Corporate Director of OH&S, Black & McDonald Limited; Andrea Holbeche, Project Manager, CSA Group, and Larry Masotti, Director Strategic Relationships, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS).
- Millennial Management – Maximizing Millennial Tenure and Leveraging Their Potential
Generation Workplace Expert, Jeff Butler, will expose the Millennial Mindset of one of the largest demographics in the workplace today and show how to turn a career-hopping Millennial into a devoted employee, by tapping into their potential and creating a strong management structure.
- Up the Ante on Workplace Mental Health/Wellness
Adam Palmer, Safety & Prevention Supervisor, Niagara Casinos; and Amanda Silliker, Editor, Canadian Occupational Safety, will discuss how managing employees’ mental health (including stress, harassment and mental illness) as well as overall wellness (including sleep, nutrition and exercise) can reduce costs, improve safety and have happier employees all around. Niagara Casinos is the Gold winner of Canada’s Safest Employers special awards for Psychological Safety and Wellness.
- Fatigue Management: Cheaper Than Therapy
Mike Harnett, President of Solaris Fatigue Management, delivers the most recent scientific research on the best way to optimize personal health, safety and performance while minimizing the consequences of fatigue.
- Smartphones and the Pursuit of Workplace Wellness
This session, led by Jim Lees, M.S.W., RSW, Human Resources Consultant, examines the impact smartphone technology has had on the workforce and consider the challenges balancing the increasing demands for productivity and efficiency with the mental health and wellness of employees.
- Harassment in the Workplace: How to Identify, Prevent and Take Action Against it in the #MeToo Era
Lauren Bernardi, Bernardi Human Resources Law LLP, will lay out the legal definitions of harassment, the importance of bystander interventions and other preventative measures, as well as raise awareness of the unique nature of sexual harassment and how to address it.
- Mental Health in the Workplace Forum
This forum explores the subject through three different lenses: how to prevent mental health issues, best practices when an employee returns to work following a mental-health related leave and answers to some of the most common and complicated, situations employers face when it comes to dealing with mental health issues in the workplace. The forum is led by Bill Howatt, Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity Conference Board of Canada; Lorenzo Lisi, Practice Group Leader, Workplace Law Group, Aird & Berlis LLP and Jennifer Threndyle, Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS).Keynote speakers will address current topics:
- Rick Mercer, Canadian comedian, TV personality, political satirist and author. He will entertain delegates as he chronicles, satirizes and ultimately celebrates all that is irreverent about this country. Mercer is the author of three books, recipient of 25 Gemini Awards and is best known for his work on CBC-TV’s comedy shows This Hour Has 22 Minutes and the Rick Mercer Report.
- Scott Stratten, one of the “Top Five Social Media Influencers in the World” on Forbes.com. His keynote is entitled “The Age of Disruption: Everything Has Changed and Nothing is Different.” Stratten will discuss how today’s business climate is changing at an unprecedented rate.
- Mark Henick, whose TEDx talk, with over 5 million views, “Why We Choose Suicide” is among the most watched in the world. Mark is an advocate and regular speaker about mental health, mental illness, suicide, advocacy, recovery and hope. His address – “A Moment on the Edge: How Small Encounters Change Lives” – will bring his diverse and unique perspective as a patient, a professional, and a public figure in the mental health system.
Conference registration is now open. Participants can choose from two-day, one-day and trade show only (free with registration until April 12) registrations, as well as individual pricing for professional development courses. For more information or to register, visit PartnersinPreventionConference.com or contact the WSPS Customer Care Department: toll-free at 1-877-494-9777.
Partners in Prevention is organized by Workplace Safety & Prevention Services™, the largest health and safety association in Ontario, responsible for more than 167,000 member firms across the agricultural, industrial/manufacturing and service sectors.