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Monday, April 06, 2020

April 21-23 Keynote Classics: Important information about mental health, intergenerational workplaces, and mining safety

Free virtual mining health and safety conference banner with speaker photosCanada’s premiere mining health and safety conference has moved online for 2020. Enjoy three days of free keynote classic presentations from past conferences, as well as real-time commentary by Workplace Safety North (WSN) co-hosts Mike Parent and Angele Poitras, with special guest Roy Slack, author and President of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum and Director of Cementation Americas (CIM).

Tune in April 21 to 23 to view keynote speakers Big Daddy Tazz, Jim Lees, and Corrie Pitzer. Segments are introduced by WSN co-hosts, and followed by a live discussion with Roy Slack and the speaker.

Participants are encouraged to ask questions using the webinar Q&A button and join the conversation on Twitter using #SafetyStartsAtHome. 

Virtual Conference Program – register and mark your calendar!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

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 health so that we can all stand tall and give stigma a bad name!

Plus, don’t miss live after-show discussion with Roy Slack and Big Daddy Tazz.

Wednesday, April 22 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Wellness and the multigenerational workplace
Jim Lees, Intergenerational Wellness Specialist

Multigenerational workforces are a fact of life, and it is common to experience the impact of four different generations in a workday. Building an environment that promotes higher engagement and mental health and wellness involves understanding how each generation differs from each other in terms of values, attitudes towards work, and expectations of an employer. Although workers from each generation are more alike than different, intergenerational conflict can have disproportional impact, creating a stressful environment that mitigates against teamwork, lowers job satisfaction, and is an obstacle to making the most of strengths across generations. In the session, you will learn key differences in work styles, foundational to negotiating respectful work relationships and building a more supportive work culture.

Plus, don’t miss live after-show discussion with Roy Slack and Jim Lees.

Thursday, April 23 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Humans: The Strongest Link in the Safety Chain
Corrie Pitzer, Behavioural and Strategic Safety Specialist

The typical focus in safety is that the human being is our weakest link in safety; that their 'at risk' behaviour should be changed to safe behaviour and we should train them to be vigilant, aware and focused. This notion flies in the face of the true nature of humans: skilled and naturally able to deal with risks, incredible brain power, and with a capability to deal with the dynamic risks of our work environment. No machine can and ever will do that and current approaches in safety are actually making the human being less competent, more exposed and dumber to deal with a complex world...that is only getting more complex. This presentation will show the pathways to develop and increase the biggest safety defense of all: the human operator.

Plus, don’t miss live after-show discussion with Roy Slack and Corrie Pitzer.

The health and safety of staff and participants always comes first. Due to COVID-19, WSN is providing a virtual online experience this year and appreciates your support and understanding. Enjoy the ‘best of’ previous mining conference presentations, and we hope to see you next year April 13 to 15, 2021, in Sudbury – view the 2021 speaker line-up and save the date!


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