Keynote speakers announced for annual Mining Health and Safety Conference

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

April 5 to 7, 2016 at Sudbury Holiday Inn

Big Daddy TazzFrom April 5 to 7 in Sudbury, Workplace Safety North hosts the annual mining health and safety conference, a popular event that attracts more than 300 delegates from across the province. This year’s keynote speakers include: Candace Carnahan, a workplace safety advocate who survived a severe workplace injury; Big Daddy Tazz, a stand-up comedian known for his advocacy in reducing stigma around mental health; Lisa Lounsbury, a wellness expert who will discuss how to prevent workplace fatigue; and Paul Huschilt, will wrap up the event with “the ultimate ending.”

Candace Carnahan
Workplace Safety Advocate, Culture Change Agent, and Inspirational Speaker

Lauded as one of the “Faces of the Future” by Maclean’s magazine, Candace Carnahan uses her unique life lessons to inspire us to dismantle the roadblocks that hinder efficiency, while celebrating the attitudes and behaviours that promote success–-whether personal or professional. With irrepressible energy, she taps into her own experiences to inspire audiences to realize their full potential, sharing her belief that having the “Courage to Care” through standing up for others is a transformational concept.
The impetus behind Carnahan’s contagious enthusiasm was a devastating workplace incident that was preventable. Deemed the “Prophetess of Safety” and featured in awareness campaigns across North America, Australia, and Europe, Carnahan has shared her message with over 300,000 people worldwide, and continues to expand her message to audiences across the globe. 

Big Daddy Tazz
Stand Up Against Stigma

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 more than a decade and a half. Known as the “Bi-Polar Buddha,” Tazz is equal parts comedian, and motivational speaker who likes to enlighten, educate and inspire. After 30 years of denying, today, audiences are happy to join him on his rapid cycle ride down the never-ending road to recovery. Tazz’s many national festival appearances have included the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, the Moncton Comedy Festival, and the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival. With his newest endeavors “Stand Up Against Stigma” and “Big Daddy Tazz Running AMOK (Actively Motivating Our Kids)” Tazz believes that it is time to educate, embrace, and empower everyone so that we can all stand tall and give stigma a bad name. According to CBC, “Big Daddy Tazz…will take a comedic look at mental illness through the eyes of a consumer. Big Daddy Tazz uses his blazingly quick wit and off the cuff improv style to bring awareness to many of life’s issues including mental health and all its components.” The Canadian Mental Health Association says, “Big Daddy Tazz is a one man force for mental illness, acceptance, and inspiration. He is singlehandedly giving negative stigma a bad name…” 

Lisa Lounsbury
Workplace Fatigue – what to do about it.

As a daughter of an immigrant worker in the mining industry, Lisa has a strong connection with the effects of workplace hazards and how they can impact the lives of workers and their families. As an award-winning wellness professional, entrepreneur and motivational speaker, Lisa’s mission is bringing ‘health’ to health and safety. Lisa brings a unique energy as she incorporates inspiring stories, common-sense strategies and memorable moments to deliver her message. In addition to environmental hazards in the workplace, workers can struggle with mental and physical challenges; and these challenges, like workplace fatigue, bring an element of risk to the workplace. Lisa gets the audience emotionally and physically involved, and her technique has motivated thousands to take action and make lifestyle changes that they can enjoy for the rest of their lives. 

Paul Huschilt
World-Famous Conference Closing Summary

It’s the end of the conference.  It’s the final session.  And it’s the one you can’t miss. At this year’s safety conference, Workplace Safety North is offering something completely different. This one session is a summary of everything you’ve seen and heard over the last two days, but it’s not your average recap of facts. Paul Huschilt brings you “The Ultimate Ending.” Created specifically for Workplace Safety North, Paul will write his closing as the program unfolds. He weaves his notes into a one-of-a-kind comic summary. With his razor-sharp wit, and sense of fun, all of the main learnings and events are presented as a clever and funny outsider’s take on what we did. Paul believes strongly that laughter helps people remember. His mission is to send you home thinking about everything that happened at the conference, and laughing.  A lot. It’s one of the highlight events of the conference.  Yes, it’s at the end, so book your travel calendars accordingly. 

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