Speakers and sessions announced for health and safety centennial conference

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

On Thursday, September 24 in Thunder Bay, Workplace Safety North (WSN), with the help of the Lakehead Regional Safety Council, will host the Forestry, Pulp and Paper Health and Safety Centennial Conference. Keynote speakers on the agenda include: George Gritziotis, Chief Prevention Officer at the Ontario Ministry of Labour; Candys Ballanger-Michaud, WSN President and Chief Executive Officer; and Dr. Reino Pulkki, Professor at Lakehead University.

Geroge Gritziotis, Chief Prevention Officer at Ontario Ministry of Labour

In addition, a variety of experts from business and government, medical and law enforcement agencies, will be discussing the latest developments and health and safety issues facing the forestry, paper, printing and converting industries today. From the use of drones in natural resources management and the challenges of distracted driving, to understanding the very human notion of risk, and an overview of health and safety programs, the topics are varied and relevant to those who work within or alongside businesses involved in the forestry, paper, printing and converting industries.

UAVs: Regulations and applications specific to natural resources
Adam Boczek, Manager GIS and Geomatics, Sumac Geometrics

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Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, are increasingly used for a wide range of civil applications including natural resource management.  This presentation offers an overview of current UAV regulations and highlights technological applications specific to natural resources. As a Registered Professional Forester with a diploma in Integrated Forest Resource Management and an Honours Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Lakehead University, Adam Boczek has more than a decade of Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing work experience. He specializes in photogrammetry, data management, image processing and production workflow automation. 

The Forest Resources Inventory (FRI) is a large-scale survey of the Ontario’s forests and wetlands that gathers information about tree species composition, range, age and distribution. This information is used to meet provincial, federal and international reporting requirements, and allows the provincial government to better support resource management decisions and help sustain healthy, natural environments. From 2009 to March 2015, Adam has helped deliver more than 121,000 square kilometres of enhanced FRI using his geo-spatial methodologies. Adam is currently working on the development of technologies and services for unmanned aerial vehicles.

Next steps for your health and safety program
Percy Champagne, Industry Advisor, FPInnovations

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Learn how safety, health and wellness has changed over Percy’s 44 years of work experience in Ontario and Alberta, as well as how to make the most of your health and safety program by utilizing available resources and programs. Percy’s extensive work experience includes nine years in mine smelting and 35 years in forest products performing various roles and responsibilities as worker, supervisor, middle manager and general manager.

Percy works as an industry advisor providing services in northwestern Ontario to First Nation communities and small- to medium-sized enterprises in the value-added wood products industry. As a boiler engineer for nine years in the mining and smelting industry he then joined the forest industry in 1978. Percy has held positions as a Chief Boiler Engineer, Maintenance Superintendent, Operations Superintendent, Safety and Preventative Maintenance Manager, and General Manager at an oriented strand board mill. In July 2005, Percy joined Forintek Canada Corporation now FPInnovations. He has served as a board member on both the Rainy River District Hospital and Confederation College. Volunteer activities include the promotion of outdoor activities in the community as well as fundraising. 

ABCs of Assessing Risk
Marshall Greensides, Corporate Health and Safety Coordinator, Norampac - a division of Cascades

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Can we apply the same principles and techniques of how we identify, evaluate and manage risks at home to the workplace? Risk assessment can be subjective and technical, but it is an essential part of everyday life. Over the past 10 years, the ABCs of risk assessment have become a foundational injury prevention tool at Norampac and part of our regular conversations. The goal of this session is to explore how we can better understand the notion of risk, so that we can better recognize what motivates us to ignore or underestimate potentially harmful situations in our personal lives and on the job.

Marshall has worked within the field of occupational health and safety for 18 years, and for the past 14 years within the pulp and paper and packaging sectors. Marshall is a member of the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), and has been an active participant at industry health and safety association forums both in Canada and the United States. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Workplace Safety North. 

Additional conference topics include:

Struck By: Challenges and achievements in forestry health and safety – Don Jewitt, Ministry of Labour
Distracted Driving – Kenneth Mantey, Ontario Provincial Police
Emergency Preparedness - Ted Frisbey, Resolute Woodlands 
Safe, Productive and Infrastructure-Friendly (SPIF) and Trucking Efficiency and Safety- Jan Michaelson, FPInnovations
Healthy Lifestyle Tips – Shiftwork and Nutrition – Heather Martin, Public Health Dietitian, and Sue Armstrong, Public Health Nurse, Thunder Bay Health Unit 
Traffic Management Plan Leading Practices - Robbin Lavoie, Resolute Forest Products

For more information or to register, please visit workplacesafetynorth.ca/100.

Conference poster with archival photo of two lumberjacks