Speakers announced for annual mining health and safety conference

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

April 18 to 20, 2017, at Sudbury Holiday Inn

Jody Urquhart

From April 18 to 20 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, as well as a global audience via live-streaming webcast.

This year’s featured speakers include Jody Urquhart, a popular humorous motivational speaker; Alistair Ross, a safety and innovation leader in the mining industry; Dr. Michel Larivière, a clinical psychologist who will discuss mental health in the workplace; and Mark DeVolder, a workplace change specialist and motivational speaker who will teach people how to embrace transitions.

Jody Urquhart
Motivational speaker

Popular motivational speaker and former stand-up comedian, Jody Urquhart specializes in using humour to enhance wellness and perspective. She is the author of the “All Work & No Say,” a book designed to help people derive more meaning, fun, and satisfaction from their work. Known for her trademark funny motivational speeches, Urquhart has more than 16 years’ experience using humour to connect with audiences at more than 50 organizations and associations every year.

Alistair Ross
Mining industry expert 

Alistair Ross

A leader in the mining industry, Alistair Ross, Director of Mining (Ontario Operations), Vale Canada Limited, is known for his passion for mentorship and for helping develop true leadership potential in both individuals and organizations. Before joining Vale in 2017, he provided leadership advice and coaching to Sudbury businesses experiencing rapid growth. Ross’s mining career spans six countries across the globe. He was President of Lonmin’s South Africa Operations, the world’s third-largest platinum producer. Before joining Lonmin, he spent many years at Inco’s Canadian Operations. His early career was spent in Africa working as Production Superintendent at BCL’s Botswana smelter, and as Area Metallurgist for Rio Tinto Zimbabwe. Ross also served as President of Phelps Dodge’s Hidalgo Operations (USA), and as a Business Team Leader at Magma Copper’s San Manuel site.

Michel Larivière
Clinical psychologist

Dr. Michel Larivière, C.Psych, is a clinical psychologist, professor, and researcher at Laurentian University. He is Associate Director at the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH), and holds appointments in the Psychology Department and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in clinical education. Dr. Larivière studies the mental health of populations. He has been involved in national studies on the mental health of miners, federal inmates, high-risk health behaviour, and employee wellbeing, attracting almost $2 million in research funding for these issues. Over the last three years, he has published 14 articles, 35 research abstracts and two book chapters.

Mark DeVolder
Workplace change specialist and motivational speaker

Dr. Mark DeVolder is recognized as an original thinker and motivator on transitions. His humourous high-energy presentation teaches people how to be bold, flexible and innovative in the face of constant change. Known as a Change Specialist, Dr. DeVolder draws on a wealth of business expertise as an author, successful mediator of high-profile multi-party disputes, corporate consultant of multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions and as a cross-cultural coach to business leaders in preparation for free trade agreements.

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