Speakers announced for Mining Health and Safety Conference

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Plus technical sessions and trade show April 21 to 23 in Sudbury 

Photo of Roy SlackThe 22nd annual Mining Health and Safety Conference themed, ‘Transforming safety: New leadership in the digital mine’ will be held April 21 to 23 in Sudbury.

The conference, which sells out each year, features a variety of health and safety keynote speakers, as well as an industry panel moderated by the Ontario Mining Association – celebrating its 100-year anniversary—and discusses how mining safety has evolved throughout the last century.

For the conference opening reception on Tuesday, April 21, Roy Slack, President of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), is featured in the CEO Spotlight presentation. Attendees can enjoy appetizers, bar service, live music and artwork from high school student health and safety initiative, ‘Have the Safety Conversation.’ 

On Wednesday, April 22, attendees can visit the Information Exchange Trade Show in the hotel solarium, which features more than 30 vendors. 

On Thursday, April 23, technical sessions are held in the morning, and in the afternoon, a safety awards luncheon recognizes Ontario achievements in mining health and safety. Presentations on workplace resiliency and engaging the next generation wrap up the conference. 

For the fifth year running, Workplace Safety North offers free video livestream of keynote speakers from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Wednesday, April 22, and from 12:00 to 3:00 pm on Thursday, April 23. Register for livestream. https://www.workplacesafetynorth.ca/free-video-livestream

Featured speakers

Drew Dudley
Leadership expert featured on TED Talks

Drew Dudley is an internationally acclaimed leadership speaker, Wall Street Journal bestselling author, and creator of the renowned TED Talk, “Everyday Leadership (The Lollipop Moment).” In this practical and provocative keynote, leadership is reframed as a daily choice rather than a set of titles or accolades earned over time. Drew shows that treating each day as if it is “Day One” of a
leadership journey results in a stronger daily commitment to acting on one’s core personal and organizational values.

Helen Francis 
President and Chief Executive Officer, YMCA of Northeastern Ontario 

Helen Francis is the CEO and President for the YMCA of Northeastern Ontario. Prior to this role, Helen worked in the mining industry primarily with Vale, for over 20 years. Her roles have been varied including those of Frontline Supervisor, Manager of Health and Safety, and General Manager for Continuous Improvement. Helen discusses the workplace health and safety culture journey at the YMCA, and how the learnings can be translated to the mining industry. 

Jim Lees
Intergenerational Wellness Specialist 

Jim Lees is a registered social worker and consultant from Thunder Bay with more than three decades of experience as a professor, counsellor, researcher and manager at Confederation College. Specializing in multigenerational communication, conflict management, suicide prevention, and mental health awareness, Lees was past Chair of the Ontario College of Counsellors (OCC) and awarded the OCC Leadership Award in 2012 and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. Using the twin lens of generational identity and personality, the session explores the challenges companies face in leading a diverse workforce in an economy that increasingly demands flexibility, adaptation and the fusion of human skill and technology.

Roy Slack
President of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum

Roy Slack is a professional engineer with over 35 years of experience in mine construction, design, and development, on projects throughout North America and around the world. In 1998 he started Cementation’s operations in North America as President. In 2019 the company was recognized as the Gold Winner of Safest Employer in Canada in the natural resources sector. Roy will review the Canadian mine safety journey from compliance to commitment, and the transition from a process-based safety approach to one that recognizes the importance of culture to create a workplace that isn’t just safer, but safe.

Dr. Bill Howatt
Chief of Research, Workforce Productivity, The Conference Board of Canada

Bill Howatt is the Chief of Research, Workforce Productivity for the Conference Board of Canada. Bill has over 25 years of experience in strategic human resources, mental health and addictions, and leadership. This session discusses resiliency in the workplace and focus on mental health, stress, and building personal resilience and coping skills. 

Dave Wilkin 
Founder of TenThousandCoffees.com, social entrepreneur and mentoring expert 

Dave Wilkin turns all kinds of organizations into engagement engines. A social entrepreneur, he’s the founder of TenThousandCoffees.com, the world’s largest peer-to-peer mentoring service. Experienced working with prominent brands, organizations, non-profits, and government entities, Dave helps leaders and organizations build more diverse relationships and create high performing teams.

Technical session topics 

  • Advanced Safety System for Advanced Battery Technology
  • Assessment and Control of Diesel Particulate Matter – Where Are We Now?
  • Barrick Hemlo’s Diesel Particulate Matter Management Program Update
  • Dynamic, Static and Shear Testing of Normet’s Urea-Silicate Injection Resin and Self-Drilling Dynamic Bolt
  • Findings from an Aggregate Analysis of Coroners’ Information for Ontario Mining Sector Fatalities
  • Identifying the Relationship between Fatigue Exposure and Musculoskeletal Injury Risk in Female and Male Mine Workers
  • Implementing a\Airborne Scanning Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) at Kidd Operations
  • Incident Management: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
  • Internal Responsibility System: A Modern Approach
  • Leadership Differently: Enabling Change to Achieve Real Safety
  • Leadership Lessons from Antarctica
  • Lidar Scanning and UAV Application at Compass Minerals Goderich Mine    
  • Mining-related Lower Back Injuries and the Compensation Process: An Injured Worker's Journey
  • Missed Opportunities in Health and Safety
  • Moving Towards Mechanized Rock-Bolting
  • Resiliency-building for Health and Safety and Human Resource Professionals
  • Review of Rebar Pull Testing
  • Safety in Engineering and Operating for High Booster Stations
  • Sleep: Understanding Personal Needs and Optimizing Management under Challenging Circumstances
  • Summary of Worldwide Underground Mine Diesel Regulations
  • The Intersection of Safety and Innovation – Glencore Onaping Depth Project
  • The Law and Tools to Prevent Cancer, Respiratory and Other Occupational Illnesses
  • Training to Respond: Self-efficacy in First Aid
  • Transforming Safety through Applied Drone Technology
  • Workplace Performance Management and Mental Health Well-being

Register now for Mining Health and Safety Conferencehttps://www.workplacesafetynorth.ca/subsite/mining-health-and-safety-conference



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