CCOHS Forum 2023

The changing world of work

There is no other health and safety event like this in Canada. Make a plan to attend.

Registration closes September 20

Forum 2023 introductory video

  • The Changing World of Work
  • CCOHS Forum 2023
  • There is no other health and safety event like this in Canada
  • Join other leaders and change makers
  • Get ready to be inspired
  • September 26-27
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia

A two-day national event that will bring together leaders, change makers, and subject experts representing government, labour, and workplaces, to share their knowledge and experience around current and emerging health and safety issues.



Registration includes:

  • all speaker sessions
  • networking and interactive events
  • showcase of innovations
  • light refreshments
  • lunches
The Forum includes 11 technical hours which may be eligible for continuing professional development maintenance points. Check with your membership organization for eligibility requirements.
Student Rate

Must be a full-time student enrolled in a Canadian college or university.

Forum 2023 general description

The world of work is experiencing rapid, constant change, bringing with it new and emerging health and safety challenges.

You will meet and engage with leaders, influencers and change makers from across Canada and with very different perspectives.

You will explore and understand how the changing workforce, the changing workplace, and the changing nature of work have already impacted us and the way we work, and discuss ideas and solutions on how we can all keep pace, keep well, and keep safe.


  • Day One - Tuesday,

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      Registration and Innovation Showcase

    • Opening Ceremonies and Welcome

      The Future of Work, Linda Nazareth

      An Indigenous Approach to Health and Safety, Stacey Maguire

      WorkSafeNB's Early Intervention Program for Traumatic Psychological Injuries, Sheila Liston

      Championing Trans and Non-Binary Inclusive Workplaces, Dani Gomez-Ortega

      Engineered Stone and Silicosis, Dr. Melanie Gorman Ng

      A New Approach to Vulnerability, Dr. Peter Smith

    • Day One Program closes

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      Networking Reception, hosted by UNIFOR

  • Day Two - Wednesday,

    • Opening Remarks

      Brave New Workplace, Dr. Julian Barling

      The Gender Gap in Personal Protective Equipment, Anya Keefe

      Supporting Migrant Guest Workers in Canada, Francy Munoz

      Climate Change Impacts on Work, Anne Tennier, Ariane Adam-Poupart, Ph.D.

      Have Your Say! Soapbox

      Kindness: Key to Accelerating the Integration of New Immigrants, Tareq Hadhad

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      Closing/Wrap Up

Subject to change. Includes lunch and health breaks.


  • Linda Nazareth

    Economist and futurist, on how demographic, workplace, and economic trends will shape the future of work.

  • Tareq Hadhad

    Syrian-Canadian entrepreneur and founder of Peace by Chocolate, on offering kindness to accelerate the integration of newcomers.

  • Dr. Peter Smith

    President and senior scientist at the Institute for Work and Health, on a new approach to measure vulnerability to improve injury and illness prevention activities.

  • Dr. Julian Barling

    Borden Chair of Leadership in the Smith School of Business, Queen’s University, on navigating the brave new workplace.

  • Anya Keefe

    Occupational and public health consultant, on women’s experiences with personal protective equipment in the workplace.

  • Dani Gomez-Ortega

    Diversity and inclusion champion, on creating safe and inclusive workplaces for trans and non-binary people.

  • Stacey Maguire

    Health and safety professional, on the health and safety needs and realities of Indigenous communities.

  • Francy Munoz

    From the C.A.R.E. for International Workers Program, on supports for newcomers and guest (migrant, temporary foreign) workers.

  • Dr. Melanie Gorman Ng

    Health and Exposure Scientist with BC Construction Safety Alliance, on alarming rates of silicosis being reported among young construction workers and tools that can help.

  • Sheila Liston

    From WorkSafeNB, on how the organization's SUCCEED program for traumatic psychological injuries uses early intervention to ensure quality, timely care for injured workers.



The Unifor. The Union. le syndicat.

Unifor is a Canadian union with a modern, inclusive approach to serving members and improving our workplaces and communities. A union for everyone.


Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration – Safety Branch, Government of Nova Scotia

The Safety Branch is comprised of the Occupational Health and Safety & Technical Safety Divisions. We focus on safety in workplaces and technical equipment safety in public places.


UFCW Canada United Food and Commercial Workers Union

UFCW is Canada's leading private sector union, representing more than 250,000 members across Canada working in grocery stores, meat plants, food processing, hospitality, and other industries.

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health. Compliments of Canada Life

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health supports psychological health and safety at work with free tools and resources anyone can use, at no cost, compliments of Canada Life.

5 Reasons to Attend Forum 2023

1. Intimate and interactive

An intimate event size, single session stream, and networking opportunities allow you to dive deeper into topics, while connecting with like-minded health and safety stakeholders.
I liked being able to see and hear all presentations, rather than selecting from concurrent sessions. It was a good opportunity to expand the knowledge base and learn from other professionals in the industry.

2. Fresh content

From emerging technologies to climate change to the changing demographic landscape, the world of work is evolving. Learn about health and safety issues that we will all need to be ready for.
Very few conferences are worth the repeat appearance. So many of them look the same, have similar presentations, or rotate the players like it's a circus tour. This event is on a different level from the usual crop…You're in the rotation now.

3. It’s solutions-focused

Gain insight and expertise from our speakers, showcase of innovations and soapbox event, and learn about practical solutions and tools you can bring back to your organization.
I have to congratulate you on the variety of talks and the speakers. The more we share successful strategies, or even any strategies that we try to advance the safety culture, the more we all benefit.

4. Incredible value

Registration includes all sessions, networking events, refreshments/lunch, and discounted hotel rates.
It's very important to be motivated by big picture thinkers. Golden nuggets of truth and perspective came through and are applicable in my daily work life. To think outside of the box…is fantastic! I was there to challenge my brain, to think bigger - and I got exactly what I wanted (and needed). Great job!

5. Balanced perspectives

Perspectives from government, employers and labour – spanning all provinces and territories – will be represented.
I thought the event brought together all workplace parties for excellent discussion. I was particularly appreciative of the open and honest perspectives.

Welcome to Halifax

This year’s Forum is being hosted in Halifax, Canada’s eastern seaport known for its beauty and friendliness. Are you ready to enjoy some maritime hospitality? Plan your downtime away from the conference carefully, because there’s so much to see and do.

Here are just a few suggestions.

The Westin Hotel

The Westin Nova Scotian

Even if you never leave the hotel (which we don’t recommend) you’ll experience a rich piece of Halifax history. The Westin Nova Scotian sits right where the action is, overlooking Halifax Harbor, Georges Island and a busy boardwalk. Built in 1928 as part of the Canadian National Railway’s collection of Grand Railway Hotels, the Nova Scotian continues to serve international dignitaries. Its famous guests include Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana and the Trudeau family. Conde Nast Traveller calls it a grande dame of culturally relevant Halifax hotels.

The Halifax Seaport

The Halifax Seaport

At the south end of the waterfront you’ll find The Halifax Seaport, a vibrant arts and cultural district located on Piers 19 to 23. Browse artisans, retailers, cafés, galleries, and stroll the pier where roughly 200 cruise ships dock each year. You might also check out the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Halifax was the port where nearly one million immigrants landed in Canada from 1928 to 1971. The museum's exhibitions include the rich lived experiences of those who arrived there, shared through intimate stories, photographs, artifacts and immersive experiences. Explore themes of arrival, belonging and contribution, within larger historical, political and social contexts.

Peggy's Cove

Peggy's Cove

If you're able to tack an extra day onto your trip, consider taking a drive out to Peggy's Cove, located 30 minutes from Halifax. In addition to its breathtaking coastal beauty and excellent seafood, the region boasts the Peggy's Cove lighthouse at St. Margarets Bay, one of the area's most photographed attractions.

Halifax Explosion Memorial Bell Tower

Halifax Explosion Memorial Bell Tower

In 1917, a Norweigan ship carrying clothing and supplies for the people of occupied Belgium collided in Halifax Harbour with a French steamship full of highly explosive chemicals. The explosion was so devastating that only the Atomic Bomb has exceeded it in deaths, explosive force, and radius of destruction. Learn all about the disaster that shaped Halifax, and how the region rallied to rebuild over time.

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Tour a unique part of Canada's military history by going on a self-guided tour of this historic site, located in the heart of downtown Halifax with a commanding view of Halifax Harbour. Visit the Army Museum and learn about the 78th Highlanders, 3rd Brigade Royal Artillery, and the changing roles of the fort.