Government of Canada
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety


CCOHS Forum 2019


Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected researcher, futurist, author, and teacher with over 20 years of research, writing, speaking, and technology implementation experience. Nikolas thinks about how society adopts exponential technologies and changes how we operate in the world and writes insightful and challenging articles that aim to open people’s minds to the opportunities that lay in front of us. Oftentimes organizations are overwhelmed by the amount of changes happening in society and are paralyzed to know how to adjust how they work, and what to invest time and money into. Nikolas demystifies how the world is changing and focuses in on what directly affects industries, consumers, and the business landscape to allow for strategic thinking and frameworks to evolve how organizations work and can grow over the next 10 to 20 years.

Darby Allen

Darby Allen

A native of Birmingham, England, where he worked as a firefighter for the Hampshire Fire Brigade, Allen emigrated to Canada in 1990. He began work as a firefighter with the Calgary Fire Department in 1992, moving up in rank from Training Officer to Assistant Deputy Chief of Operations, before moving on to Fort McMurray Fire Service in 2009, where he became Regional Fire Chief in 2013. During the catastrophic Alberta wildfires, fire chief Darby Allen shot to global acclaim for guiding the 88,000 residents of Fort McMurray to safety with no loss of life—the largest evacuation in Canadian history. Now, he offers guidance on how to be a stoic, quick-thinking leader in tough situations. We all face emergencies and crises – Allen shows us how to overcome them.

Nora Spinks

Nora Spinks

As Chief Executive Officer at the Vanier Institute, Nora works with individuals and organizations that study, serve, and support families to mobilize knowledge and enhance the national understanding of families in Canada. Nora has dedicated her career to creating innovative policies and programs focusing on health and well-being, caregiving, workplace flexibility and work–life harmony, having served as an advisor and consultant to leaders in business, law, labour, government and community. A strategic leader, Nora has contributed to the success of a variety of federal, provincial, community and workplace programs across diverse sectors, industries and professions. Recognized internationally as a leader in families, caregiving and work, Nora is a recipient of many awards celebrating her contribution to workplaces and communities across Canada.

Lionel Laroche

Lionel Laroche

Over the past 20 years, Lionel Laroche has provided cross-cultural training, coaching and consulting services to over 100,000 people in 20 countries. Lionel specializes in helping organizations and their leaders turn the initial challenges often associated with cultural diversity into a source of creativity and innovation. He works with the leaders, managers, and human resources professionals of many Fortune 500 organizations, as well as many municipal, provincial, and federal governments, and academic institutions. Lionel teaches courses in several business schools and has written three books. Born in France, he obtained his “Diploma d’Ingénieur Polytechnicien” from the Ecole Polytechnique de Paris and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

other leading experts

Brian Anderson

Brian joined BC Transit in 2010 as the Vice President of Business Development to ensure that its people, processes and technology aligned with corporate business strategy. He assumed the role of Vice President, Operations and Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 2014 where he is responsible for strategic oversight of the expansion and deployment of services across the 130 communities served by BC Transit. Brian is committed to maintaining a culture of safety and operational excellence to ensure that employees, customers, transit partners and other stakeholders continue to enjoy best-in-class services. Brian holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Victoria and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Brenda Henry

Brenda Henry is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) with over 20 years’ experience in workplace safety. Currently, she is the Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety Services at Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology. For the past 5 years, Brenda has participated as one of three Canadian delegates on the International Organization of Standards (ISO) 45001 committee, and is part of the ISO leadership team. The technical committee published ISO 45001, the first international occupational health and safety management system standard in March 2018. Brenda continues to work on the technical committee developing guidelines, small organization toolkits and serving on the Chair Advisory Group.

Todd Irick

Todd Irick works as an Occupational Hygienist at the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) Eastern Ontario location (Ottawa). His areas of specialized knowledge and expertise include hazard assessment and control involving nano materials, electromagnetic fields, semiconductor manufacturing and remote mine/military site remediation projects. Todd has 30 years of practice as an environmental, health and safety professional serving as an internal and external resource in the private and public sectors. He has broad experience with the evaluation and control of occupational and environmental hazards in a wide variety of settings. Todd holds a master’s degree in chemical toxicology and occupational health science and is a certified industrial hygienist.

Izabela Schultz

Dr. Izabela Schultz is a clinical psychologist and Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC) as well as the clinical director of UBC affiliated Cortex Centre for Advanced Assessment, providing multidisciplinary assessment services for employees with nonvisible disabilities. Much of Dr. Schultz’s conceptual, empirical, knowledge transfer and professional work focuses on psychological and vocational aspects of nonvisible disability including diagnosis, assessment, causality determination, impact of psychological impairment on work capacity in mental health, and neurological and pain-related disabilities, and secondary prevention of disability. This includes the development of new methodological approaches to clinical causality determination, determination of impact of mental health impairment on work capacity, and early risk identification and intervention approaches in chronic pain and mental health disability.

Steve Tizzard

In 1997, Steve began working on the Hibernia Platform; the last 18 years has been in a Communications, Weather and Ice Management role. In 2009, he was the recipient of the ExxonMobil Canada East President’s Safety Award following the return to flight operations after the Cougar 491 tragedy. He is the founding member of the Offshore Wellness Committee which encompasses both onshore and offshore staff in the oil and gas industry. In October 2015 the Wellness Committee from Hibernia was the recipient of the Gold award from Canada’s Safest Employers magazine for Psychological Safety in the workplace. Steve is a Mental Health First Aid Canada Instructor and a certified as a Psychological Health and Safety Advisor with the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Ben Williams

Ben Williams is the President of Unifor Local 333BC representing employees at BC Transit, HandyDART and Medi-Van in Greater Victoria as well as the HandyDART workers in the Cowichan Valley. In November 2016, Ben was elected Chairperson of the BC Regional Council for Unifor and is a member of Unifors National Executive Board. He is also the Vice President of Unifor’s Road Transportation Council. Since taking office, Ben has made it a top priority to work for improved health and safety conditions for his Unifor members both locally and across the Country. Ben helped lead the lobbying effort to pass legislation in 2015 that levies stronger penalties against those who assault transit operators.

Wolfgang Zimmermann

Wolfgang Zimmermann is Executive Director of the National Institute of Disability Management and Research, an internationally recognized not-for-profit organization committed to reducing the human, social and economic costs of disability through implementation of workplace-based reintegration programs, which international research has proven is the most effective way of restoring and maintaining workers' abilities while reducing the cost of disability for workers, employers, government and insurance. Wolfgang is also President of the Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences, a statutory, not-for-profit, degree granting education institution focused in the areas of workplace safety, health promotion, return to work and disability management, and rehabilitation.