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.
As Executive Director of Nokiiwin Tribal Council, with direction from the
Board of Directors and in accordance with the Strategic Plan, Audrey is
responsible for delivering advisory services to member First Nations.
The Nokiiwin Tribal Council provides services to meet the growing needs
of band administration staff and membership. The core areas of service
are: Governance, Finance, Technical Services, Economic Development, and
Community Planning. In addition, Nokiiwin Tribal Council works with
member First Nations to address key growth and development initiatives
such as Mining, Justice, Education and G’minoomaadozimin – We Are Living
Well, Health and Safety Initiative.
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 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.
Tara Peel is the National Director for Health, Safety and Environment at the
Canadian Labour Congress, where she is responsible for developing
national campaigns and providing analysis on a variety of workplace
health, environmental health and sustainability issues. Tara is a member
of the Just Transition Task Force for Canadian Coal Power Workers and
Communities as well as a member of the board of directors of Climate
Action Network Canada and the national steering committee for the Green
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.
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 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 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.