Government of Canada
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety


CCOHS Forum 2019


2030 – The Brave New World

Nikolas Badminton

The world will change in the next 20 years more than it has in the previous 100. At the heart of that are technologies that are advancing exponentially. Nikolas will provide a deep dive into the key exponentially developing and growing technologies that are changing the world, including Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and Robotics, 3D Printing, Medicine, Cybersecurity, Renewable Energy, and other exponential technologies. He will highlight his ‘signals of change’ that show how quickly the world is changing across industries - finance, agriculture, medicine, transportation, construction, etc.

Courage Inside the Fire – A Story of Leadership

Darby Allen

The 2016 Albertan wildfire was the costliest disaster in Canadian history—destroying 2,400 buildings and homes and displacing the entire community of Fort McMurray. And through it all, from beginning to end, was Fire Chief Darby Allen. With his leadership, Fort McMurray was successfully evacuated—and the fire claimed zero lives. Darby takes you through his day-to-day struggles against the fire, shining a light on the community—and national—trust that empowered his efforts.

Caregiving and Work: Realities and Opportunities

Nora Spinks

An aging population, diverse workforce, complex families, working later in life plus advances in healthcare and demands on the health care and home care systems means that more people in the workforce are providing care to a loved one. Learn about leading and emerging policies, programs and practices from Canada and around the world.

Keeping a Multicultural Organization Safe

Lionel Laroche

Cultural differences may lead to incidents even when everyone is doing their best. This presentation provides solutions that participants can implement immediately in their organizations.

Is ISO 45001 the right fit for your organization?

Brenda Henry

Gain an understanding of the scope, defined terms, key concepts and requirements of ISO 45001 and how they fit within the context of Canadian workplaces.

Nanotechnology and Health – Current Issues and Approaches for Risk Reduction

Todd Irick

How can workplaces prevent occupational disease arising from nanotechnology activities? This session highlights some strategies, including raising awareness among workers and employers, identifying nanomaterials, and controlling exposures.

Stay on Board

Ben Williams and Brian Anderson

Hear first-hand about BC Transit's implementation of their active recovery at work program, and learn about their strategies and challenges. This session provides perspectives from the employer and their union in taking what the research tells us to practice.

Our Journey to “Our Respectful Community"

Audrey Gilbeau

Audrey will provide an overview of the Journey of “G’minoomaadozimin – We Are Living Well, Health and Safety Initiative,” that speaks to the duties of First Nation workplaces as specified by legislation at both the provincial and federal levels of government that prioritize the elimination of workplace harassment and workplace violence. The approach is community driven and based on the traditional teachings of the medicine wheel and the 7 Grandfather Teachings, and includes the recently approved “Our Respectful Community” Program. Learn more about this initiative aimed at enhancing health and safety reach to vulnerable workers, families and communities, shifting attitudes and behaviour, and creating a First Nation centric health and safety culture.

Accessibility and Inclusion - Achieving better Return to Work Outcomes for Disabled Workers

Wolfgang Zimmermann

This presentation provides an overview of the socio-economic rationale for disability management programs, examples of best practices, and core principles of professional/program standards in return to work.

Building a Mentally Healthy, Peer to Peer Support Program

Steve Tizzard

Steve Tizzard will take you on a journey to the Hibernia Platform, where in the past five years it has gone from a typical industry workplace to an actively caring facility, giving mental health an equal seat at the safety table.

Climate change

Tara Peel

Climate change is a health and safety issue. Whether from extreme heat or increased frequency of deadly storms and wildfires, or new pest and pathogen threats, climate change is likely already having a health and safety impact in your workplace. For those sectors which will decline due to climate action, it will be critical to ensure that effective workplace health and safety systems are in place through the transition. The good news is it is still possible to make the changes that will limit warming and prevent a “hothouse earth”.

Accommodating Employees with Nonvisible Disabilities in the Workplace

Izabela Schultz

This presentation provides evidence-based best practices for accommodating employees who have nonvisible disabilities - such as mental health, chronic pain, and cognitive issues - before chronic disability sets, to assist with a healthy and sustainable return to work while maximizing productivity.