Media Invite: National Workplace Health and Safety Forum Kicks off March 5 in Winnipeg

March 1, 2019 – Winnipeg, MB – Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) will host its national event, Forum 2019: The Changing World of Work (The Forum), on March 5 and 6, 2019, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The Forum will feature the following special guests and highlights:

  • Opening ceremonies and welcome by Barbara Nepinak and Clarence Nepinak, Pine Creek Ojibway First Nation.
  • Remarks and greetings by Anne Tennier, President and Chief Executive Officer, CCOHS.
  • Keynote address by Nikolas Badminton, Futurist: presenting on artificial intelligence and how work will change over the next 5, 10, 15 years and beyond.
  • Lionel Laroche, Cross-Cultural and Diversity Expert and President of MultiCultural Business Solutions Manager will offer guidance on how to bridge cultural diversity in the workplace.
  • Steve Tizzard, Radio Operator, Hibernia will take delegates on a journey to the Hibernia Platform, where in the past five years it has evolved to an actively caring facility, giving mental health an equal seat at the safety table.
  • Audrey Gilbeau, Executive Director, Nokiiwin Tribal Council will share their holistic approach in which the health and safety of the workplace, community, and individuals are fully intertwined.
  • Nora Spinks, CEO, the Vanier Institute of the Family tackles the changing needs of workers and the availability and effectiveness of workplace supports for working caregivers.
  • Darby Allen, retired Fort McMurray Fire Chief will share his story of how he lead his team through one of the worst wildfires in Canadian history.


  • Day 1: Tuesday, March 5, 2019: 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST
  • Day 2: Wednesday, March 6, 2019: 8:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. CST


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Full program details can be found on the CCOHS website:

Quick Facts

  • The Forum is a unique event in that it will have tripartite (government, labour and employers) delegate representation from across Canada.
  • Forum features an Innovation Showcase of 8 programs and tools to advance workplace health and safety, and that are freely available.
  • Forum sponsors include Unifor, SAFE Work Manitoba, University of New Brunswick (UNB), Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace,  and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW Canada).
  • CCOHS is Canada's national resource for the advancement of workplace health and safety. CCOHS promotes the total well-being – physical, psychosocial, and mental health – of working people in Canada.
  • CCOHS is governed by a tripartite Council of Governors.

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