2017 SSNS Workplace Health & Safety Conference

Conference Speakers

Jerry Aguinaga
EHS Director
Dalhousie University
Steve Beaton
Chemical Safety Officer
Dalhousie University
Duff Boyd
Director of Health and Safety
NB Power
Duff Boyd is the Director of Health & Safety at NB Power, having joined the group in 1994. His position carries the responsibility of establishing the strategic direction for all aspects of health and safety for a diverse workforce of 2300 employees. Duff’s early career involved working alone for long stretches of time in the forests of New Brunswick in order to support his true passion of skydiving. In this latter capacity he served as President of the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association for 6 years, and as Team Leader and Head of Delegation for two World Championships, at which Canada won Gold Medals. He also holds the distinction of graduating from the Canadian Armed Forces Airborne School – both basic and high altitude freefall programs – being the only person to have done so as a civilian. Duff has served on the Canadian Electricity Association’s Occupational Health and Safety Group, as well as their Standards Committee for 15+ years. He holds the designation of Certified Utility Safety Administrator through the National Safety Council in the U.S. and was commissioned as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional in 1998. He has served as a Board Member and Executive Board Member of SafetyServicesNB for the past 10 years. Over the past number of years, in partnership with Dr. Shelley Parker of the NB Power Health and Safety Group, he has been engaged in the development of an organizational model, based on psychological principles, designed specifically to act as an enabler for NB Power’s conventional safety management system. The philosophy driving the model lies in the distinguishment between the requirement for the things that enable safety and the psychological aspects so critical in the movement away from a compliance based culture to one of commitment. This strategy has been developed in recognition of the plateauing of safety performance at many organizations, including NB Power, and offers an alternative to a redesign of existing safety management systems. Combining the two sciences – that of safety and psychology – has resulted in NB Power reducing the occurrence of medical aid injuries by 97% and disabling injuries by 99%. In 2016, NB Power was honoured with the distinction of having both the best psychological safety program and the best overall health and safety culture in Canada.
Arthur Brown
Workplace Consultant
Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia
Arthur Brown is an accomplished safety professional experienced in the multijurisdictional industries of Health, Manufacturing and Transportation. He has been a manager in industry, Inspector Specialist enforcing the Nova Scotia Occupational Health & Safety Act and is currently a Workplace Consultant with the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia coaching industry leaders on safety excellence.
Shirley Ann Burdock
Executive Director
Injury Free Nova Scotia
Shirley Ann has been the Executive Director of Injury Free Nova Scotia for the past 7 years. Her previous leadership roles, over the past 20+ years, have been within the areas of emergency medical services, advocacy in issues of dementia care, poverty and disabilities, performance development and corporate training, community and economic development. She was raised in Saskatchewan but has made her home in Nova Scotia since 2009. She has her Master of Adult Education from U.N.B., with a focus on Human Resource Development and Organizational Design, a Bachelor of Commerce in Health Care Administration and partial M.B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan, with international studies, as well as economic development studies through the University of Waterloo.
Bill Carr
Actor, Writer, Speaker and Social Activist
Bill Carr is an actor, award winning satirist, writer, speaker and coach. For over twenty five years, Bill has been making people laugh at what’s trivial while helping them think deeply about what counts. Bill helps people see their world in new and exciting ways. His unique blend of humour and insight inspires laughter and consideration. He works with audiences from 12 to 1200 and beyond and offers them a fresh perspective on what they face everyday. Bill is known for his flexibility and creativity, offering a range of keynotes and workshops that can be customized to audience needs. Bill also serves regularly as a Conference Weaver, Emcee and Host, all performed in his quintessential hilarious, empathic and socially conscious style.
Harold Carroll
Executive Director
Labour and Advanced Education
Graduate of University of New Brunswick, BSc Resource Management Started work career in private sector with the past 29 years in various roles in provincial government. Advancing through several operational positions into management roles at NS Department of Natural Resources. Since February 2015 have been the Executive Director of OHS at the Department of Labour and Advanced Education
Will Chase
Labour and Advanced Education
Will Chase has a Diploma in Law And Security Administration, and works as an Investigator with the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Occupational Health and Safety Division. Prior to joining the Division, he had twelve years of combined Policing experience with both the Canadian Forces Military Police, and Annapolis Royal Police Department; working his way from General Patrol to a Major Crimes Investigator. Since joining the OHS Division in 2011, he has lead a number of serious incident investigations, and participates on various safety committees. He co-authored the division’s Introduction to Scene Management module, and regularly instructs new officers as part of the Division’s New Officer Training Program.
Rob Ellis
Rob Ellis has become an outspoken advocate for health, safety and wellness in the workplace since the death of his son David in 1999. Rob has developed international partnerships with companies dedicated to becoming champion employers. His work with young people, parents, and businesses has been widely publicized across Canada and the United States, and he’s regularly sought after to participate in international events as a keynote speaker. As a former business owner, Rob knows the challenges that companies face in recruiting and retaining the best people. He believes that by partnering with industry leaders to promote positive change, a cultural shift will take place in our communities – a shift that will increase the importance of health safety and wellness for all workers.
Stephen J. Ellis
Environmental Health and Safety Officer
Dalhousie University
Jon Eppell
Big Lift Project Manager
Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB)
Jon Eppell is the bridge engineer at Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB) currently seconded to manage an estimated $200 million project to replace the suspended spans of the Macdonald Bridge. Known as the Big Lift, the project represents HHB’s largest capital project since the MacKay Bridge opened in 1970. Jon graduated with a civil engineering degree from TUNS in 1988. Prior to joining HHB in 2006 Jon spent many years as a consulting engineer working on projects locally and internationally.
Mark Fleming
Saint Mary's University
Dr. Mark Fleming is the CN Professor of Safety Culture in the Department of Psychology at Saint Mary's University. Mark is an applied psychologist with over 20 years of experience in industrial health and safety management in high hazard industries including the offshore oil and gas, nuclear power, petrochemical, power generation and construction. He is dedicated to developing practical and valid tools to assist organisations to prevent harm. Currently, Dr. Fleming’s research includes investigating methods for measuring and improving safety culture, safety motivation, safety leadership and rail safety. He advises many Canadian and international organisations (e.g. International Atomic Energy Agency) on safety culture assessment and improvement. Through his work, Dr. Fleming hopes to provide best practice guidelines to industry and criteria for successful safety programs. He seeks to translate his work on safety culture into usable practices and guidelines by producing practical tools such as Changing Minds Guide and the Cultural Maturity Model.
Pamela Gallant
Biological Safety Officer
Dalhousie University
Bob Gray, CSP HoF
Speaker, Consultant and Memory Expert
Memory Edge
With over 25 years’ experience as an international speaker and best-selling author, Gray has taught his innovative memory systems to countless Fortune 500 and 100 companies in over 19 countries across six continents. His unique abilities and memory demonstrations have netted him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records and international TV appearances including Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, ABC Today Show and The Steve Harvey Show.
Laurel Hache
Mental Health First Aid Instructor
St. John Ambulance
Laurel Hache has been the Assistant Manager of Training at St. John Ambulance since 2014 and an Instructor and Instructor Trainer for over 6 years. She is a Medical Assistant (Reserve) with 33 Field Ambulance and a former member of the Canadian Navy (Regular Force). Laurel is a qualified Mental Health First Aid Instructor with Mental Health First Aid Canada (Mental Health Commission of Canada), and has an extensive knowledge of Mental Health from both personal and professional points of view. Laurel has been a Mental Health First Aid Instructor with St. John Ambulance for 3 years and in that time has been a facilitator and invited guest speaker on Mental Health related topics at many events across the province.
Andrew Harvey
Operations & Product Coordinator
Air™ Institutes
Karl Hayes
Mental Health First Aid Instructor
St. John Ambulance
Karl Hayes has been an Instructor and Instructor Trainer for over 20 years with experience in mental health. He has held positions such as Medical Assistant with the Canadian Forces and psychiatric nurse in a Secure Care unit for more than 20 years. His experience with St. John Ambulance is as a first aid instructor and instructor trainer, and most recently Karl is a qualified Mental Health First Aid Instructor with Mental Health First Aid Canada. Karl spends much of his time volunteering with the Veteran community and youth leadership programs.
Peter Hollett
Safety Manager
Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB)
Peter Hollett joined HHB in 2010. He is an award winning safety professional having won the WCB Mainstay award in 2011 and “Safety Leader of the Year Award” in 2008 sponsored by Canadian Occupational Safety magazine. He has worked in various industries including steel manufacturing, business operations, food & sanitation and oil & gas.
Lise Jeffrey
Relationship Manager
Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia
Lise Jeffrey is Relationship Manager for the Retail, Food, and Beverage and other Business Services industries at the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia. At the Board for over 20 years, she’s held various positions including word processor, accounts payable clerk, adjudicator and case manager. Lise has a Bachelor of Administration degree from Mount Saint Vincent University, a Certificate in Management from the Canadian Institute of Management, and has completed Level 1 of the certificate program in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes at the University of Fredericton.
Glyn Jones M.A.Sc., P.Eng, CIH, CRSP
EHS Partnerships Ltd

Glyn is a Partner in the firm EHS Partnerships Ltd.  He is a consulting occupational health and safety professional and leadership coach.  Glyn is a chemical engineer by training and is a Professional Engineer.  He completed a Masters degree specializing in occupational health and safety.  He holds numerous professional certifications and is a CIH and a CRSP.  Mr. Jones has over thirty years of experience working as a consulting Occupational Health and Safety Professional.  He has completed work in all industries and for all levels of government in Canada and overseas.  He remains very involved in related Professional Associations and currently sits on the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering Regional Vice-President of the AB, NT and NU regions.  He is a very involved conference speaker and online teacher of occupational and environmental health and safety for the University of New Brunswick.

Allan Kehler
Professional Speaker/College Instructor
Allan Kehler is a highly sought-after speaker who has gained national attention for his engaging style and captivating approach. Allan has experienced first-hand the lifelong effects of mental illness and substance abuse. These experiences taught him valuable life lessons that have guided him on a path of success. Allan has spent years working as an addictions counselor, clinical case manager, and college instructor. His writing has been published in countless national magazines, and his book, Stepping out from the Shadows: A Guide to Understanding & Healing from Addictions can be found in classrooms and workplaces across Canada. Allan resides in Saskatoon with his beautiful wife, four sons, two dogs, and cat 'Hank the Tank'.
Jackie Kinley
Psychiatrist, Associate Professor
Dalhousie University
Dr. Kinley is a Psychiatrist, Associate Professor at Dalhousie University, and Honorary Fellow / Training Chair for the Canadian Association for Group Therapy, Training and Facilitation. Her expertise in psychiatry and research in the neuroscience of Resilience, were the inspiration behind Air Institutes, which delivers programs to enhance mental fitness and well-being. Dr. Kinley’s specific research interests include: emotional processing, group process, resilience, neuroplasticity, and attachment.
Sarah Langille
Environmental Health and Safety Officer
Dalhousie University
Todd Leader RSW, RPsych
Owner, Consultant
Leader Development
Todd Leader is a Registered Psychologist and a Registered Social Worker who has spent the last 26 years working as a transformational leader in health services and in health promotion, particularly in the areas of mental health, addictions, and primary health care. He has also been teaching in the Faculty of Science at Saint Mary’s University for the same 26 years. Todd has earned the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association, and health services under his leadership have earned two international best practice awards, and a leadership award for excellence in women’s health. Most recently, he was appointed by the Nova Scotia Minister of Health and Wellness to the Ministerial Advisory Panel on Innovation in Mental Health and Addictions. Has been the President of the Public Health Association of Nova Scotia, a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Public Health Association, and is currently the President-Elect of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia. Todd has spent his whole career working as an advocate for client-centered health services, and evidence-based healthy public policy. His most recent accomplishment is that he has written a book which will be released in late October called “It’s Not About Us; The Secret to Transforming the Mental Health and Addiction System in Canada”.
Mitch MacGregor
OHS Officer
Labour and Advanced Education
Mitchell is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) with over 12 years of demonstrated leadership in the Occupational Health & Safety field. He has been an OHS Officer with the Nova Scotia Department of Labour & Advanced Education for the past 4 years, and has been involved in a number of joint projects between NS Dept. of Labour & NS WCB such as Target Zero, and various Joint Workplace Initiatives. In addition to his CRSP designation, he also holds a Construction Health & Safety Officer (CHSO), and Gold Seal Certification (GSC) from the Canadian Construction Association, and a Certificate in OHS from Algonquin College. In 2013 He received the Nova Scotia Construction Safety Association Safety Partner Award and the NSCSA Life Saving Award.
Bruce MacNab
Bruce MacNab is a writer, columnist and an award-winning Houdini biographer. A world-recognized expert in the career of escape artist, Harry Houdini, Bruce has lectured throughout Canada and the United States with presentations in Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, New York and Boston. He has organized numerous Houdini events including Houdini Day in Amherst which attracted over two-thousand spectators. He also organized and hosted the 2013 Official Houdini Seance which was covered by media from more than 40 countries including CNN and the Los Angeles Times. An injured worker (loss of left eye), Bruce has logged over 50,000 hours working in his trade as a Red Seal carpenter. He's taught apprenticeship at the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology and was recently appointed to the Atlantic Trade Advisory Committee.
Theresa Mcguire
Occupational Health Nurse
Theresa McGuire is a certified Occupational Health Nurse and Canadian Registered Safety Professional. She is currently employed with the IWK and Nova Scotia Health Authority's occupational health programs and sails with the Coast Guard on summer deployments to the Arctic as a Health Officer, while teaching community health at Dalhousie University during the school term. She has recently completed a Masters in Environmental Management degree focusing on human health risks.
Chad Morrison
NS Drug Recognition Evaluations Coordinator
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Cst. Chad MORRISON has been a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police since 2008, and to date, all of his experience has been in uniformed, front line policing. (Sherbrooke, NS, and Enfield, NS) In 2011, Cst. MORRISON was trained to conduct Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, and Drug Recognition Evaluations (DREs) - both investigative tools for apprehending drug impaired drivers. In 2014, Cst. MORRISON became a DRE Instructor, and recently, Cst. MORRISON took over the position of DRE Coordinator for the Province of Nova Scotia.
Greg Onions
VP, Operations
Falck Safety Services
Greg Onions is VP Operations for Falck Safety Services Canada (FSSC). Greg started his career in the emergency response training industry as an instructor delivering HUET and Offshore/Marine Sea Survival programs in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and eventually internationally. After many years as an instructor Greg moved into a management role before moving into a special projects manager position. His managerial role afforded him opportunities to gain intimate knowledge of quality/safety management systems and industry standards as he championed multiple OPITO centre approvals, secured ISO 9001:2008 registration and effectively managed Canadian program delivery to the satisfaction of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) quality reviews. Greg is also FSSC’s representative on various standards/training committees and was directly involved in the development and refinement of the CAPP Basic Survival Training (BST) competency based standard currently enforced in Atlantic Canada.
Pamela Pinnington PT
Project Leader
CBI Health Workplace Solutions
Over her 25 year career as a physiotherapist working primarily in Occupational Health, Pamela has dedicated herself to working with injured workers and employers to reduce the impact of injury on both the worker and the workplace, and to prevent injury within various occupational health settings. Pam is currently employed with CBI Health Workplace Solutions as Project Leader in New Brunswick. In this role, she works with employers to develop, deliver and implement education and training programs, ergonomic services, health and safety consulting services, injury management programs and corporate wellness services.
Wally Power
Threads of Life

Wally Power is retired from his role working in the lab at a pulp and paper mill. He has served as a worker representative on the Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, and a director for East Novability.

Wally’s life and career were profoundly affected by a workplace injury when he was a young man. Today he is a family member of Threads of Life, a director on the Threads of Life board, and a member of its speakers bureau.

Threads of Life helps families heal after they are affected by a workplace fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease. It is currently working with more than 2,000 family members from across Canada. Threads of Life promotes public awareness and accountability for workplace health and safety. Its mission is to lead and inspire a culture shift where work-related injuries and illnesses are morally, socially and economically unacceptable.

Many things have changed in Wally’s life since that fateful day. Here is his story.

David Powers
Director, Health, Safety & Environment
Oxford Frozen Foods Limited
David is the Director of Health, Safety and Environment for Oxford Frozen Foods Limited, located in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. He is responsible for developing and maintaining a formal EHS system for processing facilities and farming operations across the Maritimes and the state of Maine, including the oversight and management of five safety committees. David received his CRSP designation in 2005, became a member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering in 2007. He achieved his Health & Safety Professional designation in 2012 and a master’s degree in occupational safety and health in 2015. He is Past Chair of the Board of Directors for Safety Services Nova Scotia and currently sits as a Board member for the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, Farm Safety Nova Scotia as well as the Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering. David has also introduced the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program to the organization where they now host six separate Safety Days for Grade 4 & 5 students. Prior to working at Oxford Frozen Foods, David was an EHS Manager for the Powertrain Division of Magna International in Toronto.
Brad Proctor
Labour & Employment
McInnes Cooper
Brad practices management labour and employment law with an emphasis on the following core areas:
  • Occupational Health and Safety;
  • Workers’ Compensation;
  • Human Rights and Workplace Accommodations;
  • Labour Relations and Collective Bargaining;
  • Wrongful Dismissal and other Employment-related claims;
  • Workplace Privacy Issues.
Brad advises clients to take a proactive approach to management labour and employment relations through the formulation and implementation of employment contracts, workplace policies as well as the creation of training programs for managers and supervisors with respect to performance management, workplace accommodations, harassment prevention and health and safety.
Ross Purdy
Safety Advisor
Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB)
Ross Purdy is a passionate safety professional with extensive experience in Constructor/contractor relationships. He has spent more than 20 years in safety, primarily in oil and gas, and industrial construction. Ross is skilled in communicating with workers and management to influence and improve the contractor’s safety. Coupled with his incident investigation expertise, he is very knowledgeable in legislation, procedures and policies, all of which help in informing and improving safety. Ross is a valuable member of the Big Lift team helping the team as HHB’s safety and environmental advisor.
Jill Robertson
Radiation Safety Officer
Dalhousie University
Katherine Rossel
Corporate Safety Director
Katherine Rossel GSC, CHST Corporate Safety Director Katherine joined EllisDon in 2013, providing H&S leadership for Nuclear project work. Katherine brings 15 plus years of H&S experience in both Canadian and US jurisdictions and in the Oil and Gas, Nuclear, Utility and Construction industries. In 2015, Katherine transitioned into the role of Corporate Safety Director, and as part of this role, is responsible for the continual improvement of EllisDon’s Corporate Health & Safety Management System. Katherine is also an integral part of EllisDon’s Next Level Safety Leadership Team, established to drive safety excellence initiatives within the company and the industry. Katherine is an avid champion of EllisDon’s culture and values and her performance and conduct is a reflection of EllisDon’s uncompromising dedication to safety.
Stewart Sampson
New Wave Occupational Health and Safety Services
Stewart has been in the occupational health and safety field for over 30 years, in both the industry and regulator arenas. Stewart specializes in OH&S training, especially due diligence and management systems. He is co-author of the 2016 book "The Seven Pillars of Due Diligence - Occupational Health and Safety in the Workplace". Stewart is a CRSP, ROH and P.Eng.
Stephen Sayle
SayleGroup Inc.
Stephen Sayle has a B.Sc., and Master of Marine Management from Dalhousie University, and is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) specializing in developing world class Health, Safety & Environment Management Systems (HSEMS). As the CEO of SayleGroup Inc., an Atlantic Canadian start-up, Stephen and the SayleGroup team have started a Safety Culture “movement”. Drawing on his background of HSE consulting in a multitude of industries around the globe, Stephen brings an unparalleled understanding and passion to this Safety Culture movement.
Amanda Silliker
Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine
Amanda Silliker is the Editor of Canadian Occupational Safety magazine, a Thomson Reuters business. She joined Thomson Reuters in 2010 as Videographer/Newsletter Editor. She was a Senior Editor for Canadian HR Reporter before taking on her current role three-and-a-half years ago. Amanda has a Bachelor of Journalism, Highest Honours, from Carleton University in Ottawa.
Ola Sinelnikova
Exercise Physiologist & Holistic Nutritionist
Ola Sinelnikova is a registered Kinesiologist and Exercise Physiologist with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology. She is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and a member of the Ontario Society for Health and Fitness. Ms. Sinelnikova has been a leader in the development and implementation of the ergonomic programs, prevention and corporate wellness for mid to large size organizations. Ms. Sinelnikova has been recognized for her contributions to corporate health and wellness and injury prevention through implementation of effective and sustainable strategies for businesses. Ms. Sinelnikova speaks widely to the industrial and office sectors on issues related to health promotion and comprehensive workplace wellness.
Margaret Steele
Holding two degrees from Juilliard, magician Margaret Steele enjoyed a twenty-year career as a musician on Broadway and a stint touring with Rod Stewart’s band. Alongside her musical career she has spent thirty years performing magic for worldwide audiences. She has appeared on television and performed at many festivals and theatres. Ms Steele, who now splits her time between New York and Nova Scotia, recently debuted her new magic show at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Connecticut.
Dan Steeves
Health Promotion Team Leader
NSHA Mental Health and Addictions
Dan Steeves MAEd is the Health Promotion Team Leader for NSHA Mental Health and Addictions (Halifax, NS). He has been an adolescent addictions counselor, substance use researcher and a leader in both the provincial and the health district addiction systems for over 20 years. For the last ten years he has also been a part time faculty member at MSVU. He also serves as VP of Injury Free Nova Scotia. Dan has spent time a great deal of time recently examining the culture of cannabis use in Nova Scotia.
Peter Strahlendorf
Ryerson University
Dr. Peter Strahlendorf, B.Sc., LL.B., LL.M., BES, SJD, CRSP, CSP Dr. Strahlendorf is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Occupational and Public Health at Ryerson University in Toronto. He has been teaching at Ryerson since 1986. He has received awards for teaching in 2005 and 2010 for his courses at Ryerson. In 2011, he received an award from the Board for Canadian Registered Safety Professionals for pioneering post-secondary occupational health and safety education in Canada over the last 25 years. Peter graduated from Queen's University with biology and law degrees. He received his Master of Laws from the University of Toronto in 1987 on the subject of worker and community right to know about chemical hazards. He received his doctorate in law from the University of Toronto in 1991. Peter maintains a consulting practice in occupational health and safety. He has provided in-house training for thousands of supervisors, managers and committee members across Canada over the last twenty-five years. He is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences. He has delivered a preparatory course for candidates for the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) exam for over 20 years.
Kimberly Thomas
Safety Consultant
Safety Services Nova Scotia

kimmerT has held many titles; Guide, Wrangler, Labourer, Heavy Equipment Operator, Gardener, Dispatcher, Fire Fighter, Emergency Medical Technician, Instructor, Safety Consultant, Artist...

A present she wears two professional hats;

One, as Kim Thomas the Safety Consultant; She has a passion for safety and increasing safety awareness. She holds a belief that life is about more than just getting the job done and that education is never ending.

Two, as kimmerT the Artist; Her work is known as, kimmism. She combines intense study and focused painting, inspired by kimmerT sketches and photographs, with the freedom of allowing the paintings to create themselves.

kimmerT is inspired by the world around her. Because she embraces change in life, her style evolves and changes with her. Every image and every safety talk is new and exciting, challenging your brain to understand her reality.
Come on the journey with her as kimmerT embraces life.

Jon Travis P.Eng, PMP
Electrical Safety Consultant & Trainer
Leaf Electrical Safety
Jon Travis is the co-founder of Leaf Electrical Safety, a New Brunswick based company that provides arc flash training and electrical safety consulting services in Canada. Jon has a passion for helping his clients in pulp & paper, manufacturing, mining, oil & gas, and more reach their safety goals and impact their safety culture in a positive way. 
Nadine Wentzell
Workplace Drug & Alcohol Consultant
Nadine Wentzell Consulting Inc

Nadine Wentzell is committed to building current, effective, and industry-specific workplace drug and alcohol programs. As a Workplace Drug and Alcohol Consultant, she has over 25 years’ experience dealing with the health and safety risks of substance abuse in the workplace. Nadine’s experience as a pharmacist gives her particular expertise in addressing the many problems associated with drug use in the workplace; it’s this experience that is consistently identified by her clients as being invaluable when faced with the multi-faceted challenges of drug use.

As a seasoned facilitator and educator, Nadine gets to the heart of the issues promptly. Her collaborative and transparent approach enable her to identify and address her client’s needs promptly, with a customized approach that works across all organizational levels.

Nadine works with her clients to implement the infrastructure required to support a comprehensive drug and alcohol program. Her expertise includes policy development, supervisor training and employee education, as well as offering a collegial network of health care professionals required for an effective program. A growing component of her work includes program audits post implementation, to ensure established drug and alcohol programs are meeting identified goals and objectives.

Nadine’s strongest skill is in her ability to help her clients address this evolving and multi-faceted health and safety risk with ease and confidence. She fosters culture change to achieve the ultimate goal of safe workplaces and healthy people.

Al White
Safety Services Nova Scotia
Al served for twenty six years as a military policeman and qualified criminal investigator with the Canadian Forces serving in Canada and Cyprus. Early in his career he attended an instructional techniques instructors course and has actively been instructing ever since. Four of these years he was employed as an instructor at the Canadian Forces Military Police Academy at CFB Borden Ontario. Al has been instructing for Safety Services for a number of years and some years ago developed the program “From the Schoolyard to the Workplace” and has presented it to both private and NS government departments.
Lucas Wilson
Canada’s Lucas Wilson holds four Guinness World Records for straitjacket escapes including one done entirely underwater. He has appeared on many television shows in North America and Europe. He recently appeared on NBC’s Today Show where he attempted to break one of his own world records.