2021 JOINT ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND TRADE SHOW IS GOING VIRTUAL!
The British Columbia Municipal Safety Association (BCMSA) is anindependent, non-profit organization committed to improving worker health and safety in all industries throughout the province.
The Public Works Association of British Columbia represents individuals working for municipalities, utility companies and engineering consulting firms, in every community throughout BC and Yukon.
Delegate registration is now open!
First 250 tickets are only $195.
WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?#JAC2021 will provide you with direct access to real-life local government case studies and success stories, as well as direct access to a virtual community of hundreds of health and safety and public works professionals.
Information sharing, question-and-answer sessions and networking are a vital part of the conference experience and will be made available through the virtual conference platform. The solutions you can find at the conference can save your organization hundreds or even thousands of dollars in consulting fees. Stay current with information and emergent trends, technologies, and best practices. All this, virtually and conveniently from wherever you are.
You also have the opportunity to learn about exciting products and new services from the virtual tradeshow.
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Whether headlining corporate conferences, addressing university/college students, educators, members of non-profits/associations or mesmerizing audiences in 20,000-seat stadiums, Spencer’s charisma and dynamism captivates all. Sharing his journey from losing both legs as a child, to climbing – and summiting – Mount Kilimanjaro using his hands and wheelchair, Spencer’s words and actions have encouraged millions to stand up, face challenges and embrace change. Everyone leaves with pertinent lessons they can apply to redefine what their possible is.
Spencer’s incredible story is documented in both film and print. His journey is featured in the documentary Redefine Possible: The Story of Spencer West, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and in his book Standing Tall: My Journey.
As the opener on Demi Lovato’s 2014 world tour across North America, Spencer spoke to and inspired tens of thousands of her fans. He has spoken alongside luminaries and performers such as former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore, Mia Farrow, Martin Luther King III, Jennifer Hudson, and Natalie Portman, to name a few.
He has appeared countless times in the media including, ABC News, Buzz Feed, 60 Minutes, CTV, BBC News, TMZ, CNN, Forbes, and The Globe & Mail, CBS This Morning, Bloomberg and was a featured guest on Season 2 of Karamo The Podcast, hosted by Karamo Brown.
Spencer’s inspiring words have reached millions of listeners around the world, including Virgin Atlantic, KPMG, Staples, Financial Institutions, Insurance, Microsoft, Universal McCann, Ministry of Education, Colleges & Universities, YPO/WPO, SickKids Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs, and more.
Infused with humor and humility, Spencer’s talks offer take-home tips and life-lessons on how to find opportunity in every challenge, while instilling hope and empowering leaders to motivate others to create positive change.
“We need to stop looking at obstacles as negative things. I firmly believe obstacles are given to us to help us learn and grow as individuals. I think it’s important, with any challenge we face, to take a step back and look at what we were supposed to learn. And furthermore, how can we share that lesson to the people around us.” – Spencer West
Dave Fennell has been practicing safety for 34. He retired from his roles as the Senior Safety Advisor for Imperial Oil and the Senior Technical Professional for Safety for ExxonMobil in 2015 and he has continued to be a motivator, facilitator, presenter and coach on safety since then.
He has a BSc. in Environmental Sciences, a diploma in Civil Engineering Technology and is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP). Dave has developed approaches to safety management that have produced results that are widely recognized and have been featured in several safety management videos. He is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Alberta on Behaviour Based Safety and Human Factors in Engineering and Safety.
Dave has been labelled “The Risk Tolerance Guru” because of his research and the development of materials that answer the question “Why do we take risks?”. The video and materials on Risk Tolerance have been used around the world and have been translated into 9 different languages.
In 2013, The Canadian Society of Safety Engineering awarded Dave the distinction of being the Canadian Safety Professional of the Year.
Kent has written numerous articles and more recently published a white paper “5 Major Shifts in Municipal Government” focused on the impact of COVID-19 on Canadian municipalities. He has presented to several municipal associations including the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2), Local Government Management Association (LGMA), the Government Finance Officers Association of BC among others. Kent has also served as a guest lecturer on municipal community engagement at Capilano University.
Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych. is a national thought leader on issues relating to psychological health, wellness and resilience. She is the CEO & Founder of MyWorkplaceHealth, a full-suite national workplace consulting firm and Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych & Associates, an in-office and online (virtual) clinical counselling practice with offices located throughout BC.
Dr. Samra is a highly-regarded expert in psychological health and safety (PH&S). Over the past two decades, she has been involved in numerous national initiatives that have contributed to policy change in Canada, and is a Founding & Ongoing Member of the CSA Technical Committee that developed the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace (CAN/CSA-Z1003-13/BNQ9700-803/2013). This Standard is the first of its kind in the world, and is shaping policy development for workplace PH&S at the international ISO level.
Dr. Samra is the lead Research Scientist who created Guarding Minds at Work: A Workplace Guide to Psychological Health & Safety, in which the psychosocial factor frame adopted by the Standard was developed. She is also the developer of the Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment, an assessment and action planning resource that aligns leaders’ skills with the requirements of the Standard. Dr. Samra and her team have extensive expertise in helping organizations implement initiatives related to workplace PH&S including implementation of the CSA Standard; providing leadership development, training & coaching services across a broad range of areas, including emotional intelligence, psychologically safe leadership and mental health awareness; and, providing a breadth of services to enhance employee psychological health, wellness and resilience.
Dr. Samra has received a number of awards and accolades for her clinical and research work. She is proud to be the recipient of the Canadian Psychological Association’s New Researcher Award and the British Columbia Psychological Association’s Advancement of the Profession of Psychology Award. She is also the former President of the BC Psychological Association and past Chair of the BC Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards Committee.
Heather is a Human Factors Specialist/Ergonomist in the Risk Analysis Unit at WorkSafeBC.Heather trained in Human Factors and System Safety at Lund University in Sweden.Her key areas of focus include musculoskeletal injury prevention, improving the worker and mobile equipment interface and managing the risk of fatigue across multiple high-hazard industries.Since 2016 she’s been pioneering the topic of fatigue risk management at WorkSafeBC defining a path forward and developing resources to help employers effectively mitigate risks related to fatigue.Heather and the Human Factors team at WorkSafeBC work with many stakeholders supplying guidance and best practices towards understanding the gaps in the workplace system and how best to mitigate physical and cognitive risks and enhance overall system performance.
As an Occupational Hygiene Office with WorkSafeBC, Andrew focuses on educating employers and workers in keeping the workplace safe. Since 2018, Andrew has been assigned to the WorkSafeBC Process Safety Initiative. In addition, Andrew has worked with the WorkSafeBC Risk Analysis Unit (RAU) and has worked on multiple projects including ammonia, chlorine, and explosions and paint manufacturing. Prior to joining the Board, Andrew graduated with a Master’s Degree of Science from the University of British Columbia and currently holds two certifications -Certified Industrial Hygiene (CIH) and Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP).
MK, as he is called by his friends and peers, is EHS Analytics’ Data Science and Analytics Team Lead. EHS is a one-of-a-kind company whose purpose is to use data to solve one of the biggest challenges of industry – workplace injuries and fatalities. After a successful five-year academic research and teaching career, MK joined EHS Analytics to put his theoretical knowledge and skills to practical use.
MK is an advocate of practical data science. Being a practical data scientist requires first-hand experience in the industry, helping identify problems and implement immediate solutions (check out the EHS Analytics blog to learn more about practical data scientists). With the help of his team, MK has built AI tools that can extract relevant attributes and understanding from OH&S data. Using these AI tools along with other data in the EHS Analytics DataHub, MK’s team is developing a predictor to forecast serious workplace injuries. If this sounds like science fiction to you, come to our session and learn how we are achieving this goal.
“It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best.” W. Edwards Deming