8:30 - 9:30 Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:30 - 9:45 Welcoming Remarks 

9:45 - 10:30 Opening Speaker 

The Face of Workplace Tragedy - Walking through Personal Experience with Wynny Sillito

On a winter day in 2011, Wynny went to work as an EMT‐A prepared to save the lives of others, but could never have foreseen the events of that day, and how they would change her life forever. She is here today as a volunteer of the Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support – known as Threads of Life – and its Speakers Bureau. Wynny is also a member of the Steps for Life – Calgary planning committee. In sharing the story of her personal experience with workplace tragedy, Wynny hopes to prevent other workers and their families from sharing the same experience.

10:30 - 11:30 Business Session

A. Hotel Employee Safety (Cst. Terry Cote & Cst. Ryan Hogan, Calgary Police Service)

The members of the Calgary Police Hotel Motel Unit will provide a presentation pertaining to incidents affecting the safety and security of hospitality staff. Topics to be discussed will be incidents and situations which hospitality staff will encounter during their day to day operations. These will include but not limited to; safety planning and immediate actions pertaining to criminal and non-criminal incidents, intoxicated persons, drugs, weapons, crime prevention and police response. The objective if the presentation is to educate staff members on these topics including; safety precautions, safety indicators and how to assess the appropriate course of action upon discovery of prohibited items.

B.  Alberta OHS - Employer, Supervisors & Worker Responsibility (Mr. Darcy Brown, Occupational Health and Safety Officer, Alberta Government) 

This presentation will focus on Occupational Health & Safety obligations of employers, supervisors and workers while working in the Province of Alberta.


11:30 - 1:30 Lunch and Keynote Speaker

The Danger of Complacency in Safety with John Amatt

John Amatt is the founder and president of One Step Beyond Worldwide whose mission is to encourage people to push beyond their self-imposed limitations to be more personally accountable for the results of their own actions, and to embrace effective teamwork by valuing the contributions of others. 


The Danger of Complacency highlights the fact that human beings are inherently creatures of habit, who prefer to cling to the ‘status quo’ of the past, rather than seeking out new and better ways of operating in the challenging world of the workplace. John believes that the key to success in times of economic and social change is always to ask the question … “WHY?” … not automatically accepting today’s norms but believing that better is always possible in the future.

1:30 - 2:30 Business Session

C. Mental Health in the Workplace (Paul Semeniuk, True Link Safety)

Provide awareness about positive and negative mental health in the workplace. Provide some skills to identify the warning signs associated with negative mental health. Paul will talk about programs available and showcase treatments that can be used by an employer to help the employee.

D. Active Deadly Assailant (Les Gramantik – HSDS Ltd.)


2:30 - 3:30 Business Session

E. De-escalating Techniques (Tyler Duggan, GardaWorld Protective Services)


F. Psychological violence and Psychological Safety in the Workplace (Bob Stenhouse,Veritas Solutions)

Workplace harassment, bullying, incivility, and hostility can have a devastating effect on employees, employers and the bottom line success of business. With the recent OHS changes in Alberta, harassment and bullying have now been identified as a hazard, requiring controls and compliance obligations for employers. This presentation will provide additional insight for employers and workers about this element of the OHS legislation. 



3:30 - 4:00 Closing Remarks


Session topics or speakers are subject to change