May 10-12, 2023
Evangel Community Centre
130 Magee Road, Gander

66th Annual Safety Conference & Trade Show 2023


66th Annual Conference and Trade Show

People First, Safety Always


10:00 am - 12:45 pm

Registration (Main Lobby)

Evangel Community Centre
(130 Magee Road, Gander)

1:00 - 1:30 pm

Official Opening

To include President’s Annual Report

1:30 - 2:30 pm

Keynote Address - People First, Safety Always

Mr. Earl Ludlow is the former Executive Vice President of Fortis and former CEO of Newfoundland Power. Earl is a dynamic and skillful speaker that brings a wealth of knowledge on how navigating the complex challenges employers face on the impacts of the health and wellness of workers. He will use his extensive working background to show “People First, Safety Always”.


Earl Ludlow

2:30 pm

NLOHSA – Annual General Meeting (AGM)

  1. Review Minutes 2022 AGM
  2. Business arising
  3. New business
  4. Report of nomination committee
  5. Election of officers
  6. Adjournment         

3:00 - 4:30 pm

Exhibitor's Reception (Gymnasium)

Delegates are invited to visit the exhibitors’ booths

7:30 pm

Networking Social (Kahoot/Karaoke)

Quality Hotel, Salon A

9:00 - 9:10 am

Safety Moment, Announcements & Door Prizes

9:10 - 10:30

Confined Spaces – “Stuck in a Tight Spot”

Confined Space Entry’s remain a challenge for employers, workers, and safety professionals. Colin and Jane will demystify some of the jargon, discuss a practical approach to hazard assessments, and identify what you need to know about evacuation. They’ll discuss some of the current pitfalls through practical examples and demonstrate common confined space rescue equipment.


Jane Eustace


Colin LeGrow

10:30 am - 10:55 am

Coffee & Viewing of Exhibits (stretch break)

10:55 - 11:55

Return to Work

How all workplace parties fulfill their role in a Workplace NL claim can make or break an employee’s return to the workplace. Being prepared and involved before, during and after an injury is critical to the return-to-work process. This session will cover managing the return-to-work process, developing, or enhancing your return-to-work program as well as different strategies to support an employee’s return to work.


Kathryn Kehoe

11:55 - 12:45

Impact Speaker - Mental Health & Suicide

As a single parent, living and working in small town Newfoundland, I never felt at peace with settling for “the way things were”. In 2007, after receiving a diagnosis, I began working on understanding my illness and began my recovery journey. In 2015, that lead me to sign up for Mental Health First Aid Training course, solely to continue finding ways to help myself. Little did I know I would end up using the tools I found would allow me to help a close friend.


Kelly Carew

12:45 - 1:45 pm

Lunch - Served in the main lobby

1:45 - 2:45 pm

Rotational Workers and the Stressors Involved

Rotational work is never easy and being away from family and friends for extended periods of time can be a painful experience. There are stressors and anxieties not just with work, but with personal relationships at home. Steve will take you through his 25-year story of working in the offshore and how communication, listening and finding a work-life balance is imperative to continue doing the job.


Steve Tizzard

2:45 - 3:30 pm

Fishing Vessel Safety Designate – Helping to Bring Fish Harvesters Safety Home.

Executive Director, Brenda Greenslade, of the Newfoundland & Labrador Fish Harvesting Safety Association (NL-FHSA) Will introduce us to the new Fishing Vessel Safety Designate.


Brenda Greenslade

3:30 - 3:55 pm

Coffee and Viewing of Exhibits (stretch break)

3:55 - 4:55 pm

Emergency Response Planning Discussion (Pre/During/Post) – How do we protect one another with an Emergency Response Plan (Hurricane Fiona hits PAB)

Hurricane Fiona was one of the worst natural disasters to hit Atlantic Canada, and the Canadian Red Cross was activated to support those in need, and the personnel who provided the support. There were a variety of needs to be met, and the Canadian Red Cross works diligently to help communities prepare, and how we respond can change based on the ask. This presentation will cover how the Canadian Red Cross helps prepare, and overview of our work with Fiona, and how we support our personnel on the ground.


Susan McCarthy


Jillian Mullowney

6:30 pm

Reception (Cash Bar) Quality Hotel

7:00 pm

NLOHSA Annual Dinner (Quality Hotel)

Dance to follow

9:00 - 9:10 am

Safety Moment, Announcements and Door Prizes

9:10 - 10:00 am

Artificial Intelligence is changing how we work

Through an interactive demo we’ll look at how AI can augment occupational health and safety programs through real-time risk identification and mitigation. Members of the audience will get a chance to test the limitations of an AI-enabled HSE platform and explore how it can benefit them in their careers. We’ll also look at lessons-learned from past implementations across many industries. Using North Star Associates as a case study, you’ll walk away with a roadmap to implement a digital HSE platform inside your organization, regardless of which provider you choose.


Vince Payne

10:00 - 10:25 am

Coffee (stretch break)

10:25 - 11:25 am

Mental Health - Compassion Fatigue

Compassion Fatigue, also known as secondary traumatic stress (STS) is a condition characterized by a gradual lessening of compassion over time. Compassion fatigue can happen gradually or can occur quite quickly. Compassion stress and compassion fatigue are widely accepted occupational hazards in caring professions such as nursing, firefighting, social work, emergency medical response, policing and a wide variety of health and safety support roles. Compassion fatigue, what is it? What does it look like? How do we recognize the signs? How do we safeguard against it?


Paula Delahunty

11:25 - 12:20 pm

You’re Only Human: The Person Behind Behavior Based Safety

Behavior Based Safety is more than just hard hats and safety glasses. It is the person behind those glasses: their thoughts, experiences, bias, training etc., and all play a role in decision-making at work. “You’re Only Human” will take the Behavior Based Safety concept further into the science behind why workers make decisions they make in the workplace and how safety leaders can recognize, support and coach the workforce.


Karen Humby

12:20 pm

Closing Remarks and Door Prize Draw

Main door prize will be drawn at the conference closing on Friday, May 12, 2023. Winner must be a registered delegate and in attendance to claim.

Rooms are available at the Quality Hotel, Gander at a conference rate for delegates, sponsors and exhibitors. 

Quality Hotel

Please call the hotel and mention NL Occupational Health and Safety 2023 conference to reserve your room. 

WHY OUR CONFERENCE What Makes Our Conference Great

For decades, top minds and motivated professionals in the safety industry have come to our conference to network, learn, and advance the industry.


Meet and connect with other industry professionals during sessions and other networking opportunities.


Great Speakers

Learn from and engage with leading voices in the safety industry, and around our province and country.


New People

Hear from some of the leading voices in the safety industry and connect with other professionals.


Have Fun

Combine work and play by taking part in our hosted sessions and interacting with other guests.


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Shift your perspective on health and safety

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