On The First Day

Please note all times listed are Newfoundland Standard Time.

10:00 - 12:30 AM Registration

Conference Registration

12:50 - 1:50
Safety Leadership: It Starts And Ends With Me

Michelle Ray

Safety Leadership: It Starts And Ends With Me

Delivering her message with insight, wit and humour, Michelle’s energizing, informative and popular keynote presentation will remind attendees of the power of personal leadership. You will learn accountability strategies to use long after the conference ends to take the lead, embrace challenges and break down barriers to success.

1:50 - 2:30

Official Opening

To include President’s Annual Report

2:30- 3:15
How Technology can Interface with Safety

Grant Skinner

How Technology can Interface with Safety

Virtual Reality is being used in almost every industry imaginable.  This presentation will demonstrate how Virtual Reality can be used to improve your safety training, safety inspections and overall safety culture.


NLOHSA - Annual General Meeting

  1. Review Minutes 2020 AGM
  2. Business arising
  3. New business
  4. Report of nomination committee
  5. Election of officers
  6. 6. Adjournment

3:30 - 4:30

Exhibitors display

Exhibitors display (delegates time with Exhibitors – & Kahoots with Jennifer Yetman)

On The Second Day

9:00 - 9:10

Safety Moment, Announcements & Door Prizes

9:10 - 10:00
Mental Health

Boyd Merrill

Mental Health

Boyd will talk personally and frankly about mental health challenges, including his own.  Specifically he explains Occupational Stress Injuries such as Depression, Anxiety and PTSD.

10:00 - 10:30

Mobility & Stretch Break

10:35 - 12:00

Incident Investigation - Take Two Mock Accident

A Pair of Blumers / NLOHSA

Are your incident investigations as thorough as they could be?  Are there causal factors that are getting overlooked? Are you really getting to the root cause? Join NLOHSA Board Members and Beyond the Overpass Theatre Company for this interactive session where we will step behind the scenes of an incident investigation to explore methods and practices aimed at improving your investigation skills.

12:00 - 1:25

Lunch Break

1:30 - 2:30

Good Safety…Good Business (Panel Discussion)

There are a wide variety of reasons why occupational health & safety is critical for running a successful business.  Companies can incur significant savings in the long run by prioritizing safety. “Safety does not cost, it pays”. Our panelist will speak to the facts that make their business a success.

2:30 - 3:15

Safety Culture Assessment Tool

It’s time to change the way we do things; but we must first change the way we view things.  We need to look at the Health and Safety Ecosystem (where systems meet culture) in its entirety.  This session aims to introduce the concept of the H&S Ecosystem in combination with the CAAT: a 360 degree approach that measures and quantifies the maturity of a firm H&S Ecosystem with a ‘building block’ action plan approach. Learn about the next step change in the evolution of workplace health and safety that WorkplaceNL is undertaking and ask yourself: ‘How’s your Health and Safety Ecosystem? How do you know?

3:15 - 3:45


3:50 - 4:45
Dead Tired: The Dangers of Fatigue in the Workplace

Kim Cullen

Dead Tired: The Dangers of Fatigue in the Workplace

This session will summarize the current best available research evidence on the signs and symptoms of physical and mental fatigue and the impact fatigue has on worker health and safety. Practical tips for workers and strategies that employers can employ to help keep their workers safe will be discussed.

On The Third Day

9:00 - 9:10

Safety Moment

9:10 - 9:45

Derm Flynn


On September 11, 2001, Gander, became a safe harbor for 38 international aircrafts, their passengers, crew and some animals. Derm Flynn was the mayor of nearby Appleton during 9/11. He was involved in many of the local efforts during that time and is one of the characters portrayed in the musical “Come From Away”. How do you deal with an incident such as this and can you prepare for it? Mr. Flynn will give his account of how the people of the Gander area were at their best during this terrifying experience. 

9:45 - 10:00

Mobility & Stretch break

10:05 ‑ 10:45
Impact Speaker

Jamie Curtis

Impact Speaker

Jamie's presentation focuses on mental health in 2020; the facts, biases and stigma, while incorporating his own story and his personal struggle and successes with mental health.

10:45 - 11:30
Building a Harassment and Violence Prevention Program

Jan Chappel

Building a Harassment and Violence Prevention Program

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOHS)

Join the CCOHS as they facilitate discussion and outline prevention opportunities for building a harassment and violence prevention program. As health, safety and human resources professionals, committee members and business owners, learn what elements you need to have a successful policy and program to prevent harassment and violence in your workplace.

11:30 - 12:15
Working Remotely: What to Consider

Kim Lewis

Working Remotely: What to Consider

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, many workplaces asked employees to work from home. With little advanced planning, many people brought their computers home and set-up home workspaces. While working from home has its advantages, it also presents some unique challenges for both workers and employers. Kim will speak to these challenges and offer some important considerations for working remotely.


Closing Remarks & Door Prize Draw

*Please note: While the portal will be accessible 30 days after the conference, it is not guaranteed that recordings of the sessions will be viewable. Many speakers consider their talks intellectual property. It is up to them if they want to add any parts of their session to the portal to be accessible after viewing.