MEET THE Keynote Speaker
Past Executive Vice President, Fortis Group & Current Chancellor of Memorial University
Earl Ludlow, ONL, P. Eng., FCAE is a native of Fogo Island. For nearly four decades, he held progressive roles at Fortis Group with a scope spanning Canada, the United States, Central America and the Caribbean. He retired as EVP and Operational Advisor to the President and Chief Executive Officer in 2017. In addition to his professional career, Earl has had a lifelong commitment to community volunteerism, championing education, healthcare, and rural Newfoundland. He is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding contributions to the community, is a member of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador and its advisory council and was designated as the Humanitarian of the Year by the Canadian Red Cross in 2010. In 2022, Earl was appointed Chancellor of Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is also currently Chair of Altius Renewable Royalties Corp (TSE: ARR) and Shorefast Social Enterprises Inc. His former volunteer positions include Chair of the NL Government’s Independent Appointments Commission, Chair of Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation, Vice Chair of the Rooms, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires NL. He also served as the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment 1st Battalion.
MEET THE Event Speakers
Mental Health Advocate
As a single parent, living and working in small town Newfoundland, Kelly never felt at peace with settling for “the way things were”. In 2007, after receiving a diagnosis, she began working on understanding her illness and began her recovery journey.
In 2015, this lead her to sign up for Mental Health First Aid Training course, solely to continue finding ways to help myself. Little did she know that she would end up using the tools she found to help a close friend.
Since then, she has realize that sharing her lived experience may help others. She uses the skills she has learned, along with her own lived experience to help others. Whether it is speaking to groups or helping someone individually, has proven to not only be therapeutic for herself but also a way of raising awareness of mental illness and hopefully educating others.
Disaster Risk Reduction & Climate Change Adaptation Lead, Canadian Red Cross, Atlantic Canada
Jillian Mullowney (she/her) is the Disaster Risk Reduction & Climate Change Adaptation Lead for the Canadian Red Cross in Atlantic Canada. Jillian has deployed to numerous responses across Canada including Calgary Floods (2013), Northern Alberta Wildfires (2016), Las Vegas Mass Casualty Event (2017), Mud Lake (2017), Froude Avenue Fire (2017), NB Floods (2018), Snowmaggedon (2020), COVID Support (2020-2022), BC Atmospheric River (2021), and most recently Hurricane Fiona. Jillian also supports responses in Atlantic Canada in a leadership support capacity. Jillian is experienced in all aspects of the Emergency Management Cycle and has a particular interest in moral injury, worker safety, and psychosocial support.
Jillian is completing her Master of Social Work degree at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Addictions Coordinator - St. John's Region, Eastern Health
Paula Delahunty is the Addictions Coordinator for Eastern Health, St. John’s Region. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Memorial University of Newfoundland and is currently registered within the profession. Additionally she holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Criminology Certificate and a Diploma in Clinical Counselling for Addictions from Memorial University. Ms. Delahunty has worked in the field of Addictions both directly and indirectly for approximately 25 years.
Over her career in the field of Mental Health and Addictions, she has worked with individuals, groups, families and couples and communities impacted by substance use harms and other behavioural adaptations.
As part of her role as Addictions Coordinator for the Eastern Regional Health Authority, she currently leads the Workforce Development program for the Mental Health and Addictions Program covering a wide variety of topics relevant to the provision of mental health and addictions services.
Manager, Prevention Services Dept., WorkplaceNL
Jane Eustace is an Industrial Hygienist and acting Manager in the Prevention Service Department at WorkplaceNL. Her specialty is helping employers in Newfoundland and Labrador manage health hazards, including those found in confined spaces.
In her current acting role, she is responsible for OHS education and certification training. Jane has 15 years’ experience as a health and safety professional and is committed educating our workforce on occupational hazards.
Executive Director, The Newfoundland and Labrador Fish Harvesting Safety Association
Brenda Greenslade is a graduate of the General Hospital School of Nursing, Memorial University School of Nursing and McGill University. Early in her career, she worked as a Registered Nurse in acute care and public health before applying her knowledge and expertise to the design and delivery of programs related to workplace health and safety, worker’s compensation and disability management as well as safety engineering.
Brenda has worked in post-secondary education, the utility industry, and workers’ compensation but over the past four years, she has devoted her efforts to the fish harvesting industry, helping fish harvesters return safely home.
Brenda has served on various Boards of Directors at the provincial and national levels, and sat on numerous committees related to occupational health and safety. She has been involved in several legislative reviews and numerous consultations on the development of workplace standards. She has received commendation from employers in recognition of her work achievements and standards of excellence and is a recipient of the Canadian Occupational Health Nurses Award for Distinction for exemplary contributions made to the practice of Occupational Health Nursing in Canada.
Safety Advisor, ExxonMobil/HMDC
Karen Humby is originally from Gander NL, attended Memorial University and has remained in St. John’s for most of her career.
In 1998 Karen started her career in Occupational Health and Safety with WorkplaceNL and for the past 11 years has been working as a Safety Advisor with ExxonMobil/HMDC.
Karen says the highlight of her career, so far, is getting the opportunity to travel offshore via helicopter (being an aviation geek!), and spending time with the ExxonMobil offshore family.
Personally, Karen recharges her batteries with a daily Pilates practice, walks outside while enjoying a good podcast, and gardening. As the current President of the Positive Thinkers Club NL, Karen says she is very fortunate to surround herself with positive people.
Team Lead, Claims Services, WorkplaceNL
Kathryn has worked in the field of disability management for 19 years. She initially worked in the insurance industry, managing short and long term disability claims for Medavie Blue Cross. In 2007 she began her career at WorkplaceNL where she has worked in various roles most recent being Team Lead in the Claims Services area. Kathryn enjoys the outdoors especially doing long hikes on the East Coast Trail.
Owner/Operator, Technical Rope & Rescue
Colin LeGrow owns and operates Technical Rope & Rescue Inc. He specializes in working in areas where access is challenging and the risk is considered high. He is an instructor in a number of disciplines including fall protection, confined space entry and high angle rescue.
Colin has more than 20 years experience working at height and actively participates in many related Standards organizations including CSA, STAC, & NFPA.
Beyond the job, Colin loves outdoor adventure, spending time with family & hiking with his two staffordshire bull terrier dogs.
Occupational Health and Safety Advisor, Canadian Red Cross
Susan McCarthy has been an active volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross since 2013, and working in Occupational Health and Safety since 2014.
Getting the best of both worlds through working in OHS for the Canadian Red Cross has been exceptionally rewarding, particularly as the Canadian Red Cross has navigate its service delivery options with the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020. Named one of OHS Canada’s Top 25 Under 40 OHS Professionals, Susan works hard to build and nurture relationships to enhance health, safety, and wellbeing.
Founder, OPAS Mobile
Vince Payne is a Professional Engineer with experience ranging from mine maintenance to global subsea technology. Across Canada and worldwide, Vince noticed an opportunity to use technology to fundamentally improve HSEQ compliance in the field. Combining broad industrial experience with a passion for workplace safety, Vince founded OPAS Mobile in 2021 with the mission of building a 'Safer, More Productive Workplace'. Vince continues to hold a senior management role inside partner organization, and event sponsor, North Star Associates where he's able to maintain his connection to the field and work with talented safety professionals.
Radio Operator, Hibernia Platform
For the past 25 years, Steve Tizzard has been working on the Hibernia Platform. In 2009, he was the recipient of the ExxonMobil Canada East President's Safety Award following the return to flight operations after the Cougar 491 tragedy. In October 2015 the Wellness Committee from Hibernia was the recipient of the gold award from Canada's Safest Employers magazine for Psychological Safety in the workplace.
Steve is a Mental Health First Aid Canada Instructor and a certified as a Psychological Health and Safety Advisor with the Canadian Mental Health Association. In 2017, his workplace was named the CM Hincks Workplace award by CMHA, fostering positive Mental Health practices for all employees.
Most recently, in October 2022, Steve was the recipient of the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health workplace champion for advancement of mental health awareness across the country. He has helped workplaces implement workplace programs from northern Alaska to Northern Labrador and all points in between.