MEET THE Keynote Speaker
Founder & CEO, Lead Yourself First Enterprises
Born in Australia and now residing in Vancouver, Michelle Ray is a health and safety speaker renowned for her expertise on leadership, accountability, influence and building outstanding safety cultures. Michelle demonstrates a deep understanding of team dynamics, interpersonal communication and personal responsibility. She has worked with hundreds of leaders and their teams in diverse industries including occupational health and safety sectors within private and public enterprise, construction mining as well as oil and gas. Her style has been described as dynamic, fun refreshing, uplifting with a common-sense message.
As an in-demand business conference speaker for more than 20 years, Michelle has earned the Certified Speaking Professional Designation, held by less than 1200 people worldwide. Michelle is the author of Lead Yourself First! Indispensable Lessons in Business & in Life, contributor for the Globe and Mail Leadership Lab Column and has appeared as a guest on numerous TV and current affairs programs.
MEET THE Event Speakers
Former Mayor Appleton
Dermot (Derm) Flynn has had a very distinguished career on the Island and in Labrador. He spent 32 years in municipal government – eight years as mayor and deputy mayor of Wabush and 24 years as mayor and deputy mayor of Appleton. He was the president of the Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador from 1999 to 2000 and was the Chair of the Waste Management Advisory Committee which informed the development of the Provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy.
Mr. Flynn moved to Appleton in 1991 and has been keen to find new ideas to benefit his town. Under Mr. Flynn's leadership, Appleton has improved the ecosystem of the Gander River with the successful construction and implementation of an Abydoz Wetland Treatment Facility in 2006-07 which has won numerous awards for its treatment levels, innovative design and its green method of treatment. Mr. Flynn has been very involved with the Provincial Tidy Towns program garnering Appleton wins in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2016.
He is a life member of the Association of Kinsmen Clubs of Canada, was inducted into Softball Newfoundland and Labrador Hall of Fame, and in 2012, was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. Because of his efforts and those of the people of Appleton during 9/11, Mr. Flynn is being portrayed in the Broadway musical "Come From Away". He is married to Dianne Flynn (née Downey) and they have two sons, Craig and Colin.
Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro
Jamie was born in Winnipeg, MB but spent only one week there as he and his Mother returned to Bishop’s Falls where he was raised by his mother and grandparents. Jamie attended grade school in Bishop’s Falls at Leo Burke Academy and went to Memorial University to complete his bachelor’s degree Mechanical Engineering. Jamie completed his six work terms with Abitibi Bowater, North Atlantic Refining Limited and Exmar Offshore in Houston, Texas before being hired by Nalcor Energy in August 2008 as a graduate engineer. Jamie’s first placement with Nalcor Energy was with Churchill Falls Labrador Corporation where he spent 14 months before being transferred to Holyrood in January 2010. In July 2010, Jamie was hired as the Project and Quality Assurance Engineer at Holyrood and remained in this position until June 2018. In June 2018, Jamie was promoted to the Manager of Work Execution; a position he still holds to this day. During Jamie’s time at Holyrood, he spent five years on the Occupational Health and Safety committee and eight years on the Holyrood High Angle Rescue Team (HART). In 2017, Jamie won the Nalcor Energy President's Award for Safety. Jamie is a registered professional engineer with the province of NL. Jamie currently lives in St. John’s with his wife Laura who is a high school biology, chemistry and physics teacher at Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation (CDLI). Jamie loves to golf, but most of all, Jamie loves spending time with his wife (who he loves so dearly) travelling near and abroad.
Workplace Safety North
Cindy Schiewek (pronounced: She-vek) is the Senior Occupational Health and Safety Systems Specialist, for WSN and is based out of Sudbury Ontario.
Cindy is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional and has over 19 years of experience in the field of Occupational Health and Safety and holds an Honors Bachelor of Commerce Degree with a focus in Strategy and Organizational Behaviour and a minor in Psychology.
Throughout the years, Cindy has served the health and safety needs of various sectors including mining, construction, industrial, health care, government, municipal, farming/ agricultural, first nation, retail and tourism. She specializes in brining together
- Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems and
- Health and Safety Culture.
Cindy is the architect behind the WSN Internal Responsibility System: Climate Assessment and Audit Tool (now known more commonly as CAAT Essentials+) for the Ontario Mining Sector which the Institute for Work and Health has deemed predictive of injury outcomes and is shaping the future of prevention.
David Lacey is the Manager of Prevention Services with WorkplaceNL. David is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional and with over 17 years of experience in the field of Occupational Health and Safety. David has served the health and safety needs of various sectors including Oil and Gas, health care, government, and municipalities. David currently is responsible for leading a team of safety professionals for WorkplaceNL that deliver safety services to businesses experiencing high cost and claim experience.
David brings over 25 years of progressive management and construction experience to his role as Chief Executive Officer of Pennecon. He holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland, a Masters of Business Administration from Queen’s University, is currently enrolled in the Masters of Law program at Osgoode Hall Law School and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Prior to joining Pennecon, David held senior management positions with Xylem, an international leader in the water and wastewater business, as well within the construction industry in Canada and the US.
David held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Pennecon before taking on the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2014. Outside of work, David is an avid sailor and a member of the Masonic Order.
Richard Mandeville is the TechnipFMC’s Vice President of Subsea Projects (Canada). He is a graduate of Memorial University and a licensed Professional Engineer in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. He is involved with various post-secondary industry engagement groups and Cadets Canada. He lives in St. John’s with his wife, Laura, and daughters, Elizabeth and Claire, spending his free time cycling, paddling, and fly fishing.
Chris is a proud Newfoundlander, born and raised in St John's. His family operated a heating oil company, which was eventually sold to A. Harvey & Co. Ltd. Chris holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Memorial University. Currently, he is the General Manager of Harvey's Oil Ltd., a Petro Canada partnership that sells and distributes petroleum products throughout Newfoundland. Chris is a champion of health & safety in the workplace, and recently received an award presented by the NL Occupational Health and Safety Organization to honour his commitment to his co-workers and their health & safety. Chris is the past president of Boys and Girls Club of St John’s, a board member of Shallaway Youth Choir and is the Co-Chair of Pride at Work Canada.
Retired Staff Sargent, RCMP
Boyd Merrill retired for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) after 30 years of service. Prior to joining the RCMP he worked for 5 years as a full time Correctional Youth Counselor /Officer while he attended university full time.
In addition to specialized policing duties, he served as an elected RCMP Labour Relations Representative. Boyd spend years assisting others with serious problems including mental health issues – some of those in mental crisis.
Boyd was one of the original employees on the RCMP National Health Committee who framed the RCMP National B Division (NL) Mental Health Strategy in 2016.
Boyd is a 32 degree Scottish Rite Freemason and a Scottish Lodge Master Mason. He is currently the RW Master of Lodge Conception in CBS, NL
Boyd gives information, knowledge and experience, but most of all, hope.
Snap Virtual Inc.
Grant Skinner is a safety professional with very diverse experience in Health and Safety Management Systems within the maritime and oil and gas industry locally and internationally. His passion for occupational health and safety began while working with a global leader in Offshore Drilling and Completions as well as instructing offshore safety and survival at the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Grant continued his studies of Occupational Health and Safety Management at Ryerson University while obtaining his CRSP designation. Grant diversified his health and safety management system experience both offshore and onshore to include FPSO construction, offshore hook-up, commissioning and production operations.
As founder of Coastal Safety Systems, Grant works with clients locally and internationally with a focus on all aspects of industrial safety and development of safety management systems as well as all other aspects of Occupational Health and Safety. In 2018 Coastal Safety Systems expanded services beyond Oil & Gas to include utilities, transportation, etc. which included a contract with Amazon Corporation to support improvements to their safety management system.
In 2017, Grant founded Validity Systems, a local Technology company who build IoT solutions. Validity Systems recently partnered with a global leader in augmented and virtual reality space to bring leading edge AVR software and virtual training solutions to industry to improve workplace safety and training through immersive training and competence.
Grant is a member of the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals Regional Screening Committee with a goal of helping to better prepare our health and safety professionals for the challenges that await them in this ever-changing Market.
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS）
Jan Chappel is a Senior Technical Specialist at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) where she provides expertise in mental health, workplace safety, occupational hygiene, and education to CCOHS’ team of specialists.
Jan is the project lead for the Center’s online fact sheets (OSH Answers) and publications. She works on a variety of projects including e-courses, and creating web tools and mobile apps for organizations such as WorkSafe New Brunswick, WorkplaceNL, PEI, and WorkSafe Saskatchewan and authoring e-learning courses. She has also developed health and safety educational material for teachers in Ontario and Costa Rica, and co-authored CCOHS’ publication, Workplace Strategies: Risk of Impairment from Cannabis.
She is an active member of several Canadian Standards Association technical committees, including Occupational Health and Safety Training, Incident Investigation, Management of impairment in the workplace.
Jan received a Masters of Health Science degree in Occupational Hygiene from the University of Toronto and a Honours Bachelor degree in Health Studies from the University of Waterloo.