2024 Speakers

Morris Benetton, Manager, Prevention Field Services

  • Manage a great team of 19 officers, 1 supervisor, and an administrative assistant
  • Manager of interest for WorkSafeBC’s Manufacturing Initiative
  • 18 years with WorkSafeBC, 6 years as manager
  • 14 years of forestry background, some construction and manufacturing as well
  • BCIT graduate – Health & Safety and Forestry Programs

Cathy Cook, President, Safe Harbour Consulting

Cathy Cook has extensive health and safety experience spanning many decades, in private and public sector as well as non-profit organizations.   Cathy has worked in forestry and municipal settings, and prior to her retirement from full time work in 2017, was the Executive Director of the BC Municipal Safety Association. As the President of Safe Harbour Consulting, Cathy contracts with employers and associations to deliver training programs, help organizations improve their safety culture, and assist in implementing and strengthening safety management systems.

When not helping clients, you will find Cathy on the water somewhere in her Kayak, or volunteering countless hours at her local animal shelter

Jennifer Irwin, WorkSafeBC

Jennifer Irwin is a safety and mental health professional whose career has spanned over 17 years. Her career in safety has had a focus on heavy industry including mining, road building, container terminals, and municipal government – and most recently joined WSBC as an OHS Consultant focused on mental health injury prevention in the workplace.  Jennifer holds two diplomas and professional designations; one in Occupational Health and Safety and the second in Counselling with a certificate in Life Coaching. Jennifer is passionate about mental health and how it is so connected to the “health” in occupational health and safety. She looks for opportunities every day to incorporate a safety and mental wellness mindset from the start of work through to the close of the day. She firmly believes that we work to live rather than live to work, and so everyone should go home healthy and safely each day.

Bruce Jackson, PgCert, DipAEd, PID, CMIOSH, CRSP, CIT

Bruce Jackson has worked in the OH&S field for more than 28 years, spending 20 years with WorkSafeBC working in a variety of capacities – as a prevention officer, instructor, and in prevention quality assurance. A safety consultant since late 2017, he provides safety training, COR auditing, and incident investigation services to industry.

A graduate of BCIT in both OH&S and operations management, he also holds a graduate degree in human factors & safety management systems and has completed three programs in adult education from Vancouver Community College.

He’s a Canadian Registered Safety Professional, a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, and a Certified Instructional Trainer.

Bruce actively supports the OH&S profession by volunteering his time to serve on the boards of directors for Health and Safety Professionals Canada and the Auditing Association of Canada. He’s the chairperson of the screening center for the lower mainland of BC for the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals and an OH&S programs assessor for the BCRSP. He has also participated as a volunteer in several certification projects for the Board of Certified Safety Professionals in the US.

Isabel Krueger, CRSP

Isabel is a well-known and experienced safety professional with many years of OSH experience. Formerly Corporate Safety Manager for Coast Mountain Bus, she is a respected speaker who has presented at the National Safety Congress in the USA, the Western Conference on Safety, the BC Municipal Occupational Health and Safety Conference and many other prominent safety events. Isabel served on the board of the National Safety Council for 2 terms and in 2006 received its Distinguished Service to Safety Award (DSSA), the National Safety Council’s highest recognition for safety professionals

Mary Moltman – Conference Chair, President, Pacific Safety Center Ltd.

Mary started working in the Occupational Safety & Health field in 1995 at the BC Safety Council and moved to the Pacific Safety Centre Ltd in 2001. In 2024 she assumed the role of President. Prior to 1995 she worked in the hospitality, manufacturing, import/export, and in the railway industry. She has served for several years on the BC NAOSH Week steering committee and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering National Professional Development Conference Steering Committee. She is currently the President of the Pacific Safety Center Ltd.

Eldeen E. Pozniak

MBA, BA, BSc, CEES, CHSC, CHSMSA, CRSP, CMIOSH, FIIRSM.  Director – Pozniak Safety Associates Inc in Canada, Director – Diggins Safety Consulting in USA, Vice President Health & Safety – As One Consulting

Eldeen, is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), a Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC), a Certified Health and Safety Management System Auditor (CHSMSA), a Fellow of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (FIIRSM) and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health in the UK (CMIOSH),… She has her MBA in Global Leadership and is currently enrolled in a PhD program in industrial psychology and organizational development.

Eldeen is committed to a Safer World of Work. Her commitment is demonstrated by her 25 plus years of experience and involvement as an advisor and consultant to various industry sectors, government organizations, and businesses, and as a professor at educational institutions. She consults in management and leadership and recognizes that a sense of purpose is a foundation piece to success and self-satisfaction. It is shown by her reach – she has worked on 6 of the 7 continents and in 33 different countries. It is also shown through her involvement and volunteer positions in safety and health related associations. Eldeen is the Past President of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) and the past president of the International Network of Safety and Health Professional Organizations (INSHPO), is the standards practice chair of the Global Practice Specialty of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and is on the OneWish board. Eldeen Focuses her life and work on concepts of leadership, emotional intelligence, the power of influence and OHS culture and systems. Well known for her sense of humor and down to earth approach, Eldeen uses experiences from her consulting practice and her personal life to deliver a timely, well researched and insightful messages and education.

Due to her commitment and professionalism, she has received regional, national and international recognition. She has been honored by the American Society of Safety Professionals in their publication – 100 Women making a difference in the safety, health and environment profession, she been inducted into the Saskatchewan Safety Hall of Fame, had been presented with both the Saskatchewan and Canadian Safety Professional of the year award (in different years), received the ASSP presidents award for safety recognition, and she was recognized and invited to have tea with the queen at Buckingham palace for her contributions to health and safety globally.  In 2021 Eldeen was named Top Women in Safety by COS magazine, 10 Most Successful Women Leaders to Follow in the 2023 issue of The Inc Magazine,  and A Women of Inspiration by the Universal Womens Network.

Norm Ralph

Norm has over (30) years’ experience in Occupational Health & Safety.  He got his start in Occupational Health & Safety in the early 80’s working for Western Canada Steel, a local steel manufacturing plant.   When the plant closed, Norm found new employment as a Safety & Quality Assurance coordinator at CAPTIN, a wheel manufacturing division of Toyota. He remained in the roles for over 10 years before moving on to his next challenge as a Safety Consultant with the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.  Recognizing his desire to work in a more hands-on approach with workers, in 2003 Norm moved on to a new role as a Senior Safety Analyst with the SkyTrain Operation and in 2013 he was promoted to Manager of Occupational Health. Norm is a member of the CSSE, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering.  During his 25-year membership he has held numerous elected positions within the local Chapter; two consecutive terms as Chapter Chair, Vice Chair and Director.

Norm has his CRSP and CHSC designations, Canadian Registered Safety Professionals and Canadian Health & Safety Consultant.  As well Norm is also a Certification Disability Management Professional CDMP. Norm now works for his own company, Apex Abilities where he continues to work with companies to improve their Health & Safety performance by providing: Customized Health & Safety Education & Training, Disability Management Consulting Services, Occupational Wellness Programs, and Ergonomic Assessments & Solutions

Romy Ralph, Learning and Development Officer, St. John’s Ambulance BC/Yukon

Romy Ralph is a Learning and Development Officer with St. John Ambulance BC/Yukon provincial office. She has been a trainer for 29 years within the organization, providing train the trainer workshops, advanced first aid training, and mental health for the workplace first aid courses.

She continues to learn and develop facilitation techniques by delivering Instructional Skills workshops through the Instructional Skills workshop network, which provides an opportunity to learn and develop new and exciting methods of delivery.

Facilitating dynamic Mental Health First Aid courses, Romy exceeds excellence in everything she does and is dedicated and passionate about mental health training.

Romy retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 2021. She spent 25 years of service, where she specialized in leadership and training.

Terry Swain Conference Vice-Chair, OSH Services, Pacific Safety Center Ltd.

Terry has over 40 years in occupational and traffic safety fields. He started as a Motorcycle Safety Instructor for the BC Safety Council in 1978 and moved to the occupational safety field in 1982, as the BC Safety Council’s Industrial Safety Division manager. His role took him across BC and Canada conducting various workplace safety courses and speaking at various occupational safety conferences for literally thousands of workers, safety committee members, supervisors and managers in industries as diverse as logging, chemical production, manufacturing, IT, accounting and more.  In 1994 he founded the Pacific Safety Center Ltd, now one of Western Canada’s best known occupational health and safety organizations. He is one of only 3 safety professionals to ever be awarded the Robert Wright Lifetime Achievement Award for Occupational Safety and Health.  He was a founding member of the Trade Safety Coordinator and Construction Safety Officer Development Committees and has sat on numerous other occupational health and safety advisory committees. He has a Diploma of Administrative Management from BCIT.