Program Schedule

The 2022 conference will be returning to the Coast Langley City Hotel and Convention Centre, Langley BC on Sept 27, 2022 with the optional post conference courses running Wednesday September 28, 2022. Featuring two amazing keynote presentations and six breakout sessions with 2 optional post conference full day courses, the 2022 Safety Committee Conference promises to be the best yet. In 2019 we sold out weeks before the conference, don’t wait to register!

Day 1 (8:30am to 4:30pm)

Opening and closing keynotes and table top tradeshow.
Choose from 6 informative sessions.

Day 2 (8:30am to 4:30pm)

Optional full day post conference courses. Attendance at the conference is not a pre-requisite.

For Session Descriptions, scroll to bottom of page, or click on a session title in the grid below, or click on the button to the right:

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

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Introduction & Welcome

Cascades Ballroom 1 & 2

9:45 – 10:15 am
Coffee Break

10:15 – 11:30am
Session 1A
Workplace Safety Inspections

10:15 – 11:30am
Session 1C
 Components of a Safety Program

11:30 – 1:00pm
On Own For Lunch

2:30 – 2:50 pm
Coffee Break

4:00 – 4:30pm

Conference Closing & Certificate Pick Up
Conference Registration Desk

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Optional Post Event Courses

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8:30am – 4:30pm
Course PC-2
Supervisors Safety Training

Please Note: All sessions, speakers, events, times and descriptions are subject to change without notice. Pacific Safety Center Ltd reserves the right to limit quantities and to correct errors or omissions. For the latest information and updates please check the home page.

Session Descriptions:


Tuesday, September 27, 2022

8:30 – 8:45 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Master of Ceremonies:
Tanya Steele

8:45  – 9:45 am
Opening Keynote: Eyes Wide Shut: We Don’t Have a Fatigue Problem

Mike Harnett wakes up the crowd in Eyes Wide Shut, focusing on strategies to combat fatigue at the front lines.  Fatigue is a chameleon. It disguises itself as a rule violation, a lapse of attention, non-compliance to occupational health and safety, or more often, human error. It affects everyone. Organizations deal with the consequences of fatigue-related incidents on a regular basis and may not even know the extent of it. It is time to open our eyes to see how fatigue lurks not only in our workers, but hidden in the design and management of our work system. This session will focus on tactical strategies to combat fatigue that can be implemented by workers, safety committees and management.
Presenter: Mike Harnett, President, Solaris Fatigue Management

10:15 – 11:30 am

Session 1A
Workplace Safety Inspections

Looking for tips on how to conduct your safety inspections? Trying to get more participation or response from the people in your workplace? This is the session for you. Learn how to plan and conduct successful safety inspections, rate hazards, and get advice on implementation. This is a great session for safety committees, supervisors or anyone responsible for doing safety inspections in the workplace.

Presenter: Norm Ralph, CHSC, CRSP, CDMP, President, Apex Abilities, Surrey, BC

Session 1B
Role of the Safety Committee in Mental Health First Aid

If I Sprain My Ankle, Chances Are You’ll Know What To Do. If I Have A Panic Attack, Chances Are You Won’t. Organizations across Canada are recognizing the tremendous cost in both human and financial terms of mental health issues in and out of the workplace. They are seeking to address and help those who may be facing mental health challenges by training designated in-house staff in Mental Health First Aid with the intention of providing initial support to someone who may be developing or experiencing a mental health issue. If a crisis does arise, a MHFA trained person can take appropriate steps that may help to reduce the harm that can result. This session provides an overview of mental health first aid and how your safety committee can get involved in implementing a similar program in their workplace.

Presenter: Laurie Lowes, Delta, BC.  Canadian Mental Health Association certified MHFA trainer.

Session 1C
Components of a Safety Program

New to your Joint Health and Safety Committee? Wondering what the heck a corporate Safety Program is and what should be in it? Having a Safety Program is a WorkSafeBC requirement, but what is its purpose?  This session will explore the purpose and major components of an organization’s safety program and how the Joint Health and Safety Committee fits into that program.  A must know topic for any safety committee member.

Presenter: Cathy Cook, Safe Harbour Consulting, Langley, BC

1:00 – 2:30 pm

Session 2A
Beating the Balancing Act: Communication Skills for Committees 

Being part of a safety committee can be a real balancing act between developing resolutions to safety issues within your committee, gaining commitment from the workforce and successfully communicating the results to all involved. This session will share a number of ideas on how to find the best balance for you, your committee and your workplace.

Presenter: Norm Ralph, CHSC, CRSP, CDMP, President, Apex Abilities, Surrey BC

Session 2B
Rejuvenating Your Safety Committee

This session is designed to inspire your committee to set aside the coffee and donuts in order to make a difference in safety. The safety committee plays a critical role in reducing accidents and injuries on the job — you are an important part of the team! Gain ideas, directions, motivation and tools for success in improving the effectiveness of your committee meetings and safety on the job.
Presenter: Tanya Steele, (r)CSO, NCSO, CSS, CHSC

Session 2C
Incident Investigations for the Safety Committee

Designed to guide you through one of the fundamental elements of safety, this session overviews the procedures for actions at incident sites, how to interview, how to discover underlying causes and how to develop effective recommendations to prevent reoccurrence.  With WorkSafeBC now requiring Safety Committees be familiar with the requirements in the incident investigation process a session like this should be a must for every committee member.
Presenter: Cathy Cook, Safe Harbour Consulting, Langley, BC

2:50 – 4:00 pm

Session 3
Closing Keynote Presentation: Your Brain on the Job

Are you living and working in a multitasking environment? Is your brain under a constant state of heightened stress? Everything you do requires your brain in this world of increasing knowledge and technology. You are going to have to use it more effectively than ever. A safety culture starts with you and the most valuable thing that you own – your brain. Mistakes and accidents happen when your brain is downshifted. To maintain productivity and ensure success, there is a need to be resilient. Discover how to upshift your brain to overcome the fight, flight or freeze response to stay alert and focused while working. This different perspective to safety means being brain smart on the job and understanding how your brain operates. This workshop is full of hope and optimism for your future.

Presenter: Gary Anaka

4:00– 4:30 pm
Conference Closing and Certificate Pick Up


Post Conference Courses:


Wednesday, September 28, 2022

8:30am – 4:30pm

Course PC-1 
Fundamentals of Joint Health and Safety Committees Course

This course is ideal for new safety committee members needing to comply with WorkSafeBC’s Safety Committee Member training regulations as well as existing members looking to upgrade their safety knowledge and skills. If your organization is setting up its first safety committee or looking to make its existing committee more effective, this one day course is just what you need.

Topics include: applying the process of safety inspections and accident investigations, participating in constructive committee meetings, helping your committee work together and much more.


Course PC-2
Supervisors Safety Training Course

Supervisors are some of the most influential people in preventing workplace injuries and accidents. If they understand their key roles and have the specific skills needed to follow through on that understanding, a safe worksite almost always follows. If they don’t, or worse, have never been taught how to supervise for safety, then accidents and injuries nearly always follow. This jam packed one-day course guides your supervisors through the fundamentals they need to ensure safety on the job.

Topics Include: What the regulatory agencies expect of supervisors, understanding risk taking, how to motivate for safety, how to interact with risk taking individuals, key prevention activities for supervisors and much more.