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National Health & Safety Conference

National • September 28, 2022
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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Introductory remarks by Co-Chairs 12:30 PM - 12:35 PM  

Panel 1

Hot Topics in Health and Safety: Experts analyze the latest caselaw, legislation, policies, and trends

12:35 PM - 1:35 PM

Mark Tector
Employer Counsel
Stewart McKelvey
Alanna Mihalj
Legal Counsel
Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 113
Jamie Jurczak
Employer Counsel
Taylor McCaffrey LLP
Aminah Hanif
Union Counsel
Cavalluzzo LLP

Panel Summary

In this panel, seasoned experts will canvass significant legal developments of the past year in occupational health and safety. To ensure coverage of important late-breaking developments, final topics will be confirmed shortly before the conference, but topics to be addressed will include:

  • What role does the "precautionary principle" play in determining the reasonableness or necessity of vaccination, masking, or other risk-reducing policies?
  • Have strict policies aimed at preventing COVID-19 infections included more behaviour-based safety initiatives? How have such initiatives fared at arbitration?
  • Are arbitral attitudes changing towards the use of recreational or medical cannabis by those working in safety-sensitive positions?
  • What trends are discernible in recent prosecutions for OHS offences?
  • How do recent changes to OHS legislation affect employer and worker rights?

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Introductory remarks by Co-Chairs 12:30 PM - 12:35 PM  

Keynote Speaker

Cannabis Use and Workplace Injury: The latest findings from Canadian research

1:35 PM - 1:55 PM

Nancy Carnide
Associate Scientist
Institute for Work & Health

Does the use of cannabis increase a worker's risk of having a workplace injury? Prior studies examining this issue have yielded mixed findings and have not examined use at work. In this presentation, Dr. Nancy Carnide shares new findings from a longitudinal study of Canadian workers, examining the relationship between cannabis use — including workplace use — and subsequent workplace injury.


1:55 PM - 2:05 PM

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Introductory remarks by Co-Chairs 12:30 PM - 12:35 PM  

Panel 2

Silencing the Echo: Strategies to promote mental health and psychosocial safety post-Covid

2:05 PM - 2:50 PM

Dr. E. Kevin Kelloway
Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health Psychology, and Professor of Organizational Psychology
Saint Mary's University
Kelly Kwon
Associate Director, Employee Health and Wellness
Sheridan College
Vina Gould
Labour Relations Specialist
Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE)

Panel Summary

Canadian workers across sectors and occupations have increasingly reported experiencing persistent fatigue, stress, and burnout. High rates of burnout may, in turn, be fuelling workforce exits, resulting in widely-reported “labour shortages.” Experts in this session will identify workplace hazards contributing to this so-called echo pandemic and will provide practical tips for assessing and controlling these hazards. Key issues to be discussed include:

  • What factors contributing to poor mental health are within the control of employers, unions, and workers? Have new workplace hazards emerged following COVID-19?
  • What legal obligations do employers have to assess and control workplace risk factors causing poor mental health? Are such legal obligations limited to harassment, or do they now include other factors, such as workload and lack of worker autonomy, which contribute to stress and burnout? Does Ontario's recent move to require employers to maintain "right to disconnect" policies signal a broader approach?
  • What role, if any, should the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace play in protecting and promoting workers' mental health?
  • How should employers and unions identify workplace threats to mental wellbeing? How useful are widely available tools, such as the Guarding Minds @ Work survey?


2:50 PM - 2:55 PM

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Introductory remarks by Co-Chairs 12:30 PM - 12:35 PM  

Panel 3

Conflict Management as Hazard Control: Adding to the psychological health and safety toolbox

2:55 PM - 3:40 PM

Kumail Karimjee
Lawyer, Mediator, and Workplace Investigator
Karimjee Resolutions
Eleni Kassaris
Employer counsel
Rahim Jamal
Union Counsel
Kastner Lam LLP

Panel Summary

Occupational health and safety legislation across Canada recognizes harassment as a threat to worker wellbeing. But is harassment anexample of a broader threat to mental health — namely, uncivil workplace behaviour and interpersonal conflict? If so, employers and unions seeking to control this broader hazard have their work cut out for them. In this session, experts will discuss the role that conflict management strategies can play in protecting and promoting workers' health and safety. Questions to be addressed include:

  • Do employers have a legal obligation to address incivility or interpersonal conflict that does not fall within the definition of "harassment"?
  • How canconflict management strategies mitigate the risk of harassment or violence in the workplace?
  • What effective conflict resolution strategies can employers and unions implement to mitigate the hazard of conflict in the workplace? Which key employees should be coached on communication, verbal de-escalation, or other conflict management techniques?
  • What organizational factors, if any, contribute to a higher incidence of workplace conflict? How should employers and unions identify whether those factors are present in the workplace? If such factors are present, what should be done to mitigate the risk of conflict?
  • What role, if any, should mediation play in workplace harassment procedures?
  • What conflict management strategies could be applied in joint health and safety committees when worker and employer members find themselves at odds?
  • How should conflict management efforts be documented for record-keeping purposes?

Conference ends

3:40 PM

Keynote Speakers


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Conference Session

  • This program has been approved by CPHR Alberta for 3.1 Continuing Professional Development Hours.
  • This program has been approved by the Law Society of New Brunswick for 3 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • This program has been approved by the Law Society of Saskatchewan for 3 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • Members of the Law Society of Ontario may consider counting this program for 3 Substantive hours; 0 Professionalism hours.
  • Members of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society may consider counting this program for 3 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • The Lancaster House National Health & Safety Conference contains 3 technical hours or .3 CEUs for safety practitioners accumulating CPD for a BCRSP certification. BCRSP is a national certification organization for OHS practitioners in Canada.