Speakers announced for Mining Health and Safety Conference
Plus, technical sessions and trade show April 18 to 20 in Sudbury, Ont.,
The 25th annual Mining Health and Safety Conference, hosted by Workplace Safety North, will be held from April 18 to 20 in Sudbury, Ont. Themed the ‘Evolution of mining safety: Past reflections and future innovations,’ this year’s conference celebrates over two decades of helping make Ontario mining operations safer.
Each year, about 300 attendees gather to learn and share their knowledge about mining health and safety, as well as network with industry professionals.
“We’re so excited to be back in person this year,” said Workplace Safety North president and chief executive officer Paul Andre. “The conference typically sells out each year, so once again we’ll also livestream the keynote speakers for those who are not able to attend in person.
“This year, the conference features a variety of health and safety keynote speakers, and I’d like thank our keynote sponsor Redpath Mining. There will also be an industry panel discussing the latest in mine safety and innovations,” Andre added.
On Wednesday, April 19, the conference opens with keynote speakers followed by an industry panel discussing the latest in mine safety and innovations. Attendees will also be able to visit more than 30 vendors at the Information Exchange Trade Show.
On Thursday, April 20, technical sessions are held in the morning and will be followed by an awards luncheon to recognize achievements in mining health and safety. Keynote speaker Michelle Cederberg will wrap up the conference.
For the fifth year running, Workplace Safety North will offer free video livestream of keynote speakers from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, and from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20.
Dr. Rumeet Billan
Leadership, emotional resilience and mental health expert
Dr. Rumeet Billan helps people to optimize their potential by building resilience and emotional intelligence. She provides strategies on how to manage mental health challenges in the workplace and at home. She’s led three major studies on the workplace including the 2022 Workplace Belonging Study, The Tallest Poppy study on women in the workplace, and the Happiness at Work study in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association. Dr. Billan is the chief executive officer of Women of Influence, one of North America’s leading organizations offering solutions for workplace gender equality and women’s advancement. In this session, Dr. Billan will discuss the science of trust and its importance in solving problems of risk while fostering collaboration and innovation in the workplace.
Director of Torex Gold Resources and Cementation Americas
With over 40 years of mine contracting, consulting and business management experience, Roy Slack is an independent board member of Torex Gold Resources and Cementation Americas. He is the founder of Cementation Americas and was president from its inception in 1998 until 2018. From 2019 to 2020, Slack served as president of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM). He has also been active in numerous safety initiatives over the years as a past board member of the Ontario Mine Contractors Safety Association, the Mines Accident Safety and Health Association and the Workplace Safety North Mining Advisory Committee. He was a member of the inaugural prevention council for workplace safety in the province of Ontario and is past chair and currently on the executive of the CIM Health and Safety Society. In this session, Slack will review the Canadian mining industry’s safety journey and examine future opportunities to protect our people.
Mental health advocate
Allan Kehler is a mental health advocate, international keynote speaker and best-selling author of four books. He has instructed various mental health-related courses at the college level and spent years working as an addictions counselor and clinical case manager. Having persevered through his own mental health issues and addictions, Kehler speaks from a place of experience. His moving stories tug on heartstrings, inspire a new perspective and allow people to connect with themselves and others at a deeper level. He uses humour and compassion to create a safe space where people feel seen, heard and supported. In this session, Kehler discusses how to identify barriers that prevent someone from seeking help, and how to support someone who appears to be in distress. He also touches on the importance of sharing your story to create an attitude of resilience.
Change, health and productivity expert
For over 17 years, Michelle Cederberg has captivated audiences across North America with her empowering and humorous messages about how to set worthwhile goals, get energized for success and live a bigger life. As a best-selling author, coach and consultant, Cederberg combines mind and body in a practical way to help people gain clarity, build confidence and get the discipline to create the life and career they want. She holds a masters in kinesiology and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology with a specialization in health and exercise psychology. Cederberg is a certified exercise physiologist, a certified professional co-active life coach and an ORSC-trained team coach. In this session, Cederberg will discuss her story of personal loss involving a workplace incident and the resulting shift of her perspective. She helps audiences regain focus to increase safety and productivity while reducing stress.
Registration for the Mining Health and Safety Conference is now open. For more information, visit www.workplacesafetynorth.ca/subsite/mining-health-and-safety-conference