Humanity and Safety


Health &

April 28 & 29 2022

What if one person made a difference in one persons life? What if one person took the time to reach out and listen? What if one person gave you an opportunity? What if one person showed you it is possible?

What if you were that one person?

Could it save someone's life?

We believe the answer is Yes!



Topics Include:

  • Mental Health
  • OH&S Leadership
  • What your companies portapotty says about your safety culture?
  • Panel discussion with top leaders in health & safety:  The Art of Change
  • The Making of the Lone Hunter: finding the solution through our hearts 
  • Interview with one of  BC's largest employers, on what does "The Right to Participate" really mean 
  • WorkSafeBC update for OH&S professionals, coordinators - What you need to know for 2022
  • Discussion on inclusion in the workplace. How do we include this in our OHS program?
  • Driving Home The Importance Of Road Safety

And much much more!  Scroll below for speaker info.

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The truth is, we miss you! 

What If One is a dynamic group of people committed to quality education in health and safety. Our foundational philosophy, “what if one person made a difference in one life, today”, is about building relationships, it's about "humanity".

We are excited to connect with you!

 In-person VIP seats available so we can see you in 3D!

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John Westhaver: John is a road safety expert, advocate, and international keynote speaker.  He has motivated and inspired more than 700 audiences across Canada and the USA. He is the recipient of multiple awards for the work he has done in the community regarding road safety and helping burn survivors transition through recovery. He was first awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, and in 2017 he was awarded the Coast Mental Health - Courage To Come Back Award.

Session:  "Driving Home The Importance Of Road Safety"

Diana Vissers:  is the founder of Work to Wellness, is a passionate workplace mental health thought leader who solves workplace mental health problems in multiple industries.  Her diverse experience spans public and private sectors, organizational and individual focus, and multiple stakeholders such as employers, unions, Worker Compensation Boards and private insurers.   Diana achieved her Master’s of Arts degree in Disability Management with a special focus on workplace disability prevention and mental health.  She is known for her engaging, interactive workshops and her ability to simplify how we can better manage and improve our own and other’s mental health at work. She developed many education and support tools such as a Covid-19 psychological support toolkit for workers and employers in partnership with BCMSA that has been used by more than 30,000 workers in BC, produced The Lone Hunter with support from the BCCSA and designed the first Workplace Wellness (Psychological Safety) course in Canada for Simon Fraser University’s Occupational Health and Safety Program. 

 Session: The Making of the Lone Hunter: finding the solution through our hearts

The construction industry is tough; it's built on strength, perseverance, excellence of craft in a high risk safety environment.  That formula feeds a culture with little room for error or weakness.  The construction industry also hosts some of the most concerning mental health statistics and a persistent stigma that interferes with solutions.  The combination presents a challenge for The Lone Hunter project aimed to illuminate a tricky subject and find a way into the minds (and hearts) of constructions workers.  This presentation will tell the production story of the The Lone Hunter; how its funders, creators and audience found a common purpose and learned critical lessons for any safety professional.  

Panel Session - The Art of Change

"OHS Coordinator and an ever changing workplace".

Eldeen Pozniak: With over 25 years of experience as a consultant, entrepreneur and professional speaker, Eldeen knows how to connect with an audience.

Well known for her sense of humour and down to earth approach, she uses experiences from her consulting practice, entrepreneurial background and personal life to deliver timely, well researched and insightful messages. Eldeen's presentations resonate with senior leadership, managers, supervisors and workers no matter the industry, group or organization.

Dylan Short: Is the founder and Managing Director of The Redlands Group Inc.  He has more than 20 years of experience in Health, Safety & Risk Management, including roles as a Business Owner, Vice President Safety and Director Health and Safety.

With his strong personal drive to pursue and achieve professional excellence, he not only works to excel in his own professional development and that of his team,  he excels at coaching, mentoring and energizing members of work groups at all levels of organizations to achieve their full potential.

Dylan is also a sought-after International Keynote Speaker delivering engaging messages focused on Management Systems, Influence, Change and Risk Management.

Dylan was awarded the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering’s highest award, the 2016 Safety Professional of the Year.

Dr Marilyn Hubner is the Managing Director of BuildUp Research and Interactive Training Services. Marilyn has designed, developed and delivered training programs across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, and has spoken at international conferences in the USA, Germany, Canada, Korea and other Asia Pacific Nations.

Her passion for improving workplace training and safety behaviour drives her to excel at every opportunity. 

Marilyn holds a Masters in Adult Education from Victoria University, Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety from Swinburne University and completed a PhD on the effectiveness of safety training within the Construction Industry in 2017.

Panel Interview

What does the "right to participate" really mean?

Bob Nielsen: Director of Compliance and Safety of the Mainroad Group has been a veteran of the Road Maintenance and Construction industry for over 25 years.  As the Director of HSSE, Bob provides strategic leadership and innovative solutions to the Mainroad Group of companies. He exercises his passion for Safety through initiative that many have described as both engaging and affective to their work environment. His areas of expertise include designing, implementing, and auditing Safety, Quality and Environmental Programs.

Bob and his team develop creative solutions and ensure they are achieved using the power of WE. This strategic tool and positive safety culture has resulted in reduced incidents minimizing waste and errors, while increasing awareness, communication and engagement.

Paula Gagne: Owner of Arn Estates, Doyle House Farm & WIO Educates.  

Paula is a writer by trade and passion. Her recent focus is on technical applications and curriculums.  Paula began her career as an educator in 1989, teaching on contract for the City of Burnaby Recreational Department to deliver fine arts programs to children. She has over 25 years’ experience in adult education, teaching vocational programs including first aid and occupational health and safety and the WorkSafeBC former Joint Health & Safety Program courses. 

Over the years, Paula has worked in a variety of industries including construction, hospitality, outdoor recreation, military, security and post-secondary educational facilities.

 In her role as Program Developer Paula’s responsibilities included the development of policies and procedures to ensure regulatory compliance for her clients, the creation and / or revision of safety and training programs, educating employers and employees, development and application of an instructor mentoring program.

Leslee Montgomery: Leslee Montgomery is a passion driven mental health expert devoted to creating safe work environments for people to thrive physically, emotionally and mentally by reducing work injuries and turnover in the construction industry. By understanding the rich history of the construction industry and the people who work in it Leslee has been to help organizations navigate the unknown of mental health through a safe and supportive approach.

Session:  What your companies porta-potty says about your safety culture?

Ilona Klimczak CRSP, COSH, CSO(P): Corporate Director of Health & Safety

With 20 years of experience in the field of HSE, Ilona is a dynamic and effective promoter of change.  Ilona has a diverse background in hydroelectric, municipal roads, civil construction and corporate leadership.  Excelling in business and safety management, she has successfully spear-headed HSE on over 250 projects in a variety of complex environments earning a high-regard at all organizational levels in safety, business, regulatory and community environments.

Ilona has a Safety Leadership Certification, Accredited Construction Safety Officer (ASTTBC), and a Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety. 

Session:  INCLUSION. What does it mean? What does that look like in a safety program?

Fernando De Melo:  With over 25 years' experience as a safety professional and a real passion for working with people, Fernando founded Pacific Safety in 2008.  His vision was to attract like-minded, high performing safety professionals who shared his passion and want to help reducing risk, eliminating harm, and increasing wellness in the workplace.


Chris is the Director of OHS Consultation & Education Services at WorkSafeBC. Consultation & Education Services aims to build stakeholder capacity and encourage safety ownership and culture to positively impact workplace OHS knowledge, abilities, motivations and behaviours. Chris has been with WorkSafeBC for almost seven years. Before moving into the Director role, Chris managed the manufacturing & retail portfolio as well as the construction portfolio in Consultation & Education Services. Prior to WorkSafeBC, he held various leadership positions in health and safety and disability management, primarily in the healthcare industry. Chris is a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist and holds an MBA from Royal Roads.

Session:  "Engaging workers in health & safety"


Gabe Guetta is the CEO and Co-Founder of Salus, a company specializing in safety software. Born and raised in Greater Vancouver, Gabe was exposed to construction from a young age.
The son of a cabinetmaker. No sooner did his high school career end that his life in construction began, and he took to the work and to the environment like a hammer to a nail.
Fast-forward to 2010 and Gabe was running a 100-person high-rise window installation company with crews working across Western Canada when he experienced a life altering event which ultimately led to him searching for a non-existing product at the time. Simply put, nothing in the market had been built to solve the specific set of challenges he faced around safety management systems.
With the assistance of his leadership, Gabe has successfully enacted on his vision, leading the global movement for innovation in digital safety for the construction industry.


Shirley Hickman:  Shirley’s life and the lives of her family were forever changed when they suffered a traumatic workplace tragedy.  In 2003, Shirley co-founded The Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support, known as Threads of Life. 

In 2013 Shirley was honoured to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding contributions in workplace health and safety. Most recently, she was awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, which recognizes exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country.

The organization Shirley founded, Threads of Life, helps families affected by a workplace fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease along their journey of healing. Threads of Life promotes public awareness and accountability for workplace health and safety. Its vision is to lead and inspire a culture shift as a result of which work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths are morally, socially and economically unacceptable


Your Host

and Emcee

Our Live "in-person" Trade Show


APRIL 28th
09:30 - 17:30

09:30 - 10:30 Registration & Trade Show open
10:30 - 11:30 Day of Mourning Ceremony
11:30 - 13:00 Lunch / Networking / Museum tour
13:00 - 14:15 John Westhaver
14:15 - 14:30 Break 
14:30 - 15:15 Ilona Klimczak
15:15 - 15:45 Break
15:45 - 16:30 Fernando De Melo
16:30 - 17:30 (in-person & virtual activities)
Fundraiser / Games / Networking / in-person Dinner

APRIL 29th
07:00 - 16:45

07:00 - 08:00 Tradeshow
08:00 - 09:25 Diana Visser
09:25 - 09:45 Break
09:45 - 10:20 Leslee Montgomery
10:20 - 11:00 Gabe Guetta
11:00 - 12:00 Interview with Bob & Paula
12:00 - 13:15 lunch
13:15 - 14:15 Panel - Art of Change
14:15 - 14:45 Meet the Experts
14:45 - 15:05 Break
15:05 - 15:45 Chris Back
15:45 - 16:30 Shirley Hickman
16:30 - 16:45 Closing remarks - Prizes
17:00 - Networking / Museum 

Both days include a host of activities for both in-person and virtual attendee's
Videos, games, toonie toss fundraiser, music, dancing, interactive sessions, regular breaks, networking lounges, snacks and presents!

EARLY BIRD Prices of:

$187.50 in-person 

$50.00-$125.00 Virtual  

(Discount coupons needed for above early bird prices)  

Refund Policy:  No refunds will be given after April 18.  If an attendee needs to change their ticket from in-person to virtual 24 hours notice will be needed, please note no refund will be given on the difference of price

Donations this year will go to families who have lost a member in the workplace.

Click on logo to donate

Our Platinum Sponsors

Pacific Safety offer a complete range of Safety Support and Safety Consulting Services to businesses throughout Vancouver and BC. Our team of highly trained Safety Consultants will work with you on a personal level to provide the training, support, safety pre-quailification and safety compliance your business requires.

We are committed to creating a province free from workplace injury or illness, and to providing service driven by our core values of integrity, accountability, and innovation. By partnering with workers and employers, we help British Columbians come home from work safe every day.

Our Gold Sponsors


We believe that with the right platform companies will prioritize safety throughout their organization – while streamlining the processes to avoid complacency and wasted time.

SalusPro is the leading safety software for companies that are looking to take their safety platform digital. We serve small, medium, and large-sized businesses with field-level workers.

Our platform is the perfect solution for industrial companies that are overwhelmed with the amount of paper coming in from their workers. Any concerns about how they will find a workers signature on a safety form that was complete years ago is no longer an issue.

The Safety Association for B.C.'s Construction Industry.

Funded by industry and working for industry! The BCCSA is a non-profit organization serving construction sector 72, plus Aggregate CU 704008, and Ready-Mixed CU 712033.

Providing over 52,000 employers with the best in safety program, no-cost safety training, consultation services and resources to help them improve safety for over 200,000 workers in B.C.

The Universal Group is an industry leader in traffic control services, traffic management planning, traffic equipment supply, landscaping, temporary labour and occupational health and safety training.

The Universal Group started as several independent companies managed by a team of owners and shareholders including Universal Flagging, GOtraffic, and M3 Personnel. In early 2016, The Universal Group was formed with all divisions falling under the new parent company. The company continues to expand its services to offer clients more under one roof, most recently welcoming Universal Landscaping to its roster.

 UFred is a fully-online, degree-granting institution offering certificate, diploma, and degree programs.

UFred has long prided itself on being a leading educator of OHS professionals in Canada and abroad through our fully-online curriculum. Our programs have been specifically designed to enhance your ability to apply OHS knowledge to any workplace.

Developed in consultation with an extensive number of leading OHS professionals, our programs teach students how to identify, prioritize and manage workplace risks, poising them to more effectively contribute to the overall wellbeing of their organizations.

Our Silver Sponsors


  • Student pricing $50.00 Virtual only
  • In-person VIP tickets retail $375.00 with coupons as low as $187.50  
    VIP tickets include:
  1. 1
    - In person seat at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster
  2. 2
    - Meet all the speakers in-person
  3. 3
    - Networking with colleagues
  4. 4
    - Live trade show booths
  5. 5
    - Coffee/Tea and goodies
  6. 6
    - Goody bag including items with local artist design
  7. 7
    - Prizes / Games
  8. 8
    - Special conference discount on the Hotel - Inn at the Quay
  9. 9
    - Comfort seating
  10. 10
    - Access to video recordings of the sessions
  11. 11
    - Free ticket to the museum
  12. 12
    - Dinner with colleagues at Piva Modern Italian restaurant (food costs extra)
  • Virtual tickets retail $250.00 with coupons as low as $125.00
  • If you have been financially been affected by COVID we have 10 in-person and 10 virtual tickets being sponsored. Please email us at or DM me on social media

Virtual Ticket includes:

  1. 1
    Virtual Lobby bar
  2. 2
    Photo booth
  3. 3
    Interactive Trade show booths
  4. 4
    Virtual goodie bag
  5. 5
    Meet the experts breakout rooms
  6. 6
    Live - real time chat and QA with in-person speakers

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