The conference begins with optional pre-conference meetings and sessions on Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Pre-Conference Meetings

Conference registration is not required to attend meetings.

  • Alberta Cities Safety Council (10am - 3pm)
    • Presented by Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association
  • Rural Utilities Safety Association Annual General Meeting and Luncheon (12pm - 1pm)
    • RUSA members only.


Pre-Conference Sessions

Spaces are limited, please register in advance to attend. Sessions A, B, and D have been approved for 0.6 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs).

  • A. Everything DISC Supervisor/Team Lead Skills (0.6 CEUs)
    • Presented by Brian Ward, Affinity Consulting and Training Inc. Complete an online assessment report prior to this working session that is designed to help the Supervisor/Team Lead/Lead Hand in directing workers, delegating work, creating a motivating environment, developing workers, and working with senior management. Your email address is required when registering for this session.
  • B. WCB Employer Information and Return to Work (0.6 CEUs)
    • 2 half-day sessions rolled into 1. The first session is useful for municipal workers responsible for the WCB program in their organization. Learn to manage your WCB account from experienced professionals. The second session helps the organization with return to work/modified work plans and is a requirement for employers participating in the PIR/COR program. Both sessions will be presented by Teri Spohr, who has over 25 years of experience with WCB Alberta.
  • C. safeTALK (Suicide Alertness for Everyone) 
    • safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.
    • safeTALK participants will learn to:
      • Notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts might be present.
      • Recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked.
      • Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide.
      • Apply the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe.
      • Know community resources and how to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to them for further help.
    • If there is significant interest, a morning session may be added to the schedule.
  • D. Working with Pressure Relief Valves (0.6 CEUs)
    • The pressure relief valve is an integral part of many systems, allowing for the set release of excessive pressure, avoiding damage to process, equipment, and workers. Register for this session to learn more about this vital “path of least resistance”. Presented by Keith Kierulf, Summit Controls.



The conference begins with optional pre-conference meetings and sessions on Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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Sessions Day 1

On Wednesday, December 6, join us for breakfast, followed by the welcome address and keynote sessions. At 11:30 am, the trade show opens with a buffet lunch for delegates and presenters. The trade show is open until 6:30 pm and runs concurrent with the afternoon sessions.

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Sessions Day 2

Our last day closes out with morning sessions, luncheon, and a closing keynote speaker from 1-3 pm on Thursday, December 7.

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Put Yourself in our Boots, Presented by Jody Laird from 1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Take the initiative to make the workplace safer for first responders and create a safer workplace for everyone.

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