2018 Conference

Co-hosts RUSA and AMHSA are excited to bring you the 45th Annual Health, Safety & Utility Conference & Trade Show from December 3-6, 2018 in beautiful Red Deer, Alberta. This year's conference is worth 0.6 Continuing Education Units, with the potential for additional CEUs from our pre-conference sessions. 

Registration is now open! 2018 Delegate Registration (fillable pdf) or 2018 Delegate Registration (pdf)

New in 2018: Click here to download our mobile conference app!

Draft Agenda

Monday, December 3, 2018
  • Hospitality room open
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
  • Registration desk open
  • Pre-Conference sessions
  • Pre-Conference meetings
  • Evening sessions and entertainment
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
  • Welcome address
  • OH&S Compliance Update
  • Half-day sessions
  • Trade Show
  • Reception
Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Half-day sessions
  • Luncheon & closing ceremonies
  • Keynote speaker Olympian Georgette Reed


  • A block of rooms will be reserved at the Red Deer Sheraton Hotel. To book, call toll-free: 1-800-662-7197
  • For trade show information, contact Keith Bobey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 780-963-5087
  • For conference information, contact Bryan Bespalko at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 780-210-9557

December 4, 2018

Pre-Conference Sessions (CEUs TBA)

Legislation and Health & Safety Committees
(8:00 am-5:00 pm)

A review of new OHS legislation (1/2 day), followed by the new requirements for Joint Work Site Health and Safety Committees in the workplace (1/2 day).
0.6 CEUs

Equipment Operator Awareness (8:00 am-5:00 pm)

Presented by Northern Lakes College, this full day course provides an in-depth look at reducing workplace injury, death, and property damage by operating mobile equipment safely. This session covers a range of topics: from increasing safety awareness, to developing procedures, to identifying and controlling hazardous conditions and worker limitations. Participants will review their responsibilities for safe equipment operation and will discuss strategies for risk assessment and mitigation. Recommended for those operating or working near powered mobile equipment.

Ground Disturbance (8:00 am-5:00 pm)

Legislative responsibilities, hazard identification, soil stability, sloping, shoring, trenching, and other safety requirements for ground disturbance.

Hydrant Maintenance & Operations (8:00 am-5:00 pm)

Hydrant maintenance and operations for municipal services. Additional details TBA.


Conference registration is not required to attend meetings.

Alberta Cities Safety Council (10:00 am-3:00 pm)
Facilitated by AMHSA. Additional details TBA.

RUSA Annual General Meeting (12:00 pm-1:00 pm)
RUSA members only. Additional details TBA.

Evening Sessions & Entertainment

New evening session! 
Street Drugs & their Effects (6:30 pm-8:30 pm)
Presented by the RCMP.

Hospitality Room (8:30 pm-11:00 pm)
Details available at the registration desk.


December 5, 2018

Conference Sessions (Draft Schedule)

Welcome Address (7:30 am-8:30 am)

Registration Desk open. Delegate breakfast. Opening remarks from the Master of Ceremonies, from Ian Hooper (Government of Alberta, Partnerships in Injury Reduction), and from the President of the Rural Utilities Safety Association (RUSA).

OHS Compliance Update (9:00 am-12:00 pm)

Ryan Schur and Cameron Mercer (Alberta OHS) return for an in-depth presentation on municipal compliance and what’s new with occupational health and safety. There will be an opportunity for questions and sharing of information for all delegates. No matter what your job is, OH&S affects everyone.

Trends in Water & Waste Water (10:00 am-12:00 pm)

Various mini sessions from half hour to 1 hour in length. Hear what’s new and what’s trending in the field of municipal water and waste water from a number of presenters.

PPE from Head to Toe and Other Stuff
(1:00 pm-5:00 pm)

Combined presentations: PPE from Head to ToeThe Ins and Outs of Gas Monitors, and Hearing the Right Way. After the presentations, join your speakers in the trade show to get an in-depth look at their wares.

Workplace Harassment Awareness and Violence Prevention (1:00 pm-5:00 pm)

Understand how to identify incidents that could be considered workplace harassment and/or violence. Review OHS legislation regarding violence in the workplace, learn measures for preventing workplace violence, and discover strategies for dealing with difficult or dangerous people.

Remote Water Meters (KTI) (1:00 pm-5:00 pm)

Learn about water loss management with the use of SMART meters, and how maintenance and compliance monitoring can be done in “real time” using online spreadsheets.

Looking for more entertainment? 
Garden Terrace Lounge, Bellini’s Bar & Lounge, and Billy Bob’s are located within the Sheraton Hotel.

December 6, 2018

Conference Sessions (Draft Schedule)

Alberta Transportation Safety Audits 
(8:00 am-12:00 pm)

Details TBA

Marijuana 2.0 (8:00 am-12:00 pm)

A continuation of the discussion on marijuana and the workplace - what does marijuana mean for municipalities and workers? Presented by Christine Laval of Alberta Health Services. Christine’s 2017 Drug Awareness session was heavily attended, so make sure you arrive early to save your seat!

Supervisor's Role (8:00 am-12:00 pm)

The leadership for health and safety management systems in the workplace starts with the supervisor. This session provides information for managers, supervisors, and those in the role of a committee member for a municipal joint workplace health and safety committee.
0.3 CEUs

Water Management (8:00 am-12:00 pm)

Water and utility rates: review different aspects of the cost of water and how municipalities establish rates that reflect the true cost of providing services. Learn more about establishing and performing an audit of a municipal water distribution system and cross-connection control review.

Delegate Luncheon & Closing Ceremonies 
(12:00 pm-3:00 pm)


Motivation: Your Moment of Truth
(1:15 pm-2:45 pm)

Presented by Georgette Reed ChPC, MA, BPE, CSCS, Member: Speakers’ Bureau of Alberta© and distinguished Olympian

Georgette Reed’s presentations are genuinely golden. Her enthusiasm and optimism shine through her keynote address as she shares the positive lessons, values and virtues of sport. Through relevant and, sometimes humorous, anecdotes she will demonstrate and bring to life how the trials and tribulations in her sporting life have influenced the way that she deals with the challenges of everyday life. “The real value of sport is not the actual game played in the limelight of the applause but the dogged determination and the self-effort carried out alone, imposed by an exacting conscience”. Georgette has that kind of exacting conscience. She demonstrated it when she was the number one Shot Put and Discus thrower in Canada for over a decade, and she possesses it still today.

Life, like sports, is about pursuing your dreams - it is a series of never ending mysteries waiting to unfold. Sport, like life, is about more than winning and losing - it is about succeeding. There is no “Finish Line”. Succeeding is to be your best and do the very best that you can in everything that you do - inside and outside of the spotlight. With this attitude, the sky’s the limit. It is important that each of us take up the challenge to be ourselves, believe in ourselves and make an effort to create our own destinies in search for that one moment in time... our Moment of Truth.

Georgette’s presentation focuses on empowering yourself to be the master of your own destiny. 

Motivation: Your Moment of Truth can be any event good or bad, positive or negative. Convert it into a turning point, when you seize the day, ask the big questions, and make a commitment to transform that moment into an opportunity for altering your own destiny. These moments occur more often than we think. Georgette teaches us how to recognize them and that it’s not the time to be immobilized by them. On the contrary, it’s time to capitalize on them.

How do you do it? By changing your perspective, recognizing Your Moment of Truth and overcoming all roadblocks to find new and more effective ways of working, living and achieving excellence. Excellence is within your reach! Georgette shows us the way.