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Conference and Workshop Schedule

2018 AAC Conference Agenda – Summary of Session Topics:

Note: The AAC reserves the right to modify content, schedule and speakers as necessary.

DAY 1 – APRIL 23, 2018

8:00 - 8:15 - President's Welcoming Remarks - Peter Beukema

Key Note Speaker: Deputy Minister Eric Denhoff, Alberta Environment and Parks, Updates of Alberta’s Climate Change and Sustainability Initiatives 

9:00 - 10:30 Session 1: Regulatory Landscape Developments

This Session will focus on recent or proposed changes to EHS legislation and the implications of these changes.

Speaker 1 - Environmental Regulatory Changes - JoAnn Jamieson, McLennan Ross, LLB Calgary.

Speaker 2 - AOHSA implications of changes - Steve Eichler, Field LLB

10:30 - 10:45 - Refreshment Break

10:45 - 12:15 Session 2: Infrastructure /Transportation / Construction

This session will see representatives from transportation speak about EHS compliance requirements for rail, infrastructure and construction.

Speaker 1: Railway Safety Auditing - Knut Ohm, Alberta Ministry of Transportation

Speaker 2: Fort McMurray Fire - Michael Capus, Partner, KPMG

Speaker 3: OHS in Construction, Geza Vargyas, Regional Safety Director, EllisDon

12:15 - 13:00 - Lunch

13:00 - 14:45 Session 3: Stakeholder Engagement/Interested Parties

This session includes representation from First Nations and the implications of stakeholders and interested parties and an organizations activities products and services.

Featured Speaker: Dean Manywounds, CEO, Stoney/Nakoda Tsuut'ina Tribal Council

Speaker: Government of Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment -Environmental
Compliance Audit Program, Dave Rezansoff, Manager Compliance, Ministry of Environment Saskatchewan

Exhibitor Presentations – An opportunity for confirmed exhibitors to present to all attendees. 

14:45 - 15:00 - Refreshment Break

15:00 - 15:45 Session 4: Enforcement /Inspections

This session will focus on the EHS compliance perspective of the regulators and OHS inspectors when conducting site visits.

Speaker: BC OHS Workplace Inspections & Enforcement,  Bruce Jackson, PgCert, DipAEd, PID, CMIOSH, CRSP, CET, Workplace Safety Consultant, Advocate Workplace Safety Services

15:45 - 16:30 Annual General Meeting – AAC membership

16:00 - 19:00 - Networking Event (All Conference Delegates and guests) - Woody's Lounge

19:30 - 21:30 - AAC Board of Directors Dinner


DAY 2 – APRIL 24, 2018

8:30 - 9:00

Featured Speaker – Deputy Minister Jody Young, Alberta Ministry of Labour Safe, Fair and Healthy Workplaces, Changes to Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and What They Mean to You

9:00 - 10:30 Session 5: Occupational Health & Safety

This session includes a discussion on compliance versus COR certification.

Speaker 1: Compliance vs. Health and Safety Certificate of Recognition (CoR) audits, Kim Sax, President KPSA Transportation.

Speaker 2: Management Systems from Oil to Rail, Andy Church, Senior Director Environmental and Safety Systems

Speaker 3: ISO 45001, Alan Napier, Senior Account Manager Western Canada, BSI Group

10:30 - 10:50 - Refreshment Break

10:50 - 12:00 Session 6: Risks and Opportunities

This session address an organizations approach to assessing, managing and minimizing environmental impacts and occupational hazards and risks.

Speaker 1: OHS Audits - A Client's Perspective, Denise Howitt, Manager EHS Systems and Compliance, University of Calgary

Speaker 2: Managing risks and building relationships through independent audits: three case studies, Betsy Evans and Beth Michener, Matrix Solutions 

12:00 -12:45 - Lunch

Featured Speaker: Duff Harper, Partner, Blakes

Audit and Legal Considerations - Due Diligence, Privilege

13:30 - 14:30 Session 7: Professional Auditors – Supply and Demand 

This session will discuss the potential future deficient of EH&S auditors – and the implications for stakeholders

Speaker 1: Auditors – A Species at Risk, Brenda MacDonald, Nova Scotia Power

Speaker 2: Attracting and Retaining Talent, Yogendra Chaudhry, ECO Canada

14:30 - 14:50 - Refreshment Break

14:50 - 16:10 - Session 8: Integration of Management Systems and Associated Standards

This session covers stakeholder perspective - barriers, challenges and opportunities as well as the role of auditing and integration of standardized management systems.

Speaker 1: The Role of Auditing and Integration of Standardized Management Systems, Stanislav Karapetrovic, University of Alberta Quality Management

Speaker 2: Operational Management Systems and Standards – Trials and Tribulations, Kevin Dunn, Cultura Consulting

16:15 – 16:30 AAC President Closing remarks: Peter Beukema

DAY 3 – APRIL 25, 2018, Workshops

Workshop 1 - 8:30 to 12:00 noon (1/2 day) - Understanding
and Interpreting Requirements:

Take advantage of the expertise of seasoned and certified EHS auditors
and their knowledge of the regulatory landscape across Canada. This ½ day
workshop is geared towards understanding and interpreting the grey areas that can often arise during the completion of an EHS Audit. Registered participants will be asked to submit their questions at least two (2) weeks in advance of the workshop which will allow the course leaders to assess the questions and have a response ready for presentation, interpretation and discussion during the course. Additional clarity and guidance will also be provided for grey areas based on the course leaders own experiences.

Confirmed Presenter: Peter Beukema, Wood plc

Workshop 2 – 8:30 to 12:00 noon (1/2 day) - Audit Techniques – Successful Interview and Impactful Finding Writing Techniques:

Module 1: Interview Techniques. This module will discuss tips, techniques and tools designed to help you hone your audit interview skills. Examples of real life interview challenges and potential solutions will be shared to better prepare you for the difficult interview. Learn how to set the environment and tone to improve how the auditee perceives the process with tips to help your audit stay on track, summarizing the appropriate information, and follow-up questions. Having strong interviewing skills is an essential element for gathering audit evidence to support audit conclusions. ISO 19011:2011, Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems will be referenced.

Module 2: Writing Impactful Value Added  This module will explore the attributes of a well-written finding, and the boundary between value added findings and consulting. As management systems mature, management teams become more sophisticated, and audit clients become more aware of the potential value that auditors can provide, expectations are rising. Audit findings are too often written as a recitation of fact, adding minimal value to the client.  Numerous exercises will work through practical examples.

Confirmed Presenters: Susan Girt, City of Hamilton and Todd Hall, Environment and Risk Assurance Inc.

Workshop 3 - 13:00 - 16:30 (1/2 day) ISO Standards 45001/19011:

Two key standards are scheduled for release in 2018 after substantive revision. This workshop will explore the changes to the standards and the implications on management system and audit. 

After much delay ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems is scheduled for publication in late Q1 or early Q2 2018. This new standard will follow other generic management system approaches such as ISO 14001, ISO 9001, and will take into account other international standards such as OHSAS 18001, and ILO-OSH Guidelines.  OHSAS will be withdrawn upon publication of ISO 45001.  Organizations currently certified to 18001 will have a 3-year period to migrate to 45001.

ISO 19011 Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems has assisted organizations in conducting effective audit to support continual improvement. Further it supports the harmonization across standards and a uniform approach to audit. The 2011 edition of the standard has undergone a substantive revision to better reflect the growing number of management systems, and recent revisions of management system standards such as 14001/9001 and the newly minted 45001. Changes include; terms and definitions have been better aligned with the high level structure of annex SL; the concept of risks and opportunities; remote auditing; SME; and audit team competence. Expected publication date mid 2018.

The workshop will be facilitated by seasoned professionals who have been tracking the revisions. They will provide their insights. This workshop is interactive - come prepared with questions.

Confirmed Presenters: Glenn Keays, Technical Director, ERM; Brenda MacDonald, Nova Scotia Power; Alan Napier, BSI

CHSMSA Proctored EXAM writing 13:00 to 16:30 pm (1/2 day):

AAC is providing an opportunity for approved CHSMSA candidates to write the certification exam. There is no additional fee beyond the application fee. Registration will be done offline by contacting Todd Hall at


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