Events & Training  

Conference and Workshop Schedule

Achieving Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Outcomes in a Dynamic World


Day 1 - April 20, 2020 - CONFERENCE

7:15 - 8:00 REGISTRATION

7:30 - 8:15 BREAKFAST


08:30 – 15:45

SESSION 1 Environmental Regulatory Landscape and Updates

• Federal Environmental Regulatory Landscape and Sustainable Development - New, Coming, Expectations and Rationale

o Paulette Hall, Director Ecosystems Management Fisheries and Oceans Canada

• Provincial Environmental Regulatory Landscape and Sustainable Development - New, Coming, Expectations and Rationale

o Speaker to be confirmed

• Environmental Regulatory Landscape and Changes Implications

o Marc Dunning, Partner and Environmental Lawyer, Wickwire Holm

• EH&S Considerations in Mergers and Acquisitions

o Peter Beukema, Principle/Senior Environmental Engineer, Wood



Presentation on Using Drones for Monitoring, Inspections and Investigations - Trevor Bergmann, CEO Aerovision Canada Inc.


SESSION 2 Interested Party Engagement

• Consultation – Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative

o Twila Gaudet BA, LL. B, Director of Consultation – Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative

• Climate Change and Risk Management

o Taylor Owen, Climate Change Specialist, Halifax Regional Municipality & HalifACT 2050 Initiative

• Forest Sustainability, Outreach and Certification Case Study – Port Hawkesbury Paper

o Andrew Fedora, Leader of Sustainability and Outreach, Port Hawkesbury Paper


16:00 – 16:45


16:45 – 19:00
Networking Reception Event – All Welcome


Day 2 - April 21, 2020 – CONFERENCE


7:30 - 8:15 BREAKFAST

08:15 – 16:00

SESSION 3 OH&S Regulatory Landscape and Updates

• OH&S Regulatory Landscape - New, Coming, Expectations and Rationale

o Harold Carroll, Executive Director OHS Division, NS Department of Labour and Advanced Education

• OH&S Regulatory Landscape and Changes Implications

o Amy Bradbury, Labour Lawyer, Wickwire Holm

• Union Perspective – OHS Consultation and Participation

o Speaker to be confirmed

• Including Mental Health and Wellness in EHS Systems and Implementing CSA Standard Z1003-13 Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

o Carolyn Campbell, Director, Office of Workplace Mental Health, Nova Scotia Public Service Commission

PANEL DISCUSSIONS Cannabis in the Workplace


SESSION 4 EHS Sustainability Developments

• Nova Scotia Cap and trade program, and the GHG Reporting and Verification Program

o John Cooper, Senior Policy Analyst, Climate Change Unit, Nova Scotia Environment

• Marine Traceability, Sustainability and Informational Governance

o Speaker to be confirmed

• Cavendish Farms Sustainability Initiative Case Study- Farming and Food Industry Sustainability

o John MacQuarrie, Director of Environmental Sustainability, Cavendish Farms


 Day 3 - April 22, 2020 – WORKSHOPS

Refreshment breaks will be provided. Breakfast and lunch are not included.

08:30– 12:00

WORKSHOP 1 Interpreting the EHS Regulatory Landscape
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.
Instructor: Peter Beukema, Wood plc and former AAC President

WORKSHOP 2 ISO Standards Developments and Updates
An update on developments in standards such as OH&S ISO 45001, Climate Change ISO 14090, Audit Techniques ISO 19011 etc., as well as those standards that are currently under development. This workshop will be of interest to those working with the standards to gain insights into the implications of completed and proposed changes. Attendance will further the ongoing professional development of certified auditors.
Instructors: Todd Hall, President of Environment and Risk Assurance Services Inc.; Executive Director AAC and Kathy Pritchard President Tryskele Environment Health and Safety / AAC President

13:00 – 16:30

WORKSHOP 3 Auditing in a Digital Age
Auditing in the digital age will discuss both the developments, and opportunities and risks associated with the array of tools and controls available. It will address a wide range of subjects from cyber security, to information security, to drop boxes, cloud storage, and both hardware and software available today.
Instructor: Nimonik Safety Quality and Environmental Audit and Legal Compliance