IPAM Safety Saves Conference

Join us on November 2nd, 2023 at Canad Inns Polo Park for an amazing conference full of interesting and important information.


Understanding and Promoting Mental Well-Being


Workplaces are increasingly recognizing the impact of mental health problems and the importance of knowing how to respond in a crisis.  But do you know the keys to promoting mental health and helping to prevent these problems in the first place?  This session will introduce you to the 5 needs that all people have in order to maintain mental well-being, and how an awareness of these can help workplaces in designing mentally supportive work environments.  Participants will also explore how application of this knowledge on a personal level can assist us in caring for our own mental well-being.


Rebecca Gray, BSW, M.Ed
Certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer Certified Restitution and Control Theory Trainer

Rebecca is a professional Mental Health and Restitution trainer.  She has worked as a professional foster parent, child welfare worker, behaviour specialist and counsellor in the K-12 school system, and as a student advisor and instructor in the post-secondary system. She is past president of both the Westman School Clinicians Association and the Canadian Association of School Social Workers. Rebecca has two adult children and lives with her husband on a farm near Erickson Manitoba.


  • The 5 basic needs that all humans require in order to be healthy and happy
  • Their own personal genetic profile of the intensity of these needs
  • How an understanding of the basic needs can be used as a basis for promoting health within an organization as well as for people’s own personal health

Systems-Thinking – Integrating HR, Operations, Safety to Achieve Safety Excellence


To understand and improve the way our organizations work, we need to start thinking “systems”. If we
are ever to reduce risk, achieve zero fatalities, and zero disabling incidents, the safety community as a
whole needs to move to systems thinking. Systems thinking means considering the interactions between
all the parts of the system (human, legal, technical, information, economic and organizational) in light of
organization’s goals.

In this session we will:

• Review traditional views of workplace hazards, hazard controls, and risk management
• Discuss the most common causes of workplace incidents
• Describe and discuss the various systems common to most organizations that impact workplace health and safety outcomes
• Describe the interactions in the systems and failures that often result in workplace incidents
• Discuss how to use information and findings from workplace inspections and incidents to improve systems
• Provide a framework for safety practitioners to start the “systems thinking” conversation at your workplace

We know that by focusing on the entire system the safety professional can better identify solutions, or leverage points, that address many problems that are possible in the system. The positive effect of this is that it will leverage improvements throughout the system and in doing so leverage organizational improvements. Please join us to discuss this important and novel way of thinking about safety management by focusing on systems.


  1. Recognize the variety of systems at work in your organization.
  2. Understand how these systems work, what purpose they serve and how they are interconnected.
  3. Be able to discuss how minor faults in these systems and their interconnection can result in major incidents.
  4. Recognize how feedback loops work and that they can exaggerate the faults leading to failure.
  5. Be better prepared to discuss these issues with stakeholders and begin the conversation about how to bring solutions, or leverage points, to address some of these problems.


Glyn Jones, Partner
EHS Partnerships Ltd.

Glyn is a consulting occupational health and safety professional and leadership coach with 35 years of experience. Glyn is a chemical engineer by training and is a Professional Engineer. He completed a Master’s degree specializing in occupational health and safety. He teaches occupational health and safety at the University of New Brunswick. He holds numerous professional certifications and is a CIH and a CRSP. He is a regular conference speaker and has been a regular contributor to Canadian Occupational Safety magazine and other safety publications.

You had a serious incident, now what?

The panel will help individuals and companies understand the importance of “due diligence” and what that actually means.

  • From a Safety Professional Role – Alex Rowntree will discuss what he encountered in his first hand experience with charges being laid against the company.
  • From a Legal Perspective – Jamie Jurczak will discuss what you need for legal requirements to show due diligence and prepare for your defense.
  • From Workplace Safety and Health Perspective – Marty Danielson will discuss WS&H approach to serious incident and their role/steps leading up to charges.

PANEL Members:

Alex Rowntree
Manager, Environmental, Health & Safety


Marty Danielson
Director, Client Services and Technical Support
Workplace Safety and Health,
Dept. of Labour and Immigration


Jamie Jurczak
Taylor McCaffrey LLP


Street drugs and addiction from the lens of a Paramedic


The programming focuses on current drug trends both local and national, signs and symptoms of drug overdose/poisoning, statistical data, stigma reduction strategies and a few impactful stories along the way.  The national opioid crisis will be discussed, with a focus on trauma informed care and awareness.  Attendees will walk away with a significant increase in street drug knowledge, the basic science of addiction, drug use and what is out on our streets today.

The national opioid crisis will be discussed, with a focus on trauma informed care and awareness.  Attendees will walk away with a significant increase in street drug knowledge, the basic science of addiction, drug use and what is out on our streets today.


  • Current community drug trends
  • Signs and symptoms of drug overdose/poisoning
  • Stigma reduction strategies


Cory Guest
Paramedic Public Educator Coordinator
Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service

Cory has worked in EMS since 1996 getting his start in a rural setting before reaching his goal of career urban EMS in Winnipeg Manitoba in the fall of 2000.

Cory was an ambulance-based Paramedic for approximately 12 years before promoting into the 911 Communication Centre as Communications Centre Shift Supervisor. After working in this role for 3 years he jumped at an opportunity to become Paramedic Public Education Coordinator where he has been for nearly 6 years. The highlight of Cory’s career has been the creation of illicit and prescription drug programming. This initiative was developed in the fall of 2016 when Winnipeg was experiencing a peak in EMS response to opioid related incidents. The programming is now embedded in the community, he has presented to thousands of high school students and other community members. READ MORE…

Fit for Duty: Physically, Mentally and Emotionally Ready to Do Your Job


The aim of this workshop is to educate attendees about “fit for duty”: a condition in which an employee’s physical, physiological and psychological state enables them to continuously perform assigned tasks safely. A worker who is unfit for duty can have a serious impact on workplace safety. The workshop will cover responsibilities for addressing an unfit worker, possible policy violations, including procedures for reasonable cause, and tools to help overcome the challenges in implementing a Fit for Duty Policy.


  • Describe the fundamental concepts and principles of Fit for Duty
  • Understand the employer’s and worker’s responsibilities under the Workplace Safety and Health Act and Regulations and the Manitoba Human Rights Code as it relates to Fit for Duty
  • Know how to appropriately respond to an employee who is potentially unfit for duty


Michael Pogorzelec, MSc, CHSC, CRSP
Prevention Consultant
SAFE Work Manitoba

Michael studied microbiology and pharmacology and therapeutics at the University of Manitoba. He proceeded to work in the health insurance industry, and eventually moved to the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba.  Here, he worked in short-term claims, providing benefits to injured workers. He is currently a Prevention Consultant at SAFE Work Manitoba, the provincial public agency dedicated to the prevention of workplace injury and illness. Micheal recently received his CRSP designation.

Registration: 7:45 am – 8:25 am
Sessions: 8:30-4:30 pm

Canad Inns Polo Park
1405 St. Matthews Ave.

IPAM Members: $175.00
IPAM Members (3 or More): $150.00
Non-Members: $225.00
Non-Members (3 or More): $200.00
Students: $75.00
Registered Charities: $150.00
Fees are per person.
Refreshments and lunch included.
GST is not applicable.


Cancellation are accepted until October 20, 2023 and registration fees will be refunded in full. After October 20, 2023, registration fees, less $75 administration fee will be refunded. Registrations cancelled after October 27, are non-refundable. Substitutions are welcomed.


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