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Jordin Tootoo

As an Indigenous trailblazer, Jordin Tootooo understands his responsibility as a role model and has committed his life to reaching Canada’s Indigenous communities through his work with the Team Tootoo Foundation that he founded in honour of his late brother, Terence. Tootoo, who grew up in Nunavut, 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle says “it’s part of Canada that a lot of people struggle with mental health, addiction, and suicide. These issues are a national epidemic. I feel that, at this point in my life, it’s my calling to give back to a lot of these remote communities.” 

A bestselling author and seasoned speaker, Tootoo brings an uplifting message of creating a culture of inspired inclusivity, telling humorous and authentic stories about his ground-breaking work on and off the ice. 

Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown’s unconventional path to business and personal success has taught him that winning in business and in life requires anything but conventional thinking. With a street-wise aptitude and a never quit attitude, he worked his way from the front lines in business to the executive boardroom. For nearly two decades Kevin was a sales and marketing executive that helped grow a little known family business into an industry giant with annual revenues reaching two billion dollars.

After a career in franchising, Kevin decided to retire from corporate America and pursue his passion for bringing The HERO Effect™ message to as many people and organizations as possible. Kevin is on a mission to help people and organizations embrace a simple philosophy that separates world class organizations and high performance people from everybody else. He is passionate about helping people expand their vision,
develop their potential and grow their results. 

Paul Krismer

Within a workers’ compensation system, Paul excelled in multi-faceted senior management roles. Early in his career, he spearheaded a total reform of underwriting systems at WorksafeBC, resulting in the creation of a pricing model that directly reflects safety outcomes.  

Paul has led groups of more than 200 professional disability management staff . As an Executive Account Manager and team lead, Paul served as a consultant to high risk and high claims volume employers and industries, introducing innovative and powerful interventions. Few leaders have as much, and as varied, experience in the field of workers compensation as Paul does.  

As a public speaker and trainer, Paul’s authentic and passionate commitment to his subject matter shines through. Each presentation is packed with useful information and practical tools based on the science of positive emotions. Accented by playful and captivating storytelling, Paul’s presentations are also highly engaging. His teaching is powerful, authoritative and convincing. He gets the point across that increased happiness has serious outcomes—improved safety and reduced disability.  

Dr. Brynn Winegard

Dr. Winegard is an award-winning professor and expert in business-brain sciences. She specializes in explaining everyday work and life phenomena using the secrets of brain science, all with aim of making her audiences happier, healthier, wealthier, and more successful. As the principal of Winegard & Company, an independently run management consultancy and research incubator, she helps clients build better business brains.

Dr. Winegard combines real-world experience with cutting-edge research to deliver a customized program that will please your audiences and elevate their outcomes at work and personally. She leaves audiences informed, humoured, and inspired to tackle their challenges armed with fresh insights. Dr. Winegard believes an understanding of brain science can help us be more effective, efficient, productive, informed, influential, persuasive, and successful. 


Dr. Lisa Belanger 

Lisa has a Ph.D. in Behavioural Medicine and is the CEO and founder of ConsciousWorks, a consulting firm that helps everyone from executives to entrepreneurs integrate seemingly small habits to maximize their mental and physical well-being. Lisa shows how insights from behavioural science, psychology and neuroscience research can be applied in the workplace to optimize the performance, productivity, and innovation of leaders and teams.

Dwight Bulloch 

Dwight is the President of Capstone Oilfield and has worked in the upstream oil and gas industry for 25 years: 10 in the service industry and the remainder as an oil company representative. During his time as a Completions Operations Manager, Dwight initiated and managed the development of the Well Site Supervisor Competency Certificate program at Lakeland College and is currently Co-Chair of the IRP Volume #7 Committee.

Cory Beliveau 

Cory Beliveau is the Manager of HSER for ARC Resources, one of Canada’s leading oil and gas companies. During his 15 years in operations and health and safety, Cory has developed innovative approaches to the management of safety, which have led to enhanced safety culture and performance improvement. He recently led the development of an industry-leading integrated management system application within his organization that focuses on making critical information readily accessible and easy to understand.     

Claudia Canales 

Claudia is a professional in the field of mental health with nearly two decades of experience. She has led projects with provincial and national scope to identify, implement and evaluate best practices in the areas of stigma reduction, mental health literacy and mental resiliency. With a focus on the workplace, Claudia has provided training and consultation to first responders, provincial healthcare authorities, post-secondary institutions, the oil and gas industry, high-performance coaches/athletes, and federal and provincial governments.

Prof. Robert de Boer 

Robert J. de Boer MSc PhD was trained as an aerospace engineer, majoring in man-machine systems. His experience in line management and consulting inspired his current scientific interest in team collaboration and safety. Previously as Professor of Aviation Engineering and now as Director of the Amsterdam Campus of Northumbria University, he executes research and inspires companies in oil and gas, aviation and health care to understand human factors and revisit their safety policies.

Dan Demers

Dan Demers is a recognized authority on the Canadian and international landscape of cannabis. He is the director at CannAmm who is responsible for educating Canadian employers on fit for duty best practices within occupational safety programs. A Certified Substance Abuse Program Administrator, Dan is a published expert and an accomplished speaker on the topic of fitness for duty in safety sensitive workplaces.

Pat Ferris, Ph.D. 

Pat has treated and researched workplace bullying from the organizational, target, and professional service provider perspectives for more than 20 years with publications in top-tier journals. She was the co-convener of the International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment Therapist Special Interest Group for a decade. Pat works with organizations to design and deliver interventions related to policy development, training and team repair related to respect in the workplace.

Frank Garrett 

A dedicated Canadian Registered Safety Professional, Frank Garrett has more than 20 years’ experience in health and safety for the transportation, explosives and pipeline industries. Frank's current journey into the Social Psychology of Risk (SPoR) discipline began four years ago with Dr. Robert Long of the Center for Leadership and Learning in Risk. SPoR applies to the knowledge of social arrangements, decision making, and judgement used in tackling risk.

Paul Krismer 

Early in his career, Paul Krismer spearheaded a total reform of underwriting systems at WorksafeBC, resulting in the creation of a pricing model that directly reflects safety outcomes. He has served as a consultant to high risk and high claims volume employers and industries, introducing innovative and powerful interventions. With a 20-year proven track record in safety and disability management, few leaders have as much experience in the field of workers compensation as Paul. He is also the author of the best-selling book, “Whole Person Happiness” and CEO of the Happiness Experts Company. 

Erik Mortensen

Erik Mortensen is a Canadian safety professional with an incurable fawning for all things Human Factors. He’s a passionate advocate for leveraging science to better understand human capability and limitations… and applying this understanding in practical ways to improve interactions in the workplace. He believes that Human Factors must be brought to the safety profession in new and compelling ways to inspire action. Mortensen is an experienced, educated, results driven, and science minded safety leader with post-secondary education including a Bachelor of Physical Education Degree, an OH&S Certificate, and an MSc in Human Factors from the University of Derby, UK. He is also a Canadian Registered Safety Processional (CRSP) with over 12 years of Upstream Oil and Gas safety experience. Mortensen currently resides in Calgary, Alberta, Canada where he inspires, educates and promotes human factors science as a safety supervisor at Imperial Oil.

Marj Langkamp

Marj Langkamp has been with the Workers’ Compensation Board of Alberta for almost 20 years. She has worked in a number of areas including Customer Service and Employer Services, and currently holds the position of their Director of Operations. Marj has a master’s degree in Business Administration from Athabasca University and a diploma in Disability Management from Dalhousie University.

Jeffery Lyth 

Jeff is a recognized expert and innovator in workplace safety and leadership. Throughout his nearly 30-year career, he has been involved in industry-leading safety innovations. Jeff departed from conventional safety management in 2012 to focus on leadership skills development for front-line personnel and applying “safety differently” thinking. He currently works in assisting organizations and safety departments to move beyond conventional views of health and safety and to break through the performance plateaus associated with those views.

Budd Phillips 

Currently the Manager of Prevention Field Services for WorkSafeBC, Budd Phillips has been in the field of oil and gas safety for nearly three decades. Budd regularly speaks at industry gatherings, providing updates on current and emerging health and safety issues within various sectors of O&G, and has served on numerous committees and advisory groups that bring forward new safety programs. A well-known figure in oil and gas safety, Budd is a past and current panel member of the regulators’ forum at the PSC.

Andy Reimer 

Andy Reimer has worked in academic settings, as well as not-for-profit and large enterprise organizations in the Canadian and U.S. oil and gas industry. He has been closely involved with the development of several industry guides and recommended practice publications, and worked on various video and training projects designed to make complex safety concepts more readily understandable for a broad audience. Andy’s passion is to drive simple, practical solutions for safety management in high hazard industries with complex systems.

Henry Ridders

An award-winning safety professional with more than 35 years or transportation and oil and gas experience, Henry Ridders is committed to making industry workplaces both more compliant and safer so that everyone goes home safely each day. His career in safety has taken him across North America and abroad, always being involved with some aspect—training, investigation, auditing, program development, emergency response—of the transportation of dangerous goods. Henry’s personal motto, which his current company/employer also advocates, states: “No job or task is so important that it can’t be done safely and correctly.”

Aimée Smith

Aimée is Director of Safety Operations for the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, Government of Saskatchewan. Her 12 years of health and safety experience in education, mining, and oil and gas is paired with an Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner certificate. Aimée also holds has a Bachelor of Education, a Masters in Adult Education and her CRSP certification.

Mark Taylor

Mark is Executive Vice President, Operations at the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) and has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining the AER, Mark held various roles Amoco, Alberta Energy Company and Encana. He has led teams responsible for the early development of unconventional oil and gas resources in western Canada. In addition, Mark has been engaged firsthand with stakeholders in developing strategies to allow for the appropriate and continued development of western Canada’s resource plays.

Rick Theriau 

Rick was the Manager of SQ and HSE for Halliburton, one of Canada’s leading oil and gas service companies. With over 30 years of experience in operations, account management and health and safety, Rick has worked to build an incident-free culture through leadership and management both within his company and through participation in several industry committees and IRPs. 

Rick is the Co-Chair of the IRP Volume #7 Committee, which developed processes to advance competency management and collective competency to reduce critical outcomes on wellsites.

Kevin Krausert 

Kevin is President & CEO of Beaver Drilling, one of Canada’s largest privately-owned drilling contractors. Kevin pioneered the marketing and construction of some of the first fully computerized drilling rigs in the world, launched one of the first autonomous drilling projects in 2017, and led the first long-reach horizontal drilling project in the Canadian arctic in 2011. He is the founder of The Avatar Program—an industry-wide collaboration between E&P’s, tech companies and the U of C bringing new technology and AI into the drilling industry.

Mike Krayacich

With Suncor for 14 years, Mike is Vice President, Enterprise Technical, responsible for the company’s centre of technical expertise and leadership. In addition, his role oversees Suncor’s process control strategy, process engineering, operational controls, maintenance and reliability and corporate technical standards. Mike has also held roles at Suncor in upstream technical reliability, in situ operations, and major projects. Prior to joining Suncor, he held various roles in the engineering industry.

Dr. Brynn Winegard 

Byrnn Winegard, Ph.D., completed her formal education in Neuroscience and Psychology but her working life has been in Canada’s corporate world. Before her 20th birthday she started her decade-long career in corporate marketing working for such companies as Pfizer, Nestle, Bank of Montreal, ScotiaBank, CIBC and Johnson & Johnson.

Brynn believes an understanding of brain science can help us be more effective, efficient, productive, informed, influential, persuasive, and successful, and she currently teaches the next generation of business leaders at Ryerson University and Guelph University.


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