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2020 PSC Conference Program

The Petroleum Safety Conference will take place April 28-30, 2020 at the Banff Springs Hotel.

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Extreme Ownership | The Laws of Combat: Dominate Your Battlefield, Lead and Win Workshop - Jason Gardner & Steve Ward

Session details coming soon


ATP Workshop

Session details coming soon


Life Saving Rules and Common Safety Orientation Community of Practice

Session details coming soon

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

PSC Welcome Reception | Fairmont Banff Springs

 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM Opening Remarks | Energy Safety Canada  
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM 

Extreme Ownership The Laws of Combat: Dominate Your Battlefield, Lead and Win - Jason Gardner

The laws of combat were learned on the battlefield of Ramadi, but they apply everywhere. Whether in business, personal, or life implementing the four laws of combat are required to succeed. Cover and Move, Simple, Prioritize and Execute, and Decentralized Command: these are the laws that lead to winning. 

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM  Break 
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Future Views | Five Innovative Technologies that will Change Safety For the Better - Laurence Pearlman

If your safety program isn’t advancing with technology, it will be left behind. This session explores how five emerging technologies adapted from other industries can be applied to keep people safe on the job. Learn how retail technologies can be applied to safety; AI can be used to prevent serious injuries at very low cost; and how virtual reality can help us simulate rare, expensive and dangerous situations to augment training and better prepare us for work.


Fit for Duty | Rigged for Mental Health - Steve Tizzard

Educate your workforce and eliminate the stigma around mental health in the workplace. Steve explains how a peer program administered and maintained by all staff establishes a culture of tolerance and demonstrates organizational commitment to mental health. Learn to establish a program for your organization including strategies for implementation, training and support materials required, and examples of roadblocks and successes. 


10:45 AM - 11:00 AM


11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Blockchain Ecosystem in Canada's Oil and Gas Industry - Koleya Karringten

The direction many companies are taking to improve safety outcomes points towards the use of data to help design high-reliability systems. Learn how digital technologies like blockchain are the key to future success. Foresight, creativity and a willingness to collaborate on building solutions can help your organization manage high operational costs, strict regulations and massive data volumes. Koleya shares her views on the current state of Canada’s emerging national blockchain ecosystem and the potential that digital innovation offers for industry-wide process and systems optimization.


Fit for Duty | Substance Abuse - Dr. Melissa Snider-Adler

Substance use is increasing across the country. Workplaces struggle to balance safety with employee privacy rights. In this session, Melissa will review substance use trends across Canada with emphasis on the impact to safety sensitive workplaces and discuss strategies to manage these concerns. Key takeaways include strategies you can implement and clear guidance to manage this critical issue in the workplace.


Lessons from the Field | Transportation Panel

Session details coming soon

 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM Lunch 
1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Understanding Human Error - Glyn Jones

Most serious incidents are caused by human error. Workers make mistakes and these mistakes can lead to serious and fatal incidents. In this session Glyn explores the current knowledge and understanding of human error and risk tolerance. Takeaways include a simple model for considering human error causes of incidents and recommendations for management system improvements that will help you reduce the risk of serious employee-caused workplace incidents in your organization. 


Lessons from the Field | Incident Management and Competency Capabilities - Trevor Nimegeers and Michelle Bryan

Session details coming soon 


BC Regulatory Update - Budd Phillips

Get in the know with all things regulatory, coming right from B.C. This presentation will provide an overview of the current state of the oil and gas sector in B.C., a review of significant field incidents and compliance issues, and a brief overview of the WSBC inspectional initiatives for 2020.

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM


2:15 PM - 3:00 PM 

Learning from Tragedy | Building a Safe Water and Ice Practice - Jake Mellett and Tim Gondek

In 2014, tragedy struck an oilsands facility that resulted in a fatality of a valued member of the community. This presentation will focus on the challenge facing the multi-disciplined working group struck to explore preventing future water and ice incidents or injuries from occurring. Examine the key steps taken to gather and interpret various types of information resulting in the development of a recommended practice for working on and around water and ice. Participants will learn the benefits of partnerships and collaboration, engaging all levels of the workforce and learning from outside of our own industry.


Part 1: Pragmatic Inclusion of Human Factors in Incident Investigation - Norman Ritchie and Rick Theriau

Despite implementing mature and robust management systems, unplanned events still occur, even in organizations with strong safety performance. Workplace incidents are continuously influenced by unpredictable human nature, which can present significant challenges to effective investigation. The key is identifying and addressing the specific human performance factors in play to develop effective and sustainable corrective actions that reduce at-risk causal behaviours. This session will describe a pragmatic approach to investigating unplanned events that result from human performance challenges.


AB Regulatory Update - Lisa Chen

Session details coming soon 

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM 


3:15 PM - 4:00 PM 

Part 2: Pragmatic Inclusion of Human Factors in Incident Investigation - Norman Ritchie and Rick Theriau

Session details above. 


SK Regulatory Update - Kim Meyer

Session details coming soon 

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Keynote | Canada: Coast to Coast to Coast - Rick Mercer

Few people know Canada like Rick Mercer knows Canada. Whether prodding at our institutions, celebrating our unsung heroes, or illuminating everything wonderful and weird about our country, Mercer is a galvanizing speaker. He’s our fiercest critic, our sharpest mind, and our most hilarious comic. This is a one-time talk that gathers together all his—and our—strengths; connects to the past, evaluates our present, and looks forward, hopefully, into the future.

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 70th Anniversary Celebration Event | Banff Gondola, Sulphur Mountain
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM 

Keynote | Plan B: Solutions for Canada's Energy Industry - Chris Slubicki

Join Chris for a discussion about the (at times) uncomfortable reality of energy and the environment in Canada and around the world. Canada’s unique combination of resources, policy and technology position our nation to be a leader in the future energy landscape; if, as Chris explains, we have the courage to stand up for our industry and best-in-class way of doing things.

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM  Networking Break 
9:45 AM - 10:30 AM 

What's Wrong with Safety Training & What to do About it - Laurence Pearlman

How can we improve the learning experience for workers between the classroom and the worksite? Battling common issues with traditional training techniques, such as the rush to complete online courses, retention from classroom learning to daily routines and reactive incident training are traditional approaches that can be improved. This session will help you avoid these common training issues while making a meaningful contribution to your organization’s safety performance. Key takeaways include exploring innovative ways to engage employees, making learning memorable and ultimately, improving safety performance through effective training.


Time for Canada to Catch Up | Workplace Chemical Burn Injuries - David Wootten

Chemical exposure injuries can leave lasting physical and emotional scars and extensive long-term disability leaves and lost time for organizations. This presentation will present clinical evidence and advanced best practice from other countries, and organizations within Canada for managing and treating corrosive chemical injuries in the workplace. Learn how to minimize/eliminate the effects of corrosive chemical injuries to skin and eyes.

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM  Networking Break 
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM 

Keynote | Communicating with Influence - Gregor Jeffrey

It is critical to our business to successfully persuade workers to think and act safely on the job. Gregor Jeffrey draws on proven neuroscience to demonstrate how to deliver the right information at exactly the right moment to engage each member of your audience. Learn what your audience needs from you and how to implement it immediately to achieve desired safety performance results.

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM  Lunch
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM 

Lessons from the Field | Competency Panel

Sessions details coming soon

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM 

Keynote | Survivor, Humboldt Broncos - Ryan Straschnitzki

Ryan, a survivor of the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash, was paralyzed from the chest down and was told he would never walk again. Hear Ryan describe the long, arduous journey towards his recovery; how he marshalled the strength, positivity, and resilience to go on in the face of unspeakable loss and remained driven and steadfast towards his new goal: becoming a sledge hockey player competing in the Winter Paralympics. Inspiring, candid, and buoyed by his heartfelt spirit, Ryan shows us that—with courage and hope—we can all come back from crisis.

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM     

Closing Remarks | Energy Safety Canada

*   Program subject to change
** Workshops not included in delegate package; additional registration required

Contact PSC@EnergySafetyCanada.com for additional information.

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