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aac2022 conference & workshops

Since the spring of 2020,  all of us knew things would never be quite the same again with the pandemic and accelerating climate change... so how do we learn from the challenges and opportunities to improve that can arise from this worldwide reset, to change how we work to achieve the most?

Health and safety issues that were always there, such as mental health and working / auditing remotely or with additional precautions, have become even more critical in ensuring outcomes that are meaningful and adaptive.

Environmental issues need more than just legislation to restrict or control, but we need to look more at adaptive and mitigation strategies to minimize harm and damage that have already occurred. 

Come to our conference and hear professionals share their insights into these issues and their perspectives on a way forward. Interact with other audit professionals and share ideas, challenges and successes.

For more Information, click on the links below...

AAC2022_Program Final.pdf

 Conference Day 1

Sept. 19th

Conference Day 2

Sept. 20th 

 Workshops Day 3

Sept. 21st

Fee Schedules

Networking Events Details

Speakers and Presenters

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Fall AAC 2022 Conference, Workshops and Networking Events

Continuing Education Units (CEU) awarded to participants.

1.5 CEUs - 2-day Conference

0.3 CEUs minimum per 1/2 day Workshop

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AAC Members and Affiliates*

2-day conference - $750 + taxes

Workshops Day 3 - $175 for one, $300 for two (+ taxes)


2-day conference - $1000 + taxes

Workshops Day 3 - $300 for one, $400 for two (+ taxes)


2-day conference - $500 + taxes

Workshops Day 3 - $150 for one, $200 for two (+ taxes)

There is a limited number of sponsored student packages available.

(Note: Nova Scotia taxes applicable - total 15% HST)

*Affiliates such as Canadian Society  of Safety Engineers (CSSE), ECO Canada, and the Alberta Occupational H&S Auditors Association (AOSAA) in good standing qualify for AAC member rates.

** Full-time students wishing to register for the conference will be required to present their student ID on the first day of the conference. 

For more Conference Information, click on the links below...

Conference Day 1

Sept. 19th

Conference Day 2

Sept. 20th 

Workshops Day 3

Sept. 21st

   Networking Events Details

Speakers and Presenters

Sponsors and Exhibitors


Group Reception - Stay and enjoy a drink at the end of the first day

An opportunity to meet our presenters, sponsors, exhibitors and other registrants to discuss the events of the day and share ideas, perspectives and experiences. 

One free beverage ticket for each registrant, sponsor, exhibitor and presenter.

Lobster Dinner and Evening of Live East Coast Entertainment with The Triads

Dinner includes an appetizer, 1 1/2 lb. lobster main and dessert with tea or coffee. After dinner stay and enjoy the wonderful sounds of live east coast music with The Triads!

Price per person - $85 (includes tax and gratuity)

Be sure to let us know when you are registering if you will be joining either, or both of our networking events, and if you are bringing a guest!  Note: Dinner tickets may also be purchased separately through registration. 

For more Conference Information, click on the links below...

Fee Schedules

Program Details

Venue Group Rates until August 27, 2022

AAC 2022 Conference and Workshops September 19 - 21, 2022 

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

Oak Island Resort (36 Treasure Drive, Western Shore, NS) near Halifax, Nova Scotia

Conference Presentations & Panel Discussions


Bluenose Room B

07:30 - 8:30 


  • 08:30 - 09:00
    • Welcome Remarks
      • Duncan Hawkins, President AAC, and Resort Staff

SESSION I - Environmental Requirements Landscape

  • 09:00 - 09:15
    • Opening Remarks - Insights
      • Honourable Tim Halman, Nova Scotia Minister of Environment and Climate Change

  • 09:15- 10:15
    • Environmental Regulatory Landscape - Changes Relevant for Audits and Management Systems
      • Michael Simms, Partner and Corporate, Business and Environmental Law, McInnis Cooper
10:15 - 10:45 - BREAK

  • 10:45 - 11:45 
    • Fisheries Act Modernization and the Role of Robust Management Systems, Audits and Verification

      • Paulette Hall, Director Ecosystems Management, Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans

11:45 - 13:00 - LUNCH

SESSION II -  Auditing and Standards

  • 13:00 - 14:00
    • ISO Standards - Understanding How they are Created, Reviewed and Updated and How People Can Participate (focus - environmental management standards)
      • Todd Hall, Environment and Risk Assurance Services (ERASi), and Brenda MacDonald, Director, Environmental Governance, EMERA (and Current Chair of the Canadian Mirror Committee of Steering Committee 1 (ISO 14001))

  • 14:00 - 15:00
  • PANEL DISCUSSION - Remote Auditing: Strengths / Shortcomings / Expectations
    • Panel Chairs - Colin Duerden & and Sue Keane
      • Auditor Certification Expectations - Dr. Yogi  Chaudhry, Eco Canada
      • Auditor Perspective - Jodie Tattoni, Dillon Consulting
      • Due Diligence & Legal Perspective - Robert Grant, Partner Stewart McKelvey
      • Industry Perspective - Renee Morais, Director of Environmental Affairs JD Irving

  • 15:00 - 15:10
    • Day 1 Closing Statements, Networking Event Information and AGM Direction
      • Duncan Hawkins - President AAC


15:15- 16:15

 AAC Members Only - AGM (Annual General Meeting)

16:15 - 18:15



18:30 - 22:00ish - Bluenose Room B


(Tickets required)

NOTE: see Networking Dinner  information for prices and registration details.

    DAY 2 - TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2022 

    Bluenose Room B

    07:30 - 8:30


    SESSION III - OH&S Requirements Landscape

    • 08:30 - 09:15
      • Opening Remarks
        • Gary O'Toole, Senior Executive Director, Safety, Nova Scotia Safety Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration
    • 09:15 - 10:00
      • OH&S Regulatory Landscape and Changes Implications
      • Amy Bradbury, Labour Lawyer, Wickwire Holm

      10:00 - 10:20 - BREAK

        • 10:20 - 11:05
          • Including Mental Health and Wellness in EHS Systems and Implementing CSA Standard Z1003-13 Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace
          • Carolyn Campbell, Director, Office of Workplace Mental Health, Nova Scotia Public Service Commission
        • 11:05 - 11:50
          • Union Perspective on Consultation and Participation - Workplace Hazards 
            • Danny Cavanagh, NSFL President, Nova Scotia Federation of Labour

        11:50 - 12:50 - LUNCH

        SESSION IV - Managing Risk & Expectations

            • 13:00 - 14:00
              • PANEL DISCUSSION - Cannabis in the Workplace 
                • Panel Chair - Duncan Hawkins
                  • Due Diligence & Legal Perspective - Amy Bradbury, Wickwire Holm
                  • Labour Perspective - Danny Cavanagh, Nova Scotia Federation of Labour
                  • Industry Perspective - Marilyn Wornell, Manager, Drug & Alcohol Program & Clinic Operations for J. D. Irving Limited, Health Services Division

            • 14:00 - 15:00
              • Sustainability in the Food System – it’s not good enough to produce a quality product
              • John MacQuarrie, Director of Environmental Sustainability, Cavendish Farms

              • 15:00- 15:15
                • Day 2 Closing Statements and Thank you's
                  • Duncan Hawkins - President AAC

              END OF DAY 2 SESSIONS



                      DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2022 - Executive Board Room

                      07:30 - 8:00

                      CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

                      08:00 - 12:00 
                        • Workshop #1 - Risk Assessment and Analysis in an Integrated System (0.4 CEUs) 
                          • In this interactive and dynamic introductory training, participants will be provided an example to developing a risk assessment program to meet the ISO 9001, 45001, and 14001 requirements. This workshop was designed for the beginner to intermediate level health and safety professional who need to either develop and/ or audit risk assessment programs within their own company and/ or industry companies. The concepts and examples provided are based on audits with third-party registrars and their comments into a holistic risk assessment approach to the ISO requirements.
                              • Instructor: Duncan Hawkins, QA Manager & Process Development, PROPAK Systems Ltd.

                      12:00 - 13:00 - LUNCH

                      13:00 - 16:30
                        • Workshop #2 - Auditing in a Digital Age (0.3 CEUs) 
                          • Auditing in the digital age will discuss the developments, opportunities and risks associated with the array of digital ‘tools‘ as well as the 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: Jonathan Brun, CEO, Nimonik Safety Quality and Environmental Audit and Legal Compliance

                      AAC2022 CANCELLATION POLICY

                      Only cancellations received in advance of the Event registration deadline are entitled to a full refund. Cancellation fees will be assessed as follows:

                      1. Cancellation is more than 4 weeks in advance of the Event start date: No Cancellation fee will be assessed.

                      2. Cancellation is between 2 weeks and less than 4 weeks in advance of the Event start date: A non-refundable service fee of $25.00 or 50% of the registration fee (whichever is greater)If the registration fee is unpaid, the registrant shall be responsible for the appropriate cancellation fee.

                      3. Cancellation less than 2 weeks of the Event start date: There will be no refunds for cancellations, and the registrant shall be responsible for the full amount of the registration fee.

                      AAC reserves the right to adjust the program

                      Exhibitors and Sponsors

                      THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTORS!

                       GOLD SPONSORS 
                       SILVER SPONSORS

                      Our Conference is a prime opportunity for organizations  to have positive interactions with industry colleagues, potential clients and other professional practitioners.

                      Participants at the conference benefit from the ability to interact with sponsors and exhibitors, learn about their services and products, and would value interactions with you and your company representatives.

                      Sponsors and exhibitors have the opportunity to take the time to discuss in person their services and products and make new contacts. 

                      We invite you to partner with us in this event.

                      Please check out our Exhibitors & Sponsor Page with the options designed to help you choose the right level of sponsorship for your budget and time.

                      Exhibitors and Sponsors

                      Please let us know if you have any questions - we would be happy to discuss the appropriate input from your organization.


                      Our Venue - Oak Island Resort, NS

                      OAK ISLAND RESORT ROOM BOOKING

                      To book your room, attendees can contact Oak Island Resort directly by calling 902-627-2600 or 800-565-5075.  Ask for the AAC group rate.   

                      Book early, this is a popular season and there are not many options in accommodation local to the venue. 

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