Events & Training  

Conference and Workshop Schedule

May 8, 2017

7:15 - 8:00     Registration

7:30 - 8:15     Breakfast

8:15 - 8:30     Welcome from AAC President, Brenda MacDonald

8:30 - 9:00      Keynote Speaker - Dr. Dianne Saxe, Environment Commissioner of Ontario, MOECC performance on environmental protection; impact of legislative changes in the province; the role of the Environment Commissioner in monitoring/auditing of issues

9:00 - 10:30    Session 1 - Risk and Resilience

This session will focus on societal resilience ans risk associated with natural disasters.  Each speaker will talk about risk mitigation and adaptation.  The link to audit is that from a system's perspective, managed system practitioners will learn concepts of risk mitigation and auditors will learn about what to look for in robust systems

Speaker 1 - Societal Resistance to Climate Change - Alec Hay, Director of the University of Toronto Centre for Resilience and Critical Infrastructure

Speaker 2 - Risks Associated with Natural Disasters - Glenn McGillvery, Executive Director, IRDR Centre of Excellence Disaster Resilient Homes, Buildings and Public Infrastructure, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

10:30 - 10:50  Refreshment/Networking Break

10:50 - 12:15   Session 2 - Federal Legislation - Changes and Implications

This session will focus on changes to legislation at a federal level

Speaker 1 - Changes to Federal Environmental Emergencies Regulations - Tony van der Vooren, Senior Consultant, AMEC Foster Wheeler

Speaker 2 - Federal Climate Change Legislation, Laura Zizzo, BES, JD, Zizzo Strategy Inc.

Speaker 3 - Implications of Climate Change Initiatives on the Electricity Sector - Devin McCarthy, Vice President, Public Affairs and Director U.S. Affairs, Canadian Electricity Association

12:15 - 13:00   Lunch

Session 3 - Provincial Legislation - Changes and Implications

This session will focus on changes to legislation at a Provincial level (Ontario)

13:00 - 13:45:  Featured Speaker - Hon. Glen Murray, MPP, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Ontario Regulatory Climate - What's Ahead

Speaker - Ontario's Drinking Water Quality Management Standard - Kishor Desai, NSF International Strategic Registrations Ltd.

14:15 - 14:45 - Exhibitor Presentations

14:45 - 15:00   Refreshment/Networking Break

15:00 - 15:45   Session 4 - Standardizing Audits for Integrated Management Systems

Speaker  - Jayne Pilot, EP(CEA, EMS(LA)), CPEA, President, Pilot Performance Resources Management Inc.

15:45 - 16:30   AGM (AAC Members Only)

16:00 - 19:00   Networking Event - Amsterdam Brewhouse


May 9, 2017

7:30 - 8:30       Breakfast

8:30 - 9:00       Featured Speaker - Norm Keith, Senior Partner, Fasken Martineau - Workplace Health and Safety Litigation - Case law, corporate convictions, trends in corporate malfeasance, new developments, the role of auditing and/or management systems in prevention and due diligence, conducting audits under privilege

9:00 - 10:00     Session 5 - Health and Safety Risk Tolerance

This session will focus on risk tolerance, risk acceptance, and attempt to address issues such as - Has there been a shift in safety consciousness over time?  Is there a false sense of security?

Speaker 1 - Process Safety Auditing and the new CSA Standard Z767-17 - Mireille Busque,  Technical Director - Risk, ERM

Speaker 2 - Driving Safety Performance through Auditing - Glenn Keays, Vice President, Health and Safety, JD Irving Ltd.

10:00 - 10:30    Refreshment/Networking Break

10:30 - 12:00    Session 6 - Health and Safety

Speaker 1 - Health and Safety in a Chemical Industry Association - R.J. Peterson, Health, Safety and Compliance Manager, Brenntag Canada Inc.

Speaker 2 - Transportation Compliance vs Health and Safety CoR Audits - Kim Sax, President, KPSA

Speaker 3 - Health and Safety Tools in the Mining Sector. Shirley Neault, Manager Environment and Systems, HudBay

12:00 - 12:40    Lunch

12:40 - 13:20 Featured Speaker - Michael DeWit, Technical Director, ICF International, Technical Committee Member on CSA Z773 Environmental Compliance Auditing

13:20 - 14:30    Session 7 - Value Added Auditing (panel format)

A brief discussion of expectations, current situation and future vision.  Followed by Q and A and discussion from the floor.

14:30 - 14:45    Refreshment/Networking Break

14:45 - 16:00    Session 8 - Transition to ISO 14001:2015 - Case Studies

Speaker 1 - ISO 14001:2015 at McCain Foods - Malcolm Marston, P.Eng, EP(CEA), EP(EMSLA), Dillon Consulting

Speaker 2 - ISO 14001:2015 at General Motors - John Stolys, Senior Environmental Engineer, GM Canada

Speaker 3  - ISO 14001:2015 - Lynn Johannson, BES (Hons), M.Sc., FRSA,  President E2M, Chair and Head of Delegation, SMC to ISO/TC 207

16:00 -16:15 Closing remarks


May 10, 2017

Workshops (proposed)

Workshop 1 (1/2 day am) - Interpreting the Regulatory EHS 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.

Workshop 2 (1/2 day am) - Interview techniques

Have you ever run across a difficult auditee? Struggled to meet the audit objectives before the scheduled audit closing meeting? Want to learn some tips, techniques and tools so that you become a more effective auditor? This workshop has been designed to help you develop your audit interview skills. Examples of real life interview challenges and potential solutions will be shared to better prepare you for the difficult interview. ISO 19011:2011, Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems will be reviewed. Learn how to set the environment and tone to improve how the auditee perceives the process with tips to help your audit stay on track, summarizing the appropriate information, and follow-up questions.
Having strong interviewing skills is an essential element for gathering audit evidence to support audit conclusions. This workshop is interactive and requires active participation.

Workshop 3 (1/2 day pm) - Writing Value Added Findings

As management systems mature, management teams become more sophisticated, and audit clients become more aware of the potential value that auditors can provide, expectations are rising. Audit findings are too often written as a recitation of fact, adding minimal value to the client. This session will explore the attributes of a well written finding, and the boundary between value added findings and consulting. Numerous exercises will work through practical examples. This workshop is interactive and requires active participation.










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