Conference and Workshop Schedule
2018 AAC Conference Agenda – Summary of Session Topics:
Note: The AAC reserves the right to modify content, schedule and speakers as necessary.
DAY 1 – APRIL 23, 2018
8:00 - 8:15 - President's Welcoming Remarks - Peter Beukema
Key Note Speaker: Deputy Minister Eric Denhoff, Alberta Environment and Parks, Updates of Alberta’s Climate Change and Sustainability Initiatives
9:00 - 10:30 Session 1: Regulatory Landscape Developments
This Session will focus on recent or proposed changes to EHS legislation and the implications of these changes.
Speaker 1 - Environmental Regulatory Changes - JoAnn Jamieson, McLennan Ross, LLB Calgary.
Speaker 2 - AOHSA implications of changes - Steve Eichler, Field LLB
10:30 - 10:45 - Refreshment Break
10:45 - 12:15 Session 2: Infrastructure /Transportation / Construction
This session will see representatives from transportation speak about EHS compliance requirements for rail, infrastructure and construction.
Speaker 1: Railway Safety Auditing - Knut Ohm, Alberta Ministry of Transportation
Speaker 2: Fort McMurray Fire - Michael Capus, Partner, KPMG
Speaker 3: OHS in Construction, Geza Vargyas, Regional Safety Director, EllisDon
12:15 - 13:00 - Lunch
13:00 - 14:45 Session 3: Stakeholder Engagement/Interested Parties
This session includes representation from First Nations and the implications of stakeholders and interested parties and an organizations activities products and services.
Featured Speaker: Dean Manywounds, CEO, Stoney/Nakoda Tsuut'ina Tribal Council
Speaker: Government of Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment -Environmental
Compliance Audit Program, Dave Rezansoff, Manager Compliance, Ministry of Environment Saskatchewan
Exhibitor Presentations – An opportunity for confirmed exhibitors to present to all attendees.
14:45 - 15:00 - Refreshment Break
15:00 - 15:45 Session 4: Enforcement /Inspections
This session will focus on the EHS compliance perspective of the regulators and OHS inspectors when conducting site visits.
Speaker: BC OHS Workplace Inspections & Enforcement, Bruce Jackson, PgCert, DipAEd, PID, CMIOSH, CRSP, CET, Workplace Safety Consultant, Advocate Workplace Safety Services
15:45 - 16:30 Annual General Meeting – AAC membership
16:00 - 19:00 - Networking Event (All Conference Delegates and guests) - Woody's Lounge
19:30 - 21:30 - AAC Board of Directors Dinner
DAY 2 – APRIL 24, 2018
8:30 - 9:00
Featured Speaker – Deputy Minister Jody Young, Alberta Ministry of Labour Safe, Fair and Healthy Workplaces, Changes to Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and What They Mean to You
9:00 - 10:30 Session 5: Occupational Health & Safety
This session includes a discussion on compliance versus COR certification.
Speaker 1: Compliance vs. Health and Safety Certificate of Recognition (CoR) audits, Kim Sax, President KPSA Transportation.
Speaker 2: Management Systems from Oil to Rail, Andy Church, Senior Director Environmental and Safety Systems
Speaker 3: ISO 45001, Alan Napier, Senior Account Manager Western Canada, BSI Group
10:30 - 10:50 - Refreshment Break
10:50 - 12:00 Session 6: Risks and Opportunities
This session address an organizations approach to assessing, managing and minimizing environmental impacts and occupational hazards and risks.
Speaker 1: OHS Audits - A Client's Perspective, Denise Howitt, Manager EHS Systems and Compliance, University of Calgary
Speaker 2: Managing risks and building relationships through independent audits: three case studies, Betsy Evans and Beth Michener, Matrix Solutions
12:00 -12:45 - Lunch
Featured Speaker: Duff Harper, Partner, Blakes
Audit and Legal Considerations - Due Diligence, Privilege
13:30 - 14:30 Session 7: Professional Auditors – Supply and Demand
This session will discuss the potential future deficient of EH&S auditors – and the implications for stakeholders
Speaker 1: Auditors – A Species at Risk, Brenda MacDonald, Nova Scotia Power
Speaker 2: Attracting and Retaining Talent, Yogendra Chaudhry, ECO Canada
14:30 - 14:50 - Refreshment Break
14:50 - 16:10 - Session 8: Integration of Management Systems and Associated Standards
This session covers stakeholder perspective - barriers, challenges and opportunities as well as the role of auditing and integration of standardized management systems.
Speaker 1: The Role of Auditing and Integration of Standardized Management Systems, Stanislav Karapetrovic, University of Alberta Quality Management
Speaker 2: Operational Management Systems and Standards – Trials and Tribulations, Kevin Dunn, Cultura Consulting
16:15 – 16:30 AAC President Closing remarks: Peter Beukema
DAY 3 – APRIL 25, 2018, Workshops
Workshop 1 - 8:30 to 12:00 noon (1/2 day) - Understanding
and Interpreting Requirements:
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.
Confirmed Presenter: Peter Beukema, Wood plc
Workshop 2 – 8:30 to 12:00 noon (1/2 day) - Audit Techniques – Successful Interview and Impactful Finding Writing Techniques:
Module 1: Interview Techniques. This module will discuss tips, techniques and tools designed to help you hone your audit interview skills. Examples of real life interview challenges and potential solutions will be shared to better prepare you for the difficult interview. 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. ISO 19011:2011, Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems will be referenced.
Module 2: Writing Impactful Value Added This module will explore the attributes of a well-written finding, and the boundary between value added findings and consulting. 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. Numerous exercises will work through practical examples.
Confirmed Presenters: Susan Girt, City of Hamilton and Todd Hall, Environment and Risk Assurance Inc.
Workshop 3 - 13:00 - 16:30 (1/2 day) ISO Standards 45001/19011:
Two key standards are scheduled for release in 2018 after substantive revision. This workshop will explore the changes to the standards and the implications on management system and audit.
After much delay ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems is scheduled for publication in late Q1 or early Q2 2018. This new standard will follow other generic management system approaches such as ISO 14001, ISO 9001, and will take into account other international standards such as OHSAS 18001, and ILO-OSH Guidelines. OHSAS will be withdrawn upon publication of ISO 45001. Organizations currently certified to 18001 will have a 3-year period to migrate to 45001.
ISO 19011 Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems has assisted organizations in conducting effective audit to support continual improvement. Further it supports the harmonization across standards and a uniform approach to audit. The 2011 edition of the standard has undergone a substantive revision to better reflect the growing number of management systems, and recent revisions of management system standards such as 14001/9001 and the newly minted 45001. Changes include; terms and definitions have been better aligned with the high level structure of annex SL; the concept of risks and opportunities; remote auditing; SME; and audit team competence. Expected publication date mid 2018.
The workshop will be facilitated by seasoned professionals who have been tracking the revisions. They will provide their insights. This workshop is interactive - come prepared with questions.
Confirmed Presenters: Glenn Keays, Technical Director, ERM; Brenda MacDonald, Nova Scotia Power; Alan Napier, BSI
CHSMSA Proctored EXAM writing 13:00 to 16:30 pm (1/2 day):
AAC is providing an opportunity for approved CHSMSA candidates to write the certification exam. There is no additional fee beyond the application fee. Registration will be done offline by contacting Todd Hall at email@example.com