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8:30am to 9:00am
Hot Breakfast & Registration
We welcome participation from all forest manufacturing sectors: lumber, pulp and paper, plywood, OSB, and pellets!
9:00am to 9:10am
Welcoming Remarks
Morning Chair: Gordon Murray, Wood Pellet Association of Canada

Welcoming Remarks:
Scott Bax, Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Welcoming Remarks
9:10am to 9:40am
Safety Champions: The Heart of Safety Culture
Steven Mueller, Pinnacle Renewable Energy
9:40am to 10:40am
Best Practices in Managing Combustible Gas
Kevin Ericsson, Power Chief Engineer, Norbord Inc.
10:40am to 11:00am
Networking Break
11:00am to 11:30am
Overview of Regulatory Change Process and Projects Included in Upcoming Regulatory Work Plan
Jim Baily, WorkSafeBC
11:30am to 12:00pm
Evaluating HMI for Safety Improvements
Jenny Colman, WorkSafeBC
12:00pm to 12:30pm
Networking Luncheon
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Forged in the Heart of Fire
Afternoon Chair: Scott Bax, Pinnacle Renewable Energy

Keynote Speaker:
Spencer Beach

Spencer Beach was a 3rd generation flooring installer and among the best in his field when he endured a horrific flash fire that left him permanently and severely scarred. After spending 14 months in the hospital and a year more of rehabilitation he has gone on to carve out a new path for his life.

He has now achieved such designations as a Construction Safety Officer through the Alberta Construction Safety Association, as well completed with distinction the University of Alberta’s, Faculty of Extensions, Occupational Health & Safety Certificate program. Spencer has been an international professional speaker for 13 years and delivered over 1,500 presentations. His messages focus on people’s behaviours to improve workplace safety, overcoming hardship, drug and alcohol abuse, understanding self and self-esteem, healthcare groups and more.

Spencer is also the author of his bestselling book In Case of Fire, works with WCB Alberta to motivate injured workers, is a volunteer for the Friends of the University Hospital of Alberta, was awarded the 2013 Avenue Magazine Top 40 Under 40 for his community work and was the first recipient of the Award of Courage through Glenrose Hospital.
1:30 to 2:30pm
Dust Explosion Protection - Case Studies
Kent Desmond, Western Regional Manager, Fike Canada, Inc.
2:00pm to 2:30pm
Networking Break
2:30pm to 3:00pm
How to Get to “Lessons Learned” as an Industry
Cherie Whelan, BC Forest Safety Council
3:00pm to 3:20pm
Overview of ISO TC 238 Safety Standards
Fahimeh Yazdan Panah, Research and Technical Development Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
3:20pm to 3:45pm
Building a Corporate Safety Culture
Speaker: Gordon Harkness, WorkSafeBC
3:45pm to 4:15pm
Developing job Competencies for a Safer Forest Industry
Gerard Messier, BC Forest Safety Council
4:15pm to 4:30pm
Closing Remarks
Scott Bax, Pinnacle Renewable Energy
Conference Adjourns

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