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Day 1 Sessions

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

On Wednesday, December 6, join us for breakfast, followed by the welcome address and keynote sessions. At 11:30 am, the trade show opens with a buffet lunch for delegates and presenters. The trade show is open until 6:30 pm and runs concurrent with the afternoon sessions.


Welcome Address

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Registration Desk open, breakfast available for delegates. Opening remarks from the Master of Ceremonies, Ian Hooper (Government of Alberta, Partnerships in Injury Reduction), and the President of the Rural Utilities Safety Association (RUSA).


Welcome Speaker

8:30 am - 10:00 am

Listen as David Ainsworth from the City of Edmonton presents on active intruders. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion following the presentation.


Occupational Health and Safety Compliance Update

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

A popular session that is requested each year by our delegates. Refresh your knowledge of OHS legislation as our favourite OHS officers highlight the good, the bad, and the ugly! There will be an opportunity for questions following the presentation.


Driving Safety and Attitudes - You Can Make the Difference

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm (30 minute breaks)

Kevin Brandvold (Public Safety Consulting Canada) will discuss “Booze, Belts, Speed and Intersections”. His presentation covers impaired driving, distracted driving, intersection safety, importance of occupant restraint systems, speed, general traffic safety, collision dynamics and driving attitude. After the session, join Kevin in the the Trade Show for demonstrations with the Vehicle Roll-Over Simulator and Fatal Vision Alcohol Goggles. Representatives from the RCMP will also present on the YIELD (Youth Initiatives & Education in Lifestyles & Driving) program.


Hazard Writing Workshop

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm (30 minute breaks)

Parkland County’s Jewel Day-Hampton returns with the ins and outs of writing a hazard program for your municipality. Review tools, standards, and enjoy ample time for asking questions to better understand the concept of hazard writing. 


Source Protection Discussion

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm (30 minute breaks)

How to protect municipal water sources and the provision of operator updates. Further session details are under development.


Day 2 Sessions

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Our last day closes out with morning sessions, luncheon, and a closing keynote speaker from 1-3 pm on Thursday, December 7.


Remote Monitoring and System Management

8:00 am - 12:00 pm (30 minute breaks)

This session will look at technical advances in the application and use of SCADA and other technologies for the daily monitoring and data collection for water and waste water operations in remote and compliance sensitive sectors of municipal operations. Further session details TBA.


Young Workers and the Multi-Generational Workplace

8:00 am - 12:00 pm (30 minute breaks)

Kristen Cummings (Cantos Performance Management) will discuss employing young workers, with an emphasis on communication, safety statistics, and training. The session will also review the effects of a multi-generational workplace, and how to deal with different expectations and styles of communication in order to bridge the gap and stay safe.


Drugs 101: Drug Awareness

8:00 am - 12:00 pm (30 minute breaks)

Christine Laval (Alberta Health Services) presents Drugs 101, discussing the availability and types of drugs in Alberta. The session will also explore the signs and symptoms of being under the influence of various pharmaceuticals. 


Delegate Luncheon & Closing Ceremonies

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join vendors, delegates, and the RUSA conference team as we close out the 44th annual Health, Safety, and Utility Conference and Trade Show. RUSA is excited to feature Jody Laird for our keynote presentation of “Put Yourself in our Boots” (1:15 pm-2:45 pm).


Keynote Session

Put Yourself in our Boots, Presented by Jody Laird from 1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Take the initiative to make the workplace safer for first responders and create a safer workplace for everyone.


While responding to a warehouse break and enter, Calgary police officer John Petropoulos died after falling nine feet through a false ceiling, a tragic but preventable accident. When first responders are injured or die due to this type of workplace hazard, its often dismissed as risks that are all “part of the job.” But each of us has a duty to protect those who protect you. 

This presentation provides a different perspective on workplace safety – that of a first responder who may have to attend a premises during an emergency, such as a crime in progress, a fire, or a medical situation. 

Constable John Petropoulos’ death is a powerful example of why workplace safety measures need to be in place for everyone who may attend a work site – and how to help make this happen. Even though you may know your workplace and the hazards that are there, a firefighter, paramedic or police officer is in unfamiliar surroundings and not necessarily aware of those liabilities. Stressful circumstances and poor lighting can impede the first responder’s ability to see or know the hazards.

In this presentation, Jody will provide tangible examples of how risks in the physical work environment can be significantly minimized. A ten-minute safety video will also be featured to help you learn how to create a culture of safer workplaces.

Visit www.jpmf.ca for more information about the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund.