2018 Conference

Co-hosts RUSA and AMHSA are excited to bring you the 45th Annual Health, Safety, & Utility Conference & Trade Show from December 3-6, 2018 in beautiful Red Deer, Alberta. This year's conference is worth 0.6 Continuing Education Units, with the potential for additional CEUs from our pre-conference sessions. 

New in 2018: Click here to download our mobile conference app!

Draft Agenda

Monday, December 3, 2018
  • Hospitality room open
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
  • Registration desk open
  • Pre-Conference sessions
  • Pre-Conference meetings
  • Evening sessions and entertainment
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
  • Welcome address
  • OH&S Compliance Update
  • Half-day sessions
  • Trade Show
  • Reception
Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Half-day sessions
  • Luncheon & closing ceremonies
  • Keynote speaker Olympian Georgette Reed


  • A block of rooms will be reserved at the Red Deer Sheraton Hotel. To book, call toll-free: 1-800-662-7197
  • For trade show information, contact Keith Bobey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 780-963-5087
  • For conference information, contact Bryan Bespalko at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 780-210-9557

December 4, 2018

Pre-Conference Sessions (Draft Schedule)

Pre-conference sessions run all day December 4, 2018 and offer delegates an opportunity for additional professional development. Spaces for these sessions are limited - register early!

Legislation & Health & Safety Committees
(8:00 am-5:00 pm)

A review of new occupational health and safety legislation (1/2 day), followed by the new requirements for Joint Work Site Health and Safety Committees in the workplace (1/2 day). CEUs TBA

Equipment Operator Awareness 
(8:00 am-5:00 pm)

Presented by Northern Lakes College, this full day course provides an in-depth look at reducing workplace injury, death, and property damage by operating mobile equipment safely.

This session covers a range of topics: from increasing safety awareness, to developing procedures, to identifying and controlling hazardous conditions and worker limitations. Participants will review their responsibilities for safe equipment operation and will discuss strategies for risk assessment and mitigation. Recommended for those operating or working near powered mobile equipment. CEUs TBA

Ground Disturbance (8:00 am-5:00 pm)

Legislative responsibilities, hazard identification, soil stability, sloping, shoring, trenching, and other safety requirements for ground disturbance. CEUs TBA

Hydrant Maintenance & Operations 
(8:00 am-5:00 pm)

Hydrant maintenance and operations for municipal services. Additional details TBA. CEUs TBA


Meetings (Draft Schedule)

Pre-conference meetings run December 4, 2018. Conference registration is not required to attend meetings.

Alberta Cities Safety Council (10:00 am-3:00 pm)

Facilitated by AMHSA. Additional details TBA.

RUSA Annual General Meeting (12:00 pm-1:00 pm)

RUSA members only. Additional details TBA.


Evening Sessions & Entertainment
(Draft Schedule)

Street Drugs & their Effects (6:30 pm-8:30 pm)

New evening session for delegates! Presented by the RCMP.

Hospitality Room (8:30 pm-11:00 pm)

Details available at the registration desk.
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