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 1.2 Continuing Education Units, with the potential for additional CEUs from our pre-conference sessions. 

Registration is now open! 

December 4, 2018

Pre-Conference Sessions

Pre-conference sessions may have an additional cost - see the registration form for more details. Unless listed, session CEUs are TBA.

Legislation and Health & Safety Committees Cancelled
(8:00 am-5:00 pm)
Please be advised that the planned pre-conference session “Legislation and Health & Safety Committee training” will not be available for RUSA to present due to provincial government approvals being delayed. RUSA & AMHSA are working diligently to provide a Safety stream session with an equal CEU number for our delegates. Stay tuned for further information. For those who have registered for this specific session, please be advised that you will be given the opportunity to change your registration as soon as we have the replacement session in place.

Powered Mobile Equipment (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. 0.6 CEUs

Ground Disturbance (8:00 am-5:00 pm)
This course is designed for planners, managers, supervisors and employees who are, or will be, required to develop, plan, and implement any kind of ground disturbance. Topics presented will include: identifying and defining ground disturbance; describing the hazards of ground disturbance; what permits and agreements will be required; how to locate and identify underground facilities; regulations associated with ground disturbance; reclamation overview; responsibilities for owners and ground disturber; and safety requirements. Theoretical concepts presented will be supplemented with a small group exercise related to planning a pipeline job. Presented by Jeff Mulligan, Astec Safety.

*This Supervisory Level Ground Disturbance course has been assessed and is endorsed by the Alberta Common Ground Alliance as meeting the requirements of ABCGA Standard 201 Ground Disturbance Supervisory (https://www.digsafeab.ca/).

Hydrant Maintenance & Operations (8:00 am-5:00 pm)
Join Terry Melenyk of the Wolseley Waterworks Group for a look at hydrant inspection and maintenance through technical, practical, and hands-on exercises using “hydrant cutaways”. Includes complete internal operation of all major manufacturers and tools required for internal inspections which will assist in determining your own custom maintenance program. Dechlorination requirements and equipment will also be discussed. 0.6 CEUs


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 AGM & Luncheon (12:00 pm-1:00 pm)
RUSA members only. Additional details TBA.

Evening Sessions & Entertainment

New evening session! 
Street Drugs & their Effects (6:30 pm-8:30 pm)
Presented by the RCMP. Join Sgt. Clayton Wilbern for a look at street drugs and their effects, including fentanyl, prescription drugs, cocaine, meth, ecstasy, alcohol, and marijuana.

Hospitality Room (8:30 pm-11:00 pm)
Details available at the registration desk.


December 5, 2018

Conference Sessions

Welcome Address (7:30 am-8:30 am)
Registration Desk open. Delegate breakfast provided. 
Opening remarks from the Master of Ceremonies, from Ian Hooper (Government of Alberta, Partnerships in Injury Reduction), and from the President of the Rural Utilities Safety Association (RUSA).

OHS Compliance Update (9:00 am-12:00 pm)
Ryan Schur and Cameron Mercer (Alberta OHS) return for an in-depth presentation on municipal compliance and what’s new with occupational health and safety. There will be an opportunity for questions and sharing of information for all delegates. No matter what your job is, OH&S affects everyone.

What's New for the Water & Wastewater Industry
(9:00 am-11:00 am)
Hear what’s new and what’s trending in the field of municipal water and waste water from a number of presenters including:

  • 9:00-9:15 Lewis Krause (John Brooks Company Ltd.)
  • 9:20-9:35 Clint van Berkel (Cam-Trac Inspections Services Ltd.)
  • 9:40-9:55 Abram McAlear (Xylem Inc.)
  • 10:00-10:15 Amanjeet Dhaliwal (EnReach Hot Tap Services)
  • 10:20-10:35 Norm Grexton (NGInc.) - Benefits of Biological Additives in Wastewater
  • 10:40-10:55 Brad Emes (Procon Systems) - RC Systems

Confined Space: Employee Safety and Applied Solutions and Confined Space: From Compliance to Best Practice
(1:00 pm-5:00 pm)
Combined presentations: Join Jim Sheppard from MSA The Safety Company for 2 combined seminars on confined space (Employee Safety and Applied Solutions, and From Compliance to Best Practice). Topics include Alberta legislation and applied standards, gas detection/gas stratification, entry/exit, and rescue plans. Jim will also discuss snag hazards, fall protection, and communication devices.

Workplace Harassment Awareness and Violence Prevention (1:00 pm-5:00 pm)
Understand how to identify incidents that could be considered workplace harassment and/or violence. Review Alberta occupational health and safety legislation regarding violence in the workplace, learn measures for preventing workplace violence, and discover strategies for dealing with difficult or dangerous people. Presented by AMHSA instructor Brad Bruneau.

Nothing is out of Reach: A Metering and Advanced Metering Reading Workshop (1:00 pm-5:00 pm)
This session will cover from A-Z of how to assess your current status: from how you are currently capturing your data, to how best to communicate, to controlling data so it brings operational efficiencies to your utility, town, regional district or city. From the water meter to technology, this interactive session will be more than just a seminar. Each participant will have the opportunity to put their questions to the test and work with others to look at streamlining water operations to benefit engineering, finance, customer service and your consumers! You will learn not only from this seminar but also from other participants. Presented by KTI Supplies.


December 6, 2018

Conference Sessions

Alberta Transportation Safety Audits (8:00 am-12:00 pm)
Join the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) to learn more about commerical vehicle compliance. Canada’s National Safety Code (NSC) for commercial vehicles consists of 16 individual standards. These standards were first introduced to Alberta carriers in 1988. Most of the standards were already contained within Alberta regulations and others have been added since. 

A truck is defined provincially as having a combined weight of 11,794 kg and federally as having a combined weight of 4500 kg. A bus is defined as a motor vehicle that is designed for carrying 11 or more persons including the driver and is used or is intended to be used for the transportation of people. Any driver of a truck or bus as defined must comply with NSC standards.

Alberta carriers that operate into other jurisdictions are designated as Federal and must comply with federal legislation. This includes farm plated vehicles that travel outside Alberta. We will briefly discuss each of the 16 standards and the associated Alberta legislation. 

Marijuana 2.0 (8:00 am-12:00 pm)
A continuation of the discussion on marijuana and the workplace - what does marijuana mean for municipalities and workers? Presented by Christine Laval of Alberta Health Services. Christine’s 2017 Drug Awareness session was heavily attended, so make sure you arrive early to save your seat!

Supervisor's Role (8:00 am-12:00 pm)
The leadership for health and safety management systems in the workplace starts with the supervisor. This session provides information for managers, supervisors, and those in the role of a committee member for a municipal joint work site health and safety committee. Presented by AMHSA instructor Rick Lupul. 0.3 CEUs

Water Management (8:00 am-12:00 pm)
Join Golnaz Azimi of Urban Systems Ltd. for a look at how municipalities determine the actual cost of producing and distributing water, and collecting and treating wastewater to maintain financial stability for the municipal utilities. This session will help you see if you are losing money on your utility billing or if you are actually recovering the actual costs of providing water and wastewater services. 

Delegate Luncheon & Closing Ceremonies 
(12:00 pm-3:00 pm)
Keynote: Olympian Georgette Reed presents “Motivation: Your Moment of Truth” from 1:15pm-2:45pm. After the keynote, RUSA President Trevor Tychkowsky will end the conference with closing remarks and the delegate grand prize draw (must be present to win). 


Motivation: Your Moment of Truth
(1:15 pm-2:45 pm)

Presented by Georgette Reed ChPC, MA, BPE, CSCS, Member: Speakers’ Bureau of Alberta© and distinguished Olympian

Georgette Reed’s presentations are genuinely golden. Her enthusiasm and optimism shine through her keynote address as she shares the positive lessons, values and virtues of sport. Through relevant, and sometimes humorous, anecdotes she will demonstrate and bring to life how the trials and tribulations in her sporting life have influenced the way that she deals with the challenges of everyday life. “The real value of sport is not the actual game played in the limelight of the applause but the dogged determination and the self-effort carried out alone, imposed by an exacting conscience”. Georgette has that kind of exacting conscience. She demonstrated it when she was the number one Shot Put and Discus thrower in Canada for over a decade, and she possesses it still today.

Life, like sports, is about pursuing your dreams - it is a series of never ending mysteries waiting to unfold. Sport, like life, is about more than winning and losing - it is about succeeding. There is no “Finish Line”. Succeeding is to be your best and do the very best that you can in everything that you do - inside and outside of the spotlight. With this attitude, the sky’s the limit. It is important that each of us take up the challenge to be ourselves, believe in ourselves and make an effort to create our own destinies in search for that one moment in time... our Moment of Truth.

Georgette’s presentation focuses on empowering yourself to be the master of your own destiny. 

Motivation: Your Moment of Truth can be any event good or bad, positive or negative. Convert it into a turning point, when you seize the day, ask the big questions, and make a commitment to transform that moment into an opportunity for altering your own destiny. These moments occur more often than we think. Georgette teaches us how to recognize them and that it’s not the time to be immobilized by them. On the contrary, it’s time to capitalize on them.

How do you do it? By changing your perspective, recognizing Your Moment of Truth and overcoming all roadblocks to find new and more effective ways of working, living and achieving excellence. Excellence is within your reach! Georgette shows us the way.

Conference Countdown 12/03/2018 18 Days


  • For trade show information, contact Keith Bobey
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    • 780-963-5087
  • For conference information, contact Bryan Bespalko
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    • 780-210-9557