Virtual Health and Safety Conference


This year’s Annual Health and Safety Conference set a record for registrants, at 675, an impressive testament to New Brunswickers continued commitment to workplace health and safety.  While this was WorkSafeNB’s 40th conference, it was our first held virtually.

Mike Williams, opening plenary speaker, shared his life-changing story of surviving the explosion and subsequent fire resulting in sinking the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that resulted in 11 deaths and serious injuries to 17 others. His heart-wrenching emotional account moved all those who heard it, with one registrant saying, “Thank you for sharing this very personal journey so that others may learn and never have to hurt like you do.”

Other comments included:

  • “ Courage in the face of great danger!
  • “Solid leadership communication is key in health and safety!”

The closing plenary session by Dr. Lisa Belanger highlighted how to optimize performance, productivity and innovation while working from home during COVID-19. Her advice resonated with many, as evident in the following feedback:

  • “You're an AMAZING speaker!
  • “Could listen to you all day!”
  • “ Amazing presentation! Mindfulness meditation has changed my life”

Sessions on supervisor obligations, the value of return to work planning, and how the art of storytelling can affect a positive health and safety culture left participants with some valuable tips.

If you could not attend or would like to review the presentations, they are now available!

Breaking Down Barriers – The Value of RTW Planning – Dallas Mercer

Ergonomic Tips – Jennifer Kenny

Psychosocial Ergonomics – Todd Hickey

Supervisor Obligations – Richard Blais

The Art of Story Telling – Nancy Boutcher



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