The date and the speakers have been finalized for the annual Southeast Environmental and Safety Seminar.
The event will be taking place in Estevan at the Saskatchewan Energy Training Institute's auditorium on Wednesday, March 20. The event will begin with a registration and breakfast at 7 a.m., and the speakers will start at 8 a.m.
Three keynote speakers have been lined up. The first is Mike Harnett, who will begin speaking at 8:10 a.m. She is the president and director of operations for WorkSMART Ergonomics Ltd, a progressive consulting firm that specializes in industrial, field and office ergonomics, injury prevention training, aging workforce issues, shift work and fatigue management programming. Harnett has over 20 years of experience.
Jennifer Nielsen is scheduled to speaker at 11 a.m. She'll discuss loading rates for calcium nitrate and gypsum for reclamation. She began writing Phase 1, 2 and 3 reports for environmental work being completed in southeast Saskatchewan as a part-time gig while she was operating a private music studio in Vancouver. Eventually, she decided to focus on environmental work, and she works in southeast Saskatchewan for Good Lands Environmental Inc.
Sylvia Yaeger will be the speaker after lunch. Her presentation focuses on a proactive approach to building healthy lives and work places. Her years of assessing and treating injuries as an occupational therapist offer her a unique insight through which she has developed a proactive approach to preventing stress and workplace injuries.
She believes that stressed out employees make more mistakes, take more time off work and are less safe on the job due to preoccupation, poor judgment and fatigue.
Other speakers will include Tim Kalynchuk, who will share Worker's Compensation Board stats; Todd Hann, who will talk about venting and flaring; and Greg Lewis, who will speak about UAV and on-demand imagery.
This is the second straight year that the seminar has been held in Estevan. Typically it alternates between Estevan and Weyburn, but the venue in Weyburn is currently under construction, so Estevan gets to host the seminar once again this year.
It typically attracts hundreds of people from a wide variety of industries, thanks to the variety of speakers and the information that is provided during the sessions.