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Speakers announced for safety seminar


The speakers have been finalized for the annual South East Environmental Safety Seminar, which will be taking place on Wednesday, March 19 at the Saskatchewan Energy Training Institute.

This year's speakers are Brian Keating, Curtis Minard, Jim Balmer, Cameron McNaughton and Mark Moyad. The first four will speak for an hour, while Moyad will have 90 minutes.

Keating is the head naturalist and owner for the Going Wild website, and he has previous worked for the Calgary Zoological Society and the University of Calgary. He has been leading groups on nature-based travel for three decades, and he speaks at about 50 events each year.

Minard draws on his 10-plus years of experience as a power line technician, and his appreciation for safety. He survived a workplace accident that saw him electrocuted with 14,400 volts in September of 2008, and now he tells people that safety must be at the forefront of their day-to-day lives, and in the workplace.

Balmer is a retired police officer, who spent over 16 years with the Medicine Hat Police Service. Currently he instructs several health and safety related courses and organizations. He also conducts driver assessments and fit testing programs. And he has written and administrated safety programs for companies.

McNaughton holds a Ph.D in oceanography from the University of Hawaii. His specialty is in measuring the intercontinental transport of air pollution, and its effects on the North Pacific, North America, and the Western Arctic. He is a former astronaut candidate with the Canadian Space Agency.

His current projects include soil gas and surface carbon dioxide flux measurements for two carbon capture and storage projects in Western Canada.

Moyad is the Jenkins/Pokempner director of complementary and alternative medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He has consulted for government agencies and diverse public and private businesses, and appears regularly in major magazines and television shows devoted to health in the U.S.

Moyad created a campaign that promotes wellness, which involves teaching materials that focus on lifestyle changes, and objective dietary supplement advice.

Lunch will be served at the event, and there will be several networking breaks.

The seminar traditionally alternates between Estevan and Weyburn, but this is the third straight year that it will be in Estevan, as renovations are ongoing at the Southeast Regional College's Weyburn campus.




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