The Upper Island Safety Conference and Tradeshow is the largest of its kind on Vancouver Island

Strathcona Regional District set to host the 7th annual Upper Island Safety Conference and Trade Show

The Strathcona Regional District is getting ready to host the 7th annual Upper Island Safety Conference and Trade Show, a two-day professional development event that brings the latest in industry information to improve workplace safety.

The conference takes place on May 30-31 at the Campbell River Sportsplex, and offers three keynote speakers and 16 educational sessions from which to choose.

The Upper Island Safety Conference and Tradeshow is the largest of its kind on Vancouver Island, bringing delegates from the across the island and the mainland to network and learn about the latest in safety research, trends, regulations and issues.

“The conference is very well attended and the numbers continue to grow year after year,” said Susan Bullock, Manager of Programs for Strathcona Gardens, and the conference event organizer.  “The great thing about it, in addition to the networking and learning opportunities, is that it meets the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee training requirements under WorkSafeBC legislation. Attendees may be eligible for credits for Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals certification, Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists accreditation and the Environmental Operators Certification Program. It really helps motivate people to implement change at the workplace and get passionate about safety again.”

Keynote speakers for the 2016 event include:

  • Steven Falk, founder and president of Switchback, an organization that offers a structured approach to help change organizational thinking.  Falk has helped people learn how to train their brains to think differently, communicate better in teams, and ultimately change their future.  Forestry companies who have embraced Switchback’s skill have seen reduced injury rates, increased productivity, and a decrease in union grievances.
  • Brenda Robinson, a speaker, trainer, writer and consultant who has been helping people communicate more effectively, work together more productively, and get the best results possible for themselves and their organization for over 20 years.  Be prepared to listen, laugh and learn about other people, about yourself, and how understanding our differences can lead to better decision-making and informed processes.
  • Hugh Culver, a self-described “recovering over-achiever” who teaches people how to think better, plan smarter and act on what really matters. Culver co-founded the world’s most exclusive tour company (to the South Pole), started five companies and consults to Telus, Shoppers Drug Mart, Red Cross and Bell.

A two-day post-conference workshop is offered on June 1-2 for individuals interested in building strong, productive and engaged teams in the workplace.

For more information and to register, go to

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