Mental health, addiction and resiliency are prevalent in many workplaces in Saskatchewan and across the country. Joe Roberts has struggled with both, but in less than 12 years, he went from being homeless to being a celebrated CEO on the cover of Canadian Business.
“More than ever today, employers are looking for ideas and strategies to deal with an ever-pressing issue on mental health and substance abuse disorder,” says Roberts. “Thanks to effective solutions and support and resources, I got an opportunity to transform my life.”
Roberts is one of the seven featured speakers at the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB)’s 2022 Compensation Institute, which is taking place May 17-18. This annual, free event provides a unique opportunity for attendees to hear from world-class Canadian keynote presenters on a range of topics, experiences and perspectives regarding workplace safety, and safety leadership and practices.
“Every day, workers and employers continue to adapt to pressing workplace safety issues, including psychological health, addictions and work-life balance,” says Kevin Mooney, the WCB’s vice-president of prevention and employer services. “We are excited to bring world-class Canadian keynote presenters to share their experiences and perspectives for safety and prevention in the workplace.”
Participants will hear from presenters such as:
- Dan Comiskey, a former Saskatchewan Roughrider, will share humorous anecdotes from both the field and the locker room. He will discuss the power of creating positive safety habits in the workplace and how even the smallest of changes can help create a safe work environment.
- Eddie LeMoine, a Canadian-born best-selling author and certified virtual speaker, seminar leader and corporate trainer, has career experience as a seasoned business executive. He will talk about the impact emotions have had on success, health and happiness the last few years, and how to change that coming out of the pandemic. LeMoine will share three steps to setting goals that will stick.
- Theo Heineman, an expert and spokesperson in the field of health and safety, will discuss a new organizational currency that fuels innovation, creativity, co-operation and greater hazard perception and awareness, while also decreasing incidents, absenteeism and turnover.
- Amy Zuk, an Alberta-born safety facilitator and coach for the last 12 years, witnessed her father lose a finger, an uncle hitting an overhead powerline with a cultivator, the home fuel shed burning down and her mom screaming to find where her three children were – all while growing up on a farm. Realizing much of what she did was not safe, she started her own safety training company and became a certified speaker. She will share some practical solutions on preventing lost time due to workplace injuries.
The event will also include WorkSafe Saskatchewan’s annual Safe Worker/Safe Employer Awards and two concurrent sessions that will allow participants to tap into WCB representatives speaking on employer accounts, claims and prevention.
The WCB relentlessly pursues its vision to eliminate injuries and restore abilities. Compensation Institute is an important avenue that provides tools and practical ways to eliminate injuries. The event will include the WCB’s 2022 annual general meeting, where the WCB will report on its 2021 financial and operating results, as well as new and continuing initiatives.
The Saskatchewan WCB is the only one in Canada that holds a free educational event like Compensation Institute and it is open to workers, employers, WCB partners and members of the media.
Source: Saskatchewan WCB