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Work Better Safer 2017 – presented by Wellpoint

September 12, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Wellpoint presents “Work Better Safer 2017” – SIMSA is a sponsor.

Event website and registraiton is HERE.

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Our inaugural Work Better Safer event in 2016 was a great success. We welcomed over 120 attendees from more than 50 different companies. Our feedback was positive and showed a high demand for another event with a greater breadth of topics. We are expecting to double our attendees this year.

A percentage of all registration fees will be donated to Threads of Life: Family Forums, which is supported by Wellpoint. More information can be found online at http://threadsoflife.ca/for-families/family-forums/.

Schedule (subject to change)

8:00am Registration / Breakfast
8:30am Welcome Dani Freychet / Annie Bell
8:45am Session 1 Dr. Kathleen Thompson – Cannabis and the Workplace
9:45am Session 2 Bekk McDonald – Signs, Symptoms & Reasonable Suspicion (all substances)
10:15am Break
10:30am Session 3 Kevin Wilson – Impact of Legalization to Employers (Cannabis and policy)
11:30am Morning Q&A Session
12:00pm Buffet Lunch
12:45pm Event Sponsor TBD
1:00pm Session 5 Scott Coulter – Does Safety Pay?
2:00pm Session 6 Laura Pittman – Wellness: Keeping Your Workforce Healthy
3:00pm Afternoon Q&A Session
3:30pm Closing Message Lorne Sugarman
3:45pm Open House Refreshments at Wellpoint Saskatoon until 5:00pm



Dr. Kathleen Thompson, PhD, MSW, RSW, BA (Hons)

TomKat Communications – Cannabis Consultants

“Cannabis and the Workplace”

Dr. Thompson has diverse professional experiences ranging from health policy research to

community development, leadership and communications. Since 1999, she has owned and managed

TomKat Communications, a Saskatchewan-based consulting company focusing on comparative

health policy research, community development, interim leadership in the mental health, corrections

and disability sectors. Over recent years, Dr. Thompson has provided policy research to support a

collaborative public policy process involving the Ministry of Social Services and a provincial coalition

of disability charities called the Disability Income Support Coalition or DISC. Her focus has been on

quantifying and qualifying the costs associated disabilities to support the development of provincial

disability policies and regulations related to the implantation of Saskatchewan Assured Income for

Disability (SAID).

Dr. Thompson works internationally and nationally and has presented at numerous conferences

within Saskatchewan, across Canada and internationally. In 2013, she worked as an Assistant

Professor at Northern Kentucky University in the Department of Counselling, Social Work and

Leadership. Prior to her appointment in the United States, Dr. Thompson worked with the federal

government at Statistics Canada and in intergovernmental health policy research with the

Saskatchewan Ministry of Health in the Policy and Planning Branch. Her SSHRC-funded PhD is from

the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary. She received the highest level of funding available

to a Canadian PhD student through a Canada Graduate Scholarship. Dr. Thompson also holds a

Master’s of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), both from the University of Regina. She is

Director of the IHRAAM Indigenous Research Unit (IIRU) and is also Director of Research of the

Cannabis Patients Association of Canada.


Bekk McDonald

Wellpoint Health Ltd.

“Signs, Symptoms & Reasonable Suspicion”

Bekk McDonald has worked with Wellpoint Health (previously Healthserv) for more than five years in roles

ranging from Client Services and Quality Assurance, to her current role as the Drug & Alcohol Program

Supervisor and DOT Program Administrator. Bekk has recently redeveloped our Supervisor Training for

Reasonable Suspicion course and newly created our Employee Drug and Alcohol Awareness course. Her

teaching has received positive feedback and has been requested by multiple companies not only in

Saskatchewan, but also across Canada.


Kevin Wilson, Q.C.

MLT Aikins

“Impact of Legalization to Employers”

Kevin Wilson, Q.C. is a Saskatoon partner with MKT Aikins LLP. For the last 28 years, he has practiced almost

exclusively in the area of management side labour and employment law. He acts for private and public

employers throughout Saskatchewan in a variety of sectors including retail, mining, manufacturing, food

processing, education, non-profits and construction, among others. He provides strategic and legal advice to

employers. In addition, Kevin has appeared in the Courts, arbitrations, various other administrative tribunals,

the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board and the Canada Industrial Relations Board on behalf of employers.

Kevin was the founding Saskatchewan director of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers. He is

the former Chair of the Canadian Bar Association National Labour and Employment Law section. Kevin has

been recognized as a leading lawyer in Best Lawyers in Canada, Lexpert Legal Directory and Benchmark

Canada. He is a frequent speaker on labour law and human rights law across Western Canada.


Scott Coulter

BSC Health & Safety Consulting

“Does Safety Pay?”

Scott Coulter has extensive Senior Project HSE Management experience in an international setting with multinational

work forces of varying cultures, consistently delivering above established pre-set performance

indicators. After having worked successfully across Canada, Mr. Coulter took his construction HSE experience

to China, bringing HSE success to the ‘West to East Pipeline Project’, from Shanghai to the Western border

with Kazakhstan. He then continued on to Romania and Italy to create the HSE management system and

program of instruction for the newly hired HSE Engineers in preparation of the multi billion dollar Kashagan

Project. Both of these projects crossed historical and environmental sensitive areas, protected by UN accords.

After bringing success to a number of projects throughout the Middle East from Yemen and Iran to Qatar and

Saudi Arabia, his international experience finished up in Botswana with the world’s largest diamond mining



Laura Pittman

Wellpoint Health Ltd.

“Wellness: Keeping Your Workforce Healthy”

Laura joined Wellpoint in 2017 as the Director of Operations, West. With over 15 years of clinical and business

experience, Laura has seen the challenges both employers and workers face to optimize health and wellness

within the workplace. For the last number of years, Laura has been working within the Calgary corporate

sector, advising (and working with) Human Resources and HSE teams as a subject matter expert within

Disability Management, Injury Management, and Strategic / Organizational development helping companies

across all sectors create healthy working environments to both maximize ROI, and create a culture of wellness,

thereby reducing long term costs to the employer. Prior to moving into Occupational Health full time, Laura has

held teaching positions within both Memorial University and The University of Calgary faculty of Nursing, public

health and critical care. As a multi passionate person, Laura is also the founder of The Prosperous Career, an

online business platform focused on helping professionals from multiple countries in transition find and

navigate their next career path successfully. Laura Holds a Bachelor of Nursing Sciences Collaborative

(Distinction) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Ms. Pittman currently resides in Calgary, Alberta.


September 12, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Saskatoon Inn
2002 Airport Dr
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7L 6M4 Canada
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