Safety conference ready to roll

By Geoff Lee

October 27, 2016 12:00 AM

SAFETY FIRST Kerry Greening from the Saskatchewan Construction Association put on a safety glass demo during a break at the 2105 Lakeland Regional Safety Conference. This year's event will take place on Nov. 24 with 16 trade booths included. FILE LLS PHOTO

A talk on mental toughness will drive home the “learning to succeed” theme at the upcoming third annual Lakeland Regional Safety Conference.
The mental toughness message will be delivered by Debra deWaal, the keynote speaker at the conference, to take place at the Lloydminster Stockade Convention Centre on Nov. 24.
She is a former Calgary police officer and owner of Safe & Sound Safety Training and Consulting Ltd. who will address up to 100 safety delegates expected to attend.
Jennifer Keach, chairperson of the Lakeland Regional Safety Committee, says mental toughness is an important characteristic for everyone in today’s economy.
“I think it applies to all positions,” she said.
“This year our theme is learning to succeed—to empower those people that have any kind of a safety sensitive role—which is actually all positions.”
Topics will cover, health, safety and the environment in the Prairie Room venue.
Delegates will include members of the Alberta and Saskatchewan construction safety associations and the Lloydminster Construction Association (LCA) that is hosting the conference.
“We are trying to provide information to safety officers and companies about learning to succeed in this downturn of the economy,” said Dorothy Carson, executive director of the LCA.
“We have a number of speakers on leadership, mental toughness and information on safety.”
The conference is open to all industries and will feature a presentation by Keach on regional safety committee highlights of the year.
“I will be presenting our successes for 2016 and I will be presenting two outstanding leadership awards to committee members,” said Keach.
The conference will also include presentations from the bi-provincial construction safety associations.
There will be up to 16 trade booths from safety suppliers at the conference.
Tickets prices for the event, to run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., have been reduced to $100 this year and are available from the LCA.
The cost includes coffee, snacks and the keynote address from deWaal that will take place around 3. p.m.

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