Conference Agenda


7:00 | 10:00 – Chair’s Opening Remarks

Workforce Development

7:10 | 10:10 – Establishing Optimal Safety Protocol in an Age of Inexperienced Staff & Accelerated Time Frames


• Identifying new risks created by labor shortages
• Reviewing previous ‘safety successes’ and understanding their place in an evolving construction landscape
• Considering training delivery methods most effective with a young workforce

7:50 | 10:50 – Analyzing Safety Training Approaches Best Suited to an Inexperienced Workforce to Ensure the Continuity of Safety Culture

  • Joe Rock Safety Director, Concrete Strategies


• Adapting to the evolving training demands of a workforce with little to no prior construction experience
• Understanding the relationship between the current construction climate and contemporary safety challenges and exploring training methods which best engage a new generation of workers
• Finding common ground between new and experienced workers and leveraging it to create effective training programs

8:30 | 11:30 – Audience Discussion – Sharing Perspectives on Approaches to Safety Training for an Inexperienced Workforce

  • Mike Flynn Director of Corporate Safety, Barnard Construction


  • What are the contemporary training demands today?
  • Is a breakaway from traditional methods required in today’s climate?
  • Discussing alternating risk mitigation strategies

9:00 | 12:00 – Break & Speed Networking

9:40 | 12:40 – Fostering Safety Awareness Amongst New Staff to Ensure the Continuity of Safety Culture

  • Aaron Cox Director of HSE, Corby Energy Services


• Understanding what motivates a young workforce to facilitate an effective onboarding process
• Tailoring established training methods to meet the needs of a fresh generation of construction workers
• Leveraging existing resources to better integrate low skilled workers

10:20 | 1:20 – Balancing Time Constraints Dictated by Accelerated Timeframes & Effective Safety Training


• Identifying effective training methods and ‘trimming the fat’ of antiquated approaches
• Reviewing the merits of short-term safety protocols
• Evaluating the implications of reducing time spent on training

11:00 | 2:00 – Panel: Benchmarking Priorities of Safety Executives in the Next Decade


  • Assessing long term industry trajectories to gain an understanding of where resources should be assigned
  • Establishing a high-level long-term safety strategy compatible with emerging challenges
  • Identifying new areas of heightened risk provoked by the current climate and establishing a means to tackling them

11:30 | 2:30 – Break

Safety Culture

12:00 | 3:00 – Identifying Problematic Working Habits & Realigning Workers with the Proper Safety Culture

  • Ron Adams VP Risk Management , Baker Roofing


• Effectively addressing and dispelling safety-lax culture as a means of increasing productivity
• Understanding the incremental nature of bad habits and the importance of early readjustment
• Discussing tactful communication methods when addressing everyday tasks, particularly with experiences workers

12:40 | 3:40 – Leveraging Differing Working Attitudes of Young & Mature Workers to Create a Culture of Mutual Learning

  • Wyatt Bradbury National Capital Chapter President, American Society of Safety Professionals


• Cultivating a self-proliferating organic safety attitude on site where workers at either end of the career spectrum can learn from each other
• Creating a safety protocol which attracts the ‘buy in’ of both young and experienced workers
• Working alongside industry veterans to better understand the psychology behind habits on site.

1:20 pm 1:20 | 4:20 Panel: How Top Companies From Canada, Australia and the US Are Using Data to Measure and Improve Safety Culture


  • How to establish a baseline of metrics around safety culture
  • How much transparency is needed? Experts weigh in
  • Clearing the change avoidance hurdles using data and transparency

1:50 | 4:50 – Updating Antiquated Safety-Attitudes Amongst Experienced Staff to Establish a Consistent Firm-Wide Safety Attitude


• Debunking unhelpful myths on the construction site most prevalent amongst a mature workforce
• Developing ‘experience-sensitive’ communication methods which resonate with mature workers
• Understanding the psychology & historical context behind safety-lax attitudes on the construction site in order to redress them

2:30 | 5:30 – Chair’s Closing Remarks & End of Day One