Tuesday, June 23rd @ 9:30 AM via Zoom

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Health and Safety…

Through a Return to Work Lens

Join us for a full day workshop on June 23rd on how to bring back workers safely, by reducing mental, ergonomic and workplace harms, increasing resilience leading to reduced claims and more productive employees.

Risk Management

When returning to work amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the workplace and our employees will be transformed. Nearly everyone will be navigating physical distancing rules, sanitation, screening, testing, and other major disruptions. Some employees will also be returning after long periods away from the job to a newly configured work environment. Amidst this change, it can reasonably be expected that fatigue, stress, and distraction and other known error precursors will be prevalent. This module will review how COVID-19-driven change will impact key precursors of injuries, and how research-proven techniques can be used to identify and mitigate injury precursors before they manifest in harm.


By focusing on the design of equipment, tasks and environments, the field of ergonomics seeks to minimize worker fatigue, discomfort, and injury while maximizing performance. Some of us have been away from normal work routines for an extended period and a sudden return could lead to workplace incidents. Dr. Linda Miller, Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, will speak on Musculo-Skeletal Injury prevention initiatives and risk reduction techniques.

Psychological Health and Wellness

Half of all Canadians report a worsening of their mental health since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 10 per cent stating their mental state has worsened “a lot”. The impact of the pandemic on the mental health of Canadians will continue to be felt for many months to come. Dr. Bill Howatt will provide employers with some insights to proactively protect and support employees’ mental health during the return to work process.


We look forward to seeing you during this exciting interactive workshop via Zoom on June 23 starting at 9 AM.

Click on the link below to register:


Tuesday, June 23rd Agenda


9:30 AM Virtual Registration Opens
9:45 AM Introductions
10:00 AM Risk Management with COVID-19 Real Life Examples
11:30 AM Break
11:45 AM Return to Work Ergonomics
1:00 PM Break
1:15 PM Psychological Health and Wellness
2:30 PM Expert Panel Discussion
3:30 PM Wrap up

Risk Management with COVID-19 Real Life Examples

Presented by Dr. Matt Hallowell

  • Reduced employee competency and hazard awareness
  • Critical conversations for leaders to have upon restart
  • Energy Based Hazard Recognition & FLHA
  • Predictive signs of Serious Incident Fatality (SIF) / Potentially Serious Incidents (PSI) Events

Return to Work Ergonomics

Presented by Dr. Linda Miller

  • Employee deconditioning during COVID-19 accommodation/telecommuting/lay off/ furlough
  • Trends in permanent telecommuting changes to Human Capital
  • Practical risk reduction techniques

Psychological Health and Wellness

Presented by Dr. Bill Howatt

  • This will focus on a version of content delivered jointly by AMHSA/CSSE on COVID-19 Supporting Psychological Health and Safety RTW on May 13th


We have brought together three industry experts in Workplace Health and Safety, Ergonomics and Mental Health who will help guide us in returning back to what will be a vastly changed work environment.

Join us on June 23rd for this practical and timely event.

Dr. Bill Howatt

Dr. Bill Howatt is the President of Howatt HR and Chief of Research, Workforce Productivity for The Conference Board of Canada. Dr. Howatt is the former chief research and development officer for workforce productivity with Morneau Shepell. He has over 30 years’ experience in mental health and addictions, HR and leadership. He is also an instructor for the University of New Brunswick.

Dr. Linda L. Miller

Dr. Linda Miller is President of EWI Works and received her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. She is a Certified Canadian Professional Ergonomist (CCPE) in Canada. Dr. Miller has over 25 years’ experience in the field of ergonomics and is recognized in the United States as a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE).

Dr. Matthew R. Hallowell

Dr. Matthew Hallowell specializes in construction safety research, with an emphasis on the science of safety. A professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Dr. Hallowell earned a PhD with a focus on Construction Engineering and Occupational Safety and Health. Before his academic career, he worked in construction as a laborer, project engineer, and quality inspector.


After our Speakers present, we wil have an open forum to engage all three of our Speakers and the additional panel members below.

Jennifer Miller, Q.C., Partner, Bennett Jones LLP

Recognized as a leading litigation lawyer in Canada. Her practice is dedicated to significant legal matters involving health and safety in Western Canada.

Her practice includes:

  • occupational health and safety risk and incident management;
  • defence of occupational health and safety prosecutions;
  • health and safety related negligence litigation and public inquiries;
  • defence of professional discipline; and
  • a wide range of employment matters.

She has contributed to international, national, and local publications on medical-legal issues, including the Health Law Review, the Health Law Journal, and Mental Disability and the Law in Canada.

Honorary member of the Ophthalmologic Society of Alberta

Former chair of the labour and employment law subsection of the Canadian Bar Association

Former executive for the Edmonton Medical Legal Society

Former associate of the University of Alberta Health Law Institute.

Craig Hrynchuk, Executive Director, AMHSA

Craig is a senior leader with a passion for operations, and over 20 years of progressive experience in health, safety, environment, sustainable development, and shared services roles.

Specializing in mid-large employer defined goal/term organizational transformation in diverse industries including: Infrastructure construction, utilities (generation, distribution, transmission, telecommunication), manufacturing, aerospace, healthcare, and non-profit associations.

Craig has held several board/governance roles in private and public sectors:

  • Industry Task Force (ITF) Association Executive (Treasurer) – Current
  • Alberta Health Disciplines Board (Member) – Current
  • NAIT OHS Diploma Program Advisory Committee (PAC Member) – Current
  • Alberta Expert Review Panel for Blood Borne Viral Infections in Health Care Workers (Panel Member) – Past
  • College of Dietitians of Alberta (Public Member) – Past
  • Alberta Electric Utility Safety Association (Director) – Past
  • Construction Owners Association of Alberta (Safety Committee Member) – Past

Christine Maligec, Director, Risk Management, AUMA

Christine Maligec boasts more than a decade of experience in risk management and is the Director of Risk Management for the AUMA.

Maligec is the current NARIMS chapter president. She was also the co-chair of the 2019 RIMS Canada Conference, teaches at the University of Alberta and is one of the Public Members on the Alberta College of Pharmacy Council.


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Sponsorship Opportunities

Would you like to help support the Return to Work initiative and become a Sponsor?  Check out the three options below and click the Register button to contact us with more details.


$2,000 – Sponsor a Speaker

  • Receive full logo placement as a co-sponsor
  • Receive a recording of the event for your website for future reference by your members



  • Sponsor a Break and receive logo recognition on our website and at break as silver sponsor



  •  “In Kind” – If your association disseminates information to your community utilizing our media kit, you may receive logo placement on this site as a “community member”