Lifemark Health Group 2018 Employer Conference: Trending Issues in Occupational Health and the Workplace

Apr. 17, 2018 - 7:45am to 4:00pm

(local time)

Carriage House Inn
9030 Macleod Trail South
Calgary , AB T2H 0M4
Alberta CA


Early Bird:
NOTE: Based on last year’s conference numbers, tickets sold out quickly. Get yours today to reserve your spot! Don’t wait! Take advantage of our early bird pricing now.

Lifemark Health Group 2018 Employer Conference:
Trending Issues in Occupational Health and the Workplace


Registration fee: 

  • Early-bird registration price is $150 per person before March 15th, 2018
    • NOTE: Based on last year’s conference numbers, tickets sold out quickly. Get yours today to reserve your spot and take advantage of our early bird pricing now.
  • Registration price after March 16th, 2018 is $175 per person

Join us for our 2018 Annual Employer Conference as we gather industry leaders to hold discussions about current issues challenging today's workplace. Experts from across Canada will share their knowledge and insights to help guide your policy development and best practices.


Here are a few additional points to be covered.  Please see Agenda below for a complete list of the conference topics and learning points.

  • Construction Owners Association of Alberta - Canadian Drug & Alcohol Model Revisions
  • Risk stratification – are all jobs safety sensitive?
  • Is marijuana just another prescription drug, or an alternative to opioids?
  • Should marijuana and alcohol use be treated similarly?
  • Drug and Alcohol Policy Development 101
  • Are zero tolerance drug and alcohol policies outdated?
  • Niche at-risk industry groups and how to mitigate risk exposures?
  • Return-to-Work Programs – A WCB perspective
  • Workers Compensation Board and upcoming legislative changes impacting employers.
  • Alberta Cannabis Secretariat - Cannabis Framework

 Who should attend: 

Employers, supervisors, health and safety representatives, case managers, adjusters, disability management individuals, health care professionals and human resources personnel.


Sponsorship opportunities available:  Click here for more details 


Additional Information:

  • Continental breakfast starting at 7:45am
  • Refreshments and lunch included in cost
  • Free Wi-Fi available onsite
  • Free parking available

Please Note:  If you have any food allergies we should be aware of, please contact the organizer.


 For Conference Speaker Bios: Click here to see who's speaking!


This Conference is recognized by: 


The Canadian Society of Professionals in Disability Management and Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada. CSPDA and VRA recognize that the Lifemark Employer Conference 2018 will provide an opportunity for CDMP, CRTWC, RRP, RVP and RCSS professionals to receive Continuing Education Credit hours. Professionals who attend the full conference and optimize all learning activities may be credited with up to 4.5 Continuing Education Credit hours.



 (Course content, materials and certificate of completion will be made available for Continuing Education Credits for those holding other professional designations)





Topic and Learning Objectives

Speaker "BIOS"

7:45am - 8:45am

Registration & Breakfast


8:45am - 8:55am



 VP of Operations

9:00am - 9:55am


Alcohol, Opioids and Marijuana impairment – What’s the Difference?

  • Risk stratification – are all jobs safety sensitive?
  • Marijuana, an alternative to opioids?
  • Should alcohol and marijuana be treated the same?
  • Marijuana just another prescription drug?
  • Should marijuana be the first ‘medication’ of choice?
  • Marijuana and age of use – what’s the impact?

Dr. Cutbill,

MSc, MD, Dip Sport Med, FCBOM, FCFP, MRO


Medical Review Officer

Occupational Health Physician

10:00am - 10:15am




10:20am - 11:15am


Guide to Drug and Alcohol Policy Development 101

  • Where to start with building your policy?
  • What language to avoid in a policy?
  • Are zero tolerance policies outdated?
  • Marijuana and non-safety sensitive jobs
  • How do I protect my organization?

Nadine Wentzell, 

BSc(Pharm), MAdEd


Workplace Drug & Alcohol Consultant 

11:15am - 12:00pm


Panel Discussion 

12:00pm - 1:00 pm




1:05pm - 1:40pm


Work related Illnesses – Trends in Medical Surveillance

  • Top five employee related illness/injury.
  • Industries with highest rates of incident.
  • How valuable is annual screening for at-risk occupations.
  • Niche at-risk occupational groups. Did you know?
  • Should my employees be concerned?

      5-minute Question & Answer period


Dr. Haigh,



Occupational Health Physician, Specialty in Industrial Hygiene



1:45pm - 2:25pm


Managing Workers Compensation Premiums

  • Upcoming legislative changes
  • What impacts my premium cost?
  • Strategies for cost reduction?
  • What cost impacts my experience ratings?
  • What part do Return-to-Work programs play?
      5-minute Question & Answer period

Stan Debeljak


Supervisor, Account Management Services


Workers Compensation Alberta

2:30pm - 2:40pm




2:40pm - 3:00pm



Alberta Cannabis Framework and Legislation

  • Drug-impaired driving
  • Impairment in workplaces
  • Safeguards for cannabis sales
  • Guidelines for possessing cannabis
  • Consuming cannabis

       5-minute Question & Answer period



Kim Capstick


Executive Director of Engagement & Outreach on the Alberta Cannabis Secretariat 


3:10pm - 3:50pm


Key changes to the Canadian Drug and Alcohol Model, a Best Practice of the Construction Owners Association of Alberta

  • Keeping it Fresh: Updating a Multi-Employer Alcohol and Drug Policy
  • Aligning policies for Construction, Maintenance, and Fabrication with upstream oil and gas
  • Learnings from two decades of Industry Model policy implementation
  • What are we seeing - some statistics
  • Current issues and controversies 

        5-minute Question & Answer period

Neil Tidsbury


Construction Owners Association of Alberta

3:55pm - 4:00pm

Closing remarks


Julia Reid


Lifemark's National Director of Health and Wellness 



For more information about our venue, the Carriage House Inn,


please visit: http://www.carriagehouse.net/




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