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

Apr. 18, 2018 - 7:45am to 4:00pm

(local time)

Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport
3500 Cessna Drive
Richmond , BC V7B 1C7
British Columbia CA


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

Occupational trends and legislation are rapidly changing, impacting best practices and policy development. 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.

Throughout the conference, we will focus on three primary topics:

  • Marijuana use and how it impacts your policy development - The changing legal regulations regarding the use of marijuana may lead to HR challenges in the upcoming months and, possibly, years to come. Our panel of experts, including a Medical Review Officer, Workplace Drug & Alcohol Consultant and a speaker from the BC Trucking Association will speak to the shifting landscape of marijuana compared to the use of other psychoactive drugs in the workplace and where to start with building your policy.

  • Work-related illnesses/injuries - Did you know there are niche at-risk occupational groups? Are your employees at risk for industrial illnesses? Follow along as Dr. Haigh, Occupational Health Physician with a specialty in Industrial Hygiene, speaks to the top trends in work-related illnesses and solutions with medical surveillance programs.

  • Managing Workers Compensation Premiums -   Detailed knowledge about the factors impacting your premiums can assist you in developing a strategy for cost reduction. Are Return-to-Work programs worth it? What impacts your experience ratings? Representatives from Work Safe BC will discuss what impacts your premium costs and strategies for cost reduction.

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

  • BC Trucking Association - Revisions to the Drug and Alcohol Model
  • Is marijuana just another prescription drug, or an alternative to opioids?
  • Should marijuana and alcohol use by employees be treated similarly?
  • Drug and Alcohol Policy Development 101
  • Are zero tolerance drug and alcohol policies outdated?
  • Top five workplace related illnesses/injuries and prevention strategies?
  • Niche at-risk industry groups and how to mitigate risk exposures
  • A proactive approach to employer premiums/experience ratings


Who should attend: 

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


Registration fee: 

  • Early-Bird registration price is $150 per person before March 15, 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

Sponsorship opportunities available:
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Additional Information:

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

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. CSPDM and VRA recognizes 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.)


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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

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 - 2:35pm


Managing Workers Compensation Premiums

  • What impacts my premium cost?
  • Strategies for cost reduction?
  • What cost impacts my experience ratings?
  • Cost benefit of Return to Work Programs?
  • Impacts on employer-funded diagnostics? 
    Example MRI’s
       5-minute Question & Answer period

WorkSafe BC

2:40pm - 2:50pm




2:50pm - 3:35pm



BC Trucking Association Framework and Legislation

  • Upcoming legislative changes - provincial and federal
  • Practical review for employers - managing assessment, discipline, addiction and accommodation
  • Bold fearless predictions 
       5-minute Question & Answer period


Dave Earle

President & CEO


BC Trucking Association

3:40pm - 3:45pm

Closing remarks 
(Booths available until 4pm)

Employer Services Director