Upcoming Events

2024 Health and Safety Symposium


Designed to take your workplace to new heights, join us for this must-attend event to discuss the latest health & safety trends, programs and key issues impacting your business. Come together with fellow manufacturers and industry experts as we explore cutting-edge best practices and provide you with essential tools to enhance your workplace.


  • Insights on the latest health & safety research, trends, and regulations
  • Re-energize your own “Safety Sense”
  • Hear company success stories
  • Exchange best practices with your manufacturing peers
  • Networking opportunities


8:30 a.m. - Registration & Networking Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - Welcome Remarks

Marie Morden, Vice President, National Partnerships & Ontario Operations, CME

9:05 a.m. - Workplace Mental Wellness Strategies

This comprehensive 30-minute session will leave manufacturers with practical tools to help you implement effective mental wellness strategies. The session will include an interactive Q&A segment, allowing attendees to gain personalized advice on implementing these strategies in their own workplaces.

Patrick Godin, Consultant, Health, Normandin Beaudry 

9:35 a.m. - Health & Safety Legislative Updates: What Manufacturers Need to Know

This session promises an in-depth exploration of the latest legislative changes impacting manufacturers. Through engaging case studies and practical examples, we’ll delve into crucial updates, ensuring participants gain a comprehensive understanding of their legal obligations.

Luiza Vikhnovich, Lawyer, Sherrard Kuzz LLP

10:35 a.m. - Networking Break

10:50 a.m. - Ontario Health and Safety Updates

Discover crucial regulatory changes, best practices, and strategies to ensure the safety and well-being of your workforce. Whether you’re a seasoned industry professional or new to the field, this session promises valuable insights to enhance workplace safety and compliance within the manufacturing sector.

Crystal Samuels, Director, Training and Awareness Branch, Office of the Ontario Chief Prevention Officer

11:20 a.m. - The Face of Workplace Tragedy

In 2011 Shelly’s life and that of her family changed forever. In the blink of an eye, lives and futures changed and were re-shaped – and one lost. Shelly will share her family’s story so that we will each remember to take the extra step for safety in all situations. Shelly serves as a dedicated volunteer with Threads of Life – the Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support – and its Speakers Bureau. Threads of Life helps families affected by a workplace fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease along their journey of healing. Shelly will share her deeply personal journey and unwavering commitment to injury prevention, offering invaluable insights and inspiration.

Shelly Kurris, Threads of Life

12:00 p.m. - Networking Lunch

12:50 p.m. - Building a Culture of Health & Safety in the Workplace - Fireside Chat

Looking to foster positive change? This session is a must-attend to delve into strategies that foster a culture of health, safety, and accommodation. From actionable tips to impactful lessons learned, walk away with the tools needed to create inclusive and supportive work environments.

Brian Docherty, Plant Manager, Oakville Stamping & Bending Ltd 

1:30 p.m. - Tools to Reduce Claim Costs and Improve Return to Work Outcomes

Presented by two seasoned Employer Specialists from the Office of the Employer Advisor (OEA), delve into essential strategies for mitigating claims costs within the return-to-work context.

Dunstan Francis, Employer Specialist, Office of the Employer Advisor

Lee Anne Farrow, Employer Specialist, Office of the Employer Advisor

2:30 p.m. - Health & Safety Excellence Program – Earn Rebates & Rewards

Hear directly from the WSIB about the impactful Health & Safety Excellence Program. Learn how how participating in the program can help you earn rebates while enhancing your business’ reputation. Plus, explore online services that you may not be leveraging yet that can optimize your manufacturing operations.

Jennette Poole, Manager, Provider Management and Digital Support, WSIB

Janet Bewers, Employer Health and Safety Consultant, WSIB

Moderator: James Ebidia, Health & Safety Excellence Program Specialist, CME

3:00 p.m. - Closing Remarks

Marie Morden, Vice President, National Partnerships & ON Operations, CME

*Please note – the agenda is subject to change.


Wednesday, May 29, 2024


8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Mississauga Convention Centre
75 Derry Rd W, Mississauga, ON
L5W 1G3


CME Member: $120
Ontario Made Program Participant: $150
Non-Member: $250

Are you a CME HSEP Member?

All members of CME’s Health & Safety Excellence Program (HSEP) receive one complimentary symposium ticket per company.


Email Erin.Epstein@cme-mec.ca for your registration code.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Are you interested in boosting brand awareness and connecting with a dynamic audience of influential decision makers within the manufacturing sector?


Contact Erin Epstein via email to explore how your company can become an integral part of our community.


Please contact Erin.Epstein@cme-mec.ca, Events & Partnership Coordinator