Developing Occupational Health and Safety Professionals in British Columbia’s Manufacturing Sector

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET


This webinar examines the core competencies and capabilities that occupational health and safety (OHS) professionals require to meet the needs of a dynamic manufacturing sector in the province of British Columbia. These insights come from a multi-phase, broadly-based Sector Labour Market Partnership project led by the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC (MSABC). Results from the labour market research and strategy development phases of the project provide practical lessons for any industry seeking to further develop its OHS human resources with the goal of reducing workplace injuries. The project’s evidence-based strategy will guide the development of effective training and relevant career-path information for career-seekers, education and training providers, and employers.

You will learn:

  • ​Steps employers in manufacturing have taken to create healthy and safe workplaces
  • The ‘value proposition’ for OHS professionals in manufacturing
  • The core competencies and capabilities that OHS professionals will likely require to meet the needs of manufacturers
  • The strategy that MSABC and its industry partners have developed to achieve a sustainable accreditation and certification process for OHS professionals​

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Graham Lowe, PhD

Workplace Consultant, President of The Graham Lowe Group Inc and Professor Emeritus, the University of Alberta
Graham Lowe has over 30 years of organizational, labour market, and policy consulting experience across Canada and internationally. He is president of The Graham Lowe Group Inc., a workplace consulting and research firm, and a Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta. Graham is the author of several books, including Creating Healthy Organizations: How Vibrant Workplaces Inspire Employees to Achieve Sustainable Success (2nd revised edition to be published in early 2020). His latest book, with Frank Graves, is entitled Redesigning Work: A Blueprint for Canada's Future Well-Being and Prosperity. Graham has given hundreds of conference talks and workshops across Canada and internationally. Graham has contributed many articles to practitioner publications and the media, including The Globe & Mail, Policy Options, HR Professional, Health & Productivity Management, and Healthcare Quarterly. ​
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Lisa McGuire, CRSP

​Chief Executive Officer and Board Director, Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC
Lisa is the Chief Executive Officer and Board Director of the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC​. As a Certified Health & Safety Professional, she garnered industry support to establish the organization in 2007 and appointed inaugural CEO. Under Lisa's leadership, the organization more than doubled membership to 2400 while growing a multi-layer infrastructure under a 14 Director Policy Board. The Manufacturing Industry is currently leading injury rate reduction in BC compared to all other sectors utilizing the most current statistical data available. Accomplishments led by the Manufacturing Safety Alliance include being the organizational founder of the BC Safety Charter transitioning as "The Executive Health & Safety Council of BC" in 2020, leading the development of a National Health & Safety Audit Standard and working to establish a National, Health & Safety Professional Certification program in manufacturing.
This program is pre-approved by the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA Canada) for one hour training session.

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