Annual Conference Lineup

The Fleet Safety Council is proud to unveil the exciting lineup scheduled for this year’s 26th Annual Educational Conference. The conference will be held on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation at 5110 Creekbank Road in Mississauga, Ontario.
This one-day event (which is expected to sell out once again this year) will bring together fleet safety professionals from the truck, bus, courier, ready-mix, and waste management industries as well as insurance companies and other related businesses to discuss the latest industry trends.
The conference committee is pleased to announce John G. Smith from Truck News will be our Master of Ceremonies. John will also be the moderator of a high profile Transportation Legal Panel discussion that is one of the key components of this year’s event.
The first session will provide information on promoting diversity and gaining insight on generational influence on the trucking industry as well as underused markets such as female drivers.
Jane Jazrawy is CEO of CarriersEdge, and creators of Best Fleets to Drive For program. It takes a special mindset for women to succeed in trucking – one that allows them to see opportunities where others don’t, and one that allows them to deal with the harsh realities of working in a man’s world.Angela Splinter leads Trucking HR Canada, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing the human resources challenges and opportunities in the trucking sector. She works closely with various associations, government departments and industry representatives to ensure employers have the skilled workforce needed for today and in the future.
If your communication skills need a tune up, stick around for Bruce Outridge’s workshop, Easy As 123 – Creating Memorable Presentation Content. Learn how to tell your story with this interactive workshop. Bruce will show participants how to create unique content and share it using the basics of journalism and the technology of today. Participants will learn what is unique about their story, create content that shows off their expertise, and share their content with consistency. This is a lively interactive session that includes a workbook to guide you along.
We will also explore the always controversial and timely topic of medical marijuana. Barb Butler is President of Barbara Butler & Associates Inc. Barb will be addressing the current status of medical marijuana and legalization; the impact of use on performance and workplace safety; challenges for employers with safety-sensitive positions or work locations; balancing safety obligations with human rights laws; managing the situation through policies and programs and more.
Dr. Melissa Snider-Adler is the Chief Medical Review Officer for DriverCheck. Dr. Snider – Adler is certified as a Medical Review Officer by the American Association of Medical Review Officers. She is also certified as a Physician practicing Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Snider-Adler gives talks across Canada to companies, physicians and the community about workplace substance abuse and addiction prevention and treatment.
Finally, our last presentation will involve a discussion panel entitled, Not Legalese but Legal T’s – Trump, Trudeau, Trials and Tribulations. MC John G. Smith will lead a panel of high profile transportation legal experts through a discussion on the hottest issues that the transportation sector is facing. Our audience will have an opportunity to ask questions to the panel and raise any current transportation legal issues that they may currently be addressing.
Our Legal Panelists Will Include:
Brian Del Gatto: (Wilson Elser LLP) on Trump and US-related issues – As co-chair of the firm’s Transportation, Cargo and Logistics practice, Brian’s core emphasis is on assisting surface transportation providers or users with all of their legal needs. Brian and his team handle such claims and cases in New York, Connecticut and many other U.S. jurisdictions, including numerous matters relating to the needs of Canadian clients.
Norm Keith: (Senior Partner, Fasken Martineau) on Trudeau-related issues – In recent months, Norm has addressed some key issues being faced by the Transportation Sector such as the current legal status of medical marijuana in Canada, legal tensions between safety and human rights, and more.
John Weston: (Secrest Wardle) – Trials specializing in motor vehicle litigation, with a sub-specialty in trucking regulation and litigation, “Jack” Weston has successfully defended both corporate and private clients at trial. Mr. Weston’s trucking practice encompasses the representation of both personal injury/accident and environmental/property damage claims.
Jodi Burness: (Burness Paralegal Services Professional Corporation) – Tribulations. Jodi Burness is the President and lead paralegal of Burness Paralegal Services and has been a paralegal for over 20 years. Her practice is dedicated to defending commercial drivers and carriers challenging charges that affect a company’s CVOR.
For more information, and details on registration and our social events, visit www.fleetsafetycouncil.com.

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