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Honourable Don Morgan, K.C.

Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety

Don Morgan was born, raised and educated in Saskatoon. He graduated from the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan and practiced law in Saskatoon.

Mr. Morgan has always been active in his community. He has served as Chair of the Board of the Mendel Art Gallery, and also as a board member on the Mendel Art Gallery Foundation and the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival as well as the Saskatoon Public School Board including a term as Chair. In addition, he has volunteered for numerous organizations including: Junior Achievement, the Food Bank, Alzheimer's, the Red Cross and the United Way. He has also been Chair and CEO of the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission and in 1990 was appointed as King's Counsel.

Mr. Morgan was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly in 2003 and was re-elected in the 2007, 2011, and 2016 provincial elections. Mr. Morgan has served as Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Minister of Advanced Education, Minister responsible for SaskTel, Minister of Education and Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety. In 2016, he was appointed Deputy Premier and served in the role until 2018. He now serves a dual role as Minister of Crown Investments Corporation and Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety



Robbie McLellan

Partner, Counsel, Corporate/Commercial, MLT Aikins

Robbie advises a variety of public and private sector organizations on corporate governance and compliance matters. He has extensive experience in the area of construction law and assists clients to effectively plan for and execute their construction projects from conception to completion. Robbie regularly advises owners and developers on the development, preparation and administration of the procurement process. He also helps clients with dispute resolution strategy and compiling occupational health and safety, and health, safety and environment programs. He has particular experience handling delicate mixed labour platforms for contractors across Canada.




Johanna LeRoux

Construction Safety Advocate

Johanna’s family was forever changed in January of 2006 by a traumatic workplace tragedy. She is a volunteer speaker for Threads of Life, a workplace tragedy family support association. Threads of Life helps families affected by a workplace fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease along their journey of healing. It provides these families with referrals and the only one-on-one peer support assistance program in the world that is delivered by trained volunteer family guides who have also experienced a workplace tragedy. Threads of Life is currently working with thousands of family members from across Canada who have been affected by a workplace tragedy.




Mike Court

SVP Health Safety Environment Quality & Sustainability, Graham

Mike is a results-driven executive with 25+ years of proven leadership and governance of Health Safety Environment & Quality (HSEQ) management systems and corporate sustainability. Before joining Graham, he was a senior leader with a major energy company ensuring world-class HSE performance during several multi-billion-dollar mega-projects and operations. He is a founding member and current Chair of the Board for the Construction Safety Research Alliance (CSRA) at the University of Colorado.

Mike has successfully completed an executive development program at the Smith School of Business Queens University, a diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), and an executive sustainability program at New York University Stern School of Business. In addition to his education, he has vast experience in the industry as a journeyman carpenter, superintendent and project manager.



Jonathan Sherman

Director of Prevention, Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board

Jonathan has worked in health and safety for over 13 years, supporting operations in Saskatchewan and across North America in the construction, mining, manufacturing and post-secondary industries. He is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional and holds a bachelor of science in chemistry and a master's in English literature from the University of Saskatchewan.

The prevention department at WCB is comprised of safety professionals and training experts dedicated to reducing serious injuries and fatalities in Saskatchewan. Prevention also works closely with employers, workers, provincially funded safety associations, and over fifty unique stakeholders from government, non-profits and the private sector to work toward Mission: Zero.  



Keith Bird

Internal Operations Manager & Partner, RNF Ventures

Keith started in the construction industry in 2012 after 25 years of small business management and ownership in the retail sector. He began his time with RNF Ventures Ltd., a commercial general contractor located in Prince Albert, as the  company safety officer. Keith’s responsibilities have expanded beyond the management of the company’s COR safety program, which RNF has maintained since 1997, to include labour scheduling on job sites, human resource management and business oversight.

Keith is the current SCSA board chairperson and is also on the boards of Merit Saskatchewan and New Horizons. Keith has been a long-time resident of Prince Albert. 



Mark Novecosky

Regional Health & Safety Manager, Flynn Group of Companies

Mark has been with Flynn for twelve years and holds designations as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and Certified Health & Safety Consultant. He is a past long-time member of the executive for the South SK chapter of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE). He currently sits on the SCSA's board of directors and previously held the position of board chairperson. 

Mark lives in Moose Jaw with his wife of 29 years, is a proud father of three boys and is passionate about supporting youth mental wellness in southern Saskatchewan through his volunteer work with River Street Promotions.



Sara Dorow, PhD

Professor of Sociology, University of Alberta 

Sara Dorow is a professor of sociology at the University of Alberta, where she also directs the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology. Her teaching and research are in the areas of family, work and mobility using an intersectional gender approach. Over the last fifteen years she has conducted a series of research projects on social aspects of the Alberta oil sands, sharing her work through reports, publications, websites, and media. Her presentation will share the key findings of a recent mixed-methods study of mental health among trades workers in the oil sands industry, with particular attention to contract work, work culture, and gender, and offer several recommendations.



David Smith, CMC & ACC

Management Consutant, Logia Consulting

David Smith is a leadership consultant and coach from Saskatoon with decades of experience leading organizations and large teams including multiple start-ups and one of Canada’s “50 Best Managed Companies”. Since 2009, he has served as a coach and mentor to over 300 leaders and their teams in large multi-national corporations, SMEs, private and family enterprises. He believes people want to contribute, learn and grow, and that a trusted coach can help them realize enormous potential and satisfaction. In 2010 he founded Logia Consulting Inc., then co-founded Virtual Leadership Matters Inc. in 2020. He has studied leadership at Harvard Business School, University of Colorado, Banff Centre for Management and adult education though St. Francis Xavier University.