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The second annual SCSA Constructing Safety Leadership Conference, held in conjunction with Sask Construction Week, attracted over 100 industry leaders who gathered at TCU Place in Saskatoon on April 10, 2019.

Thomas Benjoe CEO, FHQ Developments and Bradyn Parisian Owner, Mo’Solar kicked off the day with a session on Safety, Business Culture and Inclusion. This was followed by an industry panel on Safety in Procurement featuring Grant Ring Vice President, SaskPower; Harlan Kennedy Executive Director, Ministry of Central Services; and Jeremy Meinema, Finance & Land Manager, City of Saskatoon, Residential Land Corp. The morning concluded with a session on Emerging Legal Trends with Amy Groothuis Partner, Miller Thompson in conversation with SCSA president, Collin Pullar.

The afternoon featured John Spooner Sr. Vice President, Aon Reed Stenhouse Inc presenting on Contract Surety and Insurance and a General Contractor Panel Discussion with Aaron Yohnke District Manager, PCL Construction and Tom Holfeld District Manager, Graham Construction.

Well-known local radio hosts Jamie Nye of the Green Zone, and Mark Loshack (Shack) of Rock 102, were the MCs and moderators throughout the day, which also featured leadership reflections from guest speakers Bill Chow, president of the SJHL, and Drew Remenda, Sportsnet’s Game Analyst for the Edmonton Oilers and former San Jose Sharks Assistant Coach.

Attendees participated in numerous discussions and networking opportunities throughout the conference and also had a chance to experience the SCSA’s newly-launched Hazard ID VR training tool on location.  

The conference concluded with a special ceremony recognizing the 2019 SCSA’s Health and Safety Administrator (HSA) of the Year Award recipient, Vanessa Andres of Triple A Directional Drilling; and the National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO™) of the Year Award recipient, Jessica Stewart of Alliance Energy Ltd.