Workshops & Continuing Education

The Local Organizing Committee for the CRPA 2017 Conference (Saskatoon) is pleased to offer the following courses.

Human Factors in Safety and Engineering

Date:          June 8, 2017
Time:         8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: Radisson Hotel, 405 20th St. East, Saskatoon, SK  – Room TBD
Cost:           $250 (+ 13% HST) – CRPA Members / $350 (+ 13% HST) Non-Members
Course Description

This course leads safety professionals, engineers and managers through the Human Factors Spectrum to provide tools, processes and approaches that will improve the interaction between the People and the Facilities and the Management Systems.  Participants will be shown how to prevent incidents with this knowledge and how to use this knowledge to assess incidents and safety issues.

 Instructor:  Dave Fennell, CRSP, BSc, CET

Dave Fennell has retired from his roles as the Senior Safety Advisor for Imperial Oil and the Senior Technical Professional for Safety for ExxonMobil.

He has a BSc. in Environmental Sciences, a diploma in Civil Engineering Technology and is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP).  Dave has developed approaches to safety management that have produced results that are widely recognized and have been featured in several safety management videos.  He is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Alberta on Behaviour Based Safety and Human Factors in Engineering and Safety.  He has presented at conferences across North America inspiring safety professionals, management and workers on safety and always creating positive changes on safety.

Dave has been labelled “The Risk Tolerance Guru” because of his research and the development of materials that answer the question “Why do we take risks?”.   The video and materials on Risk Tolerance have been used around the world and have been translated into 9 different languages.

The Canadian Society of Safety Engineering awarded Dave the distinction of being the Canadian Safety Professional of the Year in 2013.

He says he gets his most creative ideas while snowshoeing and paddling his kayak.


 Canada’s Approach to NORM Management (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials)

Date:          June 9, 2017
Time:         1:00 – 5:00 PM
Location:  Radisson Hotel, 405 20th St. East, Saskatoon, SK  – Room TBD
Cost:           $150 (+ 13% HST) – CRPA Members / $200 (+ 13% HST) Non-Members
Course Description:

The generation of NORM impacted waste by industries producing natural resources has been well studied by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Learn how Canada handles these materials for the protection of people and the environment as well as the areas that still need addressing.

Course topics include:

  • How NORM is concentrated by industries – The science behind NORM
  • NORM Classification
  • Current NORM Regulations and IAEA Recommendations
  • Radiation Protection Programs and Worker Protection
  • NORM Waste Management
  • NORM Transport and Waste Disposal requirements
Instructor:  C. Cody  Cuthill

As President, CEO and founder of NormTek Radiation Services Ltd., Cody is a leading expert in the management of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM). His extensive experience with radioactive materials dates back to the handling, decontamination and disposal of equipment and waste from Alberta’s first oil well identified to contain NORM. Working with industries and regulators, Cody has licensed three of Canada’s six provincial NORM waste management facilities including Canada’s first provincially licensed decontamination facility in 1997 and Canada’s first provincial NORM Landfill in 2006.

Cody has been a pioneer in developing radiation protection policies and procedures in the oil and gas industry. He has worked with industry and regulators, and is presently a member of Health Canada’s NORM Working Group, charged with updating the Canadian NORM Guidelines. His extensive experience has provided non-CNSC regulated industries with NORM management services that include radiological assessments (RESRAD), facility surveys, workplace monitoring, NORM training program development, radiation protection plan (RPP) development, regulatory consultation, OH&S compliance audits, radon gas testing, low level radioactive dust (LLRD) monitoring, worker exposure assessments, waste characterization, equipment decontamination, laboratory analysis, NORM transport, manifesting and NORM waste disposal. Cody has developed proprietary decontamination equipment and processes and built Canada’s only mobile gamma spectroscopy Lab dedicated to oil and gas industry. His experience in the NORM management industry has led to his commission as a keynote speaker at numerous international conferences outlining how Canada manages Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials.


How to Communicate with Media & The Public

Date:           June 9, 2017                  
Time:          8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location:  Radisson Hotel, 405 20th St. East, Saskatoon, SK  – Room TBD
Cost:           $150 (+ 13% HST) – CRPA Members / $200 (+ 13 % HST) Non-Members
Course Description: 

This course provides leaders with the information and the tools they need to build good working relationships with reporters and to become effective spokespersons for their organizations.  Participants will learn the do’s and don’ts when working with reporters, how the media works, and how to get your message across so it’s easily understood. On camera practice interviews will allow participants to see how they perform on camera so they can sharpen up their interview skills.

This half-day workshop will be tailored to the subjects and topics workshop participants may need to deal with in their day-to-day roles.

Training will include:

  • Understanding the Media – Their role and how they work
  • Working with Reporters – What you should and should not do
  • Negotiating the Media Interview – What you can ask in advance
  • Preparing Yourself and Your Messages – How to act, what to say, how to say it
  • Answering Questions Effectively – How to get your message heard
  • Strategies for Success – Additional tips and techniques
  • Basic Interview Skills Training (on camera)
  • Advanced Interview Skills Training (on camera)
Instructor:  Leanne Nyirfa, B.A., Dip. P.R., ABC

Leanne Nyirfa has been providing communications advice to public, private and non-profit organizations for almost two decades.

After working as a senior communication advisor in the public sector in Ottawa for 8 years (Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada, Industry Canada), Leanne was recruited back home to Saskatchewan by the Saskatoon Health Region in 2001 to provide issues management, media relations and spokesperson services.

Since 2007, she has been providing strategic communications advice and services to local, provincial and national organizations as an independent consultant. Leanne specializes in strategic communications planning, communications coaching, and media relations including media training and news conference management.

A short list of Leanne’s media training clients includes the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, Cameco Corporation, Concentra Financial, Saskatchewan Wheat Board Commission, Canadian Light Source, and the Canadian Psychiatric Association. She is also a contracted spokesperson with Elections Canada and Elections Saskatchewan.

In addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Saskatchewan, Leanne holds a diploma in Public Relations from Mount Royal University in Calgary, and accreditation from the International Association of Business Communicators.




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