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Health, Safety and the Environment for Project Managers Short Course

April 21, 2021 @ 9:00 am April 22, 2021 @ 1:00 pm PDT

Are you a VP Exploration, Project Geologist, Project Manager or Supervisor conducting a field program in 2021? If so, we strongly encourage you to register for our two-day short course on Health, Safety and the Environment for Project Managers.

You Will Learn

  • What’s new in the regulatory environment in BC for health, safety and environment in BC and find out how to assess and manage risk related to COVID-19.
  • How to develop and implement an emergency response plan, and take with you strategies on mental health and fatigue management.
  • Get acquainted with BC’s legislation regarding environmental stewardship and discover how you can integrate this – and legislation anywhere you operate – into your project planning.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this short course, please email [email protected] for more information.

*Please note this is an interactive Short Course and you may be required to turn on your camera and mic.


$30 Students | $60 *Individual & Corporate Members | $120 Non-Members

*If the company you work for has a corporate membership please email [email protected] for your discount code.

Recordings will be available to registered attendees after the live event

Refund Policy: Refunds up to 1 day before the event, no refunds after 1 day. Invoices must be paid in full to have access to the event and recording.


Wednesday, April 21

9:00 Welcome and Introductions Jonathan Buchanan, AME
9:10 The Project Manager’s Mind FrameRon Voordouw, Equity Exploration Consultants Ltd.
9:30 The Code – What’s NewMichelle Hynes, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation
10:00 “Let’s Get Real” About Mental Health: Exploring Stress Strategies and Skills*Tara Sudbury, Canadian Mental Health Association Please note this presentation is not recorded
11:00 Break    
11:15 COVID-19 ConsiderationsJennifer Anthony, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation
11:40 Operational Risk Management through a COVID-19 Lens Kate Snelling, Equity Exploration Consultants Ltd.
12:15 Group exercise –  Assessing the risks and identifying the controls on different scenarios*Equity Exploration Consultants Ltd. with Health & Safety Committee Members Please note this activity is not recorded
12:45 Review of Group Exercise*Health & Safety Committee Members Please note this activity is not recorded
1:00 Day 1 Ends

Thursday, April 22

9:00Welcome and IntroductionsJonathan Buchanan, AME
9:05Fit for Work – Fatigue ManagementDaniela Pistilli and Katelynn Larsen, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation
10:00Building an Emergency Response PlanDoran Jones and Justyn Bell, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation with Health & Safety Committee Members
11:00Emergency Response Video and DiscussionHealth & Safety Committee Members
11:45Environment – Before, during and after the completion of the programAbby Cousins, North Coal Ltd.
12:15Environment – Code ConsiderationsBenjamin Ambrose and Jordan Whynot, EMLI
1:00Event Ends 


Jennifer Anthony

Director, Resource Development and Special Projects, ADM’s Office, Mines Competitiveness and Authorizations Division, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation

Presentation: COVID Considerations

When COVID shutdowns hit in March 2020, Jennifer raised her hand to ask what could be done to support and help the ministry and the Province in responding to the pandemic. A year later Jennifer has walked a path that she would never have envisioned and over a dozen years with government did not prepare her for the tsunami she was stepping into. Discussions with health authorities, the Provincial Health Officer and her staff, and medical professionals has increased not only her vocabulary on medical terms, but also provided the opportunity to relay and support industry concerns and perspectives back to health professionals throughout the pandemic. From the most basic of COVID prevention techniques to more comprehensive protocols, testing, vaccine rollouts and cluster management-there are many facets to managing COVID nowadays. Come join Jennifer for a walk through of COVID Considerations as they relate broadly to your worksite, camp or approaching planning for the season ahead.

Abby Cousins

Senior Geologist, North Coal Ltd.

Presentation: Environment – Before, during and after the completion of the program

My background is primarily in exploration developing green-field projects and expansion projects on active mine sites in both Canada and Australia. Along with numerous years of exploration experience, I have an extensive health and safety background in multiple industries, including mining, hospitality, and manufacturing.

Michelle Hynes

Manager, Regulatory Review and Implementation, Ministry of Energy Mines and Low Carbon Innovation

Presentation: The Code – What’s New

Michelle has been with the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation since 2008 and has been a public servant for over 20 years. She is a regulatory specialist and worked on the response to Mount Polley, and led a number of initiatives, including the Mines Supervisor Online Certification. Currently she manages the recently created Code Review Secretariat which supports the ongoing review of the Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in BC (Code) led by the Code Review Committee. The Code Review is a Minister-appointed Committee that reviews and make recommendations for revisions to the Code and is made up of equal representation from the mining industry, indigenous nations and labour.
She is a fourth-generation Victorian and enjoys gardening, golfing, cooking and spending lots of the summertime doing water sports on their boat at Shawnigan Lake with her husband and family.

Kate Snelling

Project Coordinator, Equity Exploration Consultants Ltd.

Presentation: Operational Risk Management through a COVID-19 Lens

Kate joined Equity’s fulltime team in 2018 and has worked on projects in the Yukon, Northern BC, and Ontario. In the field, her focus is coordinating people and supplies to meet busy program demands. When in the office, Kate turns her organizational tendencies to growing and improving company systems.

Tara Sudbury

Manager Community and Workplace Education, Canadian Mental Health Association Vancouver – Fraser

Presentation: “Let’s Get Real” About Mental Health: Exploring Stress Strategies and Skills

Understanding and talking about mental health challenges is a place Tara Sudbury believes we all need to land. Tara’s leadership in projects and not for profit transformative events led to her development of thepowerserve™ a customer service education program which she has delivered from the Frontline to the Executive Suite.  She joined CMHA in 2013, facilitating Mental Health Education to hundreds of employees in different industries. Her passion for giving people the tools and knowledge to thrive melds ideally with her role as Manager Community and Workplace Education. Tara completed the VCC Provincial Instructor Diploma, is a certified Living Life to the Full and Responding with Respect facilitator. Her goal is to help corporate Canada transform its culture; when talking about and managing one’s mental health is as ordinary in the workplace as it is for one’s physical health

Ron Voordouw, BSc, PhD, PGeo

Partner and Director of Geoscience, Equity Exploration Consultants Ltd.

Presentation: The Project Manager’s Mind Frame

Following a career in academic research and government geological survey work on a wide array of projects in South Africa and Canada, Ron joined the Equity team as a Project Geologist in 2011. Ron has applied his project management and geoscience skillset to exploration for diverse deposit types at various stages of the exploration cycle. As Equity’s Director (Geoscience), Ron provides input and oversight on geological interpretation and targeting across Equity’s active projects, while also taking responsibility for the review and assessment of technical deliverables.

$30 – $120