Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

WCB Workplace Health and Safety Conference
With Keynote Speaker Tareq Hadhad

WCB Workplace Health and Safety Conference With Key Note Speaker Tareq Hadhad

Thursday, May 9, 2024
8:00am - 4:00pm
Delta Prince Edward Hotel
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Cost: $225 per person, including lunch

The 2024 WCB Workplace Health and Safety Conference features workshops on a wide range of workplace safety topics, as well as a comprehensive trade show of products and services of interest to the region’s workplace health and safety community.

To register for the conference online, click here.

Registration deadline is April 25, 2024

Keynote Speaker – Tareq Hadhad – Founder and CEO of Peace by Chocolate

Tareq Hadhad Founder and CEO of Peace by Chocolate

Tareq Hadhad is telling his story. He was a Syrian refugee and now living his new life with his entrepreneurial family in Canada’s east coast. He is the founder and CEO of Peace by Chocolate, headquartered in Nova Scotia.

Passionate about peace and entrepreneurship, his family relaunched the family business to recreate the chocolates they exported across the Middle East and their story turned into an international inspiring phenomenon.

Tareq has done over 500 interviews with news teams across the globe and is a keynote speaker who talks about his family’s compelling story, the positive impact of Syrian newcomers and the spirit of entrepreneurship. Most recently, he was awarded the Atlantic Business Magazine’s 30 under 30 Innovators.

In addition to the keynote presentation, delegates may choose three workshops throughout the day to create their own customized learning experience. This year’s conference workshops are described below.


Talent Beyond Borders: Immigration's Impact on PEI Workplace Dynamics
Embark on a journey to comprehend the profound shifts underway in PEI's workplaces sparked by immigration. Immerse yourself in the fusion of diverse talents, cultural abundance, and innovative viewpoints. Join us to delve into how this integration isn't just reshaping the Canadian workplace but also influencing our safety programs, training, and orientation of newcomers. Uncover the pivotal role you hold in cultivating an inclusive environment that embraces and empowers diverse perspectives while ensuring robust occupational health and safety measures.

Workshop Leader - Lisa Dollar, Cultural Inclusion Trainer, Immigration & Refugee Services Association (IRSA PEI)

Protecting Your Team: Safety Fundamentals for Small to Medium-Sized Businesses
Tailored for small to medium-sized businesses, this engaging presentation focuses on core OHS principles. Dive deep into essential OHS fundamentals vital for cultivating a secure and efficient work environment, including insights into the crucial legislative requirements. Gain information on navigating these legal standards with practical OHS solutions that will protect workers.

Workshop Leader - Mitchell Jay, OHS Officer, and Jeremy MacEachern, OHS Education Consultant, Workers Compensation Board of PEI

Navigating Fairness at Work through the Lens of Human Rights Law and Workplace Safety
Explore the inherent rights shared by all individuals working in PEI. Learn how Human Rights and Workplace Safety intersect. Learn how provincial laws protect workers from discrimination and harassment, shaping a landscape where equality, dignity, and respect shape the cornerstone of health and safety in the workplace.

Workshop Leader - Brenda Picard, K.C., Executive Director, PEI Human Rights Commission

Roadmap to Recovery: Navigating Return to Work and the Claims Process
Join this conference breakout session for an in-depth exploration of The Workers' Compensation Model. Dive into the claims process intricacies, unraveling the journey from injury to return-to-work strategies. Gain valuable insights and practical approaches to navigate claims effectively, ensuring smoother recoveries and seamless transitions back to work for a healthier workforce.

Workshop Leader - Ryan Merry, Service Quality Coordinator, Workers Compensation Board of PEI

Making Sure Workers Are Safe: Orientation and training for Migrant Workers
During this breakout session, participants will explore the root causes contributing to the increased rates of work-related injuries and illnesses among recent immigrants and refugees in comparison to experienced workers. Together, we will examine essential orientation and training strategies to support migrant talent.

Workshop Leader - Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

Saving Lives Together: Combating the Opioid Crisis in Canada through Innovative Training and Partnerships
Join us in 'Saving Lives Together,' a presentation delving into innovative training and partnerships combating Canada's Opioid Crisis. Explore how collaborative efforts and pioneering programs are reshaping responses to the crisis, ensuring a collective and effective approach in addressing this urgent public health issue.

Workshop Leader - Iyad Mansour, Director of Learning, St. John Ambulance Nova Scotia & PEI

Safety Across Generations: Young and Aging Workers in the Workplace
Explore 'Safety Across Generations' in this insightful presentation that will address the unique needs of young and aging workers in the workplace. The discussion will cover challenges and solutions, and explore strategies such as training, technological integration, and flexible work arrangements. This presentation emphasizes the importance of fostering a culture where every generation contributes to a safe and harmonious work environment.

Workshop Leader - Erin Carver, OHS Education Consultant with the Workers Compensation Board of PEI and David Collins, Operations Manager with CU Financial Management and volunteer with Threads of Life

Strategies for Prevention and De-Escalation: Protecting Your Workers from Workplace Violence
This session will delve into proactive strategies and de-escalation techniques crucial for ensuring a safe work environment. Learn how to identify, prevent, and effectively manage situations, empowering attendees with invaluable skills to safeguard their teams and foster a violence free work environment.

Workshop Leader - Constable Tim Keizer, Charlottetown Police Service

Unlocking Opportunities: Employer Perspectives on Empowering Foreign Talent
Join our panel of employers as they share insights on the strengths and challenges of integrating foreign-born talent. Explore firsthand experiences, uncover the positives they bring, and unravel strategies for fostering an inclusive workplace culture that maximizes diversity's potential.

Panel Members - Amy MacQuarrie, Health and Safety Advisor at FIGR, Jim Power, Store Manager at Charlottetown Kent Building Supplies, and Greg MacKenzie, Owner of Mackenzie Produce Inc.

Resilience Matters: Stress Management and Psychological Health at Work
Discover strategies for fostering resilience and managing stress in the workplace. Explore the importance of psychological well-being and gain practical insights into cultivating a supportive work environment that prioritizes mental health, enhancing overall workplace resilience and productivity.

Workshop Leader - Laura Johnson, Vice-President Management Consulting, Transformation Strategy and Indigenous Services Lead at BDO Canada, and UPEI Instructor

Fit for Duty: A Holistic Perspective on Occupational Health and Safety
Join Grant Matheson for an insightful discussion on 'Fit for Duty' and its profound impact on workplace safety. Discover effective strategies to ensure employees are physically, mentally, and emotionally ready for their roles while addressing a range of well-being challenges. Explore the intricate relationship between employee well-being, heightened productivity, and fostering a healthier, safer work environment. The conversation goes beyond substance issues to encompass a comprehensive approach to supporting employees facing various challenges, from stress management to maintaining a positive work-life balance. Gain valuable insights into nurturing a resilient workforce for today's dynamic professional landscape.

Workshop Leader - Grant Matheson, speaker, author and non-practicing physician

Navigating First Aid Regulations in PEI Workplaces
Join us for a presentation focused on simplifying PEI's first aid regulations. Participants will receive comprehensive insights and practical guidance to ensure compliance. Equip yourself with essential knowledge for effective response, and strict adherence to PEI regulations.

Workshop Leader - Janice Whalen, OHS Manager, and Joe MacAulay, OHS Officer, Workers Compensation Board of PEI

To register for the conference online, click here.

Deadline for registration is April 25, 2024.

Exhibitors, please click here for trade show opportunities.

For more information about this year's conference, please contact the Conference Administrator at the Workers Compensation Board at or 902-368-5697.