Health and Safety Committee

UTE National Health and Safety Conference Ottawa – August 23-26, 2007

June 5, 2007
TO: Executive Council
Alt. Regional Vice-Presidents
Local Presidents

RE:   UTE National Health and Safety Conference Ottawa – August 23-26, 2007

The National Health and Safety Conference for all the regions will be held in Ottawa.


August 23-26, 2007


Thursday: 6:00 PM Hospitality Reception – Vice Regal Suite (2501-03)
  6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Registration – Lower Lobby Foyer
  Friday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Registration – Lower Lobby Foyer
  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Ballroom A/B - Start of Conference
  Saturday:  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Ballroom A/B
Sunday:  9:00 AM- 12:00 PM Ballroom A/B
NOTE:  Participants MUST remain at the conference until noon.


Crowne Plaza Ottawa
101 Lyon St
Ottawa, Ontario
K1R 5T9
Telephone:  (613) 237-3600


Deadline date is June 29, 2007


“Making a Difference in the Workplace”


  • To inform the participants on the health and safety issues being addressed by the PSAC, CLC and CRA
  • To apprise participants on Health and Safety related topics affecting the workplace.
  • To provide the participants an opportunity to interact and network with other Health and Safety activists

Participants to the National Conference should be members of local Health and Safety workplace committees.  It will be an interactive conference where participants will be encouraged to fully participate.


In addition to speakers, we will offer four (4) different workshops. Each participant will have an opportunity to attend two (2) workshops.


UTE will pay for one member from each workplace health and safety committee or Health and Safety Representative as defined in the Code.
Please consult the list attached.

Per diem: 4 days (cheques sent directly to the participants)
Hotel: Paid directly by UTE
Family Care:  Allowance is available (see UTE Regulation 17 for details.)
Loss of wages:  As applicable
Travel:  Cheques will be sent directly to the local (1 X Tango Plus)

NOTE:  Locals may send additional participants at their own expense.

SCENT FREE: Participants shall refrain from using scented shampoos, deodorants, soaps, perfumes, aftershaves etc during all activities related to the conference.

SMOKE FREE:  Please note that the hospitality suite will be non-smoking at all times.

Copies of the agenda and application forms are attached.  Please answer all the questions on the application form and indicate your order of preference for the different workshops. Our fax number is 613-234-7290 to the attention of Lina Ruel.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me (613-266-5948) or Lina Ruel at the National office (613-235-6704).
In Solidarity,

Chris Aylward
UTE National Health and Safety Committee




FRIDAY, August 24th, 2007

9:00 – 9:15 

Welcoming Remarks

  • Chris Aylward - Chairperson

9:15 – 11:00

Guest Speakers

  • Lysanne Gauvin
    CRA - Assistant Commissioner - HR Branch
  • Patty Ducharme
    PSAC- National Executive Vice-President
  • Hassan Yussuff
    CLC- Secretary Treasurer
  • Betty Bannon
    UTE - President

11:00 – 11:45

  • Terry McKay
    HRSDC – Health and Safety Officer

11:45 – 1:15



1:15 – 5:00 


  • Environmental Illnesses
    Denis St-Jean

  • Indoor Air Quality
    Ted Nathanson

  • Canada Labour Code (overview)
    Dominic Lavoie

  • Disability Insurance Cases Representation
    James Infantino

Participants will have an opportunity to attend two of the four workshops

SATURDAY, August 25th, 2007

9:00 – 11:45

Current Issues

  • Re-integration in the Workplace Following Mental Health Problems
    Louise St-Arnaud
  • Health Canada Program
    Ergo Coaches
  • Pandemic Preparedness in Canada
    Patricia Huston, MD,MPH
  • Latest Development in Occupational Health and Safety
    Denis St-Jean


1:15 – 5:00 

Workshops (continuation)

SUNDAY, August 26th, 2007

9:00 - 9:45

Regional Health and Safety Caucus

9:45– 10:00


10:00 – 11:15

“Facing Life Changes with Courage and Humour”

Marion Balla
Director, The Adlerian Counselling & Consulting Group Inc.

11:15- 11:45

Closing remarks