ACSA 2023 Conference Program

We’re teaming up with Canada’s leading psychological health and safety experts to share foundational learnings, lead insightful discussions and deliver practical and actionable takeaways.

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Keynote speakers

Our keynote speakers bring two unique perspectives to our conversation on psychological health and safety.

Allan Kehler – From a lens of personal trauma, Mental Health Keynote Speaker Allan Kehler will set the context of our Conference on why our workers need psychologically healthy and safe workplaces. He will draw from his experience and share practical ways to prevent harm and promote wellness.

Liz Horvath – From her strong systems background, Liz Horvath, manager of Psychological Health and Safety with the Opening Minds division of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, will help us connect psychological health and safety with existing health and safety programs. She will also draw from her experience in developing our National Standard and share practical solutions with measurable impact.

ACSA partners panel

Mark Hoosein

Panel host

With key industry partners, ACSA will host a panel discussion on roles and responsibilities in improving psychological health and safety at work.

Dr. Chris McLeod

Director, Partnership for Work, Health and Safety, University of British Columbia

Andrew Ross

CEO, Clark Builders

Liz Horvath

Manager of Psychological Health and Safety with the Opening Minds division of the Mental Health Commission of Canada

Allan Kehler

Mental health advocate

Dr. Karina Thomas

OHS Prevention Services, 
Government of Alberta

Micheal Pietrus

Director, Opening Minds and Mental Health First Aid Canada, MHCC

The Conference will include a variety of breakout sessions to provide attendees with focused discussions on various aspects of psychological health and safety.

*Some breakout sessions have limited capacity (noted below), so arrive early to secure your spot. Note: There is no registration for breakout sessions.

Featured session: Builder, painter, cabinet maker and OHS expert! Exploring strategies and solutions for small and micro construction firms that can improve health and safety at work

With only 40 spots available and no more than eight (8) attendees per group, our partners from the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) School of Population and Public Health bring us this engaging breakout session.

Hosts: Dr. Chris McLeod, Director, Partnership for Work, Health and Safety, along with his team from UBC, Robert Macpherson, Research Associate & Suhail Marino, Director, Privacy and Operations, & Chizitara Nkwopara, Research Assistant at the Partnership for Work, Health, and Safety.

Did you know that over 90 per cent of of construction firms in Alberta are small or micro firms? This breakout session will engage in facilitated small groups to discuss key findings from over a decade of research and engagement with construction firms, regulators, and health and safety associations and how these findings can be applied to improve your workplace.

Breakout session capacity: 40 



Human and Organizational Performance (HOP): How employers of all sizes can implement HOP

Host: Nidal Naaman, Senior Director, Bird Construction

Breakout session capacity: 400


ACSA action plans: An alternative to maintaining your COR certification

Host: Austin Dowling, COR Audit Review Analyst at the Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA)

Breakout session capacity: 100


Burnout and the importance of leaders, workers and organizational-wide participation

Hosts: Tiana Field-Ridley, Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and Elyse Cathrea, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

Breakout session capacity: 400


Conquering compliance challenges and related construction case law review

Host: Jennifer A. Miller, K.C. Partner, Bennett Jones LLP

Breakout session capacity: 100 


Changing how we see mental illness: What you and your leaders can do to support employees

Host: Micheal Pietrus, Director, Opening Minds and Mental Health First Aid Canada, MHCC

Breakout session capacity: 160


Psychological injuries: Supporting a worker’s safe and timely return to work

Hosts: Erin Eden, Operations and Risk Management, and Amanda Wyatt, Psychological Injury Coach, Workers’ Compensation Board – Alberta

Breakout session capacity: 160


Conference schedule


Stacey Brotzel is a familiar voice for Albertans. With over two decades in television and radio, Stacey brings a voice of dedication, confidence, and trust to the Conference. Your ACSA is pleased to announce her as the 2023 ACSA Conference emcee. 

ACSA Achievement Awards

ACSA is pleased to recognize workplace health and safety champions in our industry through our Annual Achievement Awards. These awards will be presented at the Conference.