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Speakers announced for annual mining safety conference

Leadership expert, social entrepreneur among event presenters

Workplace Safety North (WSN) has announced the keynote speakers for its 2021 Mining Health and Safety Conference.

Slated for April 14, the one-day conference is themed Unearthing the Way Forward. It will take a virtual format in respect of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and will be offered to attendees free of charge.

“Our world has changed, but mining is considered essential and the industry continues to adapt rapidly,” Paul André, WSN’s president and CEO, said in a news release.

“As we all navigate the future of work, health and safety is more important than ever, and Workplace Safety North is especially pleased to be able to offer this event free of charge.”

This year’s keynote speaker is Toronto-based Drew Dudley, a leadership expert and author whose take on leadership has been featured as part of the popular TED Talk series.

Lunchtime keynote speaker Dave Wilkin is a social entrepreneur and founder of, the world’s largest peer-to-peer mentoring service.

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Additional technical presentations will be presented around four themes:

  • prevent, which focuses on high-risk industry hazards to prevent injury and illness in the workplace;
  • discover, which highlights the latest innovations and programs in mining health and safety;
  • renew, which features mental health and wellness strategies for a safe and healthy mind and body; and
  • protect, which explores best practices and lessons learned to effectively protect the workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The conference will conclude with an industry panel and informal discussion about the future of mining.

Space is limited to 500 attendees, and registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Headquartered in North Bay, Workplace Safety North provides provincewide, ministry-approved workplace health and safety training and services for the mining and forest products industries.