2022 CONFERENCE - DAY 1
Monday, November 21, 2022
Scott Johnson Keynote - Ten Years Later: Charting a Course Forward with the Scott Johnson Working Group | Ken Johnson, Cindy Sypher
ESAC has created the Scott Johnson Keynote to honor Scott’s memory by presenting a relevant safety topic to the arts, entertainment, and live event community. This keynote will launch the conference with a focus on our goal to prevent injuries and incidents and protect both people and events.
Actsafe - Lessons for Canada from B.C.’s Arts and Entertainment Safety Leader | Don Parman
Don Parman, Manager, Performing Arts & Live Events at Actsafe will lead us through a discussion of hazard identification. This Pro Edition will feature pics, hazard rating and controls, and you can join in.
A Tale of Two Checkpoints - Which approach to security is best for your event? | Lindsay Goldsney, Clark Saundh, Jill Volker
Experience what “security” often looks like in the public eye and what it could look like instead. With a short yet immersive demonstration, and presentation to follow, learn how a customer-service approach to line-ups and checkpoints can improve the overall experience for staff and patrons.
The Awesome Music Project & Finding Moments | Stevie Tea
Stevie Tea will be talking and playing through his/AMPs journey towards finding a place in the world - balancing the push and pull of living inside, outside, and, adjacent to the arts. AMP started out as a book of songs and stories written by some of the most awesome Canadian's including people like Sarah McLachlan, Chris Hadfield, Amanda Lang, Alan Doyle, Skye Wallce, Michael Kissinger, and so many more. AMP is now working with artists, communities, industry professionals, and presenters across the country connecting youth and adults to music in order to start conversations around mental wellness and The Awesome Music Hour drop in programming.
Lindsay Goldsney is a 20-year veteran of the hospitality and public assembly management industry. Currently, Lindsay holds the position of Director of Fan Experience and Security at Oilers Entertainment Group in Edmonton, Alberta. Throughout her career, she has led security, safety and customer focused teams in arenas, convention centers, festival sites and at the Edmonton International Airport. Lindsay is a Certified Venue Professional (CVP) accredited through the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM). Lindsay is committed to safe reemergence of the events industry and currently serves on the Professional Sports Facilities Advisory Committee for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).
Ken Johnson is Scott Johnson’s father and a passionate safety advocate. He retired two years ago from his role as Technical and Health and Safety Advisor to the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC), a role he held for eight years. He represented them at the British Standards Institute, Temporary Works Forum, Build UK, the Health and Safety Executive, CEN (the European Committee for Standardization) and UEG (a European group of scaffolding organizations).
He currently represents the Small Business Standard in Brussels, and as an expert on Scaffolding Standards at CEN in Berlin. He has spent a lifetime in manufacturing and business development in the UK and internationally, as well as creating and managing two companies for almost 20 years.
Ken is a trustee at No Falls Foundation, a charity advising on Work at Height and supporting people who have fallen, and a member of the Scott Johnson Working Group here in Canada.
Don Parman is the Manager Performing Arts & Live Events at Actsafe Safety Association. Don’s twenty five-year career has taken him from student, to crew, to supervisor and manager. Along the way he has worked with some amazing organizations, The Massey Theatre, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Royal City Musical Theatre, The Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology to name just a few. Don now brings all that experience and love for live performance to Actsafe Safety Association. From ladder safety to air quality, Don has experienced it first hand and can help you navigate the world of Performing Arts safety.
Clark Saundh is the Regional Operations Manager at XA Security – an industry leader in providing crowd safety solutions in Western Canada. Clark is currently the longest serving employee of XA Security after joining the team in 2005. Clark began as a security guard and quickly rose in the ranks to become the Senior Security Supervisor for some of Alberta’s biggest live events. Clark has spent the last 15 years managing diverse teams in hectic environments during ever changing circumstances Clark now oversees all aspects of XA’s operations with the goal of cultivating an industry-leading team that can provide the highest level of service in any situation.
Cindy Sypher is a Designated Consulting Engineer and the President of Sypher & Associates Field of Engineering Ltd. She has a bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo. Her consulting interests include amusement rides, risk management, temporary structures, mechanical and structural design, fire and life safety, machine guarding, playground design and inspection, emergency preparedness, rigging and general public safety initiatives. She has consulted to major fairs and event promoters.
Stevie is one of the founding members of The New People (TNP), who blend Multimedia Theatre and Future-Pop with interactive storytelling, soundscaping, and dynamic choreography. In early 2021, Stevie began working with The Awesome Music Project (AMP) and is now leading their Partnerships and Community Team.
The New People (TNP) blend Multimedia Theatre and Future-Pop with interactive storytelling, soundscaping, and dynamic choreography. TNP worked with youth across the country to shape the stories found on their debut album - with the theme of finding your voice and place in the world taking a central role. Founding members, Stevie Tea & CxViolet, had a dream of bringing a range of musical voices into the room while still being able to perform with 2 or 20 people - they were fortunate enough to find support with The Canada Council For The Arts & the Ontario Council For The Arts to turn this dream into a reality. While The New People are still early in their journey, they are excited and proud to be Artist Ambassadors for The Awesome Music Project, who connect youth and young adults to music in order to start conversations around mental wellness.
Programming and speakers are subject to change.
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