2022 CONFERENCE - DAY 2
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Rebuilding Effective Workforces | Jill Volker - Moderator, Shannon Inniss, Kevin Jones, Clark Saundh
Event staffing agencies have always faced challenges with not only being able to find hundreds of people to work an event, but also making sure they are sufficiently trained and supervised on event day. Factor in the massive turnover that Covid-19 triggered, and we’ve now reached un-precedented levels of new event staff on site. So how do we make sure we’re managing our client’s expectations, as well as our risk and liability, when we dump “green” employees onto their sites? Let’s talk about training, relationships, best practices, and management tactics.
Demystifying Contractor Safety with an Event Safety Expert and an Event Coordinator | Jason Gordon, Jourdon Rosell
Managing a safely executed event can be a huge task and, with so many contractors coming to site, it can be difficult to stay in control of everyone's safety. In this session we will discuss how to work with contractors before and during the event to ensure that they are protecting their workers as well as other workers at the event, and maintaining due diligence. Whether you are an organizer or a contractor, this session is for you.
Forward to Better | Autumn Coppaway
How do our unconscious-biases affect work-place culture, and can we create real structural transformation centered on Inclusion, Diversity Equity and Accessibility? Using current industry examples of effective ethical leadership, we explore its influences on safety, productivity, and innovation. In this session, discover ways to not fall back to previous norms but perhaps move forward to a better future.
Peer to Peer Conversations | Janet Sellery & Friends
This session creates an opportunity for different sectors to connect with their peers to discuss some key topics. Moderated by some of the best in the industry, these conversations are going to dig into specific health and safety challenges that we face every day. Topics will include Labour and Suppliers, Venues, and Festivals & Outdoor Events.
How to Stop When “The Show Must Go On” | The New People with CxViolet
In case of a live event emergency such as a fire in a nightclub, an explosion at a marathon, a crowd crush at a concert, or severe weather at an outdoor festival, prompt action is critical. Every event needs a robust show stop procedure that identifies who has the authority to stop, as well as clear instructions to follow. We’ll review a sample Show Shop procedure, then put it into practice.
Autumn Coppaway is the Founding Director of the Miikana Project and currently the Consulting Director of Production at Edmonton Opera.Originally from the Curve Lake First Nations Reservation area; she currently resides on the unceded homelands of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueum), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Autumn is a National Director for CITT/ICTS, co-creating their Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Committee; and actively utilizes her Public Safety M.Sc. for international committees and consulting. She is a member of the Canadian Opera Company’s Circle of Artists and sits as the Board President for Lucky Penny Opera.
Her past credits include Technical Director for Vancouver Opera; Technical Director Mentor for the Banff Centre’s Opera Program; Assistant Technical Director for the Canadian Opera Company; and Production Manager for Against the Grain Theatre. Autumn continues to work as a leadership mentor and indigenous advocate through a variety of educational, cultural and community projects.
Jason Gordon, ESAC Director
With almost 25 years of experience in Occupational Safety, Jason has developed confidence in interpreting and implementing Health & Safety Legislation, Management Systems, and Health & Safety Programs. From 2004 to 2014, Jason worked as an Inspector and Inspectorate Peer Trainer for the Ministry of Labour, where he headed the "Tower Crane Initiative".
In 2011, after investigating a serious incident in the Event Sector, Jason became a leader in Occupational Safety in the Event Sector. During this time, Jason recognized that he could better serve the industry as a Consultant, and, in 2014, followed that dream. Today, as the Director of Operations and Event Sector Lead for the Eastern division of Cobalt Safety, Jason focuses on fostering a safe work environment for all his clients but, admittedly has an increased focus on growing the Safety Culture of the Event Sector and is proud to be involved as a Board Member of the Event Safety Alliance Canada as well as the Scott Johnson Working Group.
Shannon Inniss, ESAC Board Secretary and Fundraising Committee Chair
Shannon spent the first portion of her career gaining an extensive background in technical theatre production and corporate audio-visual. She specialized in technical systems design and onsite management until broadening into overall event technical direction/management. Throughout this journey, the consistent driving force was a desire to seek change and innovation in an industry with varying degrees of health and safety considerations.
Shannon later transitioned into managing event operations for outdoor festivals which broadened her skill range and knowledge, from tents to propane and everything between. Writing extensive risk assessments, emergency safety management plans, contracts, and working alongside key authorities are some of the core job functions she provides events. She has also worked alongside professionals in the industry from around the world in an effort discover best practises and open dialogue for improvement in global standards. She has recently started a Master of Science degree at the University of Manchester Metropolitan in Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis.
Kevin Jones, ESAC Director
Kevin is Odyssey Medical’s Executive Director of Event Operations nationally – call-sign Ops Kilo. Kevin is the ‘go-to’ Ops Man. His tenure with Odyssey goes back to the beginning. Kevin’s passions are in the tactical and operational event delivery. He is committed to crew, patients, and customer positive outcomes.
“Working at Odyssey is a natural culmination of everything that I love to do – working with people, working outside and being the centre of chaos.” Kevin has extensive experience in risk management, emergency communication and event operations. Kevin’s experience spans from remote wilderness expeditions to large scale urban sporting events and multi-day, 24/7 music festivals. He has led event medical programs for many large obstacle course events. Building on a background in insurance and education, he is committed to evidence based decision-making and systems development.
Jourdan Rosell, ESAC Director
Jourdan Rosell is a live events & production professional with over 12 years of international experience in managing live performances, events, theatre productions, festivals, installations and global partnerships.
He started his career in the events industry in Singapore where he honed his skills in event coordination, event management, pre and post production coordination, client and vendor relations, as well as in building and facility maintenance operations. Singapore being a regional and global events hub has given him a solid exposure to Asian and international acts, campaigns, projects and partnerships.
Jourdan holds a degree in Technical Theatre from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde's School of Design and Arts in the Philippines, and recently completed his graduate studies with honours in Project Management at George Brown College. Jourdan is currently based in Toronto and works as a Manager of Event Productions at Artscape.
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.
Janet Sellery, ESAC Board Chair and Programming Committee Chair
Janet Sellery is one of Canada’s leading experts in health and safety and the arts. She started her career in stage management and moved into health and safety after a critical injury involving an actor. Janet pioneered the health and safety program at the Stratford Festival, Canada’s largest repertory theatre, and one of her favourite projects was working as the Health & Safety Manager for the Opening, Closing and Victory Ceremonies at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Prior to her work with Event Safety Alliance Canada, Janet was a co-founder of the Canadian Event Safety Summit (2016-2018).
Janet is an active volunteer with the Ontario Ministry of Labour Live Performance Health & Safety Advisory Committee, the Scott Johnson Working Group, the Board of Directors for the Event Safety Alliance and the Event Safety Working Group. Janet is a graduate of the Theatre Technical/Production program at the Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto and certified as both a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and a Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC).
She has been awarded the “Ron Epp Memorial Award for Professional Achievement” (Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology) and “Canada’s Safety Manager of the Year” (Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine). As a Health & Safety Consultant (Sellery Health + Safety), Janet focuses on customizing programs, training, and resources to reflect the constantly evolving and unique demands of the live event environment.
The New People with CxViolet
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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