Chapter Meetings & Events

March Meeting - Opportunities and Obstacles in Leadership – Kathy Tull and Julie Cole

Understanding Yourself and Others – Opportunities for Growth

CSSE Lower Mainland Chapter is bringing together inspirational leaders and Kathy Tull and Julie Cole to share their experiences, motivation, passion, and personal strategies for moving forward and enhancing personal leadership potential.

They will lead an open and vulnerable conversation in hopes to reveal some of the unspoken…

This engagement will focus on a variety of obstacles that people face in and potential encounter in the leadership role. It will provide practical advice and strategies for those wishing to advance their safety leadership capacity and their career in our ever changing world. Colleagues will have an opportunity to develop their confidence, improve the skills necessary to lead effectively in a safety context, and learn how to add a different perspective to the profession.

Katherine (Kathy) Tull - Biography

Kathy Tull, national past president and professional member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering’s (CSSE) and professional member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and their Women in Safety Excellence (WISE) community, is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and Certified Health & Safety Consultant (CHSC) with over 35 years experience in occupational health & safety.

As an Industry Specialist with WorkSafeBC, Kathy’s focus is currently on BC’s large and dynamic construction sector. She provides support to industry through building strategic partnerships that address a wide range of health and safety issues. Kathy also enjoys opportunities for collaboration and providing consultation to a wide variety of industry groups and safety associations.

Kathy’s passion and commitment to mentoring & providing leadership to health and safety practitioners and professionals is an important part of her life, and her strong belief in volunteering and giving back makes her who she is.

Julie Cole - Biography

Julie Cole is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) with over 10 years of experience as a Safety practioner. She is currently the Safety and Wellness Manager for School District #20 and also runs her own successful Health and Safety consulting business. Over the recent years, Julie has worked on numerous high profile and high risk projects for a variety of diverse clients. Julie is passionate about thinking about safety from a different perspective and promotes her vision while being actively involved in many associations and committees.

Julie excels at providing guidance, direction, and support through effective communication and training methods to management, supervisors, and workers. Working with leaders in the industry has given Julie the experience to challenge the status quo, embrace people as assets and resources and work towards creating a paradigm shift on organizational culture and how it is viewed. She brings optimism to process, looks for flexible and adaptable solutions and systems while keeping people first in mind. Julie is committed to giving back to her community and looking for opportunities to make a difference. In her free time, she loves to cook, read and spend time with her family

April Meeting - Don Parman - ActSafe

Join our discussion on April 25, 2019 with Don Parman from ActSafe – BC’s safety association serving the motion picture and performing arts sectors. Participate in a hands-on safety awareness course, review pictures and stories from outreach programs (including the one above) and view a live demo of ActSafe’s new online training.

Don Parman is an Industry Advisor for performing arts at ActSafe. Don’s twenty-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 Technologies to name just a few. Don now brings all that experience and love for live performance to ActSafe. From ladder safety to air quality Don has experienced it first hand and can help you navigate the world of performing arts safety.

May Meeting - Safety Differently - Bruce Jackson

“Safety Differently” fundamental concepts in actual practice

Leading thinkers in OH&S have argued for some time that our current approach to workplace safety needs to change if we want to have safer workplaces – that we should approaching safety from a different perspective. The presenter will facilitate a workshop-style discussion to engage those in attendance to consider how the foundation concepts behind doing “safety differently” could be integrated into the BC OH&S regulatory framework, and in doing so, contribute to what we all strive for – safer workplaces.

Bruce Jackson - Advocate Workplace Safety Services


Bruce Jackson has worked in the OH&S field for 24 years. He is currently a consultant, COR auditor in the manufacturing sector, a sessional instructor in SFU’s OH&S Certificate program, and a serious part-time graduate student. He spent 20 years with WorkSafeBC working in a variety of roles – as a prevention officer, instructor, and manager of prevention quality assurance. Bruces commitment to the craft and his mentees is second to none. His broad knowledge and practical approach place him in the highest esteem by past and current colleagues

He’s a graduate of the BC Institute of Technology in both OH&S and Operations Management and holds a graduate degree in Human Factors & Safety Management Systems. Bruce has a Diploma in Adult Education, a Provincial Instructor Diploma, and studied business and economics at Simon Fraser University. He’s a Canadian Registered Safety Professional, a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH), and a Certified Environmental, Safety and Health Trainer.

Contact Information

Advocate Workplace Safety Services

#183-5148 Ladner Trunk Road

Delta, B.C.

V4K 5B6604-818-6211

June - Construction Differently Workshop

CSSE LMC and QSP Leadership are excited to present

The ‘Construction Safety…differently’ Workshop

All of the profit received for this course will be put forth to develop, mentor and provide scholarships for OH&S students and to expanding our knowledge for our members.

The ‘Construction Safety…differently’ Workshop

Safety management has traditionally focussed on the elimination of negative outcomes (incidents, injuries, errors, malfunctions). While this approach has led to significant improvements, it has also produced several problematic side effects: disengagement and disempowerment of people, increasing bureaucracy, loss of innovation and productivity. Furthermore, many organisations now struggle with plateauing safety records. Some industries even experience increasing injury and fatality rates despite unprecedented investments in safety.

Over the last 5 years, a growing number of organisations and thought-leaders have developed a set of ideas and practices that help organisations to overcome the current impasse.

This session will explore the changes that we need to make in what we do and how we do it as HS practitioners as well as the shifts in skills and competencies that are needed to make this paradigm change happen.

Presented by John Green and Jeff Lyth

John has worked in the oil, gas, petrochemical, electronics, heavy engineering, construction and aviation sectors and has 40 years’ experience of industrial safety. He is recognized and respected as someone who does safety differently and as major force for change in how industrial safety is delivered.

He has spent periods living and working overseas with in the Middle East, Iran, Europe, Hong Kong, New Zealand, parts of the USA and has recently returned from a 4-year spell in Australia covering major construction operations in the southern hemisphere.

He has held senior positions with Motorola, British Airways and Board level positions with McAlpine, Laing O'Rourke, Battersea Power Station Development Company and now AECON

He is currently the SVP and CSO for Aecon.

John holds qualifications in Occupational Health and Safety, Environmental Mgmt, Risk Mgmt, Change Mgmt, Psychology, Law and Philosophy and is currently studying towards a LLM. He is an advocate of doing safety differently and challenging traditional or orthodox thinking.

He spends any spare time that he has climbing in Europe and scuba diving across the world or any other pastime that requires exceptional risk management skills.

Since beginning his career in safety 27 years ago, Jeff Lyth has become recognized as an expert and innovator in workplace safety and leadership.

He obtained his Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC) designations and served as Director of Corporate Health and Safety for nearly a decade before leaving safety management to work entirely in the leadership development/safety differently space.

Throughout his career, Jeff has been involved in industry-leading innovation, such as the first Canadian use of computerized tower-crane anti-collision systems, the province-wide use of the ‘Safety Climate Tool’ survey from the Health and Safety Laboratory in the U.K., and the development of the BCCSA Silica Control Tool.

Jeff has represented the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) on Health Canada’s transition to the Globally Harmonized System (GHS), and was accepted by the Department of Foreign Affairs as a Canadian Construction Occupational Health and Safety Specialist and participated in two missions to central China.

He currently works in assisting organizations and safety departments to move beyond conventional views of health and safety and to break through the performance plateaus associated with those views.