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HSAS Annual Convention

The 47th HSAS Convention took place on October 24 & 25, 2019 in Regina, SK at the Delta Hotel Regina. The Convention was attended by 54 Delegates representing 10 of the 12 HSAS Union Regions, along with 2 registered Guests and 7 HSAS Staff members. Read the full Convention Book below or by clicking here.

Click here for the 2019 Notice of Annual Convention

Click here for the 2019 Annual Convention Agenda

Click here for the 2019 Annual General Meeting Agenda

During the first day of Convention, Delegates and Guests heard from Mike Harnett, President, Solaris Fatigue Management.

Ms. Harnett is President of Solaris Fatigue Management, and Director of Operations for WorkSMART Ergonomics. She specializes in optimizing worker health, safety and performance.  She has over 25 years of experience consulting with various government agencies including NASA, the Canadian Standards Association, and Transportation Safety Boards in both the US and Canada. She has assisted with both ergonomic and fatigue management program development for a variety of organizations including nuclear, airline, oil & gas, municipal, health care, first responder, and film & entertainment industries.

During her presentation, Ms. Harnett explained the science behind sleep and the damage that fatigue causes to our bodies and minds. Ms. Harnett walked those in attendance through the four stages of sleep, explaining the benefits of each cycle for the body, emotions and cognitive function. She shared real world examples of how both fatigue and shift work negatively impact our motor functions, moods and desires. She also shared tips and tricks for getting a good night sleep, such as 7-9 hours of sleep a night, in complete darkness, without any interruptions.

The second speaker of the first day of Convention, was Cybersecurity Expert, Joshua Crumbaugh. Mr. Crumbaugh is one of the world’s leading security awareness experts and internationally renowned cybersecurity speaker. He is the developer of the Human Security Assurance Maturity Model (HumanSAMM) and Chief Hacker at PeopleSec. He is also an expert social engineer who has talked his way into bank vaults, Fortune 500 data centers, corporate offices, restricted areas of casinos and more. His experiences highlighted a significant need for a better “human solution”. This led him to a passion in social engineering and better-understanding ways to stop social engineering attacks.

Along with real world examples and stories of how Mr. Crumbaugh has fooled some of the world’s executives into allowing him into their offices or computer systems, Mr. Crumbaugh offered Delegates personal cybersecurity advice such as creating and protecting passwords, the use of applications that provide additional security while online or managing multiple online accounts. Delegates were impressed by Mr. Crumbaugh’s ability to test and break established security processes around the world.

Click here to watch the video of Mr. Crumbaugh’s presentation at Convention.

Members attended the HSAS Annual Member’s reception the evening of October 24, 2019 in the Lombardi Room at the Delta Hotel.  

The second day of Convention opened with the 2019 HSAS Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Following the AGM, the Annual Labour Relations Update was provided by Kier Vallance, Legal Counsel with Bainbridge Jodouin Cheecham in Saskatoon, SK. Mr. Vallance, spoke to the successful Field Hours Arbitration between HSAS & SAHO. Mr. Vallance outlined key aspects of the arbitration that proved that the new Employer directives for Field Hours (Article 15.01 – Field Hours) restricted the flexibility of Employees to govern their hours of work, for the purpose of client and essential program needs, within any day or series of days. Instead, the Employer set out strict guidelines for these Employees.

HSAS Executive Director, Dean Job and HSAS President, Karen Wasylenko hosted a Member’s Forum panel, immediately after the Labour Relations Update. Convention Delegates and Guests were invited participate in discussions and seek clarification regarding workplace issues. HSAS Labour Relations Officers Kevin Glass and Chris Wright also participated in the discussion and answered member questions related to hours of work, overtime and Employer issued “Letters of Expectation”. Members were encouraged to reach out to HSAS Labour Relations here or call one of the HSAS offices when questions or issues arise regarding their employment.

The 48th Annual Convention will be held in Saskatoon, October 22 & 23, 2020.

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