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Notice of the HSAS 46th Annual Convention and General Meeting

HSAS Convention Agenda

Annual General Meeting Agenda

The 46th Annual HSAS Convention took place on October 25 & 26, 2018 in Saskatoon, SK at the Top of the Inn, Sheraton Cavalier Hotel. The Convention was attended by 49 Delegates representing 10 of the 12 union regions, along with 9 registered Guests. Read the full Convention Book below or by clicking here.

During the first day of Convention, Delegates and Guests heard from Stéphane Grenier, Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired), Canadian Armed Forces.

Mr. Grenier has challenged our traditional view of mental health supports in the workplace and beyond, by redefining how those affected by mental illness or PTSD are cared for and viewed by coworkers and peers. He spoke to his own struggles with PTSD as a result of his deployment in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. He shared the need for peer support in workplaces as an embedded social support, along with a change in workplace culture that demonstrates understanding, empathy and compassion towards people who struggle with mental illness.


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The second presenter of the first day was Avinash Maniram, Partner and Senior Consultant with Actuarial Consultants Ltd. in Vancouver, BC. Mr. Maniram spoke to the long-term effects of a sedentary life style in his presentation “Is Sitting the New Smoking?”.

Insufficient physical activity is the fourth leading cause of death in Canada. Fifteen percent (15%) of adult Canadians meet the daily recommended physical activity guidelines; which means that only 1 in 4 Canadians are active in their daily lives, while 80% of children are not active enough. Repetitive daily activities that involve sitting such as drive time to and from work, time spent sitting at a desk, watching tv, gaming or doing homework all contribute to a sedentary lifestyle that has negative long-term consequences on health. Mr. Maniram provided examples of how a sedentary lifestyle changes the serotonin levels in the brain and increases pulmonary and vascular misfunction. Mr. Maniram recommends that humans should achieve 10,000 steps per day and sit no more than two hours each day.


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The last part of the first day of Convention welcomed Marcus Davies, Legal Counsel with Bainbridge Jodouin Cheecham in Saskatoon, SK. During his presentation Mr. Davies explained the differences between Sick Leave (Article 12 – Sick Leave) and Disability Income Plan (Appendix B – Summary of Long Term Disability Income Plan Terms) in the HSAS & SAHO Collective Agreement, and touched on some of the concerns and questions that members brought forward about the recent legalization of Cannabis in Canada

Members attended the HSAS Annual Member’s reception the evening of October 25, 2018 at the Top of the Inn.

The second day of Convention opened with the 2018 HSAS Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Following the AGM, HSAS Executive Director, Dean Job and HSAS President, Karen Wasylenko hosted a Member’s Forum panel. Convention Delegates and Guests were invited participate in discussions and seek clarification regarding workplace issues. HSAS Labour Relations Officer Jesse Payne also participated in the discussion and answered member questions related to changes which occurred subsequent to the creation of the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the impact of these changes on members. Members were encouraged to reach out to labourrelations@hsas.cawhen questions or issues arise regarding their employment.

Convention photo gallery coming soon!

The 47thAnnual Convention will be held in Regina, October 24 & 25, 2019.

2018 Annual Convention Speaker Bios

Stéphane Grenier

Retired Lieutenant Colonel & Mental Health Innovator

In today’s modern workplace, mental health problems have become the leading cause of disability claims, accounting for 70% of workplace disability management costs in Canada. As a former post-traumatic stress disorder sufferer, Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) Stéphane Grenier knows the toll mental health issues can take on individuals firsthand. Grenier offers audiences pragmatic advice designed to foster workplaces that support an open, non-stigmatized approach to mental health. Grenier has challenged society’s traditional outlook regarding mental health for much of his career by redefining how we should care for and support those affected by mental health problems. His body of work began in his very own workplace, the Canadian Military, where he created and managed numerous employee driven mental health programs that have proven effective over the years and have been sustained since his departure.

Grenier is a powerful speaker who provides a nice blend of evidence base, personal experiences and humor, allowing audiences a firm understanding of how we need to re-humanize the healing and recovery process. His body of work includes coining and defining the term “Operational Stress Injury” in 2001, a term later adapted by the US Marine corps as “Combat Stress Injury”. His views have resonated as far as with the American Psychiatric Association when debating the value of renaming the diagnostic of “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” to “Post Traumatic Stress Injury”. His work took him to lecture at US Marine Corps University, several Physician Health Program conferences in the United States and the international Physician Health Conference in Montreal Canada where he received a standing ovation by over 350 clinicians for his inspirational outlook.

He is a regular keynote speaker at major workplace focussed and labour conferences and more recently some of his conferences have been recognised by Continuing Medical Education Departments. In 2012, he retired from the military and created Mental Health Innovations consulting (MHI) in order to dedicate his full attention to developing non-clinical mental health interventions as a complement to traditional clinical care and also co-founded Peer Support Accreditation and Certification (Canada), a non- profit organization dedicated to the advancement of peer support. In 2015, he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa by the University of Guelph.

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Avinash Maniram

Partner and Senior Consultant PBI Actuarial Consultants Ltd.

Avinash is a senior consultant with PBI Actuarial Consultants Ltd., consulting to negotiated cost trusteed clients with regard to the provision of group benefit programs. He has over 20 years of insurance and consulting experience. Avinash has a broad range of experience in employee benefits and technical expertise in the design, funding, pricing and valuation of group benefit programs in a negotiated contribution environment. He serves multi-employer clients in the construction, telecommunications, retail and service industries.

Mr. Maniram has also served on the faculty of the actuarial sciences program at Simon Fraser University.

Avinash is a member of the IFEBP and has become a frequent speaker on health and welfare topics. Through this experience with the IFEBP and his work with clients on member education issues, Avinash has developed and made numerous presentations to unionized groups covering technical actuarial and benefits issues.

Avinash attended the University of Manitoba on scholarships from the IBEW and Canadian Federation of Labour. While there, he earned a Master’s degree in Actuarial Mathematics after obtaining a Bachelor of Science (Honours), with a major in Actuarial and Management Sciences. He has also served on the faculty of the Actuarial Sciences department at Simon Fraser University.

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Marcus Davies

Legal Counsel Bainbridge Jodouin Cheecham - Saskatoon

Marcus Davies  is a lawyer with the law firm Bainbridge Jodouin Cheecham in Saskatoon.  He is a former journalist and political advisor who  focuses his law practice on representing employees and unions across Saskatchewan.

He has appeared at all levels of court and has conducted a number of labour arbitrations.  He was part of the legal team which successfully argued against the Public Services Essential Services Act at the Supreme Court of Canada.

He is a trained mediator who also performs workplace harassment investigations.

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Delegates Representing Union Region 3:

Deborah Youden – Mental Health Therapist
Brad Mee – Paramedic

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Delegates Representing Union Region 4:

Judith Painter – Assessor Coordinator
Brenda Hadland – Assessor Coordinator

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Delegates Representing Union Region 5:

Judy Jones – Social Worker

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Delegates Representing Union Region 6:

Marisa Kermack – Social Worker

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Delegates Representing Union Region 7:

Jen Bacon – Speech Language Pathologist
Sarah Friesen – Psychologist
Sherren Gillott – Respiratory Therapist
Jodi Posehn – Addictions Counsellor
John Prince – Public Health Inspector
Pam Ritsco – Health Educator
Anil Sarkar – Respiratory Therapist
Dan Szmutko – Occupational Therapist
Michelle Marud – Assessor Coordinator
Juliana Cook – Physical Therapist
Melanie Liast – Speech Language Pathologist
Jennifer Gareau – Addictions Counsellor
Jillian Urquhart – Social Worker

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Delegates Representing Union Region 8:

Tracy Erickson – Addictions Counsellor
Glenda Erickson – Occupational Therapist

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Delegates Representing Union Region 9:

Anna Angelinas – Health Educator
Crystal Corey – Occupational Therapist

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Delegates Representing Union Region 10:

Deb Gray – Respiratory Therapist

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Delegates Representing Union Region 11:

Ann Farn – Assessor Coordinator
Lindsay Freistadt – Public Health Inspector
Marcel Shevalier – Addictions Counsellor
Natalie Horejda – Physical Therapist
Amanda Kryklywicz – Public Health Inspector
Terry Nordgulen – Mental Health Therapist
Tanja Smiljic – Assessor Coordinator
Rob Snell – EMT
Shawna Stevens – Public Health Inspector
Marie Stimson – EMT-A
Bonnie Yake – Physical Therapist

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Delegates Representing Union Region 12:

Ken Cross – Public Health Inspector
Mary Deren – Health Educator

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