Shelley A. Rowan
Vice President, Prevention and Service Delivery
Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia
Shelley Rowan is a passionate safety champion who has played a pivotal role in developing and delivering comprehensive strategies to strengthen Nova Scotia’s prevention and return to work approaches.
Shelley joined WCB Nova Scotia in 1998. She currently serves as Vice President, Prevention and Service Delivery, leading WCB’s injury prevention and return to work efforts as well as all aspects of WCB’s service delivery to workers and employers.
Shelley’s career in public service has spanned a number of assignments, from federal crown corporations to regional health authorities.
Shelley is also an active volunteer in her community and serves on the Board of Governors of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.
Executive Director, Occupational Health and Safety
Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education
After graduating from the University of New Brunswick in 1983 with a BSc in Resource Management, Harold started his career with Lunenburg County Forrest Management Group and then moved to the Department of Natural Resources in both the South Shore and Annapolis Valley. In 2001 Harold moved into the role of Director of Parks and Recreation and in 2015 acquired his current position as Executive Director of OHS. Harold has been recognized for his work with the John Currie Award for achievement in education and promotion of forestry in the province. He also received the Nova Scotia Federal Council Award for acknowledgment of his contributions towards interdepartmental and intergovernmental collaboration with respect to advancing Sable Island to receive a National Park designation. Most recently Harold was honoured with the Premier’s Award of Excellence for his leadership role in the development of Parks and Protected Areas.
Occupational Health and Safety Manager, AWARE-NS
Heather Matthews is the Occupational Health and Safety Manager with AWARE-NS, the Health and Community Services Safety Association, where she is responsible for the development and delivery of leading safety practices and initiative.
Before joining AWARE-NS, she was the Corporate Health and Safety Manager for Ocean Nutrition Canada, a Global Bio Science company, where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the Health and Safety program. Developing a strong safety culture though leadership, training and education has been the primary focus in her career.
She received her Bachelor’s degree, majoring in Housing and Facility Management from Mount Saint Vincent University. She completed her Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety from Ryerson University.
Heather is a seasoned safety professional with over 20 years of experience in promoting a positive Health and Safety culture in a variety work environments.
Occupational Health & Safety Manager, East Coast Mobile Medical
Mr. Dooley has completed studies in the field of Occupational Health & Safety from Ryerson University, and the Alberta Construction Safety Association.
Dion has been with East Coast Mobile Medical for 9 years and is certified as a trainer under the US Department of Transportation for drug & alcohol collections and is responsible for training all new drug & alcohol technicians and provides Drug & Alcohol Awareness in the Workplace Training, plus other Occupational Health & Safety Consulting.
Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education - OHS Division
Jim LeBlanc is an Occupational Hygienist with the Occupational Health and Safety Division, Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education. In his current role he is involved in the anticipation, identification, assessment and control of physical, chemical, biological contaminants and psychosocial issues in the workplace.
Jim’s background includes an undergraduate degree in chemistry from St. Francis Xavier University and a master’s degree in occupational hygiene from the University of London.
Jim has been involved in delivering occupational health and safety services, both in the field and as a manager within the province. He has been an active contributing member and representative for Nova Scotia at numerous federal / provincial / territorial committees over his thirty years of practice.
Director of the Nova Scotia Power Makerspace
Matthew Swan is the Director of the Nova Scotia Power Makerspace in downtown Sydney. Operated by Innovacorp, the makerspace boasts a unique, creative and safe shop environment for local entrepreneurs, inventors, designers and more!
Matthew studied Mechanical Engineering Technology at CBU and has since been gaining experience in design and manufacturing with various companies in the CBRM. Before taking on the makerspace director roll, he was most recently employed by Target Hydraulics & Machine Works Ltd. His responsibilities there included a combination of design and project coordination as well as serving as OH&S chair. Prior to that, Matthew was involved in proprietary R&D design work with Billdidit Inc. and Advanced Glazings Limited. He also spent time self-employed doing landscaping, property remediation contract work, and design consulting.
With years of experience in a variety of work environments, Matthew has been consistently involved in the coordination of work practices that match appropriate safety requirements.
Founder and CEO
Lighthouse Wellness Strategies
Gail Godreau is an MBA, professional coach, and the founder of Lighthouse Wellness Strategies. She is dedicated to supporting growth minded business owners and career professionals who are committed to finding smarter, more sustainable ways to achieve work and life goals, through what she calls “Work-Life Integration”.
Drawing on her more than 25 years of business experience including corporate roles in marketing, advertising, food service, and HR consulting, and nearly 9 years as an entrepreneur, Gail understands the challenges of growing a business, as well as the critical role of engagement in business and personal success.
She works at the intersection of business and humanity – connecting the dots between business goals and the people who achieve them, resulting in what she refers to as “3E ProsperityTM” – for Employees, Employers and the Economy.
With over two decades of results, this speaker, coach and consultant knows how to define and deliver professional and personal success strategies that work. (Learn more at www.lighthousewellness.ca.)
Senior Technical Specialist
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Jan Chappel is a Senior Technical Specialist at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) where she provides expertise in mental health, workplace safety, occupational hygiene and education to CCOHS’ team of specialists.
Jan is the project lead for the Center’s online fact sheets (OSH Answers) and publications. She works on a variety of projects including creating web tools and mobile apps for organizations such as WorkSafe New Brunswick and WorkSafe Saskatchewan and authoring e-learning courses. She also developed occupational health and safety educational material for teachers in Ontario and Costa Rica.
Most recently, Jan co-authored CCOHS’ White Paper, Workplace Strategies: Risk of Impairment from Cannabis, and has given many presentations on this subject.
She is an active member of several Canadian Standards Association technical committees, including Occupational Health and Safety Training, Incident Investigation, and others.
Jan received a Masters of Health Science degree in Occupational Hygiene from the University of Toronto and a Honours Bachelor degree in Health Studies from the University of Waterloo.
Director of Learning
St. John Ambulance NS/PEI
Diana Parks has been the Director of Learning for St. John Ambulance NS and PEI since 2016. She has a Master of Education and experience in teaching and learning in academic and professional environments. Past experience includes consultative work in different environments and work with the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine to create and foster learning experiences in several areas including Student Wellness and Faculty Development. Most recently, Diana was the project lead for St. John Ambulance’s national program, funded by Bell Let’s Talk, to incorporate mental health awareness in all of SJA’s First Aid Programs.
Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia (RANS)
Gordon is the senior principal at TMI, which has rebuild & managed the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia (RANS) for the past sixteen years.
Gordon was founding President of the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia, past Vice-Chairman of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC). Gordon serves on a wide variety of Boards & Commissions related to the tourism industry. He has completed a long term contract for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency as the Director of Tourism for (ACOA)
Some of the accomplishments are the design and negotiations of the first $18,000,000 Tourism Agreement for Atlantic Canada; development of the Atlantic Canada Cruise Association; Golf Atlantic Canada; Heritage Inns of Atlantic Canada; Atlantic Canada Showcase and many more individual & Atlantic wide projects.
He has been recently appointed to the Future Skills Framework National Advisory Committee and the Tourism HR Canada’s Advisory Council
Gordon’s favorite saying:
“Good things come to those who wait…but only after those who have hustled”.
Construction Safety NS
Lori has worked in the Occupational Health & Safety industry for 10 years and comes to the industry with a CHSC designation. She is motivated to mentor partners, helping them reduce their OH&S risks and prevent injury through empowering at all levels to take action.
“I believe every single person in the workplace can make a difference.”
Lori is in the classroom teaching OHS Act regulations, JOHS Committee Member Rep, COR, and harassment awareness courses.
Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia
Paul has worked in the Occupational Health and Safety industry for 7 years as a Safety Advisor, a Corporate Safety Manager, and now as a Workplace Consultant. In his current role Paul provides injury prevention and return to work management coaching services to Nova Scotian employers and industry leaders.
Paul works with both large and small organizations, coaching employers to improve safety performance and management. Using a collaborative and hands on approach, he works with companies to identify needs, develop plans, and implement change. Paul provides training in a variety of topics including Incident Investigation, Hazard management and control, Internal Responsibility System, WCB 101, JOHSC roles and responsibilities, Slip Trip Falls, Workplace inspections, Working to Well/Return to Work, etc.