KEYNOTE SPEAKER 

Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser
Olympic gold medalist, Medical Doctor, Author, and AGM of Player Development for the Toronto Maple Leafs

Seven World Championships; Six Olympic appearances; Five Olympic medals; Four Olympic Gold medals, and now Medical Doctor and NHL leader – Hayley Wickenheiser is a titan of sport both on and off the ice.

A first-ballot Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Hayley’s hockey IQ is highly-respected in both the male and female game. She has played in, or coached at, four NHL development camps – the Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers and the Toronto Maple Leafs – having accepted a permanent full-time role of AGM of Player development for the Leafs in 2020.

Alongside her career in the NHL, Hayley is a medical doctor practicing family and emergency medicine in the Toronto area – a pursuit she had dreamt of her whole life and began in 2017 following retirement from her 23 years on the National Women’s Team.

Prior to her retirement from hockey, she was the first in the world to notch a point in a men’s professional game while playing in Finland and she held the record for the most assists, points and goals for the Canadian Women’s National team.

Hayley’s ascent to the top of the sport started in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan when at age 15 she was the youngest member chosen for the Canadian Women’s National team.  Her Olympic career spanned 23 years, five Olympic medals and two sports, as she also competed in softball in Sydney 2000. In 2014 she was Canada’s official flag bearer and she served on the IOC Athletes Commission.

She has many accolades including being named one of Sports Illustrated Top 25 Toughest Athletes in the World; has been twice named to the “Power 50 in Sports”; was among the QMI Agency’s “Top 10 Greatest Female Athletes in the History of Sports”; is a member of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame; Canada’s Top 40 under 40; Canada Sports Hall of Fame; Canada’s Walk of Fame; and in 2014 she was awarded Canada’s highest honour when she was appointed to The Order of Canada for her achievements as an athlete for her contributions to the growth of the women’s game.

Hayley’s passion for sport is equally matched by her desire to give back to the community through her work with dozens of philanthropic organizations including Lace ‘Em Up, Jumpstart, KidSport and Right to Play – all organizations dedicated to ensuring kids of all financial and cultural backgrounds can play sports. She is also the founder of the world-renown personal and athletic development weekend, The Canadian Tire Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival which provides mentoring and growth opportunities for young athletes from around the world.

Hayley holds several honourary degrees from institutions across Canada, a Masters in Kiniesology and is a practicing doctor of Family and Emergency Medicine, while maintaining a position as the AGM of Player Development for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

She is a mom to her grown son, Noah who is currently in university.


 

SESSION SPEAKERS 

  • Kristina Adler, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

    Kristina Adler
    Transportation Policy and Program Officer
    Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

    Kristina Adler is the Transportation Policy and Program Officer for the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC). She supports CIAC's Transportation of Dangerous Goods and transportation safety policy issues and leads the industry's TRANSCAER® outreach initiative. Kristina also plays an important role in bringing together and strengthening collaboration between chemical manufacturers, carriers, and emergency responders through the Transportation Emergency Assistance Program (TEAP® III). Additionally, she manages the interface of industry and government interests as the coordinator of the Multi-Association Committee on the Transportation of Dangerous Goods and contributes to a wide range of processes related to the transportation of dangerous goods policy in Canada.

  • Rob Barrow, Eco-Pro Services Inc.

    Rob Barrow
    President
    Eco-Pro Services Inc. 

    Born and raised in a small town neighbouring the Rocky Mountains, Rob prided himself in finding a career that not only capitalized on Alberta’s energy sector, but also energy resources that are less harmful to the environment. That’s when he realised that natural gas and propane were the markets he wanted to build his career in.

    While waiting for his next term to complete his Paramedic Certification, Rob began his career in the fall of 1997 in the propane industry, as an apprentice in Hinton, Alberta, which led him to completing his Journeyman Gasfitter certification.

    In late summer 2015, Rob started Calgary and Edmonton-based Eco-Pro Services Inc., which services the bulk propane fuel market in Central and Southern Alberta.

    In wanting to give back to the industry, Rob was not only the Chair of the Alberta Committee of the Canadian Propane Association for five years, he also volunteers with Canadian Standards Association and currently sits on two CSA Gas Code Technical Committees (since 2019).

    Five years ago, he became a Remedial Measures Advisor (RMA) for Emergency Response Assistance Canada. This role entails being a first responder to LPG incidents/accidents/releases and disasters to ensure public safety and that proper processes are followed in the care and transfer of dangerous goods during stressful situations for local authorities.

    Along with his role as an ERAC RMA, Rob was a member of ERAC’s Operations Committee for three years. Rob currently serves on the Canadian Propane Association’s Board of Directors, as well as having a seat on the ERAC Board of Directors.

  • Louis-Philippe Ethier, ERAC

    Louis-Philippe Ethier
    Regional Manager/Technical Advisor - QC & Maritimes
    Emergency Response Assistance Canada 

    Louis-Philippe Ethier has worked as a paramedic and professional firefighter for more than 25 years and has extensive experience in health, safety, security, risk and emergency management. As a technical advisor with ERAC, Louis-Philippe is responsible for coordinating effective emergency preparedness and response-related activities on behalf of ERAC’s Plan members. During his nine-year tenure with ERAC, he has trained hundreds of emergency response team members and firefighters and responded to countless incidents.

    Louis-Philippe holds a degree in risk assessment, management and mitigation from the Université du Québec à Montréal, and certificates in health and safety at work and business administration. His achievements include a Fire Service and Emergency Medical Responder Exemplary Service Medal and Chief Fire Officer Professional designation.    

  • Sylvain Guimond, Biotonix

    Sylvain Guimond D.O., Ph.D.
    President and Founder
    Biotonix

    Sylvain Guimond graduated from San Diego University with a Doctorate in Sport Psychology, is a physical educator (McGill University graduate) and biomechanics specialist (CBP Institute) and holds a certificate in Leadership and Management from Harvard University.

    Thanks to his posture evaluation system, millions of people around the world have been helped. He has collaborated on numerous research projects with McGill University, Baylor University and Stanford University. He is a recipient of the American Medical Review, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, and was a finalist in the OCTAS for artificial intelligence.

    Sylvain works with elite athletes and well-known personalities such as Mario Lemieux, Tiger Woods, Céline Dion, Gerard Butler, Arnold Schwarzenegger and former US President Bill Clinton. He has consulted for the NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL, including the Montreal Canadiens, and is the author of several bestsellers.

  • Matt Henrie, Fund for Railway Accidents Involving Designated Goods

    Matt Henrie
    Policy Analyst
    Fund for Railway Accidents Involving Designated Goods

    Matt Henrie has been the Policy Analyst with the Fund for Railway Accidents Involving Designated Goods (Rail Fund) since 2020. He has been actively involved in developing the Rail Fund’s readiness plan.

    Prior to his role at the Rail Fund, Matt developed an expertise in research and policy. He worked as a Research Assistant with the Specific Claims Branch at Crown–Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada. He also worked as a Policy Officer with the Address Management and Delivery Planning Policy team at Canada Post.

    Matt holds a Bachelor of Arts with specialization in History from the University of Ottawa.

  • Mark Jasper, GHD

    Mark Jasper, CRSP
    Technical Director - Emergency Management
    GHD

    Mark Jasper is a Registered Safety Professional with over 23 years of experience in all phases of emergency management. Mark leads a group of highly skilled professionals across North America, supporting incident management and preparedness programs within the GHD Fast Incident Response Services Team. Mark is a former Technical Advisor with Emergency Response Assistance Canada and has created core response programs for some of Canada’s foremost chemical/petroleum producers, distributers and transporters (road, rail, pipeline and marine). Over the past two decades, Mark has developed and managed two of the largest Canadian emergency response contractor networks and has made contributions to numerous committees, task forces, and regulatory, industry specific and government associations. 

  • Tim Johnson, Northwest Tank Lines

    Tim Johnson
    Director of Health, Safety and Environment
    Northwest Tank Lines

    Tim Johnson is a seasoned professional with over 35 years of industry experience, currently serving as the Director of Health, Safety and Environment at Northwest Tank Lines, headquartered in Langley, British Columbia. With a career marked by dedication to excellence and a commitment to fostering a culture of safety, Tim has become a trusted leader in the industry.

    Tim’s extensive background in operations spans more than two decades, providing him with a deep understanding of the intricacies involved in the transportation and logistics sector. His hands-on experience has equipped him with valuable insights into the day-to-day challenges faced by the industry, enabling him to implement effective strategies that enhance operational and safety efficiency.

    In addition to his operational proficiency, Tim has managed the development and implementation of a safety management system at Northwest for the past 12 years. Tim has consistently demonstrated his ability to develop and implement robust safety protocols, ensuring compliance with industry regulations and fostering a workplace environment that places a premium on health and safety.

    As the Director of Health, Safety and Environment at Northwest Tank Lines, Tim plays a pivotal role in shaping the company’s approach to risk mitigation and environmental stewardship. His leadership is characterized by a proactive and holistic approach to safety, incorporating innovative technologies and best practices to continuously improve the company’s safety performance. 

  • Andrew Lewry, Northwest Tank Lines

    Andrew Lewry
    Safety Manager
    Northwest Tank Lines

    Andrew Lewry is a dedicated safety professional with an impressive 22-year career in the transportation industry. Having started his journey at the age of eighteen, Andrew's passion for ensuring the safety of others has been the driving force behind his successful career.  

    Andrew began his career as a young and enthusiastic individual, eager to contribute to the field of transportation. Over the years, he has held various roles within the industry, each contributing to his wealth of knowledge and expertise. From his early days as a safety coordinator to his current position as the HSE Manager for a major oil and gas transportation company, Andrew's commitment to promoting a culture of safety has remained unwavering.

    With his intuitive understanding of safety protocols and regulations, Andrew has played a crucial role in implementing and improving safety measures across different facets of the transportation sector. His experience spans roles in coordination, fleet management, and even customer safety education, highlighting his versatility and dedication to ensuring a secure environment for all stakeholders.

  • Dr. Danielle Murphy, WHA International

    Dr. Danielle "Dani"  Murphy
    Principal Mechanical and Forensic Engineer
    WHA International

    Dr. Danielle “Dani” Murphy leads WHA International’s hydrogen service group and is a member of the US Department of Energy Hydrogen Safety Panel. Dani specializes in hazardous fluids safety and combustion science. She received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Chemical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines.

    Prior to working for WHA, Dani performed research on hydrogen infrastructure and production technologies and also worked as a forensic engineer investigating the cause and origin of fires and explosions. She is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI).

    At WHA, Dani conducts failure analysis investigations, provides technical training, and performs and participates in hazards analysis and design reviews. She also provides consulting and custom testing services for hydrogen and hydrogen blended gas systems in a variety of applications including chemical processes, transportation, electrolyzers, fuel cells, and novel hydrogen systems and applications. Dani also pursues and leads research projects to understand and fill gaps in the current hydrogen technology safe handling practices.

  • Sharlotte Stevens, ERAC

    Sharlotte Stevens
    Regional Manager/Technical Advisor - ON
    Emergency Response Assistance Canada 

    Sharlotte has over 15 years of emergency response experience specific to the transportation of dangerous goods and has a background and training in emergency management and firefighting.

    As the Regional Manager/Technical Advisor - Ontario, Sharlotte is responsible for conducting Regional Training and Assessments of ERAC’s Ontario-based response teams and organizes and supports ERAC’s liquefied petroleum gas Level 1 Operations firefighting training courses for first responders across Canada.

  • Shannon Watt, Canadian Propane Association

    Shannon Watt
    President and CEO
    Canadian Propane Association

    Shannon Watt is the President and CEO of the Canadian Propane Association, where she spearheads the implementation of corporate strategies and oversees operational management. With a wealth of experience in sustainability, advocacy, and public policy, Watt is dedicated to steering the propane industry toward meeting policy and regulatory challenges while exploring new opportunities for growth.

    Prior to her current role, Watt served as the Vice President of Sustainability at the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada for over seven years. During her tenure, she was responsible for overseeing the chemistry sector's Responsible Care commitments, as well as the association's environmental and health policy advocacy, and internal corporate sustainability initiatives.

    Watt's educational background includes a Master of Science in Meteorology from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Environmental Life Sciences from Queen's University. Her expertise in environmental science and policy has been instrumental in helping her lead the association and shape the direction of the Canadian propane industry.

  • Josh Watts, ERAC

    Josh Watts
    Regional Manager/Technical Advisor - BC
    Emergency Response Assistance Canada 

    Josh is an experienced Emergency Responder with a demonstrated history of working in the environmental services industry. Josh brings a diverse combination of skills and experience to ERAC stemming from his time as a firefighter, government Emergency Response Officer, and workplace health and safety instructor.  

  • Chris Whitman, ERAC

    Chris Whitman
    Regional Manager/Technical Advisor – AB
    Emergency Response Assistance Canada 

    After completing his Bachelor of Commerce, Chris initially began his career as an accountant, developing business reviews, working with auditors, and compiling financial statements. Chris, however, always had a passion for emergency response, and in 1997, decided to become a volunteer firefighter with the City of Beaumont (Alberta).

    For almost two decades, Chris continued to progress in the emergency services field and became a full-time professional firefighter. During that time, he completed his Primary Care Paramedic and 1021 Professional Fire Officer designations level I & II. His professional career also saw him lead teams as an Incident Commander in a variety of industrial and municipal settings, including structure and process fires, technical and confined space rescues, hazmat incidents and medical responses.

    Chris joined Emergency Response Assistance Canada in 2017 and is the Regional Manager/Technical Advisor – Alberta. At ERAC, Chris supports and conducts training with ERAC’s emergency response teams throughout Canada, so that Plan members can be confident that competent, well-trained teams are responding to their incidents. As an NFPA 1041 certified Level II Fire Instructor, Chris is also involved in organizing and holding several liquefied petroleum gas Level 1 Operations firefighting training courses for first responders across Canada each year.

  • Vince Zafra, ERAC

    Vince Zafra
    Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist
    Emergency Response Assistance Canada

    After attaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science with a specialization in Geography, Vince began his professional career in the geomatics and environmental consulting industries before joining Emergency Response Assistance Canada (ERAC).

    At ERAC, Vince is responsible for managing, maintaining and improving on existing systems related to emergency incidents involving dangerous goods, including flammable gases and liquids. Additionally, Vince supports the creation of ERAC’s environmental emergency plans, supports tabletop and full-scale facility exercises and develops new tools to support the training and assessing of ERAC response teams.  

    Vince has also helped design numerous processes to ensure data integrity and consistency, visualize data, increase efficiencies, reduce administrative burden, and support overall organizational and quality management goals.

    Away from work, many of Vince’s passions can be found outdoors. He’s an active rock climber, hiker, backpacker, cyclist, cross-country skier, and occasional downhill skier. One of his favourite outdoor memories was climbing and standing on top of the Grand Sentinel – an impressive quartzite tower nestled by Sentinel Pass and Paradise Valley in Banff National Park.  

    When he’s not outside, you can find him cooking, spending time with friends and family, furthering development through courses, or decompressing with video games.