Safety Day 2023

Safety Day is a full day educational and recognition event that celebrates Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOHSC) and Local Safety Team (LST) members from across the university. Safety Day is an excellent opportunity to engage with your campus colleagues who sit on safety committees and teams just like you.

Date: Tuesday October 3, 2023
Time: 8:00am – 3:30pm
Location: Great Hall 2nd Floor, AMS NEST Building 6133 University Boulevard
Registration: Use the registration tab


  • Engaging speakers selected to provide you with useful tools to practice health and safety in the workplace and beyond
  • Network with UBC Safety committee/team members
  • Meet and learn from supporting health and safety partners
  • The event can be used towards a JOHSC member’s 8-hours or education leave
  • Be acknowledged for your commitment to safety at UBC

Prizes and Food

  • Catered breakfast, coffee breaks, and lunch will be provided as part of the event
  • Enjoy fun games and win prizes throughout the day



Michelle Ray: Safety Leadership – It starts with Me

Leadership is about character rather than title. A leader is someone at any level who has grasped the ability to take charge of their thoughts, and consequently their actions, in any situation.

It IS possible for you to help others shift their perspectives by elevating your influence and communication as a positive role model.

Delivering her message with insight, wit and a highly engaging style, Michelle’s energizing and informative opening keynote presentation will remind you of the power of personal leadership and shining the light on safety, long after the event ends.

In this session you will learn to:

  • Build a safety leadership blueprint to use in business and in life
  • Hone your capacity for responding rather than reacting to people and situations
  • Tap into your innovative potential to bring out the best in yourself


About Michelle Ray

Born in Australia and now residing in Vancouver, Michelle Ray is a health and safety speaker and author renowned for her expertise on leadership, accountability, influence and building outstanding safety cultures. Michelle demonstrates a deep understanding of team dynamics, interpersonal communication and personal responsibility. For more than twenty-five years, she has worked with hundreds of leaders and their teams by helping them create effective business relationships and positive workplaces. Michelle was inducted into the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame in December 2021.


Tanya Steele: Rejuvenating your Health & Safety Committee Meetings

This session is designed to inspire your committee to set aside the coffee and donuts in order to make a true impact. The safety committee plays a critical role in reducing incidents while increasing morale and production. You are a foundational part of the team! Let’s learn how to get rid of the “blah blah” and gain ideas, direction, motivation and tools for success in improving the effectiveness of your monthly meetings. You may even really enjoy your meetings as you begin to see your efforts succeed.


About Tanya Steele

Tanya Steele is a professional speaker, trainer, consultant and Podcast Host of Safety Debris. Utilizing her 28 years of experience in business, industry, municipal and education, she helps owners, supervisors, managers, JOHSC members and leaders understand and implement safety in the workplace. Tanya is an expert in Joint Health & Safety Committee training, educating and rejuvenating company meetings to make them more effective, fun & collaborative, She’s been interviewed for the Journal of Commerce, Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine, and published in the BC/Alberta Construction Magazine. Over the years she has held positions on several boards such as Regional VP of the CSSE BC & Yukon, President of Health & Safety Week (NAOSH), and is currently the President Elect for the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPSBC).


Thara Vayali: Move through Stress

Learn how stress shows up in the body with opportunities to explore evidence-based movement techniques that help you recover from stress.

In the session, you will learn:

  • Stress Physiology
  • How the pandemic and shift to tech has impacted physical and mental health
  • Easy-to-do movements interspersed within the educational pieces


About Thara Vayali

Thara Vayali is a UBC alum and the co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of hey freya, a health tech company that provides women’s health tracking beyond fertility, and test-tailored herbal & nutrient solutions for busy women under stress. She has 10 years of clinical experience, focused on gastrointestinal and hormonal health and her passion is scaling body literacy through patient-centred.

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Registration, Continental Breakfast, Coffee, Tea & Vendors
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Thank you from President and Vice Chancellor and Vice Presidents
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Topic 1: Keynote: Michelle Ray: Safety Leadership – It starts with Me
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM BREAK / VENDORS
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Topic 2: Tanya Steele: Rejuvenating your Health & Safety Committee Meetings
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM LUNCH / VENDORS (Lunch will be provided)
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Topic 3: Safety & Risk Services: Safety Tools and Training
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Topic 4: Thara Vayali: Move through Stress
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM BREAK / VENDORS
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM Awards, Prizes and Closing Remarks from Safety & Risk Services and Vice Presidents


Safety Day 2023 is a free event for UBC Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee (JOHSC), Local Safety Team (LST) & Worker Safety Representatives. You are required to register for this in-person event (zoom is not available). We are limiting registration to 250 so please register early to ensure you don’t miss Safety Day 2023.

Register here for Safety Day 2023



Many thanks to the sponsors who support Safety Day at UBC



Fisher Scientific

H.E.P.A. Filter Services Inc.

NUCOR Environmental Solutions Ltd.


UBC Parking


VOHS Consulting Group


Weber Supply






Ad Mare BioInnovations



Reviews from Safety Day 2022

    • “Terry Small was super engaging. Would love to have more speakers like him in the future. The games that the SRS team played were extremely fun, engaging and informative. What a great way to showcase safety!”


    • “I enjoyed the fact that most speakers were engaging with the audience and would like this type of format next year”


    • “All topics discussed in this seminar are relatable to the safety day and can be used/applied day to day to improve safety and wellbeing at workplace. All speakers (especially Terry Small) were very enjoyable and educational. Information presented in the talk gives me new knowledge (not covered by online courses through UBC)”


    • “I really enjoyed the first 2 speakers as it was quite useful and was an eye opener for me. I like talks that I can learn and apply to my life that makes me a better person and emanate positivity in the work place”


    • “I really liked my first Safety Day. Interesting, engaging presentations, the ability to meet new people and talk to vendors, great food and excellent venue. Venue location, size and amenities were excellent”

Arriving by Public Transit or Hospital Shuttle

Public Transit

UBC is easily accessible by public transit: the R4, 44, 84 and 99 express buses run directly to the Vancouver campus.

Use the Trip Planning feature on the Translink website to find the most efficient routing from anywhere in the Metro Vancouver region.

Inter-Hospital Shuttle

See the Inter-Hospital Shuttle Schedule


Arriving by Vehicle

To get to UBC from downtown Vancouver by car, cross the Burrard or Granville Street bridges, and then head west on 4th Avenue, 10th Avenue or 16th Avenue. To get to UBC from the airport, cross the Arthur Laing bridge and then head west on SW Marine Drive.

Car Share or Ride Hailing

You’ll also find reserved spots for car-shares such as Evo, MODO, and Zipcar. Ride-hailing is also available to and from campus for those without a personal vehicle. There are designated ride-hail spots for pick-up and drop-off.


There’s plenty of paid visitor parking at UBC for personal vehicles. You’ll find a helpful UBC parkades map online, as well as up-to-date information about available space at parking lots and hourly or daily (where available) parking rates.

The closest parkades to the venue include:

University Boulevard Parkade
Address: 6131 University Boulevard
Distance from Venue: Less than 1 minute
Parking Information: There is no daily rate (see the parking web page for rates)

Health Sciences Parkade
Address: 2250 Health Sciences Mall
Distance from Venue: Less than 5 minutes
Parking Information: Daily rate is available (see the parking web page for rates)

North Parkade
Address: 6115 Student Union Boulevard
Distance from Venue: Less than 3 minutes
Parking Information: Daily rate is available (see the parking web page for rates)