Safety Day 2024

Safety Day is an educational and recognition event that celebrates Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOHSC), Local Safety Team (LST) & Worker Health & Safety Representatives from across the university. The day provides an excellent opportunity to engage with your colleagues who sit on safety committees and teams suited on campus as well as our many offsite work locations. It is also a great opportunity to acknowledge all members for their effort and commitment to making UBC a safe and healthy place to work.

Date: Wednesday October 16, 2024
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

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


Trevor Sones: Persuasion & Influence – Communicating to Solicit Action

Communicating effectively is more than just getting your message across to the person you are talking to. Yes, you want people to hear what you have to say but as safety leaders you want them to actually do something with what you are telling them. Often people communicate in the same way as everyone else and are frustrated that they don’t get much in the way of results from their efforts. This session draws on the key principles of approach that are most effective in enhancing your message and making your communication efforts more persuasive or influential. Using these approaches, you will have a greater likelihood that your communication efforts get the results that others are struggling to achieve.

This session will help you:

  • Change the structure of your message so that people are more likely to be persuaded and/or influenced in the direction you are hoping for
  • Provide insight and approach on how to encourage a change in action or behavior without using power or authority
  • Communicate in a way that increases people’s willingness to take action


About Trevor Sones

Trevor is an Adjunct Professor of Organizational Behaviour at UBC Sauder School of Business. He is a leading expert in conflict and communication, he is a Harvard trained negotiator and he has been a full-time practicing professional mediator for 16 years. He has extensive experience in helping parties resolve complex communication challenges both big and small involving almost every industry in both the private and public sectors. Trevor has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies, major organizations, School Districts, Municipalities and the Provincial Health Authorities of BC. Trevor’s unique value proposition is his ability to go beyond research and provide participants with real-world tools and techniques that actually work in the field. Trevor is wonderfully energetic and highly reviewed by program participants who have worked with him across Canada.




Graeme Hooper: Supervisors and Safety: Roles, Requirements, and Risks

While employers have broad general duties to ensure workplace health and safety, much of that work will be accomplished through front-line supervisors. Increasingly, how supervision was performed is at the forefront following any serious workplace incident. In that context, demonstrating effective supervision is key to an employer’s due diligence defence. However, supervisors themselves may face scrutiny in how they have fulfilled their duties, with many of recent health and safety-related prosecutions being against supervisors. In this context, Graeme will discuss the duties of employers to provide necessary supervision, how those duties have been interpreted by tribunals and the courts, and how all workplace parties can effectively mitigate risks of prosecution following an incident.


About Graeme Hooper

Graeme Hooper acts for employers and workers in all areas of workplace law, with a particular focus on matters involving WorkSafeBC. This includes acting for employers and workers in claims, orders and penalty appeals, assessment matters, prohibited action complaints (formerly known as discriminatory action complaints), statutory injunctions under the Workers Compensation Act, and regulatory and criminal prosecutions. Graeme’s career has included work with the Ministry of Public Safety, the Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia, the Court of Appeal and the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Graeme now uses those experiences to assist clients dealing with all level of government.




Steven Mah: The Building Blocks to Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace

There has been increasing discussion within workplaces surrounding the importance of fostering mental health among employees. A newer term that has been used to describe this workplace goal is ‘psychological health and safety.’ But what does that really mean?

Steven’s talk provides foundational information about psychological health and safety, simplifying its technical aspects into fundamental and actionable building blocks for audience members. Specifically, this presentation delves into the challenges surrounding mental health at work and discusses how factors such as trust, communication, and support can cultivate a psychologically healthy and safe workplace, proactively address legal requirements, and help workplaces facilitate such strategies. Steven encourages engagement and interactions among audience members to ensure that the psychological health and safety strategies are relevant and tailored to all attendees.


About Steven Mah

Steven is an award-winning Health & Safety Professional, with over 15 years of experience in the field of corporate psychological health and safety. He holds a Master of Science degree with a dual focus in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Educational Leadership. He conducted original research in emotional and social intelligence, resulting in a 45% increase in job and life satisfaction for participants. Steven currently acts as Mental Health Injury Prevention Consultant at WorkSafeBC and is a private Counseling Therapist (R.CT). Steven’s unique skill lies in his ability to effectively simplify and translate technical content into easy-to-understand concepts and actionable steps. When he’s not working, Steven enjoys spending time outdoors, eating good food, and traveling with his wife and two children.






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: Trevor Sones – Persuasion & Influence: Communicating to Solicit Action
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM BREAK / VENDORS
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Topic 2: Graeme Hooper – Supervisors and Safety: Roles, Requirements and Risks
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: Steven Mah – The Building Blocks to Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace
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


 To download a copy of the Safety Day 2024 agenda, please click here.

Safety Day 2024 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 2024.

Register here for Safety Day 2024



Many thanks to the sponsors who support Safety Day at UBC


Concept Controls



Nucor Environmental Solutions Ltd.


VOHS Consulting Group





Reviews from Safety Day 2023



    • “Safety Day is the one UBC staff event I look forward to every fall. Each year, I leave the event filled with new knowledge not only on how to maintain a safe work environment, but also new healthy habits for living and working. Let’s also not forget about the fun prizes and giveaways!”


    • “Safety Day is a fun way to connect with and learn from colleagues across campus about safety”


    • “Michelle Ray has been very engaging in her discussion about leadership and the notes provided helped in following up on the speech. Would love to have more speakers like her in the future.” 


    • “A great opportunity to connect with your peers, have fun learning and reinvigorate your passion for safety”


    • “Information from Speakers was very useful and I plan to incorporate in my meetings and personal life”

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)