Cape Breton Partnership & WCB Partner for Fifth  Annual Safety First in Cape Breton Symposium

Making Cape Breton Island the safest place to work and do business.


WHO: Cape Breton Partnership and WCB Nova Scotia

WHAT: Fifth Annual Safety First Symposium, Cape Breton

WHEN: Friday, May 5, 2017 (full agenda below)

WHERE: Boardmore Playhouse , Cape Breton University, Sydney


Members of the media are invited to attend the fifth annual Safety First in Cape Breton Symposium, presented by the Cape Breton Partnership, in collaboration with Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, and Cape Breton University.


WCB Nova Scotia CEO, Stuart MacLean will deliver a  keynote address, and has some availability afterwards. Please contact Jody Thomson, 902-717-7251, to arrange an interview.


The event is the largest gathering of safety professionals in Cape Breton. At the one-day symposium, leaders and provincial representatives will speak to a business audience on workplace health and safety. Participants will hear about emerging safety issues, get updates on new provincial safety regulations, share good news stories, and engage in discussion about best practices.


This symposium marks the kick off to North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week in Cape Breton. Official NAOSH Week activities begin in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality with a flag raising at City Hall on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 10 a.m. with Mayor Clarke, Council and staff.


Symposium Agenda


8:30 a.m. Welcome

8:45 a.m. Keynote:Emerging Safety Issues: Addressing Addiction in the Workplace, Nadine Wentzell, Nadine Wentzell Consulting Inc.

10 a.m. Breakout Sessions: Identifying Your Workplace’s Biggest Challenges; Reemployment: Getting Back to Work After an Injury; Your Construction Safety: The Power to Make a Difference; Alcohol and Substance Abuse: Lessons for Building a Safe Community

11:15 a.m. Keynote:Progress and Challenges in Workplace Safety, Stuart MacLean, CEO, WCB Nova Scotia

12:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions:Peer-to-Peer: Youth Engagement; Communicating with WCB and LAE; Mould Response and Air Quality; Mental Health in the Workplace; Alcohol and Substance Abuse: Lessons for Building a Safe Community

2:30 p.m. Your Occupational Health and Safety, Department of Labour and Advanced Education

2:45 p.m. Safety Awards Presentation & Wrap Up & Prizes



For more information, contact:

Kate Gorman

Communications & Marketing Coordinator

Cape Breton Partnership

902.562-0122 (work)