OHS Canada Honours

What’s it About?

OHS Canada Honours is designed to recognize the best in workplace health and safety across Canada.

This special gala, including a cocktail reception, dinner and awards ceremony, brings leaders from across the country together to network and celebrate.

It’s an opportunity to learn about best practices, meet industry leaders and honour the critical work done to ensure every worker goes home safe at the end of the day.

Why Attend?

  • Network with senior leaders and OHS professionals from across Canada.
  • Celebrate the hard work of your professionals.
  • Get an inside look at what other organizations and professionals are doing to keep workers safe.
  • Showcase your leadership and dedication to workplace safety.

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone involved in occupational health and safety across Canada, including CEOs, senior management, safety professionals, HR professionals, and front-line workers.

We hope you’ll join us in September!


OHS Honours are presented by Canada’s leading workplace media brands: OHS Canada and Talent Canada.

It’s part of the Biggest Night in Safety – including a half-day summit on occupational health and safety; a cocktail reception; and a gala awards dinner where we celebrate the best practices in the country.

It all takes place on Sept. 21, 2023, at the Palais Royale on Toronto’s waterfront. Join us for the conference portion, which runs 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., followed by the cocktail reception and gala awards dinner. You can purchase tickets to attend the conference, the gala — or both at a discounted rate. There are also half tables and full tables available to bring the entire team. Come for the conference, or just show up when the celebrations kick off.


Attend OHS Canada Honours

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Should provincial guidelines not allow for social gatherings at the time of the event,
your registration can be transferred to our next event date or refunded


2:00 pm

Opening Remarks

Todd Humber, Senior Editor, OHS Canada
2:05 pm to 2:45 pm

Egg-ceptional Safety: Lessons from the OHS, management team at Burnbrae Farms

  • Sam Altobello, National Director, Environmental, Health & Safety
  • Basem Asihk, Health and Safety Co-ordinator
  • Li Song Wang, Assistant Plant Manager/Quality Assurance Supervisor
  • Andy Woods, Plant Manager

Burnbrae Farms is deeply committed to the well-being of its workers. In this informative session, the dedicated Health and Safety team will pull back the curtain on the rigorous safety protocols in place at its state-of-the-art egg sorting facility, as well as highlight measures adopted across the entire operational spectrum.

Sam Altobello
Basem Asihk
Li Wang
Andy Woods
2:45 pm to 3:00 pm

Networking Break

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Walking the Talk: What it Really Means to Create a Psychologically Safe Workplace

Moderator: Jody Young, president and CEO, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
Panelists: Sheldon Kennedy, Co-Founder, Respect Group and Dr. Ryan Todd, CEO, Headversity

Canadian workers aren’t just giving lip service to the importance of psychological safety in the workplace; they are taking drastic steps to get the support they need. Over 30% of Canadian workers say they walk would away from their current positions for better mental health support. Nearly 75% of workers between 18-34 would leave for better benefits and almost 90% say the top benefit they’re seeking is mental health support.

Organizations can’t ignore this call for action. Now, more than ever, it’s critical to understand what it really means to create a psychologically safe workplace culture.

Join us for a lively panel discussion featuring Sheldon Kennedy, Co-Founder of Respect Group and Dr. Ryan Todd of Headversity. We’ll dive into topics such as:

  • How to begin building a respectful and inclusive workplace culture.
  • What is BAHD behaviour and how is it impacted by remote work?
  • What characteristics behaviours and values contribute to a psychosocially positive workplace?
  • What are some common psychosocial issues and sources of work-related stress, and what steps can be taken to address these risks?
  • What does it really mean to build resilience in the workplace?

Jody Young
Sheldon Kennedy



4:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Networking Break

4:15 pm to 5:00 pm

Fueling Productivity: Nourishing Minds, Energizing Bodies

Speakers: Andrea Falcone, Registered Dietician and Fitness Professional

In this engaging session on workplace wellness and well-being, we dive into the crucial aspects of healthy eating and active living to fuel productivity and foster a vibrant work environment. Discover the power of nutrition and physical activity in enhancing employee performance, boosting morale, and reducing workplace stress.

Join our expert speakers as they share practical strategies for promoting healthy eating habits within the workplace, such as providing nutritious options in cafeterias, organizing educational workshops on mindful eating, and encouraging healthy snack choices. Learn how small changes in dietary habits can lead to significant improvements in energy levels, focus, and overall well-being.

Andrea Falcone
5:00 pm

Conference Ends. Cocktail reception opens for attendees staying for the OHS Honours gala


Palais Royale

For close to a century the Palais Royale has been home to great musicians such as Count Basie and Duke Ellington. In 2005, Palais Royale underwent a revival and now takes its place as one of Toronto’s premier event venues.

We are excited to host OHS Honours at this prestigious space!

1601 Lake Shore Blvd W.,
Toronto, ON, M6K 3C1


Complimentary Guest Parking is available directly on Lakeshore Boulevard in the median across from our building. Coming from the east or the west on Lakeshore Boulevard, stay in the left hand lane. You will then see the green parking sign for guest parking for Palais Royale. There is a pedestrian crosswalk to get across Lakeshore to the venue from the parking lot and access to the painted blue and green foot bridge is not necessary. A map is attached for your reference.

Wheelchair accessible on the west side of the building.




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