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


Andrea Falcone

Andrea Falcone is a Registered Dietitian, Kids Yoga Teacher, and Certified Fitness Professional in Private Practice. Andrea received her BSc in Honours Science from McMaster University and BASc in Nutrition and Food from Ryerson University in Ontario, prior to completing a clinical internship with Hamilton Health Sciences. Andrea supports individuals in her practice through all life stages, including infant and child nutrition, nutrition in sport and exercise, corporate nutrition, and how our nutrition changes as we age. Andrea runs cooking camps supporting kids and teens in the kitchen, and educates working adults and parents to support the many challenges of getting meals prepped the whole family will enjoy

Andrea truly believes in the importance of teaching and enabling each person with basic food skills, so that they can appreciate all food sources and learn what they are able to do for one’s body, confidence and overall energy. With the inundation of nutrition misinformation throughout media platforms, Andrea is always providing the evidence that allows her clients to make the best decisions for their health.

Andy Woods

Andy Woods joined Burnbrae Farms Mississauga in 1996.  Over the years he has successfully progressed through several management positions including roles in production, shipping and distribution.  The valuable knowledge gained in these roles have helped pave the way to becoming Plant Manager in 2013.

Prior to taking a full-time job, at Burnbrae Farms, Andy attended Sheridan College studying Sales and Marketing.

Andy attended National Egg Quality School in Park City, Utah where he studied comprehensive information concerning all facets of egg quality.

For over 10 years, Andy has been a certified member of the Joint Health and Safety Committee.  He has 20 years experience in St. John Ambulance First Aid Training.

Over the past 11 years, this facility has been recognized as one of the top leaders in Health & Safety, in the Burnbrae network.  Since 2012 this facility has only had 1 lost time accident.  Burnbrae Farms Mississauga has been awarded the President’s Award of Excellence on two occasions.

In his personal time Andy enjoys spending time with this his wife and 2 kids, walking the dog, biking, weight training and yoga.

Andy looks forward to maintaining the high standards of Health & Safety, Food Safety and Corporate Social Responsibility at Burnbrae Farms Mississauga.

Basem Asihk

Having studied Occupational Health and Safety at Herzing College in association with the University of Winnipeg, Basem Asihk ventured into the realm of private investigation with the Discovery Group of Investigators Ltd. The primary focus was on insurance fraud claims, but Basem also encompassed private matters like custody and infidelity. With expertise in OSINT research (Online Social Intelligence), curbside surveillance, and undercover operations, the skills Basem acquired as a Private Investigator lend themselves seamlessly to identifying workplace hazards, spotlighting areas of concern, and delving into incident investigations.

Furthermore, Basem has accumulated experience in the food industry and construction. With a stint as a machine operator in landscaping, he has hands-on insight into workplace hazards and an understanding of the worker’s perspective. This invaluable experience provides Basem with a grasp of health and safety nuances that go beyond textbook teachings.

Having joined Burnbrae for a short duration, including a two-month internship, notable accomplishments already under Basem Asihk’s belt include revamping the safety manual, overhauling health and safety procedures, enhancing safety culture with material for NAOSH Week, and fortifying the plant by identifying and addressing potential hazards for effective control measures.

Dr. Ryan Todd

Dr. Ryan Todd is a psychiatrist and technologist, founding the workplace mental health and resilience platform, headversity. His work at headversity brought together a team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and educators to build an industry-redefining platform that is setting the new standard for workplace mental health, working with some of North America’s leading employers such as Shell Global, London Drugs, ATB Financial and United Way. Dr. Todd is also an award-winning documentarian, a Top 40 under 40 recipient with Avenue Magazine, a published researcher, and the host of the popular HR podcast, “Beyond the Checkbox”. Through headversity, Dr. Todd envisions getting the core training skills out of the backlogged mental health system and into employees’ hands.

Jody Young

Jody Young is the President and CEO for Workplace Safety and Prevention Services.  She is a health and safety leader with over 30 years of experience in both public and private sectors.  Most recently, she held the role of Assistant Deputy Minister, Employment and Training Division with the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. In that role, she provided strategic leadership to the transformation of Employment Services in Ontario. Previously, she served as Assistant Deputy Minister for Fair, Safe and Healthy Workplaces in both Ontario and Alberta. She has extensive experience leading large teams, oversight of transfer payment arrangements, and organizational transformation. Jody also brings a participative and inclusive leadership style, a deep understanding of the sector and strong technical expertise. Jody is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional and completed her Honours Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Toronto.

Li Wang

Li Wang is a dedicated professional with over 10 years in Quality Assurance, HACCP, BRC audit, and Health & Safety. Since joining Burnbrae Farms Mississauga in 2018 as the Supervisor for HACCP and Health & Safety, Li has made significant strides in enhancing both quality and safety standards, playing an instrumental role in advancing the Food Safety, Health and Safety, and sustainability culture.


  • Oversaw the facility’s Health and Safety Program, leading it to achieve 7 years with no lost time by Nov 2022.
  • Led the Mississauga Grading Plant Food Safety Program to achieve an AA+ rating in the annual BRC audit for three consecutive years (2020, 2022, 2023).
  • Served as the Corporate Social Responsible Champion for the Mississauga location, winning the CeSaR Award in 2019/2022 for Overall and Environmental Excellence.
  • Promoted to Assistant Plant Manager and Food Safety Supervisor in May 2023, a pivotal role for shaping future leaders at Burnbrae Farms Ltd.

Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering with a qualification as a Corporate Internal Auditor.

Sam Altobello

Sam is currently a National Director of Health and Safety at Burnbrae farms since 2021, he has been a safety professional since 1995 and has worked in food manufacturing, distribution, safety consulting and the currier industry.

Sam attended Ryerson university in the 1990s until he decided to pursue his designation in health and safety which he holds 2 (CRSP and CHSC)

Sam has been apart of the WSPS advisory committee for 10 years and has been a presenter at the 2020 annual WSPS conference.

In Sam’s career he has receive two awards from the employer, at Lobalw the Rod James award and at Purolator the excellence award for his contribution to health and safety.

Sam has two boys ages 24 and 20 who have both graduated in HR and HVAC

Sam enjoys swimming and in the summer walking and biking and vacationing anywhere that has white sandy beach and blue water, in the winter he volunteers his time by coaching AA hockey and has been since his boys were 3 years.

Sam’s future goals are to continue to help Burnbrae work towards a “best in class” safety program and culture.

Sheldon Kennedy

Sheldon Kennedy won a Memorial Cup, World Junior Gold Medal and skated for three teams in his eight-year NHL career. He is best known for his courageous decision to charge his Major Junior Hockey league coach with sexual assault for the abuse he suffered over a five year period while a teenager under his care. Through this disclosure, and the important work that Sheldon continues to do, he has become an inspiration to millions around the world. Kennedy’s off-ice contributions are extensive and his impact has extended will beyond sport and the Canadian border. Sheldon has been instrumental in bringing governments, public and private sector partners together to work collaboratively to influence policy change and improve the way child abuse is handled. He has influenced changes in Canadian law and has taken his message to the International Olympic Committee and the US Senate. His impact has extended well beyond sport and the Canadian border. Sheldon was Co-Founder of the Calgary Child Advocacy Centre, the first-of-its-kind in Canada, offering full wrap[1]around services for victims of child abuse. He is also the Co-Founder of Respect Group, which provides empowering online abuse, bullying and harassment prevention education to sport organizations, schools and the workplace. Respect Group has currently certified over 2 million Canadians.


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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