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This year has been a pivotal one for Minerva Canada. We continually grow and, as we do, we continually strive for new ways to raise awareness of health and safety management education and influence the curriculum of post-secondary institutions.
To this end, we have honed, delivered and expanded upon our tried and true programs, including initiatives like our Teaching Modules, Learning Forums, and outreach activities to potential sponsors and other stakeholders.
Into this mix, we have stepped up our direct outreach to the most important recipients of Safety, Health and Environmental Management (SHE) education – our future engineers and business leaders – the students themselves. On a personal note, what I conclude through participation in our direct-to-student programs is that the future looks bright. Colleges and universities across the country are producing quality students who exemplify what Canada wants in its leaders. And I am heartened by their openness to, and interest in, health and safety in the workplace. But we can always do better. That’s why Minerva does what it does.
You can get details and find out about our activities and resources in these pages. See below for a summary of our boldest new program, Minerva’s Online Post Secondary Student Certification Program.
While I am impressed with Canada’s students and the instructors who are providing them with the tools they need moving forward, I am equally impressed with the praiseworthy individuals who comprise our Board of Directors and Working Groups. Whether it’s presenting at Learning Forums and student seminars, judging student competitions, developing case studies, reaching out to the Engineering Deans and Deans of Technology, Engineering Student Societies and Engineering and Business Professors, or interacting with the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), Minerva Canada’s accomplishments are a reflection of the hard work, endless assistance and support from these volunteers from industry, government, academia and H&S professional associations.
I am also very grateful to our many sponsors whose continued support and financial assistance make our initiatives at Minerva Canada possible. Without this support, Minerva would not exist as an organization.
As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions by contacting me at email@example.com.
Chairman and President
Minerva Canada Safety Management Education Inc.
MINERVA ONLINE POST-SECONDARY STUDENT CERTIFICATION PROGRAM FORGES AHEAD
An initiative begun only last year is on the verge of launch. Bolstered by a survey Minerva conducted of post-secondary instructors and direct discussion with Engineering Deans across Canada, the Minerva Online Post-Secondary Student Certification program already has Engineering Schools from 13 universities across Canada on board. Although it will be first launched in Engineering Schools, the program will be offered to other post-secondary institutions like Business Schools and Schools of Technology in Colleges next year.
Program content is aligned with Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) student attribute and College H&S teaching requirements. The online program will comprise four modules of six hours each, complete with assignments and quizzes – or 24 hours of online training, excluding time to complete assignments. Content will include core material for all students as well as discipline specific content in eight domains:
- Applied Safety Fundamentals
- Hazard Analysis and Risk Management
- Law, Ethics and Professional Responsibility
- Safety Management, Leadership, Systems, Culture and Audits
- Occupational Hygiene
- Personal Safety, Health and Wellness
- Ergonomics and Human Factors
- Designing for Safety
“It’s a strong step forward on many levels,” explains Tony Pasteris, President, Minerva Canada. “Not only does this resource engage students in Health and Safety (H&S) concepts, but it gives them added credentials on their resumes. And because the program is online, it’s scalable and can reach multiple students and multiple students and schools, as well as industry. Plus, curriculum-overloaded instructors know they can trust the quality of material because they have seen our tried and true content through Minerva’s student Teaching Modules.”
Designed by the University of Fredericton, assessments for these modules have multiple question types to choose from and will provide instant results when completed by the learner. Reports that are available upon completion include a grader report along with activity reports to see where the learner excels and where they need more attention. The modules will also be available on multiple devices and will be cross-browser compatible to allow access anywhere, anytime. The site will be accessible for students with disabilities. It incorporates such features as closed captions, roll overs, audio on every page, and can be used by screen readers. The University of Fredericton On-line Campus framework is built to withstand high levels of bandwidth and usage between faculty and students, making it an extremely stable environment structured to enable large groups.
Participating universities and colleges have the option of choosing whether the certificate program is mandatory, treated as an elective course or includes as modules as part of existing courses. They will also decide whether to host it themselves or via Minerva’s branded Learning Management System (LMS), designed and hosted by the University of Fredericton. The Minerva LMS will allow student grades to be transferred to specific courses. An annual subscription fee will be based on whichever option a university chooses.
Minerva is grateful to the 13 universities already on board that provided one-time seed funding of $5,000 each to cover initial development costs:
|University of Prince Edward Island
|University of Ottawa
||University of Saskatchewan
||University of Calgary
|University of Toronto
||University of British Columbia
Minerva Canada will be responsible for updating any needed program content and providing new content. The licensing fees will be used for this purpose and to cover hosting fees. In addition, Minerva has initiated a sponsorship campaign to raise $450,000 for the development of the four online modules and to cover the first year of hosting fees.
The first module will be up and running in January 2019. Interested sponsors are invited to contact Tony Pasteris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIRECT TO STUDENT INITIATIVES/ACTIVITIES
Minerva Engages Business Students
Health and safety knowledge is not just for our future engineers, it’s for all our rising business leaders. To this end, Minerva solicited the help of MBA students at Saint Mary’s Sobey School of Business in Halifax. After all, who better than students themselves to provide Minerva with ideas on how best to integrate H&S into the curriculum of business schools?
Following on the heels of a 2017 study which identified the status of occupational health and safety teaching in business schools across Canada, the Sobey team surveyed business students and professors from across Canada and provided Minerva with a market analysis of their findings. This time, the two-part study explored faculty teaching preferences, processes involved in setting and modifying course curriculum, brand awareness of Minerva Canada within the faculty community, students’ preferred delivery method for this type of content and their overall perception of how health and safety fits into their education and careers. The key focus was on four disciplines within the business school curriculum; accounting, finance, marketing and other courses with a management focus (including leadership and ethics).
- Initiate and maintain regular contact with business faculty who have identified interest in further dialogue.
- Identify and engage with faculty who have research interests that are aligned with occupational health and safety, and identify and engage “brand ambassadors.”
- Refresh Minerva Canada materials based on faculty preferences which are for shorter, realistic cases.
- Streamline Minerva’s website to allow for easier access to materials.
- Pursue the development of an online certificate program.
- Develop brand and mission awareness with case competitions and partnerships.
- Focus on Human Resources courses.
- Follow a student-preference guide when developing case studies.
- Approach the Human Resources Professionals Associations in Canada to have Minerva’s Online Certificate Program designated as a Pre-Approved Continuing Professional Development Activity.
Minerva Goes to Market(ing)
As a follow-up to the Saint Mary’s study, Minerva Canada’s Tony Pasteris and Peter Sturm reached out this fall to Marketing and Business students at Brock University and Fanshawe College, challenging them to provide answers to two questions:
- Minerva is the best kept secret in North America. What can Minerva do to more effectively reach out and communicate with engineering and business professors and students when it is planning its student award activities, conducting professor workshops and communicating its accomplishments? How can Minerva improve its brand? How can social media help?
- Minerva needs to move away from strictly being a volunteer organization in order to grow its educational programs and services. The effective launch of its online certificate program is the vital vehicle that will allow Minerva to make the needed changes. What are the elements and details of a marketing communications plan that Minerva needs to market its online certificate program with post-secondary schools and solicit industry and government sponsors for it?
Teams composed of about four students per team have tackled this assignment and will be interfacing with Minerva’s Board members. Minerva eagerly awaits their reports by the end of this year.
Queen’s Annual Multi-discipline Engineering Students’ Project
Once again this year, as part of their course at Queen’s University, engineering students were assigned a project based on Minerva’s case study hosted by Glencore as part of the 2016 Minerva- Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) competition. Minerva’s Tony Pasteris and Vic Pakalnis as well as Glencore’s Rob Bianchin worked with teams of five students who are tasked with providing an assessment of the case study incident and make a presentation on how they would deal with the problem. Minerva Board Member Peter Sturm attended the students’ presentations in April at the university. Minerva plans to sponsor the project again in 2019 with another case study.
Sharing What We’ve Learned: University of Toronto Seminar Series
Every fall, engineering students at the University of Toronto get a chance to boost their H&S knowledge directly from Minerva board members through three two-hour seminars that result in assignments to some 30 students for class discussion. The September 2018 sessions consisted of topics ranging from Hazards and Controls, Employer and Employee Rights and Responsibilities, Young Workers’ Safety, and Job Orientation Training, The resulting student submissions along with their participation are then graded by Minerva – grades that count towards their final course marks. This year’s Minerva Board members donating their time and skill: Syed Ahmed, Jules Artnz-Gray, Peter Sturm and Tony Pasteris.
ENTHUSIASM BOLSTERED THROUGH AWARDS
There’s nothing like being rewarded for your efforts to instil a passion in a topic. That’s why Minerva Canada sponsors three student awards programs that recognize student achievement through healthy competition.
Student-designed Automated Risk Monitoring Tool: a Real Lift for Workers
The results are in, and students at the University of Guelph have won this year’s top prize in the James Ham Safe Design Engineering Student Award competition for their design of a risk assessment tool and device to enable automated monitoring of lifting activities. The practical and easy to implement “ErgoLift” helps prevent low back injuries and work-related musculoskeletal disorders. The annual award challenges Canadian university engineering students and college students in technology programs to make an original contribution toward integrating safety into engineering design. The award honours former University of Toronto President and Dean James Milton Ham whose Royal Commission Report on Health and Safety led to the creation of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act in 1979.
(left to right) Lynn Brownell, CEO, WSPS, Michele Oliver, Professor, School of Engineering, University of Guelph, University of Alberta student Mingzhi Zheng, University of Guelph students Elise Huet and Hannah Arthurs, Minerva President Tony Pasteris, and Chair of the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board of Ontario Board of Directors Elizabeth Witmer
Ron Kelusky, Ontario Chief Prevention Officer (left), and Minerva Canada President Pasteris (far right) with this year’s first prize Minerva James Ham Safe Design Engineering Student Award winners from the University of Guelph
Congratulations go to the team of Guelph engineering undergraduate students Hannah Arthurs, Elise Huet, Jessie Leith and Erika Ziraldo for clinching first place, and an award of $3,500. “At Guelph, we allow students in different disciplines work together,” explains supervising professor Michele Oliver, School of Engineering. “This remarkable group of women from different disciplines is one of the best groups I’ve ever advised; it’s nice to have them recognized. Health and safety is of critical importance and awards like this influences students coming after them and encourages them to participate.”
The team of Mingzhi Zheng, Hylann Ma, Wingshan Tam, Wejun Xia, Daniel Tran and Zachary Napora, engineering undergraduate students at the University of Alberta, took second prize for their design of an ion exchange resin to recover trace concentrations of metals and reduce personnel exposure to hydrogen sulphide. They received a prize of $1,500. Lynn Brownell, CEO of the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services, together with Ron Kelusky, Ontario Chief Prevention Officer, and Minerva Canada President and CEO Tony Pasteris presented the awards at the WSPS Partners in Prevention Conference in Mississauga, Ontario in May. An article on the Awards was also published in Canadian Occupational Safety magazine.
Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (ICBC) 2018
Congratulations go to teams from Conestoga College, Brock University, and Concordia University for landing the top three spots in the Minerva-sponsored Health and Safety Human Resources event at this year’s Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (ICBC) held at Queen’s University in January. ICBC is Canada’s oldest and longest-running undergraduate business case competition, featuring eight different competitive events in which students can participate annually. It attracts close to 250 attendees, including competitors from around the world as well as judges, faculty advisors, student organizers and volunteers from over 40 universities and 10 countries.
Minerva Board members Larry Masotti and Peter Sturm and ICBC Co-Chairs Jessica Chen and Jessica Baliwalla pose with the first prize winners of the Minerva-sponsored ICBC event from Conestoga College
The highly popular Human Resources Venue presentations were judged by Minerva Board Members Wendy Tobin, Lynn Smith, Larry Masotti, Peter Sturm, and Tony Pasteris. Brock University’s Deborah McPhee, a Minerva Board member, as well as Stephanie Brydges, from Windsor, Ontario prepared the case studies for both the Preliminaries and Finals of this competition.
The 2018 ICBC case studies sponsored by Minerva Canada are available on our website.
Students Propose Employee Injury Prevention: Minerva-CIAC Responsible Care Case Study Competition
(left) Bob Masterson, President and Chief Executive Officer of CIAC, and Tony Pasteris, President, Minerva Canada with the first place University of Toronto team
Minerva Canada and the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) have once again teamed up to get university students interested in H&S through a Responsible Care case study competition. Open to all undergraduate engineering students in Canada, the competition case study focused on an employee injury involving second degree burns. Students were asked to identify the underlying causes of the incident and develop recommendations to avoid a repeat event, then three finalist teams were tasked with making their presentations during the Partners in Prevention Conference held in Mississauga, Ontario in May.
The winners are:
- First place with a prize of $1000: Jonathan Almeida, Sarah Chang, Rosten Role and Elizabeth White, University of Toronto
- Second place with a prize of $500: Noor Amjad, Janica Echavez, Neliza Mendoza and Lalitha Prasad, University of Calgary
- Third place with a prize of $250: Henry Du, Kanika Kapila, Kate Mineeva and Ashswin Shankar, University of Calgary
- Honourable mention: Nada Khalil from the University of Ottawa
(left) Bob Masterson, President and Chief Executive Officer of CIAC, and Tony Pasteris, President, Minerva Canada, pose with the second place University of Calgary team
Bob Masterson, President and Chief Executive Officer of CIAC (left), and Tony Pasteris, President, Minerva Canada (second from right), pose with the third place University of Calgary team
Bob Masterson, President and Chief Executive Officer of CIAC and Tony Pasteris, President, Minerva Canada, presented the awards.
“All three teams not only made terrific presentations, they also did a great job answering questions from our three judges — Bob Masterson and Minerva Board members Wendy Tobin and Peter Sturm,” said Tony Pasteris following the award ceremony. “And I would be remiss if I did not express my thanks for all the assistance provided by DuPont Canada and the case study writing group at the University of Waterloo.”
A new case study for the Minerva-CIAC Responsible Care competition, along with the competition guidelines, will be sent to all Canadian Engineering Schools in November. You can find this year’s study on Minerva’s website.
2018 ACADEMIC OUTREACH
Lambton Learning Forum
Minerva Canada reaches out to academia, providing instructors with up-to-date information along with practical tools in order to include H&S in their curricula. This year, a Learning Forum was held at Lambton College in Sarnia, Ontario, attracting over 60 participants from academia, industry, government, and various professional associations. The President and CEO of Lambton College, Judith Morris, and Sarnia’s Mayor Mike Bradley opened the event. Featuring a wide array of presentations from industry, government and academic representatives, the Forum covered how Safety, Health and Environmental Management (SHE) concepts are being applied in the workplace, and provided an opportunity for participants to hear what industry and government seek from new graduates.
- A regulatory perspective on the Importance of Health and safety education and current issues by Jules Arntz-Gray, Chief Prevention Office, Ontario Ministry of Labour
- What it takes to create the right safety culture and management systems by John P. Galloway, Imperial Oil Limited
- What’s missing in H&S education – perspectives from a recent grad student by Luke Kittmer, Manager Safety Health and Environment, from CF Industries, along with Ben Jongepier and Scott Link
In addition, grad students from the University of Toronto, Parninian Jardidian and Jeffrey Castrucci, discussed methods to teach Health and Safety in the classroom, Minerva’s Teaching Modules and its new online certificate program (see page xx). A lively panel discussion facilitated by Minerva Board member Graeme Norval on ways to integrate Health and Safety into the curriculum using Minerva’s educational materials helped pull it all together for participants.
Interested in having a Learning Forum at your school? Contact Minerva Canada at email@example.com.
Minerva Learning Forums are always well received. Here’s what just a few of the Lambton College Learning Forum participants had to say:
“Getting to hear from engaged educators and students was the most valuable part for me. It was great hearing how Lambton College is working to embed health and safety competencies for future workers and leaders. My biggest take away was the importance of government linking with educators to improve health and safety knowledge and competencies and to build new partnerships in how to move forward together.”
Jules Arntz-Gray, CRSP, Director – Training and Awareness Branch, Prevention Office, Ministry of Labour
“What was most valuable to me was learning about Minerva; the case studies; and getting feedback from industry regarding how prepared our students are.”
Shirley Osterman, Chemistry Professor, Lambton College
“The biggest takeaways for me as the host school were exposure to a Canada-wide organization (Minerva); attendance by folks from the University of Toronto, Western, etc; and a higher profile of safety here at the College.”
John Barker, Lambton College host organizer
“The Lambton College staff are strong in using e-learning, and developing new ways to pass on material. There is a growing need for more experiential learning – at both colleges and universities. That was a key outcome.”
Graeme Norval, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto
“The whole thing was fantastic – all the presentations, comments, discussions were phenomenal.”
Fari Fathi (PhD), Applied Research Scientist, Lambton College, Applied Research and Innovation
WEBINAR SERIES LAUNCHED
Minerva Canada is always examining ways to reach out to the maximum number of professors with quality, practical information. To this end, in addition to our popular Learning Forums, we held our first instructional webinar in November. In conjunction with the Conference Board of Canada and Workplace Safety and Prevention Services, a one-hour session, Leading a Culture of Safety: From Learning to Practice, was presented by Erin Oliver, Vice President Employee H&S, Modern Niagara Group Inc. along with Dr. Monica Slovinec D’Angelo, Director Health, Conference Board of Canada. The session was facilitated by Minerva Board member Graeme Norval, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto. Invitations to participate in this free webinar were sent to Minerva’s sponsors and Minerva’s many stakeholders in academia.
“It can be difficult to get people from across the country involved,” explains Board member Peter Sturm, Minerva Vice President. “This is our way of reaching out to more academics in a shorter amount of time with targeted topics.”
Stay tuned for more topics and dates. Minerva plans to conduct three-to-four webinars in the coming months.
Teaching Modules Update
Since 2004, Minerva Canada has been providing post-secondary educators with the tools and resources they need to teach H&S concepts in the classroom. A well-accepted, and continually growing, initiative is our health and safety engineering student teaching modules, developed with support from our key academic and industry partners. Here is what’s new:
- Risk Communications – this excellent new module, created by Kathleen Baker, Vivian Giang and Lianne Lefsrud, University of Alberta, with Methanex providing sponsorship and subject matter expertise, is now available on the Minerva website. It focuses on the importance of communication to both internal and external audiences should a mishap occur as well as proactive communications needed in preventing incidents. “Minerva’s work is directly tied to the interests of our industry,” said Jody Magill, Methanex Stakeholder Relations manager, Medicine Hat, Alberta. “These students will soon be entering the workforce and supporting Minerva’s efforts to educate them on health and safety is a very important initiative, and we are proud to contribute.” Anneleen Muller from Methanex who worked with the University of Alberta, said, “It’s rewarding to know that we are not only contributing to the education system and making a difference in the education of future students, but also meeting our commitment to keeping people safe.”
- Laurentian University has now completed the translation of five Teaching Modules, posted on Minerva’s website. More translations are planned next year.
- In the works: Fisheries Safety-Maritime Risk Teaching Module from Dalhousie University.
All modules are free for any professor to download from Minerva’s website and use, and most of the modules also have a set of questions to test students’ learning.
In addition to Minerva’s teaching modules, be sure to also visit our website for new Case Studies, posted throughout the year including those from the Minerva-CIAC and ICBC competitions.
For more information about the modules and how to support this initiative, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEET OUR 2018-19 MINERVA NATIONAL BOARD
President & Chair: A.E. (TONY) PASTERIS
Retired from Imperial Oil Limited
Vice President: PETER STURM
Past President, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
BCRSP Board Member
President, Sturm Consulting
Secretary/Treasurer: LARRY MASOTTI
Director, Marketing and Business Development
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Meeting Coordinator: SIMONA MAZAT
Lead – CEO Programs, Events and Promotions
Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS)
Director – Training and Safety Programs Branch
Ontario Ministry of Labour
DR. SUE BRUNING
Professor – Department of Business Administration
I.H. Asper School of Business
Past President, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
Lead, EHS System Planning & Development– University of Alberta
Manager, Health & Safety
DR. ANIS HAQUE
Senior Instructor and Associate Head, Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept.
University of Calgary
President, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
Chief Scientist, SunPillar
Former Dean, Faculty of Applied Science & Technology
Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
DR. DEBORAH MCPHEE
Associate Professor, Goodman School of Business
St. Catherines, Ontario
DR. GRAEME NORVAL
Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
University of Toronto
President & CEO
MIRARCO Mining Innovation, Laurentian University
DR. RON PELOT
Assistant Dean – COOP
Professor – Industrial Engineering
Halifax, Nova Scotia
DR. DON PETKAU
Faculty of Engineering
University of Manitoba
CEO, Ontario Society of Professional Engineers
MARCEL E. POULIOT
Vice-President, Industrial and Regulatory Affairs
Trimac Transportation Services Ltd.
DR. MARC ROSEN
Professor and Founding Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science,
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Vice President, Nuclear Oversight & Regulatory Affairs
DR. ROBERT SCHULZ
Professor, Strategy and Global Management (SGMA) and Business and Environment (BSEN), Haskayne School of Business
University of Calgary
Engineering Workplace Safety Leader
GM Canadian Regional Engineering Centre
Region Canada SHE Manager
E. I. du Pont Canada Company
Past Chair, Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals
President, Turner Safety Systems Ltd.
Maple Creek, Saskatchewan
Minerva welcomes to our Board Kim Gould, Manager, Health & Safety, Canada Post and Trevor Johnson President, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE). We look forward to their contributions that will further strengthen Minerva Canada. We also welcome Simona Mazat from Workplace Safety Prevention Services (WSPS) as Minerva’s Meeting Coordinator.
We extend a heartfelt thank you to outgoing Board Members Nina Mankovitz, General Manager, Safety and Health, Canada Post, Troy Winters, Senior Health & Safety Officer, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Kathy Tull, Past President, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), from the WorkSafeBC and to our Meeting Coordinator Priya Khabre. Their past Minerva contributions and support have been much appreciated.
WE APPLAUD OUR SPONSORS
Minerva Canada’s sponsors from industry, academia, government and health and safety associations include a growing list of organizations committed to principles that combine efficiency and productivity within an effective Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) management culture.
Minerva Canada was initiated in the mid ‘80’s from Project Minerva, first started in the USA by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). We extend a special note of appreciation to the five founding sponsor organizations of Minerva Canada, with which we continue to enjoy a very strong and fruitful relationship.
- Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE)
- Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA), now called Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
- Imperial Oil Limited
- E.I.du Pont Canada Company
- General Motors of Canada
It is with deep gratitude that we acknowledge all our sponsors and close-working partners:
University and college financial and/or in-kind supporters of Learning Forums:
- January 19, 2019 ICBC Final Round Judging by Minerva Board members
- April-June, 2019, Minerva Canada Learning Forums, dates to be posted on Minerva website
- April 5, 2019, final submission deadline for the CIAC Responsible Care case study competition
- April 12, 2019, final submission deadline for the Minerva James Ham Award
- Webinars 2019 dates to be posted on Minerva website
Minerva Canada Safety Management Education Inc.
5110 Creekbank Road, Suite 300
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Tel: 1 877 494 9777 ext 2138
Chairman & President: A.E (Tony) Pasteris
Editor: Susan Baka and Allyson Warden
Bay Communications & Marketing Inc.
Minerva Canada gratefully acknowledges the support of Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Prevention Services for the design and printing of this Annual Review.