MINERVA 2020 E-NEWSLETTER
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Vol. 20/No. 1 Fall 2020
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We all know 2020 was a year of the Covid-‐19 pandemic like no other and, for many around the world, the loss of their loved ones. It has proven to be a very difficult and challenging year financially for many individuals and organizations around the world. Despite the adversities created from Covid-‐19, hopefully we can look back at our accomplishments and be thankful for continued good health. Minerva is also very grateful to all our sponsors who responded in dealing with the pandemic with their own personnel and who assisted their communities, hospitals, long-‐term care facilities, etc. with PPE, sanitizers and emergency equipment. It was truly gratifying to see all this assistance.
Given the downturn this year in our Canadian economy, the financial challenges remain significant and are particularly challenging for not-‐profit organizations like Minerva Canada. For Minerva, the pandemic led to reduced sponsorship funding, loss of in-‐ person activities with post-‐secondary academia and less than anticipated revenues from its new online Health and Safety courses and modules. These factors led Minerva to reduce its program administration expenses and reduce its program activities in order to focus its resources on continued development, marketing of its online H&S courses and its webinar program.
You can get details and find out more of our 2020 activities and educational resources in the following pages. Our continued success this year despite the pandemic is a reflection of the hard work, endless assistance and support from our many volunteers from industry, government, academia and H&S professional associations who make up our Board of Directors and Working Groups. I am also very grateful to our sponsors whose continued support and financial assistance make our initiatives at Minerva Canada possible. Without this support, Minerva would not exist as an organization.
In closing, let me offer to all our readers’ best wishes for a safe, healthy and Happy New Year.
As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PANDEMIC YEAR 2020 IN REVIEW
Minerva has finally reaped the benefits of its hard work since 2018 to develop online H&S courses, modules for post-‐secondary students. In 2020, it successfully launched its second online course providing access to over 5,000 engineering students with its first two online courses and 13 modules. Although delayed by the pandemic, development work on Course 300 progressed well in 2020. The course with its seven modules is expected to be launched in February 2021. Funding is now needed to allow Minerva to begin development work on Course 400.
We currently have five institutions and organizations including a professional engineering association with 16,000 members who plan to access the courses in 2021. Discussions are continuing with fourteen other universities and colleges on a possible Licensing Agreement, allowing one or more of their departments to access the modules for their students. The transition to online teaching has created challenges, an immense workload and diversion of resources within post-‐secondary academia. This has caused delays as a result for institutions to review Minerva’s online courses.
The following is a summary of Minerva’s first three courses and its 20 modules.
This course provides an overview of health and safety in the workplace, focusing on specific hazards engineers may encounter in their workplaces and ways to manage these hazards.
In this course, we revisit some of the topics discussed in Course 100 and introduce some new concepts, focusing on hazard identification, risk assessment, and risk management.
This course is divided into seven modules that can be completed in any order.
In this course, we will build on the concepts and topics discussed in Course 100 and Course 200. This time, we will look at those concepts in greater detail.
The course is divided into seven modules that can be completed in any order.
Minerva’s webinar planning committee continued its great work by conducting three webinars in 2020 in conjunction with its partners, the Conference Board of Canada, the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering and Workplace Safety & Prevention Services. The one-‐hour webinars continue to generate huge participation with 125-‐160 participants in each of the 2020 webinars.
This year’s webinars focused on three different topics:
Webinar presentations can be found on Minerva’s website: www.safetymanagementeducation.com.
Based on the very positive feedback received from participants, Minerva Canada is committed to continue with its webinar series in a way that provides our sponsors an academic stakeholder with practical quality and experiential information in as little time as possible.
Over thirty business schools from Canada, USA, Europe and Asia participated in the preliminary round for this competition. In January 2020, members of the Minerva Canada Board of Directors judged the six finalists in the Human Resources Venue of the competition that involved the analysis of a case study focused on next steps to deal with a small company’s growth with a virtual workforce. Minerva Canada wishes to congratulate the student teams from the University of Calgary, Okanagan College and Concordia University for placing in the top three positions respectively within the Human Resources Venue. The presentations were judged by Minerva Board members Deborah McPhee, Lynn Smith, Wendy Tobin, Marcel Pouliot and Tony Pasteris.
(left to right) Deborah McPhee, Lynn Smith, Wendy Tobin, Marcel Pouliot & Tony Pasteris
The 2020-‐21 in-‐person ICBC Competition was cancelled due to Covid-‐19 and replaced with a virtual competition. As a result, Minerva Canada decided to forego the 2021 competition. A Minerva Board committee has been established to investigate a new business student competition for 2022.
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 original deadline date of April 13th was extended to September 1st due to Covid-19.
Ryerson University – Wendy Ampadu, Ray Diezmos, Jeremy Hylob & Hassan Malik
Minerva Canada James Ham Safe Design Engineering Student Awards contest for incorporating new safety design features at asphalt loading facilities owned and operated by a large Canadian asphalt company. The team’s design project addressed overfilling, loading arm and loading rack issues that included new technology, all of which would significantly enhance the safety of drivers loading hot asphalt. The team’s design submission was accepted for publication in an international Mechanical Engineering journal along with an invitation for the student team to present their project at 5 international conferences.
York University – Qi Zou, Xueling Luo & Shuo Zhang
The winning team was awarded the first prize of $2,000 while the runner‐up team received $500. . These Minerva awards are normally presented at the WSPS Partners in Prevention Conference in Mississauga, Ontario and cancelled this Spring due to the pandemic. The students were recognized at a November virtual meeting of Minerva’s Board of Directors as well as during Minerva’s webinar in November.
It’s unlikely this Minerva competition will be carried out in 2021 due to cancellation of in-‐person winter classes. Minerva ‘s Board is assessing a different engineering student competition for 2022.
In a continuing effort to heighten awareness of Minerva’s mission and educational efforts, we remain diligent in building our network of LinkedIn followers. From an initial base of approximately 70 followers, we have achieved in excess of 450 followers at present. As we continue to grow this base with relevant postings, we will branch out to other social platforms such as Twitter or Instagram.
Similarly, Minerva held its first virtual meeting this past year with notable success and strong attendance.
Minerva Canada Board Meeting
The COVID-‐19 pandemic prevented Minerva to reach out to its stakeholders as several of its activities were cancelled by the host teaching institution or organization. These included
The Minerva community and its many volunteers were deeply saddened with the passing away of Frank Saunders on July 4, 2020. Frank recently retired from Bruce Power as Vice President, Nuclear Oversight and Regulatory Affairs and then took on the role of President of the Ontario Nuclear Innovation Institute.
Frank was associated with Minerva for 15 years, having joined Minerva’s Board of Directors in 2006. He truly has been a great ambassador for Minerva and a great contributor for the organization in so many ways. He provided annual sponsorship for Minerva from Bruce Power including special funding for our Teaching and Online H&S Modules. He was also involved in delivering class seminars and Learning Forums for Minerva, developing the Radiation Safety teaching module, case studies and being involved as a judge in so many of our ICBC business student competitions. He truly enjoyed the competitions, the university, college environment and interacting with professors and students. He was a true nuclear safety leader for Ontario and Canada and instrumental in establishing what we have now today in Ontario with the CEO Health + Safety Leadership Network.
He will be truly missed by all of his friends at Minerva.
Vice President and Secretary-‐Treasurer Change Roles
With the retirement of Larry Masotti from the WSPS and a new working position for Peter Sturm, Minerva’s Board approved switching their roles as officers of the corporation by appointing Larry Masotti as Vice President and Peter Sturm as Secretary
A Special Thanks to Graeme Norval
Graeme Norval from the University of Toronto has announced his intention to retire in 2021. Graeme has been an outstanding Minerva ambassador for Minerva over the last 10 years and was instrumental in advancing Minerva’s Student award/seminars, Learning Forum, Teaching Modules and online course activities. Throughout his involvement with Minerva, he was always prepared to promote the importance of Health and Safety education with his fellow professors and how to incorporate Minerva’s teaching materials in the engineering curriculum. A big word of thanks goes out to Graeme from all of us at Minerva.
Minerva welcomes new Board members and says thanks to others
Minerva welcomes to its Board Lisa Hallsworth (CEO Rillea Technologies, Belleville, Ontario), Melanie Tremblay (HSE Partner, Rio Tinto Alcan, Jonquiere, Quebec), Bruno Korst (Electrical Engineering University of Toronto), George Marshall (CEO Service Hospitality, Regina, Saskatchewan) and Deirdre O’Reilly (President Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, Nova Scotia)
Meet Minerva’s Board of Directors
Meet Minerva’s Working Group Members
It is with deep gratitude that we acknowledge all our current and past sponsors and close working partners.
University and College Supporters of Learning Forums – Financial and/or In-Kind Support
Minerva Canada Safety Management Education Inc.