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Virtual Event
Opioids in the Workplace
January 31, 2024 at 1:30pm EST

Panel Discussion: Defining the Problem

Speakers: Ken Brodie of Modern Niagara; Julian Toy, Substance Abuse Professional; Vicky Waldron of Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan; and Gina Vahlas of the College for the Certification of Canadian Professional Ergonomists and WorkSafeBC. Our expert panel will discuss the issue of opioids in the workplace, warning signs of overdoses and how to respond to an emergency.

Ken Brodie

Ken Brodie
Senior HSE Specialist
Modern Niagara Vancouver

Ken Brodie, CRSP, is the Senior HSE Specialist for Modern Niagara Vancouver Inc. He is a team-oriented leader with extensive national experience in managing OHS teams and programs, launching award-winning safety initiatives, and creating partner programs.

Ken focuses on delivering key outcomes, building amazing teams and quickly adapting to new learnings. His personal and professional experience has taught him that the way to truly optimize your business is by putting both your employees and customers  at the center of all you do.

Julian Toy
H.S.C., Substance Abuse Professional

I drank alcohol and used drugs daily for 16 years, from ages 12 to 28. Some drugs I used were cocaine, crack, opium, hash, pot, LSD and prescription narcotics. During my active addiction, I worked as a driver, CWB certified welder, forklift operator, machine operator and unionized laborer.

I went to treatment in 2000 after an intervention by my family. I did detoxification then treatment once and never used drugs or alcohol again. I’ve been in 12 step Recovery from alcohol and drug addiction since July 13, 2000.

In 2004 I graduated the Human Services Counselor program at George Brown College, majoring in addictions with a minor in mental health. I did one of my student placements at Renascent Center, the treatment center I graduated from in 2000.

Since 2009, I’ve been in private practice as a Substance Abuse Professional, performing SAP assessments and training companies to identify, prepare and intervene with employees who are not Fit for Duty. I’ve developed several national drug and alcohol training programs for large companies to train their supervisors and workers.

Most recently, I have been working as an instructor for the Continuing Education Department at George Brown College, teaching a Fit for Duty course I designed. It is a prerequisite for graduation from the Construction Supervisor and Construction Superintendent programs.

Provider of Fit for Duty/Drug and Alcohol training for ICI Constructors, HR and EH&S Professionals. Preferred provider of Fit for Duty training – Eastern Construction Company Ltd. Fit for Duty Instructor, George Brown College Department of Continuing Education

Direct Line: 905-866-7301

Julian’s Story: https://youtu.be/C79VSDVQ5Gk

Email: juliantoy@myaddictionexperts.com

Gina Vahlas
Secretary, College for the Certification of Canadian Professional Ergonomists and Product Owner, Prevention Business Product Management, WorkSafeBC

Gina is a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist (CCPE), a Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC) and a Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor (CPHSA) working in the ergonomics/human factors field for over 25 years.

She has shared her knowledge at conferences, including the International Ergonomics Association Conference, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Symposium (USA), the National Safety Council and the American Society for Quality.

Currently, she is a Product Owner at WorkSafeBC working on developing systems for success in prevention. Previously, she was an ergonomist/human factors professional as well as an Occupational Hygiene Officer at WorkSafeBC working directly with employers and workers. She is also on the board for the Canadian College for the Certification of Professional Ergonomists, and a part-time instructor for Ergonomics in the BCIT Occupational Health and Safety Certificate program.

Vicky Waldron
Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan

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