Professional Conferences

CSSE Professional Development Conference (2015)

“Powerful Partnerships – Sustainability and the Safety Profession”

September 20-23, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario

The Critical Partnership: Safety and Substance Professionals

One of the most critical partnerships for every organization should be the partnerships between Safety Divisions, HR, Occupational Health, the Supervisor, and the Substance Assessment Experts contracted to assist the company as it relates to substance concerns. This session will examine these partnerships from policy development through to evaluation. Substance use issues continue to cost every organization in human and financial capital. Substance use issues are preventable with strong partnerships and attention to Early Identification Programming, among other features. With the introduction of changes occurring across Canada in 2015 by way of Addiction Regulation, Dr. Streukens heads up the Addiction Professionals Association of Alberta (APAA) and can provide a unique insight into the provincial and national changes coming to government and industry. Dr. Streukens will speak to the implications that these partnerships will have directly to industry and possibly in our court systems. Every Safety-Sensitive industry professional should know how to build the professional relationships needed to lower their risk of vulnerability and be compliant to potentially new governmental structures. Dr. Streukens is one of the foremost experts in this industry as he works closely with organizations, addiction associations, and government departments.


AOHNA (Alberta Occupational Health Nurses Association) Education Symposium

Edmonton May 27th to 29th 2015

This talk will focus upon SAE protocols, report expectations, and relapse prevention as this relates to fitness to work.


CSSE 2014: Safety Leadership- Linking Safety to Business Outcomes

Calgary Alberta– September 14-17, 2014

Psychological Health & Substance Issues in the Workplace

Psychological Health & Substance Abuse in the workplace continues to be a significant occupational and safety issue for many organizations. In 2013, the new Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was released with meaningful alterations to both the Psychological Health & Substance Use areas. These changes are meaningful for both disability management and SAE Protocols in the workplace with specific impacts to safety-sensitive environments. Dr. Streukens developed the RSAE & RSAS programs here in Canada and is an expert in the fields of disability management and substance disorders. This session will provide an overview of the changes, impacts, and focuses that organization may want to take in dealing with the new regulations. We will examine the best practices in standardized assessment and recommendation protocols that are diagnostically driven. These programs are best suited for ensuring quality, competency, and consistency across any organization.  Organizational examples will be presented to demonstrate the “real world” experience.


Occupational Health & Safety Program: Conference Co-Chair & Presenter

Calgary, Alberta November 18-19, 2014

Identifying & Managing Substance Use In The Workplace

This session will focus upon the how organizations can implement and utilize Early Intervention techniques in an effort to reduce Substance Issues in the workplace. This session will cover such areas as signs & symptoms of use, appropriate intervention skills, qualified assessment protocols, and best-practice post-treatment interventions.


4th Workplace Mental Health Program
Calgary, Alberta– May 22 & 23, 2013

Managing Addiction & Mental Health Issues  (For a 15% discount, use code: WMHC1305/PR)
Absenteeism, excessive use of sick days, long unexplained absences, and improbable excuses may be an indication that an employee has an addiction. How are these situations best handled and what is an employer’s duty to accommodate an employee with a substance disorder? This session examines how to manage employees with addiction and mental health issues.

  • Identifying the addicted employee
  • How to stop enabling and begin accountability
  • When does substance-dependency constitute a disability?
  • Proactive tools for accommodating mental health issues
  • Best practices for returning to work from mental health leave
  • Employers involvement in the rehabilitation and reintegration process


CSSE 2013 PDC – Developing World Class Safety
Montreal, Quebec — September 15-18, 2013

Substance Abuse in the Workplace
Substance abuse in the workplace continues to be a significant occupational and safety issue for many organizations. The cost to organizations continues to spiral out of control, both in monetary terms and in human capital. This session will explore Substances in the Workplace and Safety-Sensitive Workplaces and Substance Testing. Organizational examples will be presented to demonstrate the “real world” experience of having implemented best practice protocols and the qualitative ROI features.