Vancouver, BC

May 27th, 2019

The Imperial
319 Main St, Vancouver, BC
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The day’s curated programming, tailored to the live music sector, will include best practices advice and practical scenarios from leading industry experts:

9:00 am   Keynote Speaker
Kerslake Arena Attack ReviewDr. Hugh Deeming
Hugh Deeming is a UK based research consultant, whose principal research interests include the concept of multi-agency interoperability during emergency response and recovery. In September 2017 Hugh was invited to join the panel of Lord Kerslake’s review of the preparedness for and response to the Manchester Arena attack which had occurred on May 22nd that year.

10:15 am   Real-Time Risk Assessment:  Transferable Lessons
Learning from experience is perhaps the best way to develop and evolve strategies to ensure the safety of our audience and colleagues.  This panel will discuss the various risks we’re exposed to in the Canadian live music industry, and share experience based ‘best practices’.

Aaron Billesberger, Manager of Special Projects and Training, Guard Tech Security Co.
Paul Runnals, Partner & Senior VP Creative & Production, Brand Live Group
Frank Dodich, Manager of Special Event Public Safety, City of Vancouver
Barry Wilding, Consultant, Wilding & Associates
Sheila Turris, Chief Clinical Officer, Odyssey Medical Inc.

11:30 am   An Integrated Approach to Harm Reduction: Proactive Shifts Towards Health
Our industry experts will be discussing the latest developments in festival health, including a focus on increased departmental integration to ensure best outcomes.  These proactive approaches address various considerations pertaining to both physical and mental health.

Dr. Adam Lund, Medical Director, Odyssey Medical Inc.
Colin Mathie, Director of Health and Safety, Live Nation
Nimkish Younging, Patron, Nimbus School of Recording
Shana Jamani Lund, RN, MN, Festival Mental Health, Douglas College

12:30 pm   LUNCH

1:30 pm   The Evolution of Cannabis Legalization:  Next Steps
Canada’s live music industry is poised to be a global leader in developing best practices and identifying opportunities of legalization while maintaining the highest level for safety for our patrons.  Our expert speakers will discuss the various considerations based on the current and upcoming changes to this landscape.

Kirk Tousaw, Founder, Legal Counsel, Tousaw Law
Rielle Caplet, Director, Implementation and Partnership, BC Centre on Substance Abuse
Dr. Sean Wormsbecker, Event Medical Director, 420 Vancouver
Dr. Terry Lake, VP, Corporate and Social Responsibility, HEXO
Samantha Slattery, Producer, Raising The Bar

2:45 pm   Working Safe & Staying Vigilant
The live music industry can be a challenging place to work, from the physical and mental demands to the dynamic environments and their inherent dangers. These experienced and insightful speakers will share where we’re most vulnerable and strategies to maintain safe workplaces.

Jim Brett, International Representative, IATSE
Don Parman, Manager, Performing Arts Programs and Services, ActSafe Safety Association
Sean Clark, Head Rigger, Riggit Services Inc.

4:00 pm   Respectful Workplaces:  Practical Changes 
Natasha Tony, Principal & CEO, Elevate Inclusion Strategies 
Natasha Tony is Principal and CEO of Elevate Inclusion Strategies, a consulting company which focuses on issues management and systemic conflict resolution. To this end, Elevate develops and implements diversity initiatives and respectful workplace programs for client organizations.



Past Events

Launch Event: London, ON

March 4th, 2019

Harm Reduction
Creating increased awareness about the dangers of opioid use, overdose prevention, and responses to overdoses for all live music fans.

Safer Spaces
Addressing perpetrator, community and corporate accountability as well as bystander intervention, and how to develop clear policies and procedures to ensure a safe space.

Event Safety
Delivering training that ultimately helps to identify, assess and reduce risk at live music events.