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PPE for Women: Don’t ‘shrink it and pink it’ – real solutions to keep all workers safe
March 23, 2023 at 1:30pm ET

2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Identifying the PPE issues facing women and understanding consequences

Our expert panel will talk through some of the issues facing women on job sites. Speakers: Nicole Wetsch, manager, occupational health and safety section, Edmonton Police Service; Lora McMillan, director, special projects, Ledcor Construction Limited; and Karen Mosca, senior manager of operations, Pembina Pipeline Corporation. Moderator: Paula Campkin, Energy Safety Canada

Speakers

  • Nicole Wetsch, manager, occupational health and safety section, Edmonton Police Service
  • Lora McMillan, director, special projects, Ledcor Construction Limited
  • Karen Mosca, senior manager of operations, Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Speaker bios

Nicole Wetsch is the manager of Occupational Health and Safety for the Edmonton Police Service (EPS). She leads a strong team of dedicated OHS professionals and Occupational Health Nurses who tackle the unique OHS challenges presented by law enforcement through focusing on education, engagement and out of the box thinking.

After obtaining her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Alberta she became a researcher in a medical microbiology lab, which sparked her interest in safety and inspired her to obtain her Canadian Registered Safety Professional designation. She left the lab to pursue an OHS career with the National Research Council, followed by EPS, where she was a consultant for five years before moving into the management position.

Wetsch is passionate about community and inclusion, serving as the president of her community league and spear heading a program for BIPOC and newcomer women within the community. The mother of two boys, she spends the rest of her time volunteering with their various sports teams, camping and gardening with her family and friends.


Lora McMillan is a queer woman working with Ledcor Construction in their Toronto branch. She started her career as a carpenter and worked her way up as a Superintendent and eventually to a Project Director and working to establish the Special Projects division at Ledcor Toronto. Lora is a founding member for Ledcor’s Inclusion and Diversity Advisory Council, and a staunch advocate for inclusion within the construction industry.


Karen Mosca is a Sr. Manager of Operations with Pembina Pipeline Corporation, a leading energy transportation and midstream service provider that has been serving North America’s energy industry for more than 65 years. Karen holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree.

Karen is a senior leader focused on delivering operational excellence through continuous improvement, employee engagement and customer satisfaction to create long term value for all her stakeholders. Prior to her current role with Pembina, Karen held various upstream Oil and Gas leadership roles in production engineering, operations engineering, corporate planning, drilling & completions, offshore project management, health & safety delivery for major projects including governance and assurance. Karen’s core values include safety, trust, collaboration, accountability, and authenticity.


Paula M.A. Campkin, MBA, CRSP, ICD.DOHS. Executive and Board Director. As Vice-President of Operations & Safety Centre of Excellence for Energy Safety Canada, Paula provides strategic leadership to the development of safety programs, training and initiatives to reduce injury and illness in the Canadian oil & gas industry.

Paula serves on the Board of Directors for the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada and SafeGen. Paula also serves on the editorial advisory board of OHS Canada magazine. She is Co-Founder and Inaugural Chairperson of the Women in Occupational Health & Safety Society, an organization with the mission to foster the advancement of women working in health and safety in Canada and has served as a Governor on the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals.