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ProtectHer: The Women’s Safety Leadership & PPE Symposium
March 27, 2024 at 1:30pm ET

This exclusive virtual event is an exceptional platform to celebrate, learn from, and network with influential women leaders in safety.

Building on the crucial dialogue started by OHS Canada in 2023, this event will delve deeper into the specific needs and challenges related to personal protective equipment (PPE) for women. This discussion aims to highlight innovations, share best practices, and push for advancements in PPE that are inclusive and designed with women’s unique requirements in mind.

New for 2024, we’re bringing together a panel of top female safety leaders who have shattered barriers in their journey. They will share their experiences and challenges while they explore the broader impact of diversity and equity in leadership roles, discussing how it benefits not only the organizations but also enriches the safety profession.

This half-day educational forum is an exclusive opportunity to position your organization as a supporter of women in OHS and be part of the crucial conversation around PPE and safety leadership.  Join us in making the ProtectHer Symposium a landmark event that not only addresses vital issues in women’s workplace safety but also paves the way for a more inclusive and diverse future.


1:30pm - 1:35pm
Welcome and opening remarks

Speaker: Todd Humber, Senior Editor, OHS Canada
Todd Humber is an award-winning workplace journalist who has covered the world of occupational health and safety for more than two decades. He is currently the senior editor for OHS Canada and its sister publication Talent Canada.

Keynote Speakers

  • Shirley Hickman, Founder and Executive Director, Threads of Life
  • Maureen Shaw, Health & Safety Thought Leader

2:15pm - 2:30pm

PPE for Women: How It’s Evolving

  • Nicole Wetsch, Manager, Occupational Health and Safety Section, Edmonton Police Service
  • Renae Campbell, Field Safety Specialist, Levitt-Safety
  • Roma Rana, Occupational Health and Safety Advisor, Dufferin Construction
Last year, OHS Canada took an in-depth look at PPE for women and the challenges in getting proper fitting gear. This year, we reconvene a panel discussion to find out what has changed over the last 12 months. What has improved and where do we still have work to do?

Women in Safety Leadership

  • Paula Campkin, VP, Operations and Safety, Energy Safety Canada (Moderator)
  • Manasi Koushik, VP, Sustainability, Quality & Community, Dexterra
  • Shannon Truax-Wardell, VP, Safety and Health, East Operations, CRH Canada
  • Mary Emirzian, HR Manager, CRH Canada
This panel of female safety leaders will share the secrets of their success, discussing what it takes to elevate the profile of women in OHS.

Closing remarks

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Frequently Asked Questions About ProtectHer: The Women’s Safety Leadership & PPE Symposium

When & Where?

ProtectHer: The Women’s Safety Leadership & PPE Symposium will take place virtually via Zoom Webinar on March 27, 2024 at 1:30pm ET.

There will be a 15 minute break between live sessions.

Why Virtual?

The safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers, and community is our number one priority. By making this event an online experience, it eliminates the need for attendees and sponsors to travel in-person, while enabling them to still benefit from the event content.

What’s Included?

Your registration provides you with access to watch the virtual keynote, all live sessions, and on-demand recorded content and product demonstrations.

How do I access?

We will email you an access link to the virtual event the morning of March 27, 2024.

If you don’t see an access link in your email inbox, please check your junk folder. If you are still unable to locate the email, contact Tara Jacobs.