Chapter Meetings & Events

May Meeting - Safety Differently - Bruce Jackson

“Safety Differently” fundamental concepts in actual practice

Leading thinkers in OH&S have argued for some time that our current approach to workplace safety needs to change if we want to have safer workplaces – that we should approaching safety from a different perspective. The presenter will facilitate a workshop-style discussion to engage those in attendance to consider how the foundation concepts behind doing “safety differently” could be integrated into the BC OH&S regulatory framework, and in doing so, contribute to what we all strive for – safer workplaces.

Bruce Jackson - Advocate Workplace Safety Services


Bruce Jackson has worked in the OH&S field for 24 years. He is currently a consultant, COR auditor in the manufacturing sector, a sessional instructor in SFU’s OH&S Certificate program, and a serious part-time graduate student. He spent 20 years with WorkSafeBC working in a variety of roles – as a prevention officer, instructor, and manager of prevention quality assurance. Bruces commitment to the craft and his mentees is second to none. His broad knowledge and practical approach place him in the highest esteem by past and current colleagues

He’s a graduate of the BC Institute of Technology in both OH&S and Operations Management and holds a graduate degree in Human Factors & Safety Management Systems. Bruce has a Diploma in Adult Education, a Provincial Instructor Diploma, and studied business and economics at Simon Fraser University. He’s a Canadian Registered Safety Professional, a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH), and a Certified Environmental, Safety and Health Trainer.

Contact Information

Advocate Workplace Safety Services

#183-5148 Ladner Trunk Road

Delta, B.C.

V4K 5B6604-818-6211

June - Construction Differently Workshop

CSSE LMC and QSP Leadership are excited to present

The ‘Construction Safety…differently’ Workshop

All of the profit received for this course will be put forth to develop, mentor and provide scholarships for OH&S students and to expanding our knowledge for our members.

The ‘Construction Safety…differently’ Workshop

Safety management has traditionally focussed on the elimination of negative outcomes (incidents, injuries, errors, malfunctions). While this approach has led to significant improvements, it has also produced several problematic side effects: disengagement and disempowerment of people, increasing bureaucracy, loss of innovation and productivity. Furthermore, many organisations now struggle with plateauing safety records. Some industries even experience increasing injury and fatality rates despite unprecedented investments in safety.

Over the last 5 years, a growing number of organisations and thought-leaders have developed a set of ideas and practices that help organisations to overcome the current impasse.

This session will explore the changes that we need to make in what we do and how we do it as HS practitioners as well as the shifts in skills and competencies that are needed to make this paradigm change happen.

Presented by John Green and Jeff Lyth

John has worked in the oil, gas, petrochemical, electronics, heavy engineering, construction and aviation sectors and has 40 years’ experience of industrial safety. He is recognized and respected as someone who does safety differently and as major force for change in how industrial safety is delivered.

He has spent periods living and working overseas with in the Middle East, Iran, Europe, Hong Kong, New Zealand, parts of the USA and has recently returned from a 4-year spell in Australia covering major construction operations in the southern hemisphere.

He has held senior positions with Motorola, British Airways and Board level positions with McAlpine, Laing O'Rourke, Battersea Power Station Development Company and now AECON

He is currently the SVP and CSO for Aecon.

John holds qualifications in Occupational Health and Safety, Environmental Mgmt, Risk Mgmt, Change Mgmt, Psychology, Law and Philosophy and is currently studying towards a LLM. He is an advocate of doing safety differently and challenging traditional or orthodox thinking.

He spends any spare time that he has climbing in Europe and scuba diving across the world or any other pastime that requires exceptional risk management skills.

Since beginning his career in safety 27 years ago, Jeff Lyth has become recognized as an expert and innovator in workplace safety and leadership.

He obtained his Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC) designations and served as Director of Corporate Health and Safety for nearly a decade before leaving safety management to work entirely in the leadership development/safety differently space.

Throughout his career, Jeff has been involved in industry-leading innovation, such as the first Canadian use of computerized tower-crane anti-collision systems, the province-wide use of the ‘Safety Climate Tool’ survey from the Health and Safety Laboratory in the U.K., and the development of the BCCSA Silica Control Tool.

Jeff has represented the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) on Health Canada’s transition to the Globally Harmonized System (GHS), and was accepted by the Department of Foreign Affairs as a Canadian Construction Occupational Health and Safety Specialist and participated in two missions to central China.

He currently works in assisting organizations and safety departments to move beyond conventional views of health and safety and to break through the performance plateaus associated with those views.