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2010 Facilities Operational Forum and ORFA Annual General Meeting (FOF/AGM)

  • Wednesday, December 01, 2010
  • Markham, ON


  • *Includes 1 year individual membership

NOTE: Registration fee includes 13% HST
2010 Facilities Operational Forum and ORFA Annual General Meeting
Angus Glen Community Centre
3990 Major Mackenzie Dr, Markham, L6C 1P8  ON
Wednesday, December 1, 2010

How Important Is Proper Succession Planning For Aging Recreation Professionals?
Building on last year’s Facilities Operational Forum theme of aging recreation infrastructure, this year’s Forum will look at our industries aging workforce and the need to have a comprehensive training replacement plan in place for these skilled professionals. Many of today’s practitioners have had the luxury of growing-up inside our business and have learned invaluable skills and knowledge on the job spread over considerable time. Workers often started employment in one specific recreation environment and had responsibilities added as the operational infrastructure grew over time.  Training was also spread out based on budget allowance, priority and time availability. The replacement of these knowledgeable individuals will not be an easy task.  Today, with a greater emphasis and employer responsibility on health and safety, replacement workers will need to be fully trained for the tasks at hand when hired and will not be afforded the opportunity to learn on the job as much as was permitted in the past.

The Tim Hickman tragedy on March 23rd, 1996 was a pivotal moment for our industry. Tim’s death was the first real warning sign that a recreation environment is a workplace that requires specific ongoing worker training and failure to do so could have tragic consequences.

This year’s Operational Forum will look at the importance of developing and maintaining a clear worker replacement training plan for recreation facility professionals.

8:00 am to 8:45 am • Delegate Registration

9:00 am to 10:00 am • Threads of Life – Supporting Families After The Workplace Tragedy
Shirley and Bob Hickman are the parents of Tim Hickman. Since their son’s tragedy they have been active in ensuring that his loss will not be repeated in another family. Being members of the Threads of Life organization helps keep them focused on this goal. Threads of life is a national registered charity dedicated to supporting families along their journey of healing who have suffered from a workplace fatality, life-altering illness or occupational disease. They help families protect future generations of Canadian workers. Shirley will help set the tone of the Forum in hope that you will listen closely to what the other speakers will be presenting on the importance of having and maintaining a positive workplace training environment.
Presenters:  Mrs. Shirley Hickman

10:00 am to 11:00 am • 2010 CORPORATE SHOWCASE

11:00 am to 12:00 NOON • If You Think Training Is Expensive –
Try Having An Accident

The ORFA continues to work closely with the Ministry of Labour on issues and focal points affecting our industry. As much as the ORFA tries to relay messages of responsibility under the Occupational Health and Safety Act we believe that hearing directly from the source is a valuable experience. The Ministry of Labour will attend and speak generally on workplace roles and responsibilities that must be considered each workday. They will share available tools to assist workplaces in meeting and maintaining basic workplace obligations. Our environments hire many seasonal staff members who are often defined as “young workers” – we often fail to provide these individuals with adequate training for the tasks we expect them to accomplish. As stated by a CAO after one young workers accident – “if you think training young workers is expensive - try having an accident”.
Presenter:  Wayne De L’Orme, Provincial Coordinator, Industrial Health & Safety Program, Ministry of Labour

12:00 NOON to 12:45 pm • 2010 CORPORATE SHOWCASE

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm • Lunch & Annual General Meeting
    1. Call to Order - Rob Lilbourne, President & Chair of the Board
    2. Approval of the Annual General Meeting minutes of Wednesday December 2, 2009
    3. President’s Report
    4. Treasurer’s Report
        a) Presentation of 2009 audited financial statements
        b) Confirmation of auditors for 2010
    5. Nominating Committee Report
    6. Other Business

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm • The Workwell Audit - Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)
Most employers believe that a young worker accident will not happen on their watch – this presentation will look at some of the frightening statistics regarding young worker injuries in Ontario. The Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board is best known for providing compensation and support after a workplace accident, however, WSIB does provide a variety of other services; one of which is workplace safety audits. Mr. Langer will walk participants through the requirements and benefits of the Workwell Audit. This review is designed as a means to enhance a health and safety management system. Being prepared in advance of the audit is a sign of diligence – are you confident that your current system would pass such a review?
Presenter:  Mr. Ken Langer - Assistant Director, System Collaboration Branch, Prevention Division, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm • What Role Does ORFA Play in Helping Train Recreation Workers?
Through the Tim Hickman tragedy as well as different inspection or audit outcomes the ORFA has evolved in our role of assisting members in meeting internal training needs. Many members rely solely on the ORFA, or its partner organizations, to provide workers with training to meet requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Some employers believe that once a worker has attended an ORFA training session, their role is done! Nothing is farther from the truth as there continues to be a workplace specific responsibility that an employer (or designated supervisor) must continue when the employee returns to the workplace after taking training.   The ORFA is proud of what we have accomplished in the area of training and development since our inception.  However, we recognize that our function continues to evolve as we respond to member needs and different pressure points.  Some of these pressure points will be addressed further as members are asked to consider both short and long-term employee training plans.
Presenter: Terry Piche RRFA, CIT, Technical Director, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association

Questions and Wrap-up

3990 Major Mackenzie Dr, Ontario L6C 1P8

Tel. 905-944-3777

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Directions From 401: Hwy-401 to Hwy-404 to Major MacKenzie Dr./Hwy-25 exit 31. East on Major MacKenzie Dr./Hwy-25 and arena is on the left between Warden Ave. & Kennedy Rd.
Directions From 407 Eastbound: East on Hwy-407 to Warden Ave. exit. North on Warden to Major MacKenzie Dr./Hwy-25. East (right) on Major MacKenzie Dr./Hwy-25 and arena is on the left between Warden Ave. & Kennedy Rd.
Directions From 407 Westbound: West on Hwy-407 to Kennedy Rd. exit. North on Kennedy to Major MacKenzie Dr./Hwy-25. West (left) on Major MacKenzie Dr./Hwy-25 and arena is on the right between Kennedy Rd. & Warden Ave.


Corporate Showcase
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