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The Quarterly Safety Symposium!

We recently completed our Quarterly Safety Symposium and it was attended by over 180 staff, craft and client representatives. We had two speakers attend the symposium.

Shawn Farquhar

Shawn Farquhar has been entertaining audiences around the globe for over two decades. His magic has been seen on television, in motion pictures and on the most luxurious of cruise vessels.

His recent appearances on television, including ELLEN and Penn & Teller’s Fool Us, have garnered him a worldwide following.

He has been given Lifetime Achievement Awards by the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians and the Vancouver Magic Circle, twice named Magician of the Year by the Canadian Association of Magicians, Grand Prix D’Honneur by the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians.

He has been awarded both Stage Magician of the Year and Sleight of Hand Magician of the Year by the International Brotherhood of Magicians – the only person to win both of the top categories in the history of the organization, and has won the highest award in magic the Grand Prix World Champion of Magic at the Olympics of Magic in Beijing, China.

He is one of the world’s top lecturers in Magic, has his own company that designs, manufactures, and sells illusion equipment, is a frequent performer for the Disney Cruise Ships, including the Disney Magic, and has performed for Queen Elizabeth and the Hell’s Angels – although not at the same gig.

Our second speaker was Robert Day

Robert Day is a recently retired Senior Regulatory Advisor, licensed investigator and paralegal with over 21 years experience in multiple aspects of risk management in jurisdictions including, but not limited to, Canada and the United States, the United Kingdom and China. Robert started his career working as a Canadian Armed Forces Fire Fighter and Emergency Medical Technician. He holds numerous designations in the fields of health and safety, emergency response, human resources and security.

He was retained by McLennan Ross LLP (leading OHS law firm in Western Canada), until he retired, as a resource relating to the provision of legal advice and opinion on the interpretation of existing and proposed occupational health and safety legislation.

Rob directed the Office of Regulatory Change Management, whose activities include monitoring the regulatory change processes prior to proclamation. His work includes introducing proposed legislative wording and determining the operational impact of proposed legislative change. He also works with both regulatory bodies and industry/standard setting organizations that endeavour to have legislative input.

The theme of the symposium was “The Magic of Competency.” Magic, like any other profession, requires the development of a specific set of competencies – to hold the title of World Champion of Magic, a level of mastery is demanded. This keynote presentation looks at commonalities in assessing and developing functional competency in the areas of health and safety risk management and magic.

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The feedback from the event was very positive. We look forward to the next one.