Instructor Bios

Keith Arkell

Keith ArkellKeith retired from Metro Vancouver (formerly Greater Vancouver Regional District) in 2012 where he was a member of the Safety, Security and Emergency Management team for about twenty years. Prior to that, he spent a couple of years in the Healthcare sector and another dozen or so years in safety at the City of Calgary.

His interest in Contractor Safety Management came about out of necessity. The changing OHS Regulation in the early 90’s also brought some large complex contracts to be managed. As WSBC policies and practices have changed, Keith has kept abreast and is able to pass along his Contractor Safety Management expertise and experiences to others in the municipal sector.


 Linda Bryant

Linda brings 24+ years of experience in the Municipal sector Occupational Health and Safety and Disability Management/Return to Work programs for the District of Saanich  until her recent retirement in June 2014. She was instrumental in preparing the District of Saanich for their first successful COR Audit including the Occupational Health and Safety and Return to Work certificates. She worked diligently in both areas to ensure a very high standard was achieved and maintained. Linda is currently certified as an Internal and External Auditor for the BCMSA.

Prior to joining the District of Saanich, Linda worked in heavy construction and the ship repair industry as Occupational Health and Safety and Occupational First Aid attendant. She has spent over 20 years as an Occupational First Aid Level III instructor and mentor to many in the Victoria and surrounding areas. She was also one of the first Traffic Control instructors for the new TCP program and has an excellent understanding of the needs and requirements of the program.

Linda has spent many years sharing her knowledge in Health and Safety through her instructing of a variety of programs, such as Supervisor Responsibilities, Due Diligence, Workplace Inspections, Accident/Incident Investigations, JOHSC responsibilities, Traffic Control planning, Emergency Scene Traffic Control / train the trainer, and WHMIS. She brings humor where she can to the classroom while still ensuring it is understood Safety is a serious business!


Phil Eastwood – Fiore Group Training Inc.

Phil EastwoodPhil Eastwood (MA.) is a renowned trainer, consultant and speaker in the field of Workplace Violence Prevention and Respectful Workplace issues. His audiences and clients love his professional, authentic, humorous and highly interactive style. “Creating incredibly safer workplaces” is his goal in everything he does, in order that employees enjoy a safer and healthier working experience wherever they are.

As a professional, with a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training, Phil brings over 30 years of policing experience from both sides of the Atlantic to his programs and clients. For more than a decade, Phil has been providing a range of workplace safety services to organizations – allowing them to bring critical occupational health and safety components to their workplaces, meeting and exceeding provincial and national regulations in the process. His training is highly interactive using ‘best practices,’ provincial and federal legislation as well as current, local and relevant examples to make the experience memorable and significant.

Phil began his career in the UK as a ‘bobby’ where he honed his verbal communication skills on the streets of London. This background afforded him the ability to blend sound and practical advice regarding the current provincial and federal justice system, (since issues that affect the workplace can cross over into criminal behavior) and acting as an advocate for adopting a proactive and forthright approach to tackling risks when they have been identified.


Dar Franklin – inTerra Solutions

Dar FranklinDar Franklin is an active 19 year veteran in the Shoring and Excavation field. Utilizing the very latest technologies and practices, he works closely with the Civil and Municipal sectors, as well as private and public businesses, organizations, and the Oil and Gas industry.

His daily hands on activities in the field, have given Dar a unique and well founded understanding of shoring and excavation work and the multiple scenarios and hazards involved. He brings this knowledge, technical expertise, background, and passion for the industry, combined with a human touch and sense of humour to the training setting.  Regarded as a true professional in his field, Dar is frequently asked to speak or present at industry conferences and events.  He has been actively training for 15+ years.


Michael Glassco – Sterling IAQ Consultants Ltd.

Michael GlasscoMichael Glassco is President of Sterling IAQ Consultants Ltd. and has been providing consulting services in the areas of indoor air quality, mould, hazardous materials (asbestos), occupational hygiene and occupational health and safety field since 1990 during which time he has managed and been responsible for hundreds of different projects.

He has regularly been called upon to provide education and training in the areas of asbestos, mould, indoor air quality and general health and safety. Michael has been providing training services for the BCMSA since 2012.


Mike Harnett – WorkSMART Ergonomics Ltd. and Six Safety Systems

Mike HarnettMike has over twenty-five years experience as both a practitioner and manager of ergonomics systems and programming within various municipal, provincial and federal government agencies as well as private industry ranging from manufacturing to oil & gas to healthcare. Having worked with dozens of municipalities in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan, she has acquired an extensive knowledge of the hazards contributing to musculoskeletal disorders with these environments and now brings that expertise to the BCMSA.

She is recognized as a specialist in the development and delivery of innovative training for both management and workers and is a sought after keynote and technical speaker at international conferences. Known for her ability to hold everyone’s attention, she uses interactive methods with a healthy dose of fun thrown in.

Currently, Mike is serving a dual role as Vice President of Human Factors for Six Safety Systems, as well as being the Director of Operations for WorkSMART Ergonomics Ltd. where she continues to oversee the growth and expansion of ergonomics and human factors in industry in Canada.


 Randy Hooge, CRSP – WHS Consulting

Randy HoogeRandy Hooge is currently a health and safety consultant with his own consulting firm, Workplace Health & Safety Consulting (WHSC), specializing in safety training, OHS program review and development, hazard identification and risk assessments, and COR preparation.

He is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) with over 20 years experience as a health, safety and security manager in healthcare and municipal government.

Prior to entering the field of occupational health and safety he spent 12 years as a professional Firefighter and Captain with the Kamloops Fire Rescue Service.


Tom Lauritzen – 24/7 Safety & Health Inc.

Tom retired from a 35 year career at WorkSafeBC which included being an Occupational Safety Officer and Regional Prevention Manager. He spent several years at WorkSafeBC working in their Education and Training Section, developing and delivering various health and safety related subjects and programs. Since retiring, Tom has returned to his passion of getting the health and safety message out by delivering various health and safety courses. His comfortable and energetic presentation style is an asset in sharing the knowledge.


Spencer McDonald – Thinking Driver

Spencer McDonaldA respected authority on driver behaviour, psychology and training, Mr. McDonald is the founder and President of Thinking Driver and has guided his organization to a leadership position in driver safety across Canada.

As a specialist in program design and a background and education in counselling psychology, Spencer has worked in the road safety field since 1984 and has trained thousands of drivers and instructors including school transportation, police, firefighters and emergency vehicle operators throughout Canada and the U.S.

He won the 2008 Transport Canada and Transportation Association of Canada Award of Achievement and the 2013 Canadian Society of Safety Engineering Outstanding Achievement Award for his 30 years in driver safety.

Spencer appears frequently on national television and radio, writes a column for Canadian Occupational Safety e-magazine, and is an international speaker on the topics of road and fleet safety, aggressive driving, and driver training.


Chelsea Steinfeld – Epic Safety Consulting

Chelsea SteinfeldChelsea Steinfeld graduated the BCIT Occupational Health and Safety Program in 1999 and brings a wealth of OH&S knowledge to any workplace. She has safety experience in a variety of industries including oil & gas, education, healthcare and municipal government.

As a Safety Advisor for the Township of Langley, and most recently as the Manager of Audit and Training Services at the BCMSA, her municipal experience is extensive. She has been involved in all aspects of OH&S including auditing, disability management, training, program development and inspections. She enjoys presenting and takes a common sense approach to workplace health and safety.


Margaret Tebbutt

Senior Consultant, Workplace Initiatives
Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division.

Margaret frequently presents at conferences on strategic approaches to psychological health and safety in the workplace, as well as delivering workshops to help managers and union leaders develop the knowledge and skills to more effectively deal with mental health issues.    She managed CMHA’s National Bottom Line Conferences from 2011 until 2013.

Prior to joining CMHA in 2005, she held positions as Senior Advisor, Executive Development for the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business; Director, Client Service Delivery with Western Economic Diversification Canada; and in Canada’s foreign service at embassies abroad.

Margaret graduated from the University of Calgary and then the University of Montpellier (France) with a Maïtrise ès letters (MA).   She also completed executive training through the National Defence College, UBC Sauder School of Business, and the Canadian Centre for Executive Development.

Participants in Margaret’s workshops say they value “the practical advice, the realistic case studies, the knowledgeable presenter” as well as her “exemplary level of professionalism and dedication to customizing the workshop material”.


 Tom Walker

Tom is a graduate of Burnaby South High School and the Commerce faculty at UBC. During school he spent summers performing surveys for the BC Forest Service. He joined BC Hydro and spent thirty five years in a variety of Engineering, Administrative and Managerial positions involving Human Resources, Safety and Line Management. This included Training and Development Manager, HR Manager Construction, and HR Manager Electrical Operations. He then moved to line management in District Operations responsible for Electrical Distribution for his assigned District. His first assignment was Managerial relief in Powell River.  He has also worked in Port Hardy, Port Alberni, Nanaimo, and Courtenay, where he looked after Courtenay and Powell River Districts. Since his retirement from BC Hydro, he has been instructing safety oriented courses for public safety, and in such areas as confined space entry, environmental requirements, conducting safety meetings, designing safety programs, etc.

Tom also instructs for the Canadian Firearms Safety Program, both non-restricted and restricted, and the Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Program.

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