Actsafe Event Safety Conference
March 7–8, 2019 
Delta Hotels by Marriott Burnaby Conference Centre

Sharing knowledge about making live events and performing arts workplaces safer for workers and audiences alike!

Read on for all the latest conference announcements!

Last Chance to Purchase Your Pass!

Are you ready for Actsafe's 2019 Event Safety Conference? If you haven't registered yet, get on it! Ticket sales end next Wednesday, March 6th at noon.

This year's event includes 40 90-minute sessions about all manner of health, wellness, and safety for our industry. Five sessions run concurrently each day, so there's something for everybody!

In response to demand, we've incorporated two themed "tracks" into our programming. Interested in live events planning? Find lots of sessions for you on Thursday, March 7 as part of our Live Events Track. Focused on the technical side of the industry? You can find at least one session in each time slot on Friday, March 8 as part of our Rigging Track, sponsored by Riggit Services Inc. 

Kick off the event with a pre-conference Icebreaker event sponsored by CITT at the conference venue on the evening of March 6. During the conference, plan to stay for our evening social events on the tradeshow floor, immediately following the conference at 5 pm on March 7 and 8. Appetizers will be served; cash bar. 

Check out the latest updates below, and visit for more!

Latest Session Announcements

Municipal Planning of Outdoor Events (panel)
With Frank Dodich, Emergency Planning Coordinator, City of Vancouver; Trevor Hyland, Coordinator, Office of Emergency Management, City Cultural Events, Production Unit, City of Toronto; Cory Philley, Theatre and Events Services Coordinator, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Moderator: Geoff Teoli, Senior Manager of Film & Special Events, City of Vancouver

#MeToo: One Year Later (panel)
With Jennifer Bernard, General Manager, Stage Fab; Erin Nelligan, Lighting Operator, IATSE Local 891; Corinne Kessel, Principal, Greenscape Design & Decor; Natasha Tony, IATSE Local 891 & LR Consultant. Moderator: Hanne Lene Dalgleish

Respectful Workplaces in the Entertainment Industry (presentation)
With Natasha Tony, IATSE 891 & LR Consultant

Women's Health & Safety in the Workplace (presentation)
With Sheila Moir, Facilitator, BCFED Health and Safety Centre

Risk Assessments (presentation)
With Jenny Colman, Ergonomist and Kim Stubbs, Industry Specialist, Industry & Labour Services, WorkSafeBC

Effective OH&S Committees (presentation)
With Paul Bergin, Occupational Safety Officer, WorkSafeBC
I Want It That Way! The Backstreet Boys Evacuation, Thackerville, OK (presentation)
With Steven A. Adelman, Adelman Law Group, PLLC; Vice President of the Event Safety Alliance

Multidisciplinary Approach to Preventing and Managing Head Injuries (panel)
Dr. Shelina Babul, Associate Director and Sports Injury Specialist with the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit; Denise Beaton, Provincial Coordinator for Injury Prevention, Population and Public Health Department at the BC Centre for Disease Control and Prevention; Peter Boulanger, Artistic Director, The Underground Circus; Jeff Russell, PhD, AT, FIADMS, Licensed Athletic Trainer, Associate Professor of Athletic Training and Director of Science and Health in Artistic Performance (SHAPe), Ohio University; Lori Stewart, Health & Safety Performer Advocate, UBCP/ACTRA

Investigations (presentation)
With Nigel Corduff, Investigations Officer, WorkSafeBC and Paul Bergin, Occupational Safety Officer, WorkSafeBC

Before and After a Workplace Injury (presentation)
With Claire Mocock, Canadian Registered Safety Professional, and Evan Alvernaz, Principal and Senior Consultant, Arcose Consulting Ltd.

Rigging Track

What Do You Want To Know About Rigging? (panel/roundtable)
With Rick Smith, President, Riggit; Sean Clark, Arena Head Rigger, Riggit; Rod Haney, Rigging Grip, IATSE 891 Tom Heemskerk, Head Stage Carpenter and Assistant Technical Director, Royal Theatre & McPherson Playhouse

Vectorworks: Can It Make My Project Safer? (interactive)
With Charles Arrata, Project X and Geoff McEvoy, VP of Operations, Riggit Services Inc.

Chain Motors Demo (interactive)
With Geoff McEvoy, VP of Operations, Riggit

Who Did These Calculations?? (panel)
With Geoff McEvoy, VP of Operations, Riggit; Rick Smith, President, Riggit; Charles Arrata (Project X); Sean Dingley, Principal, aDB Engineering; WorkSafeBC; Steven A. Adelman, Adelman Law Group, PLLC and Vice President of the Event Safety Alliance
Changes In The Rigging Industry (panel)
With Rick Smith, President, Riggit; Charles Arrata, Project X; Rod Haney, Rigging Grip, IATSE 891

Rope Access and Its Role In Entertainment (panel)
With Alex Heuer, Riggit - RA2; Sean Clark, Riggit - RA2; Ali Pattie, Riggit - RA3; Wesley Chadwick, Technical Access Group- RA3; Carleton Rescue Equipment

Ropework: It's Not Just Knots (interactive)
With Tom Heemskerk, Head Stage Carpenter and Assistant Technical Director, Royal Theatre & McPherson Playhouse

Gear Heads: Rigging Gear Playtime (interactive)
With Geoff McEvoy, VP of Operations, Riggit; Carleton Rescue Equipment; Wesley Chadwick, Technical Access Group
Rigging Track generously sponsored by Riggit Services Inc.

Live Events Track

#TorontoStrong (presentation)
With Trevor Hyland, Coordinator, Office of Emergency Management and Nathaniel Kennedy, Supervisor, Production, City Cultural Events, Arts & Cultural Services, City of Toronto

Mayhem at Events, and How to Prevent (Some of) It (keynote)
With sports and entertainment lawyer Steven A. Adelman, Adelman Law Group, PLLC, Vice President of Event Safety Alliance

Detection and Care of Concussions in Performing Arts Venues (presentation)
With Jeff Russell, PhD, AT, FIADMS, Licensed Athletic Trainer, Associate Professor of Athletic Training and Director of Science and Health in Artistic Performance (SHAPe), Ohio University

Safer Spaces on the Road (presentation)
With Ashtyn Bevan & Stacey Forrester of Good Night Out Vancouver, and Allie Sheldan of the band Little Destroyer
The Threat of Counter Terrorism and Its Impact on Crowds in Emergencies (presentation)
With Eric Stuart, QPM, BA Hons, UKCMA - Director, Gentian Events

Mass Gathering Medicine TableTop Game (Music Festival Edition): An Interactive Workshop on Event Medical Planning (interactive)
With Adam Lund, Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, UBC
Facilitators: Elora Martin, Kerrie Lewis, Jordan Myers, and Daniel Doan

BCEHS Specialty Resources (panel)
With Daniel Doan Planning Supervisor: Special Operations, Patient Care Delivery, BCEHS and Darren Metta, BC Ambulance Service - Special Operations

Does My Show or Venue Need a Railing? (presentation)
With Janet Sellery of Sellery Health + Safety
More Sessions


We're thrilled to be welcoming a fabulous roster of presenters and panelists to the 2019 Event Safety Conference. Here's a sample of some of the folks who will join us on March 7–8. 
More Presenters

Sign Up Now For Complimentary Industry Training!

Conference registration also offers a full-day complimentary industry training course at Actsafe's offices. Take your pick: Firearm Safety Training - Level 1 (March 5) or Occupational First Aid - Level 1 (March 6).

Contact our office to book your spot (details in conference registration confirmation email).
If you have registered for the conference and wish to attend industry training but have not yet done so, please contact us now to confirm your spot as space is very limited!
Note that industry training is limited to the conference registrant only and is non-transferrable.

Tradeshow Exhibitors

Just Announced! Test out the new Ryze-MEWP VR Simulator, offered through United Academy®, on the tradeshow floor! This award-winning virtual reality training solution is designed for mobile elevated work platform operators and is an excellent training tool for all worker skill levels.
Visit these exhibitors and more on the tradeshow floor!

Register Now! 

  • 40 90-Min Sessions
  • 20+ Tradeshow Exhibitors
  • Live Demonstrations in the Riggit Truss Cube
  • 3 Social Events
  • Free Industry Training Sessions
  • 200+ Delegates
  • 2 Full Days of Programming
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