UFred’s VP of Academics, partners present at annual CSSE conference

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Dr. Sheri McKillop offers solutions for generational differences in the workplace

From left to right, Jim Hopkins (Past President, CSSE); Eldeen Pozniak (Past President, CSSE); Sheri McKillop (VP Academics, UFred); and Diana Stegall (President-Elect, ASSP).

The University of Fredericton (UFred) had a significant presence at this year’s Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) Professional Development Conference in Niagara Falls from Sept. 12-21.

UFred shared a platform with leading experts from around the world who imparted their knowledge and provided practical insights on emerging issues in the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) industry through four keynote sessions, nine workshops and 32 concurrent sessions.

UFred’s VP of Academics, Dr. Sheri McKillop, presented the Multiple Generations on the Work Site session which examined the motivations of different age groups, and the challenges organizations face when dealing with their demands. Dr. McKillop offered solutions on how to design a workplace that is inclusive, ideas that appeal to each generation to bring them together as a high-functioning team, communications strategies, and how to view challenges through a generational lens.

Dr. Shelley Parker, an Industrial Psychologist with NB Power who has partnered with UFred on the development of educational programs, presented the workshop Safety: A State of Mind, which aimed to recognize the critical nature of one’s state of mind and the influence of an organization’s culture on employee safety. She presented award-winning, empirical evidence on how email communications and face-to-face communications can both negatively and positively impact employee mental health and safety.

In addition to these presentations, Eldeen Pozniak, who has partnered with UFred’s School of Occupational Health and Safety, exhibited her company, Pozniak Safety Association Inc.