Safety Motivation in Small Business

Dr. Mark Fleming 

Dr. Mark Fleming is the CN Professor of Safety Culture at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax. He received his Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Human Factors from Aberdeen University and his PhD in Psychology from The Robert Gordon University in Scotland. Mark is an applied psychologist with nearly 20 years of experience in industrial health and safety management in high hazard industries including the offshore oil and gas, nuclear power, petrochemical, power generation and construction. He is dedicated to developing practical and valid tools to assist organisations to prevent harm.


Fishing Safety Now

Amanda Dedrick 

Amanda is a graduate of the Nova Scotia Community College and is continuing her education currently at the University of New Brunswick. She was more than thrilled to accept the position of the Executive Director continuing to do what she loves, to help people. Amanda has a vast amount of knowledge when it comes to the Fishing Industry and knows how dangerous yet rewarding the job can be.

She was raised in a small fishing community, Shelburne, and most her family and friends make a living off of fishing. She grew up painting buoys and helping her dad around the boat. She is no stranger to the danger of the ocean and knows firsthand how scary it can be not only to be on the water but to have a loved one out to sea.

Amanda is passionate about what she does and continues to work hard to help the Fishing Industry in Nova Scotia become the safest it can be!


The Power of Partnerships Panelists

On Monday afternoon we will hear about the important of partnerships in delivering ag health and safety programs.

Niels Koehncke

“The Saskatchewan Agricultural Health and Safety Network”

Dr. Niels Koehncke is a specialist in occupational medicine and Director of the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada. He has been a faculty member at the University and CCHSA since 2000 and has served as CCHSA Director since 2012. His interests include medical and post-graduate education, industrial hygiene, exposure assessment and agricultural health. His current research is in the area of agricultural injuries and health and safety in the veterinary profession.


Sandy Miller


Sandy Miller is the Account Manager, Agriculture for Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) in Ontario, Canada. Sandy works with partners and volunteers to extend WSPS reach in providing health and safety solutions to workplaces, family farms, young and new workers, children and vulnerable populations in Ontario’s Ag/rural sector.



Paul Hoekstra

“The Good Growth Plan: A Company Initiative to Promote Worker Safety and Sustainable Agriculture”

Dr. Paul Hoekstra is the Sr. Stewardship and Policy Manager for Syngenta Canada, an agri-business committed to sustainable agriculture.

With a strong background in regulatory affairs, communication and stakeholder engagement, Paul oversees Syngenta’s various stewardship and related outreach activities. Paul has served in various roles at Syngenta ranging from regulatory affairs, product safety, HS&E, and stewardship. He also represents Syngenta on several industry committees on the safe and sustainability use of plant science technology.

Technology in Ag

This session will highlight the up and coming trends in technology – the behind the scenes work that makes new technology safe. 

Rick Weires

Rick Weires is the Manager of Product Safety at John Deere in Moline, Illinois.  Rick and his wife Karen have three daughters ages 20, 23 and 26.  With a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Iowa and a BA of Arts in Engineering from Loras College, Rick has 19 years of experience at John Deere working mostly in product safety and in a compliance roll. Currently leading company-wide efforts to deal with the safety of new technologies including electrification of 32 to 1500 volts, motion control systems and camera systems. Rick also supports and leads standard development efforts in these areas.

Mental Health in Canadian Agriculture Panelists

On Wednesday, we will hear about the current research on mental health in Canadian Agriculture and the programs and support organizations have put in place to support the agriculture community.

Andria Jones-Bitton, DVM, PhD

“The Human Side of Farming: Mental Health in Canadian Agriculture”

Dr. Andria Jones-Bitton is a veterinarian and Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. Her research largely centres on the epidemiology of mental health and resilience in the agricultural and veterinary sectors. She uses a mixed research methods approach
(quantitative and qualitative) to achieve her research objectives. Andria loves Canadian agriculture and the veterinary profession, and is proud to work with Canadian farmers, veterinarians, and students.

Kim Hyndman-Moffat

Farmers Are Talking, Are you Listening?”

Kim Hyndman-Moffat has worked as a phone line crisis counsellor for the Manitoba Farm, Rural and Northern Support Services for the last 18 years. With a background in Psychiatric Nursing, she has been working in the field of mental health for the last 25 years. She was raised on a small family farm north of Brandon, Manitoba. Upon marrying a farmer, they happily operated a mixed farm with grain, cattle, chickens, turkeys while raising 3 children. Life on the farm was both beautiful and full of ongoing challenges. With the onset of BSE and mounting financial pressures, Kim and her partner made the difficult and painful decision to  leave farming in 2006. Through this experience she learned a great deal about herself, the industry and what farm families need to feel supported in their times of struggle. Today her partner enjoys a challenging career as a Paramedic and she continues to counsel farmers and their families through her work at the Farm, Rural and Northern Support Services.

Carolyn Van Den Heuvel

“Farm Family Support Line, Is It Enough?”

Carolyn Van Den Heuvel, P.Ag., is the Manager of Farm Safety Nova Scotia and is responsible for the delivery of programs and services to the agriculture community including oversight of the Farm Family Support Line, a member assistance program.   Growing up on a beef farm in Antigonish County, Carolyn developed a passion for agriculture at a young age.  Involved in the farm operation the moment her feet hit the ground, Carolyn attended the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (now Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture) graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. With a love of farming, Carolyn spent a number of years working as a herdsperson on dairy farms, expanding her knowledge of farming and agricultural business.  In 2012, Carolyn began her career in agricultural health and safety with the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association and the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture.