PANEL DISCUSSION: EDUCATING SAFE USE AT WORK AND AT HOME
Hear from key industry experts as they discuss the important role employers have in addressing and training staff on safe use at both the workplace and at home. Learn more about what’s being done to educate the public on responsible cannabis use.
Ismaila Alfa, Host of Up to Speed on CBC Radio One 89.3 FM / 990 AM
Ismaila Alfa is the host of Up To Speed on CBC Radio One 89.3 FM / 990 AM in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Ismaila Alfa was born in Nigeria to a Nigerian father and Canadian mother. In fact, his mom hails from Pipestone, Manitoba.
He completed his early school years in Edmonton, wrapping up his middle and senior school years in Winnipeg. He pursued a civil engineering degree at the University of Manitoba but dropped out to tour Canada and the United States as a hip hop musician for eight years.
Likening his life to the movie Eight Mile, family and responsibility brought Ismaila Alfa and his vocal pipes back to Winnipeg. In January 2008, he joined the team at CBC Radio One.
ABOUT YOUR PANELISTS:
Michelle Walker, RN, BN, OHN , Senior Consultant Health and Wellness
Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries
Michelle is a registered nurse with a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing, postgraduate diploma in Occupational Health Nursing, and certificates in Management Development, Applied Management - Organizational Effectiveness, and Workplace Mental Health Leadership. Her expertise involves disability case management, and the implementation of successful modified work and wellness programs. She works in collaboration with various insurers, health care and treatment providers, lawyers, unions, and employers from various industries. Michelle is a member of the Workplace Wellness Alliance, Disability Management Best Practices group, and past president of the Manitoba Occupational Health Nurses Interest Group. She is currently employed at Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries where she coordinates occupational health resources for over 3000 employees.
Joel Gervais, Addictions & Training Specialist
CBI Health Centre, formerly Vital Life Inc.
Joel has worked in the private and public sector in the area of mental health and addictions for over 25 years. His experience includes 15 years with the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM) where he worked as both a Rehabilitation Counsellor and as a Prevention and Education Consultant. Joel’s last 10 years of specialization at AFM were in the area of Workplace Services. In that time, Joel provided consultation and training to private and public workplaces in the area of substance abuse and workplace intervention.
Kristianne Dechant, Manager of Communications, Policy and Research at the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba (LGCA)
Kristianne is the Manager of Communications, Policy and Research at the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba (LGCA), Manitoba’s new cannabis regulator. She has worked in regulation since 2005, when she began conducting academic gaming research for the former Manitoba Gaming Control Commission. Today, Kristianne brings her unique background in social sciences research and business to diverse projects that build policy and knowledge about the LGCA’s regulated industries, and that promote responsible sales and safer use of liquor, gaming and cannabis.
Shannon Fender, Director of Public Affairs, Garden Variety
Garden Variety is an adult-use retail cannabis stores in Manitoba, Initially, located in Winnipeg, Brandon and Thompson. The company is a partnership of the Fisher River Cree Nation, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Avana Canada Inc., MediPharm Labs, and Native Roots Dispensary. Garden Variety brings more than four years of specific adult-use cannabis retail experience to Manitoba from partner operations in Colorado.
An initiative by our Healthy Workplaces Committee: