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When: Friday, October 6, 2017
7:30-10:00 am
Where: Sunningdale Golf and Country Club
465 Sunningdale Rd W
London, Ontario  N6G 5B9
Contact: Paula West

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Cheech and Chong were wonderful entertainment, but this is real life. Construction sites are dynamic and challenging workplaces, demanding full and sober attention from all participants. Contractors face substantial risks if workers are impaired. Statistics from jurisdictions in the USA where marijuana use is legal indicate the need for concern and pro-action is real and very important.

How will the world change when old 6 Pack Peter morphs into cannabis oil sandwich sauce Sonny?

This symposium will be followed by a one-day drug policy and program development workshop for interested companies. These sessions will educate you and help your company better manage this critical risk.


This session is free to members and $40 + HST for non-members

The Forum Leaders, each who is an expert in their field, are:

Barb Butler; President; Barbara Butler & Associates
Barb is an acknowledged expert in Canada in leading and assisting companies design, implement and execute effective alcohol and drug policies and programs. She is also assisting companies across Canada as they try to sort out their response to marijuana legalization. Additional to LDCA, she is currently assisting construction associations across Canada help their members best manage this evolving legal environment

Dr. Melissa Snider-Adler; Chief Medical Review Officer; Driver Check
Dr. Snider-Adler, M.D., C.C.F.P., M.R.O. (AAMRO), D.A.B.A.M., is the Chief MRO with DriverCheck Inc. DriverCheck, amongst various services, is the largest drug and alcohol testing provider in Canada. Melissa is a physician who practices in the field of addiction medicine and is also an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University Department of Family Medicine. Melissa is an expert, and industry leader, in workplace substance use, and addiction prevention and treatment

Ray Curran; President; Curran Contractors
Ray is the Owner of Curran Contractors. Curran Contractors is a General Contractor located in Sarnia. Curran Contractors works extensively in Chemical Valley, under the highest standard H&S environment in Ontario. Ray, as part of the Sarnia Construction Association, has been in the forefront of designing, implementing, executing and enforcing advanced drug and alcohol policies. His experiences and insights are invaluable.

The Moderator for this forum is:

Beth Traynor; Lawyer, Partner; Siskinds LLP
Beth is a partner in Siskinds Labour and Employment Group and has practiced exclusively management-side labour and employment law for her entire career. She has a particular focus on labour law and is one of the relatively few labour lawyers with expertise in the area of construction labour law. Beth enjoys travelling to represent clients across Southern Ontario, the Greater Toronto Area and the near North.

Key areas to be explored are:

Alcohol and Drug (Ab)Use and Its Impact on Construction Sites
o How will marijuana legalization impact construction sites? How can you best ensure all workers are fit for work - free of the negative impacts of alcohol and other drug use – including marijuana?

The Legal Framework: Evolution and Revolution
o How do privacy rights, obligations for a safe work place, medical need and other key factors shape the evolving legal framework for corporations? What best practices are in use to meet the challenge of the diverging and competing interests?

Marijuana; Medical, Recreational, Legal
o How does marijuana effect the body vs. other common substance? What, if any, is the role and value of medical marijuana? What are the key issues that increased marijuana use may have on workplaces?

Manage, Mitigate and Minimize your Risks with Sound Policies and Programs
o What are the top five practical actions you should take starting today to protect your employees, your worksites and yourselves? What are the key attributes of an effective alcohol and drug policy?

To prepare and become conversant with the issues please go to for extensive documentation.

We very much want to hear your opinions on this issue and how you have or may be impacted.
Seating is limited, interest is very high so please register early. Brownies may be served as part of breakfast

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