Managing Substance Abuse in the Workplace
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When: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Where: Hilton Suites Winnipeg Airport
1800 Wellington Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3H 1B2
Contact: Kayla-Lynn Desorcy

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According to the Canadian Community Health Survey (2012), 1.4 million people or 4.4% of Canadians met the criteria for a substance use disorder. And a June 2018 report cited the total cost of lost productivity in Canada at $15.7 billion, with $555 million in Manitoba alone. There’s no doubt that substance abuse is costing companies money and that it is harmful to individuals but what can employers do to manage substance abuse in the workplace?


This workshop will cover:

  • Why a substance abuse policy is important and considerations when drafting your own policy. 
  • How and why to include drug testing. 
  • The intervention process: how to manage this issue in a "compassionate and legal way" focusing on what constitutes a best practice approach and why. 
  • How to get people to seek help and what that help should look like. 
  • How to return people to work in a safe way, taking into consideration issues of accommodation 


Please join us on April 18 for this solutions-focused workshop.


Joel Gervais, Addictions and Training Specialist at CBI Health Centre
Jamie Jurczak, Partner at Taylor McCaffrey LLP

Time: 8:00-8:30AM - Breakfast and registration
8:30AM-12:00PM - Sessions
Cost: Member - $175
Non-Member - $225
Registration Deadline: Monday, April 15, 2019 
Event Cancellation Policy: This event is governed by our general Professional Development Cancellation, Refund & Transfer Policy. To learn more, click here.
Registration Includes:  Continental breakfast, health break 


More about the presenters:

Jamie Alyce Jurczak, Taylor McCaffrey LLP
Jamie is a Partner with Taylor McCaffrey LLP, where she is a member of their labour and employment law and civil litigation practice groups.  She is experienced in all facets of management-side labour and employment law, and advises her clients on a wide range of workplace matters including employee discipline, wrongful dismissals, human rights, grievance and interest arbitrations, and collective agreement negotiations.  Her practice has a special focus on occupational health and safety matters.  Outside of the practice of law, Jamie is quite involved in the Manitoba business community, and owns her own dance studio in Winnipeg, where she continues to teach ballet, jazz, and musical theatre.

Joel Gervais, Addictions & Training Specialist, CBI Health Centre
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. Joel has also worked on several National substance abuse initiatives including 4 years with the Canadian Centre of Substance Abuse (CCSA) where he provided consultation and support to the Canada’s National Alcohol and Drug Strategy.

Joel is currently an Addiction and Training Specialist with CBI Health Centre. Joel also works with many First Nations in Canada and is currently the lead Addictions Consultant with Manitoba Hydro’s Keeyask and Keewatinohk Dam projects in northern Manitoba.


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