Sept. 4, 2019

Register now for Safety and Wellness Week sessions

Space is limited for lunchtime sessions on preparing for worst-case scenarios while travelling, and enhancing your safety through situational awareness
Gary McDougal
Gary McDougal

Risk’s fifth annual Safety and Wellness Week offers more than ever to UCalgary community members looking to get engaged with health and safety practices. Faculty, staff and students are invited to register for multiple Safety and Wellness Week events Sept. 16 to 19.

On top of the annual UCalgary-wide evacuation drills Sept. 12 to 24, which will certainly command high participation rates, two different keynote speaking events and two open sessions with Campus Security will also get students, faculty and staff involved. Rae Ann Aldridge, associate vice-president of the Risk portfolio, says this kind of campus engagement is an important function of Safety and Wellness Week.

“Our community plays a crucial role in safety and wellness at UCalgary,” she says. “We try to offer topics that will interest them so they will leave a keynote speaker, go back to work or class and start a dialogue about what they learned — relevant conversation is a great way to help strengthen our safety and wellness culture.”

  • Photo above: Retired police officer and qualified hostage and crisis negotiator Gary Macdougal will present on Enhancing Safety Through Situational Awareness on Sept. 18. Photo by Rebekah Jarvis, University Relations  

Check out the complete schedule for Safety and Wellness Week, or register right now for these sessions that are open to students, faculty and staff.

Monday, Sept. 16

Coffee with Campus Security
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Foothills Campus, HSC G384

The Campus Security management team invites students, faculty and staff for coffee, doughnuts, and an informal conversation about safety and security at UCalgary and in the broader community. Bring your questions, comments, and conversation to this group of experienced safety and security professionals.

Coffee and doughnuts provided. 


Tuesday, Sept. 17

Prepare for the 'Realistic' Worst while Travelling — Keynote Speaker and Lunch
12:10 - 1 p.m. | Main Campus, Legacy Suite, Dining Centre  

The range of issues that can affect foreign travellers is becoming increasingly varied, and learning how to prepare for and respond to the vast array of challenges foreign travellers can face is important. From cyber and information security threats, to natural disasters, to the low likelihood / high impact hostile security threats like kidnapping and active assailants, the challenge can be daunting, especially for less experienced travellers and younger people like students. In this session, International SOS’ Canadian Security Director Paul Doucet will introduce a four-point framework for managing risks both at the individual and organization level. It all starts with defining what the "realistic" worst-case scenario is, by threat category and by location.

Lunch provided. Registration is now closed

Wednesday, Sept. 18

Enhancing Safety Through Situational Awareness — Keynote Speaker and Lunch
12:10 - 1 p.m. | Main Campus, Senate Room

Back by popular demand, Gary McDougal, retired police officer and qualified hostage and crisis negotiator, will discuss how to use awareness and risk assessment to minimize risk and enhance your safety on and off campus. Participants will leave with new tools to help them respond more quickly and confidently in the event of a potential threat.

Lunch provided. Registration is now closed.