MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR CSSE 2016 PDC: REGISTRATION
by Brenda Madley CRSP, Ken Newby CRSP, CSP, ARM, CRM and Christine Cunningham HSA
CSSE Edmonton Chapter
Conferences are a great return on investment for you and your business. When it comes to registering, having a strategy is a great way to ensure a valuable and engaging experience.
The annual Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) Professional Development Conference (PDC) offers professional development, beneficial networking opportunities, frontline education, connections and collaboration, sought after keynotes and captivating speakers from around the world, with a significant amount of fun thrown in. In order to make the most out of your time, and maximize your conference experience, here are some helpful suggestions.
- Review the conference material in its entirety, see who is speaking, the sponsors and exhibitors
- Review the “Schedule of Events” to make sure you don’t miss an opportunity, including CSSE courses offered before and after conference
- Ask people who have attended before their thoughts
The inside page of the brochure provides a “Schedule of Events” and is a helpful overview of your four days at the conference.
The conference is broken down into the following:
- Half-Day Workshops - These workshops offer a more interactive and in depth review of the material and are 2.5 – 3.5 hours long
- Concurrent Sessions – also known as “breakouts”, each of these sessions are 75 minutes long
- Keynote Presentations - messages conveyed are often profound and offer the perfect segue to networking conversations with others
- Networking Breaks
- Welcome Reception and Exhibit Hall Reception
- Monday Night Special Event – CSSE’s White Party, sponsored by Cintas
- CHSC Course Offerings (pre and post conference)
Here are some things to think about when you are registering and selecting your workshops and sessions.
- Think about the topics you want to learn about before reading the workshop and session descriptions. For example, identifying that you want to learn more about training may help you in targeting sessions and workshops.
- Avoid choosing topics you already know in depth, use the opportunity to attend a session you know little to nothing about. You will be guaranteed to learn something new!
- Are there two sessions at the same time you want to attend? Seek a similar topic in a different time slot or access almost all session recordings, post conference, via the Live Learning Centre. You truly won’t miss a thing.
- Review the presentation Classification Criteria (for All Audiences, Intermediate, and Senior sessions), and consider making a selection from at least one of each classification. It’s important to align your expectations: don’t choose a course at a senior level if you have no knowledge of the subject matter, or an all audience session if you are very familiar with the topic.
Take advantage of all the networking receptions, they’re a great opportunity to connect with people in a more relaxed setting These events are designed to allow attendees a chance to connect with each other and include the Welcome Reception on Sunday, the Exhibitor Reception on Monday, and the Monday night special event. Tuesday evening you will be on your own – use this opportunity to check out the amazing restaurants within walking distance of the hotel and assemble your own dinner group.
If this is your first time attending the PDC, you definitely want to build the “First Timer Mix & Mingle” event into your schedule. This Sunday event is designed to help you learn strategies for networking and provide you with a chance to meet other participants, who, just like you, are a little uncertain and looking to form new relationships. For companions attending the conference, visit CSSE’s Companion Café – located near the registration desk and open from 8am – 10am each day … grab yourself a coffee and meet up with other companions who may want to find a friend to head out on a tour, site seeing, or shopping with. Tourism options will be available at the Café for your information.
Be sure to attend CSSE’s White Party, the Monday night special event, sponsored by Cintas this year. You will enjoy an elegantly whimsical dinner party with amazing food and live entertainment while spending quality time with your peers … all in white! We really recommend attending – this awesome, popular event sells out every year and tickets are not available onsite. Monday Night Special Event tickets are included in the Executive and Business Level registration categories or may be purchased separately as an add-on option to you Full Conference registration.
Lastly, the CSSE offers CHSC courses before and after the conference. If you are looking to earn your CHSC designation, this is another opportunity for you to complete a course. Choose one or all of the courses being offered pre and post conference:
Wednesday, September 14 & Thursday, September 15, 2016
- Developing Effective OHSE Training Courses
- Essentials of Risk Management
- Project Management for the Health & Safety Professional
Friday, September 16 & Saturday, September 17, 2016
- Applied Risk Communications
- Consulting Skills for the OH&S Professional
- Measurement & Evaluation in OHS Managed Systems
Thursday, September 22 & Friday, September 23, 2016
- Obligations & Liabilities of Occupational Health & Safety Professionals
- Assessing OHSE Training Needs and Options
We hope that you have found some strategies you can use to plan for and register for the CSSE PDC 2016 … and we look forward to seeing YOU in Vancouver!