Submission Instructions

**Only sessions that have complete information AND have been submitted are eligible for consideration.

Should follow up to confirm information be required, a deadline for receipt of that information will be established. Failure to provide the requested information by the deadline established may result in a proposal being excluded from consideration for the conference program.



The CSSE Professional Development Conference starts on Sunday afternoon and ends Wednesday at noon. Sessions on these days will align with the theme of the conference. Timing of sessions will range from 75 minutes to 3 ½ hours in length.



The focus of CSSE’s Conference is on interactive, multi-disciplinary sessions that provide highly usable information and techniques. Sessions will fall into the following general areas:

  • Technical Sessions

  • Leading Edge Sessions

  • Experienced-based Case Studies

  • Professional Development (accreditation)

  • Webcast / Live Stream Sessions*

Special requirements such as special room set-ups need to be communicated in the proposal and will be accommodated if possible. 

*Webcast / Live Stream Sessions:  Under consideration for 2017 conference programming is the inclusion of a virtual stream of sessions.  These sessions may have little or no live audience participation at the conference and would be presented to a substantial virtual audience, broadcast live from the conference venue.  Presentations for Live Stream sessions should be designed specifically for webcasting to a virtual audience.



Proposals should clearly indicate how the presentation reflects the conference theme, and how the session may increase knowledge of the topic and enhance the skill sets of the participants.



The CSSE Professional Development Conference is a gathering of experienced occupational health, safety and environmental professionals. Senior-level viewpoints are particularly encouraged as well as “how to” approaches or case studies. Plan your presentation with the following points in mind:

1. Use concrete examples;

2. Include hints to take back and use immediately;

3. Don’t be theoretical – use true stories or case studies;

4. Use best practices, including a variety of opinions.



All presenters are asked to classify their workshop session on the following 3-level classification system to guide delegates with selecting the presentations that fit their needs. Please note that the classifications are topic-based and not based on seniority or the number of years one has served in their career. CSSE reserves the right to reclassify a workshop session if it is determined by the Conference Committee that the content does not match the submitted classification.


  Health and safety programs and elements   Health and safety management systems (goal-oriented), Introduction to risk management   Risk and goal-based management systems that include health and safety systems
  Hazard identification, assessment and control measures                    Integration of safety into business process and design   Strategic initiatives; national/international measurement and impacts
  Compliance issues and legislated requirements   Best practices; consensus standards Advocacy for regulatory reasonableness and evolution
  Personal/Self-Improvement/Awareness   Teams/working with others development  Supervisory/management - advanced development



 Presenters are expected to:

  • Provide high-quality handouts and relevant resources and/or samples to participants, including take-aways such as flow charts, one-page summaries, etc. as appropriate;

  • Agree to provide conference organizers with a soft copy of the handouts for pre-conference, online, restricted access by conference delegates and for post-conference sale via the CSSE’s Live Learning Centre (LLC) Note: the CSSE’s LLC hosts e-learning content. The audio recordings are synchronized to the PowerPoint presentations and available online post-conference.

  • Agree to grant permission for CSSE to audio record your speech and use the associated material (PowerPoint files) for the purpose of publishing and/or sale of event-based materials for/from the CSSE 2017 PDC for distribution in any media format on behalf of CSSE. CSSE may use some or all of these components either in whole or in part, synchronized or not;Provide a short outline of presentation for inclusion in the Conference brochure;If submitting a proposal for a virtual session (live stream/webcast), agree to grant permission for CSSE to video record and webcast your speech and use the associated materials.

  • Make no substantive changes in content, process, names or numbers of presenters without the approval of the conference planners;

  • Agree to refrain from marketing their own products or services;

  • Share openly their knowledge, experience, skills, and creativity with participants;

  • Agree to a high quality AV presentation.



CSSE will provide complimentary registration to all accepted presenters valued at over $900.00. Presenters will be asked to cover their own travel and lodging expenses.

Please note: if your employer is covering the cost of your travel and lodging expenses, please be sure to have their confirmed approval for same prior to submitting your presentation for consideration.

To be considered, please complete this process and submit by October 17, 2016 11:59 pm Pacific Time.


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