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Managing Sub-Contractor Safety: Industry Heads Panel


One of the features of the SCSA Constructing Safety Leadership conference on March 20, 2018 is a panel discussion, led by industry heads, on Managing Sub-Contractor Safety at 10:30 am. The panel will be moderated by SCSA President, Collin Pullar, recorded and live-streamed.


The construction industry has become increasingly more sophisticated in managing contractors, but as long as humans are involved, errors will occur. A fatality, serious injury or disruptive accident will subject a company to legal exposure, delays, costs and harm to reputation even if another contractor made the error. This panel which includes Harlan Kennedy, Colin Olfert and Anders Wheeler will discuss the challenges and solutions to managing sub-contractor safety.

Harlan Kennedy Bio - Harlan is a Professional Engineer, Certified by PMI as a Project Management Professional in 1999, and is a certified Prince2 Practitioner. He has been managing projects and project managers for over 35 years in the public, private and non-profit sectors. As the Executive Director for Project Management and Delivery in the Saskatchewan Ministry of Central Services, he supports the work of 14 project managers in Facility Design and Construction, and oversees construction procurement for the Ministry. He also facilitates courses in project management through the University of Regina. Harlan and his wife of 41 years live in Regina and have two grown daughters and two grandchildren.

Colin Olfert Bio - Colin started his construction career with Graham Construction in 2007 working on the expansion to the Credit Union iPlex in Swift Current. Following that, he worked as a Project Manager with Graham on a number of projects throughout southern Saskatchewan. In 2012, Colin had an opportunity to work on Canada’s first Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) project, the new hospital being built in Moose Jaw. Upon the completion of the Moose Jaw project, Colin became the Operations Manager for Graham’s Regina district. In 2016 Colin was asked to get involved in the Saskatchewan Hospital P3 project in North Battleford as the Construction Manager/Project Director. In early February of 2018, Colin joined Westridge Construction as their General Manager.

Anders Wheeler Bio - Anders is the Regina District Health, Safety & Environment Manager for PCL Construction. He joined PCL in 2011, and brings with him hands on experience in construction as a carpenter and in emergency services as a fire fighter and paramedic. As the District HSE Manager, Anders supports operational efforts and oversees safety management for all of Southern Saskatchewan. Providing leadership and guidance to all project management and staff; he is responsible for defining and monitoring HSE policies, practices, and procedures for the entire district’s construction activities. Striving to create a positive impact, his efforts focus on continuous improvement to implement change within the organization and industry. As father of three (one son, and two daughters), Anders and his wife have been happily married for 10 years. Also having a passion for music, Anders’ most notable outlet is as a drummer on the Rider Pepsi Drumline.

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