Kick-Off Event: Fostering Safety: Physically and Mentally with Keynote Speaker Rob Ellis, Founder of My Safe Work

Date and Time


Waasamowin in the Summerlee Science Complex - Registration required due to limited capacity.


We're back in person and you're invited! Join us at Waasamowin in the Summerlee Science Centre on Monday, May 6, 2024 for the Kick-off Event for Be Well, Be Safe Week.

Enjoy this opportunity to step away from your workspace, connect with colleagues, and enjoy lunch while listening to Rob Ellis, President and Founder of My Safe Work share a moving story of losing his son, David Ellis, from a workplace accident in 1999 leading him to become an advocate for health, safety and wellness in the workplace and actions we can all do to support a healthy and safety workplace. 


  • 11:45 am-12:10 pm: Arrive, connect with colleagues and light lunch. 
  • 12:10 pm-12:15 pm: Opening Remarks 
  • 12:15 pm-1:00 pm: Keynote Speaker Rob Ellis
  • 1:00 pm-1:05 pm: Wrap-up, closing remarks

Registration is currently closed!

About the Keynote 

Rob Ellis became an outspoken advocate for health, safety and wellness in the workplace after the death of his son David in 1999. At the age of 18, David Ellis was killed in a workplace accident. He was given limited training and no supervision. It was his second day on the job. After his death, David’s father, Rob Ellis, started MySafeWork, a not-for-profit organization and registered charity.

Rob Ellis will be providing a moving keynote presentation as part of Be Well, Be Safe week which will share his personal story of starting My Safe Work and focus on three areas of health and safety:

  • Communication beyond texts and emails
  • New life coaching in your workplace
  • Mental stress management in your workplace.

About My Safe Work

MySafeWork’s mission is to prevent people from getting killed, injured, and harassed on the job. They are committed to creating a social movement against unsafe work through education and empowerment. At the same time, They inspire companies to establish strong safety culture through employee engagement.​

About Rob Ellis

 Rob has developed international partnerships with companies dedicated to becoming champion employers. His work with young people, parents, and businesses has been widely publicized across Canada and the United States, and he is regularly sought after to participate in international events as a keynote speaker. As a former business owner, Rob knows the challenges that companies face in recruiting and retaining the best people. He believes that by partnering with industry leaders to promote positive change, a cultural shift will take place in our communities – a shift that will increase the importance of health, safety, and wellness for all workers. Rob can almost always be seen wearing the original Jersey of Courage.



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